My mother is hard of hearing and is currently using a Oticon Spirit 1 hearing aid (from what I remember). As she relies on it so much, I decided to try and buy a cheap spare one for her, in case anything ever happened to her current one. The plan was that if it did break, she could just swap the mould and keep going. I ended up buying a Oticon Spirit 3 from ebay.co.uk. She brought it to her hearing specialist who unfortunately refused to reprogram it. From speaking to her, I gather that he believed that it was "locked" to the NHS and thus should not have been sold, and could not be reprogrammed.
Anyway, before calling defeat, I was wondering if its true that the hearing aid cannot be reprogrammed? Also, if it can, is it possible for me to bring the hearing aid along with the prescription to some other specialist, even over the internet, who could reprogram it?