Hearing Aid Prices – why are some hearing aids more expensive than others?

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Hearing Aid Prices – why are some hearing aids more expensive than others?

You may have noticed hearing aids for sale online or on social media, with price tags that are lower than what you would pay when buying your hearing aid devices through a reputable audiologist. While we cannot comment on all devices sold online, it’s important to educate the public on the difference between a PSAP and a hearing aid, and the importance of the audiologists role in the hearing aid process.

Hearing aids are mini computers. Hearing aid technology develops nine times faster than cell phone technology, and billions of dollars are spent yearly on research and development to ensure technology and patient outcomes are constantly improving.  Over the last few years, we have seen major growth in hearing aid technology that includes:

  • Improved hearing in noisy situations
  • Rechargeable hearing aids
  • Direct smartphone connectivity which allows sound and calls to be streamed directly from a cell phone into a patients hearing aid
  • Artificial intelligence and gyroscope technology has been built into hearing aids. This allows the hearing aids to track a patient’s steps and activity similarly to a fitness watch. Furthermore, the gyroscope allows us to identify if a patient has experienced a fall. This then sends a message to a family member alerting them something may be wrong with the hearing aid wearer.

Hearing Aids Are Customised to Your Hearing Requirements

Once a patient is identified with a hearing loss, we fit the hearing aid according to their specific hearing loss and needs. When we lose our hearing, it affects certain pitches or frequencies differently. The audiologist will take your hearing loss into account when selecting the style and type of hearing aid suitable for your hearing loss. The portion that fits into your ear must be adjusted to your ear shape and size as well as to your amplification needs.

When fitting a hearing aid, the audiologist performs real ear measurements to ensure the hearing aids are providing the required amount of volume at each frequency. Our ears are all different shapes which causes sound to resonate differently in different ears.

As you can see there are a lot of factors to consider when selecting and fitting a hearing aid. Audiologists are trained hearing care professionals who can ensure that your hearing loss is diagnosed correctly and your hearing aids are fitted appropriately.

So what about the hearing aid devices that are sold online at very low prices? Can an audiologist not just fit these for me once I have purchased them?

The answer is unfortunately no.  

The majority of the devices sold online are PSAP’s (personal sound amplifiers) and not true hearing aids. A PSAP has a predetermined volume level and this is usually set to the same volume across all frequencies. This means when purchasing these units, they are not set to your hearing loss. This puts you at risk of having too much volume at frequencies you do hear and not enough volume at other frequencies. This can potentially cause further damage to your hearing if the device is set too loud at certain pitches.

When purchasing a hearing aid, you are paying for the device as well as the knowledge and expertise of the audiologist to give you the best possible outcome.

Hearing Aid Products available at CVH Audiology

With a range of top hearing aid products available at Candice van Heerden Audiology, we offer hearing aid evaluation and selection, trial fitting of hearing aids with follow ups, as well as repairs and servicing. All hearing aid manufacturers have hearing aids in different styles and technology levels. The difference between these technology levels is the sound quality of the hearing aid and how they function in the presence of background noise.

We stock and are able to assist patients with all major international hearing aid brands:

  • Oticon
  • Starkey
  • Siemens
  • Phonak
  • Unitron
  • Widex
  • Signia

To find out more on the difference between most hearing aids, read our blog Choosing the Best Hearing Aid for You.

Let’s discuss the best hearing aid options for you

Book a diagnostic hearing test at CVH Audiology in Benoni or Bedfordview. Once the hearing test has been completed and the cause and severity of your hearing loss is identified, the audiologist will assist in selecting an appropriate hearing aid for you – one that suits your lifestyle and budget.

To book an appointment, please call our office on 011 615 3047 or email candice@cvhaudiology.co.za

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