We understand the list of complexities when faced with looking for the right hearing healthcare, hearing aids and aftercare. Finding the balance between such factors as the price of hearing aids for your loss, the right private hearing services locally and available audiologists near you is tricky to achieve.
All the different services that both the highstreet retailers and independent audiologists provide can at first seem confusing. Are independent hearing aid company prices cheaper than those of the higshtreet? What are the differences between each hearing aid retailer? Who comes out on top for hearing aid consumers?
Well, in short, being a network of independent audiologists, our hearing aids are genuinely cheaper than the highstreet and independents come out on top overall for consumers. But if we were to compare the various hearing aid retailers, we would find some differences between their services and what they can provide for your hearing.
Like with anything in life, we are put off by what we don’t understand – so educating yourself is key to the success of your hearing care journey. We feel that researching all the hearing aid companies available to you is a good place to start.
Here we look at the pros and cons of Bloom Hearing and Scrivens, so hopefully, you will gain some insight into what services and products they can offer you. This way you can make an informed decision on what your next step will be more confidently.
Bloom Hearing used to be known as Regional Hearing Services, that was until they were bought by one of the big manufacturers of the audiology industry – Widex. With around 20 branches and 50 dispensers, they are still one of the smallest UK hearing aid retailers.
As a result of their affiliation with Danish manufacturer Widex, you might find that they may favour Widex hearing aids when they come to show you the devices available.
As Regional Hearing Services, they started off as a small family business that employed only friends and relatives at their head office in Cornwall. They are known for being genuinely nice people and respected in the audiology industry.
For such a small national company and unlike other similar competitors on the highstreet, Bloom Hearing offers a full home visiting service nationwide. This is possible due to a large percentage of their dispensers not being branch-based.
In short, Scrivens was founded opticians in 1938 by brothers, Mark and Nicholas Georgevic and their head office is based in Birmingham. They eventually made the transition into selling hearing aids in the 1950’s and at the same time rebranded their name for their hearing aid side of the business to ‘The Hearing Company’.
Their brand name then changed back to Scrivens in 2014. With around 300 locations, this company is one of the largest chains in the UK. However, many of these locations are only manned at most twice a month.
Please note that the above information was taken from the latest Which? Report and therefore a reliable source.
If you have had a quote from either Bloom Hearing or Scrivens then you should get a second opinion from us. We feel we have more to offer you and your hearing needs and are confident we can beat the quotes you have received.
Call us free on 0800 567 7621 to speak with one of our audiologists who can go through the benefits of our services or compare our prices - view our full hearing aid pricelist here.
Read Next: The Which? Report
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