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Private digital hearing aids - bring the colour back into your hearing

Modern digital hearing aids open up a world of enjoyment, thanks to their ability to help you reconnect with friends, family and colleagues. The sophisticated techhnology they use is packed into tiny, lightweight devices that are unobtrusive and stylish.

Hearing loss can creep up on you gradually and leave you isolated from the joys of everyday life. And for many, there is a reluctance to admit that they need a high-tech solution to a very common problem.

Hearing loss is more common than you'd think. In the UK, more than 40% of people over 50 have hearing loss, rising to almost three-quarters of all people over the age of 70.

Luckily there are solutions at hand - although the choice can be confusing. That's where our years of experience come in, and we can advise and guide you to the most appropriate choice.

The best hearing aids don't just amplify sound. They automatically add clarity, depth and direction to sound. They can emphasize sounds coming from specific directions, differentiate types of sound, reduce noise and compress frequencies. This is all done automatically by the hearing aid, which recognizes and adapts to the situations the wearer is in.

Wireless connectivity through Bluetooth is a big feature of modern aids. They can connect to smartphones, TVs and more — providing audio streaming from countless devices. They also make hands-free calls possible. Rechargeable options make using a hearing aid even more hassle-free.

A good hearing aid, suited to your needs, connects you back to the world around you in a way that is quite profound.  You can think of it as the difference between an old, smudgy black and white photograph and a modern-day, high-definition, colour image.

Types of hearing aids

Here's a quick guide to the type of aids available - although at the risk of repeating ourselves, just call, book an appointment and we can help you.

Behind-the-ear (BTE)
In BTE hearing aids, everything is contained inside a durable case that sits behind the outer ear. Sounds are transmitted to the user's ear directly via a small tube attached to a dome or earmold. BTE hearing aids have traditionally been the largest in size and are also the best hearing aids for those needing the most power.

Receiver in the canal (RIC)
Another type of hearing aid is RIC. These rest behind the outer ear, just like BTE hearing aids. The difference is that the speaker sits inside the ear — in an ear mould or dome.

It is separate from the rest of the device, and the case is then connected by a wire to the speaker. This type of hearing aid is traditionally smaller, lighter and more discreet than a BTE, but not powerful enough for wearers with profound hearing loss.

In-the-Ear (ITE)
Iin the Ear (ITE)  hearing aids sit entirely inside the ear. There are various sub-styles in this category, from the large and more powerful Full Shell to the smaller CIC (Completely-In-Canal) and the virtually invisible IIC (Invisible-In-Canal).

We offer a full range of state-of-the-art hearing aids from all major manufacturers at nationally competitive prices.

Getting used to wearing  hearing aid

Getting used to a hearing aid takes time. You'll likely notice that your listening skills improve gradually as you become accustomed to amplification. Even your own voice sounds different when you wear a hearing aid.

When first using a hearing aid, keep these points in mind:

  • Hearing aids won't return your hearing to normal.
    Hearing aids can't restore normal hearing. They can improve your hearing by amplifying soft sounds.
  • Allow time to get used to the hearing aid.
    It takes time to get used to your new hearing aid. But the more you use it, the more quickly you'll adjust to amplified sounds. A running tap may at first sound like a small waterfall, but your brain will adapt very quickly.
  • Practice using the hearing aid in different environments.
    Your amplified hearing will sound different in different places.
  • Seek support and try to stay positive.
    A willingness to practice and the support of family and friends help determine your success with your new hearing aid. You may also consider joining a support group for people who have hearing loss or are new to hearing aids.
  • Come back for a follow-up.
    We encourage you to have a follow-up appointment. We can check things over, make any adjustments and ensure that your new hearing aid is working for you as well as it can.

Your success with hearing aids will only be helped by wearing them regularly and taking good care of them. Repeated, even constant, use is the key to getting the most out of your hearing aids. At first,  everyday sounds can appear to be loud or unreal. With repeated use of the aids, your brain and your sense of hearing will accommodate to the changes.

A hearing aid will help you communicate better, improve your auditory experiences in life and - our patients tell us- contribute significantly to their sense of well-being.