Prices/Insurance

At O’Connor Hearing Center, our hearing aids range in price from $745 each for entry-level instruments, up to $3,100 each, for premium high technology. 

We at O'Connor Hearing Center believe hearing well is a critical factor in the quality of life! And, hearing aids are an important investment in your health and well-being. We also understand everyone has different communication requirements, preferences, and budgets. That's why we offer an extensive variety of hearing aids in a wide range of prices, from each of five major hearing aid manufacturers from which to choose. 

At O’Connor Hearing Center we want you to know up front what your choices will be in investment levels of instruments, as well as the full extent of complete service benefits you will receive when you put your trust in us. All we ask is, for you to call us and schedule an appointment, so we have the time set aside to address your concerns.

What's included in the price?

Your journey begins with a complete Hearing Test ($70.00 to $98.00), including a complete explanation of your test results. If you have a hearing loss and might be considered a good candidate for hearing aids, then we would offer a Hearing Aid Evaluation ($110.00), which is a detailed discussion where we listen to you, and your better hearing needs, and your preferences. We discuss the options available, technology and features, which would specifically benefit your, and fit your hearing loss, style preferences, and budget. If you proceed with a hearing aid selection, we apply the cost of the Hearing Test and Hearing Aid Evaluation ($180) to the price of your hearing aid purchase. If you decide not to select instruments, we will provide you a copy of your hearing test results/ Audiogram, and a written recommendation for the hearing aid, including the make, model and price the we believe would be the best choice for you.

The price of every hearing aid fitting includes-

  • Electroacoustic assessment of each aid to insure it meets manufacturer settings and includes all the features selected.
  • Personalized fitting which includes "Real Ear Measurement", computer-based adjustment to your hearing loss and preferences.
  • Patient-focused training to make sure you are confident and comfortable with your hearing aid investment.
  • All the accessories needed to use your hearing aids, including cleaning tools, batteries or charger, desiccants if needed and instruction books.
  • Aided Hearing Testing wearing your instruments in our sound booth, using tones and speech in-noise tests to ensure you are receiving the benefits you deserve.
  • Every hearing aid includes your own O'Connor Hearing Center Service Plan, of a minimum of 1 year, and up to 3 years, of unlimited visits in our office to answer any questions or hearing concerns, additional hearing testing, maintenance cleaning and repair service of your hearing aid, hearing aid parts, hearing aid batteries, and computer reprogramming and instrument adjustments, all at no cost to you!
  • Factory Warranties: Each manufacturer provides a "Repair Warranty" to protect from damage due to normal wear and tear of parts. O'Connor Hearing Center professionals will personally triage the aid for you at no-charge, $0.00 and handle all the processing of your factory repair. We prepare all the necessary paperwork and ship the instrument directly to the manufacturer repair department. We will check the aid in upon return and program it back to your custom settings, (stored in our computer from your last visit) for refitting to you, in our office. The manufacturer also provides a "Loss & Damage Warranty", as a safeguard against total loss. All you need do is submit the claim here, in our office. We process the paperwork for you. The manufacturer provides a one­ time-only replacement (a $300 replacement fee per aid, applies).
  • All we ask is, for you to do is call us and schedule an appointment, so we have the time set aside to address your concerns.

 

Hearing Aid Price Range

What are the differences in prices and the hearing aids?

The different price levels vary by the sophistication of the hearing aid technology, the computer chip processing, the features within the aid, and variability in programming i.e. (how flexible-adjustable or tunable it is.)

Important technology to consider is speech processing, and processing separating speech and noise, and how many situations the aids are able to identify and how they either automatically or manually adjust for each. Some features (e.g. Bluetooth connectivity, rechargeability, single sided deafness accommodation) are available in higher level hearing aids. Each manufacturer is excellent, each excels in a certain feature or technological aspect of amplification. There are hundreds of variations. The art, and science, our services, of Audiology is selecting the right fit for you, and further fine tuning it for your preferences.

In most cases, the style or exterior design of the instrument, or battery size (ultra mini to x-large and powerful,} will not change the price. The complexity of the software, and the features will directly increase the price.

Price Range - from $745 up to $3,100 each.
(Each price is for one hearing aid)

Diamond level: $3,100: Examples include Oticon Opn S-1, Phonak Audeo M90, Widex Fusion Evoke 2 440, Signia Pure 7 Nx, Starkey Livio Al 2400

This level includes a total of THREE years of office visits, factory repairs, adjustments and one time (per aid) Loss and Damage replacement ($300 fee applies).

Ruby level : $2,750: Examples include Oticon Alta2Pro, Signia Styletto 5, Widex Fusion Evoke 440, Starkey Livio 2400

This level includes a total of TWO years of office visits, factory repairs, adjustments and one time (per aid) Loss and Damage replacement ($300 fee applies).

