Hearing Care FAQs

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Will any hearing aid help me hear better? 

Almost any hearing aid will help you hear better in one to one situations with no background noise. 

Will any hearing aid help me hear better in challenging situations? e.g social occasions, parties, restaurants, family gatherings, meetings, in the car, some TV programmes.

A cheap hearing aid isn't always a good buy. If you struggle to hear in more challenging situations you should consider the options. As a rule of thumb the more sophisticated a hearing aid is the better it will perform in challenging situations. The East of England Co-op Hearing Aid Audiologist will always recommend the most suitable product based on your hearing loss and lifestyle. 

Will a very small hearing aid perform as well as a slightly larger one? 

The very smallest hearing aids on the market are fantastic in terms of cosmetics but their size can restrict the performance.

Will a hearing aid solve all my hearing problems in all situations? 

Even the most sophisticated hearing aids cannot replace the function of normal hearing ears, although they can help those experiencing some hearing loss. 

Do I need one or two hearing aids? 

If you have a hearing loss in both ears then you are better to wear two hearing aids. As two hearing aids will allow you to tell from which direction a sound is coming, help you in much more challenging situations with background noise and by choosing two hearing aids you are treating the whole problem rather than just half. 

Does a hearing aid take time to get used to? 

Yes, wearing hearing aids is all about re-training the brain and the ear to hear better again. This process can take some time and perseverance on the part of the wearer. If you don't wear your hearing aids consistently you will struggle to get used to them no matter how expensive or sophisticated they are. The East of England Co-op Hearing Aid Audiologist will advise you on how best to get used to your hearing aids and what you can and can't expect from them. 

Will you need ongoing support with your hearing aids? 

Yes. Your hearing aids will need periodic attention and adjustments. At the East of England Co-op all re-testing and adjustments are free. 

What does the term 'digital' hearing aid mean? 

The term 'digital' refers to how the sound is processed inside the hearing aid. Digital hearing aids are available in all shapes and sizes. 

Can I get digital hearing aids from the NHS? 

Yes, initially you would need to get a referral from your GP to your local NHS Audiology Department. They will test your hearing and supply one or two digital hearing aids. These are normally behind the ear hearing aids using a plastic ear mould. Some departments can supply smaller behind the ear hearing aids using a smaller open ear piece. As a rule the NHS does not supply fully in the ear hearing aids.