When it comes to choosing a new hearing aid, we know style and comfort aren’t the only factors that will be influencing your decision. Cost will also be a big factor in determining which hearing solution best meets your individual needs (and particularly your budget). The cost of your hearing aids will depend on a number of factors, from the type of hearing aid you’re after to your eligibility for government funding. So, what are the key factors that determine hearing aid cost in Australia?
Factors influencing hearing aid cost
Features – As with any smart technology, the cost of your hearing aids is determined partly by the features you want or need from your hearing solution. Unlike many traditional hearing devices, modern hearing aids can offer patients an enhanced and individualised hearing experience through a range of additional features. Whether it be controlling the settings of your hearing aids whilst on the move through remote hearing aid programming or recharging your hearing solution without changing batteries, these useful features offer patients a more convenient, stress-free hearing experience. Whilst these features can come at an additional cost, patients should consider the increased convenience they provide.
Cost vs. quality – The quality of your chosen hearing solution will inevitably have an influence on the cost of your hearing aid. For instance, a hearing aid you’ve purchased online will likely cost less than a quality hearing aid purchased from a qualified audiologist – but you will also be getting a lot less for your money. When it comes to choosing a new hearing aid, you will need to think about making an informed decision that benefits your overall health; whilst an Internet-bought hearing aid may be cheaper, purchasing a hearing aid from an audiologist will mean you have a high quality hearing aid that is fitted and adjusted to suit your individual needs. This can help you get more out of your hearing aids in the long-term.
Eligibility for government funding – Another big factor that can really impact (and reduce) the cost of hearing aids in Australia is your eligibility for government funding. Under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program, individuals may be entitled to free hearing services, and free or heavily subsidised hearing solutions. This can give patients who meet the eligibility criteria more affordable access to hearing devices. To check your eligibility, visit the Department of Health’s website by clicking here.
WorkCover WA – If you work in a prescribed workplace and your hearing assessments show you have experienced noise-induced hearing loss as a result of your employment, you may be entitled to compensation under WorkCover WA. This can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket expenses should a hearing solution be required.
High quality hearing aids from The Art of Hearing
As an independent hearing aid provider, the Perth audiologists at The Art of Hearing offer unbiased advice to help you find a hearing solution that fits your needs, budget and lifestyle. Our qualified audiologists won’t just help you find a hearing aid, they also provide a comprehensive fitting and adjustment service to ensure you can really make the most out of your new hearing solution.
To find out more about our hearing solutions or to organise a hearing assessment with our Perth audiologists, contact The Art of Hearing today on (08) 9390 8811 or visit The Art of Hearing website.