According to Action on Hearing Loss, only 40% of people who need hearing aids actually have them. Why is this? It might be because their GP hasn't referred them or it might be that some worry about wearing a hearing aid that they imagine will be large and bulky and obtrusive. It's really important to remember that when you see any specialist, NHS or private, the professional is simply assessing and making a recommendation. The decision to commit to treatment and in this case hearing aids, is up to the individual entirely. So for this reason, go and get your hearing checked and then decide what you want to do with the information you are given. It's easier to make a decision when you have gathered all the information.