I don’t even pay that. I make my own aids.
I go to RadioShack and buy some Bluetooth earpieces which I strip down.
I then solder a mike and a speaker and a very cheap washing-machine processor chip together - the kitchen table is fine for this.
I then repackage the whole lot into plastic aid cases that I buy from Estonia.
My son worked out how I could use a T-Shirt transfer printer to make 1000 logos at a time.
I attach these to the side of the hearing aid case using a hair dryer.
I use the fake brand name “Phonacitonex” … seems to work.
I can get $6000 a pair of aids. My wife drives a blue Ferrari but I prefer my gold Rolls-Royce.
Disclaimer for the consumption of the touchy-feely I-am-a-man-of-the-people dispenser types out there: The above is a piece of fiction intended to have a modicum of humorous content.