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  • How to look after your hearing

    How to look after your hearing

    As with our sight, hearing is one of the things that we take for granted until it begins to deteriorate. For many, hearing loss is an inevitable development in life, but it is never too late to start looking after your hearing. Whether you already use hearing aids or simply want to protect your hearing, the following steps will tell you how to look after your hearing and keep it in the best possible shape throughout your life.

    Regular hearing testing

    Regular hearing tests are important for every individual. Identifying a problem early will make it easier to treat and will give you the best chance of protecting your hearing from damage. Like eyesight tests, hearing tests should be performed regularly and by a trusted professional. Use an independent audiologist who will be able to assess your hearing development over a number of years and keep your ears in tip-top condition.

    Music volume

    Listening to loud music and films is one of the most common causes of hearing damage. If you are a regular user of headphones, you should ensure that you keep them turned down to a reasonable level. Install a volume control app on your phone and this will prevent you from doing damage to the eardrums.

    Noise at work

    If you are exposed to noise at work, it’s very important that you wear the correct protective equipment. Workplace noise will very frequently exceed recommended levels. If you think that this is the case, talk to your employer about protective equipment. Employers are legally obliged to provide this if noise levels are too high.

    Hearing aids

    If your hearing does start to deteriorate, you should consider your long-term hearing health and seek advice on whether to use a hearing aid. Struggling on with poor hearing will mean that you are constantly increasing the volume of things around you and the result of this will be increased damage. A hearing aid, however, can help to regulate the volume and expose you to the correct level of sound for a comfortable life.

    How to look after your hearing – where to find out more

    At Help in Hearing we At Help in Hearing we will be able to educate and advise you on how to best take care of this most precious of senses – your hearing. We are a local independent, family run hearing healthcare practice. Our commitment to provide outstanding service related to hearing health is unfaltering. We love what we do and with a combined 50 years’ experience, we are proud to offer our clients unrivalled standards of professional hearing health care. Please get in touch to talk to us about how to look after your hearing.

    We explain noise and hearing protection on our Hearing Health web section, please visit to find out more about how to protect your hearing.

     

  • How to treat tinnitus

    Tinnitus and how to treat it

    At Help in Hearing, we provide superior consultancy, advice, and support to enable our clients to get on top of any hearing issues they’re experiencing, and we find that lots of the people that come to us do so because they’re affected by one condition in particular: tinnitus.  

    Causing individuals to hear certain sounds that come from inside their body rather than outside, tinnitus often manifests itself as a sort of ringing noise in the ears, although it is also reported as a buzzing, whistling, hissing, grinding, and humming sensation. It can even be heard as noises similar to music and singing.

    This can be very annoying for those affected by tinnitus, especially because the condition can also be accompanied by a slight deterioration in your hearing, or an increased sensitivity to everyday sounds.

    If any of this sounds familiar, you might want to keep on reading to find out what causes tinnitus and and how to treat tinnitus…

    Tinnitus severity

    If you’re concerned that you may be experiencing tinnitus, rest assured that you needn’t worry too much. Rarely a sign of anything serious, it is usually irritating, but not detrimental to your health.

    However, more severe cases can have a greater impact on the everyday lives of people who experience tinnitus, with some claiming to find it distressing, and feeling that it impacts their concentration, causes difficulty sleeping, and even depression.

    Although the condition will usually resolve itself gradually, this is why some choose to seek medical help to treat the problem and ensure a quicker resolution.

    Causes of tinnitus

    If you feel you might be affected, you’re probably wondering what causes tinnitus. There are a number of possible catalysts, including but not limited to:

    • Age-related hearing loss
    • Repeated exposure to loud noises
    • A build-up of earwax
    • A middle ear infection
    • Otosclerosis (an inherited condition causing abnormal bone growth inside the ear)

    However, do note that around one-third of cases have no obvious cause.

    How to treat tinnitus

    If you believe that you’re experiencing tinnitus and would like to seek treatment for the condition, there’s plenty that can be done for it. Although no single method works for everyone, there are lots of possibilities to try.

