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A hearing test – is it free?

Hearing tests are the most effective ways to manage and protect your hearing. From catching problems early, to recommending specific hearing products that improve your quality of life, they serve many purposes. While people know the importance of having regular hearing tests, a question that they often ask is “are hearing tests free?” The answer - It depends on the type of test.

Hearing aids – Does cost matter?

Customisation is critical, and this is reflected in the price also. This involves an evaluation and fitting by a hearing aid specialist who will ensure the device is comfortable, and suited to the particular hearing requirements of the wearer. A hearing test and evaluation will establish the extent of your hearing problem and the potential solutions. After initial fitting the audiologist will test and adjust the device over an extended period to gradually refine its hearing characteristics to match as closely as possible the wearer’s requirements. The cost of the hearing aid will often include this initial fitting and subsequent follow-up in the cost of the hearing aid.

Why should I buy hearing aids locally?

Shopping for a hearing aid can be a very overwhelming experience. While there are a myriad of hearing aids available in Australia and around the world, the difficulty is finding the right hearing aid for you - because no two hearing problems, ear shapes or lifestyles are the same. Therefore, whatever the issue with your hearing, Australia is the place to buy a hearing aid you can trust and depend on. Here are just some of the big advantages of choosing a certified hearing aid specialist in Australia over an international provider or online supplier.

Why are hearing aids cheaper overseas?

Before making a judgment on prices, you need to have all the necessary information about what comes with that price. The cost of doing business is different in each country and hearing aid prices are affected by Government regulations, the value of the currency and transfer pricing. Prices of consumer goods are also linked to the cost of living and demand for a product. For example, consumer prices in the United States is on average 66% lower than in Australia and their hearing aid market is about ten times the size- this is called economies of scale and it is the same for all retail products in Australia.

Why are hearing aids so expensive?

Hearing aid manufacturers invest huge amounts in Research & Development to create this technology and unfortunately the number of hearing aids in use, in comparison to mobile phones for example, so as a result the cost is higher. This software contains algorithms which, amongst other things, reduce unwanted noise, recognize and enhance speech, compress certain frequencies to make them audible to the hearing impaired and allow a hearing aid to detect which direction speech is coming from beam in on that.

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