Before You Buy A Hearing Aid

When looking for a hearing aid, explore your options to understand what type of hearing aid will work best for you. Also:

 

  • Get a checkup. See your doctor to rule out correctable causes of hearing loss, such as earwax or an infection. And have your hearing tested by a hearing specialist (audiologist).

  • Think about future needs. Ask whether the hearing aid you've chosen is capable of increased power so that it will still be useful if your hearing loss gets worse.

  • Check for a warranty. Make sure the hearing aid includes a warranty that covers parts and labor for a specified period. Some offices may include office visits or professional services in the warranty.

  • Plan for the expense. The cost of hearing aids varies widely — from about $1,500 to a few thousand dollars. Professional fees, remote controls, hearing aid accessories and other hearing aid options may cost extra. Talk to your audiologist about your needs and expectations.

    Some private insurance policies cover part or all of the cost of hearing aids — check your policy to be sure. Medicare doesn't cover the cost of hearing aids. In many states, private insurers are required to pay for hearing aids for children. Medical assistance covers hearing aids in most states.