By Martin Smith on Saturday 14 May 2022

Phonak introduces new Paradise Aid styles

Phonak announced the introduction of three new models to the Paradise range. While they had already discussed their new waterproof rechargeable device, the new Fit and Slim models were kept secret up to now. The models represent a step towards Phonak hearing aids being more holistic health devices, one of them also represents the first hearing aid with in-ear sensors for bio readings.

By Martin Smith on Sunday 10 April 2022

Phonak Introduces New Paradise In The Ear Range

The Paradise platform has been hugely successful for Phonak, and they have now introduced their Virto Paradise in-the-ear hearing aids. It means that for the first time, people interested in Paradise can now purchase an in-the-ear hearing aid

By Martin Smith on Thursday 10 March 2022

Oticon Expands More Range With New BTE Devices

Oticon has announced the expansion of their More Range of hearing aid models. they are now introducing two new Behind The Ear hearing aids to round out the hearing device offering

By Martin Smith on Thursday 10 February 2022

Oticon and Signia announce Hands-Free Call Capability

Oticon and Signia have both announced hands-free phone call capabilities for their latest hearing aid ranges when used with iPhones. It will be a welcome addition for many users, meaning that they can have their hands free for important stuff during a call.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 15 December 2021

Widex Introduces New Rechargeable Moment BTE

Widex announced its first-ever rechargeable behind-the-ear hearing aid offering PureSound™, LED indicator, telecoil, and direct streaming to iPhone and Android. With the new Widex MOMENT BTE R D, people with hearing loss from minimal up to severe-to-profound can now benefit from Widex’s unique natural sound processing.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 10 November 2021

Phonak Introduces New ActiveVent Receivers For Audeo

The new ActiveVent receiver system for the Phonak Audeo Paradise range was released to much fanfare in August this year. ActiveVent is a brand new concept for hearing aids, so what are the pros and cons?

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 5 October 2021

Sudden Hearing Loss & Why You Need Immediate Attention

While sudden hearing loss is a relatively rare occurrence, we see it from time to time. Just recently we had an unsuspecting lady with sudden loss attend our clinic in Auchterarder. The condition needs to be treated as a medical emergency, assessed and treated with haste. Because urgent treatment, often means a full recovery.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 20 January 2021

Oticon launches new More Hearing Aids for 2021

Oticon has just launched a brand new hearing aid platform that they are calling More for 2021. We have had some real success with Oticon hearing aids in the last few years and we are happy to see them update their technology. Let's take a look at what they are and why they are so exciting

By Martin Smith on Sunday 23 August 2020

Meet The Brand New Audeo Paradise Hearing Aid Range From Phonak

Phonak launched the new Paradise range iof hearing aids on August the 20th. The Paradise will be available in the Audeo range initially and it appears to be a very worthy successor to the fantastic Marvel.

By Martin on Thursday 30 April 2020

Contact Us for Hearing Aid Help During Lockdown

Contact Us for Hearing Aid Help During Lockdown

By Martin Smith on Monday 23 March 2020

After taking expert advice, we are closing

We have taken the advice of our professional association and we will be closing clinics from today until we can re-open safely

By Martin Smith on Monday 2 September 2019

Marvel 2.0, Phonak say more connectivity, more choice, more performance

Phonak has announced the release of Marvel 2.0, among some other things, they say it will bring more connectivity, more choice and more hearing performance

By Martin Smith on Monday 8 July 2019

Lyric hearing aid, excellent tinnitus treatment device

In a recent press release Phonak discussed the efficacy of their Lyric hearing aid for the management and treatment of tinnitus. It acts faster than other treatment devices to alleviate tinnitus and reduces the impact of tinnitus more than other devices.

