A few years ago my husband started to experience hearing loss. He was only in his mid-forties but his job involved working with loud machinery. Although these days hearing protectors were worn due to health and safety regulations this was not the case when he first started out twenty years ago.
His hearing had already been damaged and he was starting to find it difficult to hear people on the phone or when the background noise was loud.
The worse thing about losing your hearing is feeling isolated from friends and family. My husband started to find it difficult to follow conversations and he felt very embarrassed about asking people to repeat what they have said all the time.
However these days there is no need to lose touch with others if you are experiencing hearing loss. Hearing aids have come on a long way in recent years and there are now some very practical and discreet products on the market.
At first my husband was very reluctant to wear a hearing aid. He thought they were all large and conspicuous. He was also dubious about whether they would be suitable to wear in a working environment with loud background noise.
- However there are now many very sophisticated hearing aids available. These can offer difficult solutions to hearing issues.
- For example you can buy some very discreet hearing aids that fit directly into the hearing canal. These work to amplify sound and people will never know you are wearing one.
- There are also sophisticated hearing aids that can filter out louder background sounds and are suitable for wearing in busy, noisy environments.
- My husband was also worried about the costs of hearing aids. However after a quick look online I found some great online suppliers offering some impressive discounts on quality hearing aids.
Buying Hearing Aids
Before you buy hearing aids it is important to get a hearing test. There are so many different hearing aids on the market you need to know the extent of your hearing loss and your individual needs before you start shopping around. You can also find lots of useful information about hearing loss and hearing aids online to help you understand more.
When you are buying online, don’t hesitate to contact the supplier and ask more questions if you are unsure. Reputable suppliers will have telephone and email customer services helpdesks where you can get more advice on the products available.
I bought my husband a great discount hearing aid online at www.discounthearingaids.org.uk. This has helped him to stay in touch with family and friends and continue living a more normal life.