Hearing Aid prices in India may range from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 2.5 lacs. Several parameters determine the hearing aid prices. In a study done by Silva et. al. (2012) two important determinants of hearing aid prices are:
- Style or Design of Hearing Aid
- Signal Processing Technology
There are some other parameters which directly contribute to hearing aid prices and those are directional microphone, hearing aid shells and noise cancellation circuitry.
Now the question comes how a person will determine what value of hearing aid to purchase.
Definitely the type and degree of hearing loss is one of the key factors to determine the hearing aid which is usually determined by an Audiologist. Another key factor that an Audiologist keeps in mind while selecting a hearing aid is the lifestyle of the said person. In this parameter the said person with hearing impairment can contribute in the selection process and on the hearing aid price.
Based on the lifestyle that the person wants to enjoy he can select the appropriate type of hearing aid.
For example two person with the same degree and type of hearing loss and both are aging 65 years. Person A enjoys a sedentary life basically and mostly stays at home and person B is very active socially so person A should select hearing aid that supports simple living and hence his cost of hearing aid will be cheaper compared to person B who should select hearing aids supporting outdoor living or vibrant living and hence his hearing aid will be costlier.