Well, this is an audio forum…
My Mrs, Ann’s hearing has been deteriorating steadily over the last few years, some of you know her quite well and might even have noticed that you need to speak up when talking to her.
She’s always had trouble with one ear - had grommets when she was younger, but the other one is also started to fail. She had a hearing test recently and at low/medium frequencies she’s moderately deaf in one ear and moderate/severe in the other. At higher frequencies it gets worse - moderate/severe in her left and severe in her right.
She has been talking to her doctor and she’s had a MRI scan - he says that it’s not operable or treatable but she’s still not been prescribed hearing aids on the NHS. This is partly because wax removal has always been an issue - she has incredibly tiny ear-canals which make cleaning them very difficult.
She had a hearing test at Specsavers this week and they recommended hearing aids in both ears. Due to the tiny canals, earbud types would not be suitable, so it has to be the over-the-ear type. She often works in situations of high ambient noise (she’s a playground supervisor at the local primary) Specsavers said that only high quality 36 channel aids would do the job @ £2k a pair.
No issues spending that sort of dosh (err… I might have spent slightly more than that previously on audio equipment ) but having golden ears myself, I’ve no experience in this area of audio kit, so no idea which ones would be the best for her.
You lot, however are pretty much old and mostly deaf so must have loads of experience
Any experiences, recommendations and the usual insults would be greatly appreciated