Practice sliderHearing aid pricing can be a minefield and after speaking to one of my patients the other day about the subject I thought I would put some of the points down, for others to consider. Because increasingly people are struggling to compare prices effectively resulting in them not getting the best treatment available. So I have compiled a few questions and considerations to ask your audiologist or hearing aid dispenser before making that purchase. If you simply compare prices you will probably end up with a bum deal.

1.What is the exact make and model of the hearing aid that I am comparing?

Compare only like for like products and service, DO NOT compare prices! All centres will supply different manufacturers, models, and technology generations. There are 8 main manufacturers; Phonak, Widex, Unitron, Starkey, Oticon, GN Resound, Siemens. All will have 4-5 technology levels for different pricing budgets and will produce new generations (or platforms) every 24 months. Generations are the equivalent difference between a ’64 plate’ model of car and a ’52 plate’ model. They are older with less effective technology.

2. How qualified is the person fitting the hearing aid?

This is important as the hearing aid success is only as good as the person fitting it. There are big differences depending on where you go. This is ultimately more important than the price because whats the point of having a cheaper hearing aid service but it does not perform as well. Ask for references from previously fitted patients, their feedback is going to be much more important.

3. What is the price for the best hearing aid you can buy from that hearing aid centre?

This question is different to how much is the best hearing aid for me. How much is their top premium hearing aid range? As a guide price the lower end should be in the region £3600 and the higher end should be around £5000 per pair. This figure is important because it is a figure that is easily comparable between hearing centres and provides you with clarity about their pricing range. There is a difference between the best hearing aid available and the best hearing aid for you but getting this figure will indicate where the company have pitched their pricing structure.

4. What level of technology are you being recommended if it is not the top?

There are typically 4-5 levels. If premium was level 5, what level would your aid be? Important when comparing mid to low level technology.

5. How Much warranty comes with the aid?

Warranty is different to servicing or aftercare. Warranty will ensure the aids are repaired cost free, aftercare will not. The maximum warranty available is 5 years with any manufacturer. The average is 2 years so be sure to check to ensure that you do not incur hidden costs. Don’t be fooled by ‘lifetime aftercare’ promises.

If you would like more important transparent advice from a friendly and modern hearing centre then call us today 01494 765144.