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NHS Hearing Aids Types

The NHS is able to provide a number of hearing aid types and models for free on a loan basis.

In this blog post, we run-through which hearing aid types are available from the NHS. Alternatively, you can order digital hearing aids online directly from our website.

Obtaining Hearing Aids

If you suffer from a certain level of hearing loss and your audiologist has recommended you a hearing aid, you can obtain one in a few ways. You can buy them privately in store or you can purchase hearing aids online.

Also, you can apply for a hearing aid from the NHS and get it free. You will not be charged for repair works and batteries but you should be aware that the hearing aids are provided as a loan and not as a gift and if they incur any damage, you may well be charged by the NHS for a repair or replacement.

Guidance from the NHS states that "If you don't mind paying for treatment, you can choose to go to a private hearing aid provider directly." 

Which Hearing Aid Types are Available From the NHS?

The NHS does not offer all the types of hearing aids available privately or the newest models with the latest features. For those models, you will have to turn to an alternate dispenser such as ourselves.

The hearing aid styles available at the NHS could be analogue or digital and include behind the ear, body-worn, bone conduction, bone anchored, CROS and BiCROS hearing aids.

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Behind The Ear Hearing Aids: BTE hearing aids are one of the most popular styles of hearing aids. They have two main parts – a plastic component that goes behind the ear and accommodates the electronic parts and an earmould that sits in the bowl of the ear. For the earmould to fit, an impression of the individual ear is taken.

Modern types of behind the ear hearing aids feature an open fit technology. They do not require an earmould but instead, the case behind your ear is connected with a tiny tube that goes into the entrance of the ear finishing in a speaker, thus providing a clear and more natural sound and fit. However, these models are not always available from the NHS.

Body-worn Hearing Aids: The body-worn hearing aids consist of an earmould/earphones equipped with a loudspeaker connected to a small box containing the controls, battery, and an amplifier that you can attach to your clothes or put in your pocket. These types of hearing aids, although still provided, are considered old-fashioned and are not very popular anymore.

Bone Conduction Hearing Aids: As their name suggests, the bone conduction hearing aids conduct the sound to the inner ear through the skull bones. The device has a part holding the microphone and a headband equipped with a bone conductor, which vibrates when the sound from the microphone is transmitted.

Bone-anchored Hearing Aids: The bone-anchored hearing aids are actually a type of bone conduction hearing aids. The difference is that they require an implant in the bone of the skull behind your ear. It then connects to a small case with a microphone and a sound processor.

CROS & BiCROS Hearing Aids: These types of hearing aids are suitable for people who have hearing only in one ear. The hearing aid transmits the sound signal to your hearing ear. The hearing aid usually consists of two connected behind the ear hearing aids.

Hearing Aids from Freehearingtest

We are one of the UK's leading hearing aid specialists and at hearingdirect.com you will find a superb set of affordable hearing aids. Our focus is price and we have removed many of the hefty costs associated with hearing aids and passed those savings directly on to you.

NHS guidance suggests typical costs of hearing aids may range from £500 to £3,500 or more for a single hearing aid

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Our range starts with our entry-level device. The HD 91 Digital Hearing Aid will only set you back £99, which is far cheaper than any privately purchased hearing aid online today. We also have a range of mid-tier models which a valuable set of features designed to improve your ability to hear properly and clearly. This includes the likes of the HD 151 and P 640S. For the ultimate hearing experience, the HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid is our top-end spec packed with all the latest and more impressive features you will need from a hearing aid.

For some added discretion, try an invisible hearing aid.

About Freehearingtest

We are leading suppliers of hearing aids, hearing aid batteries, and accessories. We also supply a growing selection of amplified phones, wireless TV listeners, and loud alarm clocks to help improve the lives' of the hearing impaired.

Should you have any questions about NHS hearing aid types, please do get in touch and our expert team will do their best to assist you.


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