What Hearing Aids do the NHS in the UK Supply as standard?

Question by Danny: What Hearing Aids do the NHS in the UK Supply as standard?
Hi guys,

I just been told by my NHS audiologist that I need hearing aids (didn’t come as a surprise really, I suspected that that was gonna be the case)

My audiologist said that I’ll be getting a Siemans hearing aid that goes behind the ear with a small wire that goes down into the ear. She was very nice and reassuring, but their’s a lot of questions that I didn’t think of until afterwoulds, I was hoping some of you folks could help answer, as I’m not at the hospital to get the thing until October 8th, (the wait’s gonna be hell)

Anyway, some of the things I wanna know (sorry for how ‘begginnerish’ these will probably sound to a lot of you)

What actual model will I be getting, Siemens website was less than helpful.

What is the ‘user experience’ like with a hearing aid, I’ve never worn one (although I do have a friend with a BAHA) I.E. how do you attatch them to your ears? What controls and different settings and modes and functions will it have, how long will the batteries last, is it okay to wear it in the rain etc.

Most importantly tho, what will I actually HEAR?

Also I’m a musician, apart from Pete Townshend (from The Who) and Beethoven am I the only mutton musician? I can’t be surely?

Thanks in advance for any and all replies


Best answer:

Answer by IAN
Hi Danny

I’m no musician but listening to loud music over a number of years was, according to my audiologist a major factor in my hearing loss. I started wearing 2 NHS hearing aids last May. They fitted me with Oticon Spirit 3 behind the ear aids.

At first hearing aids a weird. Everything will seem very loud at first simply because we have been going deaf for a few years and when we get hearing aids the amount of amplification of sounds aroud us should correspond to the amount of hearing loss that our hearing tests revealed, so all of a sudden we are hearing sounds again that we might not of heard for a long time.

This means that it takes time to get used to hearing with hearing aids, but taking the time is worth it. Another thing I found was that it took me a few weeks to get used to the feeling of having something in my ears. My aids are attached to conventional clear plastic earmoulds that fill up my ear canals and outer ears and at first it felt a bit strange.

Perseverance is they key when you get your hearing aids. If you are not happy with what you hear with your aids go back to the audiologist and keep going back until you are happy. It took me a few visits to get my aids right. Make a list of any problems you come across in different situations.

Good luck

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