In order to purchase a hearing aid privately, you will need to visit a registered hearing aid dispenser.
You may already have had your hearing tested by a hearing aid dispenser, or you may have had this done at an NHS audiology department. Whatever the case – in order to purchase a hearing aid privately, you will need to go to a hearing aid dispenser.
You can search for dispensers in your local area via the Hearing Aid Council website.
You should always consider your choice of hearing aid dispenser carefully. For a list of things to bear in mind when choosing a hearing aid dispenser, click here.
When you attend your hearing aid fitting appointment there will be lots of information to take in. Whoever is fitting your hearing aids should explain everything you need to know about how to use and look after them. They should provide this information in writing too.
It can be helpful to take along a family member (ideally someone who lives with you), or even a friend, in case there are important points you miss or not remember when you get home.
In the following sections we explain some hearing aid functions in more detail – as well as what you can expect at your fitting appointment. We also describe the advantages of wearing two hearing aids.