Hearing aid costs range from “basic” to “best” much like a car. It’s what’s on the inside that counts! It’s also what’s on the inside which drives the price. The more we expect a hearing aid to function like a human ear, the more sophisticated technology required. Likewise, the more we expect a hearing aid to function like a human ear, the more expensive it will be.
We believe the main reason someone may be unsatisfied with their hearing aids, is because their hearing care professional failed to explain exactly what the hearing aid is capable of doing. People do not expect the same level of comfort from a truck as they would expect from a luxury car. Even when costs are similar, the functions and level of driving comfort vary tremendously from one vehicle to another. When shopping for hearing aids, people should compare “apples to apples” just as they would when shopping for a vehicle.
To add to the price confusion, some hearing aids cost more than others, but still may not be the best one to meet a person’s unique listening needs. When visiting a physician there are many different prescription options he could prescribe. However, only one may be the best for the patient’s illness and their unique physical situation. We take into account the hearing loss and the specific listening difficulties our patients encounter on a daily basis, then we prescribe the best hearing aid to meet as many specific needs as possible. If the “best” aid for a patient is not in their price range, we try to find a “good” one to meet as many needs as possible. Either way, we help our patients understand exactly what to expect from their new hearing aids. Remember, a pickup truck will not act like a luxury sedan. Knowing what to expect before purchasing hearing aids will help eliminate surprise from the “bumps and grinds” our patients will feel and hear along their journey!
At Alabama Hearing Associates, we offer hearing aids for most all budgets. A quality digital hearing aid, including Alabama sales tax, can range from $1,250-3,250. We work closely with several major manufacturers to provide the best hearing solutions for our patients. Hearing aids come with a 2 or 3-year manufacturer service warranty, which includes loss & damage coverage. Alabama Hearing Associates offers patients a 75-day money back guarantee ($300 non-refundable upon return). We offer several payment options and financing is available. Some insurance policies, such as Federal Blue Cross & Blue Shield, pay all or a portion of hearing aid costs. Click here for more information about insurance and hearing aids.
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“Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!! In two visits you’ve brought my hearing levels close to perfect for me. Not exactly sure how, but the last session settings have me hearing the television at a near normal volume level without using the 4th ‘outdoor’ setting (which works perfectly as well). The fitting is comfortable, without any slippage of device or feedback. After nearly 4 years, I finally feel like the devices are worthwhile.”
“Dr. Jan Liles at Alabama Hearing Associates has demonstrated integrity, professional competence, patience, and a true interest in improving my ability to hear. She was candid from the beginning, acknowledging that I have a very difficult hearing loss and will never hear as I did before. She has gone the extra mile in attempting to improve my hearing, trying four different hearing aids over a period of several months, patiently listening to my observations about each one, and helping me to chose the hearing aid best suited for me. After the selection, she continues to work dilligently with me to make sure that I receive the maximum benefit from my hearing aids.”
“Progressive hearing loss has made it necessary for me to wear first one, now two hearing aids, since the mid-1980’s. During the past twenty years I have lived in various places from a small island 3,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, to New Mexico, to Colorado, and finally to Huntsville, Alabama. This has given me experience with a wide range of approaches to audiology. Dr. Susan Sheehy and Dr. Jan Liles are way ahead of others I’ve worked with. Their competence in and use of the fast-evolving hearing aid technology gives them a broad range of options to chose from. This competence backs up their determination to find the best hearing solution for each patient.”
“The audiologists at Alabama Hearing Associates are the most caring and helpful people I have had the privilege of knowing. From the very first day that I stepped into their office, their only concern was to help me. They wanted to be sure that the hearing aids I purchased were the right ones for me and that I would be happy with them. Unlike the previous company I purchased hearing aids from (which I can’t wear because they were not right for me), they did not try to sell me the most expensive aids. Their only concern was for me and my satisfaction with the hearing aids.”
“For the past 10 years I have had progressive hearing loss, and have worked with audiologists in Birmingham and Huntsville without success. Then Dr. Jan Liles came into my life and it all changed. She is knowledgeable, professional, caring, and compassionate. Dr. Liles immediately identified my needs and took time to make me a vital part of all decisions regarding the hearing aids that best suited my hearing loss. Dr. Liles has given me the ability to hear and understand what my grandchildren are saying and that is a very special gift! I am indebted to Dr. Liles and Dr. Sheehy for having the foresight to see the need in our community for their professional services.”
“I have worn hearing aids since I was nine years old. Until I met Jan and Susan at Alabama Hearing Associates, I had never dealt with such professional, caring, patient, and compassionate people. They have really helped me and I will be forever grateful to them!”
“I am extremely happy with the care I have received at Alabama Hearing Associates. I was impressed from the very beginning with the ability of Dr. Liles and Dr. Sheehy to be very professional and yet still relate to me on a personal level. I immediately felt comfortable and confident that I had chosen the right people to meet my hearing needs”