Hi-Tech Hearing Aids: Top Innovations For 2020

You may have an idea of what wearing a hearing aid is like. This could be because you have been wearing one for some time, or because you can see what they are like and that they can’t be the most comfortable of devices to wear. However, thanks to modern technology and continuing work by researchers and innovators, hearing aids are very little like the devices you might be thinking of – they are smaller, easier to use, more comfortable, and technologically advanced. Read on for some excellent examples of these hi-tech hearing aids.

Get Expert Attention When Suffering Hearing LossArtificial intelligence

You’ll find artificial intelligence in pretty much every aspect of your life today – chatbots, automated savings apps, health monitors, and so much more. So why not hearing aids? It makes perfect sense and companies such as Oticon Kaizn are jumping aboard with this new idea.

The AI will offer you a personalised hearing aid, gradually learning how you like to listen and the kinds of places you go to. Heading to a noisy restaurant will, once your AI powered hearing aid has adapted and learned, automatically change settings to give you the best hearing experience possible in exactly the way you like it.

Health tracker

Health is so important and now that we have devices and apps such as Fitbits and more, we are able to proactively monitor our health and ensure that we are doing as much as possible to keep fit.

There are now hearing aids that act as health trackers. The Livio AI hearing aid uses sensors to track your movements and your heart rate, offering advice when necessary. This is about physical health, but also cognitive health, so you get an all-round service.

Not only that, but connect this aid to Amazon’s Alexa, to your TV, or your tablet or smartphone, and you can stream audio at exactly the right settings.

Controlled by smartphone

We use our smartphones for so much, so when it comes to being able to control a hearing aid, it should be just as easy. The good news is, thanks to the Thrive app, this is exactly what happens. Thrive allows you to geotag specific ‘memories’ so that as soon as you arrive at a place you have been before, the settings on your hearing aid will change.

Remote support

Having support when you are starting to wear a hearing aid, or changing your hearing aids after a long time of using one particular type, can be extremely useful. the ReSound Linx Quattro hearing aid means you can contact a specialist audiologist for professional fine-tuning when you need it.

Another option is the Phonak Audeo Marvel. You can use the app for the aid to make a special, personal, hearing diary. This can then be shared with your audiologist, who will be able to make suggestions to help you.

No batteries

It is often the battery on a hearing aid that causes the most problems for users. Not only are they cumbersome, but when they need to be changed or charged it can leave the user without the required level of hearing they might want.

New hi-tech hearing aids offer much more freedom. Not only can they be equipped with cells that charge completely in as little as 20 seconds, but they then last for 24 hours.


Ear Syringing Unsafe And Doesn’t Work, Health Chiefs Warn

If you have hearing problems the issue could be a build up of wax inside. You might automatically assume that ear syringing is the answer, and you could ask your doctor to organise the procedure for you.

Ear Syringing Unsafe And Doesn’t Work, Health Chiefs Warn

Research by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have determined that manual ear syringing, in which a large syringe is inserted and water is pumped manually into the ear canal, is unsafe as it can cause permanent damage to the ear. Plus, it isn’t even thought to be that effective.

An alternative procedure has been recommended.

This is the use of an electronic irrigator. This is a better solution since the pressure can be regulated and kept at a safer level. This is what should be provided at doctor’s surgeries and clinics since the risk of permanent damage is greatly reduced.

Another method that is recommended over ear syringing is microsuction, after which the wax is manually removed. Ideally, eardrops should be used up to five days before the procedure is carried out to ensure that the wax is soft and easier to remove.


Why Could you be Feeling Dizzy From Hearing Loss?

Think of the word ‘dizzy’ and you might think fondly of being spun around as a child and falling into a giggling heap. However, for some people, the word had taken on a much less enjoyable meaning, and feeling dizzy from hearing loss could even be ruining their lives.

Although there are a number of reasons why you can feel dizzy from hearing loss, the most common is when there is a problem with the inner ear. This is where the balance organ is found, and when this area is damaged in some way, the brain cannot process movement properly, resulting in a dizzy feeling.

Why Are You Feeling Dizzy When Suffering From Hearing LossThe Inner Ear

When the inner ear is unable to work due to too much pressure from the fluid found there, poor circulation, infection, or any number of other problems, then it cannot send message to the brain to ‘prove’ that the nothing is moving and everything is as it should be. Balance is disrupted and dizziness follows on.

Dizziness

Being dizzy from hearing loss might feel exactly as it does when you have been spinning around for a while, but there are other symptoms too including:

  • Light headedness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unsteadiness

If you lose consciousness then there may be another reason for your dizziness, and medical advice should be sought as this is not usually a symptom of an inner ear issue. Other problems that can cause dizziness include vision issues, migraines, eye muscle deterioration, vitamin deficiency, infection, tumours, and more.