    If there is an underlying cause, resolving this is one place to start. This means that should you have earwax, for example, it may be as simple as having this removed. If the catalyst is less specific, one of the following might be suggested:

    • Hearing aids: Many people find that wearing hearing aids to correct their hearing also reduces or completely gets rid of their tinnitus.
    • Sound therapy: This is where the tinnitus affected person listens to neutral sounds in order to distract from the symptoms of tinnitus. An example of this is the Widex ZEN2GO, which emits random, soothing harmonic tones to help you relax and manage your tinnitus.
    • Counselling: Where tinnitus is affecting your quality of life, you may also be encouraged to try counselling, in order to learn how best to cope with the condition.
    • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): Therapy can also be useful for some individuals, helping them to focus less on the noise they hear so its impact is reduced.
    • Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT): Similar to the above, TRT can be used to retrain the way your brain responds to tinnitus, teaching it to tune out the sounds so you’re less affected by them.

    Tinnitus Support Group

    If you live in the Marlow and Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire areas, you may wish to attend our next Tinnitus Support Group event, which is on Wednesday February 7th at our Marlow hearing clinic. Or see dates for future events on our Tinnitus Support Group page. Please contact us on 0345 222 0579 to book your place.

    How to treat tinnitus – where to find out more

    Find out more about tinnitus on our page, Tinnitus Explained.

    Find out some ways we can help you manage tinnitus.

  • Holistic hearing care

    Why a holistic approach to hearing care is best

    There is no doubt that our hearing is one of the most important senses we have and looking after it is absolutely key. Taking a holistic approach to our hearing health is not only vital, but extremely sensible also. It can help prevent hearing loss and flag up any dangers well in advance so they can be dealt with in good time. Here we discuss why a holistic hearing approach is best.

    What is a holistic hearing approach?

    A holistic stance on hearing health is one that involves incorporating it into our daily lives and making it something we keep a keen check on, even if nothing is wrong. Think of it in a similar way to visiting the dentist for our oral health. We all make sure we do that at least twice a year, even if we think our teeth are totally fine. It is just something we all do as we know that prevention is better than cure, so doing this keeps us as healthy as possible.

    The holistic approach to hearing works in the same way – it just means doing everything you can before any issues arise to prevent hearing loss, and keeping your ears in great shape by visiting an audiologist.

    How to implement a holistic hearing approach

    In the same way that you regularly visit a dentist, frequent visits to an audiologist are a fabulous idea. This will allow any issues such as earwax build-up to be discovered or give you the chance to discuss any issues you have noticed such as tinnitus. By doing this, you will nip any problems in the bud before they develop and keep your ears in the best of health for longer.

    Holistic hearing care – where to find out more

    If you are looking for a professional and experienced audiologist in the Buckinghamshire area, then contact us today. With 15 years in the business, we offer a friendly service that puts the customer at the very heart of what we do. Our continuity of service means you will see the same audiologist every time you visit for that added personal touch. Call or email us today and let us help you stay on top of your hearing health.

    Find out more about hearing health and hearing changes here.

  • Date ideas for hearing loss

    Top 5 date ideas for couples with hearing loss

    Dating with hearing loss can be different than being in a “hearing” relationship – but there are some things that can make it easier. For example, picking the right places to go for your date. This article gives you our top 5 date ideas for couples with hearing loss.

    If your partner has hearing loss, it’s important that when choosing somewhere to go on a date, each person is comfortable in the location. There’s no point in going somewhere noisy, busy or complicated, as it brings many more challenges to those with a hearing loss. A date is meant to be time spent getting to know the other person, while having fun. With background noise, or too many people or distractions, your partner with hearing loss will have a difficult time enjoying the experience.

    So how do you pick somewhere to go on a date, where both of you is comfortable?

