Your health and safety are our top priorities

Your health and safety are our top priorities

To ensure the wellbeing of our staff and patients we have implemented Covid-19 safety measures throughout all our clinics.

On arrival to our clinic our staff will be wearing the appropriate PPE and we ask that you wear a face covering to your appointment unless otherwise exempt.

Communal areas will be regularly sanitized, and hand sanitizer will be readily available to all staff and patients.

We are limiting the number of patients and staff in the clinic while we adhere to social distancing guidelines. All non-essential staff have been requested to work from home.

We’re here for you

For more information about our COVID-19 safety precautions or to book an appointment please call us on 0333 320 7788 or book online here.

We offer remote battery and accessory ordering, please call 0333 320 788 to avail of this service.

*We ask that you do not attend your appointment if you have any Covid-19 or flu symptoms. Please get in touch with us on 0333 320 7788 and we will do our best to accommodate a new appointment for you*

Take Control of Your Hearing Today

We recently read quite an alarming statistic in the Mirror that stated in a survey of 2000 people 42 percent believed that hearing aids would make them look older, even though half of them believed it would improve their quality of life!

The study also found that 64 percent of participants were not aware of the connection between hearing loss and dementia. However, these participants previously cited failing memory and dementia as their number one fear as they get older. You can read our article about the connection between hearing loss and cognitive decline here:

At The Hearing Clinic UK these results aren’t news to us, but it is saddening to hear. When patients start their journey with us, they usually tell us about the embarrassment and fear they felt in facing their hearing loss, as if something that affects an estimated 11 million people in the UK should be something to be ashamed of. Hearing loss can be an extremely isolating and debilitating condition, it can be difficult to explain to our loved ones the frustration and hopelessness we feel when we struggle in everyday situations.

Often, we find a significant roadblock facing our patients’ seeking help is they have images of clunky, generally useless, unsightly devices that historically did very little to help your hearing. This couldn’t be further from today’s technology, the hearing devices we work with are equipped with some of the best software in the world, packaged in sleek, stylish cases. Think Bluetooth, rechargeable and dozens of colours to pick and choose from, nothing unsightly here!

If you have fears about confronting your hearing loss or worries about what will happen if you do, please get in touch with one of our expert audiologists today and we would be delighted to help calm your worries.

If you would like to read the article from the Mirror you can find it here:

COP26 - How to access our services in Glasgow during the Climate Change Conference

Glasgow will host the COP26 climate change summit from the 31st of October to the 14th of November. Road closures will begin a week in advance on the 23rd of October and will create a unique set of challenges, primarily concerning substantial traffic delays and congestion. About 25,000 delegates from around the world are expected to be at the summit and as world leaders descend on Glasgow security will be airtight, making Glasgow a maze to get around – and that’s before any protests get under way.

Due to the central location of our Glasgow clinic, we expect our patients may face difficulties getting to us, especially as rail strikes are currently being threatened. It is expected that the M8 will be significantly congested as it will be the main route for delegates travelling to the summit at the SEC.

Unfortunately, many of the challenges posed by COP26 cannot be predicted. In an attempt to ease congestion alternative routes will be set up and you can find more information about this at Get Ready Glasgow.

For the duration of COP26 we will be increasing diary space at our Milngavie, Stirling, and Edinburgh branches. Throughout this time we will continue to take appointments at our Glasgow clinic. The number of patients we see will be reduced and appointment time will be increased to account for the extra travel considerations and ensure our patients continue to receive the best possible care.

Please bear with us during this time. If you have any concerns regarding your appointment during COP26 please get in touch with the clinic by calling 0333 320 7788 and we will be happy to help.

*Glasgow clinic opening hours are subject to change throughout COP26*

Why Should You Get Help for Hearing Loss?

Are you turning the volume of the TV up to a point where your partner complains? Are you finding social situations are becoming stressful and the idea of being in a loud environment is causing anxiety? You might be struggling with hearing loss.

