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Hearing Aids

Modern aids have evolved into communication systems. Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours they also incorporate a range of different technologies. These developments encourage people with hearing loss to find solutions. After all, human relationships revolve around communication.

Today’s hearing aids shouldn't make everything louder – but make sound more distinct and clearer. They offer a number of high tech features which amongst other things provide better speech understanding in noisy environments by turning down the unwanted noise and turning up the speech.

Hearing technology has the potential to be life changing. We take this responsibility seriously and ensure we have the knowledge and expertise to enable you to achieve maximum benefit from your hearing aids.

Styles of Hearing Aids

In-the-Ear Hearing Instruments
Hearing instruments are available in a variety of styles ranging from the completely invisible to the more traditional. We are able to talk through the advantages and drawbacks of each type and advise on the most appropriate styles for your hearing level and lifestyle.

Behind-the-Ear Hearing Instruments
Components in these instruments are contained in the housing that rests behind the ear, connected by a thin wire/tube which rests in the canal.

The largest instrument. Easiest to manage. Sound delivered using a tube connected to a custom mould or tip. This system has directional microphones. Battery: Size 312 or 13 or 675. Last approximately 5-21 days.

The smallest BTE instrument. Allows more normal ventilation of the ear and subsequently a more natural sound. Sound delivered using a thin wire. Power level can be increased. This system has directional microphones. Battery: Size 10 or 312 or 13. Last approximately 3-14 days.

Continuous Wear Invisible Device. The Lyric is the only continuous wear hearing aid available for hearing loss. Completely invisible, the hearing aid is worn 24/7 for weeks at a time through activities such as showering, exercising and sleeping. It is considered the ‘contact lens’ equivalent for hearing. You do have the option to remove Lyric at any stage; however you will not be able to reinsert yourself. You do have control of the volume and are able to turn it off completely. Presently, Lyric is only suitable for about 50%% of candidates.

In the Ear, Full Shell. Made to fit within the outer ear. This system has directional microphones. Battery: Size 312 or 13. Last approximately 5-14 days.

Slightly larger than the RIC. Easier to manage. Sound delivered using a thin tube. This system has directional microphones. Battery: Size 312 or 13. Last approximately 5-14 days.

In the Canal, Half Shell. Small enough to fit almost entirely in your ear canal. This system has directional microphones. Battery: Size 312. Last approximately 5-7 days.

Slightly larger than the IIC sitting at the entrance of the canal. This system does not include directional microphones. Battery: Size 10. Last approximately 3-5 days.

Fits deeply inside your ear canal. This system does not have directional microphones. Battery: Size 10. Last approximately 3-5 days.

Hearing Aid Manufacturers

We are an independent practice and work with all the leading manufacturers. Although we research at the forefront of advancing technology, our recommendations will be chosen from those systems with a proven track record. Similarly, all hearing aids can be reprogrammed if your hearing should change.

Lyric-Logo Phonak Oticon ReSound - rediscover Hearing
Siemens Starkey Unitron Widex

Which Hearing Aid is Right For me

Your audiologist will help guide you towards which level of technology is right for you. The table below highlights which level may be most appropriate for your lifestyle demands.

PREMIUM When it is most important to hear in a lot of noise with the most natural hearing experience.
ADVANCED When hearing in noise is important but budget is a concern.
STANDARD When comfort in noise and clarity in quiet are important for value minded clients.
ESSENTIAL When hearing in quiet and budget are primary concerns.

Hearing Aid Accessories

For some individuals, hearing aids alone are simply not enough to hear in noisy environments and assistive devices, either via Bluetooth or FM, are required. These are additional microphones that can be placed on a table or worn by a speaker. Other accessories can be remote controls to help programming changes, bespoke phones that connect directly to your hearing aid or devices which stream the television to them.

All leading manufacturers have a wide range of assistive devices, for more information, contact the practice today.

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