Do apple Repair iPhones (Low speaker problem) for Free?

This might seem a daft question but maybe somebody knows something I don't? I have an iPhone 8 and for a long time it has been getting harder and harder to hear the other caller when the phone is pressed against the ear.  However, if I put it on loudspeaker all is good.  Obviously, I can't make all my calls on loudspeaker.  Therefore, I rang a local, independent iphone repair shop.  My son overheard me and told me "Six weeks ago I took my iphone 8 to Apple in Trafford Centre with the exact same problem and they repaired it for free".  How can this be knowing the phone was out of Warranty (Like mine is).  Is there some kind of process where apple are repairing speakers for free?
Thanks all.

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