Brand Hearing Aids for Every Budget
HearingNow offers you a large range of premium hearing aids and assistive listening devices (ALD) from major manufacturers including Widex, Phonak, Signia, ReSound, Oticon , Rexton and Starkey at the best price. Whether you are after rechargeable hearing aids, invisible hearing devices, hearing aids that connect directly to your smartphone or more basic, set-and-forget aids, we have the latest hearing solutions, tailored to your need.
Because HearingNow is owner-operated, our advice on your choice of hearing aids is 100% unbiased. That means we can offer you a wide range of hearing aids available and recommend the best hearing product for your listening needs at the best price. As an independent hearing care provider we have very little overhead, meaning we are able to provide the most competitive price for the very same hearing aids that you buy from high street chains such as Boots and Specsavers. We provide lifetime care and after-sales support for all our hearing aids. All of the hearing aids we provide come with a 5-year extended UK warranty.
We confidently provide:
The latest, smallest, invisible and most discreet brand of hearing aids at the best competitive price
30-day money-back guarantee on all hearing aids
FREE after-care for the lifetime of your hearing aids (4 years) – so no more reaching into your wallet every time your hearing aid needs adjusting
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Have A Question About Hearing Aids?
They are expensive, do you need a premium hearing aid, or maybe the NHS hearing aids are good enough?! Continue reading to learn more about hearing aids, why they are expensive and how to choose the one that works for you budget-wise and hearing-wise.
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Why premium hearing aids are expensive?
A pair of hearing aids could be in the range of £500 to £6000 in the UK. Their basic function is to amplify the surrounding sound to compensate for the amount of your hearing loss in each specific frequency. However, the latest ones are extremely intelligent, meaning they are loaded with advanced electronics and algorithms that need millions of research and development funding to develop and build. They are extremely discrete, compact light and durable. As with any other purpose-built instrument for the medical and health sector, they need to check and pass several health certificates and standards. Unlike other consumer electronics like your TV or your fridge, they only serve a specific group of consumers. And last but not least usually they are supported with several years of free care service. Given their average lifetime of 5-7 years and their ability to have a positive impact on your health, it is only fair to see purchasing hearing aids as investing in your health.
Are NHS hearing aids useful?
As part of its mandate, NHS in the UK provides free hearing aids for the patients. The aids could come from different brands depending on the NHS trust and the contract they have with different manufacturers. However, generally, the hearing aids offered to the patients by the NHS are not top of the line. Providing top of the range hearing aids would cost NHS a fortune hence the only practical option to provide such a service to hearing-impaired patients nationwide is to provide the basic level of the technology of the hearing aids. The hearing aids provided by the NHS would help patients to hear well in a quiet environment. They take batteries that need replacement about every 7 days (depending on the usage and hearing loss). They are only available in 2 different colours and they are a bit larger than the private hearing aids. They can only be offered by the AQP (any qualified provider) in the BTE model (behind the ear),
Are NHS hearing aids helpful?
The biggest complaint about NHS hearing aids is that they are not able to help the wearer with speech intelligibility in the presence of babble noise. In other words, the NHS hearing aids are not helping much to hear the conversation better in places such as coffee shops, pubs and restaurants. Please see our NHS+ collection of premium hearing aids for better options.
Where can I get a pair of free NHS aids?
Most of the NHS trusts in the UK have outsourced the service of hearing tests and fitting of the hearing aids to the private sector they call AQP (any qualified provider). Specsavers and Boots are two of the well known AQPs. All you need is to call your GP and ask for a referral letter to the nearest AQP to your address.
Do I really need hearing aids?
When it comes to your health the best advice is to leave it to the domain experts. If you feel that your hearing has gone down, the TV volume is louder than before, you need to ask people to repeat themselves, you have a hard time following the conversation in the presence of noise (e.g. pubs and restaurants), the best advice is to see a qualified audiologist. Only after a complete hearing test, you could receive proper advice as to whether you need hearing aids, what type, etc. To start, you can try our free online hearing test to get a feel about your hearing.
Why should I consider premium hearing aids?
