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Hearing Aids

There is a vast range of hearing aids available on the market today.  There are also thousands of hearing aid providers who want to sell them to you!

If you think you have hearing loss, you can take a free hearing test (for example, on the Action on Hearing Loss website) but the first port of call should be your local GP who will refer you to your local NHS hospital or clinic.  You may be entitled to free hearing aids from the NHS (or Any Qualified Provider, a list of organisations provided by your GP). 

We always advise caveat emptor (buyer beware) and to do your research before parting with any hard-earned cash.  You may wish to check that any private audiologist is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council to ensure they meet the industry standards for training, professional skills, behaviour and health.  We strongly recommend this course of action following a bad experience of our own - we locked the stable door after the horse/audiologist had gone bankrupt!!

There is a huge amount of information already out there to help you and we constantly update our list to bring you links to the latest information, equipment and news about all things hard of hearing (HoH). We hope you find the Directory useful and if you have any useful links that you'd like us to add, please contact us.

Name of organisation (Click to open in new window) Overview
Health & Care Professions Council Register of health care professionals (including audiologists)
Maintenance YouTube clips on cleaning and maintaining hearing aids
NHS audiology departments NHS hearing aids, equipment and support services are usually provided free by your local NHS. Contact your GP for referral to your local audiology department
NHS hearing aids Range of hearing aids available from NHS which can be requested from your NHS audiologist
ReSound Linx Made for iPhone hearing aid with direct sound streaming and personalisation options
Soundbite Hearing System World's first non-surgical and removable bone conduction hearing aid which transmits sound through teeth
Which? Guide Buying a hearing aid
Which? Guide Hearing aid providers