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The 8 Most Affordable Hearing Aids of 2023

Dec 04, 2023
Fact Checked
We selected our most affordable hearing aid choices based on price, style, warranty, and other features.
Written by: MS, RDN, LDN
Medical Reviewer: AuD
Reviewed by: BSPharm, MPH, Senior Director, NCOA Center for Healthy Aging
  • While some hearing aids cost up to $7,000 per pair, the less expensive options on this list have starting prices between $99–$1,540 and offer both quality and personalized customer care.
  • Our top three recommendations are Jabra Enhance for the high quality and great customer support, Audien Hearing for the lowest starting price, and Lexie for its easy-to-use app and lifetime audiology support.
  • Don’t let price stop you from getting treatment for hearing loss. Financial aid, discounts, and payment plans can help you pay for hearing aids.
  • On August 16, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized its ruling on over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids being legally offered for sale without a medical exam, prescription, or professional fitting. [1] Food and Drug Administration. Medical Devices; Ear, Nose, and throat Devices; Establishing Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids. August 17, 2022. Found on the internet at: This new FDA ruling, which went into effect October 17, 2022, has created more affordable hearing aid options.

Our Reviews Team recommends products and services we believe provide value in the lives of our readers. We’ve spent more than 5,000 hours conducting in-depth research on hearing aid devices to give you the most accurate hearing aid review. To make these selections, we:

  • Consulted with audiologists and geriatric care experts
  • Mystery shopped 18 brands
  • Surveyed hundreds of hearing aid users
  • Tested various models of hearing aids
  • Interviewed experts in the field
  • Read thousands of verified customer reviews

Read more about our hearing aid review methodology.

Our Reviews Team’s picks for the most affordable hearing aids in 2023

If you’re buying hearing aids for yourself or a loved one, you already know they can be expensive. Prices for the best hearing aids on the market can run up to several thousand dollars per pair. How can you save money and find the least expensive hearing aids for your hearing loss? In this review, we’ve ranked the top seven most affordable hearing aids on the market based on our extensive research. The most affordable hearing aids include Lexie, Audien, Eargo, Jabra Enhance, and others mentioned in this guide.

Read about why these brands carry the best budget hearing aids, and learn about the features each one has to offer. We’ll also discuss how you can be a smart shopper and choose a quality hearing aid within your budget.

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Table 1 Comparison of the most affordable hearing aids, as of December 2023

Price per pair Type of hearing loss Battery Bluetooth Warranty Financing Link
Jabra Enhance $799–$1,995 Mild to moderately severe
Mild to moderate (Enhance Plus) Mild to moderately severe (Enhance Select models)
Except Jabra Enhance Select 50
Yes 1–3 years Yes Visit Site
Lexie $799–$999 Mild to moderate Rechargeable
Yes 1 year Yes Visit Site
MDHearing $297–$699.98 Mild to moderately severe Rechargeable No 1 year
2 years for Volt Max
Yes Visit Site
Eargo $1,650–$2,950 Mild to moderate Rechargeable No 1 year
2 years for Eargo 7
Yes Visit Site
Audien Hearing $99–$489 Mild to moderate Rechargeable No 1 year No Visit Site
Go Hearing $199–$499 Mild to moderate Rechargeable Yes
only Go Ultra
1 year Yes Visit Site
Signia $1,998
starting price
Mild to moderate Disposable No Dependent on hearing clinic Dependent on hearing clinic Visit Site
Audicus $1,398–$2,998 Mild to severe Rechargeable Yes
except the Mini
2 years Yes Visit Site
Jabra Enhance
Price per pair $799–$1,995
Type of hearing loss Mild to moderately severe
Mild to moderate (Enhance Plus) Mild to moderately severe (Enhance Select models)
Battery Rechargeable
Except Jabra Enhance Select 50
Bluetooth Yes
Warranty 1–3 years
Financing Yes
Visit Site
Price per pair $799–$999
Type of hearing loss Mild to moderate
Battery Rechargeable
Bluetooth Yes
Warranty 1 year
Financing Yes
Visit Site
Price per pair $297–$699.98
Type of hearing loss Mild to moderately severe
Battery Rechargeable
Bluetooth No
Warranty 1 year
2 years for Volt Max
Financing Yes
Visit Site
Price per pair $1,650–$2,950
Type of hearing loss Mild to moderate
Battery Rechargeable
Bluetooth No
Warranty 1 year
2 years for Eargo 7
Financing Yes
Visit Site
Audien Hearing
Price per pair $99–$489
Type of hearing loss Mild to moderate
Battery Rechargeable
Bluetooth No
Warranty 1 year
Financing No
Visit Site
Go Hearing
Price per pair $199–$499
Type of hearing loss Mild to moderate
Battery Rechargeable
Bluetooth Yes
only Go Ultra
Warranty 1 year
Financing Yes
Visit Site
Price per pair $1,998
starting price
Type of hearing loss Mild to moderate
Battery Disposable
Bluetooth No
Warranty Dependent on hearing clinic
Financing Dependent on hearing clinic
Visit Site
Price per pair $1,398–$2,998
Type of hearing loss Mild to severe
Battery Rechargeable
Bluetooth Yes
except the Mini
Warranty 2 years
Financing Yes
Visit Site

Most affordable hearing aids in 2023

Best Customer Support
9.9 Exceptional
Why We Chose

Jabra Enhance offers a unique balance of quality, affordability, and customer support. The company sells over-the-counter (OTC) receiver-in-canal (RIC) hearing aids using a completely online process, but you can also find Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids at Best Buy.

