So the time has come at the grand old age of 36 to get a hearing aid. Ive known since leaving the army 12 years ago I had hearing problems, but life seems to be at the point now where I have to do something about it. I currently have mild loss in the mid frequency range and moderate in the high, just in my right ear. The left didnt show too good on the test, but I reckon thats something to do with the tinnitus in my ears, right is much louder than left though! But as it stands, its only one needed for the right ear. Anyway, I wondered what other Arrsers experiences of hearing aids are? Im sure from previous posts on here theres a few hearing aid users on here and I have heard that they do take some getting used to, rather than something like glasses which you put on and think Wow, I can see again! Also, as a small question, if you do have hearing aids, how long did it take to get everything sorted out from start to finish? I booked an appointment at my GP about the start of July, within 10 days I had the letter to go online and book an appointment (Given Withington hospital or Manchester MRI) which I could have got within 7 days, but took one 2 weeks later as I was off work that day. When I went in for all my tests, the nice young lady said to come back in mid-August to have it fitted??? Thats 3 weeks after the initial test, which is handy as Im on holiday next week, returning 4 days before fitting!! So realistically, Im looking at about 6 7 weeks, from going to the GP to having it fitted, which could have been less than 6 weeks if I wanted. It was raised that the majority of this has come through service in the army, but no-one has mentioned about me being fast tracked due to being a veteran, so is this the standard speedy response from the NHS? Many thanks Deaf Ex_Doney_man!