    Top 5 date ideas for couples with hearing loss:

    1. Picnic in a park, stroll along a river or a wander around a lake

    Picnic in a park

    Enjoy a tranquil walk around a scenic park or river. This is a perfect opportunity to get to know your date, in a quiet area with beautiful scenery. Make the location even more romantic by having a picnic or just find a nice bench to sit on and talk. Or you can walk down to a local duck pond and have a picnic! You can enjoy each other’s company and the wildlife gives you plenty to talk about. Just being in nature is a great conversation builder.

    2. A quiet bar or restaurant

    Quiet bar or restaurant

    Research beforehand into quiet bars or restaurants near you, with small rooms with good lighting or acoustics. This gives you the opportunity to have a drink or a bite to eat while enjoying a conversation with your date.

    Noisy restaurants are a dating pet-peeve of ours! In the UK, we have Action on Hearing Loss’ new campaign ‘Speak Easy’, to encourage quieter dining experiences. I’m hoping that noisy restaurants will soon be a thing of the past! But until this happens, it’s important to research into where you will be going to eat. There’s no point in going somewhere dark and noisy and not being able to understand one another. You don’t want to resort to using your phone light to lipread each other!

    3. Mini-golf

    A game of mini-golf

    Mini-golf, or pitch and putt, is a simple, easy sport that is perfect for a couple with hearing loss. You don’t get too far away from each other when playing, so it’s still possible to talk and hear one another. It is also a great activity to bring out some competitiveness in each other!

    4. A quiet night at home

    Quiet night at home

    This may be the most obvious choice, but there are many ways to make it fun. Why not dress up smart, cook a meal, or order a takeaway while watching a movie? You can also play board games to bring out the competitiveness in each other. The home is a perfect place for a date because you can usually control the noise levels and make it as romantic or fun as you’d like.

    5. Aquariums/Museums

    Aquariums or museums

    Aquariums are so vibrant and visual with many wonderful sea creatures to watch. It’s also usually quiet – as are other museums. Why not check out what’s in your area and learn or experience something new with your partner!

    Hearing loss – how we can help

    With 50 years combined experience, we at Help in Hearing are proud to offer our clients unrivalled standards of professional hearing health care. We love what we do and our passion is to help change people’s lives.

    If you think you need a hearing test, please give us a call on 0345 222 0579 or fill in our contact form. Find out more about our hearing tests.

  • What is earwax?

    What is earwax? And how not to clean your ears

    What is earwax? We all have it, but nobody really wants to talk about it. Ear wax.

    Ear wax is the everyday name for the waxy yellow substance in your ear canals. It’s medical term is cerumen, and believe it or not, it does actually have a function. Produced by the sebum glands under the hair follicles at the entrance of the ear canal, cerumen not only protects the sensitive skin lining your ear canals, but it also helps to keep your ear canals clean, lubricated, free from bacteria and fungus, and most importantly, keeps foreign objects and substances like excess water from entering the canal.

    Never put anything in your ears

    Never put cotton buds in your ears

    This seems simple enough, but this is the number one mistake people make when cleaning their ears or trying to clean an obstruction. If you think your ears are obstructed, contact a specialist and do not try to remove it yourself!

    How NOT to clean your ears

    The ears are an amazing part of our anatomy and are fairly self-sufficient. Your ears do a great job of keeping themselves clean and functioning properly, so there should rarely be a need for human intervention.

    However, things happen and sometimes we must step in. Just remember – as tempting as it may be – don’t stick anything in your ear canals! This includes cotton buds. These are great for applying make-up or small cleaning projects around the house, but NEVER PUT THEM IN YOUR EARS.

    1. Don’t go in after the wax yourself

    The best way to clean excess earwax is to gently wipe the visible earwax from the entrance of the ear canal using a moist flannel or tissue. Do not put anything into the ear canal!

    2. Don’t use ear candles

    Ear candle

    The theory behind the ear candle treatment is that the heat creates a vacuum that pulls out ear wax (think sucking oxygen out of a bottle). The only problem with this treatment is that there is little evidence that a strong enough vacuum (if any) is created and also, there is a big risk for injury from the flame or hot wax.

