The Cost of Hearing Aids
How much is your hearing worth to you?
Hearing loss has a significant cost for many at a personal level, it also impacts on Australia as a whole.
Better Hearing Australia reported that hearing loss costs the economy up to 12 billion dollars a year, as a result of productivity loss and people leaving the labour force as a result of issues with their hearing.
So how much is your hearing worth to you?
Why high quality hearing aids are worth paying for
While you may be tempted by cheaper hearing aids over the Internet, it’s important to remember that a hearing aid is a long-term investment in your health and quality of life. The initial cost may be higher you should consider the additional services you have access to, such as
- A hearing test by a Qualified Audiologist
- A hearing aid fitting by an Audiologist
- Improved and advanced hearing aid technology
- Fixes / maintenance services
This will cost less in the long run, and provide peace of mind, knowing that your hearing aids will work properly from day one.
Are you eligible for financial help?
Although Medicare does not cover hearing aids, there are several other options available which may be able to offer you some additional financial support, if you meet certain criteria.
- Free hearing aids for pensioners and Veterans
The Australian Government Hearing Services Program provides ongoing support and offers to subsidise the cost of necessary hearing products and services for Australian pensioners and Veterans.
Visit our page on free hearing aids for pensioners for more information.
- Apply for a Permanent Impairment lump sum benefit
You may be able to claim for the cost of a reasonable necessary hearing aid if you have a five percent or more binaural (both ears combined) hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise in the workplace.
- Health Insurance
Some insurance providers cover hearing aids or provide an allowance or contribution to the cost of a new hearing aid under their ‘extras’ cover. Check with your insurance provider to see what your personal plan covers.
Speak to one of our expert audiologists today to find out more about the cost of a hearing aid solutions available to you today.