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How Long Is The Wait For Hearing Aids?

Getting a hearing aid is a huge step for many. Recognizing your hearing problem and looking for a solution is the best action you can take to improve your lifestyle and confidence and gain more independence. Hearing aids are widely available and offered in a variety of models, designs and colours so you can choose the one that best fits your specific hearing impairment condition and personal taste.

Hearing aids can be purchased privately or many may obtain them free of charge from the NHS. Both options have their advantages and drawbacks in terms of cost, type, availability and waiting time.

Hearing aids from the NHS

Receiving a hearing aid from the NHS, while free of charge, may be a bit lengthy in terms of the application process and waiting time. First, you need to go through a professional hearing test performed by an audiologist to determine the exact type and degree of hearing loss. That usually happens about six weeks after being referred by your GP. Afterwards, you will be recommended a hearing aid that will best suit your condition. You should be aware, though, that the hearing aid types offered by the NHS are much more limited than those you can obtain privately.

Depending on the hearing aid that you obtain, you will have a certain waiting time for fitting; that may last from a few weeks up to three months. Taking into account that some hearing aids need adjustments after you start using them, be prepared to be patient as you may need to wait quite some time before you feel the benefits of your hearing aid.

Hearing aids from a private dispenser

Another option is to purchase your hearing aids from a private dispenser, either from a high street shop or online, with the latter being much more cost-efficient. The hearing aids offered privately cover all types and models that are available on the market so you will be faced with an abundance of choices and have the opportunity to find the perfect hearing aid for you.

An additional advantage of buying your hearing aid privately is that your waiting time will be substantially shortened and you will be able to benefit from your hearing aid much faster. For instance, at Freehearingtest you can have your hearing aid dispatched to your doorstep within 24 hours of the order. As the hearing aids offered on the website do not require taking an impression of the individual ear (as it is with recent models that use open fit technology), you can choose your hearing device, purchase it today and receive it tomorrow.

In case it is not the perfect fit or if you do not feel a significant benefit from your hearing aids you can return them within 30 days and receive a full refund. Moreover, the warranty period covers a whole year and the device is sent with a fresh packet of batteries so you can start using your hearing aid straight away.

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