Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Hearing Aids and Consumer Review

I have sent for and received the 2015 Consumer’s Guide to Hearing Aids put out by Connect Hearing. It states it is a third party source of hearing aid comparisons, but there is, I think, a company behind this magazine that does have a vested interest in supplying hearing aids.

However, I enjoyed the honesty of the descriptors around the success of hearing aids in certain situations. It describes how hearing aids ‘may help you to hear better in some noisy situations.’  It also states that ‘hearing aids will not restore your hearing to normal.

Both of which we who wear them already know, but it is nice to have it confirmed – especially if your hearing aid provider seems to imply that your hearing aids should help in all circumstances.

It also states that with a more severe hearing loss, the ability of the hearing aid to correct hearing will be more limited than with a mild loss, especially in noisy environments. Again, this is no news to us who have struggled in noisy environments for years.

Here is the link if you are interested in acquiring a copy:

Getting used to new hearing aids is not simple is it? It takes weeks, months even. And many visits back to the provider to adjust them until they are right. They can sound harsh, tinny, echo-y, or sharp and painful to the ears – all of which can be adjusted to some extent. I have gone to talk about these issues and many more in my booklet – which will be out in September!

How long did it take you to get used to your hearing aids? And are they good in a noisy environment? I’d love to hear about your experiences.