    When to clean the ears and consult a specialist

    Some symptoms may seem more obvious than others, however these are all signs that your earwax should be removed or you should go to see a specialist audiologist.

    • Trouble hearing or sudden loss of hearing
    • Pain
    • Itching
    • Feeling that your ear canals are blocked
    • Dizziness
    • Ringing
    • Problem with balance *seek medical attention immediately

    Excess ear wax

    Excessive ear wax can be caused by a number of factors, and normally happens when the ear canal narrows. This narrowing of the canal can be the result of infection, certain skin disorders, or the body’s response to blockage. Indicators that your earwax production may be high include a ringing in the ears (tinnitus), trouble hearing, itching or pain in the ear canal.

    The best way to clean excess earwax is to gently wipe the visible earwax from the outer ear. Do not put anything in your ear!

    Ear blockage

    The most common reason to have your ears checked and earwax removed is blockage. Some of the main reasons for blockage are caused by bad habits, such as:

    • Pushing ear wax in with cotton buds
    • Frequent use of ear bud headphones, noise blockers or ear plugs
    • Hearing aid devices
    • Or one could just naturally be prone to earwax over-production

    If you have any problems with your ears, you should consult a specialist.

    Earwax – how we can help

    Here at Help in Hearing we offer an earwax microsuction service. Earwax microsuction is a procedure which uses gentle suction to remove excessive or troublesome ear wax. It is performed with the aid of a surgical microscope and a calibrated suction device, without the introduction of any materials or liquids. Ear wax microsuction is one of the safest, most effective, quickest and most comfortable methods of removing ear wax.

    We are now able to offer ear wax microsuction in the Bucks and Berks area. Find out more on our Ear Wax Microsuction page.

    If you have concerns about ear wax, please call 0845 222 0579 to book an appointment at the Farnham Common or Marlow practice.

  • Hearing Protection

    10 Changes Which Could Save Your Hearing

    Over 1.1 billion people around the world are affected by hearing loss, yet with some simple hearing protection steps, you can prevent some hearing loss. Here are some small changes you could make in your life to save your own hearing.

    1. What are your ears telling you?

    What are your ears telling you?

    Are you hearing rushing or whistling sounds in your head? If so this could be a sign you should allow your ears to have a day of peace and quiet, turn the volume down on radio and TV and your devices.

    2. In the ear headphones – use at 60% of maximum volume

    The 60-60 Rule

    The music coming through your in the ear headphones can be at levels of 100 to 115 decibels. To give you an idea of what this means, it’s the equivalent level to using a chainsaw or attending a rock concert and can cause major damage to your ears. Employ the 60:60 rule and continue to enjoy your music but listen at 60% of the maximum volume for no more than 60 minutes a day.

    3. Wear head protection

    Wear Head Protection

    If your’re skiing, riding a bicycle, motorbike or playing sports where concussions are common, wear the proper protective head gear. Similarly if you work on a construction site and other dangerous environments, using protective headgear can help save your ears and more. This is because head injuries and skull fractures are common causes for inner ear hearing loss.

    4. Keep your ears warm

    Keep your ears warm

    In cold conditions less blood is circulated in the ears, and this can increase the risk of ear infections. A cold head may cause cramped muscles in the neck and a continuous tension of muscles in this area can lead to ear problems, such as tinnitus. Cold and wind can irritate the ear canal, which often causes pain in the outer part of the ear. Water in the ears can easily cause inflammation in cold conditions. Frostbite can quickly occur in the ears in sub-zero temperatures.

    5. Carry ear protection with you

    Carry ear protection

    There are many ways you can protect your ears, such as ear plugs, ear moulds, ear muffs, wadding, swimming ear plugs and so on. Make sure you carry ear protection with you if you know you’re going to a loud environment. Find out more about hearing protection at the Hear the World Foundation website.

