Buying Hearing Aids Help Part 1: Private Dispensers

It can be a complicated process buying a hearing aid as there are tons of styles and places to buy them,  so we have put together some top tips, advice and information for you to understand more about the whole procedure.

First and foremost, if you have noticed that you are struggling to hear at times, a quick and easy check on your hearing will confirm whether or not you need a hearing aid.

Remember though hearing aids cannot restore your perfect hearing, anyone who says they can give you complete hearing is being unrealistic.

Digital hearing aids are not free of charge through the NHS audiology services and they usually only give you reasonable quality, behind-the-ear (BTE), digital hearing aids.  You may prefer to buy hearing aids from a dispenser that is just as good (if not better) quality at half the price.

The first part in this help guide is if you decide to go private…

PRIVATE DISPENSERS

Be wary of newspaper advertisements, sometimes you may not actually get what is printed. Try to make sure that you are in control of the decision to buy hearing aids.

By law, anyone offering to test your hearing and sell you hearing aids on the high street must be qualified or in supervised training and registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).

Qualified hearing aid dispensers used to have the letters ‘RHAD’ after their name which stands for ‘Registered Hearing Aid Dispenser’ but that law has gone now.

If you can, before you go for your hearing test, try to compare what different dispensers will offer you and how much they will charge.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and get all quotations in writing.

HOW TO CHOOSE A PRIVATE DISPENSER

The internet has a vast amount of information on all private hearing aid dispensers. You can check if a hearing aid dispenser is registered with the HPC by visiting www.hpcheck.org.

Check their availability. It will only cause stress and anxiety later on if you have chosen someone but they are a nightmare to get hold of, or if for some reason the hearing aid doesn’t work and needs altering.  This includes their opening times, and store locations.

For more advice on buying hearing aids, visit the reputable and professional team at Hearing Aid.

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