I went to grimsby hospital to pick up my digital hearing aid on Monday – hopefully this may at least help reduce the level of my tinnitus.
The day before I picked it up, I had to go to an induction class at the hospital where they teach you how to use it. I was in a class of about twenty people and I was the youngest there by far. It was quite a comic affair as the specialist had a fairly soft voice – and I am sure most of the people just winged it. The worst part was waiting for the class to begin, as the waiting room was right near the sexual disease clinic. I sat there for about half an hour as people walked past thinking I was suffering from a bout of the clap.
The next day I went back to pick it up and have it programmed to suit my type of hearing loss. The whole process took around ten minutes. What they do is they put your audiogram graph on a computer, which then looks at what frequency ranges you need boosting, then it uploads the module to your hearing aid.
The hearing aid I got was called a “spirit 3″ by oticon. It has three programmes on it – two for general day to day and one for loop induction devices found in banks and such. I researched the day before on the internet about the hearing aid models that the NHS use, and I saw that they were getting better models in called “seimens reflex” which have 12 programmes. I asked the specialist about these and she said these were for people with severe hearing loss.
When I got back home I popped it in and it was quite a shock – I am not used to hearing much with my right ear and suddenly it was drenched with new sounds. Little things like putting a cup down on the sideboard suddenly sounded different and distinct. I went outside and stuck a finger in my good ear and listened – I could actually hear the birds singing and trees rustling in my bad ear – amazing.
Anyhow I am going to see if it helps reduce the tinnitus – the theory is that if you have sound loss in an ear – then the brain tries to compensate by increasing the signals in the corresponding neurons – hence the tinnitus. So hopefully by giving my bad ear something to chew on – the neurons will calm down a bit.