Orange (CCL Hearing Wellbeing 2012)

New hearing-aids

Hi Everyone


I’ve got new hearing-aids from Siemens. I bought them during a turbulent period when I was going to shoot a short film. With three guys. They would all talk at once, wouldn’t they?


My head would spin. I had determined to buy new hearing-aids. They were on an emergency setting as I had silt in the river, also known as earwax. Charmed.


“Hello, can I look in your ears?”


This would normally be an invitation to scarper, but the chances are that he or she is a Hearing-Aid Audiologist. I have the lady version, who speaks my language, I hope.


Ten days later my ears were wax-free, if that is the term.  Now we could see what they were really like.


These hearing-aids have receptors in the tips. They aren’t the plastic half-open moulds that I had two years ago and they aren’t the ‘tulip’ tips that I’ve had until now. With the latter, I couldn’t hear because every time my head moved, they stopped working. I’m having the same problem with these. I shall have to find some people to talk to, so that I can test it properly.


This is what I want from a hearing-aid:


• I want them to automatically re-adjust to people speaking loudly or softly.


• I also need a dampener on them, to alleviate loud noises.


• I don’t want to hear the conversation of the people behind me. Just sounds will be enough to warn me of a lorry etc.


I want a conversation in a group.  I’ve just heard of Book Club locally.


Can you think of anything else?


Have a great  hearing week




Debbie Jeffrey


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What? A Dogsled in Autumn? Where do you live?

Hi there

The conversation would have got even more out of hand if the other person had not frowned at me.

“Not ‘dogsled’, ‘my dog’s dead’.  Profuse apology, I felt dreadful but she was making a different point about cleaning her house being easier now.  Oh, just need to get over the hiccup.   It’s the one where you don’t, as a rule, explain to anyone that you have a hearing issue.  I’m still in denial, I realise although who wants to hear your woes?  That sort of clanger doesn’t happen often and as she said, it was two years ago.  Still, I was working out how a dogsled could have anything to do wite autumn, when I should have been listening.

It’s so easy to be the talker isn’t it?  Then no-one can ask you any questions!!  If you’re not a talker, you don’t say anything in case you get it wrong but that’s not a happy way to be.  So next time will I explain or not?  It depends on the kindness of the face and whether I know them really well.  It is no point explaining to strangers unless one of their chief attributes is kindess.  They do exist; I know four and that’s just the guys.

The reason I heard ‘sled’?  I had taken the hearing-aid off and forgotten to put it back on.  My question is does anyone ever forget to put their glasses back on after they’ve been exercising etc?

Have a better hearing week than this one!

Debbie Jeffrey