    6. Keep a healthy lifestyle

    Keep a healthy lifestyle

    Smoking, medication, anxiety and an unhealthy lifestyle can be hard on your hearing. More than 450 drugs can damage hearing, while stress or anxiety can cause tinnitus problems. Smoking has also been linked to hearing problems. Make healthy lifestyle choice for healthy ears.

    7. Wear headphones

    Wear headphones

    The EU standard stipulates a limit of 100 decibels for MP3 players, however many devices are louder than this and further increase the danger of hearing damage. Instead of these, choose noise-cancelling headphones, or muff-type headphones, which block out background noise and allow you to still hear your music at lower volume levels.

    8. Is your workout damaging your hearing?

    Is your workout damaging your hearing?

    Cardio exercise is beneficial to your overall health and ears but be wary of the noise levels during your workout. Music and booming bass designed to pump you up, may be breaking down your ears. Ask your trainer to turn the music down to a safe level (there are apps which can be used to measure the volume) or pack a pair of earplugs in your gym bag.

    9. How loud is your daily life?

    How loud is your daily life?

    Assess your noise lifestyle – do you work in an office (40 decibels)? Do you have a baby (110 decibels)? Or do you enjoy going to football games (117 decibels)? If you know the common noises in your life and their decibel levels, you can assess when your ears need a break. Sounds which are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. The maximum exposure time at 85 decibels is 8 hours, but at 110 decibels, the maximum exposure time is 1 minute 29 seconds, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Visit this NHS page to find out more about exposure to noise and hearing protection.

    10. Don’t put up with noise at work

    Don't put up with noise at work

    If you’re experiencing noise at work, talk to your human resources (HR) department or your manager and ask for advice on reducing the noise and getting hearing protection.

    Help with Hearing Protection

    At Help in Hearing, we can advise you on the most appropriate hearing protection, from custom made solutions, in the ear monitors, electronic noise suppressors for those that shoot or a non-customised product such as ER20’s, should you need something urgent for a one off event. We also supply customised swim moulds. Please email us or call us on 0345 222 0579 to discuss your hearing protection.

  • Hearing loss and the link to dementia

    Love, Marriage and Mishearing

    Mishearing can lead to frustration and misunderstanding for one or both partners in a relationship, but how do you prevent mishearing in the first place?

    Patience is very important. Communicating openly can help you and your partner maintain a lasting, loving relationship.

    Here are some of the basic steps, which any couple can employ, to build and maintain strong marital relationships.

    Set Expectations – Educate Your Partner

    Understanding the logistics of your partner’s hearing can mean taking a big step forward in your communication. A hard-of-hearing person may take up to five seconds to process the answer to a simple yes or no question. And frequently, a hard-of-hearing person only catches a percentage of the words spoken, and has to guess the rest of the meaning. If you’re a hearing person, that can seem like a very long time, because you’re expecting an instant answer. Sometimes the hearing person might say things like “Never mind, it wasn’t important,” which sends out the message that the hard-of-hearing person is not important, although that is probably not the intent.

    Instead of allowing this to happen, the couple can ensure that the hearing partner knows what to expect in their communication. If you can both accept the reality that there is a cognitive delay in offering a response to a simple question, it will help.

    Partners should make sure each one understands the other’s capabilities. It’s important for the hard-of-hearing partner to understand how much the hearing partner can hear. It’s often the case that hard-of-hearing people think that hearing people could hear everything. But that might not be the case if the hearing partner is in one room running water in the sink or vacuuming, they might not be able to hear the other person. Ironically, the hard-of-hearing person can become frustrated if their hearing partner can’t hear them. Talking about this issue can help both partners understand each other’s perspective a little better.

    Make a Plan

    Planning ahead and discussing contingencies is an important part of setting expectations. Acknowledging any concerns can highlight the need to anticipate how hearing loss can alter or prevent communication in different situations.

