You’re likely reading this article because you or a loved one is experiencing hearing challenges or has been diagnosed with a hearing loss and you’re wondering what kind of investment you should expect in hearing aids/hearing care.

Although many hearing care clinics struggle to give you a straight answer when you ask this question, I’m going to do my very best to both answer this question and help you to understand the different options available to you.

But first things first, there is one fundamental thing that you must understand before we go further and that is that what you are predominantly paying for when addressing a hearing loss is NOT the hearing aid, but it’s the level of hearing care, expertise, and long-term support that you receive from a highly trained specialist.

It could be compared to needing a repair on your car.

  • You could buy the part directly from the manufacturer (to save money) and have a cheap mechanic fit it who wishes you the best of luck as you drive off.
  • Or you could have the dealer source the right part for you, have it professionally fitted by a team of master mechanics, and receive the warranty and support, so if you have any challenges, then they’re there for you.

Addressing your hearing loss has a lot of similarities.

For example, you could simply invest a pair of hearing aids up for $1200 with no care or treatment plan package.

They would make a difference to your hearing and help with amplification, but it would very much be like putting a band-aid over a problem rather than looking for the right long-term solution – which may be the right option if you or a loved one is a nursing home and just needs a little help in your later years.

However, most people understand that they’re going to need help with their hearing for the rest of their life and require the long-term care, support, and expertise of an audiologist who ensures their devices are well maintained, their hearing health is cared for, and that if anything goes wrong (devices are broken or lost) that they have full support.

The right solution for you entirely depends on what you’re looking for and what you consider to be the most important. If you want to achieve the best possible outcome and require help long-term, then we have a number of different treatment plans depending on your lifestyle and budget.

These treatment plans include such things as:

  • Different levels of technology – from “best-in-class” (perfect for people with busy lifestyles that are highly social and rely on their hearing in meetings, restaurants, and noisy environments) and “signature” hearing devices (ideal for people that want to communicate better with loved ones, hearing the television better, and being more engaged).
  • Different levels of warranty – depending on your budget, there are different lengths of warranty available from 2 years up to 4 years. Your warranty ensures that if your hearing devices need repair, are damaged, or are lost, that we’re able to quickly help you and either fix or replace them.
  • Ongoing care/support – once again, depending on your budget/requirements, you can receive different levels of care and support, where your audiologist will be able to help you to achieve the most from your hearing technology, monitor your hearing health, and make any required adjustments to guarantee the best possible performance.
  • Plus a bunch of extras depending on your level of treatment plan, including priority appointments, inclusive accessories, and access to “Sound Hearing Cloud” online support.

Each treatment plan includes a unique combination, all aimed at taking you through Sound Audiology’s proven methodical process of achieving better hearing, both now and forever.

With Sound Audiology’s treatment plans ranging from $3,990 to $6,990, there is a treatment plan for all unique needs.

Our team is then also able to help you to maximize any insurance benefits to minimize your out-of-pocket investment, and there are 0% financing plans available if you would prefer to pay monthly rather than up-front. There are also “trade-in” incentives available if you currently wear hearing devices (regardless of where you purchased them from or how long ago).

I hope this article helps you to understand the options available to you, the kinds of investment that you can expect, and why working with the right provider is so important.

If you have any questions, need any help, or would like to speak to one of our experts regarding your hearing challenges, then you can call your local office at:

Kennewick: (509) 572-2444

Walla Walla: (509) 876-0555

Prosser: (509) 786-5599

Thank you for reading.

 

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Lori Losey Lovato MA, FAAA, Audiologist

Lori Losey Lovato MA, FAAA, Audiologist

Lori attended Washington State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing sciences and her master’s degree in audiology. She began practicing audiology in the Tri-Cities in 1993 and has worked with both adult and pediatric patients. She has spent her career focused on assisting those with hearing difficulties through the use of hearing aids, listening strategies, assistive devices, and counseling.