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A New Online Guide to Hearing Aids

October 20th, 2009

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new Web site that will benefit current and potential users of hearing aids.

FDA regulates hearing aids, which it defines as sound-amplifying devices designed to aid people who have impaired hearing.

“People who already use a hearing aid know that selecting the right one is not a simple process,” says Eric Mann, M.D., Ph.D., deputy director of FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic, Neurological, and Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices. “There are many issues to consider. Also, current users of hearing aids want to know about the latest types and technology, and how to properly maintain the ones they already have.”

While more than 35 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, a 2004 survey conducted by the National Hearing Institute found that slightly more than 11 million hearing instruments were being used nationwide.

An Array of Topics

Mann says the new Web site will cover the different types and styles of hearing aids, how to obtain one, and steps to remember and consider before purchasing a hearing aid.

It has information on hearing aid safety, using cell phones while wearing a hearing aid, and on other products and procedures available to people who want to improve their hearing. It also stresses the difference between hearing aids, which FDA regulates as medical devices in order to assure their safety and effectiveness, and personal sound amplification products, which are not subject to this type of regulation.

Mann says the new Web site is not intended to provide medical advice. “If you have questions about your hearing, the best source of information is your hearing health care professional,” he says.

You can visit the new Web site, which was launched on October 20, 2009, at Hearing Aids

This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

Hearing Aid Prices

October 5th, 2009
Monday, October 5th 2009

What is the range of hearing aid prices for today’s digital hearing aids?

You may be surprised to learn that hearing aid prices have actually decreased relatively over time when compared to the rate inflation. Today’s digital hearing aids range from approximately $1000-$4000 per hearing aid, depending upon the level of technology selected.

Factors of Hearing Aid Prices

In addition to the level of technology chosen and the number of features the hearing aid offers, several other factors contribute to hearing aid prices including: research and development costs; customization of each device to fit the needs of the wearer; manufacturing costs; and time spent with the professional who fits and services the instruments.

Hearing aid prices are also influenced by geographical location.

Hearing Aids a Worthy Investment?

Considering when the cost is averaged over the lifetime of the hearing aids (3 – 5 years or more), the cost per day of a pair of highly featured, advanced digital hearing aids is about $3 – less than a large mocha at your favorite coffee shop. And considering hearing aids are proven to not only help you hear better, but to actually improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss and their families, that is money well invested.