Prices range from around $1000 to around $5000 each. You health fund may provide a rebate up to $1000 per aid but please check with your fund as some covers provide little or no benefit. You may also wish to insure your hearing aid for loss and damage.
The differences are essentially in the noise reduction and the amount of processing inside the hearing aids. For example a basic hearing aid requires you to push a button to change the noise reduction. A top of the range hearing aid will locate speech in noise and actively reduce the noise automatically. They will even determine which environment you are in such as traffic or listening to music and decide the optimal setting to be in, automatically.
Hearing aids are at the cutting edge of technology. Extreme miniaturisation, advanced manufacturing processes and constant research and development make hearing aids a significant investment. Yet the benefits are huge. For between 5 to 7 years you can enjoy connecting more with your family, friends, television, theatre and any other of your favourite activities.