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Hearing aids digital - Frequently asked question's

How will I know if I need a hearing aid?

First you need to have your hearing tested by a qualified professional. Your GP may be able to give you a basic hearing test, but they are not qualified to programme and supply a hearing aid. Unless there is on obvious medical cause for your problem, he or she will have to refer you to the hearing department at your local hospital. There may be a long wait for this. Dispensers from Fair Price Hearing Aids will be able to visit you at home to conduct a comprehensive hearing test. This will establish the type and degree of loss you have, and whether a hearing aid will benefit you. It is also possible for our dispensers to set up demonstration hearing aids for you to try.

Hearing aid types - How many digital hearing aids are there?

There are over 300 different digital hearing aids, the three main types are :
Behind the Ear - BTE
Receiver In Canal - RIC / RITC
Completely In Canal - CIC

It will depend on your type of hearing loss as to which one will be best for you. Our hearing aid dispenser will advise you on this. The more channels a hearing aid has, the better the sound quality. Some hearing aids will (often when they have twin microphones) also reduce background noise so conversation in noisy surrounding is more audible.
These are just two of about 15 attributes within a hearing aid that affects the performance and price. For more information or advice on products and their features please call us or use our contact page and we will get back to you.


How will I know which hearing aid is best for me?

A case history will be compiled by our hearing aid dispenser. They will then advise you on the best hearing aid for your lifestyle, ensuring your hearing needs are met at a price you can afford.


Hearing aids cost - how much?

Hearing aids can vary greatly in price depending on the technology levels used in the instrument, and the type of hearing problem that has to be addressed. National hearing aid dispensing companies can charge up to 50% more on the same hearing aids we provide. This is due to their large overheads for Head Office staff, shareholders and marketing etc. Hearing aids come with a standard manufacturers guarantee (usually 2 years). This can be extended to 5 years at an additional cost. All other follow-up aftercare, such as reprogramming of the hearing aid, is included in the price. Please be aware that some independent dispensers only include follow ups for the first few months. After that they will charge for every visit and adjustment! OUR AFTERCARE IS FREE FOR LIFE

How long do hearing aids last?

Hearing aids need to be replaced when the aid no longer covers the patient's hearing loss or a need for better technology is required by the user. However, on average, hearing aids generally last around 5 to 7 years if they are taken care of. They should be turned off when removed, kept in a dry place and the user should avoid getting them wet. Batteries, tubing, domes and filters should be replaced when required if applicable. We advise you to have your
hearing aids insured under your household contents against accidental damage or loss. Keep hearing aids out of the reach of children and pets. Cats
and dogs seem to be particularly fond of chewing their owner's hearing aids!

NHS hearing aids - am I covered?

There is generally a waiting list for National Health hearing aids, varying from weeks to months depending on which health authority you are under. If you wish to obtain a NHS hearing aid, you will need to visit your GP, who will then refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat department to test your hearing. If you choose the private route such as ourselves, an appointment can be arranged to visit you at a time that suits you, in the comfort of your home. There are also many styles and technologies open to you which the NHS do not provide. For instance, it is very rare for a patient to get an in the ear aid via their local hospital.

How will I know I have hearing loss?

Only a Hearing Aid Dispenser can determine the type and degree of hearing loss you may have. However there may be signs you can look out for :
Having the television / radio on louder than others prefer
Asking people to repeat themselves
Frequent misunderstanding when listening to conversation
People seem to be mumbling or speaking quietly
Someone has expressed concern about your hearing
You struggle to follow conversations in social gatherings
If you experience any of these signs call us on 0121 246 9461 and we will be happy to conduct a free, no obligations hearing test for you, or give you advice over the phone.