How quickly will I get
In our experience,
satisfactory hearing aid results generally occur if you communicate
well with your hearing aid dispenser and if your motivation is high.
When your new hearing aids fit well, are comfortable and
you test the aids thoroughly, over a 60 day trial period, it
is more likely that you'll get a successful outcome.
However, if you have struggled with hearing aids in
the past then it is your patience that will be the
Why do hearing aids cost so much?
The main reasons for this are...
· You pay for the accelerating rate of innovations through research and development costs incurred by the
6 big hearing aid manufacturers. Like most computerised / electronic items - if you want the latest
technology, you'll have to pay a higher price. However, you can make easy savings by buying the previous
versions, which are usually pretty good.
· Poor economies of scale. The existence of both a relatively poorly-funded NHS AND a competitive private
sector means that not enough private aids are sold, therefore the price is higher. This, however, is
changing rapidly. This year and next, you will see hearing aid centres springing up everywhere...and
gradual changes in the way hearing aids are supplied.
Surprisingly the UK market is now relatively competitive and growing rapidly.
· At the moment, we (the registered staff) are including a provision for a potentially high level of aftercare
within the price. This should equate to 3 or 4 appointments in the first month followed by 6-monthly
· Returns and cancellations are notoriously high in this profession. New hearing aid wearers often
reject hearing aids because there is a lack of understanding about how long it takes to get used
to them, and they receive a less-than-perfect follow up service. So manufacturers build this into
· The number one reason in the UK is quite simply - excessive profit-making AND poor business
models of hearing aid companies (top-heavy manager structures, etc). The best thing you can do is...