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I was a 'Bit Deaf'

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MissAdventure Thu 03-Jan-19 12:46:26

As a consequence of being a bit deaf, I decided to have a hearing test, and was fitted with aids yesterday.
I seem to be having a few teething problems, so would be grateful if anyone who wears them could help.

MissAdventure Thu 03-Jan-19 12:52:13

I seem to have supersonic hearing now.
When they were switched on it sounded as if I were white water rafting; a terrible, loud rushing of water, which was unbearable.
That turned out to be the water in the radiator.
Then I could hear my trousers rustling as a walked out..
Its all very strange.

Nonnie Thu 03-Jan-19 12:58:38

I think you need to wear them all the time to get used to them. DH and I both had them fitted a couple of months ago and I have mostly got used to mine but he won't wear his until he has had a hissy fit because he can't hear the television. The only thing I haven't managed yet is to keep them in during a live concert. It is just too loud. I suspect it would be the same in the cinema.

The trouble is that our hearing loss happens so gradually we forget what normal is. When I walked out of the hearing centre the traffic was really loud but I was determined to cope and find it a lot easier now. DH used to tell me that I was too loud before, now he can't hear me!

He will come round, took years for him to wear his varifocals all the time but he got there eventually. Old dogs can learn new tricks, just takes time and patience grin

MissAdventure Thu 03-Jan-19 13:02:02

Thanks Nonnie..
The technician said to either get used to them gradually, or go full on and wear them constantly.

Also, my ears itched quite a lot. Is that normal, just because of having something in there, or could I have a sensitivity?

Abuelamia Thu 03-Jan-19 13:02:19

I wear two hearing aids and have done so for many years. I tried to wear mine all day from the start. If your ears feel sore try a tiny drop of moistureriser before putting the aids in the ear, in the morning. If it is adjusting to new sound, then that takes a little longer. The brain needs to be able to sort all these new sounds, the ones that need to be pushed to the background and those that you need. It is a bit like predictive text and ocassionally it gets it wrong but most of the time it is great and well worth persevering. Good luck, you will enjoy going out and chats with friends so much more.

MissAdventure Thu 03-Jan-19 13:05:48

Thank you.
Yes, i'll be able to hear everything people say, hopefully.

Umm.. whistling? They whistle when a put my hand near them.
And I've noticed I sniff constantly, now I can hear myself.

Nonnie Thu 03-Jan-19 13:32:02

I've had no problem with itching so can't help. The first ones we had were from a different organisation and we did find them annoying. Current ones are great although occasionally my specs get tipped by them.

silverlining48 Thu 03-Jan-19 14:04:41

MissA My hearing aid makes my ear itch too.
Confess to not wearing it because of that but also how everything is so loud yet i still struggle sometimes with hearing direct conversations. Must try harder but the itching drives me mad.

Auntieflo Thu 03-Jan-19 14:09:02

I was fitted with two hearing aids last year, but I still don’t wear them regularly, and I know I should. At first the ‘rustling’ sound, like a packet of crisps being scrunched up, was more than I could bear, and I am still not completely happy, but am resigned to wearing them more often these days.
Perhaps I should make it my New Year Resolution.

MissAdventure Thu 03-Jan-19 14:09:22

Well, I'm going for the 'wear 'em and get it over with' approach, because otherwise I think i'll end up not persevering.
Its so weird though. I'm wondering if they've been set too loud?

MissAdventure Thu 03-Jan-19 14:12:35

Oh yes, I have the rustling sound!
I walked past my kitchen bin yesterday and the rustling got louder as I passed it.
Could I have created that much wind that the bin bag rustled??

Feelingmyage55 Thu 03-Jan-19 14:19:51

My DH got his aids last year and has stopped shouting (when he wears them) as he didn’t believe he was doing it. It is bliss to have a quieter house, no unbearably loud music, blaring tv, too loud talking in cafes. I love them and I am not wearing them! I suppose what I am saying longwindedly is that we are all benefiting from the aids. The initial itch he has is improving but perhaps you could phone the auditory clinic on their “repair” days and ask about any teething problems. If the itch continues maybe they can change the bit in contact with your skin. The nose supports on spectacles can cause an itch and the plastic can be swapped for silicon. I do hope you get used to them. About to get my own ears tested as I realise how insidious the development of the problem. Good luck.

littleflo Thu 03-Jan-19 22:42:38

I use mine mainly for the tv. I don’t like the amplified crashing and bashing sounds like drawers being opened, door closing which sounds like slamming and the dreadful crisps. I know I should wear them all the time but I just can’t. They seem to amplify the sounds that you don’t want and I still. Can’t understand the tv.

I get the best out of them when in a setting with lots of people as before Maybe I too will resolve to wear them more.

MissAdventure Thu 03-Jan-19 23:01:14

Oh yes, the 'dreadful crisps' sound.
I've been trying to tell myself I can ignore it.
I'm not sure I can though.
Its louder in one ear than the other.

I know the woman said they aren't perfect, but there seems to be a lot to put up with..

NannyJan53 Fri 04-Jan-19 07:28:48

I have worn Hearing Aids for 15 years now and I couldn't manage without them.

I think you need to keep persevering as your brain will get used to the increase in sound and it will not seem so bad after a few weeks.

