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With the advent of the New Year, comes the chance of a fresh start. This is the time for reflection, where we can take stock and revise how we want to live life moving forward. Although Christmas can be magical for some, there are others who find the period marked indelibly with frustration. Hearing loss is never highlighted so much as during this season of good cheer. Who would know the TV remote with its volume control could be so divisive?

It can be isolating, watching your family and friends chatter away around a table buzzing with conversation you are unable to hear or contribute to. The fact is you’re not alone. It is well known within the industry that it takes on average seven years for people to do something about their hearing loss. Seven Christmas’s where you can’t participate in a family discussion. Seven seasons of British Broadcasting at its best, just passing you by. Seven years of avoiding the phone because you can’t hear who’s at the other end of the line. Sounds utterly miserable. Needless to say, it doesn’t have to be like this and we at HearingDirect can help you surmount this problem now, so in future, Christmas can be a more inclusive affair.

So, what can be done to help alleviate your hearing loss?

Decide on the right hearing aid.

As often said, ‘a hearing aid can be far less visible than a hearing loss’. These days they are so discreet with many different types to choose from, depending upon your lifestyle and budget. Some are almost invisible and can sit completely within the ear canal, such as the Persona Ole. This particular piece of digital technology is comfortable to wear, offers outstanding sound quality, along with an impressive array of special features to enhance your listening experience in the most difficult of environments.

For a behind the ear hearing aid with an open fit, then the P 640S is worth considering. It’s discreet, comfortable to wear and water resistant with a whole host of sound processing features that adjust according to your listening environment.

Reconnect with family and friends over the phone.

We offer a wide selection of extra loud amplified phones, to suite your individual needs. If you’re looking for a cordless phone then the Swissvoice Xtra 2155 Big Buttoned Cordless Duo DECT Phone with Answering Machine with its big buttons and hands free speakerphone option is worth a closer look. Being hearing aid compatible, this is a great choice, offering minimal sound distortion even when cranked up to its highest sound levels.

If it’s a simple to use amplified mobile that you’re after, then the Geemarc CL8500 Amplified Clamshell Mobile Phone is a contender. It’s extra loud, offering you access to your emails, GPS and has a fantastic still and video camera.

For an amplified smart phone, we’d suggest you look at the stylish Amplicomms PowerTel M9500 Amplified Smartphone, with its extraordinary sound quality and touch screen technology, perfect for easy operation. It offers you access to the Internet, your emails and a plethora of Apps.

Listen to your favourite program without compromising on the volume.

Enjoy a night in front of the TV, without keeping the neighbours awake with the Geemarc CL7400 wireless TV Listener. It’s comfortable to wear, offers great sound and extra amplification when needed. There are no wires to trip over, just simply plug it into your TV and wear the headset provided. Job done.
Don’t be a statistic. Face up to your hearing loss and do something about it.

Why suffer continued, unnecessary exclusion when you can act now? We offer value for money, a speedy delivery and a no quibble, 30-day money back guarantee. Make your New Year a catalyst for change and see where it takes you. By next Christmas, you could listen out for the sleigh bells and beat Santa to the sherry! There really is nothing to lose by giving it a try.

Blog written by Joan McKechnie BSc Hons Audiology & Speech Pathology.

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