Mistakes when buying hearing aids - 4. Consider carefully the hearing aid specialist or company you are trusting with your hearing care

Common Mistakes when buying hearing aids - 4. Consider carefully the hearing aid specialist or company you are trusting with your hearing care

In our opinion, analogue and digital are very dated terms when speaking of hearing aids. Research has shown that simply buying the most expensive hearing aid on the market does not guarantee a successful outcome for the wearer.

There was a time that the only choices you had when shopping for a hearing aid was analogue or digital. Now we have so many solutions on the market it can be extremely confusing, some manufacturers have ranges and options that can be configured in thousands of different ways adding to the confusion.

The idea that a hearing aid is a hearing aid and they are all the same is simply untrue. It has been proven that the hardware is only a small piece of the puzzle, and the expertise of the hearing aid specialist is critical to the outcome for the patient.

A mid-tier hearing aid that’s been well selected, fitted and tuned will outperform a higher specified hearing aid that’s been badly fitted or tuned.

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  • Modern hearing aids often have many features which work under the surface to correct and filter the sound before presenting it into the wearer’s ear.
  • These features can come to life automatically or in some cases with a user selecting the feature to activate.
  • Most hearing aids are fitted in quiet clinic or office environments which don’t mimic the real world or the sound environments that the wearer experiences as troublesome.

Because of this patients have to go through an often longwinded period of trial and error – coming back to the hearing aid specialist on many occasions for further adjustments and tweaks until either the hearing aid specialist gets it right or the patient gets fed up and leaves. 

This is made even more challenging when the hearing aid is sold at home through a company offering home visits, once the aids are fitted it can be difficult to get the hearing aid specialist back for tune ups. 

We work hard to ensure the sound you receive is correct for you in quiet environments and in noisy situations – to do this we incorporate surround sound in our clinics and can simulate the specific places you struggle to hear in. 

Your hearing aids can be adjusted to ensure that speech clarity and comfort in noise is optimised before you leave the clinic. 

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  • My consultant was so helpful in explaining to me the reason for my hearing loss - something no-one has done in my 35 years with my hearing issues. And he was able to assess my hearing in background noise using his computer system which is precisely where I find it most challenging. I thought it was unusual to offer me a trial of two different devices and they were set up in a surround sound room which really helped me to get familiar with them before venturing out into the noisy world outside! I always tried to cut corners and save money when it came to my hearing but all I did was hamper my quality of life. Nowadays I wouldn't be me without my favourite devices! Five stars from me! - Joanne Wilson, Edinburgh
  • Since acquiring hearing loss in my mid twenties I have seen many companies. These specialists and consultants do not come close to The Hearing Clinic UK. For the first time I felt like a valued patient and not just a number. Their service is truly first class, from the initial phone call right through to the aftercare service Im now receiving just as promised. Its really been a wonderful experience and honestly has taken me by surprise as I really felt like the others had very little time for me - Gordon, Edinburgh
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The Hearing Clinic UK aims to offer the best solutions for all types of hearing impairments. We encourage our clients to provide us with honest feedback about the services we offer. We were pleased to publish real client testimonials from our our clinics right across the UK.


How to choose the best hearing clinic for you

There are lots of private hearing clinics in the the market, but how can you ensure you’re dealing with the best hearing clinic, with the most reputable organisation?

The best hearing clinics will have a website.  Read it carefully paying particular attention to the range and depth of information provided by the retailer.  Look at their credentials and check they are independent.  This allows them to choose from a vast range of hearing aid manufacturers and will help to ensure the device you get is the one that best fits your requirements.

Here’s some simple things that will help you make the right choice:

  • Is the clinic HCPC registered?
  • Is the clinic a member of the AIHHP?
  • Ask your GP – they may have information or experience of clinics in your area
  • Speak to friends and ask for recommendations
  • Do a web search and review testimonials
  • Read Which? survey of independent hearing aid retailers
  • Take someone you trust with you to appointments

If you’re experiencing hearing difficulties and don’t know where to turn, contact us today and we’ll arrange a FREE HEARING TEST and consultation at a convenient time, or call the friendly team at The Hearing Clinic UK on: 0333 320 7788


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Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 3. Selecting the Wrong Style of Hearing Aid

Common Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 3. Selecting the Wrong Style of Hearing Aid

How could this even be possible you may ask?

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You would be surprised at just how many people order the smallest hearing aid in the store just because it’s the most invisible or get sucked in by two for one deals. It is really important to buy the right style of hearing aid for your needs.

Sometimes “smallest” is not best – There are many reasons to select a slightly larger style of device, not limited to the following:

  • Larger components required to suit hearing loss
  • Additional space for more sophisticated microphones 
  • Wireless capabilities to have devices work as a pair or link to additional equipment such as tv’s and phones
  • Easier handling

It is best to select style of hearing aid that can hold all the right technology to meet your hearing needs in the most situations possible. It’s also essential that the hearing aid has room for further adjustment if your hearing levels change, which will be likely throughout their usable lifetime.

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Here is a guide to the hearing aid styles and some of their suitability’s

Optimising your hearing may take time so ensure you visit a specialist that is happy for you to return for adjustment appointments.