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes (except Jabra Enhance Select 50)
  • Bluetooth streaming: Yes
  • Warranty: Three years for Enhance Select models if you purchase premium package (one year for Enhance Plus and basic package for Enhance Select models)
  • Financing: Yes
Pros & Cons
Pros In-depth online appointment with a member of the audiology care team to help set up your hearing aids with the purchase of Enhance Select models Affordability combined with a level of customer support usually seen with more expensive hearing aids 100-day trial period and three-year warranty for Enhance Select models if you purchase premium package All hearing aids have Bluetooth streaming capabilities Cons All Jabra Enhance models require familiarity with smartphone apps to make adjustments No in-person audiology team support Not all hearing aids have the same long trial period and warranty
Additional Details

After purchasing a pair of Jabra Enhance Select hearing aids, every customer has a one-on-one video appointment with a member of the audiology care team. Not many affordable hearing aid companies offer this level of one-on-one customer support, which is why we named Jabra Enhance “Best Customer Support.”

Unlike the Enhance Select, you don’t need an appointment to purchase Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids. Instead, you’re required to take a hearing test through the Jabra Enhance app, which then calibrates the hearing aids to your results.

Jabra Enhance one-on-one support

During the initial video appointment, an audiology care team member does the following:

  • Gathers information about the customer’s hearing history
  • Sets hearing goals with the customer
  • Helps set up the hearing aids to ensure the correct fit
  • Covers details of cleaning and maintenance
  • Explains how to use the accessories that come with the hearing aids
  • Provides assistance setting up the app for remote adjustments

Customers who purchase a premium package of the Jabra Enhance Select devices also receive follow-up care and unlimited remote adjustments by a member of the Jabra Enhance audiology team for the first three years, a big perk for those buying hearing aids for the first time.

Unfortunately, Jabra Enhance Plus hearing aids do not include audiology team support (or the Jabra Enhance Select basic package), but you do get access to customer support at any time through the Jabra Enhance app.

Jabra Enhance customer satisfaction

Jabra Enhance has a Better Business Bureau (BBB) customer rating of 3.63 out of 5 with 19 reviews. Customers praise the superior customer service and knowledgeable staff at Jabra Enhance, and the ease of making remote adjustments with the app. Some reviews disagree, stating that the customer service could improve its availability.

Jabra Enhance prices and trial period

All Jabra Enhance Select hearing aid prices are competitive. The base model (Jabra Enhance Select 50) starts at $1,195 per pair (basic package) to $1,395 per pair (premium package). The most expensive model (Jabra Enhance Select 200) is $1,995 per pair for the premium package, about $2,600 less than the average pair of hearing aids, according to the White House.1 The 100-day trial period adds even more value to the price of Jabra Enhance Select hearing aids.

Price differences in each model reflect the battery type and level of technology. Jabra Enhance Select 50 comes with disposable batteries (and includes a year’s supply of batteries), the Jabra Enhance Select 100 has a rechargeable battery, and the Jabra Enhance Select 200 has a rechargeable battery plus the most advanced hearing technology the company offers.

All three models offer Bluetooth streaming and the ability to make remote adjustments using the free Jabra Enhance Select app.

The newest Jabra Enhance ITE model, the Enhance Plus, is priced lower at $799 because it’s a smaller model with fewer perks. While it comes with Bluetooth streaming and a rechargeable battery, you don’t get the audiology team support, and it only has a 45-day trial period.

Jabra Enhance hearing aid prices per pair


Jabra Enhance Select models have a longer warranty than many other budget hearing aid brands, with three years of loss and damage protection and three years of coverage for manufacturer’s defects (for those who purchase the premium package).

Customer service

Payment options

You can purchase Jabra Enhance hearing aids on the website using the following payment methods:

  • Credit card
  • PayPal

Jabra Enhance also offers financing through third-party lender, Bread.

For more information read our in-depth Jabra Enhance hearing aids review.

Our Top Pick
Most Affordable
9.3 Excellent
Why We Chose

Audien sells three lightweight, in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids: the Atom, Atom Pro, and BTE Series. Although the hearing aids don’t have a lot of features, such as Bluetooth, our Reviews Team found that Audien hearing aids are the least expensive of several brands, starting at only $99 per pair, winning the “Most Affordable” hearing aid on this list.

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes
  • Bluetooth streaming: No
  • Warranty: One year
  • Financing: No
Pros & Cons
Pros Lowest price on this list Rechargeable batteries for both models Cons Only offers three FDA-registered hearing aids Limited special features
Additional Details

Be aware that Audien devices sacrifice features for price—the company offers the lowest hearing aid prices on this list, but its devices also offer the least amount of features.

Audien hearing aid prices

  • Atom: $99 per pair
  • Atom 2: $189 per pair
  • Atom Pro: $249 per pair
  • Atom 2 Pro: $289 per pair
  • BTE Series: $489 per pair

Warranty for Audien hearing aids

Audien offers a one-year warranty that covers defective hearing aids. It does not include broken, lost, or water-damaged products.

