You have a choice
Hearing aids today are light years ahead of the whistling ‘mini tractors’ that our grandfathers wore! And the technology that powers them improves exponentially.
They are miniaturised, contain microcomputers, and increasingly sophisticated electronic circuitry means they are more efficient and can be adjusted to focus on your particular hearing loss, and be re-programmed as your hearing changes.
Our professional autonomy means we can we supply the latest generation of hearing products from many manufacturers, so you have a wide choice. Contact us, and our clinicians will help you understand your options and discuss your preferences.
Popular hearing aids
The BTE and the RIC are the most popular hearing aids, across all levels of technology, which we fit for our private clients. They can also be configured to include a host of features
Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aids
BTEs are reliable and robust, and cover virtually any degree of hearing loss. They consist of a small unit that fits comfortably behind your ear, and a custom-made ear mould that fits into your ear. The two components are connected by tubing which delivers the sound into your ear canal.
Receiver in the Canal (RIC) hearing aids
RICs can be configured to cover a wide range of hearing losses from mild to severe. They are the solution for those who want a hearing aid that is almost invisible and yet contains an array of technology. The unit fits behind your ear, the receiver is seated in your ear canal, and sound is transferred via a tiny wire in a discreet, almost invisible tube.
Some custom styles include In the Ear (ITE), In the Canal (ITC), Completely in the Canal (CIC) and Invisible in the Canal (IIC). Generally, the greater the severity of hearing loss, the larger a device is needed to house a powerful enough receiver (amplifier). Yet there are some incredibly small and powerful hearing aids for a discreet solution.
There is also a variety of assistive listening devices to help with sound amplification, and to improve what is described as the “speech to noise ratio” – the ability to differentiate speech from background noises. Please call us if you want to know more about these devices.
Most hearing aids are powered with zinc-air batteries, and sizes are colour-coded: Blue (675) – Orange (13) – Brown (312) – Yellow (10).
- They will last an average of 10 days to 2 weeks.
- Wait one minute after pulling sticker, to insert.
- After replacing them, put the notice on your calendar or the ‘fridge.
We all need reminders!
- Note the expiry date on the package.
- Most hearing aids are not waterproof.
- To save power, turn them off at night, open the battery door, or remove the battery.
- Always carry spares. They’re sure to run down at the most inconvenient time!
- Battery life is shorter during cold weather.
- Call us (1800 432 748) to order new batteries.
We are working to provide our hearing aids with re-chargeable batteries, so you can avoid all that hassle.
Ask us about the easy to use, eco-friendly eCharger.
Ear plugs – be proactive
Protect your hearing! How loud is too loud? A normal conversation is about 60 decibels (dB), which is far exceeded by the damaging sounds of loud industrial environments, farm equipment, power tools, lawnmowers, motorbikes.
Have you thought of wearing ear plugs to a loud concert? You can hear the music, and protect your hearing! Loss of pressure when flying or diving will also damage our hearing. And we especially need to protect our children’s hearing.
Some of us find that earplugs will not stay in. Rather than buy off-the-shelf, we recommend that you have them custom-made:
- They will fit you perfectly
- Be easier to insert and remove
- Give you the best noise reduction and protection
- Last for several years, as they’re made of medical-grade silicone
We will examine your ears, take an impression, and your earplugs will be ready in about two weeks.
If you have a special ear for music, high-fidelity earplugs produce the best acoustic quality, as their filters, ranging from 9dB to 25dB, preserve timbre and quality for a more balanced and realistic sound. As the instrument you play and your musical environment govern which is best for you, our clinician can help you.
Similar to noise plugs, these have a tight silicone water seal, and are essential if you have recurrent ear infections, or conditions where you need to keep your ears dry. They also help if you dislike the sensation of water in your ears, and will protect your ears from swimming pool chemicals.
If you ride, you know the temporary deafness and noise fatigue from your machine and the ambient wind noise. Earplugs will reduce noise and protect your ears from the wind, the primary cause of damage to a rider’s hearing. You can still hear the vital low-frequency horns, sirens, other traffic, even your backseater! We also have earplugs with built-in speakers for communication between riders. Give us a call, so we can help you “ride safe”.