Hearing Aids: National Hearing Care Leads in Client Choice
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The great beauty in being an independent provider of hearing aids is that our clients have access to the very best technology in hearing aids available in the world today, across a broad range of manufacturers.
Manufacturers of hearing aids tend to design their hearing instruments around a core philosophy. As a result, products across a manufacturer’s range tend to have a unique approach to sound processing. Some clients might be more satisfied with a different approach offered by an alternative manufacturer.
At National Hearing Care our practitioners can prescribe hearing aids in Australia across a range of platforms, thus being in a strong position to find a product range more suited to a particular individual.
How do I Know What Hearing Aid is Best for Me?
This is a complex consideration, and one best undertaken in discussion with your audiologist at your local National Hearing Care clinic.
Your practitioner will take an extensive personal history to determine the extent to which hearing loss is impacting your life. The results of your hearing test, and personal preferences, such as a request for cheap hearing aids, need to be taken into account before they can propose a range of hearing device options available.
What Things Should I Consider?
We understand that hearing problems can have widespread impact. It can affect your work, can create tension in relationships, and diminish the enjoyment of music. It is important you consider the extent to which these areas are impacted and discuss them with your practitioner.
You will also need to consider if the cosmetics of assistive listening devices are acceptable to you. Sometimes we need to balance cosmetic preferences against the level of technology, and the range of hearing aids prices, you may require.
Consumers Prefer Behind the Ear Fittings
Today, around 90% of hearing aids types dispensed are of the behind-the-ear variety. This situation has arisen due to technological advancements that have allowed the behind-the-ear devices to be smaller, and thus cosmetically more appealing.
Open Ear Fittings
Comfort issues have been addressed with open-ear fittings removing feelings of fullness and occlusion. Essentially, many wearers are simply unaware of the presence of a hearing instrument in their ear.
In the Ear Fittings
A number of in-the-ear devices continue to be prescribed. These types of instruments can be easier to manage, as they exist as one piece, rather than a combination hearing aid and ear mould.
Completely in the Ear Fittings
Completely in-the-canal devices are sometimes sought out due to their small size. This must be balanced against their ease of management and the power they can provide to a given degree of hearing loss.
Automation – Set and Forget
Many hearing instruments can have automated functions. Most typically this relates to automatic control of loudness so that speech and environmental sounds are delivered to your ear at a comfortable level.
More advanced instruments, such as digital hearing aids, analyse the acoustic environment of the wearer and adjust the performance of the hearing aid.
A broad range of features is available to address comfort issues.
Impulse noise strategies reduce the intrusion of piercing sounds such as cutlery and dish clatter. Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate wind noise reduction technology, echo control and programs that ease new users into amplification.
The directional microphone is perhaps the most important consideration in a hearing instrument. Dual microphones are needed if the assistive listening device is to be able to analyse sound, and then apply solutions to maximise the understanding of speech.
The most basic directional microphone is fixed, enhancing speech from the front over noise from behind. Greater sophistication enables the microphone to adapt, thus directing its prowess at several moving noise sources simultaneously, and automatically.
Dependent upon your needs and lifestyle preferences some models of hearing aids connect seamlessly to a mobile/home telephone, television, stereo or MP3 player via Bluetooth. Remote controls also exist to give the user more personal control over their hearing aid.