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Choosing the right hearing aids for you?

At Hearing Care Professionals we start with your specific hearing loss as well as our understanding of the level of performance you need. These two factors will narrow down what styles can work for you. It’s about understanding your preferences and lifestyle plus Hearing Care Professionals unique approach that will help you make the best decision for you.

Who has the best hearing aids?

All the hearing aid manufacturers produce a range of excellent hearing aids to meet all needs and budgets. We are independent of any manufacturers. We use and currently recommend hearing aids from these four manufacturers. Click on their logos to go to their home pages.

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We choose to work with these four, despite the fact there are many manufacturer providing excellent hearing aids, so that the choice remains manageable. You can be assured that we will guide you to make an informed decision about the options available to you based on:

  • Your hearing evaluation results Read More
  • The style of the hearing aids required including any cosmetic concerns
  • The level of technology required to meet your lifestyle and communication needs
  • Your budget
Who uses hearing aids and is that relevant to me?


Potentially everyone who appears to be hearing well are using hearing aids as it’s often impossible to tell. The important thing is to hear as well as possible. We’re used to the idea of technology augmenting natural ability to get the most out of life. Hearing technology helps you to hear as well as possible.”

When should I use a hearing aid?


Anytime the situation demands it that way you can be yourself and live well with hearing loss. Some situations are more challenging to hear in than others and hearing technology gives you an advantage that others may not have so you can always be at your best.

Considerations when choosing hearing aids

Style refers to what the hearing aid looks like. Performance or level of technology is what’s inside. Choosing the hearing system that suits you best can make a huge difference to getting the best out of your hearing as the hearing aid has to suit your hearing and your lifestyle. Read on to find out about the different models and styles, the different makes and the different performance levels or technology currently found in today’s HEARING AIDS.

Models and Styles

Modern digital HEARING technology comes in wide range of styles and designs. So whether you’re looking for an ultra-discreet solution, or something that is practical and easy to handle, your choice has never been greater. The various styles of HEARING AIDS include:

Completely in Canal (CIC, IIC)


These hearing aids are custom made for your ear and designed to be as invisible as possible by all outward appearances. This is especially true of the newer “Invisible In the Canal” (IIC) designs. How hidden they are will depend on the size and shape of your ear canal.

Advantages:

  • They are hidden out of the way, designed to be ultra-discreet and highly practical for those with more physically active lifestyles and professions.
  • Their position at the entrance of the ear canal means that CICs make better use of ear’s natural shape to funnel the sound into the microphone. This gives an advantage especially in background noise.

Disadvantages:

  • Occasionally they can make people feel blocked up, like having your fingers stuck in your ears. They may find their own voice sounds like they are in a barrel.
  • The hearing aids electronics are housed inside your ear which is not the friendliest of environments for advanced electronics as the temperature is 37°C, it’s moist and often full of wax. Therefore they may be more prone to needing regular servicing. The microphone is prone to picking up bits of dead skin – so regular maintenance is a must.
  • They take the smallest battery size so you use more batteries.
In The Ear (ITE) In the Canal (ITC)

In the ear hearing aids are custom made especially for your individual ear. The final size of the hearing device depends on the shape of your ear and whether there’s enough room to fit all the electronics into it. For example, if you have a tiny ear canal there may not be enough room to fit everything into a tiny hearing aid, so it’s important to have realistic expectations about what’s possible for your ears.

Advantages:

  • They are neat and convenient therefore they are popular. You have one piece that just ‘pops in the ear’, with no extra bits that go over the ear providing ease of handling and no interference with spectacles.
  • If your ears are the right shape, it may be possible to sit the hearing aid ‘completely in the canal’, so it’s almost completely hidden.

Disadvantages:

  • Occasionally they can make people feel blocked, like having your fingers stuck in your ears. They may find their own voice sounds like in a barrel.
  • The hearing aids electronics are housed inside your ear which is not the friendliest of environments for advanced electronics as the temperature is 37°C, it’s moist and often full of wax. Therefore they may be more prone to needing regular servicing. The microphone is prone to picking up bits of dead skin – so regular maintenance is a must.
  • If your ear changes shape over time (e.g. you lose or gain a lot of weight) the hearing aid may need to be reshaped for your ear so it fits properly. It’s very rare that this is necessary but will incur extra cost
Behind the ear (BTE)


These models come in different styles and sizes from the traditional size hearing aids which have better battery life and are more powerful to the micro behind the ear hearing aid.

