Investing in hearing devices

One of the most common questions asked about hearing aids is the cost.

Investing in hearing devices

The question around hearing device affordability is often one that’s raised in the lead up to buying or upgrading hearing devices. So what exactly do you get for your money? And what subsidies or health cover options are available?

The answer to the first question is that at HearingLife clinics you’re paying for the whole service, not just the devices. Your investment includes consultation with an audiologist, a hearing test, the individual fitting of hearing devices and ongoing care and support.

Fortunately, there is a range of options, including government subsidies that can support the purchase of hearing devices. The Australian Government Hearing Services Program is a voucher program that allows Australians to access fully and partially subsidised hearing services from the national network of contracted service providers of which HearingLife Clinics are a part. The Hearing Services Program can be easily accessed via its online portal.

Medicare services can be accessed when specific referrals are made from an ear, nose and throat specialist – Medicare may cover some of the costs involved. Consulting directly with Medicare to determine what options are available is recommended.

Private health insurance can offer rebates under premium cover plans with extras for hearing devices. Each provider has its own provision plan and can give you more information specific to your level of cover.  

HearingLife Clinicians are qualified to provide more in-depth information around the costs involved in a first time purchase or an upgrade. It makes sense to be armed with a checklist of what you need to know. You may also benefit from taking a second pair of ears with you to absorb the details of your discussion. On average, hearing devices are approximately $6000 a pair and these will last you five years. That’s $1200 a year, $23 a week, or $3.30 a day. When it comes to long-term investments and making well-informed choices about your purchases, especially when your health and quality of life are concerned, it’s invaluable to be informed and know what you’re getting.

Have any more questions? Why not book a free* hearing check-up with a HearingLife Clinic today?





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    8th Oct 2015
    10:40am
    Eh?
    Arisaid
    8th Oct 2015
    12:20pm
    Talk to your GP. Once you are receiving the aged pension you may be entitled to free ones.
    Libby
    8th Oct 2015
    9:59pm
    You should entitled to free hearing aid once you're on ANY pension (maybe unemployed or Widow) but the downside is you pay approx. $40pa (goes up every year) to pay for batteries and repairs if needed. I was born deaf and very lucky to get one for free even when I was working, depending on my income.
    red
    8th Oct 2015
    3:30pm
    As a member of Costco $60 p.a. I have access to their hearing centre. My top of the range hearing aid cost me just under $2000- half yearly ongoing assessments are covered by my yearly membership. nd to top it all off 3 months total satisfaction guarantee. Fantastic for a US company!!!!. Unfortunately in other aspects COSTCO is just too dear
    Libby
    8th Oct 2015
    10:14pm
    You said it! Have you ever seen so many in-the-ear hearing aids and behind the ear online for $10, $20 or $30? I was tempted to buy one from there to keep as a spare if my present one needed repair but I stopped short because the hearing centres lend you one if you have to wait for more than a day (behind the ear ones if you still have your ear mould). I have in-the-ear ones and they're so comfortable. Also depends on your level of hearing. Mine hardly changed for so many years! I wouldn't pay $60 to be a member of this American supermarket! We have free supermarkets to shop at but then again they're too far from where I live and I don't have a car! But I still wouldn't pay $60! Okay for those who can afford it.


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