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Hearing Aids Costs

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ExD1938 Sat 18-Jan-20 12:16:25

I'm sure this has been aired hundreds of times, but

Do over the counter hearing aids (sound amplifiers) work? Do they help?

I just hate the look of the NHS ones, my hair is thin due to the drugs I take so it would be difficult to hide them, and I can't afford £1000 plus for private.

Like these from Amazon A lot of people don't wear them and tell me that unless they can SEE the person's face they cannot hear anything, and what's more the fact that you have a lump of plastic blocking your ear you can almost be more deaf wearing then than not.
If you've spent £1000 or more on one its money down the drain, they tell me, and I've been advised to try Amazon or HearWell first before I commit myself to shelling out privately.
I have to admit I'm too vain to get a free NHS one with a big pink plastic behind the ear microphone.
Any advice?
Have you tried one?

Calendargirl Sat 18-Jan-20 12:29:40

Already a thread with same title.

ExD1938 Sat 18-Jan-20 12:58:56

Oh dear, bound to be I suppose.
So do I (somehow) change the title - if so HOW? Help please.

Patsy70 Sun 19-Jan-20 17:43:08

Can you copy and post it in the other thread? If not, try asking the Gransnet team for advice. Failing that, your answers might already be on the other thread.

Patsy70 Sun 19-Jan-20 17:46:55

A lot of information on the other thread, ExD1938, so I'm sure you'll find your questions answered. Personally, I think I'd try the NHS option, as to buy privately is so expensive and not always successful. Good luck.

Davidhs Sun 19-Jan-20 18:07:19

Exd1938 the Amazon model looks just any other in the ear hearing aid, quite likely it is larger. At £25, try a pair, generally the in the ear aids are more visible, than behind the ear. Don’t expect miracles with any hearing aid, NHS aids are just as good as private.

ExD1938 Mon 20-Jan-20 11:59:51

Thanks for your help girls - I've found the other one and you're right it contains more than enough information so its more or less answered my queries.
I think I'll try the NHS first, and I might also try the one-size-fits-all Amazon ones to compare.
I contacted my surgery last week and they are referring me but say I may have to wait several months. I haven't seen a nurse in case its just wax - the receptionist told me there was no point.
I have a younger friend who got her appointment in a week - is it true that after you're 80 they don't bother with you any more?

Fennel Mon 20-Jan-20 12:36:45

I was over 80 when my family at last persuaded me to get hearing aids.
My GP referred me and I had the choice of hospital or Specsavers for assessment. On NHS.
I went to Specsavers because it's nearest. That was in March 2019.
The aids do help, but only in certain situations, mostly when it's listening to one person. In a crowd I find it very confusing and have to take them out.
On top of that, my left one seems faulty now, much messing about with the tiny rocker button until it comes on.
Plus battery change once a week. Batteries are free.
All in all, good for certain situations, but otherwise not the magic answer to hearing loss in old age.

Fennel Mon 20-Jan-20 12:40:25

ps never any time delay in my experience.

Franbern Fri 24-Jan-20 09:22:16

I have used NHS hearing aids for nearly 20 years, and during that time they have got smaller and smaller and more efficient. There is no great lump of plastic behind ear. That part is really tiny now and even if you do not much hair to cover it is very inconspicuous. Men use them happily
When I moved house recently to a different area of the country I discovered that it was not possible these days just to transfer my audiology records from one hospital to a different one but I had to get a new referral from my new GP.
Did this end of November, received letter giving me alternative places to attend and chose Specsavers as it was very close/ Must to my astonishment when I phoned them was given an appointment the following week. At this was given a completely new testing of my hearing and then supplied with new (even smaller) aids (I wear them in both ears). Brilliant service - and, of course, if anything goes wrong I do not have to pay for repairs, neither to I have to pay for batteries.
My son-in-law proved unable to wear behind the ear aids dur to psiorisis, and the NHS supplies him with in-ear ones. Just wish the brilliant NHS service we get for audiology was extended to things like eyes and dentistry,.
Never understand why so many people seem to thing that by paying very large sums of money they are getting something better.

Fennel Fri 24-Jan-20 09:28:15

"Never understand why so many people seem to thing that by paying very large sums of money they are getting something better."
I agree Franbern.
BTW what I thought was a fault on mine turned out to be because the plug and my ear needed cleaning blush.

lucywinter Fri 24-Jan-20 09:32:39

I had a hearing test at Specsavers on Monday and came away with NHS hearing aids. Can't get on with them at all. There is so much rustling and crackling in the background, and the tv and radio sound tinny. I'm going to be in a family situation on Sunday, which is mainly what I wanted them for, but I don't see how I'm going to be able to wear them. sad

lucywinter Fri 24-Jan-20 09:35:18

And I was supposed to be given a whole box of batteries and the chap could only rustle up a couple of sheets. So that means a trip back in a few weeks.

Hetty58 Fri 24-Jan-20 09:37:49

ExD1938, insist on seeing your GP.

I was having trouble hearing. My GP took a look and said my ears were blocked with wax.

I used ear drops for a week to soften it and then the practice nurse syringed them. Problem solved!

Caramac Fri 24-Jan-20 10:14:21

@Lucywinter, the hearing aids do take some time to get used to. If possible try not to adjust the volume for the first 3 weeks but if you’re really struggling then maybe turn down the volume two notches rather than taking them out. I only ever get given 2 sheets of batteries but can collect from my GP reception.
With regard to NHS at Specsavers, this depends on the area you live. In Leics this isn’t supported but is in other areas.
In ear hearing aids are more visible and less effective than behind the ear aids.
Nothing is as good as natural hearing but I wouldn’t be without mine now - well except for when I’m exercising as the whistling as my arms pass by my ears is annoying.

grannysyb Fri 24-Jan-20 11:46:35

If you go down the route of paying for the aids you always have to pay for the batteries. I have an NHS aid and it looks just like my friends which cost her £3000! Try the NHS for a while before you commit to spending a lot of money.

lucywinter Fri 24-Jan-20 11:53:28

Thanks Caramac. I will keep trying. Shame to give up really.

Franbern Fri 24-Jan-20 15:56:29

Lucywinter. It does take a good time for your brain to adjust itself to new hearing aids. This even happens when old ones are replaced with new ones.
You need to put the down slightly, and wear your hearing aids for an increasing amount of time each day, so that by the end of a fortnight you should be wearing them most of the day. If you have not had hearing aids previously, it will take about a month for your brain to really to sort itself out with the increased amount of hearing you have.
Do not be impatient, hearing aids these days are absolutely wonderful, nothing is more isolating than not hearing what people are saying to you.
Take it slowly and be positive and you will find that these are real life-changer for you. It is normal for you to be given one pack of batteries for each aid at the time. As each pack contains several batteries, that last a few weeks, it really is no problem to get two new packs when you need them, and with NHS aids, there is no charge for that.

lucywinter Fri 24-Jan-20 16:05:22

Thank you Franbern. Have taken your advice on board.