Treatment

Treating people that are dizzy from hearing loss that relates to the inner ear can usually be dealt with fairly swiftly. In some cases it is simply going to be down to a change in diet, and in others it might require medication. Extreme cases will need surgery. Perhaps it will be a combination of these things. This is why speaking to an expert about your symptoms and getting checked out is so important.


Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

When you buy hearing aids, you will be spending a great deal of money – even the basic versions still cost a reasonable amount. So the last thing you want is for the hearing aid to become damaged because it gets dirty.

The good news is that, although there is nothing that can be done to stop the hearing aids from getting dirty, there is plenty that can be done to get them clean again. Here are some useful tips for cleaning your hearing aids.

Cleaning Your Hearing AidsGet The Right Equipment For Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

The first thing you’ll need to do is get the right equipment in order to clean your hearing aid. The two most important items will be the wax pick and the brush. These tools can be used to clear the earwax that will be building up at the end of the hearing aid and causing the sound to become muffled, and over time will cause the hearing aid to fail completely.

Take It Out Of Your Ear Regularly

There will be times when you will need to take the hearing aid out in order to protect it and keep it clean. When you shower or even when you wash your face, remove the hearing aid so that it doesn’t get wet. It is also a good idea to remove the hearing aid when you apply product to your hair to ensure that it doesn’t touch the sensitive equipment.

Regularly Cleaning Your Hearing Aids

Cleaning your hearing aid only when you remember it needs to be done, or when you can’t hear as well anymore, is not enough. You should clean it every day to ensure there is no build up of wax and other debris around. Take your hearing aid out each night and clean them before bed, then leave them out in the open air. Avoid using chemicals as this can damage the equipment.

Extremes of Temperature

When hearing aids get too hot or too cold, they can malfunction, so in order to take care of them properly is it best – if possible although it may not always be – to take them out when coming into contact with extremes of temperature.

Professional Cleaning

To really have your hearing aids looked after and cleaned properly you will need to see a professional and have them do it for you. Using specialist equipment such as a vacuum to suck out the wax that might have accumulated in hard to reach places.


An entire generation is at risk of going deaf because of listen to loud music

There is a problem with people under 30. More specifically, there is a problem with their hearing, although they may not yet have noticed in many cases, they may be going deaf. A study by Rosbin Syed, the lead paediatric audiologist at Central Middlesex Hospital, suggests that it is all down to the way so many young people are listening to music on their phones. The sound is too loud, and they are listening for too long, and this combination is causing irreparable hearing damage.

An entire generation is at risk of going deaf because of listen to loud music

What did the research say?

In fact, her research has shown that although the safe maximum level of prolonged noise exposure is 85 decibels, young people are listening to their music at around 110 decibels, which is equivalent to a jumbo jet taking off.

The study was prompted by the rising numbers of young people who have been suffering from hearing loss. Over the last decade the numbers have been dramatically rising, and the types of hearing loss detected are what, 10 or 20 years ago, would have been seen in those over 50 rather than those under 30. One of the biggest problems is that by the time anyone realises they have a hearing problem, the damage has been done and it is too late to change anything.

It is the tiny and delicate hairs within the cochlea that become damaged through loud noise. Their job is to detect sound waves, but when the sounds are too loud, the hairs stop working altogether.

Right now there are around 11 million people in the UK who suffer from hearing loss, but by 2035 that number is expected to be almost 16 million, due mostly to the younger people who are currently damaging their hearing without knowing it and could be going deaf.

Ms Syed would like to see audio products – and headphones in particular – come with warning labels, and for people to understand that, even with good quality (poor quality equipment usually requires the sound to be turned up even louder), noise cancelling headphones, 15 minutes should be the maximum time to use them before giving your ears a rest.


Why You Should Get Expert Attention When Suffering From Hearing Loss

If you think you might be suffering from hearing loss, the best thing you can do is to make an appointment to see a specialist to get expert attention as soon as possible. The worst thing you can do is leave everything untreated, hoping that it will all just go away. No matter how scared you might be, or embarrassed, or how much you don’t want to wear a hearing aid, leaving hearing loss untreated could have some extremely serious consequences. Here are just some of them.

Here's why you should bring someone when you get your hearing testedIt will get worse

As with any serious medical condition, leaving it alone, ignoring it, and hoping for the best are not how to deal with it. Without proper expert attention, hearing loss will only continue to get worse. In some cases, professionals are able to reverse the problem when they know more about it, and if they can’t they can drastically improve your life with a hearing aid – this can’t happen if you don’t seek help.