I never had a problem with itchy ears until a couple of years ago, when every few months I had an ear infection, which meant a trip to Doctors for a spray. This went on for a couple of years, and now seems to have settled down again.

My Aids have a button which I can press to decrease the sounds, or another button where I can cut out some of the background noise when in a restaurant or pub for example.

My partner was given Hearing Aids about 6 years ago, tried them once, decided everything was too loud and never wore them again. He is 68 now and I constantly have to repeat myself hmm

I recommend you wear them constantly, or it will be hard to get used to them.

BlueBelle Fri 04-Jan-19 08:15:46

Do you think some people are being encouraged to wear aids when their hearing it’s just a bit lower than normal owing to age I certainly don’t mean anyone definitely low on hearing and I don’t mean you Missadventure but there are so many adverts encouraging us all to get hearing aids around now My daughter tells me I need them as I sometimes have the tv louder than she thinks is norm however, I say sometimes, as when the grandkids come and put the music video on, it goes way higher than my channels ever are 😂. I have no problem talking to friends or in a group or on the telephone so although I ll admit my hearing may not be as acute as when I was young I personally think it’s just A normal age regression

BradfordLass72 Fri 04-Jan-19 08:16:01

An 89 year old friend of mine spent three thousand on hearing aids only to be told by her doctor that all she actually needed was a good syringing of the ears. Try that first.

Beechnut Fri 04-Jan-19 08:30:24

Daft I know but sometimes after wearing mine all day I’m just glad to be able to take it out for some peace and quiet. I’ve been an aid wearer for many years and the one I have now is the most comfortable.

Eglantine21 Fri 04-Jan-19 08:58:21

I take mine out for peace and quiet too!

On a practical note you can buy a teeny tiny bottle of olive oil from the chemist, just for the purpose of lubricating your ears before you put the aids in. It stops the itching. The audiologist said the big bottle of olive oil I used for cooking was fine, but I couldn’t fancy it somehow😬

The crisp crackling sound might be your hair brushing against the receiver if you have coarse thick hair like mine. Pin it back and see if it makes a difference.

Apologies if your hair is silky.............

Luckygirl Fri 04-Jan-19 09:09:21

I wore mine all day from Day One. It did not take long to get used to the amplification of sounds that I had got use to not hearing - about a week. I can turn mine down to other settings if needs be - e.g. in an echoey hall, or in the pub when I might want to cut out some of the background noise.

It is quite fun as, when I go to a concert, I can choose whether to listen to it with a bright crisp sound, or something a bit more mellow.

I can't see the point in having aids and giving up after the first day - it really does not take long to get used to them. And the birdsong! - brilliant!

Mine are NHS - I have not paid a bean for anything - even more brilliant!

Cabbie21 Fri 04-Jan-19 09:34:43

This is an interesting thread. I had a hearing test about a month ago. Whilst there was absolutely no pressure to take it further, I was told that I would benefit from hearing aids. The only problem I find is not being able to hear well in a crowded room, but as I am not often in that situation and can hear birdsong etc, I have decided to wait another year. I certainly don’t want to be bombarded with sound like some of you are describing.
I am inclined to agree that there is too much commercial pressure from certain high street companies to get tested, but as I said, there was no pressure to buy anything.
On the other hand I don’t want to be one of those silly people who will happily wear spectacles but not hearing aids for vanity reasons.
It seems to me that it should be perfectly possible to get aids which you can adjust to the right levels, but maybe not on the NHS? I hope somebody can enlighten us?

Liz46 Fri 04-Jan-19 09:47:32

A friend of mine 'tried out' her hearing aids for the first time when we went out for lunch. We have been friends for many years and she said she 'knew I would be honest with her'.

I didn't really understand that but it was funny. We went to our usual place. A plane went over and she almost ducked. She heard birds and all in all our normal chat was very disjointed as she heard things she hadn't heard for a long time.

HazelGreen Fri 04-Jan-19 09:53:25

I am quite deaf in one ear and have h aid now for 3 years. Apart from difficulty in social groups or visiting someone with background noise, it was safety issue that prompted me to get it. I was driving and heard an ambulance siren but was unable to locate from what direction so I braked rather than join main road. Minor tip from car behind..... also as a pedestrian I might not hear a bike in time and now we have silent cars.

I was brought up to prescription level over 4 visits... so gradual introduction. I was told to wear for at least 5 hrs a day.

I have a few spare cases even a used pill bottle to store same. You might be caught out with hairdresser or swimming.

If noise of something bothers, it is easy to turn off.

The batteries are fiddly but now the new ones are rechargeable.

jenni123 Fri 04-Jan-19 10:08:48

I have 2 hearing aids and wore them from the 1st day. Made such a difference. My TV volume setting was 26 but after using my aids it is turned down to 11, big difference. I got mine free on NHS. had to go to doc to get ears checked to see if wax was prob then doc sent referral. Had test Monday, got hearing aids Thurs. Not looked back since. Got mine from Specsavers.

David1968 Fri 04-Jan-19 10:26:28

My dear friend wears hearing aids (& has for many years - including during her working life) and she stresses that you must wear them all the time, every day in order to get used to them. (We've an elderly family member who won't do this, and in consequence she constantly asks us to repeat things. She was always nagging her husband - now-deceased - to wear his hearing aids!)