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I've had NHS hearing aids now for a year. I've been back to audiology dept several times as they're just not right. In a social setting, i.e. meeting, party, etc., they're completely useless as all they do is amplify the background noise meaning I still can't hear people talking. In fact, over Christmas, I found I could hear better without them. They're fine on, say, a country walk, as they amplify bird tweets etc.

Just wondering whether it's because the NHS ones are poor quality, and whether I'd have a better outcome if I got some privately - they're expensive, starting at £495. I don't want to fork out that kind of money if they're going to be similar to the NHS ones.

Anyone got any guidance or experience in moving from NHS to private?
Post Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:33 pm
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There's a huge range of aids. Private suppliers may have access to a wider range of aids. The issue you describe is not uncommon - different hearing loss, different types of aids, different issues... Private aids can be VERY expensive - $500 is nothing - you can pay 10 X that! I suggest you book a private consultation & hearing test and then discuss the options (and costs) that apply. Only THEN make your own mind up about benefit vs cost as it applies to you. General advice is not much use.
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NHS hearing aids are not bad at all. Though the private ones offer you a wider choice. Also, sometimes they are more well-thought-out (it is even possible to buy an invisible hearing aid). But of course, you will have to pay for them. The prices are different, and I'm sure, everyone can find a suitable one. In case someone is in search, I suggest checking hearing aids staten island. You will find the info about the most popular brands and models there.
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