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Updated: 18 May 2022

Hearing aid prices: how much do hearing aids cost?

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.
Joanna Pearl

Although it's possible to buy hearing aids for as little as £1,000, most people who buy privately pay moreabout £2,500 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.

Average cost of hearing aids

In May 2020, we surveyed 1,572 Which? members to find out how much they'd paid for a pair of hearing aids at the big high street chains. The average prices are listed below in price order. We did not have enough data to give an average price for Scrivens, but they were cheapest on average in our 2018 survey.

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

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.

All hearing aids now, regardless of their level, have wireless technology and can connect wireless accessories made by that manufacturer, for example a TV streamer.

They will also, regardless of their level, have Bluetooth connectivity. This means you can connect your hearing aids via Bluetooth directly to your smartphone.  This allows you to control your hearing aids, for example the volume, through an app on your phone. 

Only logged-in Which? members can view all the information in the hearing aid prices table. If you're not a Which? member you can get instant access by joining Which?.

We look at the price ranges for suggested models from these biggest brands:

  • Oticon     
  • Phonak   
  • ReSound 
  • Signia 
  • Starkey   
  • Widex     

The logged in table reveals hearing aids geared towards:

  1. home and one-to-one use - optimised for more basic amplification in quieter places such as home, one-to-one conversation and on the telephone.
  2. 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.
  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.
  4. 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 and larger social gatherings.
  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 and challenging work environments.

Hearing aid prices for different needs

Log in to see the price range charged by retailers, including Amplifon, Boots, Hidden Hearing, Scrivens, Specsavers.

Hearing aids geared towardsSuggested models from biggest brandsPrice range*
1. Home and one-to-one use
2. Home and quiet conversations
3. Home and conversations with some noise
4. Home, away from home and work in noisier environments
5. Home, away from home, at work and in challenging environments

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

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.

Watch out for hidden extras

When you're comparing hearing aid prices, you need to consider the ongoing costs (of parts such as batteries and wax guards) as well as the upfront ones, as these can differ considerably. 

For example, Specsavers includes disposable batteries for up to four years, Amplifon includes them on selected models, and Scrivens has an Essential Care plan where you pay £2.50 a month to include batteries and other maintenance items. Potential extra costs to consider include: 

  • Disposable batteries - £3 / month (average cost) How long these last will depend on factors including your level of hearing loss and the technology you're using (eg streaming music through your aids). 
  • Wax traps - £4.50 / month These cost around £5 a pack and are also needed for rechargeable aids. How often you have to change them depends on how much wax your ears produce and where the hearing aid sits in the ear. Most patients change them between weekly and fortnightly, but this really varies, with some people getting through a pack a week, and manufacturers recommending they're changed at least every two months or so. 
  • Domes - £3.50 / month The domes or soft tips that sit in your ear (if you have this type of hearing aid rather than ear moulds) may also need replacing. 
  • Drying capsules £1 / month Some of the rechargeable units have a silica gel pellet that dries out the hearing aids overnight - you get two for £5 and each one needs replacing roughly every two to three months.

Other things you may need include drying kits (a small dehumidifying pot with two silica gel pellets) for hearing aids with disposable batteries, cleaning tools, cleaning wipes, and puffers to dry out behind-the-ear hearing aids with ear moulds. 

Ask about the extras you'll need for your specific aids and so you can get an idea of ongoing costs. 

More expensive items you might also need to pay for include: 

Replacement wires (receivers) - if they break after the warranty runs out (£40-£80 per aid) 

Ear moulds - they may perish, not fit if you lose weight, or discolour 

Replacement charging units - for rechargeable aids, cost £100 to £400 but retailers may well offer cheaper prices. 

Last but definitely not least, it's important to remember that your hearing aids will need replacing after roughly three to five years.

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.

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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.

For our top 10 tips on shopping around for hearing aids,  log in or join Which? now to get instant access.