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Hearing Aid Prices and Costs in the UK 2024 - See what you should be paying for your hearing aids

Updated 15/05/2024
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Hearing aid prices UK

Hearing Aid Prices and Costs in the UK for 2024

See what you should be paying for your hearing aids

Understanding hearing aid prices

Understanding hearing aid prices and costs in the UK is essential for those seeking better hearing. The cost of hearing aids can vary widely based on factors like technology level, brand, and additional hearing healthcare services.

Basic hearing aid models are more budget-friendly, while advanced, feature-rich options come at a premium.  In the UK, prices typically include services like hearing tests, fitting, and follow-up care - adding to the overall expense.  Hearing aid accessory choices and ongoing maintenance can also affect the final hearing aid cost.

This page provides a concise overview of hearing aid costs, helping you to make a more informed decision about your hearing aid investments in the UK and what's included in our hearing aid prices.

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How much do hearing aids cost in the UK?

Hearing aids can be a significant investment, and the cost can vary widely depending on several factors, including the type of hearing aid, the features it offers, and the degree of hearing loss. In general, hearing aid prices can range from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds per hearing aid.

If you live in the UK, or anywhere else in the world, and are suffering from hearing loss there are likely to be two main things on your mind; how can I get my hearing back to normal, and how much is it going to cost me? 

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The latest hearing loss and hearing aid sales statistics

The BIHIMA reported a peak for the UK and Ireland in hearing aid sales and overall market growth in November 2023 (this is the current statistic). 

This is a promising shift, as it shows more people are getting the support they need.  However, there is still room for improvement.

Hearing loss affects a large portion of the UK

Hearing loss affects approximately 1 in every 6 people in the UK, but a surprising number of people put off addressing their hearing loss issues because of concerns about finding the right hearing aid for them.

Worrying about whether it will work, and also about the cost of buying their hearing aids.

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There are risks if you ignore your hearing loss

Untreated hearing loss has been linked with social withdrawal, depression, anxiety, and diminished cognitive function which in some cases could lead to an increased likelihood of developing dementia.

These worrying possibilities aside, the earlier you get hearing aids the more that you will get out of them, so don’t put it off!  Remember hearing aids can only work if you have some hearing left.

What can you expect typical hearing aid prices to be?

Unfortunately, the answer to the question of hearing aid prices is along the lines of how long is a piece of string.

There are a myriad of different hearing aid types for sale out there and a range of different hearing aid prices to go along with them. 

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Digital Hearing Aid Prices in the UK for 2024

Steps to take before purchasing a hearing aid

Do your research

There are a few different hearing aid manufacturers in the industry and researching will give you a better understanding of these brands.  Educating yourself in this area will help clarify what each brand has to offer you and the level of hearing loss you have.  

 

Find the right audiologist you can trust

A local and independent audiologist can provide professional hearing healthcare that is accessible and isn't limited to what devices they can offer you.  You will get the choice of all the hearing aids available on the current market. 

Remember that the premium hearing aid might not necessarily be the best hearing aid for you and your hearing loss - it all depends on your preference and what device will simply help you hear better.

 

Read consumer guides and educational material

Find out as much about hearing loss and hearing aids as you can, as this will help to reduce the overwhelming nature of finding the right hearing aid and audiologist. 

We provide a free consumer guide that is unbiased, as we are not affiliated with any manufacturers, to help you on the right path in finding the right hearing aid. 

Download our hearing aid guide for free here

Think about your priorities

These could be the shape, style, rechargeability, connectivity, dexterity, hearing loss level, lifestyle and technology features. 

Find out more information on hearing aid types here

 

Book a hearing test

Once you have found a local audiologist who you can trust, then they will book an appointment to see you and provide a hearing test - either at home or in a clinic.  This will establish what level of hearing loss you have and what the best hearing solution is.

 

Purchase hearing aid warranty

Sourcing some form of cover, such as hearing aid warranty, for your hearing aids is essential. They are unfortunately commonly damaged, misplaced, or lost.

Other than the obvious they are also one of the costliest possessions one can own, so a cover is paramount when purchasing devices such as these. 

Look at our hearing aid warranty prices here

By following these steps, you can approach the process of purchasing a hearing aid with confidence, knowing that you have considered your unique needs, conducted thorough research, and sought professional guidance. 

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Cost of Hearing Aids in the UK for 2024

How much should I pay for a good quality hearing aid?

