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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 21st Jan 18, 9:38 AM
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    Specsavers hearing tests (and hearing aids)
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    • 21st Jan 18, 9:38 AM
    Specsavers hearing tests (and hearing aids) 21st Jan 18 at 9:38 AM
    Relative has an appointment coming up with Specsavers for a hearing test.

    It's a 90 minute appointment, but I can't believe Specsavers are going to spend anywhere remotely near an hour and a half on a hearing test.

    I'm guessing it will be about half an hour (if that) for the hearing test, and the rest of the time trying to convince her that an overpriced hearing aid is a better option than a free NHS one.

    Anyone any experience of this? Does it really take this long for the actual test?
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    • missile
    • By missile 21st Jan 18, 1:26 PM
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    If she is happy with NHS and doesn't feel it is worth spending her cash on "an overpriced hearing aid" to improve her quality of life, then don't go private. She is not a prisoner and can walk out any time she chooses.

    My wife was very pleased with the service and aids she chose from Specsavers range.
    Last edited by missile; 21-01-2018 at 1:29 PM.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 21st Jan 18, 1:33 PM
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    Thanks. Do you know how long the actual testing process, as against the sales process, lasts please?
    • Ladykernow
    • By Ladykernow 21st Jan 18, 1:36 PM
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    I went privately with Specsavers and they were really good with my hearing test.

    I use to have an NHS hearing aid, and to be honest I wanted one that you couldn't see as I refused in the end to wear mine because I was so self conscious and I couldn't hear that well with it. The one I have now amplifies sounds when i'm in different places, which makes it a lot better than an NHS one in my opinion.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 21st Jan 18, 3:27 PM
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    • 21st Jan 18, 3:27 PM
    I went privately with Specsavers and they were really good with my hearing test.

    I use to have an NHS hearing aid, and to be honest I wanted one that you couldn't see as I refused in the end to wear mine because I was so self conscious and I couldn't hear that well with it. The one I have now amplifies sounds when i'm in different places, which makes it a lot better than an NHS one in my opinion.
    Originally posted by Ladykernow
    Have you seen the new NHS digital ones (supplied in some areas by Specsavers)?
    • SevenOfNine
    • By SevenOfNine 21st Jan 18, 3:50 PM
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    Husband's testing process in Specsavers was pretty thorough & that takes time. The hard sell you imply did not happen & if it had he is not such a numbskull he'd have fallen for it. He's hard of hearing, not short on brain cells or common sense!

    The ratio of 'selling' vs testing was significant, testing being the much greater time spent, followed by discussions regarding various sizing options, sound quality of brands, what HIS needs would be from the aids (socialising much in noisy environments, listening to music), prices etc. Then surprise surprise, husband was told to think about it & released back into civilisation to think about it.

    Not quite the same in Boots, bit more pushy there, & we also had someone come to the home (think we got them off the AgeUK site) ..........now THAT was hard sell.

    Give your relative & Specsavers a little bit of credit.
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    • missile
    • By missile 21st Jan 18, 8:07 PM
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    Have you seen the new NHS digital ones (supplied in some areas by Specsavers)?
    Originally posted by Doc N
    AFIK all NHS aids are all digital?

    The NHS ones she has are very small and discreet. They look almost identical to me, but she says the ones from Specsavers work much better.
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    • SevenOfNine
    • By SevenOfNine 21st Jan 18, 8:31 PM
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    Hubby has micro ones, quite a lot smaller than NHS ones. Though I would say it's sensible to try NHS first, why not, nothing to lose & many people get on just fine with them. Maintenance & batteries free as well.

    Hubby finds sound quality better with the private ones, but they are not cheap. He uses the NHS ones when playing golf & as 'spares' when on holiday.
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    • 26th Jan 18, 10:45 AM
    I went privately with Specsavers and they were really good with my hearing test.

    I use to have an NHS hearing aid, and to be honest I wanted one that you couldn't see as I refused in the end to wear mine because I was so self conscious and I couldn't hear that well with it. The one I have now amplifies sounds when i'm in different places, which makes it a lot better than an NHS one in my opinion.
    Originally posted by Ladykernow
    Hi can you tell me which brand/version of hearing aids you chose ?
    I have 2 NHS digital aids and they're driving me mad!!

    When I look on Specsavers site they have 2 main brands ( I don't want their own) Widex Unique, with 3 versions rising in price up to £2,795. and Signia Primax at 3 similar prices.

    As you say definitely not cheap but could make such a difference.
    At the moment I can't watch any tv without subtitles which are awful and annoy other people,
    I avoid social situations, especially if there is music, and I belong to several groups and the phone is a nightmare.

    I would be very pleased to hear how others have found their private aids to function and which brand/version they have

    Thanks..
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    • By Ladykernow 26th Jan 18, 4:45 PM
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    Hi can you tell me which brand/version of hearing aids you chose ?
    I have 2 NHS digital aids and they're driving me mad!!

