Hearing aids vary in price according to selected style, electronic features, and related needs for professional consultation and rehabilitation services. A rule of thumb is that hearing aid costs increase with more complex and sophisticated circuitry and smaller size.
Purchase price, an important factor, should be only one consideration in buying hearing aids. Product reliability can save repair costs as well as the frustration of a malfunctioning hearing aid.
Cost of a particular type of battery used by the hearing aid and the rate at which the battery needs to be replaced also influence the overall cost of owning and maintaining a hearing aid. Batteries may last from several days to several weeks depending on the power requirements of the aid, the type of battery, and whether the aid is used routinely with an assistive listening devices.
Each person's hearing loss presents unique characteristics. The expertise of your audiologist about product quality and the monitoring and follow-up services you will need are important considerations in your purchase decision.