I have just recently started checking into the CROS aids. Insurance has denied the BAHA option and I think the CROS may work for me. The estimates I received from the Audiologist I saw ranged from $2,200 to $4,500 for the â€œsystemâ€.
The system consists of two units. One behind the good ear acts as an aid/receiver. It can be an aid for your hearing side if there is a hearing deficit which needs to be compensated for. If there is no hearing loss on the good side it will simply act as the receiver for the signal coming from the SSD device. The audiologist I talked with said there were three different levels of processing available in the good ear device if it needs to be an aid for the good side. Each progressive level of course, has more features or enhancements in the processor that makes it work better in more situations from a quiet room, to in the car, to attending a rock concert. Each level of processing comes with a different cost as well. The good side unit ranged in cost from $1,200 to $2,300, to $3,500.
Then the SSD device on the poor ear acts as a transmitter which gathers the sound on that side and transmits it via wi-fi to the receiver in the good ear without processing it at all. This unit priced at $1,000.
It seems the Phonak can be had in most any configuration. If you only want the good side aid you just buy that. If you want the CROS functions as well you buy both units and choose the level of processing you need or want. It is almost like buying a car with or without options.
Now mind you, this Audiologist is the first I have talked with about the CROS. Others may give different prices and services. I think someone here said the CROS needs adjustments and tweaking in order to work optimally for each user. The guy I was talking with was associated with a regional health care system and offered it all. That may come with some cost so there may be some cost savings with other vendors.
This is how I understood the CROS. I may have misunderstood some things but I believe this is pretty close. I hope it helps.