How Much Does It Cost to Get a Hearing Test?

May 23, 2024

When you find yourself having to ask others to repeat themselves, you’re constantly turning the TV volume up, or you’re hearing strange noises – it could be time to get your hearing checked. 

According to the Department of Health, more than one out of every three Australians suffer from some level of noise-related ear damage. Getting a hearing test conducted by a qualified audiologist is the best way to get an accurate picture of your ear health. 

So, how much does it cost? Unless you’re going in for a routine check up, hearing test costs are probably something you’re not aware of. In this article, we’ll cover how much you can expect to pay, as well as the different factors that influence the costs of a hearing test. We’ll also go over the eligibility requirements to receive subsidies for hearing tests and other audiology services.

Average hearing test costs in Australia

The average cost for a hearing tests in Australia is between $100 to $200 – which may change based on the extent of actions carried out as part of the hearing test, as well as a host of other factors. 

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Factors that influence hearing test costs

While hearing test costs generally won’t exceed $100 to $200, the amount you actually pay for your hearing test will change depending on a host of factors:

The type of hearing test

Thanks to the advent of tele-healthcare, most audiology centres now offer hearing tests in both remote and in-clinic options. As a result, there are different types of hearing tests available, each with their own costs. 

Diagnostic hearing test

The diagnostic hearing test is by far the most reliable and comprehensive option for hearing check-ups. This will involve an in-person visit to an audiology clinic for an appointment with an experienced hearing expert who will facilitate the hearing test through a battery of tests. The results from each of these individual tests will then be combined to form a clear diagnosis of the patient’s hearing health. The industry average cost for a full diagnostic test is $140. 

Remote hearing test

A remote hearing test can be carried out from the comfort of your home through a teleconferencing or equivalent tool with an audiologist on the other end. This method, also known as in-situ audiometry is best suited for individuals who already have hearing aids that can be remotely connected to by the audiologist to play test tones on varying frequencies. The cost for a take-home copy of the hearing test results ranges from $90 to $130. 

Hearing test kit

Some audiology services also offer hearing aid kits that can be used to perform a hearing test at home under the remote guidance of an audiologist. A hearing test kit will cost $250 including postage costs. 

Eligibility for hearing test subsidies 

The cost of hearing tests can be reduced with the help of subsidies under Australia’s Hearing Services Program. As a part of this program, eligible individuals can enjoy subsidised hearing services and devices if they are 

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or live on Norfolk Island
  • aged 21 years and older
  • a pensioner concession card holder or their spouse
  • a Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Gold Card holder or their spouse
  • a DVA White Card holder (hearing-specific conditions) or their spouse
  • a member of the Australian Defence Force
  • referred by a Disability Employment Service

Check your hearing health with Harmony Hearing

As a leading audiology clinic in Perth, Harmony Hearing offers both in-clinic diagnostic and remote hearing tests for individuals in Perth and across the rest of Australia. Our goal is to offer a reliable and cost-effective way for individuals to better understand their hearing health, which is why the cost of our hearing tests are kept below the industry average at $135. Book a hearing test appointment with us today! 

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