THE CHARITY Age UK is urging people to make sure they insure their hearing aids.

Household insurance will normally cover hearing aids at a minimal charge but it is important that the hearing aid or aids are specified on the policy.

Without being specified a hearing aid will only be insured in the home and only against the risks covered such as fire and theft.

Around 1.4 million people in the UK use a hearing aid and the charity is urging more of them to make sure their hearing aid is insured.

Patrick Morrissey of Age UK South Gloucestershire, said: “A hearing aid is probably in the top five most expensive things that users own and forget to insure. Being small, they are easily misplaced, lost or even easily damaged.

“There are many things in life that we all overlook but we want to urge all hearing aid users, especially those in later life, to review their home insurance contents policy to ensure they have appropriate cover in place.

“This should cost very little, and will result in a huge saving if the worst happens.”

For more information call: 01454 411707 or visit Age UK South Gloucestershire at 67 High Street, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2AW.