In our previous blog post about how hearing aids work, we discussed what hearing aids are, how they work and what the different types are.
Now that you know about the many benefits of wearing a hearing aid, you may be looking to buy one and wondering how much it’ll cost. This depends on a few variables, which we’ll look at below.
If you need a hearing aid, one option is to get it for free on the NHS. Your GP can refer you to an NHS hearing aid provider, which will issue you one on a long-term loan basis.
All follow-up appointments and aftercare services are free, as well as batteries and repairs. However, as this hearing aid is a loan, there may be a charge if you break or lose it and require a replacement.
The catch of a free NHS hearing aid is that you don’t get to choose your preferred type. Instead, you have to accept what you are given. In Merseyside and Cheshire, the NHS will only prescribe a behind-the-ear (BTE) or over the ear (OTE) hearing aid. The technology used in these NHS hearing instruments is typically older and not as advanced as a purchase from a private provider. At Hearing Expert, we only supply the latest ranges of hearing devices from the world’s leading manufacturers to ensure our patients have a choice in terms of technology and size. Smaller, more discreet hearing aids, such as In-The-Ear (ITE), all the way down to the Invisible-In-the-Canal (IIC) are only available through a private clinic.
The waiting time to get a referral from your GP, followed by an NHS hearing test and a fitting appointment, can be quite lengthy. NHS England advises that it should take 16 working days from GP referral to assessment and an additional 20-day wait for a fitting, which is 36 working days, or seven weeks, in total. However, this time will depend on the demand and resources available in the area you live, which means getting a hearing aid may take longer.
If you don’t mind paying for your hearing aid, an alternative option is to go to a private hearing aid provider. This gives you the convenience of having your hearing test and hearing aid fitting at the same place and with the same audiology expert.
You can also pick from a wider range of hearing aids, including smaller and more discreet options. For example, in-the-ear (ITE) instruments are often custom-made from an impression of the patient’s ear, which means you’ll have a bespoke hearing aid. Additionally, when you choose to go private, you’ll usually get your custom made hearing aids fitted within 10-12 working days. Sometimes a private clinic may hold suitable stock and can fit your device on the same day as the initial hearing test.
Private hearing clinics can set their own prices, but generally speaking, the price of one hearing aid will fit within the below price ranges:
The level of hearing aid that’s right for you and whether you need one or two will depend on your cause of hearing loss as well as why you need it. For example, someone looking for a hearing aid for home and quiet conversations will likely need a different aid to a person working in a noisy environment. A simple rule that governs the cost of the hearing instrument is the level of technology within the hearing instrument. The more advanced the technology the better the sound quality. A more technologically advanced aid will enable the wearer to move in between quiet and noisy environments without having to adjust the hearing aid settings and hear comfortably. If you have to adjust your hearing aid regularly then, really, you are wearing the wrong level of technology and a more advanced level of technology would be more suitable. At Hearing Expert we offer a try before you buy facility ensuring you get the right product to suit your lifestyle, we even offer a 90 day 100% money-back guarantee, making purchases hassle-free.
To give you excellent value for money, here at Hearing Expert, we provide excellent follow-up care as part of your package for the lifespan of your hearing instrument. When you couple this back up with our tailored rehabilitation packages it’s easy to get yourself back on track.
How Long Do Hearing Aids Last For?
There is a five-to-eight-year life expectancy on hearing aids, so it’s a good idea to keep this in mind when choosing how to pay for your hearing aid. If the average price is £1,000 and your hearing aid lasts for six years, you’ll pay around 68p a day — a price worth paying for improved hearing health and a higher quality of life. Hearing Expert’s hearing instruments come with a 4-year warranty and lifetime aftercare is included. As long as your hearing aid is in working order, we will reprogram and fine-tune your device for as long as you want at no extra charge. For your convenience, we also offer interest-free credit.
Book your hearing assessment in Wirral today to discuss your hearing aid options with a professional audiologist.