Hearing Aid Prices
The price of a single hearing aid will range from around £395 to more than £3,495. The average cost of a pair of hearing aids bought privately in the UK is about £2,995.
The price of your hearing aid will vary depending on the specification. Features such as being compatible with smartphones and controlled by wireless interfaces will drive up the cost.
How much do hearing aids cost?
Differences between level of hearing aids are determined by their price, their feature sophistication and which type of lifestyle they are designed for.
Clinic Compare has collated information from Which? regarding the price range and level of hearing aid, its features and the type of lifestyle each level will suit. This should help you to match your lifestyle to the level of hearing aid that will be best for you.
|Level of hearing aid||Price range per pair||Features||Lifestyle suitability|
|Basic hearing aids||£395 - £1,395||
|Mid-range hearing aids||£1,295 - £2,995||All of the above, plus:
|Premium hearing aids||£1,895 - £4,395||All of the above, plus:
|iPhone compatible hearing aids||£2,895 - £6,995||All of the above, plus:
The more socially active and exposed to complex environments you are, the more likely you will need a more expensive hearing aid that has the appropriate features to cope.
Hearing aids at the cheaper end of the scale are most suited to those that have a quieter lifestyle and are rarely in a large group but more likely to have one-on-one conversations.
The hearing aids at mid-level in price will suit those in-between that are fairly independent, active and exposed to competing sounds like walking outdoors, coffee shops, small groups, supermarkets and friends/family gatherings.
Assessing your lifestyle and what you need the hearing aid to be able to help you with, is a good exercise to do when discussing which level you will need with your hearing aid dispenser.
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What should I consider when buying hearing aids?
There are a few factors to consider when buying a hearing aid and price is only one of these. To help you in the process, here are some guidelines to follow when buying your hearing aid:
- Don’t just assume you should pay for the most expensive hearing aid. Read the specifications and see if they suit your lifestyle and whether you really need top level features. If you are heavily active and social, this might be the case but not if you tend to lead a quieter lifestyle.
- Always consider the pros and cons of each hearing aid. Look at a cross section of hearing aids and rate their features against your lifestyle to assess whether you need to pay for them.
- Are there any retailers offering any deals on the hearing aid you have been researching? Could you get it for a better price?
- Make sure you understand the terms of the trial period. It should be a minimum of 28 days. Also check if there is a cancellation fee for returning the hearing aids within the trial period.
- Check the warranty period and what it covers. This could be replacing a hearing aid due to loss of damage.
- If you are spreading the cost through a financial agreement, make sure you know how much annual percentage rate (APR) you are being charged as to avoid any nasty surprises.
- Find out what the ongoing costs will be such as follow up appointments and hearing aid servicing.
- Shop around and check out more than one retailer to get a sense of whether you would like to build a long-term relationship with them.
- Ask how easy it is to get an appointment with an audiologist and if there is a simple procedure should you need to make a complaint.
- Finally, don’t buy a hearing aid without a full hearing test from an audiologist.
Will there be any additional hearing aids costs?
Wearing a hearing aid is a long-term relationship and as such there will be various ongoing costs aside from the initial purchase. Here are a few additional costs to be aware of after buying your hearing aid:
- Insurance - Specific hearing aid insurance versus placing hearing aids under home insurance whilst good to take out, will increase costs. That said, it would be much cheaper than an upfront cost of replacing the entire hearing aid from loss or damage.
- Batteries - A typical hearing aid battery can last between 3 and 22 days, depending on the hearing aid type, battery type, and the amount of hearing aid use. As such your hearing aid's battery will need to be replaced frequently.
- Cleaning Kits - A hearing aid consists of several parts, most of which should be cleaned and maintained regularly. A cleaning kit will be advisable to purchase.
- Repairs - Your hearing aid may require repairs at some stage so budgeting for this is a good idea.
- Replacement - Hearing aids don’t have an infinite life span so at some point you will need to eventually replace them.
It’s important to remember that while your hearing aid is under warranty from a private retailer or manufacturer, some of these costs will be covered by it during this period.
Can I get hearing aids on finance?
Many retailers offer the chance to spread the cost of hearing aids with interest free monthly payments. This will make it easier to manage the cost of the hearing aid and ensure you get the one that is most suited to you.
You can select plans that let you choose to spread your payments over 12, 18 or 24 months and start from £27 a month. You can discuss your finance options during your appointment at the hearing aid retailer. Interest free finance options are available at retailers like Boots, Hidden Hearing, and Scrivens.
Do I have to buy hearing aids?
If buying hearing aids privately doesn’t suit your circumstances, you can also get free hearing aids through the NHS. Your GP can refer you to a hearing specialist who will determine whether you need a hearing aid.
Once this has been established, you will be called in for an appointment to take an ear mould and fit the free hearing aid. You will also be given free replacement batteries.