"Cheap, naff, ugly hearing aids"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Queen Elizabeth Hospital (Birmingham) Birmingham B15 2TH
The hearing aids I was issued with look like cheap tat.
They used to issue hearing aids in dignified colours like taupe and slate grey, and I've looked on the manufacturer's website and they make the model in a range of colours, so I assume the choice of colour was dictated by price, although I can't see why different colours would be different prices unless the manufacturer wanted to offload a batch that it couldn't get rid of through the private market.
However, the NHS manages to use its size to negotiate cheap drug prices, so why not cheap prices for good hearing aids?
I shall be saving up for private hearing aids.
I appreciate that they will be expensive but I don't think that being disabled should mean using ugly shiny metallic coloured equipment unless you absolutely have to.
It would be nice if they offered the opportunity to pay for an upgrade to something more neutral.
As a general comment, be prepared for aids with very small buttons not best suited to ageing rheumatic fingers.
The battery compartment is difficult to open, and when you open it, there's a sharp bit to catch your skin, but that can be dealt with by using a nail file or knife to open the battery compartment.