Do I need a hearing aid?
To give a short answer: we won’t know until we test your hearing.
But there are a few key indicators that usually show that a hearing loss of some description is present.
a. If you find you are struggling to hear conversation in noisy environments.
b. If others are telling you that you turn the television up too loud.
c. If you are struggling to hear your telephone well.
d. If you cannot hear softly spoken people well.
How will a hearing aid help me?
Modern hearing aids are at the cutting edge of technology, and they just keep getting better. Your audiologist is able to tune a huge array of features on your hearing aids to get the best sound for you.
Today’s hearing aids are able to filter out noise and let you hear speech freely.
They can connect wirelessly to your iPhone or Android phone to stream calls and music. They adjust to the environment you’re in without you even realising.
Aren’t hearing aids huge, ugly brown things?
They used to be! But not anymore. Hearing aids today are tiny and very well hidden. Some are completely invisible. They can be colour-matched to your skin tone or hair to ensure maximum discretion.
Do hearing aids whistle? My gran/grandad/mum/dad had one and it drove him/her mad!
The best modern hearing aids simply do not produce any feedback. They have a system called phase cancellation, which sends in an identical opposing signal to stop feedback before it is heard.
On top of this there is often a safety net system which momentarily reduces gain at the particular frequency at which the feedback would have occurred.
If you have a modern hearing aid that whistles, it is either an inferior brand or badly tuned.
How does private hearing care differ from NHS hearing care?
With a private hearing practice you can usually be seen by your audiologist within a couple of days, waiting times for NHS are a lot longer.
A private audiologist will see you in your own home and outside of business hours if required. But of course, the key difference is that you pay for private hearing care.
What do you get for your money? More extensive testing and assessment of your hearing, unlimited follow-up visits for fine-tuning and most-importantly far superior, more cosmetic hearing technology than is available on the NHS.