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  • When should you get your hearing checked

    When should I get my hearing checked?

    Our hearing is incredibly important, from listening to your favourite song to hearing your loved one’s voice on the phone, it’s part of our lives. But unlike the dentist or the optician, many people don’t think to get their hearing checked until they notice a problem. At Help in Hearing, we believe that your hearing should be looked after as well as any other part of you. So when should you get your hearing checked?

    Age

    As we get older our hearing can start to get poorer but with regular checks and proper attention, it’s important to keep an eye on it. If you’re aged under 45 then a hearing check at least once every two years can be a great start to looking after your hearing proactively. If you’re over 60 then it’s worth having hearing checks more regularly, and our hearing specialists can advise you on how often is best for you to visit based on the results of your hearing check.

    Exposure to noise

    If you’re a professional working in a loud environment then it may be worth getting your hearing checked more regularly to make sure your hearing hasn’t been affected. Working in areas like live music, performance, construction and many others can leave you more at risk of hearing loss. Our expert audiologists can offer you a full consultation and understand the risks to hearing you have encountered. They may be able to suggest measures to protect your hearing in the future and will do a full hearing test to get a picture of how your hearing has been affected.

    You’re noticing hearing loss

    It’s always better to look after your hearing proactively but if you’ve been noticing issues with your hearing then it’s best to see an audiologist as soon as possible. If you’ve been having the television or the radio turned up so you can hear it and others think it’s loud, that might be a sign of hearing loss. If you sometimes miss words in conversations or you struggle hearing on the telephone, then this is another sign that you should get your hearing checked.

    When should you get your hearing checked?

    At Help in Hearing, we are dedicated to providing the very best hearing advice for you. If you think it’s time for you to have a hearing check-up, contact us to book now.

    Find out what to expect if you come to us for a hearing assessment.

  • 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

  • World Hearing Day 2018

    World Hearing Day – 3rd March 2018

    We are supporting World Hearing Day, which will be held on 3rd March 2018. The aim of World Hearing Day is to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. This year’s theme is:

    Hear the Future

    This year’s focus will be on:

    • Rising prevalence of hearing loss globally
    • Importance of appropriate preventative actions to stem the rise
    • Need to ensure access to rehabilitation services and communication for people with hearing loss

    Hear the Future is vital: in the last five years hearing loss has risen from the 10th to the 4th largest global disability burden.

    World Hearing Day Events

    If you are holding an event or activity to mark World Hearing Day, do share photographs on social media with the hash tag #worldhearingday. You can also register your event on the World Hearing Day website, where you can also download posters and other marketing material.

     

     

  • Tinnitus Support Group

    Tinnitus Awareness Week 2018

    Tinnitus Awareness Week this year is 5th – 11th February

    Next Tinnitus Support Group: Marlow 7th February

    The aim of Tinnitus Week is to raise awareness of the condition, which affects approximately 1 in 10 of the population.

    For the first time, the international tinnitus community will join forces, targeting as many people as possible in order to raise awareness of how tinnitus impacts on the lives of those living with it. A new website www.tinnitusweek.com has been set up, as a central resource collecting all the initiatives which will be taking place in 2018.

    Raising Awareness Together

    The British Tinnitus Association (BTA) has been encouraging organisations from across the world, who deal with tinnitus and other hearing related issues such as hyperacusis and hearing loss, to work together to raise awareness of tinnitus during Tinnitus Week.

    Help in Hearing’s Practice Manager Gilly Wright is holding her next Tinnitus Support Group at the Marlow practice on Wednesday February 7th 6.30pm – 8.30pm. The guest speakers are Selma Becker and Kevin Jeffery, audiologists from Help in Hearing who will be talking about Tinnitus management and suitable hearing aids. Please book your place on 0345 222 0579.

    Tinnitus – where to find out more

    Read about tinnitus on our Tinnitus Explained page.

    Or read about some of the methods of tinnitus management we can offer.

    Read about our Tinnitus Support Group  for Marlow and Farnham Common, see dates for future support group events, and book your place.

  • 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.

  • Audio Service Open Days

    Audio Service Open Days

    Audio Service Open Days – Book an appointment

    • Take a free two-week trial of these exclusive new aids
    • See Selma, Kevin & an Audio Service Expert

    Marlow: Wednesday 7th February
    Farnham Common: Thursday 8th February

    Call 0345 222 0579 or fill in our online contact form to book your place.

    Audio Service – Exclusive to Independents

    We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer Audio Service, a German based manufacturer available exclusively in the UK through independent hearing consultants. Their latest product innovations are considered “audiological all-rounders in the modern hearing aid world”.

    Audio Service Sun G5 Hearing Aid

    Heading up the portfolio, the Sun G5 delivers outstanding hearing quality and excellent speech intelligibility, even under difficult acoustic conditions, offering a natural hearing experience. The constant communication between your left and right hearing aids means your world now sounds balanced and comfortable. During conversations, your hearing aids work together to evaluate all of the signals received and thus ensure a spatial hearing impression – maintaining the focus on the main person you’re talking to.

    Bluetooth Technology

    The best entertainment starts in your ear: telephone calls, music and navigation instructions are transformed into a true hearing experience by the combination of your iPhone and the G5 Bluetooth® technology. The signals are streamed directly to your hearing system – a particularly convenient solution for you. In addition, the Smart Transmitter 2.4 connects your Sun G5 to your TV or HiFi system quickly and simply – all without the need for any other devices. 

