According to the Singapore Association for the Deaf (SADeaf), hearing loss is a disorder that is getting more and more prevalent in Singapore, affecting around 500,000 people.
Find out about the costs of our hearing aids and the many kinds of subsidies offered in Singapore.
There is no escaping the fact that hearing aids are pricey. The price of a hearing aid can range from a little under $800 to more than $6,000 per device, depending on how many functions it has.
The most significant determinants of price are the level of hearing aid technology and features. The cost of technical sophistication reduces over time, just like it does for other consumer goods, and this is true also for the hearing aid sector.
The cost of hearing aid technology has generally remained consistent, although it is now substantially more advanced. Technology that was once seen as cutting-edge is now accepted as ordinary.
All makers of hearing aids make an effort to offer devices that satisfy both the needs of patients and their financial limitations. To do this, almost every product line offers a wide variety of performance or price points.
The most advanced technology, including enhanced background noise reduction circuitry and wireless capability, will all be present at the greatest level. Lower performance tiers will have fewer and less complicated features as the price reduces.
What is a Hearing Aid?
Electronic hearing aids are small devices worn behind or in the ear. It amplifies some sounds so that a person with hearing loss can listen, speak, and engage in daily activities more fully. Hearing aids can help people hear better in both calm and noisy environments. It is estimated that about one in five people who could benefit from a hearing aid do so.
Hearing aids are composed of three main components: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. A microphone in the hearing aid detects sound and transforms it into electrical impulses, which are then sent to an amplifier. The amplifier boosts the power of the signals before sending them to the ear via a speaker.
Do hearing aids come in a variety of designs?
Hearing aids come in three basic types. Size, positioning on or inside the ear, and sound amplification characteristics vary between the styles.
- Behind-the-ear (BTE):- The two primary types of BTE hearing aids are classic BTE and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE/RIC), and both are discrete devices. In both designs, the speaker is worn in the ear canal and the case that holds the electrical components is worn behind the ear.
- In-the-ear (ITE):- In-the-canal (ITC), invisible-in-the-canal (IIC), and completely-in-the-canal are the three primary types of ITE hearing aids (CIC). These items are manufactured specifically for each user since they fit into the ear canal.
- The two types of canal aids are designed to fit into the ear canal. The in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is molded to the individual’s ear canal’s size and shape. The ear canal almost completely conceals a completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aid. Both kinds are employed in cases of mild to moderate hearing loss. Canal aids might be challenging for a person to adjust and take out because they are so small. Additionally, canal aids have less room for batteries and extra devices like a telecoil. Because of their reduced size, which limits their power and volume, they are typically not advised for young children or individuals with severe to profound hearing loss.
Singapore’s Hearing Aid Subsidies
There are two main subsidies that make hearing aid in Singapore more accessible to people with hearing loss. The Assistive Technology Fund and the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) (ATF).
You must speak with an application administrator or assessor from organizations like hospitals or social service agencies if you want to apply for these programs.
Fund for Seniors’ Mobility and Mobility
The SMF is a program created to assist Singaporeans 60 and older who are living at home and require a mobility aid or other assistive device, such as a hearing aid. Under this program, they are also eligible to receive financial assistance for home healthcare supplies like diapers and catheters.
Seniors in Singapore can continue to be involved in their community and reduce the cost of aging thanks to this.
The candidate must:
- Be 60 years of age or older and a citizen of Singapore.
- Being evaluated by a certified assessor for the necessary equipment type while residing at home and not in a nursing home or sheltered home.
- have a monthly household income of no more than $2,000 each
- The applicant must be able to contribute to both the assessment fee and the device’s cost.
- They should not be receiving or applying for any other grants or subsidies, whether they are public or private, that would be greater than the co-payment under the SMF.
Assistive Technology Fund
The ATF is a program that subsidizes the price of assistive technology devices like hearing aids to help people with impairments live more independently.
The candidate must:
- Being a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident
- Possess one of the following persistent impairments, as determined by certification:
- Physical impairment
- Intellectual handicap
- Impaired hearing
- Disability in vision
- Spectrum disorder in autism (ASD)
- Be evaluated for the necessary device type by a competent assessor.
- Have a monthly household income of no more than $2,000 each