    When I look on Specsavers site they have 2 main brands ( I don't want their own) Widex Unique, with 3 versions rising in price up to £2,795. and Signia Primax at 3 similar prices.

    As you say definitely not cheap but could make such a difference.
    At the moment I can't watch any tv without subtitles which are awful and annoy other people,
    I avoid social situations, especially if there is music, and I belong to several groups and the phone is a nightmare.

    I would be very pleased to hear how others have found their private aids to function and which brand/version they have

    Thanks..
    Originally posted by cairndog
    I can't remember what make it was, I did spend about £1500 for my hearing aid. It's only for one ear, but the best thing is I also got a spare one in the price. I know the one I chose was in the 'better' range and it's an in the canal.

    https://www.specsavers.co.uk/hearing/hearing-aids/hearing-aid-range

    I'm 28, so i've had it now for about 2 years. It was the best thing I ever did. People still see it and mention it. I do find if I wear it all day and then take it out, I really notice the difference. I guess you would if you've had your hearing amplified!

    I very rarely go out to pubs, but in restaurants it's so much easier. But it's still very overwhelming to hear everything around me. Specsavers were great with me, went through all the options and the benefits of each hearing aid, as well as the cons.
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    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 26th Jan 18, 5:20 PM
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    I went privately with Specsavers and they were really good with my hearing test.

    I use to have an NHS hearing aid, and to be honest I wanted one that you couldn't see as I refused in the end to wear mine because I was so self conscious and I couldn't hear that well with it. The one I have now amplifies sounds when i'm in different places, which makes it a lot better than an NHS one in my opinion.
    Originally posted by Ladykernow
    Just out of curiosity, when did you get the NHS one?
    • anamenottaken
    • By anamenottaken 11th Feb 18, 3:52 PM
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    Relative has an appointment coming up with Specsavers for a hearing test.

    It's a 90 minute appointment, but I can't believe Specsavers are going to spend anywhere remotely near an hour and a half on a hearing test.

    I'm guessing it will be about half an hour (if that) for the hearing test, and the rest of the time trying to convince her that an overpriced hearing aid is a better option than a free NHS one.

    Anyone any experience of this? Does it really take this long for the actual test?
    Originally posted by Doc N

    Someone else mentioned Boots. I have an appointment booked with Boots for a hearing test. It is scheduled to be 15 minutes.

    If anyone has experience of both, could they comment on the differences between these, please.

    I don't currently have a hearing aid - and probably won't need this. Perhaps that is the difference.
    • Arthurian
    • By Arthurian 11th Feb 18, 4:12 PM
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    As far as I remember, at Specsavers there's a 20 minute or so hearing test and a very unhurried explanation afterwards, and no sales pressure. (My local Specsavers do NHS hearing aids as well as private.) If you decide you want to go for an NHS hearing aid, you have to then go to your GP to get a letter saying you need hearing aids, then make another Specsavers appointment where they'll use the same test results to make you a pair of hearing aids. At Boots, there's an introductory test of about 10 minutes, after which they say either you need hearing aids and a further, longer test, or to come back in a couple of years. Boots range is all private, but they do offer Invisible In The Canal hearing aids which are, as far as I know, the most discreet. I'm pretty sure Specsavers don't offer these yet.
    Why not try Boots and Specsavers tests? They're free, and you'll be more sure of the state of your hearing.
    Last edited by Arthurian; 11-02-2018 at 4:15 PM.
    • 3card
    • By 3card 11th Feb 18, 8:02 PM
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    I had a hearing test at Specsavers on Friday. I was referred by my GP.

    From when i walked in to Specsavers to when i walked out was an hour.

    I found the test very indepth and was very pleased. The finding were explained to me in detail and it picked up some areas of hearing loss.
    They have given me a 2 week window to decide if i want to try hearing aids. After the 2 weeks i will have to go back to my GP for another referral.
    • evergreen
    • By evergreen 19th Feb 18, 12:06 AM
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    I recently went to my first NHS appointment. Was really surprised when I came out of the appointment wearing hearing aids. No waiting, just tested my ears, then did something magic on the laptop which set my new hearing aids up and out I walked being able to hear the birds singing. The hearing aids are small and light and my hair covers them. I was going to see how I got on and then possibly go to spec savers, but think I will probably stay with my NHS ones.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 19th Feb 18, 7:23 AM
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    I recently went to my first NHS appointment. Was really surprised when I came out of the appointment wearing hearing aids. No waiting, just tested my ears, then did something magic on the laptop which set my new hearing aids up and out I walked being able to hear the birds singing. The hearing aids are small and light and my hair covers them. I was going to see how I got on and then possibly go to spec savers, but think I will probably stay with my NHS ones.
    Originally posted by evergreen
    Thanks - that's a very useful insight into modern NHS digital hearing aids (which are actually supplied in some areas by Specsavers).

    Unfortunately, there's still a perception that NHS hearing aids are bulky and ineffective. They're not, of course, and they're very much on a par with a lot of expensive private ones, but companies pushing them prefer you not to know that!
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