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 11 June 2019

Best New Bluetooth Hearing Aids in 2019

In a recent article on Hearing Aid Know, they discussed the best Bluetooth hearing aids for different functions. It spurred us to write an article about the success we are having with different Bluetooth hearing aids with our customers.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 29 May 2019

Unitron has now launched their new Discover Range of hearing aids

Unitron recently launched a new range of hearing aids they are calling the Discover, the range is only available in two models but it looks fascinating. The new hearing aids offer Bluetooth connection to any Bluetooth mobile phone and completely hands free calling.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 14 November 2018

Phonak launch their new Audeo Marvel hearing aids

Phonak has launched their new Audeo Marvel hearing aid range, or at least part of it. It represents a brand new platform with every hearing aid being a Made For Any Phone hearing device. That means that the entire new range of Marvel hearing aids will connect to any phone with a Bluetooth connection. More than that though, it means that the Marvel hearing aids will connect to any audio visual device with a Bluetooth connection. Let's take a look at them.

By Martin Smith on Saturday 3 March 2018

Meet The New Phonak Naida B Range

Phonak has completely updated their Naida range, it is now on the Belong chipset and it offers a rechargeable Naida for the very first time.

By Martin Smith on Friday 16 February 2018

Recent introductions of rechargeable hearing aids

Rechargeable hearing aids have certainly caught the imagination of the public, more hearing aid brands are introducing and expanding their ranges

By Martin Smith on Thursday 4 January 2018

Have questions about ear wax removal? Here are some answers

We often get asked questions about ear wax removal and we saw a great article recently that tried to answer many of the standard questions. Let's take a look athe questions that are most commonly asked.

By Martin Smith on Friday 15 December 2017

Out of control middle ear infection kills man

We were really sad to read recently that a man from Birmingham, had died from an undiagnosed ear infection. Let's talk ear infections and what you need to know.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 29 November 2017

NICE warns that ear syringing is both dangerous and ineffective

NICE has released a statement on ear syringing, they have warned it is both dangerous and ineffective. It is a clear notice that it should no longer be performed

By Martin Smith on Saturday 21 October 2017

Audiologist of The Year, We were honoured to be highly commended

It was a great honour to be entered into the Audiologist of the Year competition for 2017, it was a further honour to have both Katie and myself be highly commended by the Adjudicators

By Martin Smith on Sunday 1 October 2017

Our New Hearing Aid Centre in Auchterarder Opens Soon

Auchterarder Your journey to better hearing starts here, we have started work on our new practice, watch this space for more details.

By Martin Smith on Monday 18 September 2017

Some of the latest hearing aids introduced in 2017

The hearing industry has been a very busy place recently, here are some of the new additions available

By Martin Smith on Friday 1 September 2017

Phonak launches Virto B and Audeo B-Direct hearing aids

Phonak finally launches true Bluetooth hearing aids and the full Virto B range, the devices will be available in September across the United Kingdom

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 20 June 2017

Hearing loss and cheese toasties? Why cheese may protect your hearing

By Martin Smith on Monday 5 June 2017

Reasons why people don't wear hearing aids and how we help

We read a fantastic article recently and it spurred us to write our own, the article outlined five reasons why people don't wear hearing aids. We decided to write about how we help people overcome those problems.

By Martin Smith on Friday 31 March 2017

Phonak Introduces Truly Discreet CIC Hearing Aid

Phonak have introduced perhaps the most discreet CIC hearing aid we have ever seen, we want you to meet the Virto B-Titanium. It is a new type of hearing aid and our early experiences with it are outstanding.

By Martin Smith on Saturday 26 November 2016

There might be a hearing loss cure in as little as ten years

We came across a recent article that outlined a recent breakthrough that might lead to a cure for hearing loss. Japanese researchers in Juntendo University in Tokyo have discovered how to turn stem cells into cochlear (inner ear) cells. These cells could then be used for the replacement of damaged haircells in the inner ear. This could cure hearing loss that was previously untreatable except through amplification.

By Martin Smith on Saturday 22 October 2016

The Latest Phonak Audeo Hearing Aid Range, The Audeo Belong

We spoke about the introduction of the Audeo B-R a couple of weeks ago. The rechargeable device is just one hearing aid option in the new Audeo Belong hearing device range. While the B-R is an innovative and ground breaking Lithium-ion rechargeable option. There is much more to the Audeo range than just that.

