Here is some useful information to keep in mind when considering a hearing aid.

  • Motivation

    Advanced hearing aid technology can now compensate for most hearing losses, and individuals highly motivated to improve their hearing have an infinitely better chance of success with hearing aids.

    Such motivated people recognize their hearing loss and are open to finding the best hearing aid for their needs. They tend to seek out relevant information related to their hearing loss and the technology needed to alleviate the hearing problem. The most highly motivated hearing aid candidates have a willingness to discuss their feelings about their hearing problem and explore some hearing options that might be available to them. When they are fitted with hearing aids, they eagerly explore their new technology, discuss problems during follow-up visits with their hearing healthcare professional, and patiently learn to adapt to their technology.

  • A positive attitude

    The most important personality trait that one could possess is a positive attitude, not just toward the process of obtaining hearing aids, but toward life in general. Motivation is a key to success in finding the best hearing aid. This means a willingness to try hearing aids, adapt to new solutions, and keep frustration at a minimum when obstacles arise. If you view your circumstances as beyond your control, there’s a higher probability that you’ll be less successful in adapting to change, including hearing aid use.

    Hearing aid studies have shown that people who have a positive outlook on life do better with hearing aids. They have a positive self-image and believe they’re in control of their life. My recommendation is take charge and be determined to improve the quality of your life with today’s modern hearing aids!

  • Controls on Your Hearing Aid

    Your goal is to purchase a hearing aid that never needs adjustments. It should graciously determine the volume you need and adjust its directionality by sensing if you are in quiet or a variety of noisy situations. In addition, it should not give you feedback (whistling, buzzing or squealing) as it amplifies sounds around you. It should restore your ability to enjoy some soft sounds (e.g. leaves rustling, bubbling of a fish tank, etc) while sensing very loud sounds and making them comfortable for you (loud sounds should never be painful to your ears).

    While the industry has in principle developed automatic hearing aids, some people need to personally control their hearing aids. Research has shown, especially among experienced wearers, that some people (roughly a third) still need either a volume control, multiple memory switch (quiet versus noisy situation switch) or a remote control in order to control volume or to access different hearing aid strategies for handling different listening environments.

    It is very important that you determine your needs with respect to control of the hearing aid. You don’t want to fiddle with your hearing aids every ten minutes but then again you don’t want to be frustrated because your hearing aids work well in most situations but not in 10% of your favourite situations (e.g. listening to soft music). This is an area that needs to be explored with your hearing healthcare professional.

  • Sound Quality

    One of the most important aspects of an enjoyable hearing aid experience is that you like the sound quality of hearing aids. So when you test-run your hearing aids, make sure that you consider the following dimensions of sound quality:

    • Do you like the sound of your voice?
    • Is the sound clean and crisp (sound clarity)?
    • Does it make some pleasant soft sound audible to you?
    • Are your hearing aids natural-sounding?
    • Does music sound pleasant and rich in texture?

    With today’s modern digital hearing aids, most of these problems should be solved. If you notice any of these problems during the trial run and in your follow-up visits, by all means talk to your hearing healthcare professional about these issues. Such professionals are capable of adjusting your hearing aids to your satisfaction. The extent to which all of the possible sound quality issues can be resolved is of course, governed by the severity of your hearing loss. In other words, some types hearing losses are simply more conducive to restoration of rich sound quality in many listening environments while others are not.

  • Cosmetics

    Over the past ten years the hearing aid industry has reduced the size of hearing aids to near invisibility. People can now wear them with greater comfort and we’re finding very small hearing aids have their distinct advantages such as on the telephone and in outdoor situations. Some people are concerned with cosmetics and prefer the least noticeable hearing aids, in the way that you might choose contact lenses instead of framed eyeglasses. The problem is that the smallest hearing aid may not be the most suitable hearing solution for you for a variety of reasons. Your specific hearing loss may require more power than available in the smallest hearing aids, you might not have the manual dexterity to manipulate them, or your ear canals may not allow them to be retained in your ears.

  • Realistic Expectations

    Be patient with yourself.

    If you have the best hearing aids for your hearing loss and your lifestyle, hang in there. Make sure you’re comfortable with the advice you’ve been given. Ask questions. Remember, your provider is your advocate. Satisfied hearing aid wearers are not shy when it comes to telling others about their success, but unfortunately, neither are the ones who are dissatisfied. No two people are alike, and it’s not a good idea to assume that if someone has had a bad experience, that all hearing aids are bad. You could very well be one of the overwhelming majority who has a good experience! There are many reasons why someone may not have been successful, so don’t project these conditions and improbabilities onto yourself. Also, do not expect someone else’s hearing aids to work for you. Would you wear their eyeglasses and decide whether you can be helped by glasses based on this experience?

    Be realistic.

    Hearing aids will not permit you to hear the flapping of hummingbird wings near a jet engine. Remember that it takes time to get used to hearing aids, especially if you’re a new wearer. Keep in mind that background noise is almost always part of your environment, and adjustment to it is required. In time, you will tune out many of these everyday sounds. It’s important not to become disappointed or frustrated while your brain begins to adjust to a whole new world of sound. If you’re an experienced wearer trying new hearing aids, understand that they might not sound like your old ones. Before you reject them, allow neural hook-ups in the auditory system to adapt to these new sounds. You just might find that you like this new sound better than the old one.

  • Ear Wax Protection

    One of the common causes of hearing aid failure is that moisture and earwax fill up the receiver tubing of the hearing aid causing the hearing aid speaker to no longer function correctly. I strongly suggest that you purchase hearing aids with proven methods of keeping earwax out of the hearing aid. It is possible to reduce hearing aid repairs by 50% due to receiver failure by using a wax guard at the end of the hearing aids.”

  • Our Hearing Aid Services Include:

    New fittings

    Adjustment of your current hearing aids

    Hearing aid repair & service

    New mould / tube

    Hearing aid accessories (batteries/wax guards/cleaning kits)

  • New Technology

    Hearing aids can significantly improve quality of life in many areas, including personal and social relationships and personal independence.

    Today’s hearing aids are small and sophisticated devices that includes wireless technology (e.g. bluetooth) and synchronization between the two hearing aids when fitted bilaterally.

  • One vs Two Hearing Aids

    Two hearing instruments enable you to better localise sounds, understand speech and keep your hearing in good shape