Hearing aids help people with hearing loss to improve their level of hearing and should enable your loved one to hear speech clearer and join in conversations again. There are many misconceptions about hearing aids and their benefit, but research shows that they improve the quality of life for those with hearing loss. Good quality digital hearing aids are free on the NHS– you might be surprised at what is available We recommend your loved one speaks to their GP first to find out what is available in your area. Most people who have hearing aids get them from the NHS, but if you wish to find out about private hearing aids we recommend you read our leaflet Getting hearing aids.
If your family member or friend is new to wearing hearing aids, it’s important to be aware that it can take time to adjust to wearing them, as the brain needs to adapt to the new sounds. When someone first gets hearing aids, they will usually need to build up the time they spend using them gradually. But they should find that the more they wear their hearing aids, the easier it gets.