Your brain will change

It sounds dramatic, but it’s a fact; hearing loss can cause your brain to shrink. Certain parts of the brain will atrophy is they are not used, and that’s not a good thing in the least. Not only will it mean that your hearing loss will often become irreversible, but also that you might find you can no longer understand speech well, and you might lose some language skills.

You will be isolated

When you suffer from hearing loss, you will often become isolated. It won’t happen overnight, but gradually, as you find it more and more difficult to understand and be involved in conversations. You will begin to withdraw, staying at home rather than going out, and if your hearing loss is untreated this will not improve – even the radio and TV will no longer offer companionship.

Your work will suffer

If you are suffering from hearing loss and you are work you might find that your hearing loss prevents you from applying for jobs – you know you’ll have trouble during the interview. If you already have a job, ongoing hearing loss might mean that you become less productive in it; if you can no longer hear the phone, speak with colleagues, listen to instructions, or keep yourself safe in a warehouse or yard environment, for example, then you may need to leave your job altogether.


Helping the Molly Watt Trust with SmartHearing technology for Ushers Syndrome

The Hearing Clinic UK recently provided some specialist hearing care to a patient who was suffering with Ushers Syndrome. This progressive condition affects both the sufferers hearing and sight, and to date there is no cure. This causes considerable difficulty with mobility and communication and in effect can lead to isolation and depression.

With many sufferers using hearing aids or cochlear implants to access sound, the Molly Watt Trust  approached The Hearing Clinic UK to help a specific patient with unique hearing needs.

The use of the latest hearing technologies affords the Usher Community to access the world, combined with help with their sight. The Hearing Clinic UK is pleased to assist sufferers of this rare disorder, and provide five star quality hearing healthcare.

After a full hearing assessment with Chris Stone, Senior Audiologist with The Hearing Clinic UK Colin was fitted with a set of GN Resound hearing aid devices. These devices as seen in the video below, drastically improved his ability to hear clearly, and communicate better.

With premium hearing aid technology, patients suffering with difficult hearing loss can be helped by our team of experienced audiologists.

"Molly and I would like to thank you all for being an important  part of our case study project. Yesterday was amazing for so many reasons but in the main we have a very happy gentleman. Chris, thank you for allowing us to take over your surgery and to probably drive you mad filming and taking pictures all of which we are using to promote you, GN and our project."

The Molly Watt Trust

The Molly Watt Trust was set up to raise awareness of Ushers Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which was discovered by Scottish Ophthalmologist Charles Usher back in 1914 it causes both Deafness and Retinitus Pigmentosa (a form of blindness).

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  • “I was missing so much on the TV that I had given up watching shows. Particularly when there were accents. The subtitles were making no difference that it was becoming impossible. Since the addition of my new wireless TV streamer I can even follow the news or dialogue in movies when I’m through in the kitchen and the best part is that the rest of the family can keep the TV at their preferred level which has removed the frustration completely. Its been wonderful!” - Mrs Faichney - Killearn
  • “I was somewhat skeptical about these new hearing aids being able to help me hear on my mobile phone especially in a noisy place. However nothing could have prepared me for the difference these new aids have made! It’s incredible, I can easily take a call in the middle of a noisy street and I don’t even have to clamp my phone to my ear anymore. My friends and family think it’s the best thing ever! This has been fantastic from start to finish.” - Mr McArthur - Bothwell
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“My hearing problems started around 15 years ago after I suffered a perforation from an ear infection, then it gradually worsened to the point I am unable to hear at all when I haven’t got hearing aids in. The worst for me is being in company with everyone chatting and enjoying themselves and I feel so far out of it I’d rather not be there. The NHS hearing aids only worked for me in quiet environments and the previous private hearing aids were only marginally better in noisy situations. The latest devices are a revelation. I’m literally back in the game again and it feels absolutely wonderful!”


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Hearing care in the community has always been at the forefront of The Hearing Clinic UK’s ethos. Recently Martin stepped out of his clinic to go visit a friend who has been a patient with the Hearing Clinic UK for many years. Amy was getting a routine hearing health check and her hearing aids serviced just in time for her 103rd birthday celebrations!!

Happy Birthday Amy, you are an inspiration to us all!!

Our consultant Martin thoroughly enjoyed his visit and is already looking forward to the next appointment with Amy.

During a 5 star aftercare appointment, the services include:

Step 1

  1. Otoscopy (ear examination)
  2. Wax management/removal

Step 2 Hearing Aid Performance Evaluation

  1. Listen to Sound Quality
  2. Inspect/Replace Filter
  3. Inspect/Replace Tubing
  4. Inspect/Replace Domes
  5. Inspect/Replace Contacts
  6. Inspect/Clean Microphones
  7. Inspect/Clean Receivers
  8. Circuit Check
  9. Check Programming

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  1. Ensure patient is happy
  2. Book next appointment

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