Battery life

The Audien Atom, Atom Pro, and BTE Series have rechargeable batteries that take 4–6 hours to charge fully. The Atom battery lasts for 20 hours, while the Atom Pro and BTE Series batteries lasts for up to 24 hours. Based on our Reviews Team’s analysis, the average battery life of a rechargeable hearing aid is 30 hours.

Customer service

You can reach Audien in the following ways for customer support:

On the Audien website, there are also video tutorials on how to set up, wear, and clean hearing aids.

Payment options

You can purchase Audien hearing aids by:

  • Credit card

For more information about the company, read our Audien hearing aids review.

Best Invisible
9.6 Excellent
Why We Chose

Eargo sells three completely-in-canal (CIC), OTC hearing aids, all of which are nearly invisible in the ear. While they don’t include Bluetooth streaming because of their small size, Eargo devices do have Bluetooth connectivity so you can adjust the settings using the Eargo app on your smartphone. Because this brand offers small, invisible hearing aids at one of the lowest prices on the market, our Reviews Team named it “Best Invisible Hearing Aids.”

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes
  • Bluetooth streaming: No
  • Warranty: One year (two years for Eargo 7)
  • Financing: Yes
Pros & Cons
Pros Innovative tips in a variety of sizes and styles, allowing you to find the best fit Some of the smallest hearing aids on the market Cons Only appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss No in-person support available
Additional Details

The silicone tips of Eargo hearing aids look quite different from any other brand. Some tips look like flower petals, others resemble tiny brush bristles, and others are more traditional closed dome tips. A variety of tips and domes are included with every Eargo purchase, so you can find the best fit for your ears.

Respondents to our Reviews Team’s survey were satisfied with the fit of Eargo hearing aids. More than 70% of Eargo users who responded to our survey reported that their Eargo hearing aids are comfortable and fit well, which is noteworthy since you purchase Eargo hearing aids directly from the company and don’t need an in-person fitting from a hearing professional.

Eargo hearing aid prices

  • Eargo 5: $1,650 per pair; financing starts at $86 per month
  • Eargo 6: $2,250 per pair; financing starts at $80 per month
  • Eargo 7: $2,950 per pair; financing starts at $96 per month

Free trial period and warranty

Eargo is a brand to check out if you have mild to moderate hearing loss and are looking for a discreet hearing aid that’s barely noticeable. At your request, Eargo will send a sample (non-working) pair of hearing aids to try free for 45 days before making a purchase.

The Eargo 5 and Eargo 6 models come with a one-year warranty for manufacturer’s defects, loss, and damage, while the Eargo 7 includes a two-year warranty.

Customer service

You can contact Eargo in the following ways for customer support:

The Eargo Support Center website also offers a wide variety of videos and user guides for all of its hearing aid models.

Payment options

Eargo accepts all major cards and PayPal. Financing is available through Bread, a third-party lender.

For more information, check out our in-depth Eargo hearing aids review.

Most Versatile
9.1 Excellent
Why We Chose

The MDHearing Neo, Air, Volt, and Volt Max are classified as OTC devices, and the Volt Max has received FDA clearance as a self-fitting hearing aid. Because MDHearing is the second lowest-priced hearing aid on our list but still comes with a list of desirable features, it made our Reviews Team’s pick for “Most Versatile Hearing Aid.”

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes (Neo, Volt, and Volt Max)
  • Bluetooth streaming: No
  • Warranty: One year (two years for the Volt Max)
  • Financing: Yes
Pros & Cons
Pros Four models offered with different prices and features One of the least expensive OTC hearing aids on the market Cons Bluetooth streaming not available No in-person support for adjustments
Additional Details

This company offers three online-only models of behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, all suitable for mild to moderately severe hearing loss. Neo, the newest model from MDHearing, is an in-the-ear (ITE) rechargeable hearing aid designed for mild to moderate hearing loss.

MDHearing prices

  • Air: $299 per pair
  • Neo: $299 per pair
  • Volt: $299 per pair
  • Volt Max + VIP: $699 per pair

MDHearing aid features

MDHearing says its hearing aids are “one size fits most”—with various sizes of tubing, tips, and domes that can be combined to achieve a comfortable fit for most people—and that they are successful for more than 94% of Americans with hearing loss.3

Every MDHearing device includes feedback cancellation (to reduce whistling noises caused by holding a phone or other object close to your hearing aid) and digital noise reduction (to block out background sounds). The Neo has only one listening program, but the Air, Volt, and Volt Max come with four preset hearing profiles.

The volume on the Air, Neo, and Volt is controlled using the volume dial on the back of each hearing aid. If you want to change the hearing setting, just push the button that sits below the volume dial.

In addition to the features above, the Volt and Volt Max also offer directional microphones (to help you hear speech in front of you) and all four models use rechargeable batteries.

MDHearing app

The Volt Max is the only model that can connect with the MDHearing smartphone app to adjust volume and settings, or to allow the app to automatically change the settings based on your environment.

With the included VIP Care for the Volt Max, a hearing aid specialist can also work with you remotely through the app to make the adjustments to your hearing aid. You also have the option of using the buttons on the hearing aid to manually adjust the Volt Max, if you don’t want to bother with the app.