NHS hearing aids can help you hear better in a quiet environment. However, they fall short to help you hear better in the presence of background noise. No matter what age you are, you need to keep stimulating your brain. Stimulation of the brain happens when we flood it with information, mainly from our 5 basic senses. Hearing is one of the most important of our senses as what you hear can bring up old memories and warm feelings of our past experience. Remembering our memories involve substantial brain activity that stimulates. Such a chain of thought could be a voice, a piece of music or the crackling of leaves under your feet on an autumn day. Your brain will be at a much higher level of stimulation when you are engaged in a conversation. So the ability of your hearing aids in helping you to hear better and follow the conversation could help keep stimulating your brain that could ultimately reduce the chance of memory loss and dementia. Therefore when screening hearing aids to purchase we always recommend the ones that can help you hear better in challenging soundscapes such as pubs, restaurants and coffee shops.
What features do premium hearing aids have over the NHS aids?
The premium or brand hearing aids could have one or several of the following advantages over the NHS hearing aids:
They have a more advanced sound processor, hence their sound quality is much better than the NHS hearing aids
They have a superior ability in reducing background noise especially in challenging soundscapes such as restaurants and social events
They can be in different models that fit your lifestyle and comfort e.g. RIC (receiver in the canal), BTE (behind the ear), CIC (completely in the canal, or invisible),
They can be battery-operated or rechargeable
They can connect to your smartphone, tablet, or TV and stream audio straight to your ears
They are usually smaller and come in a variety of colours
Where best to buy private hearing aids?
You can receive a free hearing test and purchase premium hearing aids from two groups of providers:
a. High street nationals such as Boots and Specsavers
b. Private local audiologists
Buying your premium hearing aids from local audiologists such as HearingNow have a few advantages:
Unbiased advice: Unlike national high street providers the local independent audiologists do not have ties with a specific manufacturer hence you receive an unbiased view from an independent audiologist on the choice of the technology, the brand and the features of the hearing aid. Specsavers only offer Signia, Phonak and their own Advance hearing aids which is a low-level version of Unitron technology. Boots' hearing care is owned by Phonak hence when purchasing your private from Boots your options are only limited to Phonak.
Lower price: The cost of the operation for a local independent audiologist is much less than those for high street national hearing aid providers such as Boots and Specsavers, Part of the price that you pay for your brand hearing aids goes toward the executives, directors and extensive support staff of a large organisation such as Boots and Specsavers. In practice you are paying for fat salaries and bonuses of the overhead of such large organisations, otherwise, the very same Phonak Paradise P90 will be the same if you purchase it from an independent audiologist or from Boots.
Superior service: A small family-owned restaurant treats each and every one of its customers will full attention. The service quality and the level of personal attention you receive from a local restaurant or a local coffee shop are much better and more personalized than McDonald's or Costa Coffee. In the same way, the level of detail, technical expertise and professionalism that you receive from a local independent audiologist is much higher and better than that you receive from a high street national. A recent 2021 Which survey on the best hearing aids in the UK revealed that the multi-store national high street hearing care is ranked at the bottom almost in all categories, and as expected the independent audiologists secured top ranks in almost all service categories.
Can I shop for premium hearing aids online?
We are an official representative of major hearing aid manufacturers including Widex, Phonak, Signia, ReSound GN, Oticon, Rexton and Starkey in the UK. Please learn more about the cons and pros of shopping for hearing aids online and how we could program and ship them to you and then adjust them remotely. You receive a very competitive price and extended warranty on your hearing aids when you buy them from an official and licensed representative.
Do you make earmould for your customers?
Yes, we do take impressions of your ear canal and we order a pair of ear moulds for your hearing aids if required. Obviously, this service is limited to clinic and home visit appointments.
What are the benefits of purchasing my hearing aids from HearingNow?
Unbiased advice on the choices and the best price for hearing aids
Free comprehensive hearing test and fitting in the comfort of your home (limited to our service area)
Extended manufacturer warranty
Lifetime aftercare for the aids (over the warranty period)
Remote care and distance programming (learn more about buying hearing aids online)
Where best to buy budget premium hearing aids?
Please see our NHS+ hearing aids for budget-friendly options on Bluetooth, rechargeable and invisible hearing aids.
How can I insure my hearing aids?
Just like any valuable item in your house you better insure your hearing aids in case you lose them. Most of the insurance policies allow the policyholder to include personal belongings in the policy. We strongly suggest that you include your hearing aids in your home insurance policy. Please see more advice on insuring your hearing aids.
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