Hearing Aids

Hearing aids to suit your needs

At Amplifon, you'll find hearing solutions that range from almost invisible styles that fit discreetly inside the ear, to those that sit snugly behind the ear. You can even select devices that connect wirelessly to your smartphone.

 

We offer hearing aids that are small, light and comfortable. So whether you're watching TV, going to the theatre or attending a social event, the latest technology can help you make the most of your listening experience.

What is a hearing aid?

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that allows those with hearing loss to hear better. The hearing device consists of three basic components: a microphone, an amplifier, and a receiver. 

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Different types of hearing aids

Our digital hearing aids use advanced technology to help you make perfect sense of the sounds around you. We'll help you find the right type of hearing aid, whether you have mild, moderate or severe hearing loss.

There are three main types of hearing aids available: in the ear hearing aids, receiver-in-canal hearing aids, and behind the ear hearing aids. Each type of hearing aid has its own unique features and design, from discrete models that sit entirely within the ear canal to those that are better suited to more advanced cases of hearing loss.

Your hearing care professional can guide you through each of the types available and the hearing aid devices that are best suited to your individual needs.

As well as the different styles of devices, you can also compare the various features and benefits of hearing aids, such as the connectivity range or rechargeable range.

For those with hearing loss in one ear, CROS hearing aids are designed and customised to wirelessly send sound from one ear to the other.

No matter what type of hearing aid you choose, each device will be personalised to suit your needs by a fully qualified hearing care professional.

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids work by amplifying the sounds that travel into your ear, making them louder while also reducing background noise so that important sounds becomes clearer.

A hearing aid’s microphone picks up sounds, such as the sound of someone’s voice, and turns this into an electrical signal. Next, the amplifier increases the volume or strength of the electrical signal. The receiver then transforms the amplified signal into sound and sends this to your ear.

When should you get hearing aids?

Although you may have an inkling that hearing aids may assist your hearing, it’s best to consult your hearing care professional to find out if they are the right fit for you. They’ll conduct a hearing test to determine if you have hearing loss and, if so, what type you are experiencing and its severity.

From there, they may recommend hearing aids or another form of treatment or management. Hearing aids won’t necessarily benefit all forms of hearing loss, so your hearing care professional will chat you through the best options for your specific needs.

Why is it important to wear hearing aids?

There are several benefits to wearing hearing aids that not only improve your quality of life but can help prevent further hearing loss. As well as helping you to hear, wearing hearing aids increases safety and independence, improves your ability to socialise with family and friends, and preserves cognitive functions such as memory, balance and concentration.

It can take some time to get used to wearing your first pair of hearing aids, so it is important to take the appropriate steps to allow your brain to re-learn sounds and adjust gradually to your new levels of hearing.

What type of hearing aid is best for me?

Our hearing care professionals will work with you to understand your current hearing concerns and help you unlock your full hearing potential. They'll use their expert knowledge and experience to customise your devices, allowing you to rediscover the sounds around you.

We'll be there to support you throughout your entire hearing health journey to ensure your devices continue to meet your needs.

No matter what type of hearing aid you choose, each device will be personalised to suit your needs by a fully qualified hearing care professional.

What is it like living with hearing aids?

While it can take time to get used to wearing hearing aids, especially if you’ve lived with hearing loss for a while, you’ll soon notice some changes in your day-to-day life. You may not need to have the volume turned up as high when watching television, you may hear birds chirping and leaves rustling outside, and you may also have an easier time keeping up with conversations in social settings.

Everyone has a unique experience when they first start wearing hearing aids, but you’ll start noticing some differences in the sounds around you.

Once you get used to wearing your hearing aids, you’ll likely forget that they’re there. Modern hearing aids are also far more discreet than older models, making it hard for others to tell that you are wearing a device.

Where do I get hearing aids?

As hearing loss can differ greatly from one person to another, the best place to start if you believe you may benefit from hearing aids is with a hearing test.

Conducted by an audiologist or qualified hearing care professional, a hearing test can help determine the severity of your hearing loss and the types of hearing aids that may best help you manage your condition. Your hearing care professional will talk you through the different types of hearing aids available, their features and everything else you need to know before committing to a hearing aid model.

While you may be able to purchase hearing aids online without visiting a hearing care clinic, it’s important to note that you won’t receive devices that are tailored to your individual needs or adjusted to suit the specific degree of hearing loss you’re living with.

If you believe that you may benefit from hearing aids, be sure to book an appointment at your local Amplifon clinic to receive professional advice.

How much are hearing aids?

The cost of hearing aids varies depending on several different factors, including the degree of hearing loss you are living with, how discrete the hearing aid is and the technology included within the device. Devices with rechargeable batteries may be more expensive than those with standard batteries, while a model with Bluetooth connectivity will likely cost more than one without this feature.

