Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hello to all hearing aid users.

What do you like about your hearing aids? What don't you like? How do you explain to people that sounds are different through hearing aids? We spent all that money and it's still hard to hear what people are saying in a noisy room.

To me, it has sometimes felt like a  'trial and error' activity when trying to work out how to get the best from my hearing aids. 

So I decided  to write the booklet I would love to have read when I first got my hearing aids.
And it is coming out in print soon!

It's short, with lots of information.
It's got tips about how to get used to new hearing aids, what they do and don't do, and tips for your family and friends.

Watch this space ...

7 comments:

  1. Good on you for putting this resource together. I'm sure it will help a lot of people.

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  2. Thanks Nola. It has been quite a long project - but I am passionate about supporting others who struggle with hearing impairment.

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  3. ONYA Pam ! Have to say mine have been pretty good. Had/have a good audiologist who set them up with different 'programs' for different environments. Most difficult thing I find is getting people to appreciate the noise environment they are in, and pitch their voice accordingly. Some people seem more resistant to educating than others...

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  4. Hi ya Al. I'm just getting new ones so going through the process again...
    Interestingly, my hearing aid fitter said that long-term hearing aid wearers seem to find the older style over the ear ones with volume control more comfortable and prefer them to the new automatic ones that have the amplifier in the ear. I'm sure some of it is what we get used to. I also think we work out pretty quickly that having lots of background sounds interferes with the hard work of distinguishing a voice from other sounds, and making out what the words are. Must do some research into this!

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  5. Hi Pam. I am trying to work out how to use this piece of technology.
    Congrats on your blog. So what so profoundly deaf mean?
    Lana

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  6. Hi Lana. Thank you for that - I am a confessed techno-ninny, so feel super-accomplished starting a blog!
    Profoundly deaf would mean very little if any hearing. Maybe the person would hear a jet engine, loud firecrackers - that sort of thing. The loudness would be almost painful to us, and we would be aware of vibration with the volume. Many people with a profound hearing loss use other senses - especially sight - to know what is happening.
    I also have news on when my booklet will be published....stay tuned for my next blog!

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  7. Thank you Pamela for your educational assistance. I really think that you will help lots of other people out there with hearing stresses. You have opened up an opportunity to support others in many different ways.

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