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  • Hearing Aid Myths

    Common hearing aid myths

    Technology is changing at a very fast pace, and it’s hard to keep up—with computers, with cell phones, and with hearing aids. If you’ve had experience with hearing aids in the past, or even if you’ve just heard about previous generations of hearing technology, it’s very likely that you have some misconceptions. Read our common hearing aid myths below to find out the truth.

    Hearing Aid Myths

    Let’s say you want to buy a phone, but your concept of a telephone includes a rotary dial: you’d be operating under some outdated ideas, wouldn’t you? The same holds true with hearing aids. Technology has changed a lot—even in just the last five years. If you are considering hearing aids, the best thing you can do is to dismiss any pre-existing ideas you have about hearing technology and then do your research with a clean slate. Here’s a bit of myth-busting to get you started.

    Hearing Aid Myth 1. Hearing aids are only for old people – or they’ll make me feel old

    People think having hearing aids means that you’re old, but that’s just not the case anymore. In fact, about two-thirds of those with hearing loss are younger than 64 years old. Hearing loss has many causes and affects people of all ages.

    Wearable assistive technology is becoming more and more prevalent across age groups, as well. From wrist-bands that track your movement to in-ear Bluetooth devices to Google Glass, people are wearing technology for all kinds of reasons, making hearing aids a bit more status quo.

    Hearing Aid Myth 2. Hearing aids are big, bulky, and unsightly

    Today’s hearing aids are considerably smaller and more discreet than ever before, and they come in a wide range of colours, just like watches, handbags, and mobile phones. There are even hearing aids that can be placed completely within the ear canal so as to be totally invisible.

    Selma Becker, owner and senior audiologist at Help in Hearing, agrees that the big, bulky hearing aid is a thing of the past. “Definitely people have this misconception: they think of the brown banana-shaped hearing aid, the huge BTE [behind-the-ear] hearing aid,” she says. “Things have changed so much: hearing aids are stylish; they’re discreet; they’re easy to use.”

    Hearing Aid Myth 3. Hearing aids are only for people with severe hearing loss

    Anyone who’s seen fuzzy newsprint spring into focus when they put on a pair of reading glasses can tell you that vision correction isn’t just for people with severe myopia. In the same way, hearing aids can greatly assist people with mild to moderate hearing loss, and many models are intended for just that. Even with mild hearing loss, you may be missing out on conversations with grandchildren, the sounds of birds singing, elements of your favorite music, and more.

    It’s also important to correct hearing loss when it first begins, for a variety of reasons. Treating hearing loss isn’t just cosmetic. We hear with our brains, we don’t really hear with our ears. The ears just turn the sound into a signal that the brain can interpret. Controlling our hearing pathways also seems to help with memory, helps people connect socially, and all of those factors contribute to ageing in a more graceful way. It lets you live your life on your own terms. Also the longer a person has gone with hearing loss, the more rehabilitation and “re-forging of neural pathways” they need in order to accurately translate sound into meaning again.

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    Hearing Aid Myth 4. Hearing aids make everything sound too loud

    This is another thing that has changed. Thirty years ago, people were always fiddling with their hearing aids, turning them up, turning them down. A lot of times it was an all-or-nothing thing. But nowadays, hearing aids can be adjusted in extremely minute increments. Many have a variety of programs you can use for various situations: some will adjust automatically, and some have remote controls for discrete adjustment. It’s important to continue working with your audiologist until you’ve got the right fit.

    Hearing Aid Myth 5. Hearing aids can’t help with my tinnitus

    Nowadays, some hearing aids come with a special tinnitus program that provides background noise or other features to help minimise the effects of tinnitus. By reducing the effect of the tinnitus while simultaneously increasing hearing, especially through digital streaming to both ears, this technology can make an enormous difference.

