• Hearing technology days

    Hearing Technology Days

    Exhibition and talks by the UK’s leading hearing suppliers at our hearing technology days in November

    Join us for an exhibition of multi-functional hearing aids.  Hear about exciting new developments including:

    • Automatic foreign language translation facility
    • Remote contact with your audiologist
    • Health and fitness tracking on mobile apps
    • Aids that recharge in seconds & last for hours

    Two days – two venues

    MARLOW

    Hearing technology day, Marlow

    Wednesday 28th November 2018
    10:00am – 4:00pm
    Harleyford Golf Club
    Henley Road, Marlow SL7 2SP

    STOKE POGES

    The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club

    Thursday 29th November 2018
    10:00am – 4:00pm
    The South Buckinghamshire Golf Club
    Park Road, Stoke Poges SL2 4PJ

    Don’t miss out on enhancing your life with the most advanced hearing technology
    There is no charge to attend but places are limited.
    For further details and to book, call or email:

    To book:

    Call: 0345 222 0579
    Or Email Us

    Schedule of Talks

    10:15am Energy Cell Technology, Widex
    11:00am The Flex Ecosystem, Unitron
    11:45am The Future of Hearing Aids, Oticon
    1:15pm The Power & Convenience of Rechargeable Hearing Aids, Signia
    2:00pm A New Dimension in Hearing, Starkey
    2:45pm Remote Assist and Personalising Hearing Care, GN Resound
    3:30pm Future concepts for Mobile Phone Conversations, Phonak

    Plus Exclusive Offers, Vouchers and Prize Draw

    Exclusive offers

    Exclusive offers and a complimentary hearing assessment voucher for all visitors worth £120

     

     

    Plus:

    • £500 off a pair of Widex Evoke hearing aids
    • Free TV streamer or remote control with every pair of hearing aids purchased from GN Resound
    • Free ConnectClip with every Binaural order of OPNs from Oticon
    • Free upgrade in technology level from Unitron
    • Free mini mobile, remote mic or remote control plus a complimentary charger on various Starkey ranges at certain technology levels
    • • £500 off any pair of Signia hearing aids, including the new Silk and Styletto models
    • A free TV Connect for the new Marvel aid by Phonak

    Special offers & prizes at our hearing technology days

     

    Win a hamper

    All visitors can enter our prize draw to win a luxury Fortnum & Mason Christmas Hamper.

    Win a Fortnum & Mason Christmas Hamper

     

    To book:

    Call: 0345 222 0579
    Or Email Us

     

    PLEASE NOTE: The offers shown are provided by Help in Hearing partners attending the events, and are subject to change based on availability. 

  • Quiz night October 2018

    Quiz Night Success – Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – October 2018

    We are delighted to announce that we raised £450 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People at our Quiz Night last week. Held at the South Buckinghamshire Golf Club, the event was great fun and very popular, with eight teams competing for the luxury prize of a Fortnum & Mason hamper.

    We kicked off with an interesting talk by Mike & Clare Coote, dedicated volunteers for the charity, who gave us an insight into the commitment of taking on a puppy and the training guidelines that go with it. Their delightful Hearing Dog puppies Cooper and Hedley, pictured below, also attended the event.

    Selma, with Mike & Clare Coote
    (Left to Right): Clare & Mike Coote, Selma
    Hearing dog puppies, Cooper and Hedley
    Hearing dog puppies, Cooper & Hedley

    The charity provides the invaluable gift of independence, confidence and companionship to more and more deaf people. Hearing Dogs receives no government funding and relies on the generosity of members of the public, trusts and companies to continue its important work.

    The winning team, “The Old Crocks”, won the Fortnum & Mason hamper, donated by Signia Hearing Aids. We look forward to seeing them bid for the champion title once again at our next Quiz Night in the Spring. Look out for further details.

  • Evolution of hearing aids

    How hearing aids are evolving

    In the technology boom of the last few years, some of the biggest everyday improvements have been seen in the field of audiology. Only a generation ago, hearing aids could be bulky and difficult to adjust, very unlike the discreet digital devices of today. The hearing aids we use now are capable of filtering and processing sound to deliver clarity and quality across a range of environments with no annoying feedback. They’re fitted to the exact needs of the wearer so that the degree and type of hearing loss is addressed precisely and the hearing aid fits the individual’s lifestyle.

