NHS hearing services at Specsavers

NHS hearing at Specsavers

Specsavers is now accredited by over half of the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in England to provide NHS hearing services in local community settings, helping people to get the assistance they need with their hearing closer to home.

This means that people in some areas of the country who need help with their hearing do not necessarily need to go to a hospital to get the care they need, but instead, can choose to go their local Specsavers store.

What happens in an NHS hearing test?

At all NHS-accredited locations, we offer a full clinical assessment, and fitting of hearings aids where appropriate, as well as ongoing aftercare as required.

The service is fully funded by the NHS and delivered by our fully trained and experienced audiologists.

What’s included in the NHS hearing service at Specsavers?

We fit our NHS customers with digital hearing aids that use some of the latest technology. This enables us to help people overcome their hearing challenges effectively.

But our service doesn’t end once NHS hearing aids have been fitted.

Ongoing access to aftercare and support is also available, often without the need for an appointment, so that we can help people to wear their hearing aids successfully and obtain the benefits they have to offer on a long-term basis.

How to find out if you’re eligible

So, next question: do I qualify for NHS hearing aids? If you have any concerns about your hearing and would like to have an NHS assessment, just enter your postcode into the finder below to see if you live in an area where the Specsavers service is available.

If you are eligible, the first step is to visit your GP and ask them for a referral into the service.

In the areas listed below, a GP referral is not required, and people are able to self-refer at a Specsavers store of their choice. If you live in one of these areas, visit your nearest Specsavers store for more information.

  • Derbyshire
  • Coventry and Rugby
  • Dorking
  • Epsom
  • Lincolnshire
  • East & South Cheshire
  • North Hampshire
  • Devon

Please note that additional variations set by the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups around eligibility for the service can apply.

Access to the service and fitting of hearing aids following referral will depend on local NHS requirements and the outcome of the initial clinical assessment.

FAQs

What types of hearing aids are available on the NHS?

The hearing aids we are able to offer NHS patients are better than ever. The behind the ear hearing aids are small and discreet and use advanced technology so patients can get the best from their hearing aids.

Can I get free hearing aids on the NHS?

Yes, the NHS fund hearing aids for eligible patients. This includes all ongoing aftercare, batteries and hearing aid consumables. To find out whether you’re eligible to receive free hearing aids on the NHS, pop your postcode into the finder above.

Are private hearing aids better than NHS?

No hearing aids are necessarily ‘better’ than others – it all depends on your lifestyle and hearing loss. The only difference between private and NHS hearing aids is the choice. You can often find a bigger range to choose from privately.

What do NHS hearing aids look like?

It depends on the type of hearing aid you have, but generally speaking, they’re similar to the small, modern hearing aids widely available.

How do I know if I am eligible for Specsavers NHS hearing services?

This will depend on where your GP is registered. In order to see if you are eligible for our NHS service, use the postcode checker on this page, visit your GP, or ask in your local Specsavers store.