 

Hearing aid price comparison graph for all hearing aid technology levels

Hearing aid prices concern some due to their perceived high cost, which may pose financial challenges. Hearing loss can impact daily life significantly, making affordability an important factor. So, it's no surprise that you might be wondering "What is the average price of a hearing aid?". 

Below we explore the hearing aid prices in 2024, as well as the ranges, technology levels, and descriptions to give you a better idea of the prices for each device level. This information will help you purchase the best quality hearing aids at a price right for your budget.

 

 Comparing the hearing aid prices in the UK

 

Hearing Aid Price Ranges

 

Low budget hearing aid prices 2024

Single hearing aid price:
£345 – £695
Pair hearing aid price:
£495 – £895

Who would suit this level of hearing aid?  A low-budget hearing aid provides reasonable sound quality in low-difficulty situations, such as talking one-on-one, watching television, and talking on the telephone. Mainly suited to people who have quieter lifestyles. 

For comparison, other companies may call range their “Essentials”, “Good”, “You” or “Bronze” range.

 

Basic level hearing aid prices 2024

Single hearing aid price:
£695 – £895
Pair hearing aid price:
£1295 – £1395

Who would suit this level of hearing aid?  The Basic range caters to people who lead independent lives, but whose social activities don’t involve time in particularly noisy surroundings.  For comparison, other companies might call this range their “Bronze” or “Home” range.

 

Mid-level hearing aid prices 2024

Single hearing aid price:
£1,095 – £1195
Pair hearing aid price:
£1595 – £2095

Who would suit this level of hearing aid?  Mid-range hearing aids are a good minimum standard for people who need to hear well in most everyday situations, including social situations with light background noise.

In addition, most of the latest technological advances developed by hearing aid manufacturers are available in mid-range hearing aids and above.  For comparison, mid-range hearing aids are often known as “Silver”, “Better” or even “Friends and Family” by other companies.

 

Advanced hearing aid prices 2024

Single hearing aid price:
£1,245 – £1395
Pair hearing aid price:
£2295 – £2695

Who would suit this level of hearing aid?  Hearing aids considered to be “advanced” are those that are just one technological step down from the very top. These aids provide more than enough help for most people, even those with active social lives who find themselves in complex and noisy listening environments whether in business meetings, social gatherings, outside or indoors.

For comparison, advanced range hearing aids are often known as “Gold”, “Best” or “Social” by other companies.

 

Premium hearing aid prices 2024

Single hearing aid price:
£1,595 – £1695
Pair hearing aid price:
£2895 – £3190

Who would suit this level of hearing aid?  Designed for busy and socially active people with high hearing requirements. These hearing aids will be fully adaptive and automatic, coping with demanding social background noise and locations with poor acoustics.

These are the best hearing aids money can buy and are for people who want the very most help they can get in all hearing situations.

For comparison, premium range hearing aids are often known as “Platinum”, “Diamond” or “Active” or “Ultimate” by other companies.  However, we are pleased to say that the very first thing that you should do can be completely free – get a hearing test!

 

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NHS, Private, and Off-the-Shelf Hearing Aid Prices

There are three ways to purchase your hearing aids in the UK

There are three main routes that you can follow to get your hearing aids and each has different advantages, disadvantages and more importantly different hearing aid costs.

You can choose an NHS hearing aid, buy an off-the-shelf hearing aid or buy a hearing aid from a private audiologist (either from one of the big multi-national chains or from a specialised local independent audiologist like us).

What about private hearing aid prices in 2024?

Buying your hearing aids from an independent audiologist will result in you paying higher hearing aid prices than if you got your hearing aids from the NHS or an off-the-shelf supplier.

However, there are so many benefits that come along with paying these higher hearing aid costs that we think the choice is a complete no-brainer!

However, it is worth noting that private audiologists fall into two categories; big multi-national chains such as Boots, and independent audiologists such as Hearing Aid UK. There are a number of differences between these two types of private audiologists.

The main thing to remember is that most of the big multi-national chains are actually tied to one or more specific hearing aid manufacturers, for example, Boots is actually partly owned by Phonak. Whereas independent private audiologists are just that – independent.

This means that an independent private audiologist will be able to find the exact right hearing aid for you from across the entire spectrum of manufacturers and hearing aid types. 

This not only gives you more control and more choice but could also mean that you actually end up paying less for your hearing aid than if you buy from one of the big chains.

