Hearing Aids

This is a truly exciting time for audiologists and hearing aid users alike as technology develops and new hearing aid designs emerge. 100% digital hearing aids and open fit, receiver in the canal (RIC) and extended wear devices are often referred to as advanced technologies.
At Listen and Speak Clinic, we strive both to keep abreast of new technologies as they develop and to incorporate those that best serve our patients’ needs. We are committed to informing and educating our patients as improvements occur.

Invisible Hearing Aids

Have you seen our invisible hearing aid?

No, not at all? Exactly!

Our fantastic new hearing aid is small. Really small. And because it fits slightly deeper in the ear canal than your average hearing aid it'svirtually invisible when worn. That means you get all the benefits of better hearing without anyone understanding how you do it.

Whilst it can't be seen, the difference can be heard.

Just because this new hearing aid is small doesn't mean it’s less effective.
"I hear normally, it’s as if I don’t have a loss and, because you can’t see them, no one else knows I do!" – A hearing aid user.
We've made sure this tiny device has the high speed processors and clarity enhancing features of the very latest hearing aids. These are the things that make sure you get to enjoy all the great things life has to offer like conversations with friends and family, an evening out in your favorite restaurant or a cozy night in front of the TV. And you can enjoy all this with the confidence that whilst people might notice the difference in your hearing they definitely won't notice your hearing aid.

 

How do Hearing Aids Work?

Hearing aids are small electronic devices that amplify and clarify sounds, helping someone with a hearing loss to hear better and participate more fully in life. Hearing aids come in all different shapes and styles that can be worn in or on the ear, but they're all made up of the same elements:

1) The microphone (or microphones) receives incoming sound from the surrounding environment and converts it into digital signal

2)The amplifier increases the power of these signals based on the specific hearing aid settings before sending to the speaker

3)The speaker turns the digital signals into sound waves and then sends them to the brain to be interpreted

4)The battery provides the power to the hearing aid

5)The microchip enables more sophisticated features in your hearing aid, e.g distinguishing between speech and background noise.

Types and styles of Hearing Aids

Analogue or digital

Analogue and digital hearing aids look very similar, but they process sound differently.
Analogue aids amplify electronic signals, while digital aids use a tiny computer to process sound. This means it is possible to customize the aid to suit your hearing loss very precisely. Many digital aids can be programmed with different settings for different sound environments, for example a quiet living room or a crowded restaurant. Some even switch settings automatically to suit the environment.
Digital hearing aids are designed to reduce background noise, which makes listening in noisy places more comfortable. They are also less likely to 'whistle', or give feedback.

Behind the Ear (BTE) Hearing Aids

BTE aids have an earmould that fits snugly inside your ear, while the rest of the aid rests behind your ear. Some models have twin microphones, which let you switch between all-round sound and a more directional setting that helps you focus on what you want to hear in noisy places.
BTE hearing aids with 'open ear fitting' have a small, soft earpiece at the tip of the tubing instead of an earmould. This type of fitting can be less noticeable than an earmould but is only suitable if your hearing loss is mild or moderate. It can give you a very natural sound.

Receiver in the Canal/ Ear (RIC/ RITE) Hearing Aids

Receiver in-the-ear (RITE) (or loudspeaker in-the-ear) aids are often smaller than BTE aids because some part of the device sits inside the ear. Like open ear BTEs, they can be easier to put in than an earmould if you find fiddly tasks awkward.

There are different RITE hearing aids for different levels of hearing loss. If your hearing loss is severe, you may need a type where the receiver sits in an earmould.

 

In the Ear (ITE) Hearing Aids

These fit entirely into your ear. The working parts are either in a small compartment clipped to the earmould or inside the moulded part itself. ITE aids tend to need repairing more often than BTE aids.

 

Completely in the canal (CIC) hearing aids

These are even smaller than ITE aids, so they are less visible. They are unlikely to be suitable if you have severe hearing loss or frequent ear infections.

 

Body Worn Hearing Aids

These have a small box that you clip to your clothes or put in your pocket. This is connected by a lead to the earphone. Some people find the controls less fiddly than those on smaller hearing aids.

 

Bone Conduction (BC) Hearing Aids

These are for people with conductive hearing loss or people who can't wear conventional hearing aids. They deliver sound through the skull via vibrations.