The service will provide the most up to date sophisticated
digital hearing aid. The Audiologist will discuss and demonstrate
the style of hearing aid that will best suit your hearing level,
and you will be given a choice of hearing aid colour.
We primarily provide behind-the-ear hearing aids. Connected to
your hearing aid will be either a custom fit ear mould or a thin
tube, which fits neatly into your ear. The most appropriate set-up
will be discussed with the Audiologist.
During the hearing aid fitting appointment, the Audiologist will
fit your hearing aid, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit. The
hearing aid will be programmed using your hearing test results, and
further tests will be performed to ensure the hearing aid is
providing the correct level of amplification. The Audiologist will
discuss the use, care and maintenance of your hearing aid and ample
time will be allowed to practice inserting and removing the hearing
aid from your ear.
The Audiologist will explain what to expect from using a hearing
aid in the short and long term. It is likely to take a number of
weeks, perhaps even months, before you become fully acclimatised to
your hearing aid. At first, everything may sound quite loud, tinny
or un-natural however by persevering with your hearing aid
everything begins to sound more natural.
Your hearing can sometimes seem dull when you take your hearing
aid off, however this is just because you have become accustomed to
hearing much better with the hearing aid in. Using a hearing aid
will not make your hearing any worse, although your hearing may
After a period of time a follow-up will be arranged to check on
your progress with your hearing aid. This may be through a posted
questionnaire (stamped addressed envelope provided) or a face to
face appointment, depending on which is most appropriate. We also
offer an open access or booked appointment.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital