Choosing a hearing aid

shutterstock 267156008The truth about hearing aids

Today’s hearing aids are more advance, smaller, more discreet and more stylish than ever before. Some sit behind the ear, while others are completely invisible. They also include different levels of technology to suit your specific needs and budget. You can stream stereo sound from TVs and radios directly to some hearing aids and talk on your phone hands-free, amongst other things.

Once you have a hearing aid, the chances are that your quality of life will greatly improve. Research on people with hearing loss and their families and friends has shown that hearing aids play a big part in a person's social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being.

Treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve:

  • Communication in relationships
  • Intimacy and warmth in family relationships
  • Ease in communication
  • Sense of control over your life
  • Social participation
  • Reduction in the chances of developing dementia and related problems

When you think about all the benefits of better hearing, you’ll see all the positive opportunities that hearing aids can create to change your life.

While hearing aids are not as good as natural, healthy hearing, they are designed to let you hear soft sounds that you couldn't hear before and prevent loud sounds from becoming unbearable. They will also help to improve your ability to understand speech, even in noisy places like restaurants and shopping malls.

Choosing the right hearing aids

Things to consider include; the nature and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle and the activities you regularly take part in, your job, your eyesight and dexterity and the size and shape of your outer ear and inner ear canal.

Only highly trained hearing professionals, like the audiologists at Mary Hare Hearing Centre, can determine the severity of your hearing loss, whether or not you could benefit from a hearing aid and which type would be best for you.

Top-end technology

There 6 major manufacturers of hearing aids, all offering similar levels of features and benefits. We usually supply hearing aids made by Starkey or Oticon.

Our audiologists will work with you to find the right hearing aid to suit you and achieve the best results. What's more we offer an indefinite trial period, so you can be sure you're totally happy that we've reached your ultimate hearing solution.

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Book your free initial hearing assessment

If you’d like to book a free initial hearing assessment with one of our expert audiologists call us on 01635 523 343 or email us at newburycentre@maryhare.org.uk