Digital hearing aids: how to find the best solution for you
New technology has revolutionised how hearing loss is managed with a wide range of digital hearing aids now available to suit most needs. In our latest blog senior audiologist Catherine Tune talks about the newest trends in hearing aid technology and how to find the best solution for you, whatever your hearing problem.
“One in six of us in the UK suffers some level of hearing loss. Fortunately, advances in hearing aid technology have dramatically improved hearing clarity for many people. There is a huge amount of new technology out there so it is best to shop around for the best kind of hearing aid solution for you.
Direct connectivity – connecting digital hearing aids via Bluetooth to devices such as mobile phones and tablets – has been around for a while. The latest technology enables hearing aids to be connected to a wider range of devices and systems via the internet, including your electronic control systems for heating and lighting, kitchen appliances, doorbells and security cameras, and the television.
It means alerts can be sent directly to your hearing aid from, for example, your doorbell so you know someone’s at the door, or you can connect it directly to your TV so that you can hear the sound more clearly and adjust it without affecting the volume for anyone else watching.
GPS-tagging is another feature available on some hearing aids which will allow you to save settings for specific locations. The hearing aid can then automatically adjust to your favourite setting for home, work, outdoors or certain restaurants when you are in that specific environment, and can help to minimise background noise.
Another important advance is remote assistance, allowing your audiology team to update your hearing aid settings remotely. You cansend a message via an app to your audiologist about any problems you might be having, like too much background noise, and your team can remotely change the settings to suit you better.
A patient-centred approach
Our team is able to offer any of these top-of-the-range hearing aids so we would recommend that anyone needing advice should come for a detailed consultation with one of our expert audiologists.
With so much technological innovation, choosing a hearing aid can be daunting for some people. We spend time with each patient, going through what they have used before and what is important to them, whether it’s having the latest technology or a small, discreet hearing aid.
As we are not tied to a particular manufacturer, we are able to go through all the options including private and NHS hearing aids.
A thorough assessment
As well as a detailed consultation, you might need to have a variety of hearing tests to find out the type and level of hearing loss you have so we can make sure you are fitted with the right hearing aid. We may offer painless micro-suction to remove wax before testing to make sure the results are accurate. The test may include assessing how well you perceive certain tones and volumes of speech or assessing any damage to your inner ear.
Our hearing loss clinic runs twice a week although we can offer evening and weekend appointments if necessary. Once we have fitted a patient with a hearing aid, they are offered a trial period and can return the hearing aid if it is not suitable.
An experienced team
All our audiologists are highly trained experts, with some also being involved in research through links with the Imperial College academic institution.
Our team of highly experienced audiologists aim to ensure our patients are aware of all the options and that they are fitted with the best hearing aids to suit their needs and lifestyle. It is very rewarding to see what a difference this can make to someone who, previously, has struggled with background noise at work or socially.”
For more information on our audiology service, please visit our audiology page or call our referrals team on 020 3311 7700.