2 Welcome to Specsavers Hearing Centres Hearing loss can affect every aspect of your life, especially the things that are most important to you such as relationships with family, friends or work colleagues. It is no wonder that people who suffer from hearing loss often say they feel isolated from the world going on around them. The good news is that at Specsavers, we can provide everything you need for better hearing. We offer hearing tests with a hearing care professional, the latest hightech hearing aids from world-leading manufacturers, and aftercare for as long as you need us. What s more, hearing tests and aftercare are free and our hearing aids offer outstanding value for money. So if you or someone you know has been experiencing any difficulties with hearing, why not do something about it today? In this booklet you ll find information about the hearing services available to you at Specsavers. If you need to find out more, visit specsavers.ie/hearing, call or just talk to a member of staff.
3 Understanding hearing loss Hearing loss is surprisingly common. In fact it affects 1 in 6 adults. It happens gradually, so you might not even realise it is getting worse. It can be a normal part of ageing or caused by experiencing too much noise over too long a time. The type of hearing loss that you suffer from mostly depends on which part of the hearing system is affected. For example, if it is the outer or middle ear, sound levels are reduced and people may come across as if they re mumbling. If it is the inner ear, you could struggle with higher frequencies, consonant sounds like t and p might be harder to hear, or sounds will be distorted.
4 Common symptoms of hearing loss There are a number of tell-tale signs that might indicate that you have hearing loss. Do any of these seem familiar to you? You have the TV or radio volume uncomfortably loud for other people You find it difficult to hear dialogue at the cinema or theatre Telephone conversations are hard work You ask people to repeat things or misunderstand what they say You have difficulty following conversations in groups It is harder to hear what others are saying if there is background noise, such as in restaurants or on the street
5 You feel isolated because you cannot hear properly You avoid situations that you used to enjoy because of your hearing difficulties Someone suggests that you might not be hearing as well as you used to If you have experienced one or more of these situations, you may benefit from a hearing test and expert advice from a hearing care professional. At Specsavers, our hearing tests are free and without obligation. And if you require a hearing aid, we offer a same day test and fit service, so we could have you hearing better from day one.
6 The 3-minute hearing check your first step to better hearing If you re unsure as to whether you have a hearing problem, our 3-minute hearing check is a quick and simple way to find out. It s free and you don t need an appointment, just ask our staff in store. Then, if you need to arrange a full hearing test, that s free too.
7 What happens in a hearing test? Hearing tests at Specsavers are free and carried out by a hearing care professional. They take about an hour, during which we will ask about your hearing experiences and examine your ears. We will then test your ears by playing sounds at different pitches through a pair of headphones and ask you to press a button every time you hear a sound. Next you wear a special headband that will test how well you hear sound through the vibrations it makes in your skull bones. We will discuss your results with you and whether you would benefit from hearing assistance. If you could be helped by hearing aids, we will explain the range available to you at Specsavers. Regular hearing checks are important, so we recommend you have a hearing test every year if you are over 40, or every two years if you are under 40. Don t forget they re free at Specsavers.
8 Hearing aids How to choose hearing aids At Specsavers, our hearing care professionals understand what hearing loss feels like, and will use their expertise to find a solution that best meets your needs, lifestyle, and budget. The price of hearing aids is dependent on the type and number of features they have, not the severity of your hearing loss. But at Specsavers, we don t charge extra for different fitting styles. We give you two hearing aids Hearing loss naturally occurs in both ears, so helping both ears will mean that you can hear more clearly. That s why we give you two hearing aids, programmed to work together. Micro behind the ear Mini behind the ear Power behind the ear
9 Same day test and fit In most cases, we can fit your hearing aids on the same day as your test. We will programme your hearing aids to your needs and make sure you know how to use them before you leave the store. We will also organise a follow-up appointment after 4 weeks to check that everything is well and fine-tune the programming if necessary. World-leading hearing aid technology At Specsavers, we have a range of digital hearing aids that can do remarkable things. Designed and built by world-leading manufacturers, they are packed with technology and feature the newest innovations in hearing assistance. In the ear In the canal Completely in the ear
10 They don t just turn up the volume, they identify the sounds you want to hear and filter out the rest perfect for conversations in noisy rooms. They re so clever they learn and remember your settings for different situations, can connect to your TV and even help you answer your mobile phone. What s more, they re available to you at Specsavers prices.
