Finding the best solution for you…..
Did you know that only 40% of people who could benefit from hearing aids currently use them?
At Kingsbridge Hearing Care we are committed to providing you with the finest hearing technology. We work with World Leading Hearing Aid Manufacturers to offer personalised hearing solutions based on your individual lifestyle and communication needs.
How do I know what type of hearing aid I need?
Many different types of hearing aid are available. Your Audiologist uses information about your lifestyle, hearing assessment results, speech recognition abilities and personal preferences to provide bespoke recommendations on the solutions that would give you the best performance.
Some factors to consider when selecting hearing aids are:
The fitting range of the device needs to be powerful enough to meet your hearing levels and should have some reserve volume in case your hearing changes in the future
Speech enhancement features
Hearing aids with different levels of assistance to help you to recognise and understand speech in quiet, background noise or at a distance.
How the hearing aids make sounds clearer and natural.
How the hearing aids keep sounds audible and comfortable in different listening situations.
What features the hearing aids have, e.g., device controls, volume and program options, automatic adjustments for location and noise level, app control, rechargeability etc.
The ability to connect the hearing aids to other devices e.g., to stream music, watch TV or talk on the phone.
The ability to customise hearing aid colour, fine tune & save listening preferences via app control, have hearing aid settings adjusted remotely via Wi-Fi.
Are there benefits/limitations to different hearing aid styles?
Potentially, yes, depending on the amount of assistance you need for your hearing. The style of the hearing aid defines the available features, usability and connectivity of each device. Your Audiologist can advise how various styles and features relate to your hearing so you can make an informed decision.
Are hearing aids available on the NHS?
Yes, hearing aids are available on the NHS, options are limited to devices available on NHS contracts. A GP referral is required. Service provision and waiting times can vary between Health Care Trusts, your local GP surgery should be able to provide you with information on services available in your area.
Do I need a GP referral to get private hearing aids?
You do not need a GP referral; however, you do need to book a hearing aid assessment appointment with Kingsbridge Hearing Care (£85) to enable your Audiologist to advise you on the styles and features that best suit your needs.
How can I book an appointment?
You can book an appointment by completing our enquiry form or get in touch via our Contact Us Page.
Can I bring a friend or family member to my appointment?
Yes, you are welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment.
Is there anything I should bring to my appointment?
If you are attending for a hearing aid fitting appointment, please feel free to make a note of any questions you want to ask your Audiologist and bring this with you to the clinic.
If you wear glasses, please bring them with you so your Audiologist can make sure your hearing aids and glasses fit comfortably.
If you have chosen hearing aids with app connectivity, make sure your phone is on the latest firmware version and bring it with you so your Audiologist can set it up and demonstrate the features.
What happens during a hearing aid fitting appointment?
Watch our walkthrough video to find out more about our hearing aid fitting appointments.
What if I need help with my hearing aids?
Your Audiologist will provide you with contact information for the clinic during your hearing aid fitting, an initial follow up appointment will also be made at this time to assess how well your hearing solutions are meeting your communication needs; however, you can contact the clinic at any time, should you require assistance.
All Kingsbridge Hearing Care Hearing Aid Packages include
- A 5-year manufacturer’s warranty
- A 2-year accessory warranty
- A 2-year wax removal plan
- Complimentary one-to-one aftercare & advice
How often do private hearing aids need to be replaced?
Like all devices, hearing aids need to be replaced from time to time.
Research teams are always working to provide a better listening experience, increase understanding in background noise and improve connectivity, so if you have been wearing hearing aids for a few years, there could be newer developments available.
Changes to health
Sometimes other health conditions (like arthritis or macular degeneration) can impact on hearing aid use and changing to lower maintenance options like rechargeable hearing aids with automatic features (instead of battery operated with manual controls) is more beneficial.
Changes to hearing ability
Hearing levels can change over time. If you aren’t hearing as well as you previously did with your hearing aids, it’s important to have your hearing aids checked. They may just need a repair or adjustment, but if your hearing has changed and your current hearing aids are no longer able to meet your needs, your Audiologist can advise you on new technology options.
Age of the device
Most manufacturers estimate average hearing aid lifespan to be between three and seven years depending on the style, build quality, maintenance and level of use.
All Kingsbridge Hearing Care hearing aids come with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Over time, lifestyles may change, and communication needs can evolve. The hearing aids that were best suited to you a few years ago may not be the best solution now, so it’s always a good idea to find out about new technologies and options when you are visiting your Audiologist.
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