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Bluetooth Hearing Aids Cost in 2024

Hearing aid costs from private audiologists

 

What do private audiologists charge for hearing aids in the UK?

The cost of buying your hearing aid from a private audiologist can vary depending on which make and model of hearing aid you choose. In essence, hearing aid prices can be divided into three bands, which reflect the levels of performance and technology of those hearing aids.

Hearing aids can be viewed as either; entry-level which has the cheapest hearing aid prices, and mid-level, or premium which has the highest hearing aid cost. Your specific needs will determine which level of hearing aid you require and then the specific cost of that aid.

 

Are you paying for more than you need?

In some cases, you may find that an entry-level hearing aid is perfectly sufficient for your needs, whereas some people may find that their whole quality of life is improved by a premium hearing aid that is packed full of the very latest technological advances and features.

By choosing an independent audiologist, like us, rather than one of the big chains we endeavour to always make hearing aid recommendations based on which will be the right aid for you, not which will cost you the most or which is on a list of sales targets.

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Is warranty and aftercare included in the hearing aid price?

If you are buying your hearing aid from a private audiologist then it is worth checking what the warranty and aftercare package includes. If you buy your hearing aids from us, you will receive the full manufacturer’s warranty plus the cost of any aftercare for the life of your hearing aid.

The only thing that you need to buy on top are the batteries (unless you opt for a rechargeable model).  However some other companies may charge extra for aftercare, so ensure that you determine this from the start and factor it into the overall cost of your hearing aids.

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Hearing aid ranges available in the UK

We are an independent private hearing aid supplier that has access to the complete range of hearing aids that are currently available. This includes everything from the premium models of the very newest hearing aid ranges to entry-level older models.

One of the many reasons for choosing an independent private audiologist like us is that we can provide you with the very best hearing aids available that are designed specifically for your type of hearing loss. 

Due to the expertise of our audiologists, they can be even further tailored to your needs.

Whereas NHS hearing aids are limited by cost and so generally don’t include anything more than the most basic technology.  Private audiologists are able to find the exact hearing aid to suit your hearing loss, your lifestyle and environment and, if necessary, your budget.

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Buying through an independent

Also, as previously mentioned choosing an independent audiologist rather than one of the big chains of private audiologists, means that they are, obviously, not tied to any particular hearing aid manufacturers.

Some of the big multi-national chains, even though they don’t advertise this, are actually affiliated with certain manufacturers and so will push you towards these, which could cause your hearing aid costs to rise and your choices to decrease.

Many manufacturers are now actively promoting independent audiologists by only providing the full versions of many of their hearing aid ranges to us, independents. 

However, it is only through independent audiologists that you are able to access the full version of the hearing aid with all of the available features, such as Teleaudiometry, enabled.

If you were to buy the same device from one of the big multinationals - then you would probably end up paying more for a less advanced product.

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2024 Hearing Aid Prices Comparison Chart 

 What are the prices of different hearing aid styles?

 

How much does a single hearing aid cost?  How much are discreet hearing aids?

Please remember that the below table is a reference to our "starting from" hearing aid prices only.  If you are doing hearing aid price comparison UK searches, you might want to compare our complete price list here - as we offer up to 40% off the highstreet prices.

 

 Hearing aid price comparison graph for all hearing aid types

 

Hearing Aid Style Price Comparison Graph

 

Hearing Aid StyleHearing Aid Price EachHearing Aid Price PairLink to Style
BTE hearing aid prices£595£895BTE hearing aids
RIC hearing aid prices£595£895RIC hearing aids
ITE hearing aid prices£695£1195ITE hearing aids
CIC hearing aid prices£696£1195CIC hearing aids
ITC hearing aid prices£695£1195ITC hearing aids
IIC hearing aid prices£695£1195IIC hearing aids
BICROS hearing aid prices£795NABICROS hearing aids
CROS hearing aid prices£795NACROS hearing aids

 

Why are hearing aid prices higher from an independent audiologist?

We can’t speak for all independent private audiologists, however, we can confidently say that we are nearly always significantly cheaper than buying the same hearing aid from one of the multi-national chains.

Yet you are still getting the same, or quite often better, level of personalised individual service from one of our qualified local audiologists.

 

How is this so?

