CVS Hearing Aids: Your Complete Guide to Affordable Hearing Aids from CVS (2023)

With the average hearing aid costs running up to thousands of dollars per ear and the cost of living getting more expensive by the day, American consumers are desperate for hearing care options they can actually afford. This is why we get excited whenever a new company—like CVS—joins the effort to reduce the price of hearing aids.

The main reason CVS leapt into the hearing aid business is because they finally can. Last August, New FDA guidelines made it possible for pharmacies and retail stores—like CVS, Walmart, Best Buy, and Walgreens—to sell hearing aids without a prescription. Now we’re beginning to see these retailers sell over-the-counter (OTC) aids, but when it comes to CVS devices, there are a lot to choose from. So how do you know which ones are good? And how do they stand up to the competition?

In this guide to CVS hearing aids, we review four CVS hearing aids and how these devices compare to similarly-priced hearing aids from MDHearing.

Who Makes CVS Hearing Aids?

The most important thing to know about CVS hearing aids is the fact that CVS doesn’t actually make hearing aids. Nor do they sell them out of their physical stores. Instead, customers need to buy CVS hearing aids from the CVS website and have them delivered to their homes.

CVS doesn’t even fulfill the orders for these hearing aids. Instead, it relies on the manufacturer of the devices to deliver them directly to customers. The hearing aids never pass through the hands of CVS, and it does not appear that you receive any special advantages when you order from CVS instead of the websites of the manufacturer.

As for the devices themselves, CVS is selling A LOT of hearing aids from different manufacturers, which makes it extremely difficult to choose the best hearing aid for your needs. Of the many options available, we are going to focus on the devices from Lexie and Go Hearing in this review. Both the Lexie and Go Hearing brands are owned by the larger hearing aid conglomerate, “hearX.” Although hearX is a recognized name in the hearing care industry, we feel their products are a little overpriced for what you receive.

Key takeaways: CVS isn’t selling its own hearing aids. It’s merely an affiliate or agent for a variety of hearing aid manufacturers. You can’t buy CVS hearing aids in the physical store, but need to order them from the CVS website.

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Read our in-depth review of Lexie hearing aids here.

Read our review of Bose hearing aids here.

Who Are CVS Hearing Aids Good For?

As an affordable alternative to more expensive hearing aids found at hearing clinics, the Lexie and Go Hearing devices at CVS could be a good match for the following customers:

  • Budget-conscious shoppers: When CVS started selling over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids in October 2022, it meant that budget-conscious Americans could access affordable hearing aids through their local drug stores.

  • Patients on a fixed income: Many hearing loss patients are on a tight, fixed income, and they simply don’t have the money to afford hearing aids without sacrificing other necessities. Since CVS aids cost less than $1,000 a pair—and sometimes just $200-$300 a pair—these hearing aids are a blessing for anyone on a strict financial budget who couldn’t normally afford to treat their hearing conditions.

  • Those with mild to moderate hearing loss: The OTC hearing aids at CVS are generally a good fit for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss. Those with higher levels of hearing loss should visit a doctor or hearing clinic for their care. If you’re not sure what level of hearing loss you have, click this link to take our free online hearing test.

  • People who don’t need or want the bells and whistles: CVS aids are an excellent match for patients who don’t care about the fancy features and custom tunings that come with modern aids from a hearing clinic. In other words, you don’t want to pay for all the bells and whistles but you still want to understand your family and friends at the dinner table.

  • Patients who don’t have time for doctor’s appointments: CVS customers don’t need to go to a doctor’s appointment to get their hearing aids, so buying them through CVS is a convenient solution for those with busy schedules.

  • Patients who don’t care about receiving free telehealth care benefits: None of the hearing aids from CVS offer free remote telehealth care consultations with a licensed audiologist. Read more about MDHearing’s remote hearing care telehealth services below.

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Key takeaways: CVS hearing aids are an interesting option for budget-conscious hearing loss patients who have mild to moderate hearing loss. However, these devices do not offer licensed telehealth care benefits, which come free with all MDHearing devices.

