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Hearing Aids for Pensioners UK - Hear well again and live life to the full

By: Paul Harrison Updated: 6th September 2021 in: Hearing Aid Advice, Latest News, Articles
Hearing Aids for Pensioners

Hearing Aids for Pensioners in the UK

The new modern-day consumer

Hearing Aids for Seniors - Age should never be a barrier to hearing

Current UK statistics show that 40% of people over the age of 50 have some degree of hearing loss.  Age is the most common cause of hearing loss, due to the natural wear and tear of the tiny hair cells in the inner ear, but there are other links too - like prolonged exposure to loud noises. 

Hearing loss is usually a gradual process that people don't notice immediately, but it is important that you seek professional help as soon as you do.  This will ultimately improve the success of your treatment and future hearing healthcare.

Hearing aids are generally the preferred treatment for many types of hearing loss, as they make sounds louder and clearer.  They amplify sound and can distinguish the difference between foreground noise like conversation and background noise like traffic.  Focusing on what you want to hear and reducing the sounds that aren't important to you. 

Hearing aids can also reduce the feedback you commonly get when wearing devices, so your hearing experience is more comfortable and natural.  Hearing aids will not cure your hearing loss, but they are essential to improving your quality of life, stay connected to those around you and making life that little bit easier.

In this article, we discuss our real-life experiences and knowledge of consumer wants, needs and requirements of the modern-day pensioner.  But, before we do let's take a look at some UK statistics...

 

Some hearing loss & hearing aid facts:

 

  • 1 in 6 people in the UK has some form of hearing loss.
  • Ageing is the most common cause of hearing loss - overall hearing impairment increases naturally with age.
  • Hearing loss can triple your risk of a fall.
  • Hearing loss can contribute to sleeping disorders.
  • Untreated hearing loss can lead to anxiety, depression and mental health issues.
  • 5-7 years is the average someone will wait until they get their hearing checked professionally.
  • Hearing aids are proven to reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
  • Hearing aids can sync with electrical devices, so you can easily connect to your at-home devices, people and the world.
  • Hearing aids can connect to loop systems for use in public spaces and places of worship.

 

Hearing Aids For Seniors

Hearing Aids for Pensioners

It's all about the connectivity

Hearing Aids for Seniors - The older generation are still wanting high-end connectivity and modern-day features

What is important to realise is that people who are over 60 are still wanting the connectivity, high technical specifications and features from their hearing aids, just as much as those who are younger.  We cannot assume that pensioners of this generation are looking for hearing aids that existed twenty years ago.  The majority have active lifestyles that need catering for, as well as their hearing loss - without limitations! 

We are seeing a great increase and shift in consumers' wants and needs of this demographic - with that the demand for technology advancements has risen.  The pensioners of today's world want great Bluetooth connectivity to all their favourite electrical devices, they want modern features and they want stylish and contemporary models. 

Opting for styles that aren't just aimed to help dexterity issues, but are something they need to wear and want to wear.  Hearing devices that not only help them to hear better but also complement their lifestyle, however active, so they can thrive and live life to the full.

 

Cost of hearing aids for pensioners

So, how much does a hearing aid cost for pensioners?  The price of hearing aids for pensioners is the same as any other - to give you an idea of cost - our hearing aid prices start from £495 per aid.  How much you a willing to spend depends entirely on your budget, lifestyle, connectivity needs, features, hearing loss level and more. 

 

Hearing aids discounts seniors

You might be wondering if you can receive help towards hearing aid cost for seniors?  In some cases, you can look into a type of hearing aids pensioner concession card.  For instance, we do offer a fixed discount for seniors who have a Defence Discount Service card - call us on the below contact number to find out more.

We also advise that you speak with your local audiologist to find out what's available in the UK hearing aid market.  Your audiologist will also advise you on what hearing aid would suit you better, as you don't need to spend more on a hearing aid device if you don't need to.  You only need to be paying for what you really need.  