Firstly as a network of independent audiologists, we don’t have the large overheads of running big shops crammed with sales staff and we also save on pricey marketing campaigns. However, we still have the same level of buying power as the big chains because we are buying on behalf of our whole nationwide network of audiologists.

This means that you can get the very best choice of hearing aids, with the full level of personal service from experienced and qualified audiologists at the very best hearing aid prices.

 

The right local audiologist is key

Many people have put off the thought of using a private audiologist because they are concerned about ensuring that they are practicing to the very highest professional standard. You may think that choosing a big chain will guarantee you service.

However, by finding your independent audiologist through Hearing Aid UK you can be assured that every one of our members is regulated by the Health and Care Professionals Council.  We also offer a full 60-day money-back guarantee if for any reason you aren’t happy with your hearing aid – although we are sure that you will be!

A free NHS hearing aid may be perfectly sufficient for your needs, but remember that you are sacrificing the speed of service and the dedicated ongoing aftercare available from private audiologists.

So if you want to dedicate your resources to ensure that you give your hearing the very best treatment possible then it may be worth spending a little more and seeking the advice of an independent private audiologist with us.

 

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Hearing Aid Devices Prices UK

Hearing aid brands and prices for 2024

 

Comparing the hearing aid market online

If you are researching hearing aid costs in the UK, it is always beneficial to compare the prices of hearing aid companies and the brands available in today's market.  Finding the right solution to hearing loss can be very confusing.

If you are considering purchasing digital hearing aids then please compare our services.  Click on the below links to discover more.

 

 

Why should I buy hearing aids?

Purchasing hearing aids is an investment you can't put a price tag on, as they greatly improve your quality of life, relationships, and overall health and well-being. 

This starts with finding the right audiologist who will understand your unique hearing loss and take your financial situation, along with other factors, into account when advising on the right hearing solution for you.

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Is it safe to buy hearing aids online?

Off-the-shelf hearing aids costs and information

 

An introduction into online hearing aids

With the advent of digital hearing aid technology, there are now a number of companies that provide what is essentially a mail-order service for hearing aids online. These hearing aids are purported to feature a range of digital technologies and they arrive supposedly pre-programmed ready for you to just switch on and wear.

 

Off-the-shelf hearing aid prices

Some users may see off-the-shelf hearing aids as a much more affordable way to buy a hearing aid than going to a private audiologist, with some off-the-shelf hearing aids starting at just £99 per aid and top prices coming in at around £500 plus per aid.

However, unfortunately, these lower prices come with a number of negative factors attached.

 

How do off-the-shelf hearing aids work?

Unlike NHS hearing aids or hearing aids purchased from private audiologists which are fitted and programmed to your specific requirements, off-the-shelf aids only do exactly what they say on the tin.

Most companies have websites upon which you can browse through their range of hearing aids before selecting the one that you think is right for you, adding it to your cart, checking out and then a few days later the hearing aids will arrive in the post and you are ready to go.

Off-the-shelf hearing aids are marketed as being pre-programmed to suit the most common types of mild to moderate hearing loss, especially those caused by the natural ageing process where people tend to experience more problems hearing higher frequencies than they do hearing lower-frequency sounds.

Their technology is focused on simply amplifying some of these higher-frequency sounds.  However, the bonus of selecting the hearing aid lies firmly with the customer, as you are not getting the services of a qualified audiologist to help identify your specific type and level of hearing loss. 

 

Where can I buy an off-the-shelf hearing aid?

You can buy an off-the-shelf hearing aid without even having had a hearing test.  If you have had one then it is unlikely to be of any use without the services of a qualified audiologist to interpret the results.  We would liken buying an off-the-shelf hearing aid to buying your heart medication from an unknown overseas supplier without a prescription.

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Why are off-the-shelf hearing aid prices so cheap?

Off-the-shelf hearing aid prices are lower than those purchased from private audiologists because you do not have to pay for the knowledge, expertise and personal service of a qualified audiologist. You are simply purchasing your hearing aid as it has arrived from the manufacturer, without being able to get it adjusted to your individual requirements.

Companies that supply off-the-shelf hearing aids also do not have the overhead costs of shops and sales staff to cover the hearing aid prices that you pay. Off-the-shelf hearing aid manufacturers tend to only supply this type of hearing aid, you will not be able to buy an off-the-shelf hearing aid from any of the same manufacturers who supply the NHS or private audiologists.

 

Are there any hidden prices?