Understanding Your CVS Hearing Aid Options and How They Compare to MDHearing

Let’s explore the Lexie and Go Hearing hearing aid options available from the CVS website and how they compare to similarly-priced hearing aids at MDHearing.

CVS Go Hearing Devices

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CVS sells Go Hearing aids at two different price points of $199 a pair and $299 a pair. Both of these hearing aids are rechargeable. As in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids, they insert directly into the ear canal and they’re fairly difficult to see when looking at someone head-on.

  • The $199-a-pair GoLite hearing aid uses older analog hearing technology and it doesn’t include any background noise cancelation features, which can make it highly ineffective in noisy situations. The only adjustment this hearing aid offers is volume. These have no feedback reduction so there's a much higher chance you’ll experience high-pitched whistling sounds.

  • The $299-a-pair GoPrime hearing aid includes rudimentary digital processing technology, which allows it to remove some level of background noise to clarify voices in complex listening scenarios. You can manually cycle through three different sound settings and adjust the volume in different listening environments.

Please note that neither device offers Bluetooth sound streaming. You cannot customize these hearing aids to fit your unique hearing loss. Finally, neither the GoLite nor the GoPrime comes with any kind of telehealth support from an audiologist or hearing care professional.

Here’s what customers are saying about Go Hearing products:

They are not for everyone: These were unsatisfactory for my specific needs. I found that even the lowest volume setting was, at times, too much for me. Snapping and clacking noises were very sharp. Noise reduction suppresses all sound, including the foreground I want to hear. Applause on TV, crowd noise, etc. brings the total volume down and then it remains down for about three seconds after the noise is gone. So I miss some of the foreground speech. None of the three ear "domes" was a good fit. They fell out a few times even with the best fit. They do amplify the sound and in some cases were good for my hearing profile, and the price is good. They are just not for me.” –John T., March 18, 2023 (Amazon Reviews for GoPrime Devices)

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Amplifies Sound, Does Little Else:This is more of a sound amplifier than a strict hearing aid. It makes everything louder which isn't ideal. My father has a hearing aid and we got him this just in case his hearing aid broke. He's had to use it a few times and he mentioned that it's worse than his usual hearing aid. Every time he has had to adjust it, he says that it squeals and sounds like feedback. The only way to reduce the feedback is to lower the volume, which makes them slightly useless. Overall, we're not huge fans of this.” –Registered Vine Customer Reviewer of GoLite Device (Amazon Program to Get Reviews from Most Insightful Reviewers)

They’re not as small as the photo shows: Received the order on time. After close inspection, it appeared that the left earpiece had been used, as it wasn't as clean as the right. If it hadn't been an almost emergency to get them as fast as possible, as one of my other pair died on me, so I was without, I would have sent them back. The sound control system is easy to use, but you need to use caution inserting them in your ears as it's easy to accidentally touch the operation button. I don't notice any noise cancellation nor do they give you any relief from the ringing in your ears. Once you chose the correct plastic earpiece, they'll fit pretty good, however, they're larger than the photo shows. I gave them 4 stars overall, having used less expensive sound amplifiers, they are a little better.” –Ron H., March 30, 2023 (Amazon Reviews for GoPrime)

How do they compare to MDHearing?

The GoLite and GoPrime hearing aids from Go Hearing are priced closely toMDHearing’s behind-the-ear (BTE) and in-the-ear (ITE) devices. Like the GoLite and GoPrime, MDHearing’s models are rechargeable. However, the MDHearing aids offer some additional features that the GoLite and GoPrime don’t have, such as background noise reduction and feedback (whistling noise) reduction. Most importantly, these hearing aids come with a 45-day money-back guarantee and lifetime support from MDHearing’s telehealth care staff including a team of licensed audiologists and hearing professionals.

