As technology has developed, so too have hearing aids. Today's models are more powerful and smaller than ever before with average price ranging from £500 to £4,000. Hearing aids can cost thousands of pounds for each ear! Many retailers are reluctant to disclose the exact prices until you've made an appointment. At Hearing Direct our hearing aids are high quality, high-tech, our prices are as low as you can get and you don't need an appointment, just order and go!
How Much Do Hearing Aids Cost in 2021?
You can pay an awfully large sum of money for a hearing aid, especially for some of the more hi-tech hearing aids on the market. The cost can easily deter you from buying one, whether new or a replacement when your current one is getting old and no longer functioning correctly. But don't despair! You'll be surprised at the low prices you can find outside of the free hearing aids provided by the NHS.
Hearing aids can improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing and you can achieve this without spending a large sum. They should not be considered a luxury when they are actually a necessity, and can be obtained at an affordable price. Hearing aid cost may be the deciding factor when it comes down to buying a new device. They can be an expensive investment, but it is likely they'll have an instant impact on your quality of life. The average life of a hearing aid is between three and five years so it is not a short-term investment. It is only natural to seek good value for money, especially for a lasting product.
Most people come to us knowing they can obtain a hearing aid free of charge from the NHS, but they are looking for more choice (in the ear hearing aids are rarely supplied by the NHS), and more technological features before making that choice.
How much a Hearing Aid costs in the UK:
Hearing aids are an investment that should be made with care. That's why we're bringing you some price stats to understand what people on average pay for their hearing aid and how much you should probably pay for the right device.
- From the NHS - Free
- From a high street retailer - £500 to £4,000 for a pair
- From Hearing Direct - Our range starts at £229
At Hearing Direct we know the true cost of hearing aids and we know our products inside-out. Quite simply, we have removed many of the hefty hearing aid costs associated with buying privately and passed those savings directly on to you.
Our post on NHS hearing aids explains these in more detail.
What affects Hearing Aid prices?
The cost of an individual hearing aid will vary based on the type (fitting, shape and size) , the model and the brand, which can all come with different price tags.
Type of Hearing Aid:
There are many different types of hearing aids. How the hearing aid fits into or on your ear and its size can directly influence the price. For example, invisible, smaller devices can cost more than behind-the-ear models. Therefore, it is crucial to know which type of hearing aid is the most suitable for effectively managing your impairment. The type of device can also impact hearing aid accessories cost. Different makes and models require more battery power than others so you have to budget for hearing aid batteries too.
Model of Hearing Aid:
Although some hearing aids may look the same and be the same type, they may have very different technology inside. The newest and most expensive digital hearing aids come with the most up-to-date features and functions, including bluetooth, telephone compatibility, weather protection, and directional speech enhancements. Obviously the more packed with technology, the higher the price, but you may not actually need a high level of technology with many difficult to operate features. This is why it's important to look around and assess what you actually need from a hearing aid before purchasing one.
Brand of Hearing Aid:
There are many different brands of hearing aids on the market, with many companies making them. Big brands and famous names are likely to have a substantial markup on hearing aids cost, and searching for a cheaper dispenser that provides real value for money would be your best bet. That's where we come in. If your budget is less than one thousand then Hearing Direct's own branded hearing aids are the way to go. Even a pair of our most expensive hearing aids will cost far less than one thousand pounds. But if you are happy to spend more cash then you may wish to explore the market and take the option of one of the many branded hearing aids available.
Are Hearing Aids Covered by Insurance?
If you have a hearing aid and are looking for insurance coverage, it is important to find out what your current policy covers. Some insurance providers offer coverage for hearing aids. If you have a household or contents policy, it may cover your hearing aids against theft and other circumstances. You may need an additional personal possessions or contents insurance policy that will cover accidental loss and damage. Asset Sure and Boots are among the leading hearing aid insurance providers.
To learn more we suggest that you read this article about Hearing Aid insurance coverage. If you still have doubts, it's good to speak to our hearing aid specialists about the insurance of hearing aids.
