Hearing aid prices: How much do hearing aids cost?

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Although it is possible to buy hearing aids for as little as £1000, most people who buy privately pay morearound £2,500 on average for a pair.

However, not all brands make it easy to find out how competitively priced their hearing aids are.

To help you get the best price, we’ve put together our unique survey of what people have paid for their hearing aids.

We’ve also gathered quotes from the big five hearing aid chains – Amplifon, Boots Hearing Care/David Ormerod Hearing Centre, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens and Specsavers Hearcare – for different levels of hearing aids, based on the latest models, so that we can give you an idea of ​​what you will pay per pair.

Average cost of hearing aids

In May 2020, we surveyed 1,572 what? members to find out how much they had paid for a pair of hearing aids at major chain stores. Average prices are listed below in order of price. We didn’t have enough data to give an average price for Scrivens, but they were on average the cheapest in our 2018 survey.

You can click on the links to see customer scores for each retailer or, for an overview of the best and worst companies, check out our Opinions of hearing care professionals.

Latest hearing aid prices

Our comparison chart below shows the price range that the biggest retailers charge for a pair of the latest hearing aids. You will see that they can vary by thousands of pounds.

We’ve split the prices by hearing aid level into categories that reflect different lifestyles – for example, someone who is mostly in quiet places and has one-on-one conversations, up to hearing aids optimized for complex listening environments, such as social gatherings.

Now all hearing aids, regardless of level, have wireless technology and can connect wireless accessories made by this manufacturer, for example a TV streamer.

They will also have, whatever their level, Bluetooth connectivity. This means you can connect your hearing aids via Bluetooth directly to your smartphone. This allows you to control your hearing aids, for example volume, via an app on your phone.

Only connected Which? members can view all information in the hearing aid price table. If you are not one who? member, you can get instant access by join Which one?.

We take a look at the price ranges of suggested models from these top brands:

  • Oticon
  • Phonak
  • resound
  • signia
  • Touch Star
  • Widex

the connected board reveals hearing aids for:

  1. domestic and individual use – optimized for more basic amplification in quieter places such as the home, one-on-one conversations and on the phone.
  2. home and quiet conversations – as well as at home and one-on-one, these hearing aids are optimized for use in noisy places, such as small group conversations and get-togethers with friends and family.
  3. house and conversations in a little noise – as above, hearing aids optimized for places with more noise and social interaction, such as outdoor activities, shopping, small meetings, theater and small social gatherings.
  4. at home, away from home and working in noisier environments – as above, hearing aids optimized for more challenging noisy environments, such as meetings at work, restaurants and large social gatherings.
  5. at home, away from home, at work and in socially challenging environments – as above, these hearing aids are optimized for the widest variety and complexity of listening environments, including large social events, concerts, loud “cocktail parties”, large crowds and environments hard work.

Hearing aid prices for different needs

Login to see the price range practiced by retailers, including Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Specsavers.

Learn more about what to look for in our guide to hearing aid features explained.

How do NHS hearing aids compare?

The NHS buys the same digital hearing aids that you buy privately from the same manufacturers. It’s likely not going to be the very latest models, but the technology will be up to date and the hearing aids will work well.

You are likely to be offered behind-the-ear (BTE) aids and possibly in-the-ear (RITE) receivers, although the NHS now also buys less visible in-the-ear (ITE) aids – see types of hearing aids for more tips on different styles.

It is likely that they would be mid-range, i.e. equivalent to our category three models, but this will of course depend on your individual needs. You are unlikely to be offered aids for category four or five (the most expensive) unless there is a very specialized reason you need them in those ranges.

Getting the best value for your hearing aids

It’s more than a question of costs, it’s also a question of customer service. A hearing care professional who gives you excellent follow-up can be the difference between enjoying a new lease of life and leaving your hearing aids unused in a drawer.

Check that you are offered the latest range from the manufacturer, but don’t assume that you have to pay more for it. If you’re mostly at home, you might not benefit from a high-end hearing aid with lots of channels, whereas if you socialize a lot and work in a variety of environments, that might be exactly what you’re looking for. you need.

Five things to look out for when buying hearing aids

1. Don’t feel obligated to make a home visit

Some companies offer free hearing aid guides and offer to follow up with a home visit. You don’t have to say yes to that; you are always free to shop.

2. Take a full hearing test before buying

Never buy any type of hearing aid without a full hearing test. Hearing aids will not be adjusted according to your hearing loss and needs, which poses a risk of further damaging your hearing.

3. Do your research on alternatives

If you receive quotes and a hearing care professional offers you an alternative model to the one recommended (“it’s just as good and half the price”), verify that this is the case by asking the first hearing care professional that you saw his review.

4. Be aware of your options

Keep in mind that some hearing companies have ties to certain manufacturers. This can benefit you in terms of price, but can also limit your choices. The NHS also only buys from certain manufacturers.

5. Beware of upsells

You shouldn’t need to replace your hearing aids after just one year, so beware of anyone telling you you should. The technology does not evolve as quickly and hearing aids have a lifespan of three to five years.

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