Tuesday, 1 September 2015

hearing

This topic contains 187 replies, has 43 voices, and was last updated by Profile photo of richardgrownups richardgrownups > 24 hours.

Viewing 8 posts - 181 through 188 (of 188 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #121489
    Profile photo of Joybel
    Joybel
    Member
    Member since: November 2, 2006
    Topics: 602
    Replies: 30709

    Sorry this is so long. It may interest those for whom the concern of payment is an issue where hearing aids are needed.

    #121490
    Profile photo of Paulm
    Paulm
    Member
    Member since: August 10, 2008
    Topics: 1
    Replies: 11

    ok

    #121491
    Profile photo of Beannie13
    Beannie13
    Member
    Member since: March 7, 2008
    Topics: 0
    Replies: 442

    Joybel, that was a great & interesting read…thank you.;)
    I had a hearing test at the Palmerston north Hospital some time ago and am trying out a second pair of hearing aids.
    They do help and when I take them off, I realise what a silent world I live in….but, without them I think i hear all I should hear except when in a group and trying to hear what is being said!
    Hope this isnt double-dutch!!!:oops:
    The cost for both is around $2800 which I understand is really good price.
    I dont qualify for WINZ help…not sure why, but the woman at WINZ was very rude when I phoned in and just said “No, you dont…why would we pay for everyones hearing aids?”:x:x
    I was embarrased so hung up!!!:oops:
    Am hoping I can pay them off at the hospital….havent got to those details yet!
    Anyone else had experience with getting their hearing aids thru hospitals?

    #121492
    Profile photo of Bertf
    Bertf
    Member
    Member since: June 11, 2007
    Topics: 2
    Replies: 8

    Thank you Joybel for thsat detailed explanation – most interesting. I have had hearing aids for 4/5 years now but unfortunately they were fitted and adjusted by a qualified but inexperienced audiologist – and I found no benefit and stopped wearing them. After a couple of years I went in for a check and an experienced audiologist adjusted them correctly and now I would not be without them.
    Like Beannie when I take them off at night I too realise what a quiet world I was living in.
    My advice – make sure they are fitted and adjusted correctly so that you do notice a difference.

    #121493
    Profile photo of Beannie13
    Beannie13
    Member
    Member since: March 7, 2008
    Topics: 0
    Replies: 442

    Bertf, it is good to read your comments….I had the tests and recieved hearing aids on trial from the hospital…I have tried them, as I said earlier, but am rather nervous about making the decision to keep and pay for them.
    Although they do help, I dont like the background noises and get very tired with so many sounds around me. I think this is probably because I am so used to relative quietness and am a quiet person anyway.
    I do have a remote but am still practising with it!!!!
    When I wear my glasses, I find the arms rub on the hearing aid and move it around….to the extent that, when I removed my glasses, the hearing aid came with it and was dangling in front of my ear….very embarrassing!
    The batteries dont last long…my aids dont have an off & on switch…just have to open the aid up to expose battery.
    Any advise or ideas would be most welcome please.

    #121494
    Profile photo of Bertf
    Bertf
    Member
    Member since: June 11, 2007
    Topics: 2
    Replies: 8

    Beannie I think you will get used to the background noises – they are there for everyone and you used to hear them previously – I think your brain adjusts and ignores them in due course.
    My batteries last 10- 15 days – when I take the aids off at night I open the battery compartment which disconnects them which should make them last longer.
    I know the feeling of catching the aid – I did it once gardening and it ended up in the compost bin – now I do not wear them when going near bushes whilst gardening or golfing.

    #121495
    Profile photo of Beannie13
    Beannie13
    Member
    Member since: March 7, 2008
    Topics: 0
    Replies: 442

    Thanks Bertf for your encouragement….am really anxious spending all this money unless I am going to get the use out of them!
    :shock:Oh no, in the compost heap!!!!! Glad you found it in time! :roll:

    #1018007
    Profile photo of richardgrownups
    richardgrownups
    Administrator
    Member since: October 26, 2005
    Topics: 38
    Replies: 331

    Hi there – we currently have an offer on the site for a Free hearing check.  Please support those that support us and why not, you get something for Free!  https://www.grownups.co.nz/why-cope-with-hearing-loss/  Thank you.

Viewing 8 posts - 181 through 188 (of 188 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.