Please could you advise if 'in the ear' hearing aids provide a better quality of sound than NHS aids.
Modern practice for the fitting of hearing aids is to keep the ear canals as 'open' as possible so that natural sound can pass in and out to support the amplification provided by the hearing aids. Whilst in the ear hearing aids can be effective for some people, many other report the feeling of being 'blocked up' or like 'having their head in a bucket'. By far the most popular hearing aids are now the open fit style which are often available from both the NHS and privately. If your local NHS department does not provide open fit hearing aids, ask your GP to be referred to a community provider such as Specsavers.