Hearing Aid Prices
The price of a single hearing aid can range from just £395 to more than £4,000. The average cost of a pair of hearing aids bought privately in the UK is around £2,995. The price per hearing aid is typically less when you buy two hearing aids instead of one.
The price of your hearing aid will vary depending on its technology and specifications. More sophisticated features such as Bluetooth streaming and compatibility with smartphones will drive up the cost.
You will incur additional costs for your hearing aids including insurance, batteries, and repairs. These should be factored into your budget when you purchase your hearing aids.
How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost?
The average price paid for a pair of hearing aids in the UK is £2,995, although hearing aids are grouped into different price brackets depending on their level of technology.
While most hearing aids have settings to manage feedback and background noise, some hearing aids are designed for specific purposes such as listening to music, which may not be suitable for you. You should therefore take into account what you need your hearing aid for, since this can affect the technology that you require.
Based on information obtained from Which? and leading hearing aid retailers, Clinic Compare has produced the table below to show you how much you should expect to pay for a hearing aid, based on its technology and lifestyle suitability:
|Level Of Hearing Aid||Price Range Per Pair||Technology||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 of hearing aid you will need with your your hearing care specialist.Here Poonam Patel, Hearing Aid Audiologist for Amplifon, discusses how your lifestyle can affect the price you pay for a hearing aid:
Should I Buy Hearing Aids Online?
Your hearing is hugely important to your quality of life and so getting your hearing aid from a trusted provider is absolutely vital to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome from your hearing aids.
Buying hearing aids online is not recommended as although they might be cheaper, you won’t receive the personalised service required for assessing your hearing loss and which hearing type of aid you need.
If you are thinking about purchasing hearing aids online, you should consider the following questions:
- Do you know what type of hearing loss you have?
- Do you know which type of hearing aid is best suited to your hearing loss and lifestyle?
- Do you know how to properly adjust the settings of the hearing aid to achieve the best sound clarity and listening comfort?
- Do you know who to contact if you are having problems with the hearing aid?
- Do you know where to send the hearing aid to be serviced or repaired?
It is unlikely that you will be able to sufficiently answer any of these questions when buying a hearing aid online.
Instead, by meeting with a hearing aid specialist you will receive a proper hearing test and consultation to discuss what type of hearing aid is right for you and your lifestyle, as well as access to regular advice and help should you have issues with your hearing aid.
Can I Get Hearing Aids On Finance?
Many hearing aid providers 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 just £27 a month. You can discuss your finance options during your appointment with a hearing care specialist. Interest free finance options are available at providers like Amplifon, Hidden Hearing and Boots.
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 technology. 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 specifications against your lifestyle to assess whether you need them.
- Are there any providers 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. Leading hearing aid specialists typically offer warranties from 1 year up to 5 years, depending on the brand, style and price of the hearing aid.
- 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 provider 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 a hearing expert.
Will There Be Any Additional Hearing Aids Costs?
Wearing a hearing aid is a long-term investment 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, so we would recommend purchasing a cleaning kit.
- Repairs: Repairs to a hearing aid will typically cost over £100 each time. Although repairs will maintain the functioning of your hearing aid, you will inevitably need to replace it at some point.
- Replacement: Hearing aids typically last for five years before they need replacing, but hearing aids that fit inside the ear such as completely in-the-canal and invisible styles may not last as long as they’re small design can limit their durability.
It’s important to remember that while your hearing aid is under warranty from a private dispenser or manufacturer, some of these costs will be covered by it during this period.
Price of Hearing Aid Batteries
Batteries are a necessary and ongoing purchase for hearing aid wearers to ensure that the device continues to work to optimum efficiency.
Hearing aid batteries come in different sizes, colour identifications and price ranges. The type you need will depend on what kind of hearing aid you have. As a general rule, the larger your hearing aid, the larger the battery it will require.
The table below shows the average price for a set of 60 of the most common hearing aid battery sizes, their colour and what type of hearing aid they power:
|Size||Colour||Hearing Aid Type||Average Price For 60|
A typical hearing aid battery can last between 3 and 22 days, depending on the hearing aid type, battery type, and the amount of time your hearing aid is used for. In any case, your hearing aid's battery will need to be replaced frequently.
Yellow batteries are the smallest so tend to have the shortest lifespan, while blue batteries are the largest and typically last the longest.
You can purchase hearing aid batteries from hearing your aid expert, or in high street retail stores. If you get your hearing aid through the NHS, your batteries will also be provided free of charge for the entire time that you have your hearing aid.
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.