A few weeks ago I visited my optician to sort out some new shades & I noticed their offer of a free hearing test. I’ve had tinnitus for years and always put it down to riding motorcycles for years without using ear plugs rather than MS.
Intrigued I booked an appointment and on the due day discovered I have high frequency hearing loss in both ears. The audiologist then offered a trial period of two weeks to see how I would get with crystal clear hearing again. Well after the initial excitement of hearing my late fathers retirement clock ticking away in the lounge all these other noises started to invade my tranquility, the turning a page sounded like the russelling of a packet of crisps, the dogs claws on our hard floor sounded like Riverdance but worst of all the noise of the nearby motorway now sounding as though it was only metres away.
Today I returned the loan hearing aids with decision that I’ll live without those new invasions and what’s more save myself a small fortune as I hadn’t a clue the cost of these things could be so high. The pair I had on loan were valued at £2500 each ear. Pardon.
Maybe in time I’ll see what the NHS has to offer but for now I’ll carry on as I am. What, did you say something.
All the best.