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Guide to Hearing Aids

Paying for Your Hearing Aid

Where to go for financial help

Men and women who need hearing aids often feel they can't afford them, and that's not surprising. Prices for a single hearing aid range from $1600 for a low-end device to $3,500 for a high-end one, and 80 percent of wearers need two. Battery costs are $30 to $150 per year. A 2014 survey by Consumer Reports found that 40 percent of those who bargained got a price break. Other than that, there is some limited help available:

Medical flexible spending accounts. For those with these accounts, the cost of a hearing aid and batteries is considered reimbursable.

Medicare and Medicaid. Hearing aids and most hearing tests are not covered by Medicare. Medicaid often covers hearing aids, but each state's requirements differ. The Hearing Loss Association of America's website has information by state.
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