Key takeaways: GoLite Hearing aids work well for quiet situations, like watching TV or speaking to one person at home, and the GoPrime model offers some rudimentary background noise reduction features. However, if you want hearing aids that allow you to navigate complex sound environments, multi-person conversations, and dinners in restaurants, these are probably not the hearing aids for you. Make sure to check out the affordable options from MDHearing. MDHearing offers more advanced hearing aid technology plus telehealth care from our team of professionals at a comparable price point of $299 a pair.

CVS Lexie Hearing Aids With Bose Technology

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CVS Lexie hearing aids cost $849 a pair for the B1 non-rechargeable model and $999 a pair for the B2 rechargeable model. Although these devices will hit you hard in the pocketbook, they do offer better technology than the Go Hearing models. For example, these hearing aids include Bose hearing aid technology because of a partnership that Lexie made with Bose in 2022.

As receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aids, these devices sit behind the ear. A thin wire passes over your ear to connect to a small speaker that inserts in the ear canal. They are also “self-fitting” hearing aids. According to Lexie, the hearing aids connect to a self-fitting mobile app that “provides audiologist-quality customization for individuals 18 or older with perceived mild-to-moderate hearing loss.”

It’s important to note that these hearing aids do not function as Bluetooth headphones, nor do they offer sound streaming from your devices. Nevertheless, they do connect to a smartphone application so you can adjust the hearing aid settings. Essentially, the Lexie Bose hearing aids let you adjust their settings to your unique level of hearing loss without an audiologist.

According to the National Council on Aging, “Lexie devices, like all OTC hearing aids, are meant for adults over the age of 17 with mild to moderate hearing loss. We also think they're the best fit for someone who is comfortable with technology, as they're designed to be used with the Lexie Hearing app to get the full benefit.”

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Here’s what real customers say about Lexie B1 & B2 hearing aids:

A real hearing aid, not some sound amplifier! Small, comfortable and easy to use. The only thing I would add is the ability to adjust the sound via a graphic equalizer on the app. Volume, treble, bass, and microphone direction are all easy to adjust and understand and the 4 preprogrammed environments are great but maybe a hearing test with automatic adjustments would be a great addition to a near-perfect reasonably-priced product. You will not go wrong buying these. Update. One of the RIC tubes failed after less than 40 days. Since I bought it through Amazon I had to request a refund through Amazon. I would hope that the RIC earpieces don't fail that frequently as they cost $50 from Lexi and are supposed to last a year.” –Dondo123, December 13, 2022 (Review from Verified Amazon Purchaser of Lexie B1)

I waited 2 months to write this review: I have been using this product for 2 months now. You might see in other reviews that connection to the phone app is a problem. Well, it is a pain and can take a few tries but I have never not connected. Be patient. Sound is good to excellent even in crowded groups like Christmas parties. Tone control seems to be my best adjustment but volume can be important to control squealing when items are near the ears […] Yes, I do recommend these, a bit pricey but I think it is a reasonable value.” –Doug Wilson, December 26, 2022 (Review from Verified Purchaser of Lexie B1)

How do they compare to MDHearing?

At MDHearing, we like the Lexie Bose device for treating individuals with mild to moderate hearing loss. However, there are several areas where MDHearing proves itself as the better choice:

  • MDHearing is less expensive for the same level of technology: The MDHearing VOLT MAX offers similar hearing aid technology and features to the Lexie B2 device, but the VOLT MAX is currently selling for just $699.98 a pair (versus Lexie’s devices at $849 or $999 a pair).

  • MDHearing offers licensed telehealth care but Lexie does not: A potential problem with Lexie Bose hearing aids is the fact they don’t come with any kind of licensed hearing care support. This is an important distinction between MDHearing and Lexie. All MDHearing products include free telehealth care from licensed audiologists and hearing instrument specialists. Also, if you purchase the MDHearing VOLT MAX, you’ll receive a hearing aid with a similar level of technology as the Lexie B2 Bose for hundreds of dollars less. Moreover, VOLT MAX customers can send their audiogram (hearing test) to MDHearing and a licensed specialist will remotely tune their hearing aids based on those results. These are professional hearing aid adjustments, similar to what you would receive at a hearing clinic, but performed remotely.

