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NHS HEARING AIDS COMPARED TO PRIVATE

 

Thinking about NHS hearing aids? Or not sure whether going private would be better? Here we have compiled a brief informative page to help you make the right decision for you, your lifestyle, your needs and the level of your hearing loss.

 

NHS HEARING AIDS - ARE THEY ANY GOOD?

Below is a quick reference to some of the disadvantages of NHS hearing aids in the UK.  The PROS of these hearing aids, as well as other information, can be found further down the page.

Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form on the right and one of our audiologists will be happy to answer any of your questions on hearing healthcare or hearing aids.

Questions like: Do NHS hearing aids have Bluetooth?  How much do NHS hearing aids cost?  Or are NHS hearing aids any good?

 

WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF NHS HEARING AIDS?

NHS hearing aids are free, but you don't own your devices
The choice of hearing aid styles and models are limited
You will be charged if you lose your hearing aid
The waiting time from referral to treatment is long
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Diagnosis is the key to better hearing

 

If you think your hearing has changed, then you must get your hearing checked as soon as possible.  Your local GP or Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) centre can detect any problems like hearing loss, infection or illness.  Hearing tests are free on the NHS, but if you need specialist treatment – your ENT department will undertake this for you.

 

Comparison Means Confident Decision Making

It is here you can also discuss the hearing healthcare options available to you from the NHS, as well as the NHS hearing aids currently on offer.  Like with all things there is always value in comparisons.  Explore the private hearing healthcare route, as we feel it is always beneficial to compare services with a second opinion to make a more valuable and confident choice for your hearing future.

 

Feel less like a number

We know that independent audiologists, like us, were rated 86% this year in the 2021 Which Report? by patients in regards to the service and hearing aids purchased.  We also know, from experience, that patients feel less like a number and more valued as an individual when they opt for private care. 

 

Every hearing loss is different

Your hearing loss is just as unique as you and deserves the right treatment with the right hearing aid provider.  However, we understand that each and every person is different and what might suit someone might not be right for the next. 

There are so many factors when considering private or  NHS hearing aids - you just have to weigh up what's the most important to you in regards to your hearing. 

 

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Are NHS hearing aids any good?

The PROS & CONS of Both

CONS of NHS Hearing Aids

  • The choice of styles and features of NHS hearing aids are very limited and more often than not, you'll be offered a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aid.  This could be either an open fit device or an ear mould.  There are also a few areas that can offer receiver-in-the-canal NHS hearing aids (RIC).  Check with your local NHS provider to see what styles are available in your area.
  • Whilst NHS hearing aids are free they do incur a charge if you lose them, as you don't own your devices and you are liable to pay for a replacement.
  • There is quite a long waiting list to be seen by your local NHS audiologist, the maximum is currently 18 weeks from referral to treatment (i.e receiving your hearing aids).  It will also depend on your location.

PROS of NHS Hearing Aids

  • So, NHS hearing aids are they free?  Yes, NHS hearing aids are free of charge.

 

  • You get free follow-up appointments, repairs and batteries for the life of your NHS hearing aids.

 

  • Some NHS providers offer audiology drop-in clinics for aftercare and even home visits can be arranged.

 


PROS of Private Hearing Aids

  • If you go private you will have access to a full range of digital hearing aids on the market - from behind-the-ear (BTE) to styles that are pretty much impossible to see.
  • You will also have access to the most advanced and innovative technology available, with beneficial features for your hearing loss.
  • All models available with your private audiologist will be digital and include Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Your hearing experience will be tailored made by your hearing care professional to suit your hearing loss perfectly.
  • Book all your hearing healthcare appointments at your convenience.
  • You will be seen quickly with private hearing healthcare and then receive your hearing aids within the week on average.  This all depends on whether the hearing aids you chose are bespoke fit or not.  If they need to be tailor-made, ear moulds will need to be taken and sent off to the manufacturer.
  • Private audiologists offer free hearing tests and home visits to all their patients wherever they live.
  • You'll see the same audiologist for all your hearing healthcare appointments with more time to explore hearing aids, treatment and follow-up appointments.

CONS of Private Hearing Aids

  • People are generally put off by the price of hearing aids, but in reality, you will be advised on all the hearing aids available that will suit you the most - that doesn't mean you'll need the most expensive device.

 

  • You will have to pay for your hearing batteries unless the hearing aids you chose are rechargeable models.

 

  • Your hearing aid will need replacing, on average, at least every four years - so it is more than a one-off investment.

 

 

Please remember our PROS and CONS for private hearing healthcare are based around our own ethos and services. 

Not all private audiologists will offer home visits either for free or at all.  Check with your provider at your first point of call.

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NHS hearing aids reviews

  

Want more information about NHS vs Private hearing healthcare?

The below link is a great source of reference if you are wondering simple things like what do NHS hearing aids look like?, what is the NHS hearing aids eligibility? and more.  Because quite a lot of our patients come to us after wearing NHS hearing aids we can also give our honest NHS hearing aids review from our audiologists.

This page is designed to just give you a taste of information surrounding NHS hearing aids and private hearing aids and healthcare - there is so much more! Click on the following link to read our article that talks about this topic in more in-depth detail.

 

NHS Hearing Aids vs Private  >>  LEARN MORE

 

NHS Hearing Aids Near Me

It is important that you receive the right information from the start when you are researching who to purchase your hearing aids from.  From experience, before our appointments with our patients, we ask them to write down any questions or anxieties about their hearing, hearing aids or future hearing care. 

You might even want to bring along a friend or family member to support you during this process and any decision making.  Like we said previously, it is always beneficial to see what the NHS and private services have to offer you - then you can make a more informed choice.

 

NHS hearing aids not working?

Wherever you live, there will be an NHS hearing aid centre local to you that can help you repair your devices.  To find out where your nearest resource is, head to the NHS website for more information.

 

What can my local NHS hearing aid provider do for me?

The NHS provides a commendable service to the hearing loss community and during your appointment they can give you information such as:

 

  1. The best NHS hearing aids available
  2. NHS hearing aids cleaning and maintenance
  3. NHS hearing aids instructions
  4. NHS hearing aids volume controls
  5. NHS hearing aids batteries & NHS hearing aids domes
  6. NHS hearing aids at home services & aftercare
  7. NHS hearing aids Boots
  8. NHS hearing aids Specsavers

 

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