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Sound check on hearing aids

For Dr John Montgomery, past experience with hearing aids had left him feeling frustrated and dissatisfied.

“I had seen another provider five years ago who had recommended hearing aids that sat completely in the ear canal, however they always felt clunky and uncomfortable – consequently, I only used them in work meetings and would often come away with a headache,” said John.

With an active professional life in corporate and university governance, John said he felt it was critical to have clear hearing. Feeling disappointed with the hearing technology he had been using, John’s ears pricked when he discovered Hear and Say had begun offering services for adults.

“I have always admired Hear and Say’s commitment to children, and felt confident that I would get professional service at a reasonable price,” said John.

“My initial assessment was thorough and competent, and the new hearing aids I now wear were suggested by Hear and Say audiologist, Georgia Cambridge. She understood the fears and concerns adults face with hearing loss, and after talking through my circumstances, gently persuaded me that behind-the-ear hearing aids were the best option for my type of hearing loss, lifestyle and goals.

I’m so pleased that Georgia pressed this point home and that I have made the transition; they are discrete yet powerful and very comfortable, which means that I can easily wear them all day. A huge advantage is that they have Bluetooth so I can listen to music and podcasts, watch movies and stream phone calls, directly to my hearing aids.”

John said it had taken him a number of years to realise that his hearing wasn’t as sharp as others, and initially felt self-conscious about wearing hearing aids – a perspective that had radically shifted in recent months.

“Hearing aids now are state-of-the-art, powerful and discrete; they have greatly enhanced my quality of life, and made me realise what I may have otherwise been missing out on. I’d encourage anyone in a similar situation to make an appointment.”

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