    Communicate About Communicating

    Make sure your partner understands how you feel. Explain to your family the best way for you to be able to “hear” them, for example, ask them to talk to you if they’re facing you, so you can see their lips move and their facial expression and better understand what is being said.

    Communicating effectively with each other is the first step preventing mishearing. Educating others is the next. If you have new acquaintances, make it clear with them that you or your partner is hearing impaired. Openness is paramount to getting support from others.

    Take Joy

    All relationships have bumps in the road, but the partners who can work through these issues together—and take something positive from them—are the most successful. You may get frustrated, and you may bark at each other, but hopefully you can end up laughing about it.

    Preventing mishearing

    In most cases, mishearing is preventable with routine hearing checks throughout life.

    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 a client wish to proceed with our recommendation.

    Unlike widely advertised high street/national outlets who are basically affiliated with one major hearing aid manufacturer, we are proudly independent. This means we can give entirely unbiased advice about the most appropriate hearing aids that we feel best suit each individual. We deal with all the major hearing aid manufacturers, Phonak hearing aids, Oticon, Widex and GN ReSound to name but a few and supply all types of hearing aids, including the latest digital hearing aids and invisible hearing aids, such as Lyric hearing aids also known as hidden hearing aids.

    If you’d like to discuss hearing loss or mishearing, either your own or a friend or loved one, please contact us.

  • Tips for Travelling with Hearing Loss

    You may travel for work, you may travel for pleasure – either way the chances are you will be planning a trip over the summer this year. But travelling with hearing loss presents its very own challenges, which can make for an interesting adventure! Here are some tips for travelling with hearing loss from our friends at Phonak.

    Tips for Travelling by Plane

    • When booking a flight, always sign up for flight change alerts via text or email. If someone else books the flight for you, follow up with the airline to ensure you receive updated information by phone or email.Try to book a seat up front where the flight crew can find you and communicate with you if needed.
    • Notify the flight staff and flight crew of your communication needs and ask them to let you know if there are any travel changes.
    • Leave your hearing technology in place. Hearing aids and cochlear implants do not have to be removed before going through airport scanners.
    • Airlines prohibit deaf and hard of hearing persons from sitting in exit row seats for safety reasons.

    Tips for Travelling by Car

    • If you’re the driver and you lip-read or sign/cue, teach your passengers to insert pauses in their conversation when your eyes are on the road.
    • Ask passengers to use an FM system in order to deliver the conversation right to your ears. This allows you to keep your eyes on the road at all times.
    • Use a Bluetooth phone system to provide hands-free access to calls.

    Tips for Travelling by Bus or Train

    • If there are no visible names for each stop, enlist the help of a nearby passenger to let you know when a certain stop comes up. Another trick is to count the number of stops until yours. Buses and trains that have visual displays of stops and information are most helpful.
    • Tell a fellow traveller or an attendant that you have hearing loss so that you don’t miss any safety announcements.

    Tips for staying in a hotel or resort

    • Some hotels have a visual signal alert for the doors and alarm clock. Ask for details of these at the front desk or when you make your reservations.
    • Many hotels use universal remotes with the one-click “CC” closed-captioning button. No more having to go through five menu screens to turn on the captioning!
    • If you’re travelling without an alarm clock and the hotel doesn’t have a visual alarm kit, one trick you can use to make sure you wake up early: Drink a couple of glasses of water before heading to bed. This will wake you up on time!
    • If you’re travelling internationally, you may need an outlet converter to charge your rechargeable batteries for your implant or hearing aids, or to plug in your electronic devices.

    If you have any other tips for travelling with hearing loss, we’d love to hear them, just add a comment below.

    If you’d like to discuss hearing loss, either your own or a friend or loved one, please contact us.

  • What to do if your hearing aids get wet

    I’m often asked what to do if hearing aids get wet. Usually this is accidental – one lady recently saw to her horror that her hearing aids had accidentally fallen off her sunlonger and into a hotel swimming pool!

    Most hearing aids can survive up to about 30 minutes in water, so if you are able to rescue them within that time, the first thing to do is to dry them out as quickly as possible.