 

Your audiologist can also advise you on:

 

  • The best hearing aids for pensioners
  • Bluetooth hearing aids for pensioners
  • Hearing aid batteries for pensioners and rechargeable options

 

Pensioners Hearing Aids

New Hearing Aids for Pensioners

Today's seniors are tech-savvy

Hearing aids for seniors aren't the same as they used to be - They are much better!

The modern hearing aids on the market today offer pensioners the opportunity to challenge the boundaries of hearing loss in every hearing situation with incredible ease.  The marvel that is the current hearing aid technology now gives us discreet hearing aid options, all-day comfort, natural sound and automatic adjustments.  

With more options to choose from and continued development in remote healthcare - hearing aids are easier to control, readily accessible and compatible with mobile phones. You can start enjoying life again as you concentrate on hearing, rather than thinking about your hearing aids. 

Getting all the advantages of digital hearing aids discreetly and with a solution that works in all areas of your life - not just your hearing loss.  

 

What are the best hearing aids for pensioners UK?

So, what are the best hearing aids for pensioners?  When choosing a hearing aid there are so many factors to consider, but thankfully the choice is forever increasing and we no longer have to settle for that 'brown banana' of a bygone time. 

For pensioners there might be more criteria to tick - please remember we a generalising here - but here are some examples before we talk about our two most popular hearing aids for seniors further down the page.

 

  • When dexterity is a problem:  A small hearing aid means small batteries and sometimes these can be quite difficult to change. So, if dexterity is a problem, then these hearing aids might not be right for you.
  • When you need extra power:  Previously if you fell into this category then there was very little on the market that could help you, however with recent advances in miniaturisation and power amplification then there is now a select range of superpower hearing aids that could make a real difference to your day to day life.  Bigger power doesn't necessarily mean bigger hearing aid - there are a lot of superpower devices that are small in size.
  • When you want a discreet shape, but are not sure if it's suitable:   Modern hearing aids can actually be completely invisible, but even if you choose a non-invisible model then the designs are now sleek and inconspicuous - whatever your age.  However, these types of hearing aids aren't compatible with everyone.  This is something you can discuss with your audiologist.
  • When connectivity is important to you:  What is impressive is the use of Bluetooth within hearing aid technology, which has continued to advance over the past few years - offering consumers flexibility, great connectivity and pairing hearing aids with mobile phones.  So, listening to your favourite radio station is even more enjoyable. 
  • When you want features/apps that benefit your hearing health:  There are now plenty of beneficial hearing aid apps from all the manufacturers, that can and do enhance your life.  For instance, Starkey created the first 'healthable' hearing aid range with the Livio range.  So you can access fall detection, health diagnostics and much more at the touch of your fingertips.  Great for you to keep track of your personal hearing health and extra reassurance for your family members. 

 

Are hearing aids free for pensioners?  NHS hearing aids for pensioners

There are some consumers who are wondering "How much do hearing aids cost for pensioners?" and "Are there free hearing aids for pensioners?".  This ultimately all depends on whether you want to opt for NHS or private hearing healthcare - it's a personal choice.

While we understand and respect the hearing service that the NHS provides - if advanced technology, connectivity, choice and modern styles are important to you, the NHS has limitations in these areas.  For instance, NHS hearing aids are unable to offer Bluetooth connectivity at this time.

Hearing Aids For Active Seniors

 Best Hearing Aids for Seniors

Seniors with active lifestyles that want to still feel connected

Some seniors usually develop a hearing loss so slowly that they might not even recognise how vital professional help is needed.  There might be others who think that they will be judged and treated differently if they were to wear a hearing aid.  In my experience, the biggest roadblocks in finding help is a lack of knowledge about the hearing aid market and cost.  But, it really doesn't have to be.

I believe that seniors can feel more confident in their decision making if they know more about the products available on the market and the audiology industry itself.  With this in mind, I have selected two hearing aids from both price points - an affordable hearing aid and a premium one.  Both are great options to consider as hearing aids for seniors.

