Buying a hearing aid
A hearing aid is one of the most important investments in your wellbeing you’re likely to make. The right device has the potential to significantly enhance your quality of life, bringing you renewed independence, confidence and security.
With the wide range of hearing aids available today, whether you’re looking for the ultimate hearing experience or would prefer something more budget friendly, there’s a device to suit.
How much do hearing aids cost?
We are often asked about pricing for hearing aids and it’s a tricky question to answer as it depends on a number of factors, including the quality of sound, its size and how well it performs in challenging listening environments.
Generally speaking, the more basic hearing aids are cheaper, with some retailing at less than $1,000. The most technologically advanced devices, which have higher levels of technology and enable more natural sound quality, can cost several thousands of dollars.
Depending on the type of hearing aid the cost will usually include the initial device consultation, fitting appointment and follow up appointments, as well as hearing aid cleanings and a warranty that can range from one to three years.
Seems like a lot of money?
While the initial cost of a hearing aid may seem high, it’s important to remember the impact hearing well has on your life and the lives of those around you. Once you weigh the benefit against the cost of a hearing aid, you’ll soon realise it’s well worth the money.
Some people like to break down the initial price into a "per day" cost to give them some perspective. So, for example, a hearing aid purchased for $4,000 and lasting five years costs just $2.20 per day – a very small price to pay for quality of life.
Are there government subsidies?
Yes, some people are eligible for free hearing aids through the Hearing Services Program. This will cover the cost of a basic or sometimes mid-level, hearing aid. You can also choose a device with a higher level of technology and features, at a subsidised rate.
Can I claim on my private health fund?
If you have extras cover, you may be able to make a claim. Contact your provider for more information.
Why do they cost so much?
A huge amount of money is invested in technological research and development by hearing aid manufacturers. This is how they are able to continue designing more effective and smaller devices. Because the market for hearing aids is small compared to other areas of technology such as computers or mobile phones, the price of hearing aids can seem high to consumers.
Can I buy a hearing aid online?
Yes, but in the same way as glasses you buy at the supermarket don’t completely fix your sight, it’s unlikely you will be satisfied with your purchase. Hearing aids are complex medical devices. To get even reasonable benefit from a hearing aid, it’s critical that it is fitted by a professional and customised to suit you in the first instance.
Additionally, the hearing specialist will work with you and troubleshoot any issues you may have. Their experience in rehabilitation will allow you to get the most from your devices. On-going there will be adjustments, maintenance and repairs. When you buy locally not only do you have access to these services, they are often included in the original price.
Who can advise me on which is the best hearing aid to suit my budget?
Give our Hearing Help specialists a call or speak with us via live chat.