    Tinnitus

    Hearing Aid Myth 6. I only need one hearing aid because I only have hearing loss in one ear

    Sound comes from every direction. Certainly, wearing a hearing aid in one ear will help in a one to one and quiet situation. However, most people lose their hearing in both ears and in order to maintain the balance of sound, which allows the brain to recognise where sound is originating from, we need to wear hearing aids in both ears. These advanced digital hearing systems stream constant messages between each other, measuring and calculating sound in real time, making it much easier to understand speech in really challenging and noisy background situations.

    Hearing Aid Myth 7. Hearing aid representatives are untrustworthy

    As with any professional you choose, from solicitor to dentist, you should always make sure you feel completely comfortable with your hearing care professional. Some things to ask about include:

    • Professional accreditations: Read more about buying hearing aids privately in this Which? report
    • Philosophy and approach to treating hearing loss
    • Professional experience
    • Commitment to your community
    • Particular experience with the kind of hearing loss you have
    • References

    Hearing Aid Myth 8. Follow ups aren’t necessary; they’re just a way for audiologists to charge me more money.

    On the contrary, follow-up visits are the only way to make sure your hearing aids are adjusted properly and working optimally. Using state-of-the-art equipment for example, we can tell how well the hearing aid is performing and measure what is coming out of the hearing aid and make adjustments as necessary. Ongoing aftercare is vital to ensure you are getting the best possible hearing quality from your hearing aids. I can’t tell you the number of clients who have come to us from some of the national chains where there was no after-care and the client abandoned their hearing aids after a few weeks because there wasn’t an opportunity to go back and have them adjusted. Our ongoing aftercare is part of the price of the hearing aids, and includes follow up visits from the initial supply and fitting of the hearing aids to six monthly check ups, annual reviews and a walk in cleaning/repair service at our Farnham Common practice.

    Hearing Aid Myth 9. Hearing aids will work perfectly right away, like putting on a pair of glasses

    Treating loss of hearing is quite a bit different than treating loss of vision, and it almost always takes a couple of sessions to get things just right. This is partly a matter of making sure the hearing aids are adjusted correctly, but also of re-training the brain to interpret and prioritise sounds. We’ve noticed that the biggest surprise for new hearing aid users is how noisy the world is!

    Audiologists use specific techniques to help minimise the surprise of hearing again. Usually, with a first fitting, we don’t set the hearing aids to the full prescription, instead allowing patients to adjust incrementally. It can take about three visits to get the hearing aids completely dialed in. People have to retrain their brains to filter out some of those loud sounds and also re-learn what sounds require their attention. The ticking of the clock and the hum of the fridge are sounds they may not have heard for a while, and it takes time to train the brain to ignore them again.

    After a while, though, the important sounds stand out. People can hear their grandchildren, not just pretend that they did, they can hear the impact sound when they hit their golf ball, but it all takes time to adjust to these sounds.

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    Hearing Aid Myth 10. If I don’t like my hearing aids, I’m stuck with them. It’s a big decision and I won’t know if I’m making the right one until it’s too late

    Through a process of detailed testing and examination, we make sure that the right hearing product is chosen for you. We then work with you to make sure that the chosen product is right, by having regular reviews. At Help in Hearing, we’re there to provide whatever suport you need after the initial purchase of your hearing aids. On many occasions we find that a client’s hearing aid needs adjusting or reprogramming to suit different circumstances and environments, and this is all part of the service we offer, for the life of your hearing aids. This type of ongoing service and support is not always available from the national chains, even though they may seem cheaper at first glance.

    Hearing aids – How to find out more

    If you’d like to discuss whether you need hearing aids, please contact us (see links below) to discuss your needs. We can carry out a full hearing test at a time to suit you. Our hearing clinics in Farnham Common and Marlow are fully equipped with the latest cutting edge testing facilities, thus enabling us to carry out entirely accurate hearing assessments, and consequently advise on the best possible solution, should you wish to proceed with our recommendation.

    To get in touch, please email us or call us on 0345 222 0579. Alternatively please fill our our contact form.

