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Alan Morley

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Hearing aids...
« on: July 30, 2019, 10:08:35 AM »

Since I started playing in local 'pop' bands in the mid 1960's my hearing must have been deteriorating slowly. Also fitting kitchens and using power tools without ear defenders added to the problem.

I have been aware of my tinnitus for a number of years but recently became aware of another problem.

In musical terms, my bass and midrange hearing is fine but the top end ( treble ) was lacking. The 'top end' adds the definition to what you hear.

A week ago a trip to our local Medical Centre confirmed my belief and resulted in me being fitted out with a couple of hearing aids.  - Treble boost....

The result is that I'm hearing my various melodeons and guitars as they should sound. Totally richer and more defined

If anyone here thinks that they might be suffering with slight hearing loss, I recommend having it checked out. It was all FREE on the NHS and the difference it's made has put a smile on my face too.

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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2019, 11:24:09 AM »

I have had  standard nhs hearing aids for some time with a little esily reached volume control on each which was extremely useful particularly in sessions as you could if desired turn your immediate neighbour up or down or even off as well as effectively balancing your own treble bass relationship!.  I have just been issued with new ones about a third of the size. On asking the audiologist  where the volume control is she said Oh you can have that as an app on your phone.  Sorry, can't quite hear you, hang on while I find my phone!!  The best example of digital ridiculosity that I havae ever come across - and some bugger must have been paid to ''design'' that!

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2019, 11:32:10 AM »

I suppose one has to balance out the bulk of fitting more into the actual body of the hearing aid, against the reduction in size, and reduced visibility which moving some of the control outside of the actual hearing aid gives you.

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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2019, 11:53:44 AM »

no logical reason why they should be smaller and presumably less visible.  Nobody wears invisible spectacles

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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2019, 12:01:37 PM »

Vanity is a strange affliction George. Many people don't want to wear specs for appearance sake, and even more feel the same about hearing aids. Sad but true.

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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2019, 01:14:57 PM »

strange indeed! I wonder if that's why some relative beginners fell they have to buy costalloti's rather than the good old hohner pokerwork

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Re: Hearing aids...
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2019, 01:20:06 PM »

no logical reason why they should be smaller and presumably less visible.  Nobody wears invisible spectacles
Of course they do. But they usually call them contact lenses.  >:E
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2019, 08:29:18 PM »

I’ve had hearing aids for years , but I’m still waiting for the upgrade that will cancel out Davy Davy Knick Knack  ;)
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2019, 09:08:04 PM »

You need the Paddy Wack version.

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Re: Hearing aids...
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2019, 08:23:54 AM »

As I understand it, the phone app is not just a volume control. If allows more specific tweaking and altering the quality of sound in different situations.
My friend has aids she bought privately and has a very small thing she carries in her handbag that allows similar tweaking of the sound in situations such as crowded pub, noisey situations that can overload a hearing aid.
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I think I'm starting to get most of the notes in roughly the right order...... sometimes!

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« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2019, 09:18:37 AM »

I am just not taken by all this digital stuff be in on a car or a hearing aid - much prefer a proper knob or handle

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« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2019, 09:19:55 AM »

"George the Luddite" What a great title for a tune ;)

SJ  >:E
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« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2019, 11:01:20 AM »

Whilst I agree, it doesn't need to over complicate things:
The hearing aids do have a volume rocker switch on them, this is added imorovement to enable you to get better hearing in difficult situations.
And of course your nhs hearing aids are now digital!
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« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2019, 12:25:21 PM »

mine doesn't

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« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2019, 12:28:47 PM »

"George the Luddite" What a great title for a tune ;)

SJ  >:E

feel free to compose/think one up anybody  ,preferably with a bit of a brass band flavour and suitable for north west morris!!  I might even have a go myself

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