Why is my Hearing Aid not Covered by Insurance?
These life-changing devices can make you more independent and connect with the world around you. However, insurance providers often view hearing aids as a risky investment. Basically, they don't always consider hearing aids a safe bet. To them, hearing aids are expensive and can get lost easily, making them risky for insurance companies who want your money but not any claims that may arise from it in the future. They also cite that Hearing Aids may require costly repairs or replacements every five years.
Why is it Important to Invest in High-quality Hearing Aids?
One of the biggest questions people have about hearing aids is how much they'll cost. It's only natural for people to feel tempted to go for low-cost hearing aid if they have mild hearing loss. However, you still don't want to buy cheap ones at the expense of your wellness. Experts recommend investing in high quality components when necessary because moderate hearing loss or profound hearing loss require better equipment which will last longer and help you hear so much better. High quality hearing aids provide maximized amplification - meaning it'll make wearers hear everything clearer.
You can see why some hearing aids are so expensive when you look at the technology in them. With new innovations and research, along with professional services from an audiologist and top-of-the line device, it is no wonder they cost what they do. Hearing Direct brings you a diverse collection of premium hearing aids with the most popular features that can be personalised to your preferences.
Affordable High-quality Hearing Aids from Hearing Direct
You do not need medical approval from a healthcare professional to buy a hearing aid. Our devices can be purchased by anyone who needs them. They can even be programmed to match your individual audiological test results to match your hearing requirements. We want to make sure that the device you choose is right for you.
When choosing a hearing aid, consider the following:
- How many features will you need?
- What is the best option for your hearing problem?
- Do you need one or two hearing aids?
- Will you require any other hearing instruments?
- Will you need to insure the device?
- How much will batteries and accessories cost?
Should I Buy Hearing Aid for Both Ears?
If you have only one ear that's affected by hearing loss, then a single hearing aid will do the trick just fine. However, most people with age-related hearing loss tend to have degrees of impairment in both ears. In this case we highly recommend getting hearing aids for both ears. Now if you experience hearing loss in both ears, then you should certainly buy two hearing aids as they will help you hear better.
When you have two hearing aids, the way your brain processes sound becomes more efficient. Binaural hearing is the process of listening to sound through both ears, which gives you better control over what your brain processes.
Our hearing aid specialists and audiologists program each of your aids differently, depending on the degree of hearing loss both ears manifest.
How to Choose the Right Hearing Aid in 2021
The world of hearing aids has changed dramatically over the years. With advances in technology, there is a diverse range of options for people who need help hence, it is important to research thoroughly which type will work best with your lifestyle.
A hearing aid is a device that allows the wearer to hear better. It does this by converting sound waves into electrical signals, amplifying them and transmitting them directly into your ear canal so you can enjoy every detail of music or speech with a respectable clarity.
The four main components of hearing aids are the microphone, amplifier, receiver and battery which all work together to help people hear better. Digital models also come equipped with microchips which can store personalised settings based upon individual needs.
Hearing Direct's website is home to a wide selection of affordable digital hearing aids. Our five-star review system makes it easy to identify which of our cost-effective hearing aids are the best. That way, you can find a device in your budget that does not compromise on sound quality.
Our whole range includes a set of devices ranging from more basic models to more advanced devices with a greater level of features for you to choose from, including rechargeable hearing aids - no need for all that fiddling around with tiny batteries. Our hearing aids come with a full manufacturer warranty of 12 or 24 months and you will be fully covered by our 30-day money back guarantee.
Test your hearing for free online
We recommend that you check your hearing regularly. Our online hearing test is free, only takes a few minutes and results are instant. Our website is personalised to make your hearing aid purchase an enjoyable and seamless experience. Our hearing instrument specialists can remove the guesswork and facilitate your decision making process.
The outcome of the test will indicate if you should take further action to prevent hearing loss. This should not replace regular audiometric testing performed by a hearing professional.
About Hearing Direct: We are one of the world's leading hearing care specialists. Hearing Direct offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing. We sell:
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.