The National Academy of Sciences reports that hearing aids cost an average ,700 per pair in 2013 and can climb to almost twice that price.
Plus, hearing aids are usually not covered by health insurance or Medicare.
In general, these two seem useful for people with mild to moderate loss, with the Etymotic Bean helpful for those with hearing loss in the higher frequencies rather than the lower. If your hearing loss is serious enough to warrant a hearing aid, the article offered some suggestions for ways to pay less, including these: The Hearing Loss Association of America also offers a comprehensive guide to Financial Assistance: Programs and Foundations.
Most of these suggestions will not be a surprise to AARP readers.
In October, writer Cathie Gandel offered similar cost-saving strategies, including shopping online.
She interviewed Patrick Freuler of Audicus, an online retailer that sells direct to the consumer.
Nearly half reported they had trouble hearing in noisy environments, yet only 25 percent had had their hearing checked in the past year.
The two lowest-priced devices — the Bell & Howell Silver Sonic XL () and the MSA 30X () – were found not only inadequate, but also potentially dangerous.
Both overamplified sharp noises, like a siren, to the point where hearing damage could occur.
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