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    GotNoRhythm
    Help for Hearing Impairment
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    • 16th Oct 08, 1:12 AM
    Help for Hearing Impairment 16th Oct 08 at 1:12 AM
    Hi all,
    I thought I'd set up a thread for people (like me) with hearing impairments I have two CIC hearing aids and can't really hear much at all without them!!

    I'd like to ask if anyone knows of any sort of equipment that I can use in conjunction with (or in place of) my alarm clock. I've reached a point now where I can't hear it unless I sleep with one of my hearing aids in - not ideal!!

    I got funding for my hearing aids through access to work. Would this be a good place to try? (Do they still exist??! It's about 5 years since I last spoke to them!) The little company that supplied my hearing aids were wonderful but sadly don't exist anymore, and I don't like the company that bought them out (plus it's about 45 miles away from where I live)

    Many thanks,
    GNR xx
    DFW Official Nerd Club #1070
    Proud to be dealing with my debts!
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    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 17th Aug 16, 9:30 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    It's a good sign of how comfortable they are really, although mightn't feel like it whilst they're drying out!
    Originally posted by w06
    Good suggestions there and yes, I'm glad they are so comfy. Wish mine was half as forgettable!!!
    Still knitting!
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    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
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    • littlemoney
    • By littlemoney 18th Aug 16, 3:20 PM
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    littlemoney
    I come with a question.

    DH is now wearing two NHS aids and tolerating them far better than I anticipated (he has eczema which I expected to flare around his ears!)

    However, he has now twice started to shower at the gym still wearing them. They are still drying out from this second occasion - he got away with it the first time.

    So, suggestions for how to prevent this happening? I've suggested a laminated card in the bag he puts his towel in, he's thinking of something he can wrap around his flip flops, but you may have better ideas?

    I've been looking at the Ear-Gear too, I know it's not actually water-proof, but he realises pretty quickly so it MIGHT be enough ... if he used the Ear-Gear all the time!
    Originally posted by Savvy_Sue
    Hope this isn't needed again but are you aware of the drying out trick of putting them in a air tight plastic box with rice. Rice absorbs the moisture very well. I've heard of people who have done this with mobile phone when dropped in water.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 18th Aug 16, 5:54 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    Hope this isn't needed again but are you aware of the drying out trick of putting them in a air tight plastic box with rice. Rice absorbs the moisture very well. I've heard of people who have done this with mobile phone when dropped in water.
    Originally posted by littlemoney
    Oh yes, I've done it myself with a mobile phone ... and I've given him strict instructions not to switch them on again straight away to see if they're working after their unexpected shower, because that's what fries them!
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 2 shawls, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, another seaman's hat
    • penelope_scott
    • By penelope_scott 25th Nov 16, 12:07 PM
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    penelope_scott
    I've got a FitBit which works for me! My audiologist at Bedford Hearing Healthcare highly recommended it as an option. They're a little pricey, but they have lots of other cools features and most of the models allow you to set up your alarm on your phone and then it vibrates on your wrist when it's due. Hope that helps!
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 26th Nov 16, 5:00 PM
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    Ken68
    Getting on quite well with my new Teneo hearing aid .Pleased. Can now hear the birds whistling (and all the creaking and clanking from the town bus) lol.
    And would you believe it, have been told by Specsavers they can do something with the left ear which I thought had been dead for 50 years.
    Due for a masking? test next week. Early days but hopeful.
    • oldwiring
    • By oldwiring 15th Feb 17, 11:07 AM
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    oldwiring
    Can anyone recommend private testers/dispensers in Bournemouth, Ferndown or Salisbury areas, please? May be those to avoid too.
    • an1179
    • By an1179 5th Mar 17, 3:08 PM
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    an1179
    My aunt wears hearing aids she said that in the evenings she cannot hear as well as during the day. I have invited her to stay for a few days, she has declined she said that because she has the volume on her tv turned up as high as it will go and even when when is sitting close she still cannot hear; she does not want to inconvenience us with the loud volume. My aunt does not have much diposable income but we thought that we could make a gift to her of a TV listening device she also has difficulty hearing on the phone. Any recommendations please of an inexpensive device up to £100 approx
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 5th Mar 17, 3:42 PM
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    Ken68
    https://www.everydayhearing.com/hearing-technology/articles/guide-to-watching-tv-and-movies-with-hearing-loss/