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing instruments have two parts:

  • The Earpiece is an acrylic/silicon piece customised to the shape of your ear but it can also be a slim tube attached to a lightweight silicon dome. The earpiece sits in the bowl of your ear or the ear canal and feeds the sound into your ear. There are different styles and shapes, depending on your particular preferences and needs.
  • The Hearing Device is where the all the electronics are housed, including the microphones, computer chip, and the receiver (sound generator). It’s tucked neatly behind your ear and has a plastic tube to join it to the earpiece.

They come in a range of colours, from discreet ‘hair tones’ (such as silver, brown and blonde) to funky colours (such as racing green, vibrant red and purple). Many can now be used with ‘slim tubes’, making them more discreet and comfortable to wear than most ‘in-the-ear’ models. When the ‘behind-the-ear’ models is very small, it is sometimes called an ‘on-the-ear’ model instead.

Advantages:

  • The electronics are housed outside of the ear canal therefore they are away from the wax, body heat and moisture of the ear canal and usually last longer and require less servicing.
  • You can attach different hearing instruments to the ear mould, allowing you to try out new models or use a spare/loan aid whilst your usual one gets repaired.
  • They can be more powerful due to the extra room they have for larger components.
  • The batteries generally last longer.

Disadvantages

  • Some people may find them fiddly.
  • Some people feel they are “too noticeable”.
Receiver in the Canal (RIC) or Receiver in the Ear (RITE)


Receiver in the Canals are a new category of BTE models which has the microphone ‘behind-the-ear’ and the loudspeaker/receiver in the ear. They have become very popular because they are as discreet as ‘slim tubes’ but offer more power (particularly in the bass) and don’t get blocked with moisture in the tube. They tend to be more discreet than other models, but are easier to repair than in the ear models because the receiver can be replaced in house avoiding having to send them away.

Advantages:

  • Smaller, more discreet design like a micro BTE
  • Servicing can often be carried out ‘in house’ by simply switching the receiver, rather than returning to the manufacturer.
  • As discreet as a slim tube, but often with more power available.

Disadvantages:

  • Moisture is still a problem in very hot climates.
  • The receiver, in the ear, is susceptible to the effects of ear wax and moisture.
Invisible Hearing Aids

 

Gone are the days when hearing aids were big and bulky and everyone knew you wore a hearing aid. There is a modern generation of hearing aids that are “invisible” so that only you know they are there. Starkey has a wonderful product called the SoundLens which is so small it rests deeply in the ear canal, hidden from view. It is the first custom made, invisible, digital, fully programmable hearing aid that provides noise reduction and a speech preservation system designed to filter out background noise.  Learn more about Invisible Hearing Aids by Starkey

View the Sound Lens in a 360 degree view.

Performance of Hearing Aids

Performance or level of technology is what’s inside the hearing instrument. The performance level you need is dictated by your lifestyle and communication needs?

Step 1: Decide whether you need to hear better in lots of challenging environments or relatively few less challenging one?

  • Do you mostly stay at home
  • Move in always changing environments,
  • Active at work

Step 2: Do you want many features and performance to meet different lifestyle and communication needs.  Hearing Aids are available in three price and feature levels. Premium with the highest number of features and cost, then Advanced and finally Value, which offer the lowest cost but not as many features.

Premium HA Advanced HA Value HA
  • Clear listening in quiet situations
  • Whistle free
  • Hear soft sounds
  • Loud irritating sounds are softened instantly
  • More natural listening in more situations
  • Widespread automatic adjustment for effortless hearing
  • Hear phone callers clearly in both ears
  • Able to adjust HA in more situations to meet your needs
  • Hear speech clearer in a wider range of complex listening situations
  • Zoom in on speech in difficult situations
  • Detect music automatically
  • Clear listening in quiet situations
  • Whistle free
  • Hear soft sounds
  • Loud irritating sounds are softened instantly
  • More natural listening in more situations
  • Widespread automatic adjustment for effortless hearing
  • Hear phone callers clearly in both ears
  • Able to adjust HA in more situations to meet your needs
  • Clear listening in quiet situations
  • Whistle free
  • Hear soft sounds
  • Loud irritating sounds are softened instantly

Address

Clinic address:
Ashgrove Specialist Medical Centre
Suite 5A,
21 Harry St Ashgrove.
QLD 4060

Contact:

Phone: 07 3366 5012
Fax: 07 3366 6668
Email: info@hearingcareprofessionals.com.au

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