If you are concerned about your hearing the best and bravest thing to do is see a specialist who can ease your worries and provide expert advice. Hearing loss can be scary, it can be isolating and for the individual suffering with the loss it can feel embarrassing.

However untreated hearing loss is far worse than any embarrassment we may feel and all it takes is one step in the right direction to realise our worries are unfounded.

Your hearing loss will continue to deteriorate

Hearing loss is a serious medical condition and as such has varying degrees of urgency. Hearing loss can range from mild to moderate to severe and all these levels need to be monitored and treated to ensure you retain maximum clarity. Without proper expert attention the problem will only progress.

Depending on the level of hearing loss and the stage at which it is diagnosed your audiologist may even be able to reverse the loss. If the problem has gone to a stage where reversal isn’t possible your life could still be drastically improved with a state-of-the-art hearing aid.

Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your ears, your brain is also at risk

When we think of hearing loss, we often believe the only part of us affected by the loss is our ears, however this isn’t true. Research has shown a connection between hearing loss and developing disease such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia, you can read more about that here.

Our ears send signals to our brain and when our hearing deteriorates so too does the part of our brain that deals with these signals.

Your hearing loss could lead to isolation

Patients often confide to us that when they first noticed their hearing loss they kept it to themselves. Gradually as the loss began to deteriorate further it became harder for them to hide their trouble at keeping up with conversations and phone calls. Rather than face the issue they pulled away from these essential social situations and allowed themselves to become isolated. Which ultimately led to feelings of worthlessness and loneliness.

What these patients don’t initially realise it your hearing loss is a burden shared by your loved ones. They notice when you retreat into yourself, they notice you are quiet, and they can feel the drop in your mood. Hearing loss is a natural part of life and just as there is nothing to be ashamed about when you must get your eyes tested, there is no shame in hearing loss.

Your work may be suffering

We often have patients visit our clinic because they are struggling to hear during meetings, or conference calls are becoming impossible. Office dynamics largely centre around ‘water cooler’ conversation and light-hearted chats.

Hearing loss can make your job harder and less enjoyable. You may struggle with phone calls, conversations with colleagues and in jobs such as construction you may even put yourself and others at risk.

Why you should bring someone with you to your appointments

Hearing loss can feel overwhelming, having the comfort of a familiar face during your appointments can make things easier

For some people accepting they have hearing loss and require treatment can be daunting. We always recommend that you bring along a family member or a friend to your appointment – especially to your first appointment as a familiar face and someone who has experienced the trouble you have with your hearing can help ease your worries.

To fully understand the benefit of bringing a friend or loved one to your appointment read on.

They have insight into your hearing loss

When we suffer with hearing loss, we can often feel isolated and alone, as if no one understands the problems we are facing. This couldn’t be further from the truth, your loved ones have seen your struggle, they have been there for moments when your hearing was at its worst, and they have a special insight that could prove invaluable when treating your hearing loss.

You may not notice how frequently you turn the volume of the TV up or how often you miss phone calls and the doorbell, but if they have picked up on it, they can inform your audiologist which can help in diagnosis and treatment.

It impacts them too

You may feel as if your hearing loss is your battle and yours alone, however it also impacts those closest to you. On numerous occasions we have sat with our patients as their loved ones explain how their hearing loss has also impacted their lives. This discussion gives both parties a chance to explain how they are feeling, express concerns and communicate clearly in a safe unbiased space.

The support of your loved ones is essential when treating your hearing loss and keeping them involved in decisions and diagnosis can greatly strengthen bonds.

You’ll get a lot of Information

Treating hearing loss is a journey. Everyone’s hearing loss is different and when it comes to treatment and hearing aids it isn’t a case of one size fits all. At your appointments your audiologist will try to ascertain where your hearing is most essential to you based on lifestyle and other factors as well as understanding the level of hearing loss you are experiencing.

