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Hearing Aids

SWMBO tells me I need hearing aids but I am not totally convinced as I consider there are some advantages to having poor hearing.
Cost of hearing aids on the NHS is free but if there was any suggestion they were going to be charged for that would convince me to get them before that happened.
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Hearing aids are great... you can hear the birds singing again... and other noises ! you may even begin to enjoy television without the subtitles.!...

Best of all, when you are in a noisy environment.... cafe with screaming shouting kids their parents can`t control, you just take the hearing aids out. and peace reigns supreme... ( almost ).. but the din is greatly subdued  Cheesy
most have a "volume" control of some descripton... nhs one`s , you just press a button on the "up" or "down" ... there is usually more "down" than "up" volume adjustment..
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I'm surprised no one's done the obvious.
I SAID: "I'M SURPRISED NO ONE"S DONE THE OBVIOUS".
Sorry, I'll leave now.
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Hearing aids are great... you can hear the birds singing again... and other noises ! you may even begin to enjoy television without the subtitles.!...

Best of all, when you are in a noisy environment.... cafe with screaming shouting kids their parents can`t control, you just take the hearing aids out. and peace reigns supreme... ( almost ).. but the din is greatly subdued  Cheesy
most have a "volume" control of some descripton... nhs one`s , you just press a button on the "up" or "down" ... there is usually more "down" than "up" volume adjustment..
Equally it can be handy when swmbo has asked you to do something or told you something you have forgotten, to say I must not have heard you.
Can't use that excuse if I have the things.
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Can't use that excuse if I have the things.

Of course your can.  Mrs Richards: "I haven't got them turned on; it wears the batteries out."
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I seem to be playing the devils advocate in the forums lately, but here goes.
I have two NHS hearing aids, I am at best almost deaf in my left ear, which makes holding conversations with SWMBO in the car when I'm driving a real trial, she is less than sympathetic.
I find using the aids driving far worse than putting up with complaints. Not only do they amplify her voice, they also amplify engine noise, road noise and every other mechanical noise going on, strangely the almost normally inaudible whine from the auto gearbox can become very wearing after a short while.
Curiously, if in a restaurant, when wearing the aids I find I can hear clearly conversations going on on other nearby tables better than I can hear my wife sitting opposite me.
In large open halls etc. (sports halls, cinemas etc. as examples) using the aids is intolerable as all the nearby noises and conversations become one unintelligible echoie mush.
Virtually the only time they work for me is while watching TV, which I don't really have any problems with anyway at volume levels SWMBO says are fine and not excessively loud.
None of the issues I have with my hearing aids are unknown to the NHS technician who prescribed them, many of her patients suffer similar problems. As a consequence of this I very rarely use them now. My unaided hearing only becomes a problem if more than one person at a time is talking to me at the same time, and my spacial awareness is not good - I can't tell from which direction a distant sound is coming from -
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Strangely,... I have almost the exact opposite effects with mine....
I have to be 2 feet away from the t.v. at normal level, and still have difficulty
My hearing is "tuned in" to swmbo`s voice and all others seem to be "fuzzy" or totally intelligible, especially if those people are out of my line of sight,.... i just don`t hear them... !..
"noises off"  in large places do not worry me....
I would like to hear the engine whilst driving, but it is so quiet. that I would have to turn up my hearing aids.... I can hear "road noise".. which appears to be "normal" to me...
I have been to the clinic and had adjustments made..... which seem to be effective whilst there... but revert to "normal" as soon as I am outside the building again.... ! ! .. Huh
using the landline phone I have an amplifier I clip on to the handset..... mobiles I use with the loudspeaker on... so all and sundry can hear !... ( don`t get/make many so not a problem )....
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I bought mine from a big high street chain who specialise in shepherds and keep fit trainers.  Cheesy
a grand a pop but there was a BOGOF offer on  Grin
the first pair I was supplied with had a button which cycled through four programmes which were optimised for normal one to one speech, meeting rooms, telly and outdoors. brilliant Cool
But then I took them to Saudi and the humid conditions and my sweat totalled them.  The technician said when I took them back that he had never seen such bad corrosion.
so this is the good bit - they replaced them FOC. Like for like.  Cool
and it gets better - recently I took them back because one battery wasn't connecting and the lab said the model had been discontinued so gave me pair of a later model again FOC.
The later model doesn't have the programme selector but,  I am told, automatically programmes itself as it experiences different environments. I seem to be getting on OK and can hear birds, telly, conversations, church services. SWMBO etc.
So I'm well pleased one payment and four or five free consultations and three sets of hearing aids  Cheesy
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SWMBO tells me I need hearing aids but I am not totally convinced as I consider there are some advantages to having poor hearing.
Cost of hearing aids on the NHS is free but if there was any suggestion they were going to be charged for that would convince me to get them before that happened.
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I may be wrong but did the NHS not limit patients to one hearing aid rather than two? I'm sure I read it somewhere. They definitely will only do 1 cataract now.
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They were talking about giving people just one hearing aid but to my knowledge it's not been implemented yet.
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See post #5, and I know several people with two NHS aids.
Maybe it will be a cost cutting exercise in the future.
I do know that my second right ear aid was prescribed a long time after the first as a "sort" of sound balancing aid, not that it worked particularly well.
I have to agree with Peter Loftus heat and humidity assessment, one of my numerous issues with hearing aids is hot weather and the earful of perspiration and around the behind-the-ear unit that can be very uncomfortable.
This thread caused me to get my two aids out of their Oticon box they are kept in for another try. They have been stored without batteries for about a year. Neither of them work. I'm guessing that perspiration corrosion will turn out to be the problem. Whether the NHS will under the circumstances repair or replace them remains to be seen. 
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Some areas already restrict patients to one hearing aid.
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I was recently given two on the NHS, to replace two others from around 8 years ago.
I certainly find them helpful but not perfect.