I used to be to learn Rachel Dixon’s article on listening to aids (‘Any embarrassment is in your head!’: How listening to aids enhance your well being and happiness, 13 November) as I’m somebody who, like these talked about, delay getting a check for a very long time and “forgets” to put on them day by day. However why do the images accompanying the article all present bare ears however no aids? Once I went for my listening to check, I used to be provided a selection of many colors to mix with hair and pores and skin tones, so slim and discreet that they’re just about invisible.
Regardless of my prejudices and denials that I’m not but able to be sufficiently old to put on listening to aids, I’ve been pressured to confess that they’re superb despite the fact that, with Bluetooth connectivity, a “ping” straight into my mind to sign an incoming WhatsApp message when I’m upstairs and my cellphone is downstairs is a bit unnerving. However I get there.
Urmston, Better Manchester
A good friend of mine has been conscious that her listening to is failing (household and associates yelling at her was a touch), so in October final yr she requested her physician to refer her to an NHS listening to clinic. I took her to her first appointment in July this yr – a wait of 9 months. She was advised, as anticipated, that listening to aids have been required, which might be prepared in September.
Having heard nothing, she telephoned the clinic this week, to be advised that her “becoming” appointment will, in actual fact, not occur for an additional 9 months. So by the point she will get them, the wait could have been nearly two years.
She’s not embarrassed or ashamed to put on listening to aids – she’d like to get the possibility.
Many individuals are delay not by embarrassment however by the value of listening to aids. I bought a pair of aids 4 years in the past from Boots and had little or no change from £3,000. I dread to suppose how a lot they’re now.