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  • Causes of hearing loss

    3 surprising habits which can lead to hearing loss

    Aside from the odd infection and build-up of ear wax, it’s easy to view our ears as fairly simple organs. Though many people don’t realise it, other parts of your body can have a direct impact on the state of your ears. Here are three seemingly unrelated issues that are among the causes of hearing loss.

    Smoking

    No surprise here. If you’re a smoker, you regularly hear how bad it is for you from friends, family, doctors and even cigarette packets. Though the most glaring symptoms are in your respiratory and cardiovascular systems, smoking can also contribute to hearing loss.

    The harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke are detrimental to your inner ear’s ability to transmit vibrations to your brain, and the more you smoke, the more damage you’ll cause to your ear. Though you’ve probably heard this a million times before, second-hand smoke will have the exact same effects on those around you.

    Overeating and under-exercising

    Being overweight places you at risk of many different problems, from circulatory trouble to diabetes to heart problems. Though many aren’t aware of it, all of these health issues have been linked to hearing loss. One 2013 study from the US Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women with higher body mass indexes were 17% more likely to experience some form of hearing loss.

    The study also established that non-strenuous physical activity, such as walking for at least two hours per week, lowered the risk of weight-related hearing loss. Of course, this is just one way body weight affects your health – it’s never too late to establish some healthier habits!

    Not having regular dental check-ups

    Perhaps the most surprising habit that can lead to hearing loss is taking a blasé approach to your dental health. When you don’t keep an eye on your pearly whites, it can allow harmful bacteria to get into the bloodstream, clogging and constricting the arteries that carry blood to the brain. This can cause interference in the way your brain receives signals from your auditory nerve. Poor oral health can also increase your risk of heart problems, diabetes and stroke, which have all been linked with hearing loss.

    Causes of hearing loss – where to find out more

    If you’d like to know more about how to protect your hearing, or if you’d like to have a hearing check-up, please contact us

    Or you can learn more on our Hearing Protection web page.

  • Tinnitus Support Group Report

    Report on our Tinnitus Support Group

    Our latest Tinnitus Support Group meeting at Marlow’s Liston Hall on March 19th was a huge success. The advertising for the event created such an unprecedented amount of interest, we ended up having to turn people away!

    Mr Chris Aldren, the local ENT Consultant, gave a talk titled “Why do we have Tinnitus?” covering aspects of the ear anatomy with a detailed presentation that gave the audience a clearer understanding of the causes of Tinnitus and the various treatment methods. Gilly Wright, the Support Group facilitator, commented: “The maximum attendance figures show how much interest there is in Tinnitus. I am very grateful to Mr Aldren for finding the time to talk to us and so delighted that the Marlow group is taking off like this.”

    Next meeting: 10.30 am Saturday April 7th, Liston Hall – an Introduction to Tai Chi (limited spaces available).

    To book a place please get in touch or call us on 0345 222 0579

    To see other future dates of our Tinnitus Support Group, please visit our web page.

  • Naida B Hearing Aid - Open Day

    Open Day – Phonak Naida B Hearing Aid

    Naida B by Phonak – Open Day

    You are invited to a special hearing event in Marlow

    Help in Hearing Open Day
    Thursday April 26th 2018

    Trial Naida B, the new power hearing aid by Phonak

    The new Naida B device is designed specifically to treat severe to profound hearing loss, offering Adaptive Phonak Digital Contrast technology and a rechargeable Receiver-in-Canal option.

    • More audibility of high-pitched sounds, while maintaining the sound quality of low-pitched sounds
    • Improved speech understanding and reduced listening effort in background noise
    • By combining the Naida B aids with Roger microphone technology, hearing is enhanced in noise nearby and over distance
    • New easy-to-use rechargeable model

    To book your place:

    Email us

    Fill in our contact form

    Call us on 0345 222 0579

  • ConnectClip works with your smartphone

    New – ConnectClip from Oticon

    We are pleased to introduce the Oticon ConnectClip, which transforms your Oticon hearing aids into a wireless stereo headset! Make and receive hands-free phone calls from any modern smartphone. Listen to music in stereo from your tablet or laptop. ConnectClip transforms your Opn hearing aids into a wireless headset, making everyday connections for family, friends and business activities easier and more practical. 

    ConnectClip is an intermediate device, which wirelessly connects Oticon 2.4GHz wireless hearing aids through Bluetooth to most mobile phones. ConnectClip further doubles as a remote/partner microphone for improved 1-to-1 speech understanding in adverse listening situations.

    Headset for mobile phones

    ConnectClip can be paired with most mobile phones through Bluetooth, in effect turning the hearing instruments into a high-quality headset. Sound from the mobile phone is streamed wirelessly directly to the hearing aids, while the ConnectClip’s directional microphones pick up the wearer’s voice.