  • MDHearing replacement parts are more affordable than Lexie: Another potential problem with Lexie B1 & B2 hearing aids is the fact replacement parts are expensive. The first point of failure on RIC hearing aids is the wire that passes over the ear. The Lexie accessories page charges $50 a piece to replace one of these wires. By contrast, MDHearing’s behind-the-ear (BTE) devices use a thin, clear tube to channel sound to the earpiece. For a double-set of 2 tubes and 2 ComfortTIP earpieces, MDHearing users only pay $35.

Key takeaways: At approximately $1,000 a pair, the Lexie B1 and B2 hearing aids are cheaper than conventional hearing aids. They are also quality devices. Nevertheless, when you compare Lexie hearing aids to the MDHearing VOLT MAX, it’s clear that the VOLT MAX offers more for a lower price. With a similar level of technology and personalized telehealth care from our on-staff audiologists and hearing specialists, we feel that the MDHearing VOLT MAX offers a lot more bang for your buck!

A Final Thought: Not All OTC Hearing Aids Are the Same

After reading this guide, we hope you’ll find it easier to navigate the new world of CVS hearing aids. While CVS hearing aids might be a good choice for some customers, they do lack some advanced hearing technology and therefore may not offer the best sound quality or the right fit for everyone.

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We hope you’ll consider giving MDHearing a try before settling on a CVS hearing aid. At MDHearing, it’s our mission to provide high-quality, affordable hearing aids paired with clinic-level support (but without the hearing clinic appointments and high prices)! Moreover, in addition to giving you better technology for less, we pride ourselves on offering personalized remote hearing care to all of our customers.

Browse our hearing aid options and try MDHearing risk-free!


Does Walgreens or CVS sell hearing aids? ›

In addition to Walgreens, you can find OTC hearing aids at other stores that sell health devices. Best Buy, Costco, CVS, Walmart, and Victra Verizon stores all sell OTC hearing aids.

What is the difference between OTC and prescription hearing aids? ›

OTC devices are marketed to individuals with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss who are at least 18 years old and have no other complicated ear conditions. Prescription hearing aids are able to compensate for mild to profound hearing loss and may be used with all age groups.

Are cheap hearing aids worth buying? ›

Simply put, no — cheap hearing aids are not nearly as good as hearing aids you buy from an experienced hearing healthcare professional who is also adept at fitting and servicing these devices.

Do you need a prescription for OTC hearing aids? ›

You can buy OTC hearing aids in person at a store or through an online retailer without the need for a medical exam, prescription, or a fitting adjustment by an audiologist. You can also buy OTC hearing aids from a hearing health care professional (audiologist or hearing aid dispenser).

What is the average price of over the counter hearing aids? ›

Best OTC Hearing Aids: Key Takeaways

OTC hearing aids are FDA-regulated medical devices that can be purchased without a hearing exam, prescription, or appointment with an audiologist. The average cost of OTC hearing aids is about $1,600 per pair—$3,000 less than the price of many prescription hearing aids.

How soon will over the counter hearing aids be available? ›

You can buy OTC hearing aids as soon as mid-October 2022 directly in stores and online, where prescription hearing aids are not available. You fit them yourself, and you may be able to control and adjust the devices in ways that users of prescription hearing aids cannot.

What is the price of best quality hearing aids? ›

12,000 to Rs. 2,50,000 depending on the type of device and the brand.

What are the disadvantages of over the counter hearing aids? ›

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Cons
  • No Customization. Over-the-counter hearing aids are cheaper than custom hearing aids, but there's a reason for that. ...
  • Convenience May Be Short-Lived. ...
  • Only for Mild or Moderate Hearing Loss. ...
  • You Still May Need to See a Doctor or Audiologist for Hearing Loss.
Dec 1, 2022

What are the disadvantages of OTC hearing aids? ›

Cons of OTC Hearing Aids There Isn't A Wide Selection

There Isn't A Wide Selection: Most OTC hearing aids only treat mild to moderate hearing loss. There also is no guarantee that your local pharmacy will carry the style of hearing you need.

