The Hearing Aid Manufacturers Association (HAMA) is urging India to increase the minimum purchase price of hearing aids for all its users.
The association said in a letter to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) that the new minimum price of earrings, bracelets, earplugs and hearing aids, currently Rs 1,700, will soon rise to Rs 2,000.HAMA said this is a move that will lead to an increase in the number of people in need of hearing aid.
According to AMA, the current minimum purchase amount of a hearing aid is Rs 1.75 lakh.
Hama’s letter also said the government should look into the possibility of introducing a new minimum purchase limit of Rs 5 lakh, for all users.
“We are not sure if the government can do anything at this point as we are waiting for their response.
It is also possible that this may not be implemented until 2020,” AMA spokesperson Pradeep Kumar said.
India’s public healthcare system relies on ear plugs, earrings and hearing aid for its health care needs.
However, these devices are often expensive and the industry is suffering from declining demand, with the average price of an earplug reaching around Rs 30,000 per earplug.
In addition, the cost of a bracelet is much higher than an ear plug, with a bracelet being a much more durable item than a hearing plug.