Newark Town Council councillor Lynn Roulstone sees her life change after being fitted with Bluetooth hearing aids at Newark Hospital audiology service
A woman sees her life change after being fitted with Bluetooth hearing aids at hospital’s state-of-the-art audiology facility.
Lynn Roulstone, 70, has struggled with her hearing since contracting measles as a child and her hearing worsened as she got older, having to wear hearing aids in her forties.
She moved to Newark from Kingston in 2021 and at the time she was struggling to communicate and hear with the hearing aids she had fitted at a previous hospital.
She had stopped going out and became very withdrawn due to her inability to participate in conversations, so she booked an appointment to see the audiologist at Newark Hospital.
Upon learning her situation, the audiology team booked her in for an emergency appointment where they immediately offered to fit her with Bluetooth hearing aids.
Bluetooth hearing aids come with a range of features and can be connected to a mobile phone so users can adjust the volume, connect to a hearing loop system and even select a restaurant setting which drowns out external noise, allowing them to focus on the conversation in front of them.
Lynn noticed the difference straight away and is now a volunteer for the Oxfam Bookshop in Newark, a member of the Newark Rambling Society, the U3A and attends a lip-reading class.
She was elected as a Newark Town councillor in May this year.
“The hearing aids have changed my life. I would never have become a councillor if it weren’t for them,” said Lynn.
Lynn volunteers for the Alzheimer’s online Dementia Support Forum where she highlights the importance of recognising that hearing loss can be a contributing factor to developing Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common form of Dementia.
As part of her role in welcoming new members, she encourages those suffering from hearing loss to make an appointment with their audiology department.
She added: “It is so important that you get your hearing checked if you think there is something wrong.
“The team are friendly and helpful and took the time to explain. I am so grateful that the Trust provided me with my Bluetooth hearing aids, which have given me the opportunity for a new lease of life.”
The audiology facility at Newark Hospital became operational early in 2022. It was introduced as part of Sherwood Forest Hospitals Trust’s continuing programme of work to expand and improve the range of services available at the hospital.
The facility provides a service Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.30pm, offering appointments for hearing assessments, hearing aid fittings and follow-ups, tinnitus management, paediatric assessment and hearing rehabilitation.