  • Causes of Hearing Loss

    In the last few decades, researchers have made tremendous advancements in hearing technology, even for the most profoundly deaf. In most cases, hearing loss is now a treatable condition, providing new opportunities for people, and their families, touched by a hearing loss diagnosis. In this article we look at the main causes of hearing loss.

    The condition is probably more common than you might think. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the most prevalent disabilities for newborn babies, as well as aging baby boomers. Approximately one of every 1000 infants and one in three people over 60 have hearing loss. It can occur before birth or over a lifetime, and affect only one ear, or both.

    To understand what makes hearing loss such a common condition, let’s look at how the ear works and see what causes hearing loss.

    The ear is a pretty amazing bit of Mother Nature’s engineering. It’s made up of three parts: The outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. All three parts work together to turn sound into something the brain can translate.

    Sound is made up of vibrations in the air. The ear captures these sound vibrations, and then converts them into electrical signals that are received, interpreted, and understood by the brain. Hearing loss occurs when any of the three parts of the ear is damaged, or prevented from functioning properly. Hearing loss is grouped into two categories: congenital (hearing loss that’s present at birth) or acquired (hearing loss that happens after birth).

    Causes of Hearing Loss

    Congenital Hearing Loss Causes Acquired Hearing Loss Causes
    Drug or alcohol abuse during pregnancy Aging process
    Genetic factors Chickenpox
    Gestational diabetes Ear infections
    Preeclampsia Encephalitis
    Prematurity Flu
    Rh incompatibility complication Head injury
      Measles
      Meningitis
      Mumps
      Noise exposure
      Ototoxicity (damage caused by medications)

     

    Hearing Clinics Covering Slough, Farnham Common, Marlow and Maidenhead

    If you live in the Slough, Farnham Common, Marlow or Maidenhead areas, please talk to us if you think you may have a hearing loss. We will arrange a confidential appointment where we will test your hearing and advise the most suitable course of action.

    At Help in Hearing we carry out hearing tests in a friendly and comfortable environment using the latest testing equipment. Hearing tests require concentration but are not painful. We will discuss your lifestyle and medical history related to your ears and hearing in depth.

    Contact us if you would like to arrange an appointment.

  • Independent audiologists provide better care

    Hear Better This Year – Your New Year’s Resolution

    Another new year is here and you may have decided this year to eat more healthily, exercise more and take care of yourself better. If that’s the case, make sure you include looking after your hearing as a priority. We explain why your new year’s resolution should be to hear better this year.

    58% of people have never had their hearing checked

    The hearing aid manufacturer Phonak has found that that while most people get their eyesight, blood pressure and teeth checked on a regular basis, 58% of people have never had their hearing checked – that’s despite 30% of those surveyed thinking it should be checked up to once a year.

    Not knowing hearing tests are available, where to find them or thinking they can’t afford them are the reasons 42% cite for not having their hearing checked more regularly. Over a quarter (27%), meanwhile, just ‘get by ok’.

    Why you should have your hearing checked regularly

    It’s a good idea to have a hearing check-up regularly so you can be sure any changes in your hearing are picked up earlier than you might notice yourself, and so that any preventable problems can be avoided.

    Hearing tests are free at Help in Hearing

    At Help in Hearing we carry out hearing tests in a friendly and comfortable environment using the latest testing equipment. Hearing tests require concentration but are not painful. We will discuss your lifestyle and medical history related to your ears and hearing in depth.

    A professional audiologist will examine your ears with a Video-Otoscope, giving you the opportunity to have a look into your own ears on a screen.

    After the completion of various tests, including speech comprehension, loudness tolerance and middle ear pressure tests, the results will be explained and solutions recommended appropriate for your personal requirements.

    We always recommend you bring either your spouse, a friend or relative to the initial consultation as it will take approximately one and a half hours when a lot of information will be passed on.