The MDHearing app is rated well, with 4.3 out of 5 stars on Apple’s App Store and 3.9 out of 5 stars on Google Play. Keep in mind the Volt Max cannot stream movies or phone calls with Bluetooth; it’s only equipped to use Bluetooth for connecting to the app.

MDHearing online consultations

MDHearing offers online consultations with a hearing aid specialist for Volt Max customers to help you set up and adjust your hearing aids.

Free trial period and warranty

MDHearing provides a 45-day money-back trial, during which you can send the hearing aids back for any reason and receive a full refund. The company offers a one-year warranty, which is standard among OTC brands, according to our Reviews Team’s research.

You can get a longer warranty by paying $10 per month for the MDShield Protection Plan. It provides insurance for manufacturer defects and damage as long as you subscribe to the plan. The VIP Care that comes with the Volt Max also includes an extended two-year warranty.

Customer service

You can reach MDHearing in the following ways:

The company also offers user manuals and troubleshooting tips on its website.

Payment options

MDHearing offers a number of ways to pay for its hearing aids:

  • Purchase online from the company with a credit card
  • Make a purchase over the phone by calling 800-918-3914
  • Pay by mail with a check or money order; just download the order form from the MDHearing website, fill it out, and send it in with your payment

Financing is offered through PayPal, as well as Affirm, a third-party lender that provides 0% interest for 12 months.

Check out our MDHearing review to learn more.

Most User-Friendly
9.7 Excellent
Why We Chose

Lexie OTC hearing aids combine self-fitting technology; several choices of models, colors, and battery types; and quality sound processing (powered by Bose technology in two models) with a competitive price, making this brand our pick for the “Most User-Friendly” hearing aid.

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes (B2)
  • Bluetooth streaming: Yes; iPhone call streaming through B2 model
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Financing: Lexie doesn’t have traditional financing, but the company now partners with Klarna, which offers you flexible payment options.
Pros & Cons
Pros Well-designed Lexie app makes it easy to customize the hearing aids Two models (B1 and B2) allow for fine-tuning adjustments Cons Only appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss App is required to make setting adjustments on the B1 and B2
Additional Details

Lexie OTC hearing aid options

The average price for OTC hearing aids is about $1,600 per pair$3,000 less than the average price of prescription hearing aids.2

Only a few OTC hearing aid brands offer self-fitting models under $1,600, and Lexie is one of them. All three Lexie hearing aid models have FDA clearance as self-fitting devices.

The Lumen, a behind-the ear model with a telecoil and disposable batteries, is priced at $799 per pair. The Lexie app will walk you through a hearing test when you initially set up the hearing aids, using the results to customize your devices to your hearing loss profile.

With the Lumen, you also get six preset listening environments to choose from, and you can adjust both the volume and listening environment using buttons on the hearing aid or the Lexie app on your smartphone or tablet.

Lexie also makes two OTC hearing aids, the B1 and B2, that allow you to make fine-tuning adjustments. In addition to selecting your listening environment, you can change the bass/treble balance, left/right balance, and the amount of amplification from different directions. These adjustments require the Lexie app; they can’t be manually adjusted with buttons on the devices. The main difference between these two models is that the B1 comes with a disposable battery, and the B2 allows you to stream phone calls with an iPhone device.

Free trial period and warranty

Lexie gives you 45 days to try out your new hearing aids. During this time, you can return them for any reason if they aren’t meeting your needs. Be sure to take advantage of the remote support Lexie provides as you learn how to make adjustments, charge, and clean your hearing aids.

Hearing instrument specialist Brian Murray also advises new users to wear their hearing aids for as long as possible each day. Even when you’re in a quiet environment, your ears are taking in sounds you couldn’t hear before you had hearing aids, and this stimulation helps your brain become accustomed to processing more sound.

Lexie provides a one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in workmanship.

Customer service

You can contact Lexie in the following ways for customer support:

Lexie accepts credit card payments on its website. You can also purchase Lexie hearing aids in a variety of stores where health devices are sold, such as Best Buy, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart. You also have the option of financing your hearing aid purchase through Klarna, which is now partnering with Lexie.

Explore more in our Lexie review.

Best Rechargeable
9.3 Excellent
Why We Chose

With a 30-hour rechargeable battery life, one of the longest we’ve seen among OTC hearing aids, Go Hearing ranks as the “Best Rechargeable” brand among budget-friendly hearing aids.

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes
  • Bluetooth streaming: No
  • Warranty: One year
Pros & Cons
Pros One of the least expensive hearing aids on the market Offers earbud-style devices that don’t look like traditional hearing aids Long rechargeable battery life of 30 hours Cons Only one model has Bluetooth streaming Only appropriate for mild to moderate hearing loss
Additional Details

Go Hearing models and prices:

Go Hearing Lite and Prime models

The Go Hearing Lite and Prime models are ITE devices with rechargeable batteries, and both have a battery life of 30 hours on a two- to three-hour charge. The charger itself holds six charges before needing to be recharged again. That’s twice as many as the Jabra Enhance charger, the only other OTC device with a 30-hour battery life.

