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  • The Oticon OPN Hearing Aids in Silver

    Oticon OPN Review

    For many years I managed to hear well with one ear. I had battled with Meniere’s Disease, resulting in moderate to severe hearing loss on the left side. I was coping just fine until the day my body decided to let me down. I developed a Cholesteatoma in my “good” ear. The operation to remove the growth was very successful but my hearing was reduced significantly enough to need to now need a hearing aid.

    Post operatively I tried an NHS aid in my Meniere’s nerve damaged ear but the attempt left me feeling very vulnerable and a little scared, as my hearing was very distorted. Eventually my other ear recovered from the operation and I was ready to try a hearing aid on the other side, which worked well enough to enable me to return to work.

    I can now hear in both ears!

    However, last week my hearing was revolutionised! Selma Becker at Help in Hearing has now fitted me with a pair of Oticon OPN Bluetooth hearing aids. A little disconcerting at first because I can now hear in both ears, particularly my own voice which I thought would never be possible. I met with friends over the weekend at a noisy coffee shop and I could actually hear what they were saying. I am now able to differentiate speech from the rest of the hubbub around me. I could even hear my daughter whispering to me in the cinema.

    Oticon OPN hearing aids connect to mobile phone

    My Oticon OPN hearing aids connect direct to my mobile phone and the clarity of “in-the-ear” (ITE) hearing is amazing. Alongside the obvious benefits of being able to hear more clearly, another advantage is the reduction of loud noise. Meniere’s has left me with a condition called Hyperacusis which is an intolerance to loud noise, even at most people’s “normal” thresholds. I dread the smoke alarm, zebra crossing, refuse collection – the ubiquity of the modern beep – it hurts my head so much!

    My new hearing aid has an output limiter which controls uncomfortable loudness threshold levels. It knows not to amplify sound above that threshold so that I don’t perceive it to be “loud” even if it isn’t. How clever is that? It really works, as I discovered when I burnt the toast this morning. We saw a musical at the theatre recently and I sat rather too near the front – who would have thought that it would be my husband instead of me, who came away with sore ears!

    Oticon OPN – where to find out more

    Read our article about the Oticon OPN – a remarkable new hearing instrument.

    If you’d like to make an appointment to discuss the Oticon OPN, please get in touch.

  • Paul Burgess of 10cc talks about hearing loss

    Paul Burgess of 10cc talks about the Phonak Belong Rechargeable

    Paul Burgess is an English rock drummer, most famous for being the drummer with the English band 10cc since 1973.

    We recently fitted Paul with the Phonak Belong Rechargeable hearing aids. These are the first hearing aids to feature a specifically designed built-in-lithium-ion rechargeable battery that provides 24 hours of hearing with one simple 3-hour charge. If you’re in a rush, you can rely on a short 30-minute charge to give you up to 6 hours of full performance. You don’t have to worry about batteries any more!

    Paul says: “Selma went above and beyond the call of duty. It’s the personal touch that you just wouldn’t find in the high street.”

    Watch the video (has subtitles) to hear Paul talking about his hearing loss and how he is getting on with his Phonak Belong Rechargeable hearing aids.

     

     

    Phonak Belong Rechargeable Hearing Aids

    Read more on the Phonak Belong Rechargeable hearing aids page. To make an appointment to discuss your suitability for this type of hearing aid, please give us a call on 0345 222 0579 or fill in our contact form.

     

    *Photo of Paul Burgess by ChrisPsi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19429633

  • Coloured Hearing Aids have got the Cool Factor!

    An article we read recently about a little girl who wanted pink hearing aids so she could have “fairy ears,” got us thinking about what people want from their hearing aids. In this article we talk about coloured hearing aids.

    Many people like to decorate their hearing aids or experiment with colours and prints. The choice of a bold colour hearing aid gives them uniqueness and, for younger adults, a cool factor that acts as a fashion statement. Showing that hearing aids can be fun and can attract attention can help in situations when the person does not want to wear them or perceives them as old fashioned and boring. Manufacturers around the world have started the trend of offering a wide choice of colours, personal prints, cartoon characters or any other design the wearer demands.

    Hearing aid designs to match the taste of the wearer

    Often children’s hearing aids are adorned with flowers, butterflies, tiger prints or a smiling SpongeBob. The choice is unlimited and every design may be modified to match the taste of the wearer. Regardless of the type – in the ear or behind the ear, the device can be bright pink or turquoise green. Some companies, such as Phonak, even provide different stickers that can be attached to the hearing device to give it a personal touch. After wearing it for a while, you can easily replace with a new one.

    For those who like extravagance, though, there are even braver and more fashionable options such as Swarovski crystals or having a corresponding design of the hearing aid and mobile phone.