    Book your hearing test now

    Give yourself peace of mind this New Year and come down to our specialist hearing clinics situated near Gerrards Cross and Marlow to have an extensive hearing test. You can see more information about what is covered in one of our hearing tests here.

  • Lyric hearing aids

    Lyric Hearing Aids are Extended Wear – What Does That Mean?

    Only Lyric hearing aids can be worn day and night for up to 4 months at a time.  Lots of people avoid wearing a hearing aid because they are apprehensive about people knowing they have a hearing loss, or because they do not want the day-to-day hassle associated with a hearing aid.  With Lyric there is no battery changing or day-to-day cleaning or handling required.  Many people who wear Lyric say that they don’t actually feel like they wear a hearing aid, because they do not have this daily reminder. On top of this, Lyric is 100% invisible.

    Lyric hearing aids can be worn while exercising, sleeping and showering

    Lyric hearing aids can be worn while exercising, sleeping and showering.  The only time Lyric hearing aids should be removed is if you decide to go scuba diving, sky diving or if you’re having an MRI scan.

    Lots of people with a hearing loss are concerned about not hearing well at night – particularly if they live alone or have young children to look after.  With Lyric you have the option of leaving your devices switched ON at night, giving you peace of mind that you will be alerted to sounds.  Alternatively if you do not want to be disturbed, Lyric can be switched to the OFF position with the SoundLync and therefore acts as an effective ear plug, blocking out all external sounds. In addition to this there is a SLEEP setting, which means that your Lyric hearing aids become acoustically transparent, meaning that you hear the way you did without your Lyrics in place.

    For a confidential discussion about Lyric hearing aids, please contact us. We have hearing clinics in Marlow and Farnham Royal (Slough).

    Find out more about Lyric hearing aids in our Lyric website section.

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    Lyric Hearing Aids Compared to Other Hearing Aids

    If Lyric Hearing Aids are new to you, here is a handy guide, comparing the Lyric with traditional hearing aids.

    Very natural sound quality

    Apart from the physical differences between the Lyric hearing aids and traditional hearing aids, 88% of Lyric users agree that the Lyric’s sound quality is very natural.* The Lyric is designed to have both its speaker and receiver located completely in the ear canal. This deep canal position provides many benefits in sound quality, for example reduced occlusion, feedback and improved localisation.

    Wear Lyric 24 x 7

    Lyric hearing aids can also be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months at a time (individual replacement needs may vary). Unlike traditional hearing aids that are taken out each night or when a user gets in the shower, Lyric hearing aids remain in the user’s ear for the life of the hearing aid.

    The Lyric hearing aid is providing many of the benefits patients desire that they may not have experienced from their other hearing aids.

    Below you will see photographs showing the different types of traditional hearing aid and the main facts about them, compared to the Lyric Invisible Hearing Aid.

    Traditional Daily Wear Hearing Devices

    open-fit-hearing-aid  completely-in-the-canal-hearing-aid  behind-the-ear-hearing-aid  in-the-ear-hearing-aid

     Traditional hearing aid main facts:

    • Visible
    • Daily insertion
    • Often removed when exercising, sleeping or showering
    • Replace or charge batteries every 4-10 days and repair as needed
    • Purchase new devices every few years
    • Numerous brands available

     

    Extended Wear Hearing Device

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    Lyric hearing aids main facts:

    • 100% invisible
    • Worn 24×7 for months at a time
    • Can be worn during: exercising, sleeping, showering, talking on the phone
    • No batteries to replace, no device repairs required
    • Purchase annual subscription
    • One option available: Lyric™ Hearing

    Quick Guide to Lyric Hearing Aids Comparison

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    Please click to find out more about the Lyric Hearing Aids we supply.

    *Based on a telephone survey of 100 patients who have worn Lyric for at least 30 days.

  • How are Lyric hearing aids fitted?

    How are Lyric hearing aids fitted?

