Are You Hearing Comfortably?
I am passionate about encouraging more hard of hearing people (there are 10 million people with hearing loss in the UK) to try hearing aids, and about communicating with the hearing aid industry about customers’ needs. To find out more, the Guardian carries many excellent articles on the subject (this article is from 2012 and still current) .
On this page there are links to the various articles I have written about hearing aids and Deafness. This one was written in 2007, involving interviewing high street hearing aid companies including Specsavers, who had hearing aid dispensers with first hand experience of hearing loss (Geraldine) and audiological scientists such as Alan Aaronson (now part of Harley Street Clinic).
Hearing Aid Success
I first acquired a programmable, In The Ear (ITE) hearing aid with a directional microphone in the year 2000 and it changed my life. Before the age of 30, I couldn’t hear what people were saying and tended to get excluded from places because my speech was quite slurred. My hearing aid quickly corrected these problems.
In 2000, programmable hearing aids were still analogue and the sound was fantastic, even if the hearing aids didn’t have as much power as digital ones do today. To imagine this, think of the difference between a vinyl record and a CD that you can hear in terms of sound quality. The band width of sound frequencies is wider in the analogue hearing aid then the digital one, which gives a fuller, less reproduced sound.
How Fit is Your Hearing Aid?
It can take months to buy a hearing aid and this is partly because many people and audiologists don’t know how much benefit to expect from a hearing aid. The technology is much more advanced than the fitting process and yet the industry still focuses on manufacturing and not on satisfying customers.
If you would like to read articles I have written about hearing aids, please follow this link to see the publications listed below:
- ENT News – the trade publication for the audiology sector.
- The Arberry Profile
- Article in local London newspaper on purchasing private hearing aids.
- The Hearing Times. This article contains an interview with a hard of hearing audiologist who wears a hearing aid.
A collection of articles on hearing loss is on my Scribd page, with articles in the publications mentioned above, here.
Hearing Times interviews with Deaf artists
Between 2010 and 2011, I was commissioned to write 5 articles for the Hearing Times. It is free to subscribe to access to the latest issue and archives of the Hearing Times online.