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  • Technology days video footage

    Technology Days Video Footage

    In November 2018 we held events at South Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Stoke Poges and the Harleyford Golf Club in Marlow. At the events, seven hearing aid manufacturers presented the latest innovations in hearing aid technology. This short video shows footage from the two days.

    We’d like to thank everyone who attended the days and also all the manufacturers who attended and presented.

     

     

    Thank you to our hearing technology manufacturers for their talks:

    Widex
    Unitron
    Oticon
    Signia
    Starkey
    Resound
    Phonak

  • What are the different styles of hearing aids available?

    If you’re considering hearing aids, you may find the different types confusing. In this blog post, you can discover more about the different styles of hearing aids available today.

    Totally Invisible Hearing Aid LyricTotally invisible

    The Phonak Lyric is the world’s first 100% invisible hearing aid. It is placed entirely inside your ear canal by a trained audiologist, remaining completely invisible from view. The Lyric requires no daily changing/insertion, no batteries, no filters and is sweat-proof, shower-proof and remains in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for months at a time.

    IIC Hearing Aid Phonak Virto B TitaniumInvisible in the canal

    The Invisible In Canal hearing aid (IIC) fits deep in the ear, completely out of view past the second bend of the ear canal, providing an invisible fit. The cosmetic advantages of this hearing aid can appeal to a wide variety of people and cater for mild to moderately severe hearing losses.

    BTE Hearing Aid Starkey Muse wireless miniBTEBehind the ear

    This hearing aid is the most versatile and suits all types of hearing difficulties. It can amplify sounds more than any other kind of digital hearing aid. However, it is the most visible as it hooks over the top of your ear.

    Styletto colour rangeOpen fit

    This is a scaled-down version of the previous hearing aid and thus is a lot smaller in size. Therefore, they tend to be of help to those who have mild to moderate hearing difficulty.

    CIC Hearing Aid Primax Deep RedCompletely in the canal (CIC) hearing aid

    This hearing aid style is one that is actually moulded so that it fits completely inside the individual’s ear canal. A lot of people go for this option as it is the least visible and thus people don’t tend to notice it. A completely in the canal hearing aid tends to be best suited for those who have mild to moderate hearing loss. Because it’s inside the ear it is also easy to use with devices, such as mobile phones. And it is unlikely that you will pick up a lot of environmental noise, such as wind.

    In the canal hearing aids - ITCIn the canal (ITC) hearing aid

    The difference between this hearing aid and the one mentioned previously is the fact that an in the canal hearing aid only fits partially into the ear canal. Nonetheless, it still treats mild to moderate hearing loss, as does a completely in the canal device. The benefit this type of hearing aid has over the one just mentioned is the fact that you can typically benefit from added features, such as volume control.

    In the ear hearing aids - ITEFull shell in the ear (ITE) hearing aid

    This type of device treats a wider range of people as it can help those who have severe hearing loss. Nonetheless, the downside is that the full shell device is a lot more visible than other digital hearing aids. This is because it covers the majority of the ear’s bowl-shaped part. However, you benefit from longer battery life and ease of use. After all, this hearing aid is a lot easier to insert in comparison to the ITC options.

    Half shell hearing aid

    And finally, the difference between this hearing aid and the one previously mentioned is the fact that it only covers the lower part of your ear. Because of this, it only has the scope to treat up to moderate loss of hearing. This is a great option for those who are looking for something in between a full shell and an in the canal device.

    Different styles of hearing aids – where to find out more

    If you think you or a loved one may need hearing assistance, read more on our Hearing Consultation page, where we describe the process involved in having a full audiology assessment at one of our hearing clinics, either in Farnham Common or Marlow, in Buckinghamshire. 

    Or please get in touch to discuss your hearing requirements.

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • Study Shows That Hearing Aids Improve Brain Function

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

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

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

    Significant improvement after wearing hearing aids

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

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

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

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

    Read the full article about the University of Texas study.

  • Widex Unique Open Days

    We invite you to a Unique Experience at our Widex Unique Open Days

    Wednesday 27th January – Farnham Common

    Thursday 28th January – Marlow

    We are very pleased to be able to keep you informed of the latest technology available. Unique is the latest hearing technology, recently launched by Widex and we have been receiving excellent reviews to date.

    If you are interested in finding out more about what’s new, and what the benefits are, please book a place at either of our two open days to find out more.

    Whether you are an existing user of hearing devices, or have not yet taken the opportunity to try them, our events will be an ideal opportunity to be informed and to consider options available to you.

    On hand to support on the day will be a Unique product expert from Widex, Stuart Bowen. Stuart will be happy to explain more of the product features and what benefits they can actually bring to wearers, as well as a chance to demonstrate the product so you can experience the benefits yourself.

    Get Connected

    We will also be demonstrating the latest wireless listening devices available from Widex that allow you to transmit your mobile phone conversations and music directly into your hearing aids from your smartphone.

    We want to emphasise that this is an information day, with no obligation to purchase hearing aids on the day. The day will be relaxed and informal with refreshments. We also encourage you to bring along a friend or family member.