There are numerous treatments and solutions to your hearing problems, and you will be given a lot of information. The Hearing Clinic UK makes every effort to ensure things are easy to understand and that you have all the facts.

Four ways hearing aids can improve your wellbeing

Your hearing health and your overall health are more closely related than you might be aware of

We use our hearing every day and, in every situation. We use it to keep us safe, to feel connected and we are constantly using it to interpret and understand the world around us.

When our hearing starts to deteriorate it is very common for those affected to start to become disconnected with the world around them, which can very quickly lead to social isolation and cognitive decline.

It is essential that we monitor our hearing for any signs of change in our hearing at all stages of our lives but especially as we get older. Thankfully for those suffering with hearing loss research has shown that people who wear hearing aids to treat their hearing loss significantly improve their quality of life.

Here are just a few ways hearing aids can improve your wellbeing:

Improved Social Connection

If you have struggled with hearing loss, you will know it can have a substantial impact on your social life. Noisy environments and crowds can be a place of anxiety rather than enjoyment. Thanks to advancements in technology, today’s hearing aids allow you to filter out background noises so that you hear what you want to hear. This in turn has a positive effect on your social connection and feelings of community.

Increased Confidence

If when you think about hearing aids you think of big, clunky, and unsightly gadgets this one might surprise you. Hearing aids are now small, concealable powerhouses that come in multiples colours and an array of features. Once you have been correctly fitted with hearing aids your confidence is quick to return, and as quite a few of our patients have told us, their wit is not far behind.

Stronger Communication

There is a saying: “If one person in the family has hearing loss, then we all have hearing loss”.

Not only do YOU feel the impact of your hearing loss but so do your friends and family. Difficulty hearing over the phone can mean it is harder to keep in touch with long distance relatives or missing phone calls and doorbells entirely means you miss out on essential communication with your loved ones and so do they.

Enhanced Quality Of Life

Correctly fitted hearing aids that have been expertly tailored to your hearing loss provide the opportunity to hear all the sounds that mean the most to you. A laugh with friends, a conversation with your partner, your favourite song on the radio or the roar of your favourite team scoring the winning goal are all sounds that we love to hear. Hearing aids allow you to enjoy these moments once more.

If you believe your hearing has changed or you have been struggling with hearing loss for some time visit one of our expert audiologists for a no obligation, free of charge hearing health check and take back control of your life once more.

Hearing Loss Myths

There are plenty of myths and misconceptions when it comes to hearing loss and trust us, we’ve heard them all, here are some of the most common ones:

Myth 1: Only the elderly experience hearing loss

We can experience hearing loss at any stage of our lives, and it is most certainly not something only elderly people experience. Although age is a factor in hearing loss, the volume of music through our headphones or sometimes even our work environment can also have detrimental effects on our hearing health.

Not to mention the countless other factors. It is important that from the age of 60 we get our hearing health checked yearly, as we would our eyesight. It is also important that at all stages of life we keep our music and TV volume at reasonable levels and make every effort to protect our ears.

Myth 2: Hearing loss only affects your hearing

Studies have proven that untreated hearing loss can also increase your risk of cognitive decline and diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. It can also lead to social isolation and depression. Described as the ‘cognitive load’ – the constant effort to understand what is being said puts great pressure on the brain.

This pressure can take away resources that our brain would otherwise use, such as short-term memory and other essential functions. You can read more about the affect hearing loss has here. Breakthrough in research has found that hearing aids can help to reverse or prevent the cognitive decline linked with hearing loss.

Myth 3: Hearing aids are ugly and old fashioned

This is one we hear a lot in the clinic, usually when a patient visits us for the first time, they come with a head full of preconceived opinions. When they think of hearing aids, they see big clunky, unsightly plastic equipment, which most of the time was nothing but a hindrance. Then we show them our hearing aids.

Technology has advanced greatly, hearing aids are now sleek, powerhouses that will stop any preconceived notions dead in their tracks. The hearing devices of today are built for every kind of hearing loss and with expert audiologists these hearing aids can be tailored to your needs. You can even choose what colour you want! Need we say more?

