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Audiology Expert & Founder
Boots is one of our main competitors in the industry and when people think about getting a hearing aid their minds may turn to Boots Hearing Care. Boots hearing aids are a popular place to get hearing aids from and there are almost 400 Boots Hearing Care shops nationwide.
Boots hearing aids are actually provided by a franchise called David Ormerod Hearing Centres, which is, in turn, a Sonova Group company. You might be wondering why this matters, but Sonova actually owns the hearing aid manufacturers Phonak and Unitron, and back in 2013 Boots Hearing
Care acquired a 49% minority stake in David Ormerod Hearing Centres. Essentially what this means is that when you visit a Boots Hearing Care shop you are likely to leave with a hearing aid made by either Phonak or Unitron.
Now both of these manufacturers of Boots digital hearing aids make some great hearing aids, however, there are in fact 8 main manufacturers of hearing aids in the UK and so your choice of hearing aids from Boots is certainly limited to a fairly small portion of the hearing aids actually available.
Another important question that people ask when looking for Boots hearing aid is ‘how much do Boots hearing aids cost?’
Boots hearing aid prices tend to be similar to many of the other large chains of private practice audiologists. However, the important term here is ‘large chains’. Boots hearing aids costs, as with all of the large chains, are almost always more expensive than those provided by independent private audiologists such as Hearing Aid UK.
By using an independent such as ourselves you are guaranteed that you will be getting the hearing aid that is right for you – without being influenced by “parent companies” and their “sales targets.”
Boots hearing aid costs are divided into their Essentials range, where the hearing aids costs for 2 boots hearing aids can be up to around £2,000, or their Premium range where costs can reach up to above £3,000 for a pair of boots digital hearing aids. You can pay for your Boots hearing aids in one lump sum or monthly instalments.
But again remember that with Boots hearing aids your choice will be more limited and you are almost guaranteed to be paying a higher price for the exact same hearing aid than with Hearing Aid UK.
Also worth noting is that Boots Hearing Care (and other large chains) sometimes have special offers. If an offer seems too good to be true, be sure that you possess full knowledge about the hearing aid that you are being sold.
Most hearing aid manufacturers update their ranges every two to three years, so if you see a sale for Boots invisible hearing aids, or any other boots hearing aids with price reductions, they are likely to have been reduced because there is a newer model due out soon and they are trying to get rid of existing stock to help out their parent companies.
It is very rare that buying an “old technology” hearing aid is actually a good deal as a less expensive current technology aid will usually outperform it.
Boots Hearing Care supplies Rayovac batteries for both their own brand of hearing aids and other manufacturers, which are available in the usual sizes - 10, 312, 13 and 675. They also offer a range of hearing aid accessories within their stores, but these are mostly Phonak branded devices - therefore limited.
Before this Boots hearing aids rebranded and started trading as David Ormerod Hearing Centres they did originally provide their patients with home visits. Due to the growth of the audiology industry and Boots hearing aids' increased marketing presence – it has resulted in Boots having to reduce their level of the service offered to consumers.
To reflect this they now only provide in-store appointments and do not offer Boots hearing aids home visits or hearing tests at home.
Other than independent hearing aid dispensers like us - The hearing aid alternatives to Boots Hearing Care are Specsavers Hearcare, Amplifon, Hidden Hearing, Bloom Hearing and Scrivens.
Find out the differences between independent retailers and those of the highstreet and how hearing aid wearers ranked all hearing aid dispensers in the latest Which? Report - including Boots hearing aids here
At Hearing Aid UK, we promise to always offer you the full range of hearing aids that are available and to ensure that you are in possession of all necessary information about any new or upcoming models before you make your hearing aid choice, whilst also offering lower prices.
For more information and advice about your hearing requirements and about the full range of hearing aids that are available, and to book your free hearing test, contact Hearing Aid UK on 0800 567 7621 today.
Do not spend hundreds of pounds without getting a second opinion from us.
If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?
In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.
If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.
If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:
Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.
Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.
Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.
Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.
Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.
For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up.
For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.
One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.
Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.
Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.
For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.
The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.
However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.
People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.
There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.
Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.
Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.
The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.
Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.
Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.
As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.
Hearing aids are easily lost, misplaced or damaged and typically are one of the most expensive personal possessions an individual can own. We offer hearing aid warranty cover for £80 per year per aid. Find out more here
All our audiologists use the very latest technology and provide the full range of tests to accurately measure your hearing for free. Find out about what we offer all our customers here
Hearing Aid UK offers all their customers free home visiting services and home visits for hearing aids - Including hearing tests, fittings, maintenance, check-ups and much more in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience. Find out more information here
Here, at Hearing Aid UK, we are dedicated to offering low hearing aid prices. We achieve this by having no head office and low marketing costs. Our hearing aid prices are amongst the lowest you will find anywhere in the world.
When we refer to a product as 'Latest Launch', we mean it is the latest to be released on the market.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is the newest hearing aid model on the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.