By Martin Smith on Monday 17 October 2016

Selecting the right hearing aid for you

Choosing a hearing aid can be quite a daunting affair, even a quick Google about hearing aids online will overload you with the choice and information available. Being very honest, as professionals we are constantly running to catch up with the changing pace of hearing aid technology.

By Martin Smith on Monday 19 September 2016

So why are regular hearing tests important?

Hearing loss is generally a slow process that isn't noticed by the person who suffers it. We have said before that hearing loss is insidious, and that really is a great word to describe it. The rate of hearing loss suffered by someone can vary dramatically from person to person. So there is no reliable rule of thumb for when you should get your first hearing test.

By Martin Smith on Thursday 1 September 2016

Phonak introduces rechargeable hearing aids

Phonak are introducing a whole new concept for them, rechargeable hearing aids. The new Audeo B-R hearing aid range will be available in the UK soon, let's talk about what it has to offer.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 17 August 2016

Hearing Loss and Smoking, A Connection

Smokers and passive smokers are more likely to suffer from hearing loss. Current smokers have a 15% higher risk of hearing loss than non-smokers according to research undertaken in Centre of Human Communication and Deafness at The University of Manchester.

By Martin Smith on Friday 22 July 2016

Hearing Aids Don't Work in Drawers

Many years ago it was common to hear people talk about hearing aids more often being in a drawer than in their ears. This seemed to be the case in particular when it came to hearing aids supplied by the NHS.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 29 June 2016

Come inside our new hearing centre in East Loathian

As you might know, we opened our newest hearing aid centre in Gullane, East Lothian recently. It has been a fantastic success so far being very busy from the day we opened. Recently we decided to get Google, Street View Tours done of both of our branches. We like showing them off.

By Martin Smith on Thursday 16 June 2016

Hearing loss in teens and young adults is a growing concern

Trying to get the attention of your teenage children can be most frustrating while our blood pressure rises because we think they are ignoring us, most often the problem is they are wearing earbuds or earphones and listening to music on their phone. There is a growing health issue here, and not just of the chances of your head exploding!

By Martin Smith on Sunday 24 April 2016

Phonak Naida V Power Hearing Aid Launched

Phonak is renowned for hearing device solutions for severe to profound hearing loss. Their latest addition, the Naida Venture range continues and builds on that historical legacy.

By Martin Smith on Monday 4 April 2016

Hearing Aids, Hearing Tests & Earwax Removal Gullane

It is a very exciting time for us at Edinburgh Hearing Practice, with the opening of our hearing healthcare practice in Gullane in East Lothian. Our purpose built hearing centre is at 4 Stanley Road, Gullane, EH31 2AD and with plenty of free parking it takes the stress out of having to take a trip into the city.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 9 March 2016

Choosing The Right Hearing Aid For You

For some people hearing aids are still a scary subject, there is a lot of information to take in when choosing them. Some people may have alsso heard negative things about the devices. Most negative comments about hearing aids are really based on old hearing aid technology, hearing aids have evolved exponentially.

By Martin Smith on Friday 26 February 2016

Phonak Roger Pen wins award for design

Phonak, the global provider of the most complete product portfolio of hearing instruments and wireless communication solutions, today announced that its Roger Pen has been recognized for outstanding product design with the iF DESIGN AWARD, one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world.

By Martin Smith on Thursday 18 February 2016

Diabetes & Hearing Loss, The Facts

Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes compared to those without the disease. In fact up to one in three people with diabetes will develop hearing loss. People with pre-diabetes have a 30% higher chance of developing hearing loss than people with normal blood sugar levels.