Keep in mind that you’ll give up a few conveniences for the low price of both ITE models. These devices require the use of a small screwdriver to make volume adjustments, similar to Audien. During our in-house testing of Audien, changing the volume with the tool was inconvenient and could be challenging if you have reduced dexterity or arthritis.

While the Lite and Prime are similar, the Lite is priced $100 below the Prime and only has one listening setting compared to the three settings that come with the Prime.  The Prime also offers the following features that aren’t included with the Lite:

  • Feedback cancellation
  • Background noise reduction
  • Six processing channels and 12 bands

Go Hearing Ultra model

The newest Go Hearing model is the Ultra, which is $200 more expensive than the Go Prime, offering more advanced technology and potentially a better, more comfortable user experience. The Go Ultra is a BTE device with a rechargeable battery life of about 20 hours on a two- to three-hour charge. This is also the first Go Hearing model with Bluetooth streaming capabilities. Unlike the Go Hearing Lite and Prime models, the Go Ultra has an adjustable volume switch on the device, so no screwdriver is needed to change the volume, and it has four sound profiles you can save for easy customization. Along with features included with the Go Prime model, the Go Ultra features:

  • Bluetooth streaming capabilities
  • Behind-the-ear fit
  • Four preset programs
  • Rechargeable case

Free trial period and warranty

Go Hearing provides a 45-day trial period and a one-year manufacturer’s warranty against defects in workmanship.

Customer service

You can contact Go Hearing in the following ways for customer support:

  • Phone: 302-754-3190, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Sunday
  • Email:

Payment options

  • Credit card
  • FSA or HSA card

Financing options

  • Go Hearing provides financing through Klarna.

Read more in our review of the best rechargeable hearing aids.

Most Affordable Prescription
8.4 Good
Why We Chose

Often, prescription hearing aids are typically more expensive than over-the-counter options because they require a medical recommendation, treat more severe or profound hearing loss, and are customizable to treat your personal hearing loss situation. But Signia offers more affordable prescription options than most.

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes, except Silk
  • Bluetooth streaming: Yes, except Silk
  • Warranty: Dependent on hearing clinic
Pros & Cons
Pros One of the most affordable prescription hearing aid options on the market Different styles available to treat mild to profound hearing loss Advanced sound technology Cons Certain models only offer in-app sound adjustments Warranty depends on hearing clinic
Additional Details

The most affordable Signia models and price ranges:

Silk X: $1,540 (starting price)

The brand’s most affordable hearing aid model is the Signia Silk X. While prices vary by distributor, Signia Silk X hearing aids can start as low as $1,540 per pair. They come in performance levels ranging from 1X to 7X, with 7X being the most advanced. If you’re looking for hearing aids at the lower end of the price range, consider opting for a lower performance level, such as 1X or 3X.

The completely-in-canal (CIC) Signia Silk X is the brand’s smallest and most discreet hearing aid model and is designed to treat mild to moderate hearing loss. Unlike some of the brand’s other models, the Silk only comes with disposable batteries and does not offer Bluetooth capabilities.

Customization options are also limited, but this model does have directional microphone and noise reduction technology. To find the best fit, Silk comes with four sizes of silicone sleeves, which snap onto the end of the device that goes into your ear. Unlike other prescription models, Silk X doesn’t require a lengthy custom fitting process. This can save time, but you may have trouble finding the perfect fit.

Make sure you pay attention to whistling or feedback noise, which can indicate an improper fit. Note: The Silk is the only model from Signia that’s not water-resistant, so take extra care around water and moisture.

Additional Signia models 

Signia also produces Pure, Styletto X, Insio, Active, and Motion hearing aids, which have higher starting prices and more advanced features compared to the three Signia models featured above. Read more about all Signia hearing aid models in our Signia hearing aids review.

Free trial period and warranty

You can fill out a form to start a no-obligation trial with Signia. Warranties on Signia hearing aids depend on the policy of the hearing clinic where you purchase your device.

Customer service

You can contact Signia in the following ways for customer support:

  • Phone: (800)-766-4500 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET, Monday through Sunday

Payment options

  • Dependent on hearing clinic.

Financing options

  • Dependent on hearing clinic.
Best For Bluetooth
9.0 Very Good
Why We Chose

Audicus is an OTC hearing aid company that sells four value-priced, receiver-in-ear (RIC) Bluetooth hearing aids: the Spirit 1, Spirit 2, Omni 1, and Omni 2. Audicus also produces the Mini, a completely-in-canal (CIC) style hearing aid that fits discreetly in your ear. Due to its small size, the Mini cannot fit Bluetooth technology.

  • Rechargeable battery: Yes
  • Bluetooth streaming: Yes (except the Mini)
  • Warranty: Two years
  • Financing: Yes
Pros & Cons
Pros Lower price than most Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids Membership program for people who want to lease hearing aids instead of buying them Four color options with each model Cons In-person options limited to four locations (New York City, Denver, and two in Chicago) Shorter battery life (18 hours) than some other hearing aids (24 hours)
Additional Details

Audicus Bluetooth-equipped hearing aid prices:

  • Spirit 1: $1,398–$1,598 per pair
  • Spirit 2: $1,798–$1,998 per pair
  • Omni 1: $2,398 per pair
  • Omni 2: $2,798–2,998 per pair

Bluetooth technology in hearing aids

Bluetooth technology allows two devices to wirelessly communicate with each other by sending radio waves back and forth. In addition to being reasonably priced hearing aids, the Audicus Omni and Spirit models include Bluetooth streaming, unlike MDHearing, which only lets you wirelessly connect to the company’s app.

