Dear Anna: About two years ago, I began losing my hearing. I believe I am currently at a mild to moderate hearing loss. My audiologist has not recommended me for hearing aids, but I feel that they could help, especially in noisy situations. In crowded areas, or when more than one person is talking, it is very hard for me to follow conversation. Also, talking on the phone is almost impossible for me unless I have the volume all the way up and headphones in. Do you have any advice on what I could do towards trying hearing aids to see if they would benefit me? – Hearing Troubles in Manchester.
Dear Hearing Troubles,
Without knowing your level of hearing loss or full hearing history it is difficult to make recommendations, however I would go back to your audiologist and discuss the issues you describe as you are definitely reporting problems in every-day situations where hearing aids could help you.
If your audiologist feels that hearing aids are not the solution at present there are other avenues that can be explored, for example communication techniques and training programs that could help.
If you’d like, you can also do a free, 3-minute online hearing test, which may give you a better idea of the level of your hearing loss.
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