Can you negotiate hearing aid prices? ›

It's also possible to negotiate. Audiologists are sometimes willing to unbundle their services so you don't have to pay for extra services that you to don't need. One survey found that nearly half of hearing aid shoppers who tried to negotiate a lower price were successful.

What is a cheap alternative to hearing aid? ›

Personal Sound Amplifiers (PSAPs)

These products are available over-the-counter and can assist people with common hearing difficulties. PSAPs contain a microphone, receiver, and amplifier, and are worn over the ear.

What is better than hearing aids? ›

Cochlear implants require surgery and are best suited for people with more severe hearing loss in one or both ears and poor speech understanding.

Which hearing aid is best for old age? ›

Here are some of the best hearing aids according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA): Editor's Pick: Jabra Enhance (formerly Lively) Best Invisible Fit: Eargo. Best Budget-Friendly Bluetooth: Audicus.

Does AARP help with the cost of hearing aids? ›

Savings on Hearing Aids and Hearing Care

Members save 20% on hearing aids and 15% on accessories, plus receive a hearing test at no cost and personalized support through a large nationwide network of hearing providers. You'll leave and go to the website of a trusted provider.

Is it better to get a hearing aid from an audiologist? ›

Because an audiologist has extensive education and can help diagnose and manage other issues in addition to hearing loss, an audiologist is the best choice for addressing your hearing problems.

What is the easiest hearing aid to use? ›

Beltone Imagine Custom Rechargable have been selected as “easiest to use” hearing devices. They combine all of the advantages of the great sounding Imagine platform, with a convenient in-the-ear style and rechargeable system.

Where are hearing aids being sold over-the-counter? ›

Millions of people with hearing loss can now purchase hearing aids without prescriptions or medical exams from Walgreens, CVS and Best Buy, according to the companies. Walgreens on Monday started selling over-the-counter hearing aids online and at its stores nationwide for $799 a pair.

How long do cheap hearing aids last? ›

Hearing aids can last anywhere from three years to seven — for some people, even longer. Variables affecting this lifespan include how well the instrument is built, how well it's maintained, and how much wear and tear it experiences being worn in your ear for many hours a day.

Will Medicare pay for hearing aids soon? ›

Does Medicare cover hearing aids? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Medicare is a federal health insurance program for people 65 and older, people with end-stage kidney disease, and younger people with certain types of disabilities.

Are hearing aids one size fits all? ›

Hogan: "Hearing aids, because they're digital, can be adjusted over a wide range of hearing loss." That's one reason why audiologist Dr. Cynthia Hogan says with these devices, one-size-fits-all does not apply.

What is the #1 hearing aid? ›

Jabra Enhance earns our “Editor's Pick” for the company's combination of quality, powerful devices, and a commitment to ongoing customer service that includes support from an audiology team (specialists trained to treat hearing loss) if you purchase the premium package.

Which hearing aid is better behind the ear or in the ear? ›

Owing to their discreteness, in-canal hearing aids might seem like the right choice, but behind the ear hearing aids offer a wider range of hearing amplification, are usually more flexible, and offer many more choices to hear better in noise, connect to your smartphone, or stream the sound from your television directly ...

Why is my hearing worse after wearing hearing aids? ›

After wearing them for a while, your brain gets used to the new and improved sound quality that hearing aids provide, and resets your normal or baseline hearing to the higher volume into account. Once you remove your hearing aids, sounds may be more dull or pitchy.

What is the common problem with hearing aid? ›

The most common reason for a hearing aid to sound weak or dead is that it is clogged with wax or debris. If your hearing aid has a wax guard, try replacing it with a fresh one. If you have a cleaning tool (brush or pick), clean both the microphone and receiver (speaker).