11 Our range and prices At Specsavers, we have a range of digital hearing aids from world-leading manufacturers to suit your lifestyle and budget. You ll pay as little as 750 a pair, up to 3,695 a pair. That includes: A free hearing test Two digital hearing aids Free aftercare Four years free batteries A choice of fitting styles at no extra charge A 90-day satisfaction period A four-year guarantee
12 Free aftercare We want you to get the most from your hearing aids. That s why all our hearing aids come with a free aftercare service and a four-year guarantee, so we will continue to take care of you long after you leave our store. When you purchase hearing aids we will show you how to use and clean them. Then, if you experience any difficulties, our fully trained teams are always available in store to carry out any basic hearing aid maintenance you require. If you need replacement batteries, they re free and available without appointment too. Both hearing aids for customer s sole use.
13 Leading brand digital hearing aids
14 PRSI Treatment Benefit at Specsavers If you are eligible for the PRSI Treatment Benefit Scheme, the Department of Welfare will pay for half of the cost of a hearing aid, up to a maximum of 500 for a single aid, or to up 1,000 for a pair. You can also claim up to 50% off repairs and replacement hearing aids too. What s more, at Specsavers all prices include four years supply of batteries, a choice of fitting styles, a 90-day money back guarantee and a four-year guarantee too.
15 Category Usual price per pair PRSI pays You pay Good 750 1,300 1, Better 2,000 2,295 2,700 2,995 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,295 1,700 1,995 Best 2,795 2,995 3,295 3,695 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,795 1,995 2,295 2,695 To see if you are eligible for the PRSI Treatment Benefit Scheme, visit welfare.ie or call (074)
16 Why choose Specsavers? A trusted name in hearing care Since 1984, Specsavers has been a trusted name in the optical market thanks to our high standards of service, expertise, and unquestionable value for money. We apply those same values to our hearing centres nationwide. We have experts in every store Every one of our audiologists is a member of The Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (ISHAA), the officially recognised body which represents and regulates the hearing aid profession in Ireland. Appointment times when and where you need them With over 40 stores nationwide and clinics running midweek and weekends, you can choose a time and a place that s convenient for you.
17 High quality hearing aids We stock the leading brands including Siemens, Phonak, Widex and Oticon, as well as advance, which is a range produced exclusively for Specsavers by leading manufacturers such as Siemens and Unitron. Clear, low prices Other hearing aid providers will tell you they don t publish prices because it will confuse you. We don t agree. That s why we are happy to show you our prices in this booklet. What s more, at Specsavers, you won t pay extra for different fitting styles, so together we can find the right solution for your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. Ongoing support and aftercare is all part of the service Every purchase at Specsavers comes with a full aftercare package, including: free batteries for four years, four-year warranty, 90-day money back satisfaction period and free aftercare appointments for as long as you need them. That means you can get advice, maintenance checks and adjustments made whenever you need to.
18 Our leading brand hearing aids have a unique extra feature a price tag Unlike some of our competitors, we re happy to show you our digital hearing aid prices. And don t forget, they include: a free hearing test free aftercare four years free batteries four-year guarantee
19 We guarantee you won t find better value or we ll repay you double the difference Best value guarantee applies to two hearing aids. A recent written quotation for a pair of comparable hearing aids and extras will be required for full terms and conditions visit specsavers.ie / hearing / offers / clear-price Both hearing aids for customer s sole use. Source: Based on number of stores. The following are registered trademarks of the Specsavers Group of Companies advance, the Specsavers logo, Specsavers Hearing Centres Specsavers Hearing Centres. All rights reserved
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