The models available nowadays are a great improvement on those used in the past. They’re smaller and neater, and they work better too.
The earlier you get them, the more you’ll get out of them – so don’t wait until your hearing gets really bad before seeing your GP.
Benefits of hearing aids
Hearing aids won’t make your hearing perfect, but they make sounds louder and clearer, reducing the impact hearing loss has on your life.
Hearing aids can:
l Help you hear everyday sounds such as the doorbell and phone.
l Improve your ability to hear speech
l Make you feel more confident when talking to people and make it easier for you to follow conversations in different environments.
But hearing aids only help if you still have some hearing left, so don’t put
off getting help if your hearing is getting worse.
How to get hearing aids
See your GP if you’re having problems with your hearing. They can refer you to a hearing specialist for an assessment if they think you might need a hearing aid.
If your specialist recommends hearing aids, talk to them about the different types available and which is best for you. You may be able to try a few types before choosing one. Some types may be available to use straight away. Others may need to be custom made after your ear has been measured or a cast of your ear has been taken. These will usually be ready in a few weeks.
When your hearing aid is ready, it will be programmed to suit your level of hearing loss. You’ll be shown how to use it and how to look after it.
Another appointment will be arranged for a few weeks later to check how things are going.