Treatment and Rehabilitation of the Hearing Impaired
All hearing devices fitted at Bradford Royal Infirmary are 'digital' and are 'Behind-the-Ear' hearing aids which means that the actual hearing aid will sit comfortably on your ear.
When hearing aids are prescribed an impression of the ear or ears will be taken and arrangements will be made for the fitting of the hearing aid/s. At the fitting appointment, the hearing aid(s) will be tailored to your hearing loss taking on board feedback from yourself. If you cannot use a conventional hearing aid due to conditions such as discharging ears or a total loss of hearing in one ear, we can assess you to see whether alternative hearing devices are suitable. Your audiologist will be able to discuss other options with you at your appointments.
Even if you don't have hearing aids but have discovered that you have a problem hearing in some situations, we can give you strategies to improve listening and increase your effectiveness in communication. There are numerous hearing tactics that you can employ:
- Try and face the person who is talking so you can clearly see his or her face clearly
- Minimise the amount of background noise if possible e.g. by reducing the volume on the television
- Try and position yourself so that majority of the noise is behind you and the person you are speaking to is facing you
- Be honest whether you have managed to hear clearly as this can give the wrong impression to other people and even lower your confidence
- Take short breaks from conversation so you don't become exhausted
Assistant listening devices (ALDs)
There are organisations and centres set up to help those that are hard of hearing. Equipment and assistive listening devices to help you with day to day living are available for purchase. This is achieved by trying to amplify the desired sound (i.e. speech sounds) more so than other background noises.
What can they offer?
- Amplified & big button telephones
- Flashing doorbells
- Personal neck & television loops
- Vibrating alarm clocks
- Braille items
Referral for further assessment/medical advice
For some individuals a referral will be made to a specialist for further assessment or to rule out any medical related issue. Some common departments or specialists that a referral can be made to are:
- Ear, Nose Throat Department
- Tinnitus therapists
- Cochlear Implant Service