Bluetooth streaming allows you to connect to televisions, stereos, computers, smart phones, and any device that is Bluetooth compatible, bringing the sound directly to your hearing aids. 

Your Audicus hearing aids can also be used to stream your voice directly to your phone or computer. Most newer cell phones, computers, and tablets include Bluetooth capabilities. Check your product manual or call the device manufacturer if you’re not sure.

Audicus membership program

Audicus offers a unique membership program for people who want to try hearing aids but don’t want to buy them. Note: Previously, Audicus offered a different version of the membership program on all hearing aids, but the new program, Audicus Premier, is only available for its Series 2 models.

Rather than purchasing the devices up front, you pay a $249 setup fee and a monthly fee to lease them—$99 per month for the Spirit 2 and $149 per month for the Omni 2. You don’t have to worry about a long-term contract obligation, and you can cancel at any time.

Members receive a new pair of hearing aids every 18 months, with accessories, unlimited telehealth support (including adjustments), and a warranty that covers damage and one-time loss replacement.

Free trial period and warranty

Audicus provides a 45-day, money-back trial period, so you can try out the hearing aids and make sure they’re a good fit for you. If not, simply return them for a full refund.

The company also offers a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, which can be extended to three years for $99–$198 per pair depending on your product. The extended warranty, called Audicus Protect, provides unlimited cleaning and care, unlimited repairs, and one-time loss replacement.

Customer service

You can contact Audicus in the following ways for customer support:

  • Phone: (855) 971-0451, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, 7 days a week

The company offers fitting and adjustments at a growing number of clinics around the country. Visit the online locator to see if there is an Audicus clinic in your area.

Customers receive free, unlimited hearing aid reprogramming after their purchase, something not all companies offer, and Audicus also provides video tutorials, FAQs, hearing aid manuals, and information about repairs and adjustments on its website. For the price, this brand has a lot to offer in the way of technology and service.

Payment options

Audicus hearing aids are only available for purchase on the company’s website. You can pay in the following ways:

  • Credit card
  • PayPal

Audicus also offers financing through third-party lenders Care Credit and Allegro.

Read more in our Audicus hearing aids review.

Pros and cons of affordable hearing aids

While saving money on hearing aids is important to most shoppers, it’s also wise to consider what you might be giving up if you pick a budget hearing aid. Let’s look at the advantages and potential disadvantages of the most affordable hearing aids.


  • Lower up-front cost: According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, people who need hearing aids wait, on average, 10 years before getting help for hearing loss, and one of the biggest reasons people wait is the high cost associated with hearing aids.4 Our Reviews Team’s survey of hearing aid users also found hearing aid cost was the number one obstacle to getting them.
  • FDA approved OTC hearing aids: The historically high price of hearing aids is coming down in part because the FDA finalized OTC hearing aid regulations in August 2022, which has led to increased competition and innovation in the marketplace.5 As more affordable options continue to become available to consumers, more people will be able to access them.
  • Online testing, purchasing, and customer support: The entirely online/remote process keeps costs down for consumers and hearing aid companies alike.Lower up-front cost


  • Limited technology: While features like noise cancellation and directional microphones are now offered in affordable devices, top-of-the-line sound technology is reserved for more expensive hearing aid models. 
  • Not fully customizable: Budget hearing aids typically cannot be completely customized to your individual hearing loss.
  • Not suitable for severe hearing loss: High-powered devices that treat severe and profound hearing loss are generally more costly due to the increased circuitry, level of customization needed, and professional adjustment required. 
  • In-person support may not be available: Low cost hearing aids often do not come with the option of in-person support from an audiologist or hearing aid specialist.Limited Technology

Dr. Candice Ortiz-Hawkins, clinical audiologist at Capital Institute of Hearing and Balance in Silver Spring, Maryland, believes new hearing aid users or those with other medical conditions typically need more support offered through audiologists’ clinics.

“Those who require more follow up tend to be new hearing aid users; those with multiple medical conditions, including cognitive decline, low vision, or dexterity issues, who will have difficulty caring for and managing their hearing aids,” said Ortiz-Hawkins.

The budget hearing aid brands on our list that offer in-person adjustments and customer support are Audicus and Signia. The other companies offer adjustments and other services only by phone, app, or video.

How much do hearing aids cost?

The average cost of hearing aids is $99–$ 7,000 per pair, based on our Reviews Team’s research. But hearing aid prices can vary widely depending on features, style, and technology.

OTC hearing aids are often more affordable than prescription hearing aids, and they can be a great option if you have mild to moderate hearing loss and don’t feel you need in-person support.

If this describes you, choosing one of the most affordable hearing aids brands reviewed here can save you thousands of dollars.

Table 2 Most affordable hearing aids from lowest to highest price, as of December 2023





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Let’s take a look at why some hearing aids cost more than others.

Factors that affect hearing aid price:

1. Degree of hearing loss

For people with severe or profound hearing loss, lower-cost hearing aids may not be a good option. This is also true for those who experience hearing loss due to an injury or a medical condition in the ear.

