Hearing Aid Prices South Africa

Hearing Aid Prices in South Africa Are Less Important Than Performance

The past decade has seen price hikes occurring at a rate never before experienced by the nation’s consumers. These steep increases have had their effect on everything from the fuel we purchase at the pumps and the fast-moving consumer goods at local supermarkets, to services such as cable TV, internet access, and telephone calls, as well as leading to the punitive tariffs we must now pay for water and electricity. It should come as no surprise then that, along with medication and most healthcare services, hearing aid prices in South Africa have also been affected, with the result that some of those who are affected by auditory impairment are now beginning to explore ways in which to spend a bit less on managing their condition.

It is, of course, not too difficult to understand their dilemma. However, while it is a relatively simple matter, and one that should entail no serious consequences, to reduce the amount of water or electricity we consume, or to substitute a cheaper brand for some of our staple foodstuffs such as bread, tea, and coffee, when those in need are looking for ways in which to offset the rather high hearing aid prices currently prevailing in South Africa, there is a very real danger that they will, in fact, be compromising on the quality of their chosen devices rather than their cost.

In many parts of the world, the vastly expanded role of the internet as a retail platform has led to widespread closures among those traditional high-street shops that have failed to cater for the change in the modern-day consumer’s shopping habits. It is now possible to purchase almost anything from a second-hand car to over-the-counter medicine with the aid of a broadband connection and a valid credit or debit card. Needless to say, cyberspace is also a place where many are hoping to find hearing aids at significantly lower prices than are generally the case when purchasing from offline sources in South Africa.

However, it is not only price tags that have changed. So too has the nature of the assisted hearing device. The units in use today, some of which are now so tiny that they can be entirely concealed from sight within the ear canal, are no longer simple electronic amplifiers that act to increase the volume of sounds equally at all wavelengths within the range of human audibility. Instead, they are finely-tuned devices designed to amplify only those wavelengths that have been determined by an audiogram to be affected, and to an extent determined by how severe the impairment was found to be at each of those wavelengths. While shopping online for a hearing aid in South Africa may offer you better prices, it is an option that is unable to provide you with a device that is able to fully meet the specific needs of your personal auditory profile. Furthermore, such a purchase could potentially do more harm than good.

Quite apart from the inevitable effects of inflation, there are other valid reasons why these devices now sell for a higher figure than in the past. Research into ways in which to enhance the user experience and to facilitate interaction with the many digital devices upon which our lives have become so dependent has continued apace, and has led to some invaluable new functions for the new generation of hearing aids, which, not surprisingly, have also necessitated higher prices, not just in South Africa, but wherever these sophisticated new models are offered for sale.

In practice, however, there should be no reason why anyone in the country with a need and who may have the backing of a reliable medical aid should be precluded from owning an efficient assisted hearing device. All of the major funds will generally cover the cost of the audiometric examination and the necessary devices, as well as any follow up visits that may prove necessary to ensure the effective management of auditory insufficiency. Should you opt for one of the high-end full-featured models, a modest co-payment may be necessary to accommodate the higher prices for the more sophisticated type of hearing aid sold in South Africa.

Finally, to ensure professional service, state-of-the-art facilities, and superior hearing aids, Ear Institute clinics in South Africa are able to offer all of these and do so at prices you and your medical aid can afford.
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