Updated Hearing Care FAQ


How loud is too loud?

Firstly, anything above 85dB (about as loud as your hairdryer) is considered dangerous by Health & Safety England – Now, we don’t expect you to wear ear defenders whilst blow drying your hair… However, it’s all about moderation. At the other end of the spectrum, a jet engine taking off measures 140dB, for this one we do recommend wearing hearing protection.

In all seriousness, regarding sounds between these two examples on the decibel scale one should consider wearing hearing protection, as both loudness and exposure time to high dB sounds can cause damage; A motorcycle (95dB), an average concert (120dB), a jackhammer (110dB). You can find more information regarding specific examples on the HSE website: https://www.hse.gov.uk/ . All of us at the Mary Hare Hearing Centre recommend hearing protection in loud environments, which can be found both off the shelf and available to be custom made, the risk of hearing loss is not something you want to think about in hindsight.

What are the signs of hearing loss?

Symptoms of hearing loss include difficulty understanding what others are saying, frequently asking people to repeat themselves, struggling to hear in crowded places with distracting background noise, the perception that others are mumbling or not speaking clearly, listening to the television or radio at a higher volume than others, experiencing a ringing or buzzing in the ears. You may find yourself withdrawing from social situations in order to avoid conversation and might even experience depression. For further help and support see the RNID website: https://rnid.org.uk/information-and-support/hearing-loss/

How do hearing aids work?

Basically, hearing aids are microphones that convert sound into electrical signals. An amplifier increases the strength of the signal, then a receiver converts it back to sound and channels it into the ear canal through a small tube or ear mould. Power is provided by the hearing aid’s battery.

How long do hearing aid batteries last?

This depends on the type of battery and how many hours per day you wear your hearing aid. Smaller hearing aid batteries will need replacing/charging within 3 to 7 days, while larger batteries may last 10 days. There is also the modern option of rechargeable hearing aids, adding a new level of accessibility and convenience.

What is the best hearing aid?

This is an entirely personal question, one that can only be answered by a professional audiologist, and you! The Mary Hare Hearing Centre offers free Hearing Assessments where we can assist you with this process and ultimately help you on a path to completely bespoke hearing care.


If you have a question still unanswered please do give us a call at the Mary Hare Hearing Centre on 01635 523343 or visit us at our centre in the Newbury Parkway.