Very Frequent Hearing Loss Questions
Where do I go for a hearing test?
There are lots of places where you can obtain a free hearing test some private companies will offer you this in the comfort of your own home. These days there are many stores in the high street who also offer this service or you can search online or use the Yellow Pages for an audiologist.
How much will a hearing test cost?
Most tests are free although there are a few companies who will charge for a hearing test. You can visit your local GP who will arrange a test through the NHS. What happens if I need a hearing aid If you have hearing loss then your local audiologist will helpfully explain what type of loss you have whether its mild or accute they will explain what solutions are available.
What is a hearing aid?
It is an electroacoustic device which typically fits in or behind the wearer’s ear, and is designed to amplify and modulate sound. Earlier devices, known as an ‘ear trumpet’ or ‘aid hearing’ were cones designed to collect sound energy into the ear canal. Similar devices include the hearing trumpet and the cochlear implant.
Can I get a hearing aid on the NHS?
The NHS now offers high quality digital aids. The limitation is that there is often a considerable delay in being able to get an NHS hearing aid, waiting times do vary according to what part of the Country you live. The good news is that all audiology departments in the UK are meeting the 18 week Government target for providing devices. Most people find it inconvenient and uncomfortable visiting a hospital.
Can I wear glasses with my hearing aid?
Yes. There should be no problem with wearing glasses. Just exercise a little more care when putting on and taking your glasses off so not to break the device. Sometimes people complain that wearing glasses with a hearing device is uncomfortable but this all depends on what type of glasses and hearing aid you are wearing.
How do I know when the battery is flat?
Batteries are designed specifically to run at full output and then stop working almost immediately, unlike a mobile phone battery that grows dimmer. Most digital aids have a very useful feature that gives you an audible tone to let you know when the battery is nearly used.
There are lots of companies who will try and sell you hearing aids it’s up to you who you choose but its very important that you ask the right questions.