At Better Hearing Australia (VIC), our Hearing Advisers can provide the latest information about buying hearing aids, helping you make informed decisions about choosing a hearing aid provider and getting the best quality audiological services.
Become informed about the types of hearing aids; the range of models and brands; the features and programs; and the range of prices. Prior knowledge about any such significant purchase is standard procedure. Find out more by contacting us.
How much to pay
Before making contact with a hearing aid provider, decide on the price range of hearing aids you may be prepared to purchase. If you are within the Australian Government Hearing Services Program determine if you wish to pay any ‘Top-up’ and if so how much you would spend.
Good hearing aid use or outcome is not only related to the cost of the hearing aid. The midrange level of hearing aids offers many of the features of more expensive technology at a lower price. Likewise entry level hearing aids still provide successful performance.
Your first appointment
Ask about the cost and length an initial consultation and what this covers before you make any decisions about hearing aids. Enquire about obtaining a copy of your hearing test to help understand your hearing loss better.
Before committing to any hearing aid purchase make use of a trial period. Understand the terms, cost and time allowed for this.
Follow up appointments
Ask about the number of appointments for follow up support and costs involved.
To work for you, your new hearing aid will need to be adjusted and fine tuned – be aware this may take a number of visits. Ask about what’s involved.
Warranty, insurance, repairs and service
Familiarise yourself with all costs related to your ongoing hearing aid use.
In making an informed choice of hearing aid provider and the hearing aids you purchase, you are combining the:
- required level of support and technical competence
- comfort and appearance of the hearing aid/s
- ease of handling
- costs you can comfortably incur
Finally you need to be:
- fully informed about the services offered
- comfortable with the audiological environment you
- confident the hearing aids you choose suit your criteria
Consumer advice contact
- For independent measuring of hearing aid outcomes contact Eartrak