When it comes to coping with hearing loss and adjusting to life with a hearing aid, there are a number of things you can do to help yourself.
Once you've called in to a Leightons branch, or we've come to you for your free home hearing test, one of the best ways to gradually cope with new equipment and techniques is to speak to others in the same boat.
There are plenty of support groups, charities and organisations around the country that can help and where you can seek advice from people who have gone through the same thing that you are.
One such group is the Kent Association for the Blind, who contrary to what the name may suggest, also cater for those who suffer with hearing loss as well.
Not only do they help those who are fully or partially blind, they also put on events such as the forthcoming Sight Matters Exhibition 2012 for people who rely on digital hearing aids.
The event is to take place in Tonbridge and will discuss all the latest hot topics, including new services, technologies and equipment that can help people to cope with hearing loss.
It is completely free to attend and will see over 30 exhibitors in action, as well as a number of talks and workshops.
There's no need to register. Simply go along and have a talk with people exhibiting as well ordinary members of the public who, chances are, will know what it's like to cope with a loss of hearing.
We actually have two branches ourselves in Kent, based in Hempstead Valley and Tunbridge Wells, so feel free to call in for a free hearing test or any other advice you may need.
Coping with hearing loss is never an easy task but, with the help of expert such as ourselves and people who have been through the process before, it is possible to adjust and cope.