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How to get the best hearing aid

Hearing aid prices

By Anna Studman

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

Although it's possible to buy hearing aids for as little as £1,000, most people who buy privately pay moreabout £2,600 on average for a pair. 

Not all brands make it easy to find out how competitively priced their hearing aids are though. 

To help you get the best price, we've pulled together our unique survey insight on what people have paid for their hearing aids. 

We've also gathered pricing quotes from the five big hearing aid chains – Amplifon, Boots Hearing Care/David Ormerod Hearing Centre, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens and Specsavers Hearcare – for different levels of hearing aids, based on the latest models, so we can give you an idea of what you’ll pay per pair.

Quick guide to hearing aid prices

Average cost of hearing aids

In 2018, we surveyed 3,183 Which? members to find out how much they'd paid for a pair of hearing aids at the five big high street chains. The average prices are listed below in price order. 

You can click the links to see customer scores for each retailer or, for an overview of the best and worst companies, check out our hearing aid provider reviews.

Latest hearing aid prices for 2019

Our comparison table below shows the range of prices the biggest retailers charge for a pair of the latest hearing aids. You'll see they can vary by thousands of pounds.

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 all the information in the table below, along with our hearing aid supplier reviews. If you're not a Which? member you can get instant access by joining 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

How do NHS hearing aids compare?

The NHS buys the same digital hearing aids you buy privately from the same manufacturers. It's probable that they won't be the very latest models, but the technology will be up to date and the hearing aids will work well.

You're likely to be offered behind-the-ear (BTE) and possibly receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) aids although the NHS does now buy less visible in-the-ear (ITE) ones too – see hearing aid types for more advice on the different styles.

It's likely that they would be mid-range, ie equivalent to our category-three models, but this will of course depend on your individual needs. It's unlikely you'd be offered aids for category four or five (the most expensive) unless there was a very specialist reason why you needed one from these ranges.

Getting the best value for money for your hearing aids

This 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 unused 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. 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.

Five things to watch out for when buying hearing aids

1. Don't feel pressured into a home visit

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. Have a full hearing test before you buy

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. Do your research on alternatives

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. Be aware of your options

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. Watch out for upselling

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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