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Chris has had a hearing test which was recommended at the optician we use. They are now a "hearing centre".

They have recommended that he wear hearing aids and that they will cost £2,100. He says that they did make a considerable difference when they were fitted.

Does this sound a reasonable figure?
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MiL had an itinerant "audiologist" test her hearing and she agreed to pay £3k for a pair of "top of the range" aids.

These were fitted and adjusted several times over a period of months: she was told that her brain would need to re-learn how to ignore all the extra information which she would be collecting. At first she was very impressed with them but now she feels that they are no better than the basic NHS ones which she had. [It's not helped by the fact that she is "tighter than a gnat's ****" and hangs on to the old batteries, which we are sure she re-uses: hence the reduction in function.]

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A friend, ex-military has just had a pair of digital heating aids. Assisted payment by the RBL. Cost was over £4K. Would seem yours are reasonable price......until the stickers fall off! 😄

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I wear aids for the last 10 years. I have tried cheap ones off US e-bay $120, 'cheap' ones from audio shop here in France €900, expensive ones off UK e-bay £400 used, my bros in laws NHS ones after he died with new plugs. But all are just cheap amplifiers of about £20 value.
The market is a total rip off and when you consider a smart phone for about £100 can do 1000 x operations and play sound as well as record and even voice recognition and translate. Paying these inflates prices over £100 is just robbery. They are all just cheap amplifiers and make all sounds louder.
I have just had to pay €116 for two new ear molds from the audio shop here. €116 for two bits of crappy plastic.!!??

Rip off.

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Chris has had a hearing test which was recommended at the optician we use. They are now a "hearing centre".

They have recommended that he wear hearing aids and that they will cost £2,100. He says that they did make a considerable difference when they were fitted.

Does this sound a reasonable figure?
Surely you go to the hospital audio department Pat, hearing aids are on the NHS, Hans had them and his Mother had private hearing aids that were taken over by the NHS it can´t have changed, could it? Hans refuses to have private ones, the health service should take care of that, mind you he is now on his umpteenth trial and will continue until he finds the ones that suit, please.
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Have had Phonak aids from Boots about four months now, they were just over 3K and I have to say they’ve made a great difference. They are rechargeable, so no changing battery issues, each ear can be adjusted via an app on my phone, they are Bluetooth enabled and the music quality is good. The sensitivity setting was gradually increased to 100% over a six week period by the Boots audiologist.

I used to be scolded for having the TV volume too loud, now I get asked to turn it up, you just can’t win :- )

Hope to recover some of the cost through an ongoing industrial hearing loss legal case.

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Surely you go to the hospital audio department Pat, hearing aids are on the NHS, Hans had them and his Mother had private hearing aids that were taken over by the NHS it can´t have changed, could it? Hans refuses to have private ones, the health service should take care of that, mind you he is now on his umpteenth trial and will continue until he finds the ones that suit, please.
NHS hearing aids are great ...... if you want to be deaf but louder.
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I wear aids for the last 10 years. I have tried cheap ones off US e-bay $120, 'cheap' ones from audio shop here in France €900, expensive ones off UK e-bay £400 used, my bros in laws NHS ones after he died with new plugs. But all are just cheap amplifiers of about £20 value.
The market is a total rip off and when you consider a smart phone for about £100 can do 1000 x operations and play sound as well as record and even voice recognition and translate. Paying these inflates prices over £100 is just robbery. They are all just cheap amplifiers and make all sounds louder.
I have just had to pay €116 for two new ear molds from the audio shop here. €116 for two bits of crappy plastic.!!??

Rip off.

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Totally agree Ray, specs are the same.
And to add to that any hearing technicians I came into contact with were pretty useless.
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NHS hearing aids are great ...... if you want to be deaf but louder.
As I understood it they had to supply you with aids that suited your situation, we knew an organ builder who was supplied by the NHS with superb aids so that he could carry on his his work, without aids he was as deaf as a door post. Of course all that might have changed, but I would certainly look into it.
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Totally agree Ray, specs are the same.
And to add to that any hearing technicians I came into contact with were pretty useless.
I asked my UK GP about my hearing about 25 years ago and eventually he got me an appointment with a specialist. This in turn gave me an appointment at Kingston hospital hearing dept. After months I finally got an appointment to have my hearing tested. The test was typical with headphones on and various high pitched sounds you react to. Eventually after all the tests the 'technician' announced "Yes your deaf". NEXT...……………..

No help or advice and left.

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