Sure, there are different styles of hearing aids, but you may even see some that are the same style and have dramatically different price tags.

On the surface, they may appear to be the same or at least very similar. Though if you try two different pairs, you’ll likely experience a significant difference.

Here are a few of the key differences between cheap and expensive hearing aids.


The first major difference between cheap and expensive hearing aids is that quality hearing aids often have a much more aesthetically pleasing appearance. In fact, some of them, such as the Phonak Lyric, are virtually invisible. 

Other expensive styles, such as behind-the-ear, receiver-in-canal, and in-the-ear, resemble the same sleek outward appearance of other modern digital devices such as iPhones. 

While some people may find it ridiculous to pay more for an enhanced appearance, the reality is that appearance is a key reason why most people fitted for hearing aids never use them. Therefore, it’s well worth it to pay a little extra for a hearing aid you’ll feel comfortable wearing.


Another factor that impacts the price of a hearing aid is its features. For example, most high-quality hearing aids offer Bluetooth, which enables you to connect your hearing aids directly to your television, computer, or even your phone.

This makes Zoom calls, phone calls, and other activities much more pleasurable. It’s like having your own personal headphone whenever you listen to media.

In addition, some advanced hearing aids offer tinnitus therapy. This feature provides some relief to the constant ringing and can dramatically improve your hearing and emotional health.

Another perk that expensive hearing aids offer is remote monitoring. For example, the audiologist can adjust the sound levels remotely on an app rather than making an appointment to have them manually adjusted.

These features only scratch the surface of the dynamic possibilities modern hearing aids provide.

Sound Quality

Perhaps most importantly, a cheap hearing aid's sound quality is significantly different from the sound quality of an expensive hearing aid.

Specifically, most quality hearing aids are equipped with noise reduction. This is a handy feature that focuses on the speaker and can elevate the sound of just that conversation. A cheaper hearing aid would instead elevate all surrounding sounds, making it difficult to hear over background noise. In fact, these hearing aids can even be damaging as you'll continue to turn the volume up to uncomfortable levels just to hear the conversation.

Speech in Wind is another similar feature that reduces noise from wind and allows you to zero in on the conversation.

Most quality hearing aids also have feedback management that eliminates any whistling sound that you or people around you may hear.

Final Thoughts

While any style of hearing aid will help improve your hearing, not all of them will provide the same experience. Therefore, if you want the best sound quality with a discreet style and seamless experience, you’re better off purchasing a quality hearing aid. Contact us today to learn about how we can make a quality hearing aid affordable for you.