28th August 2019

Why choose us for your Hearing Healthcare v NHS

Why Choose South East Hearing?

We are well established and your premier independent, family run local hearing centre. Our commitment is to improving the standards of audiology by investing in the latest technology. We are executive members of the Association of Hearing Healthcare Professionals and all our centres are classed as Centres of Excellence.

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We will not compromise on quality of care. We use the best and latest diagnostic equipment and all ear examinations are performed using microscopes or head loupes and recorded with video images. We carry out a large battery of tests in addition to pure tone audiometry, such as speech in noise to identify how much you understand in the presence of noise, like restaurants, groups and meetings. Tympanometry, an impedance measure, to test the middle ear function.

We are multi-disciplined and can safely remove wax through microsuction or irrigation. We are known as the invisible solution specialists with the most discreet hearing devices available. Being truly independent means we can access the world’s best manufacturers.

We exclusively fit Lyric the most invisible hearing aid solution in the world and the world’s first deep fit extended wear hearing device. Intensive training and careful vetting goes into those chosen to become authorised Lyric partners and no one else locally, is allowed or trained to fit them.

Probably the biggest single thing we offer all our clients is the luxury of time. This enables us to perform extensive tests and obtain as much information as possible in a relaxed setting. Whether it is for ear protection, hearing correction, tinnitus advice or wax removal, you’ll be pleased you chose us.

One of the questions that we get asked often is “Why should I come to you for a hearing aid and not go to one of the cheaper large chains or to online retailers?” and “Why should I be using you when you are more expensive then they are?”

These are good questions, we think that the best way to be answering them is by showing you a set of comparisons between NHS or Large chains vs private hearing aid providers

Private: custom, bespoke, tailored, individual hearing aids
NHS: One size fits all, not tailored or bespoke

Private: Discreet, can be invisible with Lyric
NHS: Not discreet, not invisible, can be obvious. Large chains cannot provide Lyric

Private: full colour choice
NHS: Limited colour options
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Private: Luxury of time, unhurried appointments
NHS and large chains: Limited time, hurried appointments

Private: No waiting times, virtually immediate appointments
NHS: long waiting times, rushed appointments

Private: Leading and latest technology, superior diagnostics and verification
NHS: Older technology, standard testing and verification

Private: Superior equipment, latest state of the art technology, techniques and protocols
NHS and large chains: Standard equipment and limited innovation.

Private: Unlimited and immediate aftercare appointments
NHS: Very few aftercare appointments and long waiting times.

Private: Immediate solutions for repairs and loan aids available.
NHS and large chains: Poor follow up and aftercare, long waits for repairs

Private: Greater battery of tests and information gathering
NHS and large chains: Basic or standard battery of tests due to limited time

Private: Best in class, World firsts, exclusivity and experience. Can access all manufacturers
NHS and large chains: Restricted to certain manufacturers, less experience

Private: Continuity of staff, familiarity, personal knowledge and experience
NHS and large chains: High turnover of staff, limited continuity

We hope that this has helped you get a better understanding of the difference between the what you can expect going private and what you can expect going the NHS or the big chains. You can learn more about how we do a hearing test and some of the other services we offer such as microsuction ear wax removal, and hearing aid optimisation . We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have, have a look at where our clinic are situated to find the one that is closest to you.Resound Linx hearing aids

What our clients say

Two members of my family have just received excellent advice and treatment at the Chichester Centre.

My husband for ear plugs advice and my 12 year old son, who has been suffering with excessive ear wax building up for the past year or so and being told by GP that can do nothing except keep putting drops in.

Within 15 minutes he had his ears safely unblocked, using micro suction and washing, something the GP said was not available. My son is like a different child and can actually hear again.

Thank You!

Mr J Llewellyn – Chichester patient