This month has seen the usual launch of some updates from our hearing aid suppliers, the most notable being the introduction of a rechargeable version of the Oticon Opn.
Oticon launched the Opn in April last year and we have found it hugely successful with our clients, the sound quality and technology you get is some of the most advanced available and can offer patients up to 30% better speech understanding.
The Opn miniRITE rechargeable option is an easy to use and very convenient addition. No need to replace batteries – the hearing aids are charged overnight for a full day’s use.
But there’s more…. if you forget to charge, you can use conventional batteries as a backup. So there’s no risk of suddenly running out of power. Opn’s unique natural sound experience enables you to hear sounds and speakers around you, so you can take part in conversations you like, even in noisy surroundings and by the use of less listening effort.
As if that isn’t enough Oticon also launched the Connectclip, so anyone with an Android, iPhone or any other smartphone can now turn their Opn aids into a high-quality wireless headset for making hands-free calls or playing music.
Using cutting-edge technology the ConnectClip allows high-quality streaming of phone calls to both ears and can also function as a remote control and more!
Get in touch with us at Brighton Hearing Care for more information on any of our services, including hearing tests, ear wax removal and find all about the new technologies available.
A negative stigma is a concern for people with hearing loss!
ADAM FERRIER 2ND OCTOBER 2018
According to the Cambridge English dictionary the definition of stigma is “a strong feeling of disapproval that most people in a society have about something, especially when this is unfair” for many people with hearing loss this perception of “disapproval” will ring true.
We often see clients whose biggest hurdle is coming to terms with the news that they have a loss, what that might mean for them, whether they need to do something about it and how will friends and family treat them once they find out. They will often comment that it is something that isn’t that bad or they can cope with, society plays a large part in this with a stigma that hearing loss or indeed wearing hearing aids is for older people.
However, with the statistics from Action on Hearing Loss showing that 1 in 6 of us have a hearing loss and that figure estimated to rise to 1 in 5 by 2035, we really need to do more to break down the barriers and perceptions people have about their hearing.
A 2009 study that was conducted in America showed that clients stated the main reason for not addressing their loss as it not being “bad enough”; and even of non-users with a severe/profound hearing loss, more than half believed there was no need for aids. So how do we educate clients about how important their hearing is?
In a society that is now increasingly noisy and with us all leading hectic, busy lifestyles our hearing and being able to communicate with the people around us is more important than ever before, we shouldn’t need to compromise on our ability to be able to interact with our grandchildren or enjoy our favourite TV show.
All of the major manufacturers have invested in making their instruments more cosmetically acceptable as well as improving the technology inside. With the ability to use your devices to connect to phones, TV, Skype, Laptops and many other types of audio devices it has helped break down some of the perceptions of what having a hearing loss means and how it impacts on a persons day to day life.
I would encourage anyone who has concerns about their hearing to talk to your local audiologist, you’ll be surprised at the choices now available. Whether your concern is the way the instrument might look or the way it will make you feel there are many options available in a whole range of technologies.
Brighton Hearing Care are hear to help give impartial advice on what they believe is the best recommendation for your hearing, lifestyle and budget. Its free and with obligation.
If you, a family member or a friend has an issue with their hearing then get in touch for your free hearing assessment.
Out of the 1 in 6 people who suffer from a hearing loss and could benefit from a hearing device, sadly many will not do anything about it. With much research showing a link to poor performance in a working environment, an impact on personal relationships as well as social isolation and even depression as well as ill health it can come as a surprise to learn that it takes as much as 10 years for someone to address issues with their hearing. The most common reason? People do not believe their hearing loss is serious enough to warrant hearing aids, a fact backed up by all the statistics.
However, once a patient does decide to have a hearing test, what is involved?
Whether you go via your NHS clinic or decide to visit a private clinic the audiologist will first examine the outer part of the ear and examine the ear with the use of an otoscope. A painless procedure it will allow the audiologist to assess the condition and health of both the outer ear and the canal and ear drum and allows them to check whether there are any obstructions (potential earwax) that may be preventing sound from reaching the ear drum. Audiologists are trained to recognise symptoms of any diseases which need specialist help and may refer to a GP or ENT Specialist.
A hearing test is then conducted through headphones, asking the patient to listen to a range of tones which are played at different volumes and frequencies. Depending on how well these are heard and responded to will allow the clinician to assess whether the patient has a hearing loss and what what needs to be done to help correct it.
At Brighton Hearing Care we offer a free hearing test and health check of your ears and hearing. We can then give you advice as to whether there is an actual loss and what options are available to resolve it.
We also offer advice on ear wax removal and can arrange your G.P. to receive a copy of your test results if you wish.
We also recommend that our patients have an annual check up, just as you would for a sight test so we can assess if there has been any changes in the health of your ears and hearing.
If you feel there has been a change in your hearing and have concerns, why not get in touch for a FREE hearing test.
