Hearing Loss Problems and Hearing Aid Solutions
Age UK Hearing Aids understands that each person’s hearing loss and individual hearing requirements are unique to them – so it’s worth knowing that each manufacturer approaches hearing loss differently. Some hearing aids are better at dealing with background noise or with television and radio, others have better ways of dealing with speech clarity issues or feedback cancellation.
Being independent, UK Hearing Care deals with every hearing aid manufacturer to ensure that the best choice of hearing solution is offered for your hearing loss. Hearing aids are offered from manufacturers including Resound, Starkey, Oticon and Phonak.
This section will explain the most common hearing problems and the solutions for them. You may find the information helpful, but this does not substitute the importance of having a hearing test to determine your unique hearing requirements. Click here to book a free hearing test.
Problem: Background Noise Too Loud
It is an interesting fact that with the majority of hearing losses, whilst your ability to hear soft sounds decreases, your sensitivity to loud sounds doesn’t change and can even become more sensitive.
There are many forms of compression and some approaches are better than others. Essentially compression allows your audiologist to give extra emphasis to the softer sounds that a hearing impaired person requires whilst compressing and controlling the louder sounds so that they remain comfortable.
Problem: Lacking Clarity in Background Noise
Research shows that hearing clearly in background noise is by far the most commonly reported problem to occur in those with hearing loss.
Solution: Directional Microphones
Directional microphone technology allows a hearing aid to focus more selectively on a single sound source by giving more emphasis to sounds coming from the front.
The UK Hearing Care range of hearing aids supports every version of this important technology and where indicated we will ensure that you are fitted with the most appropriate style for your specific needs.
Solution: Noise Cancellation
With the advent of digital hearing aids with their powerful microchip technology, researchers have been able to devise algorithms that can differentiate between unwanted noise and speech.
UK Hearing Care strongly believes in noise cancellation algorithms but always looks very closely at the need and only fits where appropriate and where evidence shows genuine benefit.
Solution: Binaural Hearing (Hearing with both ears)
Research has conclusively shown that hearing with both ears is better than hearing with just one, and that improvements in speech-in-noise situations are one of the greatest benefits.
The UK Hearing Care hearing test includes a live demonstration of your ideal sounding hearing solution and as part of that we can show you the difference that one aid or two will make.
Will a single hearing aid work?
If you choose a single hearing aid solution it can be set it up in such a way that you get the absolute maximum from it and that your expectations are accurately set.
Starting with a single aid doesn’t prevent you from adding a second at some point in the future.
Problem: Unsure about ease of use
With all the advanced approaches available you might be forgiven for believing that a modern hearing aid might be complex to use.
UK Hearing Care specialists have been specifically trained to analyse the optimum approach for the individual and will call on the latest automated solutions.
Solution: Automatic Hearing Aids
Careful thought has to be given to exactly what options are required and how capable a person is of using them correctly. UK Hearing Care have invested in ensuring that their Hearing Aid Specialists have the most up-to-date training when it comes to programming your ideal hearing solution.
Problem: Occlusion - Echo with your own voice
We hear our own voice in a unique way and it is possible for a hearing fitting to cause an echo or make your own voice sound harsh or tinny.
In many cases these occlusion effects dissipate naturally over the first few weeks of use, but not always.
Solution: Open Fit
It was discovered that occluding or blocking the ear was at the heart of many of these problems and that having a large air vent through the hearing aid helped. With the advent of modern digital hearing aids, manufacturers started to develop systems that could eliminate this problem and the era of open fit was born.
Problem: Feedback - Whistling hearing aid
The correct term for the whistle that a hearing aid can make is feedback, and it can be caused by many factors. The most common are the quality of the fit and the volume level.
Solution: Anti-phase Feedback Control
Anti-phase feedback control simply means that the hearing aid understands the pattern of the feedback that occurs for a particular fitting and cancels it out in most cases with no loss of volume.
UK Hearing Care has access to anti-phase feedback control across all their hearing aid solutions where indicated and is included free of charge.
Feeling overwhelmed with options and solutions?
With all the different hearing aid brands and models available, and different types of hearing loss that can occur, you can feel lost doing research. Some people have even delayed getting hearing aids because of "information overload".
UK Hearing Care has vast experience assisting people with their hearing difficulties, they will recommend the right solution for you. Select one of the options below to get started, whether you want to find out more about getting a hearing aid or when you’re ready to book a free hearing test with an audiologist.