Why is my hearing getting worse when I wear hearing aids? ›

Answer: Although we cannot prevent our hearing from deteriorating due to the natural ageing process, wearing hearing aids can slow the rate of deterioration. There is no evidence that wearing hearing aids makes your hearing worse.

Are cheap hearing aids bad for your ears? ›

Cheap hearing aids lack the advanced noise filters and sudden noise protection features of more expensive models. In fact, cheap hearing aids are capable of producing sudden loud sounds that may damage your hearing further.

Why are good hearing aids so expensive? ›

The price of hearing aids is determined by several variables, including technological advancements, research and development, cost bundling, professional services provided by an audiologist, continuing care, customization, and any warranties you may choose to buy.

Can hearing get worse without hearing aids? ›

It's important to recognize that hearing loss may gradually decline whether you wear hearing aids or not. If you don't wear hearing aids your ability to hear won't necessarily get worse, but your discrimination of speech is likely to get worse faster than if you were to wear hearing aids.

How much is a cheap hearing aid? ›

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Sr. No.Hearing Aids - ProductsPrice
2.Axon K-88 Sound Enhancement Amplifier Hearing Aid Machine₹2,300
3.Siemens Signia FAST P-Behind The Ear, 71 dB/136 dB SPL (ear simulator)₹8,950
4.Axon K-80 Sound Enhancement Amplifier Hearing Aid Machine₹1,160
5.GN ReSound Vea 180 VI Power₹13,595
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Is losing a hearing aid covered by insurance? ›

I'm sorry to hear you lost your hearing aid! Accidents happen, and they're definitely small enough to fall out of a pocket or bag. Luckily, your hearing aid should be covered by your home insurance.

Should you speak louder to someone with a hearing aid? ›

You can speak louder than normal, but do not shout. Do not exaggerate your words because this may distort how they sound and make it harder for the person to understand you. If the person with hearing loss does not understand a word or phrase, choose a different one rather than repeating it.

Can I just buy a hearing aid online? ›

Can you buy a hearing aid online without seeing a doctor? Yes, you can. The seller may offer an online hearing screening to help figure out which hearing aid is best for you. The problem is that online hearing screens cannot tell you the cause of your hearing loss.

How do I choose a hearing aid for hearing loss? ›

When researching how to choose the right hearing aid, think about the following factors:
  1. Degree and type of hearing loss. Your degree and type of hearing loss will help determine which hearing aid you need. ...
  2. Budget. Cost is an important factor for many people when choosing a hearing aid. ...
  3. Hearing aid company websites.
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What are the most comfortable in ear hearing aids? ›

RIC and BTE hearing aids are often considered to be the most comfortable as they minimise any blocked sensation with their small sound transmitters being the only element resting in the ear.

Are hearing aids with more channels better? ›

The greater the number of channels in your hearing aid, the more accurate the correction of your hearing loss will be, as it will allow us to adjust the sound more precisely according to your needs.

Which is better analog or digital hearing aids? ›

Because of this, digital hearing aids are able to suppress background noise unlike analog hearing aids. They can also compress louder sounds into something that is much more tolerable for the wearer. For many people, digital hearing aids perform better in noisy environments and deliver clearer sounds.

Why do older adults not like wearing hearing devices? ›

Difficulty adapting. One of the most common reasons for rejecting a hearing aid is that it is just too complicated. “I'm too old for change—I can't be bothered” is a common complaint heard by audiologists.

What are the three styles of hearing aid? ›

There are many types of hearing aids, such as behind-the-ear (BTE), in-the-ear (ITE) and in-the-canal (ITC). Selecting a type that's right for you depends on a number of factors, including the severity of hearing loss, size and shape of your ear, personal preferences, ease of handling and new hearing aid technologies.