With the stylish new Styletto hearing aids from Signia, there’s more than meets the eye. Crystal-clear sound quality, portable rechargeability, and Own Voice Processing are just a few of the high-tech features these uniquely beautiful hearing aids have to offer because there’s a lot more under the surface. Styletto hearing aids are more than just accessories, however.
Complete with lithium-ion batteries, Styletto is designed to provide stylish high-tech hearing on the go. The devices come with a portable charging case for recharging and can last a full day in between charges. If your lifestyle requires frequent traveling, being able to move freely is a necessity. Styletto’s portable rechargeability is a unique feature, offering an incredible 4 days of wearing free from plugs and cables: The hearing aids contain one day’s charge and the fully charged case gives you another 3 days of rechargeability.
This convenient handling means that hearing aids don’t hold people back! Styletto wearers can take a long weekend trip to another country or enjoy a roadtrip with friends and family.
NEW STYLETTO BY SIGNIA
The convenient handling enables you to focus on what’s important. Because hearing aids should help your career and social life, not hinder them.
Which surveyed more than 3,100 customer to bring you an essential guide to the best and worst hearing aid providers. Here are a couple of the highlights.
Out of the five large High Street chains rated, the top provider scored 79%, while the bottom one scored as low as 62%
Independent retailers came out top, with a overall customer satisfaction score of 87%, Independents also scored highly on pricing transparency and value for money.
While independents didn’t score as the lowest average price when purchasing hearing aids, it was worth noting that the company who also scored the lowest (62%) for customer satisfaction also charged the lowest price. The survey showed that the average highest price was from independents.
Why is it important to know the facts? Well in my opinion, you get what you pay for! Your hearing is an important element of your everyday life, why wouldn’t you want the best for it? From the people surveyed 69% of them wore their hearing aids nearly every day. It therefore goes without saying that you want to get the very best care as well.
We pride ourselves in offering the best aftercare we can and while there are always alternative, lower cost, options available it doesn’t always follow that you’ll get value for money. It’s cruical that you can trust your hearing care professional to not only give you the best possible advice but do what is right for your hearing.
Contact us and find out more about the services we provide and how we can help you.
2018 saw a lot of changes in the industry, and it appears that the way forward for the hearing aid manufacturers as well as users is Rechargeable!
So, with many devices now on the market that offer the user rechargeable options, do we know how well they work? The biggest comments I have had about rechargeable have been, in the main, positive. However, we have had a few comments about the consistency of battery life. With some clients reporting that they do not get a full days charge out of the instruments.
Consistency of battery consumption in hearing aids isn’t exactly a new issue, even with the traditional zinc-air batteries it can vary from client to client on how much battery life becomes an issue. But this has become far more complex when it is a rechargeable product due to the charger unit and therefore the hearing aid system needs to be evaluated.
While there are no “official” statistics it does seem to be that one of the most popular options is the ZPower rechargeable battery system, which many of the maufacturers offer as an option, we came across an article from back in May 2018.
Barry Freeman, PhD, who is vice president of business development for ZPower, and has been leader and educator in the global audiology community for over 35 years wrote an article for The Hearing Review with an insight to the world of rechargeable. He made some interesting observations about the increase in demand for rechargeable instruments and potential issues that have arisen.
ZPower have kindly come up with a factsheet to help provide users with some advice on how to get the best out of their rechargeable batteries. So if you want to read more on the why rechargeables should be considered an option, or perhaps have rechargeable instruments that may be causing some concerns. Why not click on the link below and read the article, or download the factsheet.
Oticon Opn product offered some of the very best sound quailty available in a hearing device along with some great opportunities for connectivity. With its fast Velox platform it was and still is a huge success.
Oticon have just launched their NEW Opn S product which promises some bold technology and results, which if it delivers will take hearing care to the next level.
Oticon Opn S breaks a law of physics and delivers further improvements in speech understanding and listening effort. Fuelled by the new, advanced Velox S™ platform, Oticon Opn S takes the open sound experience and unique benefits of BrainHearing™ to new grounds.
Now, with the upgraded OpenSound Navigator and the OpenSound Optimizer working together, Oticon Opn S takes BrainHearing™ benefits to new heights*:
Oticon Opn increased speech understanding with 30% compared to traditional hearing aids. Now, Oticon Opn S outperforms Oticon Opn with a further 15% increase.
Oticon Opn reduced the listening effort with 20% compared to traditional hearing aids. Oticon Opn S adds an extra 10% reduction to that performance.
Oticon Opn improved memory recall with 20% compared to traditional hearing aids. With Oticon Opn S that number is increased with an additional 10%.
* Juul Jensen 2019, Oticon Whitepaper, Oticon Opn S 1
That's not all! They have also released a lithim-Ion rechargeable version of the Opn S 1, so now you can have all that fantastic sound quality and technology with the outstanding performance of rechargeable.
It’s exciting times for hearing care, So why not contact us and find out more about this amazing product!
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