The Latest Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss News
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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%).
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.
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.