Recent reports suggest the success you get with hearing aids is largely dictated by the expertise of the hearing aid specialist you visit and not the particular hardware you wear on your ears.

A mid-range hearing aid that is well tuned will significantly outperform a top of the range device that has been badly tuned.

Look for specialists that encourage you to test their solutions and give the freedom to take as much time as you like.

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IIC – Invisible in the canal

  • Excellent for concealing the hearing aid deep inside the ear canal.
  • Can comfortably handle up to moderate hearing losses but can struggle with severe or profound losses.
  • Limited to single microphone technology and unable to link wireless to a partner device in your other ear.

ITE – In the ear

  • Can be made with directional microphones for superior performance in noise.
  • These handle down to severe hearing losses comfortably and some can cover up to profound losses.
  • Often visible in the ear but have the benefit of nothing “over the ear” so can work well with glasses.
  • Wireless abilities to link with partner hearing aids and other wireless solutions.

RITE – Receiver in the ear, or slim tube behind the ear

  • Can be made to look very discreet and match hair colour/glasses legs.
  • Space for directional microphones for superior performance in noise.
  • Can handle down to profound hearing loss levels.

BTE – Behind the ear

  • The most powerful hearing solution available.
  • Can cover the most challenging ranges of hearing losses.
  • Extremely durable and easy to handle.

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Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 2. Buying the feature and not the benefit

Common Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 2. Buying the feature and not the benefit

This is easily one of the biggest mistakes you can make when purchasing a hearing aid.

Our industry is one of the worst perpetrators of beating you over the head with technical jargon to upsell you to devices which may or may not improve your hearing ability. Input/output compression, multiple channels, zoom and adaptive microphones, and many other “names” of features.

What do all of these features mean? Just because your hearing aid has zoom microphones doesn’t mean it’s the right device for you. It is perhaps, if you have trouble in background noise as it can assist in helping the device select what sounds to amplify and which to leave alone, giving a benefit to the user in a noisy situation. 

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But if you don’t find yourself in these situations possible you paid for a feature that was not that important. Perhaps you would have been better served with a device that delivered a more relevant benefit to you. Many weak salespeople will be quick to spout off five or six features about the hearing aid you are considering, give you a price, and ask if you would like to purchase now. That is the game.

You need to keep this in mind – is the hearing aid salesperson matching the device to what YOU need?

We do not view your hearing healthcare as a game. We encourage you to invest in yourself and make the most out of every day. We assess your hearing needs and listen to what it is you need out of your hearing device. As we cover later in this guide, hearing aids are no longer just analogue or digital. Today, there is so much more to consider, which is why it is important to understand the benefit of the feature, and get the most benefit from each feature.

If the salesperson you are working with is not able to communicate to you the benefit that each feature provides, run away from the store. The person in front of you is not a true hearing consultant and has simply memorized, at best, the features of each hearing aid he or she is presenting. Honestly, just read most of the signage in the catalogue you are looking at and you can do that job for them.

Your hearing aid specialist should be able to explain the feature, advantage of the feature, and benefit of each and every hearing aid you are considering. After all, you don’t shop for a hearing aid often. Asking questions and identifying the features and benefits that fit you best is what we do. 

Think about what is actually important to your hearing, and make sure that those needs are addressed and explained by your hearing aid professional.

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Preparation is the key to ensuring you get the solution you need when experiencing hearing loss.

Before you even see an audiologist, write down the specific problems and worries relating to your hearing.  Think about taking someone along with you for moral support and to help you remember everything you’re told. You might be surprised about the true reasons you are experiencing hearing loss.

Be sure to make a comprehensive list of the medication you are taking – some can effect speech and hearing.

There are many different solutions that can help you with hearing loss. You are not alone, and The Hearing Clinic UK is here to help you improve your hearing.

What kind of questions

Should you ask at a hearing healthcheck appointment?

After your examination and test, ask these important questions:

  • What’s my main problem?
  • What do you recommend I do – what are my options?
  • Why should I go ahead and do it, how will it impact my life?
  • What are the audiologists qualifications and experience? – look for 10 years or more if possible
  • Do they check speech discrimination before and after fitting?
  • Is your company owned by a hearing aid manufacturer?
  • What are the costs involved and can you break it down?
  • Is there a trial period? – some only go up to 30 – 60 days
  • Is there a warranty and how does it work? Some only go up to 2 or 4 years – look for 5
  • Do you have an aftercare package? – what’s included? Do they offer comprehensive ongoing testing and tuning for the life of the device?
  • Do they offer microsuction earwax removal? as an option before thinking about hearing aids?

For more information and independent advice on hearing aids and what will work for you, book an appointment at one of our hearing clinics, or call: 0333 320 7788

For more information and independent advice on hearing aids and what will work for you, book an appointment at one of our hearing clinics, or call: 0333 320 7788


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Common Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 1. Not taking the time to do it right

Common Mistakes when buying Hearing Aids - 1. Not taking the time to do it right

This statement seems elementary, but you would be surprised by the amount of people who purchase a hearing aid without undertaking an proper, evidence based assessment and spending time to ensure the hearing aid really is the best match from the options available.

