Despite my reservations about sound quality I have already noticed the benefit in terms of conversation. Yesterday I needed to go to a DIY store to pick up some paint and decided to be brave and wear the hearing aid. Usually I have difficulty understanding what people are saying to me if I am not familiar with their voice or accent, but in the store I had no problem at all hearing and understanding everyone who spoke to me. It should help a lot in meetings and perhaps I will lose my reputation for answering-the-question-that-wasn’t-asked when we are teaching.
Tomorrow is the first meeting of the Buddhist Council of Wales for 2012 and I hoping that I will find it much easier to follow what everyone is saying.