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NHS Hearing Aids - Free But at What Price?
Date:2/23/2011

very expensive (as it is now) and will only be available to the select few.

b) Cosmetic solutions will remain out of the reach of most people.

c) On going fine tuning and rehabilitation will remain the domain of the private consumer.

In my opinion, the best solution would be to adopt a system used in other countries such as the Republic of Ireland. My recommendation would be to provide vouchers to every patient to redeem with a private hearing aid dispenser. The value should be that of the cost of fitting and maintaining a modest pair of hearing aids. If the patient wanted better technology then they could pay the difference. I have no doubt that the spare capacity currently within the private sector, added to the inevitable spare staff from the NHS would deliver more than enough service. The increased volume of private sales coupled with the reduced marketing costs would serve to drive down the costs of private hearing aids in the UK. This would enable more people to afford better technology. Everyone would benefit from on-going aftercare and free hearing instruments would still be available to those that wanted them. I understand that proposals like this have been put forward in the past. Sadly, I believe these suggestions fell on deaf ears.

For more information about hearing aids and the various makes and models available, view our website at http://www.hearingaid.org.uk/


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