    Lyric hearing aids are completely invisible and are the world’s first hearing aids which can be worn for extended periods of time. You can wear your Lyric hearing aids 24/7 for months without battery changes; you can wear them close up without anyone seeing them; and you wear them sleeping – no need to take them out when you go to bed.

    Getting started with the Lyric hearing aid is a simple, comfortable and non-invasive process.

    Your first appointment

    Your Lyric professional audiologist will give you a full hearing test and will also spend time with you to discuss your medical history and lifestyle requirements to make sure that the Lyric hearing aid is the most suitable choice for you.

    If we discover that you have any hearing loss, we will then let you know if this is in both ears or just one. This determines if you need one or two Lyric hearing aids.

    Having established that the Lyric hearing aid is right for you, we will carry out a thorough examination of the shape and condition of your ear canal – this is to make sure that the Lyric will sit snugly and comfortably in your ear, which avoids the problems of occlusion* and feedback.**

    Once we all agree that the Lyric hearing aid is right for you, we will measure your ear and the device will be placed in both ears (if the hearing loss is across both ears) or the ear with the hearing loss. We will then programme the Lyric to match your hearing test results.

    After your first appointment you may need to come back and see us for a follow-up appointment to make some minor adjustments to the positioning or the programming of the Lyric hearing aid/s.

    You will wear your Lyric hearing aids until they are no longer working, up to a maximum of 120 days. The amount of time the Lyrics function can vary between individuals. When your Lyric device needs to be replaced, just come back to us and we will fit you with a brand new device.

    Watch the video below to see how the Lyric invisible hearing aid is fitted.

     

    Adapting to hearing with your Lyric hearing aids

    Hearing clearly can take time to get used to – even if you are a previous hearing aid user you are going to be hearing lots of unfamiliar sounds with your Lyrics which you may not have heard for years! We can give you more information on this but if you are concerned at any time just give us a call.

    Adapting to the feel of the Lyric hearing aid

    As Lyric is placed deep in your ear canal it may take a little bit of time to get used to the feel of it in your ear. You may experience some discomfort during the first days and up to two weeks after the initial fitting.

    Please use the following classification for your sensation after the fitting:  After this initial settling period, most Lyric users forget that their Lyric hearing aid is even there!

    If you experience any itching during the first few days, simply massage the side of the ear until it subsides. Do not push, pull or scratch your ear. For the first few days try not to sleep with direct pressure on your ear; adjust your pillows or try to sleep on your back until Lyric settles.

    Can I change the settings of my Lyric hearing aid?

    We will programme your Lyric to match your hearing loss and due to the device’s fitting position there is no need to change any settings to adjust for the listening situation you are in (unlike other hearing aids). However there may be situations where you will want to be able to turn your Lyric hearing aid up or down, put it into sleep mode, switch it off or remove it – therefore when you try the Lyric hearing aid we will give you instructions on how to do this.

    If you think Lyric hearing aids might be right for you, please contact us to make a completely confidential appointment.

    Or you can read more about Lyric hearing aids on our Lyric pages.

    Also read our article: “Lyric hearing aid frequently asked questions.”

    * Occlusion: People who wear other hearing aid types often complain that their ear feels blocked up and that sounds, in particular their own voice, are echoey and unnatural. This is known as occlusion. When you speak, vibrations from your vocal cords vibrate the bones in your skull and jaw, which can cause this strange effect to your own voice. Normally when there is nothing blocking the ear, these vibrations escape with no issue. The Lyric hearing aid avoids this issue because the Lyric is placed so deep in the ear canal, the vibrations are absorbed by the device. Most people find that they have little or no occlusion issues when they are wearing a Lyric hearing aid.

    ** Feedback:  Another common complaint of hearing aid users is a whistling noise, which can be both distracting and embarrassing for the person who is wearing them. This whistling noise is called feedback. Feedback happens when sound coming out of the hearing aid receiver gets back into the microphone and is reprocessed. This sound goes around in a loop and gets louder, causing a whistling sound. As the Lyric hearing aid is placed in the ear canal and sealed against the canal walls, the amount of sound that can escape is reduced – meaning whistling is a thing of the past.