Myth 4: Hearing aids will make everything uncomfortably loud

Yes, they will…if they are fitted incorrectly hearing aids will make everything sound too loud. This is where we come in. To experience your hearing at its best, the most important thing is not volume, it is clarity. It does not matter how loud something is, if it is not clear, it is nothing but a nuisance.

If you find you are taking your hearing aids off so that you can answer the phone or because you feel better without them, visit The Hearing Clinic UK. After a free hearing health check, we can provide a free, no obligation hearing aid trial and you will see exactly what we are talking about when we say clarity is king.

Myth 5: I can ignore mild hearing loss

You should never ignore hearing loss. Hearing loss is your body alerting you to a problem and it should always be checked. On average most people wait seven to ten years from the onset of hearing loss before they admit there is an issue.

This can mean further loss of hearing and potentially create a problem that cannot be treated. Make sure you take care of your ears so they are in tip-top shape for the moments that matter most.

When Should You Upgrade Your Hearing Aids?

If you have ever purchased hearing aids from an expert audiologist, you’ll have experienced the massive difference it makes to your life. Hearing aids don’t just help with your hearing. For many these tiny devices can be the answer to combatting the overwhelming loneliness and isolation hearing loss causes, they keep our brains active, and they make sure we are present for the most important moments in our lives.

However, like all technology there is no guarantee that your hearing aids will last forever and every couple of years you should book a reassessment with your audiologists for a fine tuning and discussion about whether your hearing aids are still the best option for you.

If you are considering upgrading there are a few things to consider:

Hearing Device Age

Technically speaking hearing aids can last anywhere from three to seven years and even longer in the right circumstances. How you take care of your devices, regular maintenance as well as make and model can have an affect on their lifespan. The four-year mark is usually when people start to notice the features of their devices start to decline. The reason for this decline is that the technology in your aids is no longer top of the line. General wear and tear, including build-up of dirt and grime can damage the hardware.

If you notice a decline in your hearing aids that could be related to the age of the equipment our expert audiologists are on hand to check over your devices, give them some TLC and provide you with honest advice about their capabilities.

Your Hearing has Changed

Unfortunately, our hearing has the potential to change or worsen over time and this can influence the impact of your hearing aids. If you feel your hearing has changed and your devices aren’t sounding as clear as they were previously, make sure to get in touch. Your audiologist will perform a hearing health check, look at your devices and listen to any concerns you may have.

Your Lifestyle has Changed

When you visit an audiologist to discuss hearing aids the first thing they will want to know is where is your hearing most important to you. Is it during conference calls at work? When you’re socialising with friends? What about when you spend time with your grandkids?

Your lifestyle has a huge impact on the type of hearing aids that are right for you. If your lifestyle has changed from calm and tranquil to a new job in a noisy environment your hearing aids might not be the best choice anymore. Speak to your audiologist who can advise a possible tweak in your device settings or a better suited model.

New Technology

As with everything electrical, advancements in technology are always popping up. The advancements in hearing aid technology in the last couple of years have been particularly incredible. From Bluetooth hearings aids that allow you to go handsfree to hearing aids with 60+ hours of charge this new tech is very impressive.

The Next Steps

If you would like to know more about the latest hearing aid releases and how they can improve your life speak to your audiologist who will be happy to help.

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Hearing loss is extremely frustrating for those who struggle with it, and this is also true for their loved ones. We often view hearing loss as one dimensional and solely a condition that affects our ears and our hearing, however the extent of the impact hearing loss can have on our bodies is much more then we might be aware of.

*Research has revealed a link between hearing loss and cognitive disorders such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. In a study by John Hopkins that tracked 639 adults for nearly 12 years it was found that hearing loss can have an impact on how susceptible we are to these diseases. Individuals with mild hearing loss doubled their risk of dementia, moderate hearing loss tripled the risk and people with severe hearing loss were five times more likely to develop dementia.