    Not sure how impartial these people are but very informative. I have heavy earphones with a long lead, but not very comfortable. Might enquire about the WiFi thin type. Prices seem to be £60 to £160.
    • summerof0763
    • By summerof0763 8th Mar 17, 11:21 AM
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    summerof0763
    Hi hoping someone can help me out .
    I am profoundly deaf and knew my hearing was worse so got an audology app a month ago i only heard 2 sounds in right ear which i knew straightaway was worse left ear the same with 25% hearing .i got 2 new stronger hearing aids which are helping me which am happy about just before end of app i told the audiologist "caroline" that i worry because i havent been able to hear on mobile or landline phone and because i dont keep well i have some health issues along with my hearing and worry in case i need a doctor or need to contact someone in an emergency.caroline told me she had a rep in a couple of weeks earlier with a gadget for using mobile phone she said i was her last patient of the day so if i had time we could give it a try as she had not had anyone to try it out on .
    So i stayed and caroline paired my mobile up with phone gadget.she told me when my mobile rang i was not to answer my mobile but to press the button on the gadget.
    Caroline went next door and phoned my mobile and i pressed the button which in turn put my hearing aids onto phone mode automatically and then i said hello
    I was amazed it was like caroline was standing right beside me i could hear her no problem it was brillant
    When she came back in i told her it was brillant and would love to get one and asked how much it was she went and got the book and looked it up it was £360 i nearly cried i dont have that kind of money.i dont work for health reasons.i have no way of saving up that kind of money i have a few debts that come off my esa and yes i get dla but by time i pay everything and buy some food i have nothing left.
    Does anyone know if there are any grants i could apply to and see if i would be able to get the phone gadget??
    I know the debts are my problem but i am dealing with them but as i said i scrape the barrow before the 2 weeks are up.
    Any constructive help would be welcome and thank you for taking the time to read this xx
    i came into the world with nothing,and guess what? i still have it!!!
    • Hear-Hear
    • By Hear-Hear 8th Mar 17, 9:41 PM
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    Hear-Hear
    It appears that your audiologist demonstrated a device called a Streamer, which was likely to be a device that allows you to connect your hearing aids with various bluetooth devices, such as mobile phones. You have to have bluetooth-enabled hearing aids for the Streamer to work, which you obviously do, given the fact that your audiologist was able to make it all work so well for you. The device would also enable you to stream music/audio and even TV - so the hearing aids then act like a pair of high-quality headphones.

    There are no general grants for this type of hearing aid accessory that are available to all and sundry, but people can qualify for grants if they fulfil certain criteria. Examples might include:-
    - Access to Work: if you need this device in order to perform a particular job
    - Royal British Legion: they have a welfare fund for members and ex-Services people
    - Social groups: even a local group to you may have a welfare fund of some sort, to support past and present members in need.

    The other option would be to look on somewhere like eBay, just ensuring that you know exactly the name and the specific model of the product you need. Your audiologist will be able to give you this specific information if you don't have it already. Even fairly new and hardly-used Streamers can appear from time to time, usually at bargain prices due Streamers being such a specialised product.
    Last edited by Hear-Hear; 08-03-2017 at 9:44 PM. Reason: spellings
    • littlemoney
    • By littlemoney 24th Oct 17, 5:27 PM
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    littlemoney
    NHS hearing tests limited to every 5 years
    I contacted my local hospital as I feel my hearing has deteriorated this summer as even with hearing aids I am turning up the volume on the TV more and more. I asked if I could be retested and did I need a referral from my GP whom I had seen recently due to balance problems.