On average, hearing aids in Australia retail for anywhere between $1,000 and $6,000, but prices vary between hearing aid suppliers and based on the level of technology chosen.

What financial assistance is available for hearing aids?

Hearing aids can be an expensive purchase, especially if you’re retired, living on a pension or are no longer working full time. There are, however, several forms of financial assistance and funding available, from the Hearing Services Program (HSP) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to health and home insurance.

At Amplifon, we also help make paying for your hearing aids easier with interest-free payments plans with 12-, 24- and 36-month terms available.

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Considerations before you buy

Before you settle on a specific hearing aid model, there are some key considerations to think about. These considerations include:

  • Device warranties. It’s a good idea to check that the hearing aids you’re contemplating purchasing have a warranty attached. Although the terms of the warranty may vary, most cover repairs for a specific period of time, helping to keep your hearing aid in good working order. Some warranties also include device services. If you’re unsure what each hearing aid’s warranty includes, speak to your hearing care professional.
  • Your lifestyle. When it comes time to choose a hearing aid, you shouldn’t have to alter your lifestyle to meet the needs of your device. Think about the activities you take part in regularly and whether the models you’re considering fit your personal needs. Your hearing care professional can help guide you in choosing the best hearing aids for your lifestyle.
  • Device adjustments and servicing. Much like any other device, hearing aids require regular tune-ups to ensure they’re operating as efficiently as possible. Hearing aids need to be checked and adjusted by a professional, so it’s important that the hearing aid retailer you choose can assist you in maintaining your devices. At Amplifon, we can help you keep your hearing aids in great shape.
  • Your future needs. While you may be living with a certain level of hearing loss at present, your hearing may change over time. You may wish to ask your hearing care professional if your chosen hearing aids are capable of providing increased amplification if required.
  • Your budget. While some financial assistance may be available, it’s good to keep your budget in mind when selecting hearing aids. Chat to your hearing care professional to discover what options are available in your price range.

Will I hear better immediately?

Yes, your hearing will improve as you start using your hearing aids. It will, however, take you some time to get used to your new devices. When your hearing aids are fitted for the first time, your hearing care professional will make adjustments to help tailor your devices to your personal needs. These levels may need to be further adjusted as your ears and brain get used to processing sounds again. 

You may find that it takes several weeks or months to adjust to your new hearing aids fully.

How do you maintain hearing aids?

Hearing aids must be properly maintained to ensure they remain in good working order. When you are fitted with new hearing aids, your hearing care professional will guide you through the care and maintenance of your devices. To help keep your hearing aids performing well, simple steps include:

  • Only handling them with clean, dry hands.
  • Removing your hearing aids before swimming or bathing.
  • Storing them in a safe, dry place when not in use.
  • Using your hearing aid cleaning kit regularly.
  • Getting your hearing aids checked by a professional on a regular basis.

Depending on the model you select, you may need to replace your hearing aid’s batteries. Amplifon helps to make keeping your hearing aids powered simple, with batteries available to purchase at our clinics and through our postal delivery service.

How long do hearing aids last?

Modern hearing aids typically last anywhere between three and seven years. The lifespan of a hearing aid can, however, vary greatly depending on factors such as:

  • The style of hearing aid chosen
  • The materials used to construct the hearing aid
  • How well the hearing aid is cared for
  • How often the hearing aid is serviced
  • How the hearing aid is stored
  • Changes to your hearing
  • Changes to your lifestyle

To help keep your hearing aids in good working order, you should look to have them checked regularly by a hearing care professional. When your hearing aids are fitted for the first time, your hearing care professional can provide you with more information about giving your devices a tune-up.

If you find that your hearing has changed or that your hearing aids are no longer working as well as they once did, be sure to talk with your hearing care professional. They can assess your hearing and hearing aids to discover what’s changed and define the best course of action for your needs.

FAQs

Does hearing worsen if you don’t wear hearing aids

If you live with hearing loss, your hearing won’t get worse due to not wearing your hearing aids. You may notice, however, that your understanding of speech worsens over time as your hearing loss continues to progress naturally.

Do hearing aids need a prescription?

While you may be able to purchase hearing aids online without a prescription, if you’re looking for the best device for your individual needs, it’s important to have your hearing professionally tested. Your hearing care professional can determine the type of hearing loss you are experiencing and the best devices available to match.

Can you try hearing aids before buying?

With Amplifon, you can try hearing aids before buying! While you can’t try different hearing aid models in the same way you can try on a selection of new glasses frames, our 30-day trial period gives you time to see whether your hearing aids are comfortable, match your lifestyle and are suited to your individual needs.
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