Prices will vary clinic to clinic. Some offices will bill you based on time (typically one hour for first fitting and 15 to 30 minutes for follow-ups after that) and some will be based on a service package including an x amount of visits with the cost.
At our office, the charge is $300 for one hour and it includes one 30 minute follow up visit. This is the same amount we charge our patients who buy hearing aids from us, as we separate costs of services from cost of hearing aids. This is not taking into account separate charges, such as conducting a hearing evaluation to see if the hearing aids brought by you are a good fit for your hearing loss, extended warranty if needed, new earmolds, new domes, receivers, etc.
No matter what you decide, I'd recommend calling an audiologist and have hearing aid maker and model information ready, to make sure the audiologist is able to service those.
The cost of having a hearing instrument reprogrammed will vary from office to office based on the service provided. Services could include a hearing test if you do not have one that is less than 6 months old, Real-Ear-Measures, follow up appointments for further adjustments, and possibly a repair or warranty package. My basic reprogramming fee is $350 Then I offer my clients options for additional service packages or warranties if they choose.
I would suggest that prior to scheduling an appointment you speak with the audiologist. As receiving a hearing instrument is wonderful gift but there is no guarantee it will work for your hearing loss. Some losses require power hearing instruments while others need only mild amounts of gain. Talking with the audiologist first about the hearing instrument you have and your specific hearing loss will determine if reprogramming is possible. This short conversation could save you a trip and money if it is not appropriate for you.
Obviously everyone's fees and what they include is different. However, I must say the first step is to have your hearing tested by the Audiologist while bringing the hearing aids with you. That way, they can determine if the hearing aids are appropriate for your hearing loss, if parts are available to make them fit your ears, and if they are able to be programmed. Sometimes hearing aids that are over 5 years are no longer supported by the software and the parts are more difficult to obtain. In addition, if the hearing aids were originally purchased in another country, many times US software will not let us reprogram the hearing aids.
The cost to have hearing instruments reprogrammed and refitted depends on the style and age of the device. The first step is to have a hearing test to ensure the used aids are an appropriate solution for your particular hearing loss. If the aids require an earmold the cost is typically $75-150 for a new mold. Reprogramming charges run anywhere from $425 to 625 depending if patients would like to purchase an all make warranty or service plan.
It definitely varies by location. In my office, it would be $400, which would include the fitting of the hearing aids to the new owner and at least one follow-up visit within a month. Hearing testing before fitting and the cost of new receivers for RIC aids ($100 each for aids that are out of factory warranty) or new earmolds ($150 per pair) or new hearing aid shells (depends on the remake lab used) that fit your ear and hearing loss needs would be additional. If you are inheriting the hearing aids from one of our current patients who is your direct relative, I would likely waive the fitting fee. Programming visits after the first month would be $50.
Every provider typically sets his/her own price for programming a pair of hearing aids. In my office I typically do it for free because in most cases someone died and left their hearing aids to another family member. If they want a service package for the life of the hearing that will vary from $500 to $1500 based on the age of the hearing aids. it includes unlimited office visits for the life of the hearing aid as well as a three-year battery club.
We charge a $260 fitting fee, which covers initial programming and dispensing. All initial purchases also come with free follow-up office visits for one year, so for a new heairng aid users, the first year of adjustments are at no charge. After that, we charge a $52 office visit fee. Those fees will vary by provider.
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