In either case, you may need in-person help from an audiologist or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor to customize and adjust your hearing aids for your specific ear anatomy and hearing needs. While a few OTC brands offer devices to address severe hearing loss, most companies that specialize in severe and profound hearing loss are sold through audiologists’ clinics.

Signia is our Reviews Team’s pick for the most affordable hearing aid in this category.

2. Availability of in-person support

When purchasing hearing aids through a clinic, you will typically pay more than you would buying them online from a hearing aid manufacturer. But you won’t just be buying the hearing aids; the price often includes ongoing in-person support in the form of adjustments, cleaning, and other maintenance.

Some hearing care clinics provide longer and more comprehensive warranties than OTC hearing aid companies. They may also offer service plans that include cleaning and maintenance. Both warranties and service plans could include additional fees, so it’s important to ask for details before making a purchase.

“Another option is to purchase hearing aids from an audiologist who offers an unbundled pricing model. This allows for lower up-front costs for the hearing aids and fitting services,” said Ortiz-Hawkins. “After the initial fitting, you pay for services only as you need them. This can save you up to a couple of thousand dollars.”

The additional cost of in-person support may be worth it for people who are new to hearing aids, are not comfortable making adjustments on their own, or just want the extra help that a hearing specialist can provide in person.

3. Level of technology

High-tech hearing aids cost more than those with fewer features. These technologies can include options such as:

  • Activity tracking: Counts steps and time spent in conversations
  • Artificial intelligence (AI): Provides superior sound and even fall detection
  • Bluetooth streaming: Allows you to stream TV shows and phone calls and adjust your hearing aids with a smartphone app
  • Rechargeable batteries: Companies such as MDHearing only offer rechargeable batteries, which cost more up front, but keep in mind you won’t have to buy (or change) disposable batteries in those models.

The good news is the FDA has finalized a rule to grant access for hearing aids that can be sold over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription or an audiologist’s exam.2 Lower-priced OTC hearing aids are now available online and in stores where health devices are sold, such as Best Buy, CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Why are hearing aids so expensive?

A variety of factors influence the price you’ll pay for hearing aids. For example, audiologists usually charge more for in-person support than specialists who help you with your hearing aids online or over the phone.

This is because in-person, brick-and-mortar clinics have more overhead costs compared to online companies, such as rent, maintenance, and staffing (audiologists also have more specialized medical training).

Does Medicare or insurance cover hearing aids?

Unfortunately Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids. Medicare A and B does not currently cover: hearing exams not requested by a physician; hearing aid fittings; or hearing aid supplies, although NCOA is a strong advocate for Medicare coverage of hearing aids.6

If you have Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage), it may pay for some expenses related to hearing aids. Private insurance plans sometimes offer partial or full coverage as well. Contact your insurance provider for more information.

If you qualify for Medicaid, it will often pay for part or all of the cost of hearing aids, but it depends on your state. The Hearing Loss Association of America provides a detailed list of Medicaid hearing aid coverage by state.

How to save on hearing aid costs

Along with shopping for affordable hearing aid brands, there are other ways find the best hearing aid prices:

  • Look for sales: Holidays are a great time to look for hearing aids on sale. Brands like MDHearing and Eargo offer great regular savings.
  • Ask about payment or membership plans: Third-party lenders like CareCredit offer good financing options, while membership plans like the one Audicus offers covers “leased” devices, upgrades, and maintenance packages. 
  • Use your HSA or FSA: Health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) distributed through your employer can help pay for hearing aids and batteries.7
  • Purchase through a discount retailer: Try shopping through a discount retailer like Yes Hearing.
  • Pay in full: You may be able to request a discount if you pay full price.

Hearing aid financing

Thankfully, consumers now have many options when it comes to financing their hearing aid purchases. Most OTC hearing aid manufacturers and third-party retailers offer financing, and every hearing care clinic we’ve spoken with also provides the option to finance prescription hearing aids.

The following retailers and hearing aid companies were offering financing as of May 2023:

Hearing aid brands with financing options

Hearing aid retailers offering financing

Organizations that provide financial assistance for hearing aids

Cost shouldn’t stand in the way of getting treatment for your hearing loss. Fortunately, a number of non-profit organizations may be able to help you pay for hearing aids. Here’s a list to get you started.

Some of the websites we’ve outlined also provide links to other associations that give financial assistance for hearing aids.

Veterans Affairs

If you’re a veteran and receive general VA health care, you can get hearing exams, hearing aids, batteries, hearing implants, and a variety of hearing assistive technology, such as remote microphones, media streamers, and hearing aid-compatible smoke alarms, at no cost.

The VA will also repair hearing aids purchased by veterans in the private sector free of charge. Go to the Veterans Affairs website to learn more about these benefits.8

Discount networks

Networks such as Yes Hearing sell hearing aids and service packages at prices up to 30% lower than clinics. The discount network will lock in the best price they can offer for your hearing aids and then connect you with a local clinic, where you can get a hearing evaluation, purchase your hearing aids, and receive service and support.

Member benefits

AARP members can receive a 20% discount on hearing aids along with other hearing benefits through a program with HearUSA.

