I got my new hearing aids yesterday and just thought I would share my experience with them so far. The audiologist I saw couldn't have been nicer and over an hour long session with tests etc, she explained everything I needed to know. I was fitted with what are probably standard NHS BTE aids which don't have any volume adjustment but she added an extra feature which I can use to tone things down a shade. Once they were fitted, everything sounded quite tinny and harsh at first and even my own voice sounded very odd. Once I got out of the hospital, a whole new world of sound just erupted! Everything was amplified a hundred times or so it seemed and I could even hear the collar of my jacket brushing against my neck. The car engine starting up was an experience and rolling down the window sounded like a jet taking off! By the time I got home though, I was beginning to get used to them and kept them in for a few hours. Popped them back in again this morning and I am amazed at how much my tinnitus seems to have diminished. It's still audible to an extent but there's so much noise around now, I am listening to other sounds instead of the usual screeching dentists drill going non stop. I know it's early days and things might change but so far so good and just to get a break from the racket going on in my head is bliss. I go back for a review late March and they will make any adjustments required. In the meantime, I am enjoying this whole new noisy world of sound and if it continues to keep Mr T at bay for a while, I will be more than delighted.