NHS Hearing Aids

Want NHS hearing aids but not sure if you’d be better buying them privately?

There are two options when it comes to hearing aid provision in the UK – the NHS and the private market. The NHS fits approximately 80% of all hearing aids in the UK, and many people are satisfied with the free service offered by our national health service.

The NHS provides a basic, one-size-fits-all solution, which is usually digital but a much older technology than what is currently available. The NHS is also increasingly being tasked with cutting costs, so in some areas hospitals will only dispense single (not a pair) of hearing aids, and in some cases, do not elect to dispense aids at all to those with a mild or moderate hearing loss.

In the wake of Covid-19 we have seen a shift in the number of people seeking private hearing aids due to the impact of the pandemic on the NHS. Wait times have increased substantially and the number of face-to-face appointments have significantly reduced.

Why go Private?

For some people, choosing to go private for their hearing aids is the best option for improving their hearing and their reasons include:

  • Access to the latest hearing aid technologies
  • Personalised service
  • Discreet hearing aids, for those concerned with aesthetics
  • Improved hearing aid performance and sound quality
  • Better connectivity to mobile phones and other electronic devices such as the television
  • No waiting times
  • Domiciliary appointments
  • Easily accessible to the local community
  • More time assigned to clinical appointments
  • Wanting a designated clinician, whom you see for all appointments
  • Access to additional services

If you are undecided if you would prefer to go with the NHS or privately for your hearing aids, we recommend that you first try the NHS provision and see if that works for you. This provides you with a benchmark of an experience of improved hearing. If you decide you want to see what more can be achieved, then you can book a trial with us to compare.

Approximately 8 out of 10 of our patients started with NHS hearing aids first, all of whom now enjoy an enhanced hearing experience with our private digital hearing aids.

If you want to explore enhanced hearing aid technologies with us, then book your appointment today and let us show you what more you can achieve with your hearing.

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Your hearing is one of the most precious abilities you possess, and losing it can be life changing. contact us today and see how The Hearing Clinic Henley can help you.