IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOU…

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Good Health -

❉ Don’t ig­nore the signs. Take a free on­line test at ac­tionon­hear­ingloss.org.uk.

❉ Visit your GP. They can check your hear­ing and, if nec­es­sary, re­fer you to an au­di­ol­o­gist who can as­sess and fit your hear­ing aids free of charge. You can be re­ferred to a hospi­tal hear­ing clinic or, in many ar­eas, to a high street provider, such as Spec­savers or Boots Hear­ing­care. These have to prove that they pro­vide the same qual­ity of ser­vice as a hospi­tal clinic; of­fer the same hear­ing aids; and are not al­lowed to try and sell you a pri­vate hear­ing aid if you have been re­ferred on the NHS.

❉ Or go to a pri­vate hear­ing clinic. Costs are be­tween £1,500-£2,000 for two aids. Ac­tion on Hear­ing Loss has a Lo­cate and Rate data­base with re­views.

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