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

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    ok

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    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?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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:

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    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.

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    I have been wearing hearing aids now for about 18m0nths (52% loss in left ear 38% loss right ear)  Whereas the left ear hearing aid is just great and improves hearing enormously, the right one “squeaks” with any movement of my head.  I have been back to where they were fitted but unfortunately a trained person is only there 2 days a week and all the person behind the counter can suggest is having my ears dewaxed.  This seems to help somewhat for a few weeks then the squeaking starts again.  I have taken to only wearing one aid mostly now.  I feel it may not be just a wax problem as wouldn’t wax build up in both ears at a similar rate and Ive never had a problem with left ear….besides at 45.00 a dewaxing its not cheap.  Anyone else have this problem

    Silverfern from Te Awamutu

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    I have not been having any squeaking sounds, silverfern. I have been having a lot of itching in my left ear which is just driving me crazy at times. I had accidently chopped this ears ear piece in the kitchen sink gurgler so needed a new one. had ears cleaned etc. new mold taken for the left ear. Sent the aid away for a checkup, etc. The itching is there whether I have it in the ear or not and the cream is only a temporary relief.

    Went back for the new mold and it was too big. Another one taken and I go tomorrow to see how I go. I know The itch is with me forever and a day and just now I am coping but really do need both. Puzzle is that I have been wearing aids for many years without any problems.
    It started after I had new molds made six months ago only one day after inserting the new one. Keep pulling it off to have a savage scratch so may just have to leave it off most of the time but I do need both when in company.

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    I wonder if its the material the new mold is made from….perhaps you have an allergy

    Silverfern from Te Awamutu

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    Silverfern, your “squeak” is probably what is known as feedback, I can induce the noise by putting a hand over the ear, same thing happens with some public address systems, the output from the amplifier feeds back to the microphone and gives that awful noise. With hearing aids this is usually caused by the earpiece not fitting well, make sure your ear piece is fitted well into your ear. I have wax build up in one ear more than the other, fortunately Veterans Affairs pays for the syringing.

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