Some frequently asked questions or statements made to us in our hearing aid centres in Leicestershire and across the Midlands.

“I can hear just fine.”
You may think this because the problem came about gradually. You may have adjusted to the decline in your hearing and believe you are still hearing normally. Others around you, though, may believe differently! The next time you are watching the tv with a younger person, set the tv volume to your level and ask the younger person their opinion on how loud the tv is.

“People don’t talk as clearly as they used to.”
It’s probably your hearing, not their talking. It’s common for people, like former President Clinton, to find it hard to hear speech in noisy places but still have normal hearing under other circumstances. One of the first signs of a high frequency hearing loss is the fact you can't hear birds sing or clocks tick.

“My friend got hearing aids and she can’t stand them.”
Everyone’s experiences and needs are different. Friends may have put their hearing aids in the drawer because they weren’t properly fitted, received a poor quality product, or did not get proper counselling about how to use hearing aids. A positive attitude to hearing better generally results in a positive outcome.

“I can’t afford them.”
Many people have concerns about the cost of the testing and the aid, the lack of insurance reimbursement, and maintenance costs. Hearing aids can be a major expenditure, but many users ?nd the costs well worth the improvement in quality of life. There are many hearing system to suit all levels of budget and demanding different levels of support for the future, so hearing can be cost effective with the right advice, also a hearing test with Hear4u is free.

“They are so complicated.”
Today’s hearing aids are technologically advanced products, like mini-computers in your ears. But once they are set correctly to your needs, you don’t have to fiddle with them. Some hearing aids adjust automatically and others have features that you may use in different situations. The hearing aid can be as simple or as difficult as you require it to be!

“They make noisy places noisier or whistle in my ears.”
Newer designs do a better job of increasing ampli?cation when you need it, while not increasing background noise or annoying “feedback.”

“I won’t be able to talk on the phone.”
Most hearing aids now come with special features to make telephone and cell phone conversations comfortable.

“I don’t want to look old.”
Needing hearing aids may be an unwelcome reminder to you of your ageing process. But, many new hearing aids are virtually invisible. Hearing aids are not age reflective as many children are too born with hearing loss and have to be fitted with hearing aids.

“What will my co-workers think?”
Hearing aids won’t restore youth or normal hearing. Getting an aid does mean you are smart enough to do something about the damage to the sensory cells in your ears so you can function better at work and elsewhere.