These are common questions when searching for a local audiology home visiting service, whatever the reason. Hearing tests can be done at home and comes at no additional cost. Hearing Aid UK has always offered 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.
However, with the current Coronavirus pandemic, the way in which we offer our hearing healthcare either in a clinic or at a home visit has changed. Due to current COVID-19 government guidelines, NHS, Infection Prevention Society, our professional audiology bodies and the World Health Organisation (WHO) - we are able to still deliver care to our patients and doing everything we can to keep our services as safe as possible.
It is important that you understand these changes. To find out more about our audiology services during Coronavirus and how we can help you with your hearing needs - Read our 'Audiology Services During & After Coronavirus (COVID-19)' article here.
In this article, we hope you find some helpful information about common questions, misconceptions and worries about hearing healthcare. We cover topics like home hearing tests, which hearing aid retailers do home visits, hearing aid fittings at home, hearing tests for the elderly at home and our new audiology home services and procedures in the current Coronavirus pandemic. If you have any other queries about anything you read in this article, call us free on 0800 567 7621
Our network of over 200 audiologists provides professional nationwide coverage. This means that wherever you live, there is always one of our independent audiologists covering your area and ready to assist all your hearing healthcare needs. We continue to being dedicated to giving our customers flexibility in the way they receive their hearing healthcare and whilst our audiologists can operate in shops, clinics or day centres - there are a lot of benefits to our home visiting services too. In fact, some people prefer them and in some cases, it can be a lifeline to others due to their health limitations or various personal circumstances.
Along with our audiologists, we cover the whole of the UK. So, if you have a busy lifestyle, don't want to miss work, have logistic problems or need a little more privacy - we can come to you. We also assist the needs of the elderly with their hearing loss - either at home or in assisted living accommodation. We believe that no one should be restricted to hearing the sounds of life.
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You'd be surprised how many highstreet retailers don't offer home visits in any capacity - or if they do the service is very limited or chargeable. Hearing aid dispensing started as a tailor-made home service, but today's audiology prefers to operate their services in their clinics or practices. This has always surprised us, as most people with hearing loss tend to be the most vulnerable and need such bespoke services.
It is also worth noting that we, at Hearing Aid UK, don't know if the UK highstreet retailers are offering home visits or even in-clinic appointments during the Coronavirus. But, if you have hearing aids from another company and you cannot get the help you need now - we can take care of you.
Before this company rebranded and started trading as David Ormerod Hearing Centres they did originally provide their patients with a home visiting service. Along with the growing audiology industry and their 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.
Specsavers are quite accommodating if you are unable to visit the store, for whatever reason - they will book an appointment at home for you. We think that this service is limited to hearing tests and fittings, we are unsure as to whether they can provide maintenance or adjustments when needed.
However, we do know that an at-home visit, with Specsavers, will cost you approximately £100. This may be due to the number of services they attend and supply hearing devices for the NHS in the hearing loss community. In result of this, charging ensures the at-home service is warranted.
With this company having locations in both England and Wales they can cater for those who require a home visiting service at no extra charge.
Similarly to Hidden Hearing, Bloom can also accommodate their patients with an at-home service for their hearing loss needs for no additional fee.
Currently, Amplifon does offer a home visiting service, but this is a chargeable service at around £30. It is important to know that they are unable to provide this service nationwide - please check whether your location is covered.
This small audiology company do not at this time provide any home visiting services - whether this will change, we are unsure. No matter who you book with - always check if there is an additional fee before arranging an appointment to avoid any surprises.
As we mentioned earlier, we offer a full and completely free home visiting service for all your hearing loss needs. Due to our coverage being nationwide we can offer all our patients this convenient service. Our audiologists will plan, advise and support you through your hearing journey with the right hearing solution. They will also arrange any future check-ups, maintenance visits, adjustments and annual hearing tests so you don't have to manage your appointments.
However, please view our 'Audiology Services During & After Coronavirus (COVID-19)' article to read about the changes in which we deliver our audiology services here.
So, you've chosen your audiologist and have arranged for a hearing test. After analysing the results of your audiogram, your hearing loss needs, your lifestyle, the technology you require and how much connectivity you would like - you're ready to be fitted with the right hearing aids for you. But what exactly happens at your hearing aid fitting? What should you expect and how are the hearing aids programmed?
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What to expect from a hearing aid fitting at home
What is a hearing aid fitting?
Hearing aid fitting and programming
Is a home hearing aid fitting the same as one carried out in the clinic?
The way we live now and continue to live life has changed and will undoubtedly change the future. We cannot express enough how dedicated we are to ensure that your essential hearing health care is provided for during this time - either remotely or in person. Our services and procedures have been adapted and will be constantly reviewed using the government's audiology guidelines and the UK's audiology professional bodies - so our audiologists and you are kept as safe as possible.
Hearing Aid UK and the audiology world are strictly following government guidelines about COVID-19 infection control as well as receiving support and guidance from the audiology professional bodies in the UK. We understand how much the hearing loss community rely on our services - and this need is even more relevant in today's uncertain world. To feel connected, hear life and have as good a quality of life as we can in this current climate.
The main message here is that we are still here for you and providing the services you need now. Please read the below link as it states the measures and requirements we are adhering to, to keep us all as safe as possible, protected and cared for during and after the pandemic.
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