LIVING WITH HEARING AIDS

LIVING WITH HEARING AIDS

There is no longer a stigma around wearing hearing aids as they are not only alot more fashionable, smaller, more effective than even 5 years ago but everyone acknowledges the importance of hearing better. There are considerable options when choosing hearing aids but the first hurdle to overcome is recognising you have an issue with your hearing. Our free online hearing test allows you to test your hearing when and where you want. Once you complete the hearing test you not only receive your test results immediately but we also offer a range of hearing aids you can buy online right here and get them sent straight to you for immediate fitting. We have over 25 years experience in audiology so we have the expertise to help you hear better.

If you have experienced hearing loss and you will take some time to accept that you need to do something about it. We not only test your hearing for free but offer you a range of recommended hearing aids that our team of audiologists have tested and they could help you hear better. These hearing aids are designed to support patients at the early stages of hearing loss who would not have worn hearing aids before so perfect to invest a small to moderate amount of money initially to see what suits you the best.

We’re all passionate about making hearing better and you too can enjoy your hearing now and in the future.

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THE CAUSE OF HEARING LOSS

The world has become a noisy place and never more so than since the industrial revolution. We do noisy jobs during the working day and pursue noisy hobbies in our leisure time. Noise has become a permanent fixture of modern life. In the last fifty years our average life span has been constantly improving and it is now thought that by 2050 people will routinely live to be one hundred years of age. This, of course, is good news but our hearing mechanism hasn’t yet caught up with such a big change in such a (relatively) short space of time. Our hearing capabilities have evolved to cope with a much less noisy and much shorter lifetime of listening!

Little wonder that current best estimates in India is that up to 12% of the Indian population people exhibit some degree of hearing impairment from a population somewhere around the 1.3 billion mark. That’s a lot – about one in eight of the entire Indian population according to research bodies and a much higher proportion of , say, those over 70 years of age. There are, of course, other reasons apart from advancing years and noise that contribute to the onset of hearing loss including, but not limited to hereditary factors, underlying pathology, trauma to the head or ear and exposure to certain oto-toxic drugs to name a few. Notwithstanding this the fact is advancing years and noise exposure are significant contributory factors to hearing loss and while nothing can be done to halt the progress of time much can be done to minimise a person’s noise exposure.

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SELF FIT HEARING AIDS

If you have taken our online hearing test and your results show measurable hearing loss this means you are a suitable candidate for a hearing aid system.  You will be offered a range of recommended hearing devices once the test is complete and you can then take the first step in your ‘patient pathway’ by trying your first hearing aid.

You may want to visit your local healthcare professional who can discuss you’re hearing difficulties and even take the results from our online hearing test with you as our goal is to ensure we can make hearing better.

Hearing aids usually require some work from the wearer to adapt to the new sounds and not having to worry about a huge investment initially which is good and removes some of the pressure of accepting your hearing condition. By and large the technology employed in the aids is good and compared to even five years ago represent a sea change to what used to be available. Ongoing care can be provided as you will visit a local audiologist or healthcare professional and undertake a more detailed audiometric consultation.

If you are unable or unwilling to spend any money on your hearing the NHS is the only choice since it is free at the point of delivery. If you are willing to spend some money and you will only be happy with the latest technology, quickest and most convenient service together with the most discreet design you will only get what you want if you go private.

If you’ve never had an aid before and don’t mind wearing something behind your ear try the NHS. If you are dead set against wearing something behind your ear you really need to go private

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HEARING AID FAQ’s

Do digital aids really cut out background noise?

The short answer to this question is no. Everybody involved in the development and fitting of hearing aids is working toward the goal of developing a hearing aid which replicates normal hearing for the hearing-impaired user. The fact is background sound is a part of our everyday listening experience – it adds atmosphere and colour to social gatherings and is valuable in detecting danger – you do need to know if there is a lorry coming at you from behind and in that situation a hearing aid which got rid of that sound would be a liability. What they do set out to do though is improve speech intelligibility in the presence of background sound. Early hearing aids caused wearers significant problems and occasional discomfort when trying to understand speech in background sound. Digital aids provided the first real opportunity to do something constructive about that problem and for some reason the myth grew that they “got rid” of background sound.

Are hearing aids any good with music?

The answer to this question is rather dependent on how good your natural hearing is and what your expectations are.  Hearing aids have a tiny microphone, a tiny receiver and pick up all of the sound around them. It’s asking a lot to expect them to compete favourably with your expensive dedicated sound system. Generally, music is best listened to with your own ears, maybe with a set of headphones, and a bit of work to set the tone controls to best suit you. Some people report good results with hearing aids (auditory memory fills in the missing bits on familiar pieces and with new pieces you only know them as you’ve heard them with a hearing impairment).

Why do my hearing aids whistle?

As mentioned earlier in this report hearing aids hardly ever whistle because they are faulty. They will whistle as you put them in if you do so with the aid switched on, until the aid/ mould is firmly in place and either a good acoustic seal is formed, or in the case of open ear, RITE technology the tip is where it needs to be to enable the aids anti feedback systems to operate.If they continue to whistle then the sound is leaking. Check that the mould is in properly, if the aid is a BTE check the elbow is firm in the tube and the tube is firm in the mould and if that fails have someone look in your ear to check for wax.

If there is none and the aid still whistles then you should see whoever supplied the aid.

Are hearing aids reliable?

Hearing aids these days are not full of moving parts and the digital processors (chips) which drive them are very reliable. However, they do break down. ITE’s more so than BTE’s but both for the same basic reason which is that they live in a hostile environment. The weakest links are the microphone which has to be open to the elements to catch the sounds around it and the receiver which has to be exposed in your ear canal or, in the case of a BTE, be sited under the microphone on the side of the wearers head.

A sensibly worn regularly cleaned hearing aid is reliable. They tend not to be when sweated on, dropped, showered with, run through the washing machine, put in the microwave to dry, partially eaten by the dog, taken apart to see how they work, have the batteries put in the wrong way around, have the wrong batteries put in etc

How long does a hearing aid typically last?

An average lifespan will be five years. Over that time the technology will have got better and if it has served you well it will have done an enormous amount of work by then.

Are the free aids advertised in the papers any good?

No. Nothing is for nothing and these ads are little more than cynical methods of obtaining your name and address.

Will my hearing get worse quicker if I start wearing hearing aids?

There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that this will happen. Your physical ability to receive the signal will continue to diminish at the same rate whether you wear aids or not. What will happen is that once you start to wear hearing aids your interpretative skills will improve and the overall effect will be that you seem to be hearing better because you are getting more practice.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I noticed the hearing in my left ear went a bit weird so researched online what it could be but had a range of conditions mentioned and then when i found i could do a hearing test online i was chuffed. and it was free.
Jennifer Sutton
"I thought this was a gimmick but its actually pretty impressive and not something i would normally do but to test my hearing every few months seems like common sense."  
Rish Payne
When i turned 40 last year i started to notice i was asking people to repeat themselves even at meetings so i knew i needed to atleast get my hearing tested. I am pressed for time all the time so an online hearing test is just what the doctor ordered.  No fuss and it only took a few minutes. I then followed up with a hearing test around the corner from me.
James Ashbury
"Good to do a test online without having to go into the doctors. easy to do and free for a comprehensive hearing test has to be a good thing. thanks !"
Franky Docherty

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