    The rise of wearable technology

    Many hearing aids now use processors like the ones in your phone or computer to assess the type and quality of sound they need to deliver and to work with systems like hearing induction loops. In the future, we can look forward to even more technical advances, with hearing aids offering features that allow them to communicate directly with your phone, household appliances and music player – they may even offer a direct translation service.

    Your hearing aid options

    It’s important that a hearing aid matches the hearing health needs, ear shape and lifestyle of the person using it. For many years, the only hearing aids available were worn on the body or behind the ear. Now, many people prefer a model that’s worn inside the ear, so that it’s out of the way and not easily visible. However, a behind-the-ear model can still be a better choice for children, as it is hard to damage and will not need frequent replacement as the child grows. Some more severe degrees of hearing loss also need to be addressed with a more powerful behind-the-ear device. Though these factors come into play, ultimately, the type of hearing aid you need is determined by your individuality, your hearing health needs and your choice.

    Hearing aids evolution – where to find out more

    Please see our “Hearing Aid Types” page for an idea of how we can help you. For a full hearing assessment or just some advice on solutions that would suit your hearing and your lifestyle, please contact us.

    Attend our technology days – November 2018

    We are holding two technology days to showcase the latest launches by all the leading hearing aid manufacturers. There will be a mini exhibition open to the public to show just how far technology has progressed. See and feel the latest models and find out how they can enhance your hearing better than ever. Combined with this, there will be a series of talks on each day which will give you an insight into future technology that is almost hard to believe. To find out more, see our Technology Days announcement.

  • Can mindfulness help tinnitus?

    Can mindfulness help tinnitus?

    We have invited local MBCT company Paron Mindfulness to run a workshop at our Marlow Tinnitus Support Group on October 15th. To give you an insight into the benefits of mindfulness, Costas Lambropoulos and Dr Charlotte Morris have written this exclusive guest editorial especially for our clients.

    Mindfulness - waterfallCan mindfulness help your tinnitus?

    Living with a condition such as tinnitus can be challenging. The experience of tinnitus and how it affects your daily life and wellbeing will be different for everyone. You may feel upset about the changes it has brought into your life, you may feel frustrated or angry, disheartened about the future or feel that others don’t understand or appreciate what it is like living with tinnitus.

    There may be times when you feel like you have turned a corner and other times when it feels like you cannot bear it for another moment. At these times it might be that you end up withdrawing from activities, become preoccupied with the sound or negative thoughts, or just run around keeping busy in order to hold the difficult feelings at bay and trying to ignore them. Either way, it is very easy to lose perspective and lose touch with the richness of the life that is possible. In this article we look at whether mindfulness can help with your tinnitus symptoms.

    What is mindfulness?

    Mindfulness is a meditation practice which seeks to cultivate awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness is not new and is rooted in ancient wisdom and practices. In the last 40 years, there has been a growing interest in whether Mindfulness can help with some of the challenges of modern life, including how to live well whatever difficulties we face.

    Through meditation practice, mindfulness enables us to be sensitive to the way we react to what appears in our lives moment by moment. We can begin to become aware of the way in which we tend to get caught up in trying to escape or avoid what we don’t like and hang on to pleasant experiences. Of course, it is natural to want to do this, but it does mean that most of the time we are not conscious of how quickly and habitually we react to our experience, sometimes in ways that are very unhelpful. We can train ourselves to develop an accurate awareness of what our experience actually is, rather than the story that pops into our mind immediately. This can give us the space to choose how we would like to respond rather than be pulled into an automatic stream of reactions.

    How mindfulness can help

    Mindfulness - BoatMindfulness is not a quick fix and it is not an approach that will appeal to, or suit, everyone. However, it can help us to change how we relate to our experience of tinnitus and the distress that it can cause. There is an old Buddhist analogy that seeks to help us understand our experience of suffering:

    “When an ordinary person experiences pain (either physical or emotional pain) they worry, agonise and feel distraught. Then they feel two types of pain, one physical and one mental. It’s as if this person was pierced by an arrow, and then immediately afterwards by a second arrow, and they experience the pain of two arrows.”

    Based on this understanding of suffering, our distress is not only related to the discomfort we might experience with tinnitus or the actual sensations or pitch of the sound that are present. It is our interpretation of what is taking place and the meaning we give to this that can either help us cope or intensify our distress and our tendency to react. It is as if the sound or high pitch might be the first arrow and our thoughts and reactions are a second arrow that penetrates even further and can make us feel helpless, angry or anxious. Sometimes the “noise” of our minds can create more distress than just the noise and symptoms of tinnitus.

