Each person's type and extent of hearing loss, and their requirements of hearing aid technology, are unique. For example: some hearing aids are better at filtering background noise, while others are better-equipped to combat speech clarity issues. The suitability of hearing aids therefore comes down to the circumstances of each individual wearer.
As an independent hearing aid provider, Claritas Hearing deals with all the major hearing aid manufacturers to ensure that the best choice of hearing solutions is available to you; including all the latest technology from Resound, Starkey, Oticon and Phonak. This makes the process of finding the right solutions to your hearing problems quick, easy and convenient.
This section will explain the most common hearing problems and the solutions for them. You may find the information helpful, but please be aware that this does not substitute the importance of having a hearing test to determine your unique hearing requirements.
|Background noise too loud
With most 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.
|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.
|1. 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.2. Noise cancellation
With the advent of digital hearing aids’ powerful microchip technology, researchers have been able to devise algorithms that can differentiate between unwanted noise and speech.3. 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.
|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. Claritas Hearing specialists have been specifically trained to analyse the optimum approach for the individual, and will call on the latest automated solutions.
|Automatic hearing aids
Careful thought must be given to exactly what options are required and how capable a person is of using them correctly. Claritas Hearing 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.
|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.
|Open fit hearing aids
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 the open fit hearing aid was born.
|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 causes relate to the quality of the fit of the hearing aid and the volume level.
|Anti-phase feedback control
Anti-phase feedback control simply means that the hearing aid understands the pattern of the feedback that occurs, and in most cases, cancels it out with no loss of volume. Claritas Hearing has access to anti-phase feedback control across all their hearing aid solutions where indicated and is included free of charge.
While it is always helpful to conduct your own research into why you might be experiencing difficulties with your hearing, and the different types of technology that could help; the only way to ensure you get the right hearing loss solution is to have a thorough hearing assessment.
Claritas Hearing’s Audiologists have many years’ experience assisting people with their hearing difficulties. They can conduct a thorough five-stage assessment of your hearing to find out which solutions will be most effective in your circumstances.
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