According to a report by the *Lancet Commission that uncovered similar findings, this increased risk could be due to the fact hearing loss leads to lowered mental stimulation, isolation and eventually, cognitive decline.

At the Hearing Clinic UK, we understand first-hand the effect hearing loss can have. Many of our patients have told us how their hearing loss led them to ignoring calls, cancelling plans and intense feelings of isolation. This led them to feeling old before their time and in some cases even led to depression.

It’s important to note the signs of hearing loss as it often develops gradually and you may not notice the signs for some time, you can find more info here.

The results of these studies further the belief that you should not wait to get your hearing checked or ignore a loss. The average person waits between 7 and 10 years from the onset of hearing loss to get their hearing checked, this can have a devastating impact on your mental health but also on the level of clarity you can achieve when you eventually do decide to take care of your hearing health.

Hearing loss does not mean your life is over nor does it mean you cannot experience life to the fullest once more, today’s technology ensures you the best quality of life and we are here to make sure you get to experience that.

A massive breakthrough in dementia research is that hearing aids have been shown to protect against cognitive decline by keeping the brain actively engaged by processing sound. This ensures your brain is mentally stimulated and keeps you aware of the world around you.

Restoring your hearing with the help of a hearing aid allows you to maintain an active and varied social life, keeps your brain busy and by extension can help prevent dementia and cognitive decline.

If you or someone you love is struggling with hearing loss visit us at the Hearing Clinic UK today and change your life through better hearing.

Related Research:

* John Hopkins Research Article.

* Lancet Commission Research.

Connection Is Everything

Stay connected with The Hearing Clinic UK

Being able to communicate and connect easily with our loved ones has never been more important.

Barry came through our clinic doors last month desperate for an answer to his hearing problems.

“For the last year I’ve been working from home. It wasn’t until I went back to the office that I really noticed the decline in my hearing. Background noise and phone calls had become far more difficult, especially with others wearing face masks. After months of looking forward to regular socialisation this was really depressing. I knew I had to get something done.”

“My mum has hearing aids and she’s never done well with them, so I was a bit apprehensive about getting them myself. My audiologist Chris explained the advancements in today’s technology and how this wouldn’t be a ‘here are the aids and here is the bill’ experience.”

As we explained to Barry, the most important thing to understand when it comes to hearing loss is every person’s loss is unique to them, so the hearing aids must be tailored to them.

Revolutionary New Method Unlocks Your Speech Clarity Potential

At The Hearing Clinic UK, we have developed an exciting new technique to identify gaps in patients speech understanding. Using the very latest technology, we can now guarantee your maximised speech potential. It shouldn’t just be louder; it must be clearer, as clear as possible.

Chris Stone, Director and Audiologist

“Chris spent a great deal of time in fitting my system – testing and measuring how well I was hearing speech and fine tuning them to squeeze the very best from my ears. I had high expectations and was astounded at the clarity and comfort. I was amazed, and a week later I rang Chris to tell him he had given me my life back and I wouldn’t be parting with my devices. I was so impressed I had to bring my mum in to see him.”

Barry’s mum Annie had been prescribed both NHS and high street hearing aids several times and they always ended up on her bedside table and rarely in her ears. 

“They are pointless, more frustrating than beneficial, and I found myself constantly taking them out of my ears.” 

CLARITY and COMFORT is key when it comes to our hearing, LOUDER DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN CLEARER

Experience your maximum clarity with a free, no obligation consultation with our expert team

“I was amazed at how neat and discreet my new hearing system is, and I almost jumped out of my chair when they were first switched on. It was like magic! Chris showed me how to take a phone call straight through my devices with just the touch of a button. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d hear this well again.”

Breakthroughs in Hearing technology mean that today’s hearing devices are equipped for much more. You can now link to mobile phones, tablets and other audio equipment quickly and easily.

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