- June 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm #121489
JoybelMemberMember since: November 2, 2006
Sorry this is so long. It may interest those for whom the concern of payment is an issue where hearing aids are needed.June 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm #121490
PaulmMemberMember since: August 10, 2008
okJune 19, 2012 at 8:58 pm #121491
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?July 26, 2012 at 10:13 am #121492
BertfMemberMember since: June 11, 2007
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.July 26, 2012 at 9:01 pm #121493
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.July 27, 2012 at 8:54 am #121494
BertfMemberMember since: June 11, 2007
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.July 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm #121495
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!August 11, 2015 at 9:56 am #1018007
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