But people think they do, don’t they? They think you put them in your ears and, lo and behold, you can hear again. But it’s not like that. It’s become a bit of a cliché amongst people with hearing loss that hearing aids are not like spectacles, but it’s true. I’m short-sighted but when I put my glasses on I can see almost perfectly. Hearing aids??? No, no…..not like that at all.
Well, let me have a caveat here. They don’t work like glasses unless your hearing loss is really fairly mild. I meet people and I read about people who do, in fact, put their hearing aids in and experience a huge and immediate benefit. I’m sure when I got my first one, about twenty five years ago, it made a big difference. When there is just a relatively small amount of hearing loss to be tweaked amplifying the “hearing loss bits” works. It’s when the “hearing loss bits” get more substantial that the problems really kick in. Continue reading
Episode five is up on the MED-EL website this morning. A very, very, very happy “three months in”. You can watch it here (or possibly hear). Don’t forget – subtitles can be found by clicking on CC at the bottom of the screen.
Merry Christmas everyone.
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I’ve had a perforated eardrum. It was the non-implanted side, after a chest infection/cough….sudden sharp pain…..fluid coming out of my ear…..ring 111…..trip to see emergency doctor on a Saturday morning. It all seems fine now but yes I did panic. I particularly panicked when I couldn’t hear my hearing aid’s reassuring plinkety-plink-plink sound when I turned it on. My GP said it might take a few weeks for the eardrum to heal enough to give me my “normal” hearing back in that ear but, just two weeks after it all began, things sound pretty good. So that’s not the main point of this post. The point is……what do you say to yourself to check that your ears are working??? Continue reading
Episode Four is now available.
I’ve had the operation, I’ve had “switch on”. Here I am talking about the first few days of being back home with a new “thing” on the side of my head. Getting used to it, arguing with it……and suddenly hearing a wide variety of environmental sounds I hadn’t heard for so long.
One of the original blog posts covering this period was In which I stir a mug of tea and that event (stirring the tea!) is something I still vividly remember. It can still make me tear up. Continue reading
Episodes Two and Three of the film are now available.
Episode Two is about the operation, which is almost exactly a year ago (a year last Thursday, to be precise). Episode Three is switch-on, which took place on 7 December 2017. It’s hard to believe that a year has gone by since those events. Continue reading
Emotional breakfast at the Vera/Nigel house this morning. The first episode of the film was released at 7am so we watched it over muesli (me) and porridge (him). We’d seen it once before, when we went to Innsbruck, Medel’s HQ, to approve the various chapters; we found it moving then and today was no different, looking back to when life was quite, quite different. Continue reading
One of the things people don’t understand about hearing loss is noise. They think people who can’t hear live in a quiet world. There’s a logic to that and indeed, before the invention of hearing aids, they’d have been right. Without the things that sit on our ears the world IS a very quiet place.
But with hearing aids……WOAH……
Adjusted to ramp up the sounds of speech a hearing aid will, unfortunately, ramp up everything else within the frequency ranges concerned. Continue reading