I will step up and answer. I can empathize with a first time user. You go in for a hearing test and two seconds later you’re looking at many dollar signs. I’ll address the question about discussing pricing on this board. I don’t think that it’s taboo. I do believe that most of use like to think that we get maximum value for our dollars and telling the amount you paid opens you up to criticism. (My grand-kids call it bullying) Also there are several things that factor into this decision. One is locale. Are you in a rural, urban or metropolitan area? If you are in a larger trade area, you have more options and the providers have more competition. What degree of hand holding will you require. After you have worn HA’s for awhile and more more comfortable with them you can be more independent. What are your options regarding HA providers. Are you near a big box store?
I have my second set of HA’s. I now have Seimans Pure 13 7Nx S. They replaced my first set of Seimans Aquaris 701’s. I live in a rural area in northwest Wyoming. The town I live in is less that 10,000 people. Our trade area is less than 30,000. The closet city over 100,000 is a two hour drive. I include this to show I don’t have as many options available. We have three HA providers locally. Two are small HA providers and the other is an audiologist who has been in practice in the area for many years. Investigating my options I felt that I would be best served by the audiologist. Even if audiologist’s prices were a couple hundred dollars higher.
My ‘package’ if you will, (he doesn’t sell package deals) consisted of an initial hearing screening. This was approximately a 3 hour appointment consisting of medical history, physical ear examination, and actual hearing test inside the booth. Then fitting and adjustments which again took about 3 hours initially.
He sells several different HA brands and of course the different models of each. I had previously owned Seimans and was happy with them so I choose them. It was important to me (and my spouse) that I have streaming capability from my iPhone and television. I opted for the Seimans Pure 13 7Nx S. I did price them out locally and with a big box store (which didn’t carry the model I picked, but had similar) and a national chain in another city.
Most of us don’t have ‘hearing aid emergencies’ but I would rather break my glasses than my HA’s. This was a factor. Having a local provider was another factor. Finally I have a good rapport with this audiologist.
In summary, I received a complete ear/hearing exam, ear molds, HA’s, unlimited adjustments plus the included 3 years warranty. My HA’s are loaded with a tinnitus program which I go in for every 2-3 months to tweak the specific frequencies. I don’t know if that is covered by the warranty but I do appreciate the service.
For this I paid $5725 almost a year ago. Could I have gotten a cheaper deal, yes? Would it have included the extra’s plus local access? I doubt it. In the end, it’s what you are comfortable with and can afford.
Best of luck to you.