    Headphones for music

    Audio/music from a Bluetooth-connected mobile phone, MP3 player, etc., is streamed directly in stereo to both hearing aids.

    Remote/Partner microphone

    The ConnectClip works in a special mode as a remote/partner microphone for improved intelligibility of the speaker wearing it, either at a distance (up to 65 feet), in a very noisy environment, or in a combination of the two. 

    PC/Laptop/Computer

    It can at times be difficult to pair/connect directly to a computer’s built-in Bluetooth. To overcome any issues, ConnectClip can be used with the BTD800 USB dongle for easy/hassle-free connectivity.

    ConnectClip – where to find out more

    Visit our Oticon Opn hearing aids page to find out more about the new ConnectClip, as well as the Opn rechargeable hearing aid and connecting to Internet devices with your Opn.

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

  • Why do people avoid hearing tests?

    Why do people avoid hearing tests?

    We all do it. We all have something in our life that we put off for as long as possible. In talking to our clients, we’ve often heard them say that they’ve known there is an issue with their hearing for some time, but have put off doing something about it. So why do people avoid hearing tests?

    Why do people avoid hearing tests?

    For many, it all starts with the rush to do our homework on the school bus on the day it’s due to be handed in. And for others, it’s avoiding taking health tests until absolutely necessary. Procrastination could well be one of the reasons why you or a loved one is avoiding having their hearing tested. Life can be busy and it can seem hard to find the time to even make the appointment, let alone attend a consultation.

    Hearing loss is just a sign of ageing?

    Older people may be under the impression that impaired hearing is just a normal part of advanced age. So they decide not to “bother” anyone with it.

    Misplaced fears

    In all honesty, for some people it is easier to “side step” the issue because they fear the worst. It becomes preferable to ignore difficulties in hearing people speaking, ringing in your ears or the constant need to increase the TV or radio volume. Or possibly the thing holding you back is the misconception that hearing difficulties will lead to the “embarrassment” of having an obvious and inconvenient hearing aid. Maybe you are concerned about an elderly relative who is showing signs of tinnitus or hearing deficit, but you’re concerned that confronting them will cause upset and arguments.

    Worsening problems and their impact

    However, hearing health is not something you should take lightly. And delaying a hearing test could actually be making your problems worse. At the very least, your quality of life could be seriously eroded. If it is a gradual decline, you may not even be fully aware of just how much you are missing out on. It could be that you’ve started turning down social engagements, and you have become more insular and lacking in confidence. Or, you feel depressed and frustrated.

    One call for improved hearing

    Yet all of the above can be soothed away with a visit to an understanding and approachable independent audiologist. An appointment can be made that fits with your lifestyle and schedule. Your audiologist can test you, and talk you through the options in a calm and clear way. Whatever action is required can be arranged seamlessly. It all leads to a huge sense of relief and most likely an improvement in your quality of life.

    So why wait? Contact us today.

    Hearing tests – where to find out more

    To talk to us about hearing tests or to book an appointment, please get in touch or complete our hearing test request form.

    Find out what to expect from a hearing assessment with Help in Hearing.

  • Win a pair of Aftershokz headphones

    Help us launch our new website and win a pair of Aftershokz headphones

    Customers click here to enter    Not a customer? Click here to enter

     

    Customers

    You may have noticed we’ve recently launched a brand new, redesigned website which provides a clear message of our commitment to provide outstanding service related to all aspects of hearing health. As part of this relaunch, we’d really love it if you would help us by providing a review score of Help in Hearing on Facebook and/or Google.

    Leave your review and enter competition

     

    Win a pair of Aftershokz bone conductor headphones

    Aftersjplz Trekz Titanium Headphones

    If you’re already a customer of Help In Hearing and provide a review for us, you will go into our prize draw where you could win a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless stereo headphones, considered to be the safest alternative to traditional sport headphones and earbuds. Bone conduction technology, an open ear design and a suite of convenient features deliver premium music play and crystal clear calling without compromise. Designed with athletes in mind, Trekz Titanium are sweatproof, secure, and will allow you to hear your surroundings – no matter where life takes you. 

     

    Not a customer?

    Like us on Facebook if you’re not already a customer

    If you’re not already one of our customers, you can still enter the competition to win the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones. All you need to do is Like the Help in Hearing Facebook page, then fill in the online entry form here. Visit our Facebook page and click Like to be eligible to enter, then go to our page “Win a pair of amazing Aftershokz headphones” to enter the competition.

