A Saving Strategy to Cover the Cost of Hearing Aids

March 28, 2013

Saving Stategy to Cover the Cost of Hearing AidsThere’s a lot of information on the web regarding financial assistance for the purchase of hearing aids.  Payment assistance includes everything from Medicare and health insurance to charitable organizations.  What can you do, personally, to help cover the cost of hearing aids.  Trust me, I have utilized the financial assistance resources available in the past.  However, I am also a firm believer in using personal funds if you can to pay for your health needs.   With the cost of hearing aids ranging from $1500 to $6500 per pair, the thought of saving for this can be overwhelming.

A Saving Strategy

Let me help put this into the perspective of a daily cost.  Let’s pick a price point in the middle of the range:  $4000.  This assumes you will spend $4000 on your next hearing aid purchase.  The average life span of a hearing aid is 3-5 years.  Let’s assume you are 4 years away from replacing your current aids.  The math:  4 years x 365 days per year = 1,460 days.  That’s a lot of days.  $4000 divided by 1,460 days = $2.74 per day.  Monthly cost = $2.74 x 30 days = $82.19.  If you save $82 per month you will be well on your way to being in a position to cover the cost of your hearing aids.  For some, this is the cost of your daily Starbuck’s fix.  I understand there are some people that will still struggle to put this much money aside in savings.  That’s ok.  There are resources in place to help.  I just want to make the point that for those who can afford it, it doesn’t take a lot of sacrifice to put a saving strategy in place to cover the cost of your next hearing aids.

 

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The Best Hearing Aid Batteries

March 25, 2013

Hearing Aid Batteries
What are the best hearing aid batteries? The two things that I think about when making a purchase are how long will they last and how much do they cost. When considering how long they will last it is important to have a basic understanding of what affects hearing aid battery life. To a person that is new to wearing a hearing aid you might expect a battery to last a long time. For example, a watch battery can last a year or longer. The reality is, for a hearing aid they will usually last from 3 days to 3 weeks. That’s a lot different than other small electronic devices. This can be surprising and a little disappointing.

Factors Affecting Battery Life

Factors affecting battery life can get a little complex and may be surprising to you. Things that have an impact are:

  • Temperature of your environment
  • Humidity level
  • Differing drain usage rates of aid
  • Different sound environments (noisy or quiet)
  • How often you use a dry-aid kit (removes moisture from the aid)
  • How long you wear your device each day
  • Type of hearing aid

 

The various battery brands will respond differently to the combinations of these factors. Why does a hearing aid battery have so much less battery life than other smaller electronic devices? It has to do with the size of the battery and the amount of current energy draw from the aid. A larger battery will have more storage capacity than a smaller one. For a given size, you will get a longer life in an analog aid vs. a digital, programmable aid. The digital circuits are more complicated and this results in more current energy draw. Hearing aid amplifiers draw heavier current loads, much heavier, for example, than those required for simple watch circuits or even heart pacemakers. So, battery life estimation really depends on a lot of different factors. Determining what works best for you will likely require some experimentation on your part.

 

Cost of Hearing Aid Batteries

The cost range can vary depending on the size, brand and purchase quantity.  It pays to shop around to find the best price for your preferred brand. You can often buy them on sale at a reasonable discount. For a quick reference on cost, below is a table comparing size 312 hearing aid batteries listed on Amazon.com.  This chart also includes the average Amazon.com rating to enable you to see what other consumers think about each brand.  Note the cost is noted as a reference only.  This is because the prices listed on Amazon can change frequently.  If you would like to see all of the current Amazon listings click here: Hearing Aid Batteries

The table can be sorted by each column.  Sort by clicking on the arrows at the top of each column.

 
Brand
# of Batteries
Reference Cost
Avg. Customer Review
# of Reviews
Powerone60$19.904.7571
Duracell60$30.484.451
Rayovac48$27.994.438
Zenipower60$11.004.517
iCellTech60$12.754.98
Rayovac Extra
Mercury Free
60$27.494.710
Renata60$22.604.511
Hearclear60$17.954.45
Energizer24$17.724.04
Panasonic60$25.495.01
Sony60$28.505.01

Summary

What are the best hearing aid batteries? As you can see, this is not a straightforward question to answer. To answer this we have looked to the satisfaction level of hearing impaired consumers just like you. In the comparison chart found here, we have provided a summary that includes the manufacturer, size, cost, and average cutomer rating based on Amazon.com ratings. Use this as a guide, but understand that ultimately the best option will be your decision. I hope this will be a helpful tool to guide you in your purchase.