By Martin Smith on Friday 12 February 2016

Hearing Aids, Phonak Virto V90 Custom Hearing Aids

we were looking forward to using the latest Venture range of hearing aids and especially the new customs. Phonak had told us that the new custom hearing aids would be different than any they had produced before, using new faceplates and technology that would allow them do things they could never do before.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 27 January 2016

Hearing Aids, Phonak Audeo V90

We really like Phonak hearing aids in Edinburgh Hearing Practice, they offer our customers great choice, fantastic value and exceptional results. We have been using their products for years and the feedback that we get from our customers has always been outstanding. In our last post we spoke about their latest high end technology behind the ear hearing aids. Today we would like to take a deeper look at their latest RIC hearing aids.

By Martin Smith on Saturday 23 January 2016

Hearing Aids Edinburgh, The Phonak Bolero V90

The Bolero V90 range was launched in 2015, it is the latest BTE digital hearing aids range from Phonak. They are packed with the very latest high-performance technology and are designed to provide you a seamless listening experience across all of the sounscapes you enjoy.

By Martin Smith on Monday 11 January 2016

Getting the most out of your hearing aids

Hearing aids are an expensive commodity, choosing them involves time, energy and of course money. You purchase them for a reason, that reason is to help you hear better in the situations you are having difficulty with. You want them to do that for you not just now, but tomorrow and the day after that and then the day after that

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 14 December 2016

Latest Phonak Hearing Aids in Edinburgh

Phonak have recently delivered the full range of Venture platform hearing aids. They finished the releases with the new custom Virto Venture hearing aids. That means that there is now a full line up of Venture platform hearing devices that suit all hearing losses and style concerns.

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 1 December 2015

Cancer treatment and hearing loss

I think everyone is aware that hair loss, weight loss, and nausea are side effects of chemo treatment. They are certainly the most visible and recognisable side effects of chemotherapy. However, few are aware that one of the hidden side effects of chemo is ototoxicity, it damages the structures of the ear and causes hearing loss.

By Martin Smith on Friday 13 November 2015

Five ways to help manage Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a particularly nasty condition for some people, it can be more than frustrating. It can actually be debilitating for many people. Tinnitus is a condition whereby people has been hear sounds in their head that are not produced by any external source.

By Martin Smith on Thursday 5 November 2015

Looking for a hearing test? Make sure its a good one

The outcomes of amplification and the benefits delivered by any hearing aid, are based on the very careful fitting of that hearing aid to you and your hearing loss. So, in order that you hear better and get the benefits of your hearing aids, we need to get a complete and clear picture of your hearing

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 27 October 2015

Get Your Risk Free Trial On The Truly Invisible Hearing Aid

ou may have seen the advert on the TV, the newspaper, or heard it on the radio, it may be hard to believe, but it is true, You can trial the Lyric Hearing Aid Risk Free in Edinburgh!

By Martin Smith on Monday 19 October 2015

New Phonak Hearing Aids in Edinburgh, The Custom Virto V

Phonak has announced the launch of its new custom Virto V range of hearing aids. The introduction of the Virto V completes their new Venture platform of hearing aids. The Virto V is based on their powerful Venture platform with Autosense OS which was introduced not too long ago. They presented the new custom hearing solutions to the European market at the EUHA congress 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany.

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 6 October 2015

The link between hearing loss and mental decline

We now believe that loss of hearing may lead to more than just difficulty hearing sounds. It can lead to social isolation and then depression. Numerous studies over the last few years have also suggested that hearing loss may also be linked to loss of memory and cognitive ability (thinking skills).

By Martin Smith on Saturday 26 September 2015

Tinnitus Management App From Phonak, Help To Control Your Tinnitus

There is more and more focus on tinnitus as a condition in the last several years. It almost seems that every month there is some new product focused on giving relief from the sound of tinnitus. Recently Phonak released a free tinnitus management smart phone App for their hearing aid users. The app is available on both Apple's App Store and Google Play free to download and is designed to help people control their tinnitus.

By Martin Smith on Sunday 13 September 2015

Hearing aids, what is the cost of not getting them?