    Smart Direct App

    In collaboration with your iPhone, the Smart Direct app makes your hearing experience more convenient than ever before. Once installed, the app transforms the Sun G5 into stereo headphones. Telephone calls and streamed music are forwarded from your iPhone directly on to the hearing aids – without any additional accessories. In addition, the hearing program, volume, and alerts can all be set and customised easily using the Smart Direct app. For optimisation of your hearing, the app creates a personalised environment profile for you, providing us and you with information on your daily hearing performance.

    Audio Service open days – come along and take a free trial!

    Come along to our Audio Service open days on 7th February (Marlow) and 8th February (Farnham Common) to learn more about these hearing aids, available exclusively through independent hearing consultants. We will have an Audio Service expert on hand and you will have the opportunity to take a free, two-week trial of the new Audio Service hearing aids.

    Call us to book your place on 0345 222 0579 or fill in our online contact form.

    You can learn more about the Audio Service hearing aids on our Audio Service web page here.

     

  • Tinnitus Support Group

    Tinnitus Support Group for Marlow & Farnham Common – Launch Event

    Tinnitus Support Group Launch Event – Wednesday 10th January, 2018
    Venue – Help in Hearing, Marlow Hearing Clinic, Glade Road, Marlow
    Time – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

    Guest Speakers:

    David Stockdale, Chief Executive, British Tinnitus Association

    Jono Heale, Director, Advanced Communication Solutions

    It is estimated that Tinnitus effects 250 million people worldwide, with over 6 million estimated to suffer in the UK. If you are suffering from tinnitus you are not alone. All too often people are told there is nothing one can do about the condition but this is not the case. At Help in Hearing we offer full tinnitus assessments and a structured tinnitus counselling programme. Says audiologist Selma Becker: “We use various techniques and devices to help sufferers manage and live with tinnitus including sound therapy and masking or aids which not only enhance hearing but offer sound relaxation.”

    Help in Hearing’s Practice Manager, Gilly Wright, is setting up a new support group for local people with tinnitus in Marlow and Farnham Common. A launch event featuring a talk by BTA Chief Executive David Stockdale and guest speaker Jono Heale will take place 6.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 10 January at Help In Hearing’s Marlow practice in Glade Road. Depending on demand, the meeting venue will alternate monthly between Marlow and Farnham Common.

    Gilly Wright says: “I am passionate about helping people with tinnitus and hearing problems. I am a tinnitus sufferer with Menieres Disease. Support groups can play such a fantastic role as you can feel so isolated. Sometimes friends and families aren’t able to understand how bad it can be. The plan is to initially hold evening meetings but I would be happy to consider Saturday mornings as an alternative if the interest is there.”

    Tinnitus can be a ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring sound, and may be temporary or permanent. This noise in your ears or inside your head is unique to you. An estimated 80% of people who suffer from tinnitus also experience some degree of hearing loss, though they may be unaware of it. Tinnitus is a symptom that can be caused by many things, and can even begin for no apparent reason. But it can have a major impact, bringing stress, anxiety, anger and sleep loss. The first step towards taking control of your tinnitus is to consult a professional, so that together, you can find the treatment plan that will work for you.

    About our guest speakers:

    David Stockdale, BTA

    David Stockdale

    David was appointed Chief Executive of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) in February 2010. He is responsible for the day to day running of the charity, and implements the strategy, as set by the Board of Trustees. He sees supporting the tinnitus community, ensuring a preventative message targets those at risk and increasing research into tinnitus as the BTA’s priorities. David has two young children, who take up most of his free time! David works Monday-Friday.

     

    Jono HealeJono Heale

    Jono’s background comes from the entertainment industry, working both sides of the curtain for over 25 years. Formally a professional musician he went on to work as a senior manager in further education. He has also worked as a freelance Health and Safety Advisor for festivals and events. Jono has tinnitus and noise (music) induced hearing loss and is passionate about these issues. Jono launched a new campaign called Play Safe Now – Hear Tomorrow on hearing conservation aimed at Music Education. He is a director of ACS and works as an advisor for the British Tinnitus Association and Help Musicians UK.

     

    Tinnitus Support Group – to book your place

    To book your place on the first Tinnitus Support Group event on 10th January at our Marlow practice, please email us or call us on 0345 222 0579.

    Find out more about tinnitus on our page Tinnitus Explained

    Marlow Tinnitus Support Group Future Events

    Please call Gilly on 0345 222 0579 to book your place

    Wednesday February 7th 6.30pm- 8.30pm

    Help in Hearing, Cedar House, Glade Road, Marlow SL7 1DQ
    Guest Speakers: Selma Becker and Kevin Jeffery, audiologists from Help in Hearing talking about Tinnitus management programmes and suitable hearing aids for Tinnitus sufferers.

    Monday March 19th 6.30pm-8.30pm

    The Garden Room, Liston Hall, Chapel Street. Marlow SL7 1DD
    Guest Speaker: Guest Speaker, Mr Chris Aldren, a consultant ENT surgeon working at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough and the Princess Margaret Hospital, Windsor. He will be giving a talk on Tinnitus and general ear conditions.

    Saturday April 7th: 10.30am – midday

    The Thames Room, Liston Hall, Chapel Street. Marlow SL7 1DD
    Guest speaker: A Tai Chi taster session with Karen Pounds. Karen has over 20 years experience teaching Tai Chi and Qigong and is also a Mindfulness Meditation Facilitator and registered Clinical Hypnotherapist.Tai Chi and Qigong are exercise systems which promote healing and vitality to improve balance, coordination and strength.

  • 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.