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Hearing Aid Affordability

Many people with hearing loss believe that hearing aids are far too expensive, and that audiologists and dealers get a huge markup on them. One potential salvation is the growing trend for health insurance to cover hearing aids.

  • Another idea with growing support is that of a tax credit for hearing aid purchases.
  • Doctor creates affordable hearing aids costing less than $200
  • February 2013 – General Hearing Instruments Offers Hearing Aids Online
  • February 2013 – The Case for Unbundling Hearing Aid Prices
  • February 2013 – Hearing Aid Prices Much Higher Than Their Actual Cost
  • February 2013 – Inexpensive Hearing Aid Available Online
  • January 2013 – hi HealthInnovations Extends Hearing Aid Marketing Push to Veterans
  • November 2012 – Affordable Hearing Aids Now Available to U.S. Veterans
  • October 2012 – Why Medicare Should Pay For Hearing Aids
  • October 2012 – The Hunt for an Affordable Hearing Aid
  • September 2012 – Can a Low-Cost Hearing Aid be Effective?
  • September 2012 – Hearing Aid Dispensers Try to Block Sale of Hearing Aids as Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs)
  • September 2012 – Smaller, Hipper, Less Expensive Alternatives to Traditional Hearing Aids
  • June 2012 – Americans Are Paying Too Much for Hearing Aids
  • April 2012 – Can Two Young Entrepreneurs Solve The High Cost Of Hearing?
  • April 2012 – United Health/hi Health Innovations Pulls Online Test
  • April 2012 – FDA Halts hi Health Innovations’ Online Hearing Test
  • April 2012 – HearPO Extends Hearing Healthcare Benefits to Millions of Americans
  • March 2012 – UK’s National Health Care Includes Siemens IMPACT Hearing Aides
  • February 2012 – HLAA Favors More and Less Expensive Hearing Aid Access
  • January 2012 – TruHearing to Provide Discount Hearing Services to 56 Million VSP Vision Care Members
  • October 2011 – Health Insurer to Provide Reduced Cost Hearing Aids
  • September 2011 – UW-Madison program provides reconditioned hearing aids
  • August 2011 – Encouraging Transparency in Hearing Aid Pricing
  • May 2011 – HLAA Tries To Make Hearing Aids More Affordable
  • May 2011 – Survey Highlights Gaps In Consumer Knowledge of Hearing Loss
  • April 2011 – NIDCD Works to Make Hearing Health Care More Affordable and Accessible
  • February 2011 – Hearing Healthcare Reform: Making Hearing Aids Affordable
  • September 2010 – VA Contract for Hearing Aids – Minutes from VA Meeting in Washington, DC
  • July 2010 – HLAA Convention: How to Pay for Hearing Aids
  • March 2010 – Doctor creates affordable hearing aids costing less than $200
  • January 2010 – Need help paying for that hearing aid?
  • July 2008 – $200 hunter aid better than $1500 hearing aid
  • January 2008 – Lions Clubs International Foundation/Rexton Program for Low-Cost Digital Hearing Aids
  • February 2006 – Think hearing aids cost too much? Think they should be covered by insurance? How about tax credits? Then you should read Charlea Baker’s article on this important topic.
  • October 2005 – Here’s an article on an organization that provides reduced-cost hearing aids to people with modest means.
  • June 2005 – And here’s what some of our readers thought about Dr. Ross’ article on OTC hearing aids.
  • May 2005 – Here’s Dr. Mark Ross’ objective and dispassionate look at the hot issue of over-the-counter hearing aids.
  • May 2004 – Here’s an excellent article on hearing aid costs by Cheryl Heppner of NVRC.
  • February 2004 – The Lions Clubs have long served people with hearing loss by providing financial assistance to who can’t afford hearing aids. Now they’re taking that concept one step farther bydeveloping their own low-cost hearing aid.
  • October 2001 – There has been a flurry of activity recently regarding requiring health insurance companies to cover hearing aids. Talk about an idea whose time has come! Here’s an article on a bill in the U.S. House to require Medicare to cover hearing aids.
  • Not everyone is in agreement with that opinion, of course. Here’s an audiologist with the opinion that hearing aids have normal markups.
  • Here’s an eloquent expression of the opinion that hearing aid markups are too high.