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messageWanted - hearing aids to borrow for a couple of weeks or advice
Posted by Minitoots 12 October, 2019 17:03

My 96 year old Dad has dementia and his NHS hearing aids are not working properly at the moment so they need to be sent off for repair. The problem is that it takes about 2 weeks for them to be repaired, in which time he gets extremely distressed and confused, so it's a bit of a vicious circle. We always explain to the audiology dept about the situation and ask for them to be repaired urgently but it's never less than 2 weeks. (He doesn't live in London)

I've no idea whether someone else's hearing aids would work for him but if anyone does have any spare ones and knows more about it than me, could you get in touch?

It appears that 'off the peg' ones cost about 500 for a pair, which none of us can afford.

If anyone has any other helpful suggestions, do let me know.

messageRe: Wanted - hearing aids to borrow for a couple of weeks or advice
Posted by caz 13 October, 2019 12:39

Unfortunately it's unlikely that another persons hearing aids will work for your dad. They are usually made specifically for the person who needs them, they make a mould of your ear so the chances of any others fitting is highly unlikely. Also the sound quality, pitch etc will have been geared specifically for your father.
Sorry I know this isn't a very helpful reply.

messageRe: Wanted - hearing aids to borrow for a couple of weeks or advice
Posted by womanofdulwich 13 October, 2019 15:32

Can you get 2 sets made on the nhs, or get one ear at a time done?

messageRe: Wanted - hearing aids to borrow for a couple of weeks or advice
Posted by cidersioux 14 October, 2019 08:00

if you go to ebay and put in ear amplifier you can make do with them. Its not ideal but it helps. My Dad had dementia and we had to do this a few times as he kept on breaking his . Hope that helps Sioux

messageRe: Wanted - hearing aids to borrow for a couple of weeks or advice
Posted by plainpurljane 20 October, 2019 20:49

Is it not possible for audiology to programme a spare pair to use while his regular ones are being repaired? My daughter wears hearing aids, and this is what happens whenever she is having one repaired. It's Children's Audiology at St Thomas' but surely the same must be possible for your dad? How distressing for him, I hope you work something out.


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