Which hearing aid style is most commonly used for mild hearing loss? ›

Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids

Behind-the-ear hearing aids, as the name implies, are worn behind the ear. This type of hearing aid, which is in a case, connects to a plastic ear mold inside the outer ear. These hearing aids are generally used for mild to severe hearing loss.

Are hearing aids tax deductible for seniors? ›

Medical deductions

Deaf individuals and those with hearing loss have special expenses they can deduct as medical expenses. Examples include: Hearing aid, batteries, maintenance and repairs. Telephone equipment and repair costs including phones with special ringers, captioned phones and teleprinters.

How can I save money on hearing aids? ›

Tips to save money on a hearing aid
  1. Go for lower-cost hearing aids. ...
  2. Ask for discounts. ...
  3. Ask for unbundling. ...
  4. Check online referral services. ...
  5. Research insurance options. ...
  6. Consider Costco hearing aids. ...
  7. Research direct-to-consumer brands. ...
  8. eBay: Buyer beware.
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Should you get one hearing aid or two? ›

If you have hearing loss in only one ear and normal or nearly normal hearing in the other, then one hearing aid is all you need. But most people have hearing loss in both ears, especially if the loss is age-related. (You may have one ear that's better than the other, but chances are both will be in the same ballpark.)

Can I just buy a hearing aid? ›

Hearing aids in a nutshell. Adults 18 years of age and older can buy hearing aids for themselves OTC. For consumers 18 years of age and older with perceived mild to moderate hearing loss, you have the option to purchase hearing aids OTC without a medical examination.

Should you go to an ENT or audiologist for hearing loss? ›

While an audiologist can help you to manage hearing loss, an ENT doctor can provide treatments and even surgery, in some cases, to resolve medical issues. They will also treat bacterial and viral infections like strep throat or tonsillitis.

What are the pros of over the counter hearing aids? ›

They are more affordable than prescription hearing aids. They're available without a prescription or medical exam.

Why are prescription hearing aids so expensive? ›

The price of hearing aids is determined by several variables, including technological advancements, research and development, cost bundling, professional services provided by an audiologist, continuing care, customization, and any warranties you may choose to buy.

What is the difference between high end hearing aids and cheap ones? ›

Specifically, most quality hearing aids are equipped with noise reduction. This is a handy feature that focuses on the speaker and can elevate the sound of just that conversation. A cheaper hearing aid would instead elevate all surrounding sounds, making it difficult to hear over background noise.

Are more expensive hearing aids better? ›

Lower cost hearing aids tend to have less active processors that may or may not be helpful in challenging situations. More expensive hearing aids are supposed to have higher level processors to help patients hear better in noisy places.

What are more comfortable hearing aids? ›

RIC and BTE hearing aids are often considered to be the most comfortable as they minimise any blocked sensation with their small sound transmitters being the only element resting in the ear.

Are hearing amplifiers as good as hearing aids? ›

Hearing aids and hearing amplifiers both maximize the volume of sound. However, while hearing amplifiers are more suitable for those who need extra sound during recreational activities, hearing aids require a prescription and suit people with hearing loss.

What are the easiest hearing aids to put in? ›

Beltone Imagine Custom Rechargable have been selected as “easiest to use” hearing devices. They combine all of the advantages of the great sounding Imagine platform, with a convenient in-the-ear style and rechargeable system.

Which type of hearing aid is the most commonly sold? ›

A receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aid is one of the most popular styles and delivers sound through a tiny speaker that rests inside the ear canal.

Do hearing aids make sounds louder or clearer? ›

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate, and participate more fully in daily activities.

Do you have to be a member to get hearing aids at Costco? ›

Eye & hearing exams

Since health exams cannot be denied to the public, you can get an eye and hearing exam at Costco without a Costco membership. However, you still need a membership to purchase any of the optical products or hearing aids available at Costco.

What is the markup on hearing aids? ›

However, manufacturers usually add another $1,000 to $2,000 to the base cost of each hearing aid before selling it to a hearing clinic. If these markups sound unreasonable, that's because they are.


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