    I was told that as my last test was in 2015 I can't have another one till 2020 as they have a policy of only testing every 5 years but I can have an appointment so they can tweak the hearing aids. How can they make changes if they don't do a test as they won't know which frequencies are a problem.

    Is this a new NHS policy or has it always been so and I have never had a problem in under 5 years so wasn't aware of it.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 25th Oct 17, 1:23 AM
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    Savvy_Sue
    that's APPALLING! I know Hear-Hear suggests that an ANNUAL test is necessary if you're wearing aids.

    Although it is possible that something on your hearing aid is 'off': have your tubes been changed in the last six months? They deteriorate. In which case having a 'tweek' may help - so you could go for that and agitate for a proper test ...

    Alternatively I'd suggest speaking to your GP and explaining that along with the balance problems you think your hearing has deteriorated, and ask if they can make a referral because you NEED a test sooner than five years!
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 2 shawls, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, another seaman's hat
    • Catmum113
    • By Catmum113 6th Nov 17, 8:07 AM
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    Catmum113
    Hi, I was referred to Audiology by my GP and was diagnosed with hearing loss (I also have constant tinnitus) caused by working in a lot of noise, and wear hearing aids. The doctor says I could make a compensation claim. I have decided to do so but don't know how to start and would be grateful if someone could point me towards a reputable company to help me.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 6th Nov 17, 8:36 AM
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    Savvy_Sue
    If you're in a trade union, start with them for advice. If not, the claim would be against your employer's insurers. If it's the kind of place where this has affected a lot of people, then I'd google your employer's name and deafness and see if anything comes up.

    the difficulty may be 'proving' that it is your employer who is 'responsible': if you've job-hopped a lot that will be tricky, or if you're also a rock drummer ... just as examples.
    Still knitting!
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    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, another seaman's hat
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 7th Dec 17, 1:27 AM
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    Savvy_Sue
    has anyone looked into hearing aids attached to glasses? I've never managed to get a really comfortable earpiece on my NHS hearing aid, and I now have glasses I wear more often than not - well I would if I hadn't lost my main pair ...

    I was wondering if they'd be worth trying ... but accept they may not be as good as 'proper' hearing aids.
    Still knitting!
    Completed: 1 adult cardigan, 3 baby jumpers, 2 shawls, 3 pairs baby bootees,
    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, another seaman's hat
    • Hear-Hear
    • By Hear-Hear 10th Dec 17, 1:32 PM
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    Hear-Hear
    There are good reasons why spectacle aids are abot as rare as hen's teeth:-

    Suitable mainly for mild to severe conductive hearing loss, which is relatively uncommon

    Can't use glasses without the aids, and can't use aids without the glasses - many people wear glasses only part of the time, or have different specs for reading and distance

    Damage or scratches to the frame, or one of the lenses, mean not using both of the aids while the specs/lenses are bing repaired

    Expensive repair costs

    Arms of specs can feel very bulky (think Eric Sykes)

    Frequent trips to the optician for tightening of the arms of the specs

    Pressure of contact is uncomfortable for many

    Significantly more expensive than hearing aids alone
    • w06
    • By w06 10th Dec 17, 2:10 PM
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    w06
    like many things that are combined (good old tv/dvd combo, washer driers etc) you'd end up with compromise on both glasses and hearing.

    And when you lose or break one you break them both

    It should be possible to get a good mould fit though, worth asking for a new one to be made to see if that can be improved
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 10th Dec 17, 11:38 PM
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    Savvy_Sue
    It should be possible to get a good mould fit though, worth asking for a new one to be made to see if that can be improved
    Originally posted by w06
    Believe me, I tried!
    Still knitting!
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    1 Wise Man Knitivity figure + 1 sheep, 2 pairs socks, 1 seaman's hat ...
    Current projects: 1 shawl, another seaman's hat
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