Citrine level: $2,550: Examples include Oticon Opn S-2, Phonak Audeo M70, Widex Fusion Evoke 2 330, Signia Pure 5 Nx, Starkey Livio 2000

This level includes a total of TWO years of office visits, factory repairs, adjustments and one time (per aid) Loss and Damage replacement ($300 fee applies).

Emerald level: $2,095: Examples include Oticon Opn S-3, Phonak Audeo M50,Widex Fusion Evoke 2 220, Signia Pure 3 Nx, Starkey Muse IQ 1200

This level includes a total of TWO years of office visits, factory repairs, adjustments and one time (per aid) Loss and Damage replacement ($300 fee applies).

Sapphire level: $1,500: Examples include Oticon Siya 1, Phonak Audeo M30-R, Widex Fusion Evoke 2 110, Signia Pure 2 Nx, Starkey Muse IQ 1000

This level includes ONE year of office visits, factory repairs, adjustments and one time (per aid) Loss and Damage replacement ($300 fee applies).

Amethyst level: $999: Examples include Oticon Siya 2, Phonak Audeo M30, Widex Fusion Evoke 2 110, Signia Pure 1 Nx, Starkey Muse IQ 1000

This level includes ONE year of office visits, factory repairs, adjustments and one time (per aid) Loss and Damage replacement ($300 fee applies).

Tiger’s Eye level: $745: Examples include Oticon Ria2, Phonak Audeo V30, Widex Fusion Evoke 2 110, Signia Pure 1 Nx, Starkey Muse IQ 1000

This level includes ONE year of office visits, factory repairs, adjustments and one time (per aid) Loss and Damage replacement ($300 fee applies).

See our Hearing Aids tab for more details on specific manufacturer models/ technology and features, or click below to visit their sites.

  • Oticon
  • Phonak
  • Signia
  • Widex
  • Starkey

Health Insurance and Hearing Aids: Frequently asked Questions & Answers

Q: Does Medicare pay for Hearing Aids?

A: No. Medicare specifically excludes hearing testing for the purposes of selecting or adjusting hearing aid(s) or hearing aids coverage (Act 1862a. 7).

 

Q: Does Medicare pay for my Hearing Test?

A: A diagnostic hearing test (92557), ordered by a physician for a medical reason is a reviewable Medicare benefit.

 

Q: Do other insurance providers pay for hearing aids?

A: Some certain few groups do, but unfortunately, most insurance policies do not help with the price of hearing aids.

*** Call the Members Customer Service phone number on your card.***

Recently Added: Many BCBS /BCN and UHC Medicare Supplemental Policies are now offering a separate "Hearing and Vision" rider (for a monthly premium increase) which will help by paying for part of the price for hearing aids. For example a benefit may pay between $250 to $1000 towards hearing aids. The patient pays out of pocket the balance of the price of the aids. Contact your Insurance Carrier to find out about your policy. Call the Members Customer Service phone number on your card. If they offer the benefit, and you know you want hearing aids, you may wish to enroll (pay an additional monthly fee) in that optional program when open enrollment begins in the October.

 

Q: Are there other Insurance Policies Groups that offer hearing aid benefits?

A: Yes! In our Washtenaw County area there are certain specific large corporate automobile groups Ford, Chrysler, GM, hourly union workers that have had benefits, as well as some State of Michigan groups, some Federal Employees, the Michigan Public School Employee Retiree System (MPSERS), some Universities and Hospitals in our area provide hearing aid benefits.

Again, *** Call the Members Customer Service phone number on your card.*** for details about your specific policy, and to find a participating provider near you.

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"O'Connor Hearing Center" is a participating provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network of Michigan. We can provide hearing aids and submit claims for those BCBSM/ BCN policies that offer hearing benefits. If you have BCBS or BCN we can (as a participating provider) help determine whether you have hearing benefits.

 

Q: What if I need to wear hearing aids to be able to work? I have to hear to keep my job; to stay employed. Is there anywhere to turn for help?

A: Yes! In Washtenaw County please contact "Michigan Rehabilitation Services" at 734-677-1125 or at 3810 Packard Rd, Ste 170, Ann Arbor, Ml 48108 for advice on how to begin the process to apply for help to get hearing aids to meet your needs to keep your job, and remain employed.

 

Q: Does Medicaid have a hearing aid benefit?

A: Children's Special Healthcare consistently provides qualified, enrolled, children hearing aid benefits with Prior Approval. Adults enrolled in the Medicaid HealthCare Program are not consistently provided hearing aids. The benefit availability changes.

Please call the Medicaid Member Services. They will tell you about your hearing aid benefits and direct you to your nearest participating hearing aid provider