Assistive Listening

Hearing Aids

If you have low vision as well as hearing loss then it is even more important to make use of whatever hearing you have. You may not be able to rely on visual aids such as lip reading and body language to support your hearing.

Hearing aids work by amplifying the sound they pick up, making everything louder and clearer. Hearing aid technology has come a long way in recent years and hearing aids are now much smaller and neater than they used to be.

If you think you would benefit from hearing aids, see your GP or visit a high street hearing centre.

Tips for wearing hearing aids

  • Give yourself time to get used to your new hearing aids. If you are new to hearing aids, they might feel a bit odd to start with but take your time and gradually try to wear them for longer periods of time each day.
  • Keep your hearing aids clean. Wax can easily build up around them and cleaning hearing aids can be difficult when you have reduced vision as well. Try to find a regular cleaning routine that works for you.
  • If you have been given a single hearing aid and you have visual impairments as well as hearing loss, then ask for bi-lateral (double) hearing aids. Our vision helps us to locate where sound is coming from so without full vision, you may find it difficult with just one hearing aid.

Hearing loops

Hearing loops, otherwise known as audio induction hoops, convert sound from a microphone into your hearing aids. This means that you won’t pick up as much background noise and can easily focus on what you need to listen to. Many public buildings and offices have hearing loops. To access the loop simply set your hearing id to the ‘T’ (Telecoil) setting.

These convert sound from a microphone into your hearing aids.

Personal Listening Devices

Personal listening devices are small gadgets that can help you to focus on just one sound when there is a lot going on, such as watching TV or in group conversations. They use a microphone to pick up and amplify sound and can be used in isolation or as an extension of a hearing aid. Personal listening devices can be Bluetooth compatible and can attach to smart TVs, phones and other devices to transfer the sound from the device to your hearing aids.