Depending on the company from which you buy your off-the-shelf hearing aids there could be a number of costs to pay on top of the price of the hearing aid itself.

Some hearing aids will come with around a 12-month manufacturer warranty, but outside of this you will have to pay for any repairs, servicing,  batteries and any further aftercare that you will require yourself.

 

Off-the-shelf hearing aid options

Different off-the-shelf hearing aid companies offer varying levels of range and choice. However, in general, your choice will probably be much more limited than if you go to a private audiologist.

What if off-the-shelf hearing aids don't work for me?

As we know with most online purchases, there is always a worry that your off-the-shelf hearing aid won’t work for you. How many times have you ordered something that looks amazing on the website only to find out that it’s not quite the same in the flesh? Inevitably this is a risk that you run when choosing to buy an off-the-shelf hearing aid.

However, most reputable companies will offer around a 30-day returns policy, where you can simply send your hearing aid back if it isn’t working out.  If you think that buying an off-the-shelf hearing aid could be the right option for you, then, in all honesty, we would advise that you think again.

The best-case scenario is that some sounds may be amplified for you, but it is more likely that you could end up spending your money on an inferior product that can't really help your hearing and may actually damage your hearing further.

If money really is a deciding factor for you then we would recommend going to the NHS rather than risking an off-the-shelf hearing aid. However, choosing a hearing aid from a private audiologist will always give you access to the best choice of hearing aids with the greatest levels of technological advancement and with the highest levels of personalised ongoing care.

 

What is included in the price of our hearing aids?

  • Free full hearing test & examination by a registered audiologist.
  • Fitting and programming of hearing aid(s).
  • All aftercare and fine-tuning for life.
  • Full manufacturer's warranty.
  • 60-day full money-back guarantee.

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Want to know more about where to buy hearing aids and prices?

 

Hearing aid prices summary

Overall, hearing aid prices can vary widely, therefore it's a good idea to speak with an audiologist to determine the best options for your specific needs and budget. They can help you understand the costs involved and explore different budget options that may be more accessible to you.

 

You can research further by clicking on one of the links below:

Hearing Aid Prices and Costs 2024

Need more information?

If you have any questions on anything we have discussed on this page - may be something we haven't covered like invisible hearing aid prices or the cost of hearing aids for tinnitus.  Or perhaps you would like solutions to any other hearing healthcare queries.  Please call one of our audiologists free on 0800 567 7621

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Common FAQs about hearing aid prices in the UK 2024

Does hearing aid technology affect the price of hearing aids?

One factor that can influence the price of a hearing aid is the type of technology it uses. Hearing aids come in a variety of different technologies, including analog, digital, and Bluetooth, and the price can vary depending on the technology used. In general, analog hearing aids tend to be the least expensive option, while digital and Bluetooth hearing aids may be more expensive.

Does the number of features affect the price of hearing aids?

Another factor that can affect the price of a hearing aid is the features it offers. Some hearing aids come with additional features, such as noise reduction and feedback reduction technologies, directional microphones, and Bluetooth connectivity. These features can add to the overall cost of the hearing aid.

Does hearing loss level affect the price of hearing aids?

The degree of hearing loss can also influence the price of a hearing aid. In general, hearing aids for more severe hearing loss may be more expensive, as they may require more advanced technology to amplify sound effectively.

Are hearing aid prices going down?

It is unlikely that private and professionally fit hearing aid prices will go down any time soon.  However, comparing prices online gives consumers many more options and choices of where to get their hearing aids from.

For example, we offer up to 40% off the highstreet hearing aid prices.  Beware - most hearing aid providers don't publish their hearing aid prices online!

What is the cost of Bluetooth hearing aids?

These devices have become rather mainstream and, therefore, result in many Bluetooth hearing aids prices being no more expensive than ones that aren’t. The cost of Bluetooth hearing aids roughly starts from £795 - £1895 per aid. 

Hearing aid prices and models

Another question that we often get asked is if there is a price difference between the same make and model of hearing aid but in a different style e.g. Behind the Ear (BTE), Receiver in Canal (RIC), In the Ear / Full Shell (ITE), Invisible in the Canal (IIC) etc.

Some hearing aid retailers set different prices for the different styles of hearing aids, however, at Hearing Aid UK, the smallest hearing aids cost the same as the largest.  This means you can choose your hearing aid based on its features and performance and then decide which style is right for you afterward.

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