#ClasoTopics: The price of hearing aids
Have you ever wondered why one hearing aid is more expensive than another? What determines its price? In today's article, we will address a topic that raises many questions and still contains some myths, because if something we want in Class is to put all the information at your fingertips.
What does not influence the price of hearing aids?
To begin to explain what determines the price of a hearing aid, perhaps it would be useful to clarify what, despite popular belief, doesn’t influence the price.
On the one hand, there is the myth that power is a determining factor in the price of hearing systems. We are totally opposed to this idea, as the power of the hearing system should not influence the price of your hearing systems. Basically, the more severe hearing loss you suffer, the more power your hearing system needs. Simply put, the more volume it must be able to give you. Setting the price on the basis of power would be a mistake, since the hearing system user has no real control over his or her loss. Hearing systems are a product that you don't buy on a whim but because you need them. You haven't chosen to suffer a loss and to what degree you do. When you come to our centers, you can enter with complete peace of mind that we will give you the power you really need without it affecting the price.
On the other hand, many people believe that the format also influences the price of hearing aids. Nothing could be further from the truth. The vast majority of people believe that the format or type of hearing system is decided by aesthetic considerations when it’s actually chosen according to a variety of factors that have more or less influence depending on the case. The most common examples of these factors would be the power you need (returning to the reasons given in the previous paragraph), your ability to manipulate objects (which can lead to opting for the rechargeable format, for example) or purely physiological issues of your own ear that allow or do not allow the use of a type of hearing aid ... As you can see, and as in the case of power, much of these variables do not depend on taste but on issues that the user can not control. In Claso we know that you do not choose a hearing aid format for your aesthetic preferences but the one that best suits your needs. That's why no matter how invisible a hearing system is, it will make it more expensive.
Good hearing systems are those that make communication for people with hearing impairment feasible.
So what sets the price?
The answer is simple: performance. The more you have, the higher the price of the hearing system. But what do we mean when we audiologists say features?
To find out what we are talking about, it must be clear that the main purpose of a hearing system is to improve communication for hearing-impaired people. Therefore, it is not a question of hearing louder but of understanding better. And how do we achieve this? Well, through the various systems that a hearing system uses to treat the sound it picks up. Or, to put it another way, with the features it has. It’s therefore the quality of these features that will determine the price of the hearing system. We could say that, without losing sight of the objective of understanding hearing systems, the most expensive one will be the one that makes it easier to understand speech even in the most difficult and noisy environments. In other words, the hearing system that overcomes all barriers to secure hearing.
Speaking of performance, we would like to clarify an idea that is sometimes confusing for the user. On the one hand, there are features that are common to all price levels of the same model and, of course, don’t affect the price. The typical example is Bluetooth connectivity with the cell phone. This is present in all ranges of the same model without any difference between them and, therefore, doesn’t influence its cost. On the other hand, there are features that are present at different price levels but with certain differences, unlike the previous example. A clear example would be that of the noise reducers in which, the higher the range, the more they reduce the ambient noise to make us understand better in noisy environments. Finally, there may be features exclusive to the more expensive range. These are often the latest technological developments introduced by the hearing system brand.
Price classification by manufacturer
In Claso you will find five levels of features. The Essential and Basic ranges have been designed for people who need a less expensive hearing solution. They are the most basic options with prices ranging from 600 to 1000 euros. In quiet and not too noisy environments, these people will be able to communicate well but in other circumstances, these hearing aids are not suitable.
The Standard range is the medium option, available from 1100 euros. We offer you the latest market models in this range. They obviously have better features than low-end hearing systems, such as the application of noise reduction and more precise microphone directionality.
The two top ranges, Advanced and Premium, are improved in every respect. They are the models that make the most of the latest technology and apply current features in a more profound way. They include all the options available to improve hearing but at a higher cost.
What is the price range in Claso?
Between 600 and 800: ESSENTIAL
Between 900 and 1000: BASIC
Between 1100 and 1400: STANDARD
Between 1500 and 1800: ADVANCED
Over 1900: PREMIUM
#ManyPeopleBelieve that the format influences the price of the hearing aid, but this is not the case. Whether it’s rechargeable or invisible, as well as other features of this type, isn’t taken into account when setting the cost.
And remember: you always have the Claso Care formula
With each hearing aid you can purchase Claso Care hearing service for the first 5 years for 150 ? per year so that we can take care of your hearing to the fullest. If you consider that you will not be able to take advantage of it, you can always enjoy our hearing service independently according to the current price list.
What services are we talking about?
- Unlimited hearing studies: to monitor your hearing loss and keep your hearing aid settings up to date.
- Visits with the hearing care professional: so that you can enjoy your hearing and solve all your doubts.
- Remote adjustments: for remote adjustments without having to go to a hearing center.
- Manufacturer's warranty: With Claso Care, you not only extend your hearing system's manufacturer's warranty for the period you choose, but you also get the batteries you need free of charge.
- Reprogramming: readjust when necessary to perfect the hearing system fitting.
- Maintenance: did you know that hearing systems require adjustment 3 or 4 times a year? We take care of everything.
- Repairs: even those not covered by the factory warranty. As long as your hearing system is not declared a total loss, you are covered 100%.
- Custom moulds: we make products to suit our customers' needs.
- Replacement hearing system: If the repair period for your hearing system exceeds 5 days, we provide you with a replacement hearing system while yours is being repaired so that you don’t stop hearing as you deserve.
- Accompanying service: we will be at your side from the very first moment, advising you based on your needs: price, aesthetics, connectivity, size... and we will accompany you throughout your hearing health.
For example, the price of the Audéo P90 R hearing aid is If you are interested in the Claso Care formula, just add the years of duration, from 1 to 5. You can also choose the financing period that suits you best: 12, 24 or 36 months.
Which hearing system is for you?
What is clear is that before making such an important investment as buying a hearing system, you should evaluate many factors, compare prices, models and types according to your needs.
We hope that we have answered some of your questions about the price of hearing systems. Remember that the important thing is to have a professional to advise you about the best option for you. Otherwise, it would not fulfil its function and would produce more problems than solutions. The good thing is that you don't have to make this decision alone: we are with you.