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Question DetailsAsked on 11/14/2014

what type of hearing aid is least expensive?

hearing aid that is behind the ear.

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Hi,

This is Kelly M. with Member Care. Thanks for posting your question.

Although we don't track going rates for various products and services because this varies widely depending on market factors and location, members are encouraged to include how much a project cost in their reviews.

With that in mind, a good way to find out a general price range, login to your membership and search for "Ear Nose and Throat-Hearing Aids" and then look as the project cost associated with each review. The best way to get the most accurate information is to request pricing from several local providers.

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Answered 5 years ago by Member Services

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Having been through this route with several relatives, you want the one that works for them, not the cheapest - the cheapest generally will be so poor in performance that they will not wear it at all, which can lead to desocialization and depression. Different brands do better jobs of reproducing certain frequencies, so it makes a BIG difference if the person is losing hig or low frequencies first or what. Also, some people want in-the-ear "concealed" units (especailly women), others don't wan't something in their ear or the more difficult cleaning issues so want a behind-the-ear unit. Dexterity comes in too - in-ear and behind-the-ear units can be very hard for elderly people with hand/finger dexterity or shoulder/elbow movement issues to adjust the volume on, so a unit with wireless control (pricey) or remote control battery and volume control in a pocket might be more convenient. Also, depending on cause of hearing loss, behind the ear may not work for some people. Many hearing centers will provide a trial unit to test out for a week or so as part of a contract, before the final lunit is chosen. However, you need to be a bit careful, because unscrupulous places have been known to intentionally degrade the tuning of trial units to try to upsell to a pricier unit. Also consider battery changing issues - if the user lives alone and does not have a relative or caregiver on basically a daily basis, then how they are going to handle changing batteries needs consideration. At same time, consider a couple of other related things, especially for nighttime when the unit is probably out: 1) louder doorbell buzzer 2) phone amplifier and louder phone ringer 3) louder CO2 and smoke/fire alarms, and/or hardwired interlinked units with one installed right over the bed
A couple of hints for economic protection, particularly since these are rarely covered by insurance: 1) replacement insurance is relatively cheap - sometimes from vendor but sometimes very expensive there, but a Personal Articles policy listing them (by serial number) can be quite cheap (about 1/2-1% premium per year from your homeowner's/renters policy issuer) and covers loss, theft, physical damage, dropping in water or toilet, etc with very low or zero deductible - pretty much every type of claim cause except electronic failure 2) which brings up warranty - should have 3 year or longer warranty on the units 3) 30 or 60 day full refund return policy should be a must

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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