I suppose the question that springs to mind is if you live in Glasgow then how come you are not being fitted for an NHS hearing aid? If it’s only because you are looking for a tiny little hearing aid that you are going private then you could look for the nearest model to the NHS prescription in a CIC aid. There are a few open-style CIC aids around now. The bit about getting a better fit with an open is that an open fitting will allow the frequencies in which your hearing is near-normal to received un-amplified and undistorted sounds directly from your environment. No hearing aid makes sound that is as good as just hearing with human ears, so the more you can hear with your ears the better. An open fitting will basically allow you to use your ears for low frequencies and the hearing aid for high frequencies. If you have a closed type of fitting you have to have the low sounds through the hearing aid too, as your ear is stopped up with a hearing aid.
Have you actually tried a behind the ear open fit style? Some of these are really, really tiny, and the NHS is taking on its first Receiver In the Canal (RITE/RITC) aids in August. The body of the hearing aid is really, really tiny. Have a look at the brochure on this site: http://www.siemens.co.uk/en/about_us/businesses/healthcare/impact.htm The Impact R may be suitable for your type of loss, I can’t tell because it doesn’t have the fitting stats with it, but it looks like it’s an NHS rebuild of the Siemens Pure 500. Not sure if Glasgow offers Siemens aids or another brand, but if you travel to St John’s Livingston they definitely dispense Siemens - I have a Siemens from them. Perhaps you will be surprised at how few people notice a BTE aid and then you could have some free ones, assuming you are not a foreign national whose status doesn’t entitle you to NHS treatment. I have the “M” version with some audio-shoes on the bottom and little receivers, the whole unit is a good 2 inches long but still nobody notices I have them. I’m a female with long hair, but it is tied in a pony tail all the time and nobody spots multi-coloured giant hearing aids with shiny gem stickers on them!
If you are going private to get better technology then you need to find out if you really need the top of the range. The NHS dispenses equivalent to middle of the range private aids, so it’s not worth your while buying the likes of a 500 model Siemens if you are entitled to NHS aids, it’s only the 700 that would be better than an NHS model. If it’s been a while since you tried the NHS hearing clinics then give them another whirl. Many areas are still insisting on dispensing only beige models, but they are better and prettier than ever before, and some areas even let you pick the colours.
Maybe if you tell us a bit more about your life and what you want out of hearing aids people will help guide you towards what is a good match so you don’t find yourself flailing around the net without really understanding the figures and neither are you at the mercy of sales people telling you that you must have the top of the range.