 

Best Hearing Aids for Seniors:  Best for price

Resound Key 4 Hearing Aids

Hearing aid styles available:  RIC, BTE, SP, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC

Best hearing aids for seniors

Quick list of benefits:

 

  • Stylish and comfortable design that is easy to use - Offering an essential hearing solution for everyday and great first-fit experience.
  • Great price points throughout the range - Making technology more affordable.
  • Compatible with the Resound Smart 3D app - Personalise your hearing experience.
  • Rechargeable options available - Giving you 30 hours of power in one charge.
  • Bluetooth low energy connectivity - Stay connected to your loved ones with hands-free calls and stream the sounds you love directly to your hearing aids.
  • Compatible with Resounds's accessories - Giving you more freedom, convenience and a quick boost in difficult hearing environments.

 

Great technology without the frills

I chose the Resound Key 4 hearing aid not just because of its price tag, but because it is simply so easy to use - fitting into your life and offering reliability and in-built guidance to promote wearer confidence.  This hearing aid is designed to simplify the complexities of hearing aids, so you get the technology that will help you to hear better - without the frills.

 

Freedom of choice

You are also getting their Organic Hearing philosophy and chipset they've used in their more premium hearing aid ranges to give you Resound's famous natural hearing experience at a lower price.  Unlike some essential hearing aids - there is plenty of style choice in the Resound Key's range that also caters for various levels of hearing loss.  This means you'll benefit from a style that suits you and your level of hearing.

 

The rechargeable

Something else to shout about is the rechargeable hearing aid option.  What has been popular is Resound's premium charger and how compact and travel-friendly it is.  They do offer the desktop version as standard, but if you like the latest gadgets you might want to upgrade here - even if it is just for convenience.  You also get 3 times as many charges in the premium charging system.

For prices and in-depth features - View Resound Key 4 Hearing Aids

 

Best Hearing Aids for Seniors:  Best for assistive features

Starkey Livio Edge 2400 AI Hearing Aids

Hearing aid styles available:  BTE, RIC, ITE, ITC

Best hearing aids for seniors

Artificial Intelligence of the smartest degree

This top-end hearing aid uses AI technology - pushing the boundaries of maintaining personal independence and cognitive health.  At launch, this hearing aid was the only one that included artificial intelligence of this level and integrated sensors.  

 

Peace of mind for you and your loved ones

These inbuilt motion sensors can detect if you fall and send a notification to your family or friends.  Giving you all peace of mind at home or out and about.  The Thrive Care app sends and shares your wearing data to the people you want.  For instance, your activity, your usage and social engagement.  This means that you and your chosen know how you are everyday.

 

Freedom and flexibility

The easy to use Thrive Hearing Control App gives you ultimate hearing aid control at your fingertips - using your smartphone.  Adjust volume, change settings and features quickly and easily.  There are numerous healthable features that track your body and brain's activity, so you know more about how you live and how active you are.

There are many useful features designed to make your life better and easier, as well as giving you the data you need without visiting the clinic - such as:

 

  • Find my phone
  • Translate
  • Transcribe and Self check

For prices and in-depth features - View Starkey Livio Edge 2400 AI Hearing Aids

 

Hearing Aid UK can support you on your hearing journey

We understand and can completely relate to how overwhelming embarking on your hearing healthcare journey is.  Whatever your age, type of hearing loss or level of hearing loss - Hearing Aid UK can support, advise and assist in locating your nearest audiologist who can guide you in the right direction.  Call us free on 0800 567 7621 to get your hearing and your life back on track!

 

 

Read Next:  Types of Hearing Loss

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This article was written by audiology expert Paul Harrison

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Managing Director & founder of Hearing Aid UK, with over 20 years of audiology experience and a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists Council (BSHAA) between 2015-2020.

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