    We look forward to welcoming you to our practice. Book your place by calling 01753 642687 for Farnham Common or 01628 482101 for Marlow.

    Please contact us on the above numbers or by email if you have any questions about the Widex Unique open day or any other hearing related topic.

    We look forward to welcoming you at the events.

  • Stop the Cuts to NHS Hearing Aid Services

    Free hearing check-up offer for people affected by NHS hearing aid cuts

    We were sad to discover that the NHS has started to deny hearing aids to people suffering with mild hearing loss. This was announced recently, with the first reports coming from the North Staffordshire area, where sufferers are no longer eligible for free hearing aids. Freedom of information requests submitted by the charity, Action on Hearing Loss, shows that twenty-two other NHS Trusts and Commissioning Groups, including Brent (north London), Trafford (Manchester), Gateshead and South Tyneside are looking into “decommissioning” some audiology services. In addition, some other NHS trusts have limited hearing aids to one per person, for some patients, in areas such as Sheffield, Kent and Gloucestershire.

    NHS chiefs advises “Just lip read”

    The Daily Mail recently reported that it has seen a leaflet, distributed to patients in the North Staffordshire area, advising people with hearing loss “You can’t have a hearing aid – just lip read instead,” advice which we find unbelievable.

    We know that hearing aids not only improve people’s hearing, but can also improve other conditions brought about by an inability to hear, such as depression, loneliness and dementia. We believe that removing free hearing aids would force people further into isolation, leading to increased need for NHS services to treat these other conditions.

    Hearing-checkup at Help in Hearing

    Contact us for a hearing check-up at either our Farnham Common or Marlow hearing clinics, by telephoning us on 0845 222 0579 or by completing your details on our online form

    Click to find out more about the Action on Hearing Loss campaign to stop the cuts to NHS hearing aid services.

  • 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.

  • Types of hearing aids

    Types of Hearing Aids Explained

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

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

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

    Unique Lyric Hearing Aids

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

    Deep Canal Hearing Aids

    Mild to moderate hearing loss tackled by an entirely invisible device

    In-the-Ear Hearing Aids

    A full shell aid for moderate to severe hearing problems

    In-the-Canal Hearing Aids

    For mild to severe hearing loss

    Completely in the Canal Hearing Aids

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

    Behind-the-Ear Hearing Aids

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

    Receiver in the Canal Hearing Aids

    With either a custom shell or open fitting

    Types of hearing aids – where to find out more

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

  • Jacqui Hames talks about her hearing loss

    Hearing loss? Don’t suffer in silence; says Jacqui Hames, former Crimewatch presenter

    From working for the Met police force, to performing on live television and giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, presenter Jacqui Hames knows how to cope with pressure, but she says her world was turned upside down when she suddenly lost her hearing. The life of the former Crimewatch presenter took a tough and unexpected turn about two years ago when her hearing became permanently impaired. Read on to learn about her hearing loss and journey to how she overcame it.

    Following a quick referral from her GP, Jacqui found solace in the offices of Selma Becker at Help in Hearing. Through consultations in the Farnham Common clinic they were able to agree on the perfect Phonak hearing aid for her.

    “I was quite fortunate to get help quite quickly and given a hearing aid which works brilliantly for me. Some people see it as a handicap but it doesn’t have to be seen that way, you don’t look at people who wear reading glasses differently and I want people to realise by seeking help you will better your life.”

    After quickly embarking on her long journey with hearing aids, Jacqui believes there is no need for others to suffer in silence:

    “People don’t have to retreat into a silent world, a lot of people do cut down on their social lives and they find difficulties with work because they can’t engage with people in the same way. But communication is the building blocks of our lives and if that is impaired you need to do something about it, and it is simple to do.”

    “There is an emotional impact of being given the news too, which I think quite a lot of people underestimate. I noticed I was really struggling to hold conversations and was finding social situations really difficult. Places like restaurants where there is a lot of peripheral noise and soft furnishings are particularly difficult and at first it can be quite daunting and worrying, but people should not be scared to step forward and get some help.”

    Watch a 30 second interview with Jacqui talking about how she overcame hearing loss.

     

    Jacqui, who appeared on the BBC’s Crimewatch for 16 years from 1990, was formerly a Metropolitan Police detective and was most recently under the spotlight again when she took to the stand in the Leveson Inquiry. Experts say the tasks which most people take for granted can become a hardship for people with hearing difficulties but life is back to normal for Jacqui who can even use her hearing aid to stream music and talk on the phone.

    Jacqui continues, “The technology is extraordinary – if you like a gadget get yourself a hearing aid! You can do so many things, I can stream music and can engage in telephone calls quite easily using my hearing aid, people use headphones all the time and that is effectively what I am doing. Since the hearing loss, I think I became so much more aware of the world around me.

    If you are struggling with your hearing or know someone that is having problems and might need some help, book a confidential appointment with Selma or Kevin in our Farnham Common or Marlow clinics – just click here to book an appointment.