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Free NHS hearing aids now available at Widnes opticians
FREE NHS hearing aids are now available for the over 55s on the high street.
Doctors who now run local NHS services at Halton Clinical Commissioning Group have accredited Scrivens opticians in Albert Square, Widnes, to deliver hearing assessments.
The service includes a hearing test, the fitting and supply of two digital hearing aids, batteries and aftercare, all free of charge.
David Markey, a hearing aid audiologist at Scrivens, said it is a simple test that could transform the lives of many people.
He said: “People with hearing loss often feel isolated and depressed. They tend to stay at home and don’t go out socially as much.They can’t join in family gatherings because they can’t hear.
“The test takes less than an hour. There is no pain, no invasion and no needles.
“You just pop headphones on and respond to some tests by pressing buttons.
“Most people can be fitted with hearing aids on the same day.”
He said hearing diminishes as you get older but can easily be rectified.
Today’s high-tech digital laids are small and discrete and can hardly be seen.
He added: “It can be quite emotional when you switch it on for the first time. One woman was absolutely amazed at how well she could hear. Her partner started crying.
“We can help people to hear a lot better.”
People wishing to take advantage of this new service simply need to speak to their GP who can refer them to Scrivens or any qualified adult NHS hearing provider.
In the past this service was only available in a hospital.
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