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Offline ahammond

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Private hearing aids are they worth it?
« on: Oct 18 2018, 02:49 PM »
Rather than hijack MissCheevas thread I thought it might be an idea to start a seperate one so that we can get a more balanced view on whether it is worth going to a high street retailer rather than the NHS. The obvious con is that the high street retailer charges for their product whereas the NHS is free.  But they are also competing with the NHS as well as other retailers. Which the NHS does not have to do . So they have to provide a level of service that is better than both the NHS and their competitors as well as pricing their products at a level that people will buy them.

Having just experienced the purchase of a hearing aid from Boots I have to say that so far I am impressed with both the product and the level of service. Fair enough it is early days yet and I have to go back in a fortnights time after the hearing aid has bedded in so to speak to have it fine tuned. But so far without wishing to fall into the trap of defending someting just because I have spent money on it all is looking and more importantly sounding good.

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Re: Private hearing aids are they worth it?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 18 2018, 07:07 PM »
Good idea to start a separate thread.

Anyone else 'gone private'? Any comments?

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Re: Private hearing aids are they worth it?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 29 2018, 01:21 PM »
ahammond, can you adjust the settings on the hearing aid?  I don't know about you, but my hearing gets better and worse  throughout the day.  Does the hearing aid cope with that?


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Re: Private hearing aids are they worth it?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 29 2018, 02:15 PM »
It varies depending on the model you choose. I chose a Phonak Audeo b70 with a volume control specifically to give me some control. But a lot are automatic and adjust depending on the way that the audioligist programs them.  The speaker is actually in the ear plug instead of the behind the ear part of the hearing aid. Which means  that instead of having a plastic tube linking the aid to the plug in your ear there is a wire that connects directly to the speaker in the plug. This seems to work much better than the plastic tube. The only downside that I have found is that there is a tiny wax filter that needs in my case at least to be replaced about once a week. It is a simple two second job though and the filters are dirt cheap.

So far I am happy with the hearing aid and think that it was worth the money. I go back later this week to get a bit of fine tuning done.


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Re: Private hearing aids are they worth it?
« Reply #4 on: Mar 22 2019, 10:22 AM »
Hi ahammond

Were Boots familiar with Ménière’s?  I realise that every store/location will be different but I’m interested to learn how they approach the situation.  I suppose I could ask them over the phone.  Also does the hearing aid aggravate the fullness?  I had to stop wearing my NHS aid a coulple of years ago as it aggravated the fullness very badly.  But my hearing is getting worse and I dont want to spend a lot of money if the the same thing were likely to happen again.

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Re: Private hearing aids are they worth it?
« Reply #5 on: Mar 23 2019, 06:54 AM »
When I went for my initial hearing test I mentioned that I had had a couple of bouts of menieres and the consultant questioned me about itquite closely. So she was obviously trained to be aware of the disease.  Not sure about how one of their hearing aids would affect the fullness as it is a symptom that I have never really suffered from.

As part  of the consultation I was  given a  hearing aid tuned to my hearing loss to try out for an hour or so by wandering around with it to see how or if it suited me in different situations before commiting to buy. I also got a six week trial period with the fitted hearing aid during which I could return it at any time for a refund.  There is a range of models to choose from that vary enormously in price and style as well as colour and size.

 Personally I have found that it was a worthwhile investment and far superior to any NHS hearing aid that I have had. But I now think that I should have gone for the next model up with a few more bells and whistles. For instance one that cuts out car noise and background hum in aeroplanes. I am due to go for a six monthly check up shortly and will mention it to see if I can trade in my current aid for the more advanced model.