Bit of an update on this.
I finally decided upon getting new hearing aids from a company called ‘Regain Hearing’ which came highly recommended from a good pal and has received very good reviews and must admit that so far, it’s changed my life. The hearing aids are not cheap but are rechargeable and programmable via my phone. When I receive a phone call, I can hear this via the hearing aids not the phone if I so wish. There are various settings cutting out background noise and adjustments for volume, bass and treble etc. This is the programmable stuff I’ve found and used so far and I’m due to go back in a couple of weeks after trying them and for any adjustments and also to find out about further settings, oh and pay for them but only if I’m 100% satisfied. My trials in crowded situations and hard furnishings thus far have been most encouraging. I can now clearly understand all speech when with family and friends, which is something that has sadly been lacking up until now and I can now contribute to the conversations and not just sit there as previously not knowing what’s going on. It really is a life changer for me and I only wish that I’d done it sooner. The only complaint that I got was from the wife who couldn’t hear the TV as I had the volume set too low….. for her.
The above company, not only did the normal pressing of the button when subjected to the varying sounds etc, with headphones on, but also a speech test of loads of different sounding words to find out precisely which sounds needed to be enhanced. I was quite impressed by this as it’s something that no other audiologist has ever done.
One little setting I’ve found quite useful is, if I leave my phone on the table, say in a pub, a cafe or at home and go to the loo, I can hear what is being said at the table. So far, they haven’t spoken too derogatory of me whilst not there, but give it time once I start adding my two penny worth to the conversations, who knows, I might learn what they really think of me.🤣