The NHS is able to provide a number of hearing aid types and models for free on a loan basis.
In this blog post, we run-through which hearing aid types are available from the NHS. Alternatively, you can order digital hearing aids online directly from our website.
Obtaining Hearing Aids from the NHS
In the UK you can buy a low cost hearing aid privately or contact your local NHS provider. Your healthcare provider should help you decide which NHS hearing aid type is best.
If you apply for a hearing aid from the NHS it will be free. You will not be charged for repair works and batteries. However, be aware that the hearing aids are provided as a loan and not as a gift. You will not own the hearing aid. Also, if the NHS hearing aids incur any damage, you may well be charged repair or replacement. It may also take time to receive your hearing aid.
Guidance from the NHS states that "If you don't mind paying for treatment, you can choose to go to a private hearing aid provider directly."
The NHS does not offer all the types of hearing aids available privately or the newest models with the latest features. For those models, you will have to turn to an alternate dispenser such as ourselves.
Which Hearing Aid Types are Available From the NHS?
The types of NHS hearing aid available could be analogue or digital and include behind the ear, body-worn, bone conduction, bone anchored, CROS and BiCROS hearing aids. HearingDirect offers affordable Behind the ear, In the ear, Completely in canal and Receiver in canal hearing aids.
Behind The Ear Hearing Aids:
BTE hearing aids are one of the most popular styles of hearing aids. They have two main parts – the plastic part with the electronics, goes behind the ear; the earmould sits in the bowl of the ear. For the earmould to fit, an impression of the individual ear is taken.
Modern types of behind the ear hearing aids feature an open fit technology. They do not require an earmould but instead, provide a tiny tube that goes into the entrance of the ear finishing in a speaker. This provides a clear and more natural sound and fit. However, these models are not always available from the NHS.
Body-worn Hearing Aids:
The body-worn hearing aids consist of an earmould/earphones equipped with a loudspeaker connected to a small box containing the controls, battery, and an amplifier that you can attach to your clothes or put in your pocket. Although the NHS still provides these types of hearing aids in certain cases, they are not very popular anymore.
Bone Conduction Hearing Aids:
These hearing aids conduct the sound to the inner ear through the skull bones. The device has a part holding the microphone and a headband equipped with a bone conductor, which vibrates when the sound from the microphone is transmitted.
Bone-anchored Hearing Aids:
The bone-anchored hearing aids are actually a type of bone conduction hearing aids. The difference is that they require an implant in the bone of the skull behind your ear. It then connects to a small case with a microphone and a sound processor.
CROS & BiCROS Hearing Aids:
These types of hearing aids are suitable for people who have hearing only in one ear. The hearing aid transmits the sound signal to your hearing ear. The hearing aid usually consists of two connected behind the ear hearing aids.
Hearing Aids from Hearing Direct
We are one of the UK's leading hearing aid specialists and at hearingdirect.com you will find a superb set of affordable hearing aids. Our focus is price and we have removed many of the hefty costs associated with hearing aids and passed those savings directly on to you.
NHS guidance suggests typical costs of hearing aids may range from £500 to £3,500 or more for a single hearing aid
Our range starts with our entry-level device, the HD 91 Digital Hearing Aid. We also have a range of mid-tier models which a valuable set of features designed to improve your ability to hear properly and clearly. This includes the likes of the HD 151 and P 640S. For the ultimate hearing experience, the HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid is our top-end spec packed with all the latest and more impressive features you will need from a hearing aid.
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About Hearing Direct
We are one of the world's leading hearing aid specialists. HearingDirect offers a wide range of affordable products, as well as information resources to help improve the quality of life for the hard of hearing.
- Hearing aids,
- Accessories such as earplugs,
- and amplified devices such as super loud alarm clocks and amplified phones.
Author: Stuart Canterbury
Stuart joined the hearing aid industry just at the start of the digital revolution in the mid 1990s. He was part of a team that transformed one of the minor manufacturers in to a major player in both production and retail of high technology hearing aids. This journey included working on public / private programmes to accelerate the uptake of high technology hearing aids across a wide distribution. This passion for improving the value and access to good quality hearing lead to the foundation of HearingDirect. After almost a decade and hundreds of thousands of customers we are starting to establish online sales as a practical, cost-effective channel to provide great hearing to all those who need help.