  • Lyric hearing aids

    Lyric Hearing Aids – we answer your questions

    Here are some of the most common questions we are asked by our patients about the Lyric hearing aids. If we haven’t answered your question here, please contact us.

    Lyric Hearing Aids – What are they?

    Often called invisible hearing aids, the new Lyric hearing aids are the first completely in ear, extended life hearing aid which offer a discreet, reliable hearing solution. Lyric hearing aids are designed to be worn for up to four months without needing to be removed, so you can consider the regular replacement of expensive batteries a thing of the past.

    100% invisible hearing aids

    Placed completely in the ear canal by a Lyric trained hearing professional, the Lyric hearing aid is totally invisible. Only the patient will know why he/she is hearing better.

    Effortless hearing 24/7

    Lyric hearing aids can be worn during daily activities such as showering, sleeping or exercising. There are no batteries to charge, no daily maintenance and no daily insertion or removal.

    Natural sound quality

    Lyric hearing aids delivery exceptional sound quality, using the outer ear to direct sound into the ear canal, without the need for multiple channels or settings.

    lyric-hearing-aids-are-invisibleLyric hearing aids – How do they work?

    Your Lyric trained hearing professional will place the Lyric hearing aids in your ear canal during a routine office visit. No surgery or anaesthesia is required. Lyrics are programmed for each patient’s specific hearing needs and patients can adjust the volume of the device as needed.

    Who should wear Lyric hearing aids?

    Lyric hearings are designed for people with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss. Our Lyric trained audiologists will assess your hearing loss, ear size and shape, medical conditions and lifestyle, to determine if the Lyric hearing aid is the right choice for you. About half the people with hearing loss may be Lyric candidates.

    How much do Lyric hearing aids cost?

    Lyric is sold on an annual subscription basis, meaning that you will purchase one year of Lyric hearing at a time. There is no need for repairs or battery replacement. You are guaranteed to have the most advanced Lyric technology currently available, as you will be receiving new Lyric devices throughout the year.

    How long do Lyric hearing aids last?

    Lyric hearing aids can be worn for months at a time. However, individual replacement needs will vary as device battery life is subject to individual ear conditions.

    What do Lyric hearing aids feel like?

    The exterior is made of a soft material specifically designed to contour to the ear canal. This soft exterior makes Lyric comfortable to wear. After an initial adjustment period (anywhere between 7 and 14 days), most patients no longer feel their Lyric hearing aids in their ears.

    Do Lyric hearing aids require any surgery?

    Lyric hearing aids are not surgically implanted, they are placed and programmed in the office by our Lyric trained audiologists. No anaesthesia is required. The sizing and fitting process for Lyrics takes about one hour.

    Can I take my Lyric hearing aid out myself?

    Yes, Lyrics can be self-removed if necessary. You will be provided with a removal tool called the SoundLync.

    Are Lyric hearing aids safe?

    Lyric has been extensively studied in hundreds of clinical research patients since 2001. In 13 years of clinical monitoring there have been no reports received by the company of serious complications. Transient ear canal skin irritation generally resolves within 3-14 days and patients are able to continue wearing their Lyrics. If you experience any pain at all, or any discomfort for more than 7 days, see your healthcare provider. Lyric hearing aids were commercially launched in 2007 and have been safely worn by over 25,000 patients since then.

    You can wear headphones with Lyric hearing aidsCan I use headsets or earbuds with my Lyric hearing aids?

    External headphones and external hearing protection can be used. Do not use inserted headsets, earbuds or earplugs, because they may dislodge the device.

    Can I use my mobile phone or home phone while wearing my Lyric hearing aids?