    Hearing aids with excitement and personality

    Regardless of the choice of colour, however, discreet or brighter, the important thing is to feel comfortable with your device and have the functions and features that you need. Choosing a colour could add a note of excitement and personality and can transform the hearing aid from an unwanted inconvenience into a cool and attractive accessory.

    You can read the original article that prompted this blog here: “The Secret Deafie: The girl who wanted coloured hearing aids (and wasn’t allowed to have them)

    If you need hearing aids and want to choose something that gives you the cool factor, talk to us about coloured hearing aids. We have a range of aids from leading edge hearing aid manufacturers such as Widex and Phonak and can discuss the options most suitable for you.

  • Study Shows That Hearing Aids Improve Brain Function

    A news item in The Hearing Review caught our attention this week: A recent study at the University of Texas has found that hearing aids improve brain function in people with hearing loss.

    We’ve long known that untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation and diminished quality of life, but Jamie Desjardins, who has conducted this new study, goes further in explaining why this happens.

    “If you have some hearing impairment and you’re not using hearing aids, maybe you can figure out what the person has said, but that comes at a cost,” Ms Desjardins said. “You may actually be using the majority of your cognitive resources – your brain power – in order to figure out that message.” In other words the untreated hearing loss interferes with your cognitive abilities because so much mental effort is diverted towards understanding speech.

    Significant improvement after wearing hearing aids

    The study by the University of Texas looked at groups of individuals in their 50s and 60s with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss who had previously never used hearing aids. After two weeks of hearing aid use, there was an increase in percent scores for recalling words and selective attention tests, plus the processing speed at which participants selected the correct response was faster. By the end of the study, participants had exhibited significant improvement in their cognitive function.

    Ms DesJardins went on to paint a scenario of someone who has hearing loss and is still of working age, but they’re not wearing their hearing aids. They are spending so much of their brain power just focusing on listening they may not be able to perform their job as well. Or if they can, they’re exhausted because they are working so much harder and are more tired at the end of the day.

    Ongoing care and expertise of audiologist ensures best outcome for hearing impaired

    We see many clients who have resisted going to have their hearing checked because they don’t want to admit they have a problem. Or, they’ve received a hearing aid from another source but have not been given the aftercare support to help ensure their hearing aid is performing well for them. Here at Help in Hearing, we focus a little more on the expertise and experience of the audiologist and it is a combination of the commitment and professional relationship with the client that makes the hearing aids achieve the best outcome for the hearing impaired. We spend a great deal of time making sure we propose the right type of hearing aid for your specific type of hearing loss and we offer ongoing care throughout the lifespan of the devices, so the success rate is much higher, meaning you can get on with your job, your family life and your social life without having to spend so much effort on trying to hear what people are saying.

    Read the full article about the University of Texas study.

  • Types of hearing aids

    Types of Hearing Aids Explained

    There are many different types of hearing loss which can affect a wide range of people, and a variety of types of hearing aids to suit each requirement. Help in Hearing can provide hearing aids which are suitable for a variety of hearing problems, and as specialists in hearing aids in Marlow, you can feel confident that your hearing is in safe hands with our expert team. We understand that every patient is different, and that every patient’s needs are unique, which is why we will work hard to tailor a hearing solution to suit your exact requirements.

    At Help in Hearing, we have a thorough testing and consultation process in place to ensure that the hearing aids we provide our patients with are always suitable for both their particular hearing problem and their lifestyle. We can fit and fine tune your new hearing aid to ensure that it works effectively and gives you the improvement in hearing that you are looking for.

    Whichever hearing aid we select for you, you can rest assured that it will provide a huge improvement in your quality of life. From enjoying a lively conversation with friends, to taking in a concert of Steinway pianos, there are a number of things which will vastly improve when your hearing does. Read on for a quick breakdown of the types of hearing aids that we can supply, and the patients that each of these are suitable for.

    Unique Lyric Hearing Aids

    The only extended wear, maintenance free and entirely invisible hearing aid

    Deep Canal Hearing Aids

    Mild to moderate hearing loss tackled by an entirely invisible device

    In-the-Ear Hearing Aids

    A full shell aid for moderate to severe hearing problems

    In-the-Canal Hearing Aids

    For mild to severe hearing loss

    Completely in the Canal Hearing Aids

    Suitable for a variety of patients with mild, moderate and severe hearing problems

    Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids

    Either with a custom mould for all levels of hearing loss, or open ear for hearing loss from moderate to high frequencies

    Receiver in the Canal Hearing Aids

    With either a custom shell or open fitting

    Types of hearing aids – where to find out more

    When you are in need of relief from hearing loss, and are looking for a company who can supply hearing aids in the Marlow area,which are small and discreet yet highly effective, contact Help in Hearing today to begin your journey towards healthier hearing.

  • 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.