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#1 Posted : Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:42:59 PM
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Hi all, not quite my first post but near as damn it.

I've hopefully attached a link to an image of my audiogram. I recently went to Boots as I've suffered from tinnitus for years and have noticed some hearing loss for some time as well. Being a brass player in a jazz/dance band I put both down to that. My main issue with my hearing was that I struggled to hear when there was an element of background noise and it was verging on impossible when in busy restaurants/pubs etc.

The audiologist said that on the result of my test she wouldn't have any concerns if I opted for aids. She offered a trial and I road tested aids in both ears.

As part of my work I've also had an occupational health assessment which went well, talk about reasonable adjustments etc.

There was one comment however that concerned me. I was asked where I had my hearing test done and whether they pushed aids for me.

Now as far as I can make out from the audiogram and what the audiologist said I could benefit from aids but now I'm doubting this with the comment made.

Obviously being new to all of this I'm looking for advice and opinions on my audiogram from folk who know more than I do.

I've intentionally not mentioned how the trial went and my thoughts after trying the aids out.

#2 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:22:11 AM
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Anyone?. I'm just slightly concerned that I've been duped into buying aids when I may not have needed them. I probably need my mind set at ease but I don't know who else to turn to for advice
#3 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 10:37:11 AM
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You don't need to go private at all if you are eligible for NHS treatment. The NHS has well trained staff and they can measure your hearing and make a recommendation. In fact a lot of the staff at private hearing aid dispensers trained with the NHS.

I don't think any private dispenser would try and sell an aid that was not needed but fitting aids is a highly skilled business and some people are more talented than others.
The NHS use almost the same catalogue of aids as the private guys, the aids are purchased in bulk by the NHS but are essentially the same as you can buy. You are probably not going to notice any difference in quality.
What you do is go along to your GP and explain that you've had a diagnosis of possible hearing loss and you would like to be checked out by the NHS specialists. The GP then forwards a request to the ENT unit who will then issue an invitation to go along for assessment. They will take it from there.
#4 Posted : Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:18:30 PM
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Thanks Cornishandy for replying I've been happy with Boots until that comment then I kind of became uncertain. It doesn't help that I'm trying to cope with being told there's a hearing loss that I kind of went through a denial phase myself and fed into my own fears. If that makes sense
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