    Yes, one of the benefits of Lyric’s placement is that it can be worn while talking on your mobile or home phone. In fact, Lyric hearing aids can be worn during your daily activities, such as sleeping, showering, exercising and using headphones.

    Will my Lyric hearing aids set off a metal detector?

    No, Lyric’s metal components are too small to set off metal detectors.

    Will an MRI, X-ray or CT scan damage my Lyric hearing aids or place my ears at risk?

    Your Lyric hearing aids must be removed before you have an MRI. Unlike an MRI, an X-ray or CT scan will not damage or dislodge the device because a magnet is not used. However you should inform the medical staff about the Lyric device. If an X-ray or CT scan of your ear or head is needed, the device may need to be removed. Let your doctor know that you are wearing Lyric hearing aids if you are having surgery or a medical procedure of any kind.

    You can shower with Lyric hearing aidsCan I swim while wearing my Lyric hearing aids?

    Swimming and diving underwater are not recommended. If you wish to swim, talk to us about having a pair of custom moulds made, to wear while you swim. Lyric is however water resistant and so you can shower while wearing your Lyric hearing aids.

    Can I fly on a plane with my Lyric hearing aids?

    Yes, it is safe to fly while wearing your Lyrics.

    How can I stay updated on Lyric news?

    Please join our newsletter for news, tips, promotions and updates.  Please contact us if you would like to book a hearing test and talk to us about Lyric hearing aids.

    To find out more about the Lyric, please read our Lyric hearing aids section on this website.

  • Hearing aids Slough

    Why choose digital hearing aids in Slough?

    Our hearing is an invaluable asset, an integral facet of the human senses, one that forms a gateway to the wondrous and incomparable world of music, that allows us to communicate and that keeps us aware of our surroundings. Looking after your hearing has never been more important, with the modern world seemingly becoming louder by the day, damage can seep in without ever even knowing. Digital hearing aids are an excellent way to maintain the strength of your hearing, and with us here at Help in Hearing, we assure you your experience will be professional, specialised and personally tailored to you.

    Latest digital hearing aid technology

    With the latest in digital hearing aid technology, here at Help in Hearing we deliver you only the most sophisticated digital hearing aids around. With our detailed tests that define exactly what you require from a hearing aid, and deliver a personally fitted and tuned aid that will strengthen your hearing and bring a new sense of awareness to your day to day life.

    Invisible hearing aids

    With modern designs, hearing aids are now small and comfortable, and barely noticeable, in fact now we are able to offer invisible hearing aids whilst still delivering an amazing level of sound quality. Whether you suffer from mild, moderate or severe hearing loss, or a specialised issue such as tinnitus, these digital hearing aids can rejuvenate and revitalise your hearing.

    We pride ourselves on delivering a comprehensive and convenient service that provides the information you need quickly. Not only that, but we ensure all our equipment utilises the latest technology, which means your test results will be incomparably accurate, and from there we can impart our expert, independent advice on hearing aid solutions that suit your lifestyle requirements.

    Hearing tests in Slough

    We create a warm and friendly atmosphere which means your hearing test and hearing aid fitting can be completed without stress. A far cry from the mass produced devices that many other hearing specialists sell, our digital hearing aids provide a volume that’s right and comfortable for you, something you’re not likely to get anywhere else.

    With a dedication to making sure your hearing stays strong, and to helping you toward a clearer, crisper tomorrow, with a professional service tailored to you, that never compromises on quality, call Help in Hearing today, and ask about digital hearing aids.

  • Hearing aids can help day to day activities

    How Using Hearing Aids Can Help Day to Day Activities

    If someone suffers from hearing loss it can often be seen as a bit of a joke by their friends and family, but the truth of the matter is that it can be a debilitating condition with wide-reaching implications for a person’s wellbeing and happiness. At Help in Hearing we are passionate about reintroducing people to the sounds of the world through our excellent hearing aids, but how exactly can they help with the mundane, day-to-day activities that most of us take for granted?

