My dad has one. He got an NHS one and also bought one privately. One thing I would say. Always carry spare batteries wherever you go. My dad was staying with my in laws at Christmas but when they came round for dinner my dads hearing aids failed as soon as he arrived. He had spare batteries but not on him so Christmas dinner was fun as he couldn’t hear a thing.
Post by Lancashire Lass on Sept 2, 2020 5:53:32 GMT
My FIL has them. He bought very expensive Bluetooth ones which he has linked to his tv and iPad. He is constantly saying he can’t hear and is told to change the batteries and filters. He refuses to believe this is the problem. The filters seem to need replacing very often, weekly sometimes. I googled and have seen a month mentioned for filters. He is now getting NHS ones and thinks these will sort him out. Do you see a difference between your Dad’s Magggzzz?
My dad bought one privately about 5 years ago, it cost him a lot of money but it was brilliant, very discreet (almost too discreet, people didn't realise he had a hearing problem) and effective. When that one came to the end of it's life, he was reluctant to pay out again (I think it was about £4,000 - but worth every penny in my opinion) and the new model was not going to be quite so good for his particular ear problems, so he got an NHS hearing aid, which pales into insignificance compared to the other one. Most of the time when I speak to him on the phone, I can tell he can't hear what I'm saying, there's a pause when I ask him something then he veers off into a completely new topic. My FIL also has an NHS one, it's awful - it makes horrible noises and last Christmas I kept thinking I'd left something on the stove because there was this noise, turned out it was his blooming hearing aid
My dad always removes his hearing aids when he’s on the phone. He doesn’t seem to be able to hear the phone through them. My mum was the same. I knew there was such a thing as hearing aids that linked up with the phone and I did suggest it but he wasn’t interested so never pursued it further.
His hearing aids are much the same in terms of how good they are but the privately bought ones are much more discreet. The NHS one is more obvious but he seems to prefer it. I suppose at 91 you don’t really care about how it looks.
I have no experience of hearing aids but am interested in this topic as my mum can't hear very well.
I have to shout down my phone so she can hear me. Sometimes I have to repeat the same word over and over til she gets it. We both laugh a lot about it. She tells me she is going to have a hearing test at Specsavers after she's had her hip done (cancelled because of covid) that could still be sometime though. I'm so used to shouting down the landline to mum as I speak to her everyday, I find it's become a habit and tend to shout down the phone to anyone else who phones on it
Have no idea what sort of hearing aids Specsavers do but I hope they're good.
There is a lot to be said for being part of a group, and the support and friendship that is gained from this.
My Dad paid about £1000 for my Mum’s hearing aids in 2004 - she never wore them... we couldn’t phone anymore because she just couldn’t hear. My Dad had hearing aids through Boots Hearing Centre, they were very good and he had regular check ups. One problem I think is ear wax - it gets compacted after a while and needs removing . I took my Dad to a place where it’s suctioned out, very effective but £70 a go! After a while he stopped wearing in one ear, not sure why though.
I know that Specsavers will do a home eye test. I’m looking into it for hubs as he really needs new specs. It’s so difficult for him to get anywhere so we go to an out of town one where you can park right outside. However they’ve now moved their examination rooms upstairs and it’s a converted old house with very steep stairs so that’s not convenient any more.
I think they might charge for this but I have a leaflet at home about free home eye tests for those who need them. Remind me later and I’ll look it out and see if they do free hearing tests at home as well.
You could join the Carers forum. Don’t think you’re not a Carer for your mum because you clearly are. Apparently a lot of people don’t look into these things because they don’t realise they are Carers. You’ll find information there and people to ask about these things. Good luck.
BTW I say remind me later because I’m not at home. We’re at the van at the moment and have no plans to go home yet even though we’ve been here nearly a month. Once I get home hopefully I can find the leaflet and give you the info then.
Post by Lancashire Lass on Sept 3, 2020 7:38:05 GMT
Thank you for all your replies. Made interesting reading. Beckyboo’s comment about earwax caught my eye as this is definitely a problem for him. GPs don’t seem to want to do wax removal anymore. I will have a search on google and see if anyone is do8ng it near him.
LL, I'm sure that I read somewhere that Specsavers are now doing ear syringing. Just a thought, the thin plastic tubes in hearing aids can get blocked with wax, a thin wire easily solves the problem. Might be worth checking.