    Fresh and friendly curiosity

    Mindfulness - forestIn his book “Full Catastrophe Living” Jon Kabat-Zinn refers to certain attitudes that can aid us in our mindfulness practice and allow us to relate to our moment-to-moment experience in a more helpful way. These attitudes can be particularly beneficial and support us at times when we feel overwhelmed by our experience or wish it wasn’t there.

    For example, approaching the present with a fresh and friendly curiosity and a non-judgemental attitude can make a significant difference to how we experience things in everyday life. This applies to any experiences, whether the mind tends to label them as pleasant or unpleasant. So rather than immediately striving to fix what we don’t like, we have a new path that, through practice, can minimise the levels of distress we experience and possibly maximise the pleasure of any given moment.

    Mindfulness is often taught in an eight-week programme. These courses start very simply, for example with some eating practices, that help us to become aware how often we are not with our present moment experience. Building on this foundation, we can begin to explore what it is like to intentionally bring ourselves into the present. Through practice, we may begin to appreciate that tinnitus is only one part of our experience – there are also may other sensations and experiences that are here in any moment. A mindfulness course can help us to discover a new way of approaching our body, senses, thoughts and feelings. The practice can gradually help us not just notice discomfort and difficulty but also ease and joy in our everyday life.

    About Paron Mindfulness

    Paron Mindfulness is a partnership between Dr Charlotte Morris and Costas Lambropoulos. They have trained as Mindfulness Teachers at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and have been teaching Mindfulness in the NHS and in private practice. Charlotte and Costas have been delivering mindfulness courses for people with long-term conditions for the last five years. They are particularly interested in exploring how mindfulness practice can enhance our sense of wellbeing. Charlotte and Costas deliver workshops, courses and retreats with the intention of practicing mindfulness meditations and encouraging participants to explore how mindfulness can help them in their own lives. For more information on upcoming events please visit our website or email us. 

    Can mindfulness help tinnitus? – Where to find out more

    To discuss your symptoms of tinnitus or have a full hearing check, please get in touch

    You can also read more about tinnitus on our Tinnitus Explained page.

    Head over to our Tinnitus Management page to find out the various options available for management of your symptoms.

    We hold regular Tinnitus Support Group events for people living in the Marlow and Farnham Common areas of Buckinghamshire. Find out the date of our next events and topics to be covered by visiting our Tinnitus Support Group page.

  • Tinnitus Spotify playlist from the BTA

    Relief from tinnitus with Spotify Ambient Sounds playlist from BTA

    Today we came across the Ambient Sounds Spotify playlist put together by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), and we think you could find it helpful.

    A popular way to tackle intrusive tinnitus is to give the brain something else to focus on which draws your attention away from the tinnitus sound but doesn’t have to constantly and actively stimulate the brain like talk radio or music does. The playlist has 31 tracks, playing a mix of ambient sounds for you to try. With track titles such as River and Rain in the Forest, Whispering Winds over the Pines and Small Waves Hitting Beach, there may be something there that could help alleviate your tinnitus sounds.

    Tinnitus Spotify playlist – how to play it

    The BTA recommend that you play the tracks at a volume just below the level of your tinnitus. You’re not trying to drown out the tinnitus – this way your brain will be actively choosing to listen to the music and push your tinnitus into the background.

    Just click on this link or the button below to go directly to the Spotify playlist. If you already have a Spotify account, it will ask you to log in first and then you will see the playlist. If you don’t have a Spotify playlist, it will prompt you to sign up.

    Listen to the playlist

    We’d love to hear your feedback on the playlist, so please feel free to give us your comments below.

    Tinnitus – more information

    Did you know we hold a regular Tinnitus Support Group for people living in the Marlow or Farnham Common areas of Buckinghamshire? Visit our Tinnitus Support Group page to see details of the next event near you.

    You can also visit our Tinnitus Explained page to find out more about tinnitus. 

    And you can also visit our Tinnitus Management page to learn some of the methods we can use to help with your tinnitus symptoms.

    Finally, if you’d like to book an appointment for a tinnitus hearing check or talk to us about tinnitus, please get in touch.

     

     

  • 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.