Audiologists at Airedale hospital are now offering private hearing aids alongside their free NHS range.
Two of Airedale’s audiologists, Andy Smethurst and Katie Davenport, are registered hearing aid dispensers with the HCPC (health and care professions council), and are able to offer a range of competitively priced hearing aids from one of the world’s leading manufacturers. The private hearing aids include premium ranges that have wireless technology and connectivity to work with some mobile phones and accessories.
Katie Davenport, senior audiologist, says “People have different reasons for wanting more choice with the hearing aids available to them. The most common reasons are cosmetic or wanting the latest technology, so we offer a wide range of devices such as ‘in the ear’ hearing aids which are virtually invisible and technology which connects to mobile devices. These features are not always available on the NHS, so it is good to be able to offer patients a choice with our new private service.
“We provide an additional service which does not replace anything that the NHS offers, for those who want something different to what’s already available. The hearing aids and devices we offer are always as good quality or better than what’s available in our NHS range.”
Patients will receive a free initial hearing assessment with professional NHS audiologists and get a personalised service with access to a range of hearing aids not available on the NHS. Any money that comes in through the private hearing aid scheme goes back into the Trust.