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Charity publishes guide to choosing hearing aids

A free guide to hearing aids is being published to help people find the right device for them.

The Which? guide, launched with the charity Action on Hearing Loss, covers steps from having hearing checked by an audiologist, to choosing a hearing aid and what to do if there are problems once it has been fitted.

Action on Hearing Loss believes four million Britons could benefit from a hearing aid but have either not been checked or have not taken steps towards getting an aid.

The new guide - How to get the best hearing aid - is available free at www.which.co.uk/hearingaids.

Action on Hearing Loss senior audiologist Gemma Twitchen, said: “It’s fantastic to work in partnership with Which? to help around four million people in the UK who could benefit from hearing aids but have not tried them, making it clear the options that they have available to them.

“The guide also assists people who have tried hearing aids to get the best from them as it takes time to adapt to using them - getting used to new sounds as well as managing the aids themselves.”

Jenni Allen, head of public services at Which? said: “We’re delighted to partner with Action on Hearing Loss to create this guide.

“Many people have contacted us because they struggle to know where to go and who to trust when they find they need hearing aids.

“The new guide will give clear information and advice to help people ask the right questions, and help them feel empowered to make an informed choice, whether they get their aids privately or from the NHS.”

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