My dad’s looking to get hearing aids and I’m helping him out, we both went into this knowing nothing about them. The first audiologist we visited recommended the Widex Moment 220, and after doing some research I agree that looks like a good option.
She then talked about the prices, saying the Moment 220 is $5000, the 330 is $6000, and the 440 is $7000. That was a lot higher than I was expecting to hear, so we decided to see if there were cheaper options.
We saw a second audiologist today, who recommended either the Moment 220 or the Oticon More 3, and either would be $3900. I asked him why they’re $1100 cheaper than the other place and he couldn’t say for sure, claiming that both places offer the same services after buying the hearing aid. I’m not sure if that’s true, the first location said the price includes insurance to replace the hearing aid if damaged, so maybe that justifies some of the extra cost.
Then this afternoon I came across this place which has the prices right on the website. $2874 for the Widex Moment 220… yet another $1000 less.
How can they be so much cheaper? They’re located in a strip mall which I suppose is part of it (the others had nice offices in a fancy building). But they still have qualified audiologists selling the same products.
I’ve read about how it can be important to go to a skilled audiologist rather than go for the cheapest option at Costco. Maybe it’s worth going to one of the higher priced places, maybe they have better audiologists. Maybe the $2874 place tacks on $1000 worth of fees and add-ons once you get there, I wouldn’t know.
Can anyone offer me any advice? Is there a reason not to save money and go with the cheapest option? And can anyone tell me what the Widex Moment generally sells for? For all I know the first two places are a ripoff… or maybe they’re reasonably priced and the third place looks shady or something.
I’m clueless here, any help would be appreciated.