The Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit has produced a
series of informative videos, available on YouTube, specifically
designed for new hearing aid users. All of the video clips
are available by clicking here.
All NHS hearing aids are available free of charge. All of
the hearing aids we fit in the Audiology department are digital and
come in a range of colours. This means they can be programmed by a
computer and adjusted to suit your individual hearing needs. You
may choose to have a volume control or different programs available
which can help you to hear in different listening environments.
Alternatively you can have the hearing aid set to adjust itself
automatically to suit the listening environment.
Open fit hearing aids:
Open fit hearing aids consist of a hearing aid that sits behind
your ear and a soft plastic dome and thin tube that goes in your
ear canal. This hearing aid is best suited to patients that have a
mild-to-moderate hearing loss. The benefit of this hearing aid is
that it is very discrete and does not require an ear mould to be
Mould fit hearing aids:
Mould fit hearing aids consist of a hearing aid that sits behind
your ear and a mould which is made for the shape of your ear. This
mould can be made of soft or hard material depending on your
hearing loss and takes a couple of weeks to manufacture. These are
made for moderate-to-profound hearing losses.
Hearing aid fitting
Following your hearing assessment, if you decide to trial a
hearing aid(s), a hearing aid fitting appointment will be booked
for approximately six weeks after the first appointment and will
last for an hour. We will check the moulds fit well and make
Fitting the hearing aids
The hearing aid(s) will be programmed for your hearing loss and
for the size and shape of your ears. We will then make sure that
the hearing aids are not too loud and offer you extra settings to
use depending on the situations in which you struggle to hear the
How to use the hearing aid
We will explain the different controls of the hearing aid(s),
how to change the batteries, how to keep them clean, and give
information about our repairs services. We will show you how to use
the hearing aid with the telephone and how to put it in and take it
out of your ear. The audiologist will answer any questions that you
might have about the hearing aid. They will organise an appointment
in 6-8 weeks to see how you get on with your hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Follow-up Appointment
This appointment last 30 minutes and its aim is to see how you
are getting on with the hearing aids and to manage any problems you
are experiencing. We may go through a review of the situations that
you struggle with and see if the hearing aid is helpful with these
situations. This helps us gather information on what needs to be
improved in fitting the hearing aids. We will give you information
about what to do if your hearing aid stops working.
We do not usually book another appointment but you may request a
reassessment of your hearing at any time.