The cost of purchasing hearing aids is something a lot of users worry about. Hearing aids seem expensive if looked at purely as electronic devices. When looking at a hearing aid price it is easy to focus on the number, but you may not think about the value of the benefits that the devices will deliver.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 2 September 2015

Hearing Aids & Using Your Mobile Phone, Wireless is Best

Hearing aid smart apps for smart phones deliver real power to hearing aid users. The power to control and customise their hearing aids in deeper ways.

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 25 August 2015

A new drug to protect against hearing loss is being tested

In a recent report in the The Wall Street Journal it was revealed that a trial was being conducted in collaboration with the US military on a new experimental drug. It is believed by the researchers that the experimental drug that might prevent noise-induced hearing loss. The compound, a liquid form of d-methionine, was developed into a drug by Kathleen Campbell, an audiologist at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.

By Martin Smith on Saturday 15 August 2015

So when exactly should you get your hearing tested?

In most cases, people are unaware that they have hearing loss. It occurs so gradually that it’s almost undetectable, a good description for hearing loss is insidious. Quite a delicious sounding word that, however the definition of that word is

By Martin Smith on Thursday 6 August 2015

Choosing the right hearing aid for you is an important task

Choosing the right hearing aid for you is an in-depth process. We need to understand a lot of information in order to recommend the right choices out of the hundreds of hearing aids that are available. In order to do the job right, we have a process that allows us to discover all of the information we need.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 29 July 2015

So you have bought hearing aids, what happens next

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 22 July 2015

Hearing health tips for men, protect your hearing

Hearing health issues and hearing loss actually affect men and women differently. Hearing loss is more common in men than in women. Our understanding of this is limited, although many put it down to more exposure to noise and the typical male's attitude to healthy living.

By Martin Smith on Sunday 12 July 2015

Caring for your hearing aids during the summer months

By Martin Smith on Thursday 2 July 2015

Part three of our buying hearing aids in Edinburgh series

In the first two parts of this article series we covered the test, the recommendation and the actual fitting of the hearing instruments you chose. In this article we will look at what happens next? What happens at the first after care session and beyond that.

By Martin Smith on Monday 22 June 2015

The second part of buying hearing aids in Edinburgh

This article covers the second part of the process of buying a hearing aid, the actual dispensing part. You have decided to buy a set of digital hearing aids and your hearing aid dispenser is now delivering them.

By Martin Smith on Thursday 11 June 2015

Buying hearing aids in Edinburgh?What you need to know

Most people never think about hearing aids until they need them. They never give them a thought, so buying hearing aids for the first time can be an enigma. However, once you know what you should ask and what your chosen hearing care professional should do, it makes it a lot easier

By Martin Smith on Sunday 31 May 2015

Hearing Loss is Often To Blame For Tinnitus

Tinnitus commonly manifests as a ringing in the ears, buzzing, hissing, whistling, whooshing or clicking that ranges in severity. Whilst the mechanism and underlying process of tinnitus is not clearly and definitively understood, we do know that it most often accompanies hearing loss.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 20 May 2015

Moderate hearing loss is difficult to recognise

The term moderate, refers to the degree of hearing loss, any person that has difficulty hearing sounds between 40 and 69 decibels at any one frequency of sound is considered to have a moderate hearing loss. It is among one of the most common degrees of hearing loss that we see at Edinburgh Hearing Practice.

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 28 April 2015

Hearing aid technology in Edinburgh

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 15 April 2015

Invisible hearing aids at Edinburgh Hearing

The Phonak Nano is more than just a tiny hearing aid. It is the perfect combination of hearing performance and minimum size. Phonak produce a custom crafted hearing aid to fit entirely in your ear canal, using computer-aided design and the latest generation of advanced materials. Comfort is guaranteed while delivering the typical outstanding Phonak sound quality.

By Martin Smith on Thursday 2 April 2015

The New Bolero V Range From Phonak At Edinburgh

The new Phonak Bolero V hearing aids feature Phonak's latest high-performance technology and are designed to provide you a seamless listening experience. All this in an aesthetically appealing and robust design.

