Going Abroad For A Private Hearing Aid
If you read the news or you like to keep up to date with medical and dental news, you may have noticed several articles related to medical and dental tourism over the course of the past few years and it is possible to buy hearing aids abroad. There are obvious advantages of travelling overseas for treatment, for example, reduced treatment costs, but often, there are also risks involved and health experts advise people to be extremely careful about undergoing treatment or buying medical appliances abroad.
One of the main draws of going abroad for treatment is the cost; in some cases, the fees quoted are up to 80 per cent lower than those at home in the UK and this may make treatment more accessible; however, there are concerns to consider. Buying abroad may initially seem a lot cheaper, but you will be subject to additional costs, such as travel and accommodation and it is also worth bearing in mind that if you have any issues with your hearing aid, you will have to pay for repairs in the UK or face a lengthy wait or postage costs and this will bump up the cost of treatment. You may also need to factor in the cost of follow-up treatment and if your hearing aid is not working properly or it doesn’t fit, you may end up paying out for a better quality aid or paying for adjustments at home. In the UK, private dispensaries are regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council, which ensures that the public are protected; in other countries, the level of regulation may not be as high and this increases the risk of issues and complications.
Although it may be tempting to pay less for a private hearing aid purchased abroad, the advice from experts is to carry out thorough research and factor in costs and any follow-up requirements before you take the plunge. It’s also beneficial to have a look into what is available at home, as you may be surprised at the range of models and types of hearing aid on offer for a similar cost.
If you are thinking of buying abroad, make sure you choose an approved provider and that your hearing aid is custom-fit and fitted properly by a trained professional.
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