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You know the manoeuvre that many do when shopping for beds? Pushing down on the bed with their hand and expecting the heavens to open and light to shine upon the mattress in some form of affirmation. It’s silly, really. People lying across the bed with feet hanging over the side. 

Sounds silly but a similar thing happens when many people buy a hearing aid – they have them placed in their ears, switched on and asked “how does that sound?” – the answer is normally “wow that’s louder”. Of course it is, but is it actually giving the maximum benefit that it possibly could? Another question is how the hearing aid will perform when there is other noises in the environment such as a car or a restaurant.

Without testing in these conditions the only way to find out would be to wear the aid and report back to the audiologist, and this takes time and energy that could be easily saved.

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Helpful Tips

Ensure the hearing aid specialist understands the environments you have trouble hearing in:

  • Consider the noisy places you go to.
  • Ensure that the hearing aid is verified with soft, moderate and loud speech
  • Ask the hearing aid specialist to perform a speech clarity assessment in quiet and with noise present to ensure your aid will cope when you leave the quiet setup of a clinic room.

Optimising your hearing may take time so ensure you visit a specialist that is happy for you to return for adjustment appointments.

Recent reports suggest the success you get with hearing aids is largely dictated by the expertise of the hearing aid specialist you visit and not the particular hardware you wear on your ears.

A mid-range hearing aid that is well tuned will significantly outperform a top of the range device that has been badly tuned.

Look for specialists that encourage you to test their solutions and give the freedom to take as much time as you like.

  • Does the specialist make you uncomfortable through the consultation process?
  • Are they pushy and feel overpowering?
  • Do they offer demonstration sessions to let you weigh up the benefits of different hearing aids?

If the answers to the questions above are not positive, you should consider the establishment you are in.

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Your Hearing healthcare is of the utmost importance to The Hearing Clinic UK

Are you putting off going to see a hearing specialist?

You are not alone!

On average it takes 10 years for someone with hearing loss to seek help from a hearing specialist.  During that time, the problem is often compounded and finding a solution can become more difficult.

There are over 11 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss and 900,000 of them are severely or profoundly deaf.  An incredible 70% of over 70s experience hearing difficulties and the figure only reduces to 40% when you look at the over 50s.

Quite simply it is a very common problem.  However, it is a problem that can have a devastating effect on the sufferer’s life.  Studies have linked un-treated hearing loss to a range of complaints including:

  • Fatigue and irritability
  • Increased tension and stress
  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Impaired memory
  • Mental health issues

These problems can be avoided by seeking help early and speaking to real experts in the field.

For a FREE hearing assessment and an opportunity to talk to our expert audiologists, please call our friendly team on 0333 320 7788 or contact us directly for a FREE consultation.


The Hearing Clinic UK's New Glasgow Clinic - is now Open

Work has been completed on our new clinical location at First Floor, 24 St. Vincent Place and we are delighted to announce that The Hearing Clinic UK’s flagship Glasgow location is now fully open.

This ambitious project, which has the aim to provide the best clinical audiology environment in the UK; has been achieved. The first customers that have visited and experienced our new clinical location in Glasgow have been impressed with the new facilities.

Our New SoundLounge (thanks to our unique partnership with Linn HiFi) provides the best facility to see how your hearing devices can work, and for us to optimise your hearing experience. We invite you to come and experience this unique facility.

Managing director Chris Stone said: “We are extremely excited to unveil our new clinical location in Glasgow. This new world class clinical location will provide our patients with the very best treatment options for their hearing.

This is a real milestone in the growth of The Hearing Clinic UK and will be used as a training centre for our new business partners as we help grow the business out from central Scotland across the UK.”

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Location of the previous The hearing clinic UK Clinical Location

Glasgow - 39 Bath Street Sub-Lease Available - Due To The Hearing Clinic Uk's Relocation To New Premises

The Hearing Clinic UK - 39 Bath Street, Glasgow to let due to relocation

Location

Location of the previous The hearing clinic UK Clinical LocationThe subject property is situated on Bath Street, close to the city’s central business district. The area boasts a wide selection of food, beverage and specialist retailing alongside health and beauty operators. Adjacent occupiers include Medica Skin Clinic, Macdonald Hairdressing and Saks Academies.

The property is close walking distance from Glasgow’s main retail throughfares and transport links such as Glasgow Central and Queen Street Station.

Accommodation

The property is arranged over the ground floor comprising the following approximate areas: Ground: 73.1 sq m 778 sq ft

Interested parties are advised to check these areas which are indicative only.

Passing Rent

£22,000 per annum exclusive of VAT and all other property costs.

Tenure

This is a sub-lease being marketed for the residual term until June 2019.

Rates

Rateable Value (2017/18) £13,100

Rates Payable (2017/18) £6,105 per annum

(Interested parties are advised to make enquiries with the Local Authority)

Other Associated Costs

To be confirmed.

Legal Costs

Each party to be responsible for their own legal and professional costs incurred in this transaction.

EPC

Energy Performance Rating of ’G’. Full report available on request.