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Handoftheking | 05:13 Thu 30th Aug 2018 | Body & Soul
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I have poor hearing due to a lot of radiotherapy over the past ten years. My left ear is much better than my right. Id estimate 40% vs 25%..
I have NHS hearing aids which do work but are not fantastic. They often seem to pack in. I am nearly 70 and it stresses me considerably.
I am prepared to go private but there are so many different choices and it is very difficult.
Does anyone have a recommendation? The cost is not the major factor. As we say in Lancashire "There's nae pockets in shrouds. "

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Think NHS hearing aids have improved over the years and are now very small and unobtrusive compared to what my dad wore 30 years ago. I wear an aid in my left ear and, unless I point it out, very few people even notice I have one. Great service too from audiology for repairs and hearing tests at regular intervals.
09:19 Thu 30th Aug 2018
I have bought many hearing aids throughout the years and whilst they were (at the time) welcome compared to the NHS that were unsightly etc. I bought a new one about 2-3 years ago and found it "tinny" - put me nuts. I went back to the NHS - I found it better quality.

HoK - if the NHS pack in - go back and they will give you another. The service I get is second to none.
My father wears aids due to hearing damage caused by close proximity to aircraft, he has tried many and always goes back to the NHS, his recents ones are small and discreet and excellent.
Think NHS hearing aids have improved over the years and are now very small and unobtrusive compared to what my dad wore 30 years ago. I wear an aid in my left ear and, unless I point it out, very few people even notice I have one. Great service too from audiology for repairs and hearing tests at regular intervals.
Boots have a good hearing service. They often have 'buy one get one free' and have good follow up after fitting. You can also usually get reduced batteries online. The advantage, if you don't mind paying, is ease of getting appointments and the convenience of the high street, rather than a trek to the local hospital.
I am sorry to hear about your experience with NHS aids. I urge you to go back to your audiology clinic and tell them what you said above. They have a wide range of aids and after determining the level of hearing loss in each ear, they should provide you with suitable aids. I would urge you also not to go private. The aids are expensive and you have to pay for every single battery and repair. During my time as a volunteer for AOHL we had many patients trying to pass off their private aid as a NHS aid in order to get free batteries and repairs.
If you do go decide to go private, again make you your ears are tested and try your aids outdoors as well as indoors, listen to the tv to make sure there is no distortion. It is hard to recommend a make as each make specialises in different levels of loss. Well know makes are: Siemens, Oticon and Phonak. Good luck.
I collect and return hearing aid batteries for my elderly neighbour. She is then issued with two packs of six for each ear, free. I noticed the same little batteries in Waitrose at £5.00 for two batteries, (not two packs). I think if you left the NHS you would find that the cost would soon mount up.
nhs are upgrading hearing aid's. just recently, i had mine upgraded and they tower over the old pink ones, clarity is exceptional and very light-weight.if you have the nhs ones you should here from them soon
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