    Going Out

    Suffering from hearing loss can dramatically effect a person’s confidence when participating in social situations – even something as simple as a trip to the shops – but it can even have an impact on any journey out of the house.

    One major consequence of hearing impairment is the risk that comes with it when crossing roads, as of course hearing makes up a major part of identifying when it is safe, but a hearing aid can remove this danger.

    Watching the TV

    Many people all over the UK enjoy watching the television, but hearing impairment can gradually remove this pleasure from our lives. With one of our effective and discreet hearing aids you can once again enjoy your favourite TV programme, radio broadcast or music like you did before your hearing loss.

    Enjoying a Conversation with a Loved One

    The reason hearing impairment can be so distressing is that it gradually strips away even the most basic elements of life, and the ability to engage in a conversation with friends and family is probably the most painful loss of all.

    Serious hearing loss can make even the most mundane of conversations a frustrating challenge, as your loved one struggles to make him or herself understood. One of our hearing aids can help to alleviate your hearing impairment to enough of a degree that allows you to once again enjoy talking with your loved ones.

    The importance of an experienced audiologist

    An experienced, independent audiologist will be able to talk all these things through with you before you are fitted for a hearing aid, to make sure that the aid is fitted correctly and successfully. An independent audiologist will also provide a full aftercare service to make sure that you are getting everything you need from your hearing aid.

    So if you or one of your family members is suffering from a hearing impairment that is affecting their day-to-day life, get in touch with the friendly and professional team here at Help in Hearing to discover how we can help. We have a hearing clinic in Farnham Common and a hearing clinic in Marlow where we can give you a completely confidential consultation or hearing test.

  • Hearing aids Slough

    How Hearing Aids Work

    How Hearing Aids Work

    Sound is energy produced when things vibrate and air is displaced. Your ear gathers this energy and funnels it through the ear canal until it reaches your eardrum. The eardrum is vibrated and three bones inside the ear transmit the vibrations to the cochlea, a fluid-filled organ containing tiny hairs named cilia. The fluid is agitated by the sound vibrations, moving the tiny cilia which send electrical signals to the brain that are interpreted as sounds.

    Hearing Problems

    The most common problem that arises with hearing involves the cilia, as the tiny hairs can become damaged, weakening their signals to the brain. This accounts for around 90% of hearing loss. Causes include fluid build-up, infections, exposure to loud noise or, most commonly, ageing. Hearing aids can help greatly with this type of hearing loss.

    Early Hearing Aids

    Until the introduction of electricity, hearing problems were helped using ear trumpets. These worked by funnelling sound energy into the ear canal, increasing the pressure on the eardrum to make the signals to the cilia stronger.

    Electronic hearing aids were introduced in the early 20th century that amplified sound inside the ear using electric currents. Early devices used vacuum tubes, making them bulky and heavy, but the invention of transistors in the 1940s made smaller hearing aids possible, these could then be fitted behind the ear. These analogue hearing aids have been superseded by digital hearing aids, which came on the market in 1987 following the invention of microprocessors.

    How Hearing Aids Work

    Analogue and digital hearing aids use the same basic components: a tiny microphone, amplifier and loudspeaker. Sounds are picked up by the microphone and turned into an electric current, which the amplifier boosts. The strengthened current is sent to the loudspeaker which transmits the sound, via a tube, to the eardrum, making sounds detectable inside the inner ear before sending to the brain.

    Digital aids work the same way, but are able to refine sounds and adjust them before re-transmitting them. Analogue hearing aids struggle to distinguish between sounds, but digital aids can easily adjust frequencies and control amplification, and the latest digital hearing aids can be fitted and tuned to very exact levels.

    Further developments have led to hearing aids that fit completely inside the ear and are designed to remain there for long periods of time, with hearing aids such as the Phonak Lyric being worn inside the ear for up to four months. These hearing aids require expert insertion and fitting, but give far better results than previous models and are invisible to wear.

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