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Headphones for hard of hearing?

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Noitsnotteatimeyet Thu 09-Feb-17 17:07:36

My df has been getting increasingly deaf over the past few years and he's now unable to have a normal conversation - we have to write everything down which obviously makes communication quite stilted...

He used to love listening to the radio (3 for music and 4 for current affairs) but he's no longer able to hear clearly enough and has stopped

He's also stopped reading or watching tv even with subtitles as his powers of concentration are increasingly limited. He does have hearing aids but refuses to use them as he says they just make everything louder and it's impossible to distinguish sounds. I know that hearing aids take some getting used to but as he's now 90+ and very stubborn I don't think we're going to get anywhere with them..

He has been very depressed but started on antidepressants a few weeks back and they finally seem to be having an effect and he's stopped constantly saying he wants to die. His mobility is severely impaired so enriching his life is quite tricky but I was thinking that if he had headphones he might be able to enjoy music again.

Do you have any recommendations for headphones? They don't need to be hearing aid compatible, just good clear sound quality

NotCitrus Thu 09-Feb-17 17:14:01

Try the Connevans website - lots of info and a deaf-run business.

user1486613612 Thu 09-Feb-17 17:19:12

Oh dear. I recall now the dad of my own dad's partner, back then (ages ago) he was in his nineties and could not hear nor see, he had been an opera singer by profession (or something like that) so all he could do was to sing arias to himself.

Wouldn't any hearphones do, just so they cover the ears well? But the sound will probably not be so crisp to your dad. Maybe you could talk it over with a specialist on hearing difficulties and being deaf? There might be something available.

Anyway, I googled it and two years ago a deaf guy posted on a forum for those who play Counter-strike, a similar question, and there someone posted that there's obviously something called audio bone headphones - "enjoy music without using your ears" - and it uses something called "bone conduction technology", you might want to check it out and see what it is. Seems reasonable that it would work.

Noitsnotteatimeyet Fri 10-Feb-17 07:03:15

Thanks - I'll check those suggestions out - it would be lovely for him to be able to get pleasure from music again

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