    Like our Facebook page  and then   Enter the competition to win Aftershokz headphones

     

    Win a pair of Aftershokz bone conductor headphones

    Aftersjplz Trekz Titanium Headphones

    If you’re already a customer of Help In Hearing and provide a review for us, you will go into our prize draw where you could win a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium wireless stereo headphones, considered to be the safest alternative to traditional sport headphones and earbuds. Bone conduction technology, an open ear design and a suite of convenient features deliver premium music play and crystal clear calling without compromise. Designed with athletes in mind, Trekz Titanium are sweatproof, secure, and will allow you to hear your surroundings – no matter where life takes you. 

     

     

    About the charity & competition T&Cs

    Donation to charity for every review received

    Alzheimers Dementia Support

    For every review we receive, we’ll make a donation to local charity, Alzheimers Dementia Support (ADS). There is an ever growing number of people with dementia and their carers within our local community of Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot, Slough and Langley who can benefit from the services of the Alzheimers Dementia Support charity. This is why we’ve chosen to support the charity with our donations to help their work. Your review on Google and Facebook will help the charity as we are making a donation for every review received. 

    Competition details

    The competition starts on 29th November 2017 and will close at midnight on 19th January 2018.  We will draw a winner at random within 7 days of the closing date. The winner will be notified directly by email and then we will announce details of the winner on our website and on our social media channels after that.

    Full Terms and Conditions can be found here.

     

     

  • Join us for mince pies and mulled wine

    Join us for Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

    Join us for mince pies and mulled wine at both our practices:

    Call in any time from 2.30pm – 6.30pm

    Tuesday 5th December at Farnham Common

    Thursday 7th December at Marlow

    Plus: Enter a free draw to win a luxury festive hamper, supplied by GN Resound

     

    • Enhance your hearing for Christmas
    • Book in for a complimentary hearing check
    • Have your hearing aid serviced ready for Christmas
    • Take up the offer of a free hearing aid trial

     

    RSVP: Email us or Call us on 0345 2220579

  • Charity firewalk for Action on Hearing

    Gilly’s firewalk raises £605 for charity Action on Hearing Loss

    In an earlier blog we told you that our Practice Manager, Gilly Wright, was about to do a charity firewalk. Well, we’re thrilled to report that Gilly has raised £605 for hearing charity Action on Hearing Loss, by doing a firewalk on the 2nd November. The firewalk involved walking barefoot across 15 feet of burning embers, which reach temperatures as high as 800 degrees!

    After the event, Gilly said:

    “The Firewalk was fantastic. The event was led by Scott Bell, twice holder of the Guinness World Record for the greatest fire walking distance. He was so inspiring that I didn’t once believe I couldn’t do it. In fact I ended up walking over the hot embers three times! I have raised £605 for Action on Hearing Loss and would like to thank everyone for their wonderful generosity and to Selma Becker for all her support. No blisters, just a big smile on my face and a cheer at the end.”

    Here are some photos from the event:

    Gilly after doing the firewalk  The group celebrate their firewalk achievement  Gilly raised £605 for the Action on Hearing Loss charity

     

    Photo by Joshua Newton on Unsplash

     

  • Noisy dining at a cowboy restaurant

    Noisy dining – a story from Michael Colston

    We enjoyed this recent letter about noisy dining from one of our clients, Michael Colston:

     

    In your latest newsletter, you ask for stories about noisy dining. I offer the following:

    Many years ago a Texan friend took me to a real, hundred percent cowboy restaurant in the outback of Texas. There were perhaps 200 diners and as you would expect in that situation I was the only man not wearing a hat (Stetson) at the dinner table. The blare of pop music was unbearable. One of the diners asked the waitress to switch off the loudspeaker. She refused saying it was company policy to have music and most people enjoyed it. I doubt that, said the Texan and he wandered round several tables and everybody said they would like the music switched off. So he asked the waitress once more to switch the music off and after a heated argument she refused and walked away.

    With that, the Texan calmly drew his revolver and shot the loudspeaker. There was a small shower of plaster and the other diners just looked round for a moment to see what was up, and then continued eating their meal. Evidently that event was not remarkable in that part of the world!

    Regards

    Michael Colston

  • Charity firewalk for Action on Hearing

    Walking on fire for charity

    Gilly Wright will do a firewalk in NovemberOur new Practice Manager, Gilly Wright, is taking her role so seriously she has volunteered to walk across 15 feet of burning embers in London on 2nd November, for Action on Hearing Loss.

    No tricks, no special effects, just the firewalk. If she can walk a path as hot as 800 degrees, imagine what else she might be capable of!

    Action against Hearing Loss is the largest charity in the UK, funding research and support for people affected by hearing loss. Anyone who is interested in sponsoring Gilly on her firewalk please ask for the sponsorship form when you next call in to one of our hearing clinics. Or go to Gilly’s Just Giving page to donate.

     

    Update: To find out how Gilly got on and how much she raised for charity, please view our update article.