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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Over 50s Money Saving
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Over 50s Money Saving
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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    edited 21 January 2018 at 2:29PM
    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.
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    Thanks. Do you know how long the actual testing process, as against the sales process, lasts please?
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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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    Ladykernow wrote: »
    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.

    Have you seen the new NHS digital ones (supplied in some areas by Specsavers)?
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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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    Doc_N wrote: »
    Have you seen the new NHS digital ones (supplied in some areas by Specsavers)?

    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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    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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    Ladykernow wrote: »
    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.

    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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    cairndog wrote: »
    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..

    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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    Ladykernow wrote: »
    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.

    Just out of curiosity, when did you get the NHS one?
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