An Ayrshire man is enjoying crystal clear hearing for the first time after being fitted with state-of-the-art hearing aids.
Danny Clarkson, aged 38, from Irvine has had a hearing impairment since he was young which has dramatically affected the range of sounds he picks up. At age 12 he underwent surgery and was fitted with a pair of analogue hearing aids which were so uncomfortable he chose not to wear them.
Danny said: ‘My hearing aids were full moulds and were so heavy. As they were analogue, they amplified everything instead of just the sounds I was missing out on.
‘I decided not to wear them and have made do for all of my adult life by lip reading. I knew my hearing wasn’t great but as I’ve had the impairment for such a long time, I didn’t realise just how much I was missing out on until I was fitted with my brand new aids.’
New hearing service
Danny has been a lab technician at Specsavers in Ayr for the past six years. After the store launched a new hearing service earlier this year, he decided to get his hearing checked with some gentle encouragement from colleagues.
He continued: ‘I think I would have just made do if it wasn’t for my colleagues continually trying to persuade me to get hearing aids because I’d often mishear conversations.
‘After the store’s new hearing service launched, I decided to arrange an appointment with the clinical audiologist, Thomas.
‘I was surprised when he told me just how poor my hearing was and I decided to bite the bullet and get a pair of hearing aids.
‘The store stocks a range of high-tech hearing aids. With their advanced technology, I knew I wouldn’t have the same experience as I did with the analogue ones.’
A huge difference in Danny’s hearing
Danny was fitted with Specsavers Advanced hearing aids.
He added: ‘I was excited to have my new hearing aids fitted and interested to find out what difference they would make.
‘It was night and day. It was only once I had the new aids that I realised how muffled and dull sounds had been before.
‘The aids are also very comfortable – sometimes I almost forget to take them out before I go for a shower as I forget they are there.
‘When I was young, I felt there was a real stigma attached to wearing hearing aids which wasn’t helped by how big and clumsy they felt.
‘State-of-the-art hearing aids which are available now are really helping to change that and even persuaded someone like me, who has managed without aids for so long, to give them another try.
‘I’m absolutely delighted with them, although I sometimes think my teenage daughter wishes I didn’t have the aids as she isn’t able to mutter comments without me knowing anymore – I hear everything now.’
Dramatically boosting tones
Thomas Allison, clinical audiologist at Specsavers Audiologists in Ayr said: ‘Danny suffered from congenital hearing loss for the majority of his life and compensated for his lack of hearing through lip reading.
‘The Specsavers Advanced hearing aids Danny was fitted with have dramatically helped to boost soft tones he struggled to hear.
‘The majority of hearing impairments are gradual which means that many people often don’t realise just how bad their hearing has become as they slowly start to rely more heavily on other senses.
‘I’d like to encourage anyone who is concerned they may have a hearing impairment, or like Danny, has made do due to a bad experience with analogue hearing aids, to make an appointment.’