By Martin Smith on Monday 23 March 2015

Autosense, a new feature in Phonak hearing aids

Running on the new operating system, AutoSense OS recognises and automatically adapts to more of your listening situations than ever before. AutoSense is a mixture of new features, enhanced features and existing features. AutoSense OS accurately captures and analyzes the sound environment and then precisely blends the feature elements from multiple programs in real time to provide a seamless listening experience.

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 10 March 2015

With hearing aids, smaller may not be better for you

Modern digital hearing aids come in ever increasing shapes and sizes. Manufacturers design them to meet the unique needs of the people who wear them. People in general always seek the smallest hearing aid, they are certainly the most sought after. Generally it is because they are the most discreet option.

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 10 March 2015

Finally, You can hear well in noise and on the phone

Are you living with a hearing loss? Would you like to hear in a noisy environment again, or hear your family and friends when they call you on the phone? The Edinburgh Hearing Practice can make this a reality!

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 13 December 2016

Hearing aids what is the best for you

Maybe you've thought about getting a hearing aid, but you have some reservations, how will it look? Which is the right hearing aid for you? The only real way to find out is to come and see us so that we can explain your choices.

By Martin Smith on Friday 27 February 2015

There are certain drugs that can harm to your hearing

You may already know of many drugs that can lead to liver damage and set off countless additional side effects. But were you aware that there are some prescription drugs that can be bad for your ears?

By Martin Smith on Thursday 19 February 2015

Hearing aid features, what they are and how they help

Most digital hearing aids have a series of different features that are designed to deliver different benefits to the people who use them. All modern hearing aids from every manufacturer will have some mixture of features, however the feature set is dependent on the level of technology of the hearing aid and the manufacturer. The best or highest technology hearing aids from each manufacturer tend to have the best feature set available.

By Martin Smith on Monday 9 February 2015

Improved hearing increase quality of life with dementia

Early findings in a new study seem to suggest that the quality of life is improved in hearing impaired listeners diagnosed with moderate dementia by treating hearing loss with hearing aids. This quality of life increase was also shared by the caregiver.

By Martin Smith on Thursday 29 January 2015

Tinnitus relief and the Lyric invisible hearing aid

Latest studies conducted by Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Dr Jacob Johnson, reveal that this new extended wear (24/7) technology, providing continuous auditory stimulation, may decrease the impact that your tinnitus has on your quality of life!

By Martin Smith on Friday 23 January 2015

Headphones can damage your hearing, are yours?

Hearing loss caused by headphones is a widely discussed topic. As with exposure to loud noise, exposure to loud music can harm your ability to hear. The growing use of headphones with phones and tablet devices by the young, and not so young has been a major cause for concern.

By Martin Smith on Saturday 10 January 2015

Phonak Audeo V Hearing Aids At Edinburgh Hearing

The new hearing aids range from Phonak, the Audéo V, is a Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) hearing aid, making it versatile but highly discreet.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 31 December 2014

Microsuction earwax removal is safe with few problems

A Paper published in the British Medical Journal detailed that there were significant problems regularly associated with ear syringing. They were detailed as failure of wax removal (29%), otitis media (17%), perforation of the ear drum (15%), and trauma to the external auditory meatus (11%).

By Martin Smith on Tuesday 16 December 2014

How the Lyric Hearing aid works

The Phonak Lyric hearing aid is the first of it's kind, a true long wear hearing aid. Lyric is an invisible, extended-wear hearing aid, which is designed to be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's placement deep in the ear canal ensures that it is the most discrete hearing device available. It can be worn for months at a time and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration US) has approved it for a term of 120 days.

By Martin Smith on Sunday 2 February 2014

Trial The Lyric Invisible Hearing aid with no deposit or obligation

By Martin Smith on Thursday 2 January 2014

Look after your hearing!

According to the Journal of Medicine a shocking 20% of adolescents have a hearing loss! This isn’t directly linked to more babies being born with a hearing loss, but is actually as a result of lifestyle.

By Martin Smith on Wednesday 1 January 2014

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