Cost of hearing aids
If you are a self-funded retiree and currently looking to buy a set of hearing aids, this information might help you.
How much do hearing aids cost?
The prices range between $1,000 and $5500 for one hearing aid. This includes initial hearing test, Speech in noise test, device consultation, fitting appointment and follow up appointments. It also includes hearing aid service, repairs, adjustments and yearly follow ups for 3 years.
Why do hearing aids cost so much?
Manufacturing hearing aids is very expensive. Millions of dollars are spent every year by the hearing aid manufacturers to continuously improve the hearing aid features on research and development. Unlike other electronic goods the number of hearing aids sold is minimal, which results in higher costs for people who require hearing aids.
Purchasing a hearing aid is a long term investment, it might seem expensive initially. You only replace hearing aids every 7-8 years if you look after the hearing aids. That’s why we at Abel hearing clinic ensure we see you every 12 months for a yearly review at no cost.
There is a huge range of hearing aids available today to suit many different lifestyles, ear canal shapes, types and severity of hearing losses. Two main things determine the cost of these devices – style, and how advanced the hearing aid features are (technology used in the hearing aid).
Hearing aids range from tiny devices like Lyric that sit inside the ear canal, to larger devices that sit on top of the ear. All hearing aids have digital sound processing technology, but some hearing aids are more advanced than others in managing feedback reduction (whistling noises), background noise reduction, which helps you hear better in places with annoying background noises and ability to connect the hearing aids to you TV, mobile phones, and more. There are hearing aids available for people with one sided hearing loss.
Why isn’t it a good idea to buy cheaper hearing aids online?
Hearing aids are quite complex medical devices and you need an accredited and qualified audiologist to help you choose the right hearing aid to suit your ears, hearing loss and life style. It also needs to be fitted and adjusted to suit your needs as it’s not an off the shelf product. You could potentially waste your money if it does not suit your needs.
You also need ongoing care and support from your audiologist to maintain them as well as get it tuned if anything changes with your hearing.
There are a number of ways to reduce the cost of hearing aids:
Health fund rebates: Most Australian health fund providers offer rebate for hearing aids and audiology services. Please contact your health fund to know more on hearing aid rebate.
Free hearing services for pensioners:
Eligible pensioners and Veterans are entitled to free hearing aids and hearing services from Abel Hearing Clinic through the Office of Hearing Services (this is a Government run program). Under this scheme, you may be entitled to free hearing tests, personalised support from a hearing clinician and free hearing aid batteries and maintenance.