Lions Club members can also get hearing aids at a discounted price. See their website for details.

Hearing Aid Project

Developed by Hearing Charities of America, the Hearing Aid Project provides hearing evaluations and refurbished hearing aids at little or no cost. If you are a U.S. resident, have been diagnosed with hearing loss by an audiologist, and do not have health insurance that covers hearing aids, you may qualify for devices from the Hearing Aid Project.

Go to the website to complete an application and get a list of national, state, and local resources that help pay for hearing aids.

Other resources

The following organizations provide resources and links to help you get financial assistance for hearing aids:

Lastly, check out BenefitsCheckUp® to see what other benefits you’re eligible for.

What to look for in the best affordable hearing aids

Tips and domes for the best fitA variety of tips and domes will help you find the best fit with hearing aids that aren’t custom-made for your exact ear anatomy. Eargo and Signia, along with all makers of behind-the ear (BTE) and receiver-in-ear (RIC) devices, offer several sizes of tips and domes.
Free trial periodIn most states, hearing aid companies must offer a trial period of at least 30 days. During the trial period, you can return the hearing aids and receive a full or partial refund if you decide they aren’t a good fit for you.
WarrantyOf our hearing aid survey respondents, 62% needed to have their hearing aids repaired during the warranty period. Most companies provide a warranty between one and three years from the date of purchase, but not all warranties are created equal. Check the length and type of warranty before purchasing hearing aids, whether the warranty can be extended and, if so, how much the extended warranty costs.
Bluetooth capabilityRemember Bluetooth connectivity and Bluetooth streaming are two different things. Some CIC models (such as Eargo) provide Bluetooth connectivity but not streaming. This means you can connect wirelessly to your charger and/or smartphone app, but you won’t be able to take phone calls or listen to music with your hearing aids. If using your hearing aids to talk on the phone or stream music is important to you, make sure Bluetooth streaming is supported in a hearing aid you’re interested in before purchasing it.
Smartphone appsNewer hearing aid technology has made it possible to use your smartphone to adjust the volume and settings on your hearing aids without even touching them. If you’re comfortable with technology and enjoy using apps on your phone, this may be a feature you’ll appreciate.
Noise reductionAlso called digital noise reduction, devices with this feature help you focus on conversations and other nearby sounds by limiting background noise. Noise reduction was the most important feature hearing aid customers said they wanted in our Reviews Team’s survey, and luckily, most hearing aids include it in even the most basic models.
Directional microphones and feedback cancellationDirectional microphones inside the hearing aid pick up and amplify sounds in front of you to help you hear and respond to conversations more easily. Feedback cancellation cuts down on the whistling sound that was common in older hearing aids when they were held near a phone or other device. Both of these features are commonly included in basic hearing aid models.
TelecoilA T-coil, or telecoil, enables the use of hearing aids in public places such as airports and houses of worship, and in theaters fitted with specialized hearing assistive technology called a hearing loop. While many modern hearing aids include a telecoil, CIC devices like Eargo hearing aids are so small they often do not. The Lexie Lumen, a BTE model, does come with a telecoil.
Battery typeAccording to our Reviews Team’s survey, most hearing aid users prefer rechargeable batteries over disposable batteries. Rechargeable batteries were the second-most important feature to customers (right behind digital noise reduction). The advantage of rechargeable batteries is being able to place them in the charging case at night before going to bed and having them ready in the morning. On the other hand, with disposable batteries you don’t have to be without your hearing aids while they charge; simply replace the batteries as needed.

Are budget hearing aids a good fit for you?

While everyone wants to save money, the least expensive hearing aids aren’t a good fit for every person. There are two reasons why you may not want to choose the cheapest hearing aids.

1. You have sudden or profound hearing loss

If you are experiencing a sudden loss of hearing, have recently had an injury or illness that may be related to your hearing loss, or have pain in one or both ears, be sure to contact your doctor or other health care provider for an in-person evaluation.

In these cases, purchasing hearing aids online without an exam by a hearing professional could result in money wasted on devices that don’t effectively treat your hearing loss, as well as underlying conditions going undiagnosed and untreated.

A person receiving a hearing exam at an audiologist. Two devices are in her ears during testing to help determine her level of hearing loss.

A Reviews Team member receiving an exam from an audiologist

2. You want in-person support

For people who are new to hearing aids or have underlying medical conditions that affect their hearing, the in-person support offered at hearing clinics could be a better route. These hearing aids are typically (though not always) more expensive than OTC brands sold online.

Bottom line

Affordable hearing aids have many benefits, one of which is the low price. But they’re not for everyone.

If sticking to a budget is important for you, our Reviews Team chose MDHearing as the “Most Versatile Budget Hearing Aid” based on its low hearing aid prices and variety of models and technology to choose from. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly hearing aid with Bluetooth, we recommend Audicus RIC models. Lexie is our top pick among OTC hearing aid brands. For robust customer support, Jabra Enhance may be a good choice for its one-on-one video calls with an audiology team. If an invisible hearing aid is important to you, Eargo may be a good fit. And if price is your only concern and you don’t mind sacrificing features, Audien hearing aids could work for you. Finally, if you’re seeking customizable prescription devices with better sound clarity technology, the Signia Silk may be the best affordable option for you. 

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