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Hearing Aid Prices & Costs in the UK- See what you should be paying

Updated 01/06/2022

Hearing Aid Prices and Costs

Hearing Aid Prices & Costs UK

See what you should be paying for your hearing aids

 

How much do hearing aids cost in the UK?

How much do hearing aids cost? On this page, you can find out more about hearing aid prices, what is included in the cost and how investing in hearing aids can greatly improve your quality of life.

If you live in the UK, or in fact 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? 

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 actually work and also about the cost of buying their hearing aids. However, ignoring your hearing loss can lead to some quite serious consequences.

 

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. And these worrying possibilities aside, the earlier that 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.

Hearing aid prices UK

What can you expect typical hearing aid prices to be?

So what should you do if you believe that you could benefit from digital hearing aids?  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 aids for sale out there and a range of different hearing aid prices to go along with them. 

We hope this page goes in some way into helping you understand more of what hearing aid prices to expect in the current market and figuring out what's important to you.

Digital Hearing Aid Prices UK - 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 who 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 to hear better.

 

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

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

Think about your own unique and personal 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.

 

Book a hearing test:  Once you have found an audiologist that is local and 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 insurance or warranty:  Whether you opt for insurance or hearing aid warranty - getting some form of cover 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. 

 

Below we compare hearing aid prices, ranges, descriptions and technology levels.

 Prices Of Hearing Aids

Cost of Hearing Aids UK

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Hearing aid prices and reviews

You might be wondering "what is the average price of a hearing aid?".  Below we explore the hearing aid prices in 2022, as well as the ranges, technology levels and descriptions for your reference.

 

Low budget hearing aid prices 2022

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

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 2022

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

The Basic range caters for people who lead independent lives, but who’s 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 2022

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

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 the hearing aid manufacturers are available in mid-range hearing aids and above. 

For comparison, mid-range hearing aids are often known as a “Silver”, “Better” or even “Friends and Family” by other companies.

 

Advanced hearing aid prices 2022

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

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 a “Gold”, “Best” or “Social” by other companies.

 

Premium hearing aid prices 2022

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

Designed for busy and socially active people with high hearing requirements. These 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 a “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!

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 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).

What about private hearing aid prices?

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 from 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 right 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 if you buy from one of the big chains.

Hearing Aid Prices In The UK

Bluetooth Hearing Aids Cost 2022

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, mid-level or premium which has the highest hearing aid costs attached. Your specific needs will determine which level of hearing aid you require and then the specific cost of that aid.

 

What is the cost of Bluetooth hearing aids? 

How much are 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. 

It is also worth remembering that part of the cost of your private hearing aid is for the dedicated services of a qualified audiologist that comes with your hearing aids; right from your very first contact through to the years of aftercare that they provide to ensure that your hearing aid is doing exactly what it should be from day one to day who knows!

Also by choosing an independent audiologist rather than one of the big chains we will also 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.

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.

 

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

Also 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 here at Hearing Aid UK 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 of course!).

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.

Hearing aid ranges available in the UK

Independent Hearing Aid Prices

As independent private hearing aid suppliers are just that – independent – we have access to the complete range of hearing aids that are currently available. This includes everything from the premium models of the very newest ranges, to entry-level older models.

One of the many reasons for choosing an independent private audiologist is that we can provide you with the very best hearing aids available that are designed specifically for your type of hearing loss, and then 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 environments and if necessary your budget.

Independent Hearing Aid Prices UK

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 to certain manufacturers and so will push you towards these, which could cause your hearing aid costs to rise and your choices to decrease.

Also, 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 aid with all of the available features, such as Teleaudiometry, enabled. If you were to buy the same aid from one of the big multinationals then you would probably end up paying more for a less advanced product.

Hearing Aid Prices Comparison Chart

 What are the prices of different hearing aid styles?

 

Please remember that the below table is a reference to our "starting from" hearing aid prices only.

Hearing Aid StylePrice EachPrice 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

 

Cost of Hearing Aids in 2022

Plus, how to find a private audiologist that you can trust?

 

Why are hearing aid prices higher from an independent audiologist?

Obviously, we can’t speak for all independent private audiologists, however here at Hearing Aid UK we can confidently say that we are nearly always significantly cheaper than buying the exact same hearing aid from one of the multi-national chains. Yet you are still getting the same, or quite often a better, level of personalised individual service from a qualified local audiologist.

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 also have the same level of buying power as the big chains, as 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!

Hopefully, this has given you some more of an idea of hearing aid costs and prices. Essentially you can pay anywhere from nothing at all to a couple of thousand pounds. However, as with so many things in life, it is often worth remembering that you get what you pay for. 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 and 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, such as Hearing Aid UK.

To find out more about the different hearing aid costs and prices and to discuss your hearing aid requirements further contact one of the friendly team of qualified independent audiologists at Hearing Aid UK today.

 

Hearing Aid Devices Prices UK

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Hearing aid brands and prices

 

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 a hearing loss can be very confusing. But if you want impartial, independent advice then you’ve come to the right place.

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?

It is quite common, when thinking about spending money on hearing aids, to worry about cost when missing conversations with colleagues, friends and family is at stake.  Hearing better is simply good for your health and untreated hearing loss can be linked to dementia, depression and other health conditions.  

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.

Here, at Hearing Aid UK, we provide digital hearing aids and accessories from all of the main manufacturers. Unlike most other companies, our range is not limited and is suitable for all types of hearing loss.  

The hearing aid prices are determined by the type and amount of features the device has, not by the level of your hearing loss.  Our audiologists can guide you through the various styles of hearing aids, what type of battery they are powered by and how the solution is the best fit for you.

Our digital hearing aids are suitable for all types of hearing loss, the price is determined by the type and number of features the aid has, not the severity of your hearing loss. We’ll talk you through the different shapes of hearing aids, what type of batteries they use and how the hearing aid will suit your lifestyle and hearing needs.

OTC Hearing Aid Prices

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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. 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 that 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 on 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 and then find the hearing aid with the appropriate features to ensure that you get the best possible level of hearing return.

You can buy an off the shelf hearing aid without even having had a hearing test, and 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. Each to their own, however, we would liken buying an off the shelf hearing aid to buying your heart medication from an unknown overseas supplier without a prescription.

 

The cost of hearing aids

Why are off the shelf hearing aid prices so cheap?

Off the shelf hearing, aid prices are lower than those purchased from private audiologists mainly because you are not having 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 in the hearing aid prices that you pay. Please also note that 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 and servicing yourself and you will also have to pay for the batteries. You will also have to source and pay for any further aftercare that you will require.

 

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 could not only not really help your hearing, but in the worst case could 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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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

 

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

Why do hearing aids cost so much?

Online and mail order hearing aids (OTC hearing aids)

Should I buy hearing aids online?

What is included in our hearing aid costs?

This page was written by Paul Harrison - Audiology Expert

Meet Paul Harrison, Audiology Expert & Founder of Hearing Aid UK

Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.

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