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Find out how much you can expect to pay for a pair of hearing aids at major suppliers such as Boots, Hidden Hearing and Specsavers.

Although it's possible to buy hearing aids for as little as £1,000, most people who buy privately pay more. The average amount spent on a pair of hearing aids, according to our survey, was £2,501.55. Most people buy two hearing aids rather than one.

To help you get the best price, we've collated what the five large chains - Amplifon, Boots Hearing Care/David Ormerod Hearing Centre, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens and Specsavers Hearcare - quoted for different levels of  hearing aids, so we can give you an idea of what you’ll pay per pair.

We’ve split the prices by level of hearing aid into categories that reflect different lifestyles - for example, someone who is mainly in quiet places and having one-to-one conversations, through to hearing aids optimised for complex-listening environments, such as social gatherings.Only logged-in Which? members can view full details the table below, along with our hearing aid supplier reviews and buying advice. If you're not a Which? member you can get instant access by taking out a £1 trial to Which?.
Hearing aid prices for different needs
1. Hearing aids geared towards home and one-to-one use
These prices are for models that are optimised for more basic amplification in quieter places such as home, one-to-one conversation and on the telephone.

Suggested models from biggest brands

  • Oticon     Subscriber only content
  • Phonak   Subscriber only content
  • ReSound Subscriber only content
  • Siemens  Subscriber only content
  • Starkey   Subscriber only content
  • Widex     Subscriber only content

 

Price range charged by retailers, including Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Specsavers

From £Subscriber only content to £ Subscriber only content

 

Find out more about what to look for on our hearing aids features explained page

 

 

 

 

 

2. Hearing aids for home and quiet conversations
As well as at home and one-to-one settings, these hearing aids are optimised for use in places with some noise, such as small group conversation and mixing with friends and family.

 

Suggested models from biggest brands

  • Oticon     Subscriber only content
  • Phonak   Subscriber only content
  • ReSound Subscriber only content
  • Siemens  Subscriber only content
  • Starkey   Subscriber only content
  • Widex     Subscriber only content

 

Price range charged by retailers, including Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Specsavers

From £Subscriber only content to £ Subscriber only content

 

Find out more about what to look for on our hearing aids features explained page

3. Home and conversations in some noise
As well as above, hearing aids optimised for places with more noise and social interaction, such as outdoor activities, shopping, small meetings, theatre and small social gatherings

 

Suggested models from biggest brands

  • Oticon     Subscriber only content
  • Phonak   Subscriber only content
  • ReSound Subscriber only content
  • Sivantos  Subscriber only content
  • Starkey   Subscriber only content
  • Widex     Subscriber only content

 

 

 

Price range charged by retailers, including Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Specsavers

From £Subscriber only content to £ Subscriber only content

 

Find out more about what to look for on our hearing aids features explained page

 

4. Hearing aids for home, away from home and work in noisier environments
As well as above, hearing aids optimised for more challenging noisy environments, such as meetings at work, restaurants, larger social gatherings and for those who require some basic wireless connectivity to smartphones/tablets.

 

Suggested models from biggest brands

  • Oticon     Subscriber only content
  • Phonak   Subscriber only content
  • ReSound Subscriber only content
  • Sivantos  Subscriber only content
  • Starkey   Subscriber only content
  • Widex     Subscriber only content

 

 

 

Price range charged by retailers, including Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Specsavers

From £Subscriber only content to £ Subscriber only content

 

Find out more about what to look for on our hearing aids features explained page

5. Home, away from home, at work and in socially challenging environments
As well as above, these hearing aids are optimised for the widest variety and complexity of listening environments including large social events, concerts, noisy 'cocktail' parties, large crowds, challenging work environments and more advanced wireless connectivity and controls to smartphones/tablets.

 

Suggested models from biggest brands

  • Oticon     Subscriber only content
  • Phonak  Subscriber only content
  • ReSound Subscriber only content
  • Sivantos Subscriber only content
  • Starkey   Subscriber only content
  • Widex     Subscriber only content

 

 

 

Price range charged by retailers, including Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Specsavers

From £Subscriber only content to £ Subscriber only content

 

Find out more about what to look for on our hearing aids features explained page

Where is the cheapest shop to buy hearing aids from?

In 2016, we surveyed Which? members on how much they paid for their hearing aids. We've got average hearing aid prices for each of the four big retailers - Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing and Specsavers. 

To find out the cheapest and most expensive hearing aid shops,  log in or take out a £1 trial to Which?.

Getting the best value for money for your hearing aids

Getting value for money is about more than just the costs - it's about customer service as well. An audiologist who offers you great follow-up care may be the difference between you enjoying a new lease of life and your hearing aids sitting in a drawer.

Do check that you're being offered the manufacturer's latest range, but don't assume you need to pay more for it. It's all about your needs: if you're mostly at home, you may not benefit from a top-spec hearing aid with many channels, whereas if you socialise a lot and work in a range of environments, this might be just what you need.

For our top 10 tips on shopping around for hearing aids, log in or take out a £1 trial to Which?.

Five things to watch out for when buying hearing aids

  1. Some companies offer free guides on hearing aids and offer to follow up with a home visit. You don't have to say yes to this; you're still free to shop around.
  2. Never buy any type of hearing aid without a full hearing test. The hearing aids will not be set based on your hearing loss and needs, which presents a risk of further damaging your hearing.
  3. If you’re getting quotes and an audiologist offers you an alternative model to the one you’ve been recommended ('it’s just as good and half the price'), check this is really the case by asking the first audiologist you saw for their opinion.
  4. Bear in mind that some hearing companies have tie-ins with certain manufacturers. This may benefit you in terms of price, but may also limit your choices. The NHS only buys from certain manufacturers, too.
  5. You shouldn’t need to replace hearing aids after only a year, so be wary of anyone telling you you should. The technology does not move that quickly and there is a three- to five-year life expectancy on hearing aids.
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