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Hearing Aids

The service provides the most up to date sophisticated digital hearing aids. The Audiologist will discuss and demonstrate the style of hearing aid that will best suit your hearing level.

We primarily provide behind-the-ear hearing aids. Connected to your hearing aid will either be a custom fit ear mould or a slim tube, which fits neatly into your ear. The most appropriate set-up will be discussed by the Audiologist as not all hearing losses are suitable for both types.

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 deteriorate overtime.

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.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham