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It may be that you tried an out-dated type of hearing aid or one that wasn't suitable for your needs. Today's digital hearing aids are a huge improvement on the old analogue ones; they're much more comfortable and can be programmed to suit your individual hearing loss. Features such as directionality and noise reduction allow you to hear what you want whilst cutting down background noise. When you are fitted with new hearing aids it is important to allow time to get used to them. Once you do, you will probably find your life is changed for the better - for good.
Of course - this will give you some idea of how much hearing aids could help you and how it feels to wear them. But depending on the type of hearing aid your hearing aid audiologist recommends, the demonstration may only give you a general idea of how much hearing aids could help. For example, many hearing aids are made individually so they would improve your hearing much more than you could experience with a sample aid during your hearing consultation.
It's no stigma to have a hearing problem, any more than it is to need spectacles. Around the age of 50 the proportion of people with a hearing loss begins to increase sharply and 55% of people over 60 are deaf or hard of hearing. However, if you don't feel comfortable wearing visible hearing aids, there are excellent in-the-canal aids available that fit right inside the ear and are almost invisible. Some people actually treat their hearing aids as fashion accessories and choose one of the futuristic modern designs and/or colours available. Usually it's the effects of not wearing hearing aids that advertise a hearing problem!
The main types of aid are behind-the-ear, in-the-ear and in-the-canal aids. All three types are small, discreet, and often available in colours that tone with an individual's skin or hair. In addition, hearing aids are now available that automatically adjust to different sounds so you don't need to adjust them manually, or they can be used with a remote control to help people with dexterity problems such as arthritis. For wearers who want to link their hearing aids wirelessly to their TV, music centre or mobile phone, new Bluetooth enabled hearing aids take sound directly from a wide range of electronic sources, providing clear, sharp sound direct to your hearing aids.
Your hearing aids will last for years. But even if your hearing aids are still functioning perfectly, your hearing may have changed since you first had your hearing aids and so they may no longer be giving you all the improvement you now need. In addition, technological advances in hearing aids mean that new hearing aids could significantly improve your hearing or could make them much easier for you to use. As part of your free Lifetime Aftercare programme, your hearing aid audiologist should reassess your hearing on a regular basis to ensure your hearing aids are still giving you the best available improvement in your hearing.
Usually people have a hearing loss in both ears, so it is a common misconception that only one hearing aid is necessary to assist with hearing problems affecting both ears. Just as with your eye sight, if both ears have less than normal hearing, then the maximum benefit can only be attained if you use two hearing aids. This is especially important if your hearing problem is most noticeable in noisier situations. Your brain's hearing system also helps you perceive space and depth, and helps you balance. Wearing only one aid not only signiﬁcantly reduces the brain's ability to hear and understand but also affects your ability to perceive space, depth and direction. So to obtain maximum beneﬁt, two hearing aids are needed. When you wear two hearing aids, you find that: • Listening is more comfortable and less stressful because when both ears work together you need less ampliﬁcation and a lower volume setting to hear clearly. Your brain can process the information more effectively. • Sounds heard by both ears sound more natural and are easier to understand. If you only wear a hearing aid in one ear, sound can appear ﬂat or dull and speech may be unclear. You may need to turn your head to hear when a person is speaking, or ask them to sit on your 'good side'. • Hearing clearly in both ears allows you to detect the direction that the sound is coming from. So you won't appear rude by accidentally ignoring someone speaking to you on your unaided side and you know where alarm sounds are coming from - which could be critical for your personal safety! • If you're in a busy restaurant or at a party where lots of people are speaking, it's easier to pick out the voice of the person you want to listen to. Over time the ear without a hearing aid may suffer from 'auditory deprivation', resulting in even greater hearing difficulty and problems understanding speech. So wearing two hearing aids, carefully adjusted by your hearing aid audiologist to work together, will be better.
Although it is not possible to restore your natural hearing, hearing aids allow you to hear better. Even people who have normal hearing experience some difficulty in noisy situations and, although no hearing aid can restore your natural hearing completely, wearing hearing aids will almost certainly improve your hearing significantly.
As your hearing loss will probably have been gradual, over the years you will have become used to not hearing properly many of the sounds of life, like traffic noise, the fridge, leaves rustling or birds singing. When you start wearing hearing aids, these sounds will reappear so you need to get used to ignoring the sounds that you don't want to hear - just like you used to. By wearing your hearing aids as much as possible, you can re-educate your brain to do just this. Wearing your hearing aids will also help you recognise where sounds are coming from and learn the best settings for different situations.
Hearing aids are not normally worn in bed at night. To help in other situations we stock a range of products that are specifically designed for people with hearing loss, such as alarm clocks, . If you are worried that you won't hear your smoke alarm, ask the fire prevention officer in your local fire brigade for advice about smoke alarms for people with hearing loss.
Normally non-customised hearing aids are fitted within one week and custom aids are fitted within two weeks of your hearing assessment. All our hearing aids are selected and programmed individually to meet your specific hearing requirements and this can take between one to two weeks dependent upon the type of hearing aids.
Digital hearing aids have largely taken the place of analogue ones because they offer far better sound quality and clarity. They have a tiny computer inside which processes sounds and this makes it possible to customise them very precisely to suit each individuals hearing loss. Many digital aids can be programmed with different settings for different sound environments; for example, one programme for a quiet living room and another for a noisy restaurant.
Properly prescribed and fitted hearing aids definitely cannot make your hearing worse, because they do not physically alter the state of your hearing mechanism. Also, hearing aids are preset to a safe maximum level. Once your hearing has begun to deteriorate, it will usually continue to do so over time - but hearing aids are designed to help you make the most of your remaining hearing to make sounds clearer and sharper. You may find that louder sounds that you haven't heard in quite some time may surprise you, so you will need to acclimatise yourself to this.
There are many brands of hearing aid produced by reputable international manufacturers. However the most important issues in determining which hearing aid is right for you are the results of your hearing test, your lifestyle, the style of hearing aid that you prefer and your level of dexterity. Based on these four key factors, your hearing aid audiologist will recommend the hearing aids that he thinks are most appropriate for you to ensure that they will satisfy your individual needs and that you will feel comfortable and confident wearing every day. As a specialist hearing aid retailer Amplifon offers a range of market leading products from the worlds leading hearing aid manufacturers, so we will always be able to offer you a choice of the very latest, high performance products to suit every budget.
The sale of hearing aids by mail order or the internet is not regulated so there are virtually no safeguards to ensure your best interests. Also, it is important to remember that the effectiveness of your hearing aids relies on them being properly prescribed and fitted by a fully registered and qualified hearing aid audiologist to ensure they meet your individual needs.
The Poppit hearing aid only comes in one size but has small earfittings to help with fitting different sizes of ear canals. If you need an in-the-ear or in-the-canal hearing which is made individually for you, ear impressions will need to be taken by your local hearing care professional. I would suggest that you make an appointment at your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre so that the options can be explained to you.
It is very difficult to make direct comparisons between different manufacturers' hearing aid systems. From an overall quality perspective such as reliability and construction quality, I would say that GN ReSound and Phonak products are very similar. Comparing the Phonak Solana with the GN ReSound Alera range, I would say that Solana is more equivalent in terms of technical features to the Alera 7; these products could be described as generally mid range technology level. The Alera 7 is in a higher band of technology and more equivalent to the Phonak Ambra. However, the Solana has a technical feature called 'Sound Recover' which does not exist in the Alera range and can be very useful for those with severe higher frequency hearing losses. All of these products have the technical features which all of today's more advanced hearing aids should have to assist in a wide variety of listening conditions. If you would like more personalised information and advice, I would strongly suggest that you make an appointment at your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre.
Amplifon does not supply any form of hearing aid system without a full hearing assessment by a qualified audiology professional. As a responsible organisation, Amplifon does not supply hearing aids online because the decision about the suitability and potential effectiveness of any hearing aid system should be based on information which cannot be obtained online and requires a personal consultation. I would strongly suggest that you obtain professional advice about your hearing and this is available free of charge from your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre.
Thank you for contacting Amplifon and we would certainly be more than willing to try and help your mother. NHS hearing aid services help many people but do not always provide the time and ongoing support which many hearing impaired people need in order to be gain the maximum benefit from their hearing aids. Amplifon believes very strongly in personalised hearing care which we believe is essential for a professional and dependable service. The other important consideration is that Amplifon has a much greater choice of hearing aid systems both in fitting style and certainly technology. However, the process starts with a thorough hearing assessment so that your mother’s needs can be carefully assessed and the most suitable options chosen for her to consider. We very much welcome the involvement of family members. Naturally, full account would be taken of the problems which your mother is experiencing with her NHS hearing aids. Unfortunately, we cannot legally do anything for your mother’s NHS hearing aids as that would have to done at the NHS Audiology department which provided them. I would suggest that the next step would be for you or your mother to contact your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre to arrange for an appointment. Although we have all the necessary facilities at our centres, if your mother has mobility problems, we are normally able to provide a home visit service. You can request an appointment online at http://www.amplifon.co.uk/book-a-hearing-test/ Kind regards, Amplifon
The Transear is one method of assisting single sided hearing loss but generally relies on the better ear having either normal hearing or a mild hearing loss. It is one of a variety of CROS (Contralateral Routing of Signal) hearing aids. We are able to provide CROS hearing aids but we do not specifically dispense the Transear. If you would like more personalised information, I would suggest that you make an appointment at your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre so that you can be given the advice which you need.
We offer a wide variety of hearing aids from the world's leading hearing aid manufacturers including ReSound, Siemens, Phonak, Widex and Starky. There are various models and styles, such as behind the ear or in the ear hearing aids, and our hearing aid audiologists in our branches will be happy to advise on the most appropriate aid for your requirements after discussing your preferences and after giving you a free hearing assessment. You can see the different types and styles of hearing aids on our website by clicking on this link: http://www.amplifon.co.uk/improve-your-hearing/types-of-hearing-aids/ Our product range can be seen at:http://www.amplifon.co.uk/improve-your-hearing/the-product-range/ from this page you can go to the various pages showing the specific manufactures products. If you'd like to make an appointment to speak with one of our hearing aid audiologists and maybe have a free hearing test at your local branch please click here: http://www.amplifon.co.uk/book-a-hearing-test/ or if you prefer call 088 44 33 44 and one of our team will be happy to help. You can also find your local branch by clicking on the following link and entering your postcode: http://www.amplifon.co.uk/branch-locator/ Kind regards, Amplifon.
Thank you for your response. If you leave your deatils online or contact us on 0808 231 5995, we will happily organise for one to be available for collection at your nearest Amplifon hearing care centre. On collection of your Magnisound 3000, we could also arrange a free hearing test as part of our better hearing campaign to help provide you information about your hearing.
The key to choosing the right company is to ensure that: • The Audiologist is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC regulates private Audiologists training and conduct, and handles complaints. All Amplifon Audiologists are highly qualified and registered with the HCPC. BSHAA??? • You’ll have access to the latest pioneering hearing technology. • Ensure you feel comfortable and at ease with your Audiologist. Our experts take the time to understand your hearing as well as your expectations for the future. The first step to better hearing is listening. This is where our Audiologists will listen to you the challenges you face with your hearing. • Ensure you’re hearing test is free. Our Audiologists will help you rediscover the world of sound giving you an enhanced appreciation of what happens around you on a day to day basis. • Ensuring free lifetime aftercare is included as part of your solution. Our lifetime aftercare programme enables us to ensure you’re getting the optimum benefit from your hearing solution. As your hearing changes we have the scientific knowledge and experience to fine tune your hearing aid to give you the best possible listening experience.
All our hearing aid audiologists are authorised by the HPC who issue an authorisation card to each hearing aid audiologist. You can ask to see this card or, if you prefer, contact the Health & Care Professions Council or check on their website which holds a list of registered hearing aid dispensers.
From the moment you attend a free hearing test we’ll take you on a journey where hearing really is believing. Through our lifetime aftercare programme, our expert Audiologists will take care of you and your hearing aids for life. This unrivalled programme of support includes regular hearing assessments, expert support and advice, demonstrations of the latest pioneering hearing aid technology to ensure you continue to get the optimum listening experience and a seamless integration into your lifestyle from your hearing solution. Your Audiologist will also advise you on how to take care of your hearing aids on a daily basis to provide high performance listening when you need it most and what to do when your hearing aid batteries need replacing. During your regular six monthly Aftercare appointments we offer expert support and advice, latest innovative technology demonstrations and a 5 Star Service check which includes: • Cleaning or replacing tubing and adjusting your hearing aid contacts • Cleaning the hearing aid casing and microphone duct • Checking for acoustic feedback • Checking your hearing aid performance • A free pack of hearing aid batteries We will also assess your hearing on a regular basis to ensure your hearing solution continues to keep you connected to the world around you whilst delivering high performance in speech understanding and comfort challenging environments.
To ensure you have peace of mind, when you buy a hearing aid from Amplifon, you not only receive your manufacture's warrenty but we also give you a year's guarentee free, under the National Hearing Aid Guarantee Scheme. This covers your hearing aids against: • Accidental loss or damage • Repairs • Re-shells • Faults due to wax or moisture • Ear moulds • Receivers • Malfunction and breakdown for one year from the date of purchase After the first year you can extend the warranty for up to four years if you wish, for an additional cost. If your hearing aid is covered under the warranty, repair and parts are free. If your warranty has expired, your hearing aid audiologist will be able to advise you on what is required and will obtain a free estimate for the cost of the repair from the manufacturer.
Unfortunately, you do not say what make of drying capsules you have. However, it is not normally the case that these drying aids/dehumidifiers involve putting a hearing aid into loose crystals. You should have been supplied with some instructions with the drying kit. However, it is more likely that a capsule is put into the cup with your hearing aid(s) rather than having to empty out the crystals from the capsule into the cup. It would be best if you could find some instructions or consult your supplier. If you require any further information please contact your local Amplifon branch.
To ensure your peace of mind, when you buy a hearing aid from Amplifon, you not only receive a manufacture's warranty but we also give you a year's guarantee. The National Hearing Aid Guarantee Scheme covers your hearing aids against: Accidental loss or damage Repairs Faults due to wax or moisture Ear moulds Receivers Malfunction and breakdown for one year from the date of purchase After the first year you can extend the warranty for up to four years if you wish, for an additional cost. Most other companies only offer a manufacturer's warranty that covers manufacturer's faults with the hearing aid but Amplifon's cover offers these extra benefits including accidental damage and loss - at no charge.
I’m sorry but we do not sell the type of connection you have described which would connect your hearings aid to iPad or laptop. Many hearing aid systems have Bluetooth or wireless connectivity which is normally used to stream signals to hearing aids from mobile phones or televisions. Your hearing aids may be capable of connecting wirelessly to an iPad or laptop but it would require some additional components. To know whether this is possible, I’d suggest that either you contact whoever dispensed your hearing aids. Alternatively you can make enquiries at your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre.
Thank you for your enquiry about the Wireless Listener CL7300. It amplifies sound very clearly, has a wireless connection, is very light weight and has a self charging pod. The price is £149 and is available from any of our branches across the UK. You can find full details about the TV Listener on our website - please go to http://www.amplifon.co.uk/support-aftercare/batteries-accessories/accessories/wireless-tv-listener/ You can also find your nearest branch by going to http://www.amplifon.co.uk/branch-locator/ and entering your postcode. Kind regards, Amplifon
There should be no reason why impressions for your earpiece cannot be taken at your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre. It would be necessary for your security earpiece to be examined so that the correct type of earfitting can be chosen. The cost of doing this would be given to you when you visit your local Amplifon Centre as the price may depend on the style of the earpiece and the material from it needs to be made.
We sell cordless telephones with the facility for an attachable headset in our branches. There is one with a built in answer machine and one without. You may like to visit your nearest Amplifon branch to see the phones and to discuss your requirements with our hearing aid audiologist who would be happy to help. You can find your nearest branch by clicking on this link and entering your postcode. Kind regards, Amplifon
This isn’t a product which Amplifon can supply but I’d suggest you try the Connevans website using this link:- http://www.deafequipment.co.uk/catalogue/517121/Toupee-tape--hearing-aid-retainers---protective-covers Alternatively, have you considered in-the-ear hearing aids? If you would like to know more about this option, your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre would be pleased to provide you with more information.
To the best of my knowledge, the GN ReSound Musician Hearsaver is only available in Australia. Hearing protection for musicians, usually fitted with the ER20 filter, is available in the UK but this is not within the product portfolio of GN ReSound in the UK. I would suggest that, if you would like more information, you contact your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre.
Your hearing aids would seem to be a 'Power' version as you have described them as "CIC P". The size 10 battery for these hearing aids is the smallest size. So you have a combination of higher levels of signal processing which is drawing power from relatively small capacity batteries. If you are using your hearing aids for most or all of the time, which is good of course, changing batteries every 3 or 4 days is typical. It is important not to remove the battery tab until you are ready to change a battery and keep the battery tray open when the hearing aids are not in use. I would also suggest that you make an appointment with your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre and have your hearing aids checked. Sometimes, there signal processing features running which are not very necessary for you and an alteration in the settings can reduce battery drain.
Yes, we offer various finance packages to help with the purchase of hearing aids. If you make an appointment at your nearest amplifon branch for a free hearing assessment, our hearing aid audiologist will discuss the most appropriate hearing solution for your hearing loss and you can discuss with him the various finance options available. Kind regards, Amplifon
We offer various finance packages to help with the purchase of your hearing aids. If you make an appointment at your nearest amplifon branch for a free hearing assessment, your hearing aid audiologist will be able to discuss the most appropriate hearing solution for you and the finance options available to you.
Payment for hearing aids and all associated professional services is usually possible by cash, cheque or credit/debit card. If you wish to spread out the payments using a credit agreement, this is usually possible. If you would like more personalised information, I’d suggest that you contact your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre.
Amplifon work with leading globally recognised manufacturers e.g. GN ReSound, Phonak, Widex offering a wide range of options to suit all budgets and needs. The cost of your hearing solution depends on a few factors; the degree of hearing loss identified by a qualified Audiologist and the environments in which you have difficulty hearing. The intelligent high performance hearing technology differs across styles and models. The more varied the situations and lifestyles, the more sophisticated the hearing aid's technology needs to be to present to you the best possible listening experience. On attending you hearing test, our experts will take time showing you and explaining the different options to you and how each option can be personalised just for you. You will also have the opportunity to try our hearing aids in the comfort of your own home or in those challenging environments as part of a free trial.
Private hearing aids cover a wide range of prices depending on the style and complexity of hearing aid that you need to suit your hearing loss and your lifestyle. Although most digital hearing aids may be able to improve your hearing, the more expensive hearing aids incorporate advanced technology which makes them easier to use, better able to cope with differing environments and situations and increased functionality to integrate with other electronic equipment around your home. Your hearing aid audiologist will be able to recommend the style and price of hearing aids that best suit your hearing loss and lifestyle - but if you consider that a single hearing aid worn for five years can cost you just 27p a day, it's a small price to pay for all the benefits that better hearing can bring to your daily life.
Although the hearing aid casing may look the same, it's the technology inside that really determines the price. The more sophisticated the technology, the better the hearing aid can cope with many different situations and lifestyles - and this increased sophistication means that the technology is more expensive to produce.
We offer a wide range of hearing aids from the world's leading manufacturers at prices to suit everyone's budget. The cost of a hearing aid depends mainly on the type of hearing loss you have and the variety of different situations that your hearing aid will need to cope with. The more varied the situations and lifestyles, the more sophisticated the hearing aid's technology needs to be. At your hearing test we will advise you on the various options available to you and the most appropriate level of technology required for your individual hearing loss and lifestyle.
We offer Amplifon clients a renewable indemnity after the expiry of the initial warranty. So, we would only be able provide cover if you acquired your hearing aids through Amplifon and subject to certain other conditions. For a clearer indication of the actual costs please contact your local Amplifon branch.
Affordability is, of course, important and Amplifon has a very wide choice of hearing aid systems available and therefore there is a wide price range. The prices of our hearing aids start from £495 which includes all professional services and a long term aftercare programme. The choices of suitable hearing aids can only be known after a thorough, professional hearing assessment which can be easily arranged at your local Amplifon Hearing Care Centre so that you can have personalised and helpful advice for you to consider. If you'd like to make an appointment for a hearing assessment at your nearest branch please visit http://www.amplifon.co.uk/book-a-hearing-test/ or call 0844 33 44 and a member of our team will be happy to help. Kind regards, Amplifon
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