Free NHS digital hearing aids at Specsavers
Recent changes in government rules mean a revolution is taking place in the provision of free NHS services. Before, to get a free NHS digital hearing aid you had to go to a hospital. But now, local NHS Primary Care Trusts in England can accredit high street audiologists, such as Specsavers Hearing Centres, to provide them instead. This also includes your hearing test, hearing aid fitting and aftercare, free.
The timetable for these changes to take effect is being dictated by the NHS. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have yet to announce whether they will adopt the same approach.
Enter your postcode to see if you live in an area where you can get free NHS hearing aids at Specsavers. If so, you will need to contact your GP in the first instance.
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Free digital hearing aids
The NHS has significantly improved the technology available and will now provide a free digital hearing aid system which is small and sits behind the ear. They are easy-to-use, high-quality digital hearing aids from world-leading manufacturers, which will improve your hearing in all conditions.
Hearing aids have always been free from the NHS, but now they can be provided at your local Specsavers Hearing Centre rather than at the hospital. The timetable for these changes to take effect is being dictated by the NHS. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have yet to announce whether they will adopt the same approach.
Our service doesn't stop once your hearing aid is fitted.
We will arrange follow-up appointments, without further visits to your GP, and make sure that the hearing aids are working effectively.
So as you would expect at Specsavers, you get complete peace of mind.
First, contact your GP
To access the free NHS service at Specsavers, you need to check that you live in an area where the service is available and that you meet the age restriction. Click here to find out.
If you do and you would like Specsavers to provide your hearing consultation and free hearing aids, just see your GP and ask them to refer you to your local Specsavers Hearing Centre.
Frequently asked questions about the new NHS hearing service
What hearing aids are available on the NHS?
The NHS has significantly improved the technology available and will now provide a free digital hearing aid system which is small and sits behind the ear. NHS hearing aids will help most people to hear more clearly.
Who do I see?
At Specsavers, you will only ever be seen by a qualified hearing professional. Our services are available at Specsavers stores and sometimes in other locations if we can make the service more accessible in the community.
What about aftercare?
We will arrange follow-up appointments and make sure your hearing aids work effectively, just as we would if you had purchased them.
What's the difference between NHS hearing aids and buying privately?
You get the same professional consultation, aftercare and support. The only difference is the choice of styles and technology available.
Can I come straight to Specsavers for a free hearing aid?
No, you need to check to see if you live in an area where the NHS has accredited Specsavers and that you meet the age restriction for the service. You then need to be referred by your GP, who may be able to contact us directly or they will let you know how to get in touch with us. Click here to find if you qualify.
Purchasing hearing aids privately at Specsavers
The NHS is aiming to make free hearing care and high quality digital hearing aids accessible to more people by using local providers like Specsavers. However, for those people who would like to purchase more advanced technology, or alternative fitting styles, Specsavers can still guarantee the best value for money on the high street.
We provide you with a hearing package that includes two digital hearing aids, a four-year guarantee and four years' worth of batteries – and there are no further charges for aftercare. In fact, we offer you the best value for money – guaranteed.