    How to dry your hearing aids

    • Remove any surface water with a soft, dry cloth
    • Take out the battery and check for surface water inside the battery door
    • Leave your hearing aids in a warm dry place, an airing cupboard or a shelf above a radiator. Don’t place them directly on a heat source though. Leave them to try for about an hour. Never put your hearing aid in a microwave as this will cause irreversible damage!
    • Put a new battery into the hearing aids

    Doing all the above should mean that your hearing aids are just fine. If there is still a problem you may need to take your hearing aid in to your audiologist or hearing aid professional for repair due to water damage.

    Unless you’re wearing the new Lyric hearing aids that can be kept in continuously, it’s best to remove your hearing aid before showering, bathing or swimming. It’s also a good idea to remove the battery from the hearing aid at night and leave the battery compartment open, to keep it aired and free from moisture and condensation.

    If you have any questions about maintenance or repair of your hearing aids, please get in touch.

  • Types of hearing aids

    Which Hearing Aid is Best for Me?

    There is no need to live with the effects of hearing loss or endure the negative impact that it can have on your life. Help in Hearing can provide a wide variety of effective hearing solutions for all our patients. Our hearing aid audiologists offer expert advice and high quality hearing aids from our hearing clinics in Farnham Common and Marlow, and which are ideal for a variety of lifestyles and budgets. In this article we look at the different types of hearing aid available.

    Hearing loss can have a negative impact on all aspects of your life, from listening to music or having a conversation in a noisy restaurant, to attending a training course. Help in Hearing are proud of their independence and are therefore in a position to choose hearing aids from any of the major hearing aid manufacturers.

    Below are just a selection of the type of aids we can supply, depending on your requirements and severity of your hearing loss.

    Extended Wear and Maintenance-free Hearing Aids

    Phonak Lyric is the only aid in this category. The Lyric hearing aid sits deep within the ear canal, close to the ear drum, is totally invisible and stays in the ear 24/7 for up to 90 days. No battery changes required, no cleaning required, hence it is termed as the ‘Contact Lens’ for the ear.

    Deep Canal Hearing Aids

    These are also entirely invisible, but they are custom built and can be taken out at night. They will need to have a change of batteries approximately every 5 days.

    In-the-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)

    In the ear hearing aids can be made as a small completely in the canal (CIC), canal (ITC), half shell (HS) or full shell (FS) aid. They are all custom built and depending on the shape, size and power required can be a good alternative to a behind the ear aid.

    Some of these aids have batteries which don’t need to be changed, (they are rechargeable) need very little maintenance and are particularly suitable for people who have dexterity problems.

    Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids (ITE)

    The original and conventional behind the ear hearing aids feature a custom ear mould, which is inserted into the ear and has a tube to which the hearing aid is connected. These hearing aids are positioned behind the ear and are one of the most common hearing aids supplied by the National Health Service.

    Other behind the ear hearing aids have very slim tubing to which small plastic domes are added and are placed into the ear canal. They are a good cosmetic alternative to the conventional BTE aids using the custom moulds and are also standard NHS supplied aids.

    The currently most popular and best cosmetic behind the ear solution is the receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aid, where the amplifier is connected at the end of a very fine wire and is positioned into the ear canal, either on a small plastic dome or a very small custom made ear mould. On the other end of this virtually invisible wire is the hearing aid itself, which is generally extremely small and very light so the user is hardly aware of it being there.

    Professional Audiologists Covering Slough, Marlow & Maidenhead

    Whether you have recently begun to notice deterioration in your hearing, or you have been suffering for many years, do not make do with an outdated, inefficient hearing aid. Hearing aids from Help in Hearing are modern and sophisticated pieces of technology which will be fitted only after a thorough consultation has been carried out by one of our professional audiologists, but will provide you with a fantastic improvement in hearing quality and lifestyle.

    Please click to find out more about and see pictures of different styles of hearing aids.