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      Hearing aids

      Hearing aids come in different shapes and sizes but work in a similar way. They have a built-in microphone that picks up sound, which is processed electronically. The resulting signals are then passed to a receiver – like a tiny loudspeaker – where they are converted into louder sounds that you can hear.

      Why wear hearing aids?

      Hearing aids will help you hear everyday sounds like your phone and make it easier to follow conversations. You may also be able to enjoy listening to music, the TV and radio again.

      If you have tinnitus, you may find it disturbs you less when you wear hearing aids.

      What do hearing aids do?

      Hearing aids can:

      • make sounds louder
      • make conversations easier
      • help you hear on the phone
      • some can reduce certain background noises, though you may still find it difficult to follow what people are saying in noisy places.
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      Do you have hearing loss and are about to get hearing aids for the first time? You'll find there's a range of options in different shapes and sizes and for varying levels of hearing loss. The audiologist will work with you to find the most suitable type for individual hearing loss and needs.

      There are different types of digital hearing aid, but they all work in a similar way to make sounds louder and clearer.

      If this is your first time getting hearing aids, you may be wondering about how and where you get them.

      Most people find it takes around a month before they start to get the most out of their hearing aids, but it can take longer.

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