Navigating the Soundscape: A Guide to Make a Decision Regarding Hearing Aids

Navigating the Soundscape: A Guide to Make a Decision Regarding Hearing Aids

Welcome to Medico Audiology Services, where your journey to optimal hearing health begins. Selecting the right hearing aid is a significant decision and it can be confusing to navigate on your own. In this blog post, we’ll explore the offerings of three distinguished hearing aid manufacturers – GN Resound, Phonak, and Oticon. Additionally, we’ll discuss the crucial role of a qualified audiologist in ensuring your hearing aid experience is tailored to perfection, and delve into important patient considerations when embarking on the journey to better hearing.

Understanding Hearing Aid Manufacturers

GN Resound: Rediscover the Sounds of Life

GN Resound stands at the forefront of innovation and cutting-edge technology. Their hearing aids are designed to deliver a natural listening experience, seamlessly blending aesthetics with advanced features. Resound’s emphasis on connectivity ensures a holistic hearing solution, with devices that work harmoniously with smartphones and other compatible devices.

 

 

 

 

 

Phonak: Empowering Lives through Sound

Phonak is synonymous with inclusivity and accessibility. Their hearing aids are engineered to address a broad spectrum of hearing loss, from mild to profound. Phonak’s portfolio includes rechargeable options and devices that excel in challenging listening environments, ensuring wearers stay connected to the world around them. Phonak’s Roger is an addition to your hearing that can help you hear even better in challenging background noise and when you’re at a great distance from what you want to hear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oticon: Pioneering Brain-Focused Hearing Solutions

Oticon places a strong emphasis on brain-focused hearing solutions. Their innovative BrainHearing™ technology is designed to support the brain in making sense of sound. Oticon’s hearing aids prioritize speech clarity, making conversations more intelligible and enhancing the overall listening experience.

 

 

The Crucial Role of a Qualified Audiologist

In the journey to optimal hearing health, the expertise of a qualified audiologist is paramount. Here’s why:

  1. Comprehensive Assessments: A qualified audiologist conducts thorough hearing assessments to understand the nuances of your hearing profile. This ensures a precise understanding of your needs and challenges. A qualified audiologist is able to make appropriate onward referrals to other health professionals when needed.
  2. Personalized Fittings: Real Ear Measures (REMs) are an integral part of the fitting process. A qualified audiologist utilizes REMs to measure the sound delivered by a hearing aid in the ear canal, ensuring a tailored fit that aligns with your unique hearing requirements.
  3. Holistic Approach: A qualified audiologist considers not only the technical specifications of the hearing aid but also your lifestyle, communication needs, and preferences. This holistic approach leads to a more personalized and satisfactory hearing aid experience.
  4. Ongoing Support: Beyond the initial fitting, a qualified audiologist provides ongoing support, adjustments, and counselling. This ensures that your hearing aids continue to meet your evolving needs over time.
  5. Education and Guidance: A qualified audiologist educates you on the features and functionalities of hearing aid options. They empower you to make informed decisions based on your lifestyle and hearing goals.

 

Important Patient Considerations

When considering hearing aids, patients should take into account:

  1. Lifestyle Needs: Assess your daily activities and communication preferences to choose a hearing aid that aligns with your lifestyle.
  2. Degree of Hearing Loss: Understand the severity of your hearing loss to select a device tailored to your specific needs.
  3. Technology Features: Evaluate the technology features offered by each manufacturer and choose one that suits your preferences, whether it’s Bluetooth connectivity, smartphone compatibility, or advanced noise reduction.
  4. Comfort and Design: Ensure the hearing aid’s design and features are comfortable for prolonged use and fit your aesthetic preferences.
  5. Financial Considerations: Establish a budget range early in the process to guide your decision-making. At Medico Audiology Services we have hearing aid options to serve all budgets and can work with you to find the best option.

Choosing the right hearing aid involves collaboration between you and your audiologist. At Medico Audiology Services, we are committed to guiding you through this journey, providing expert advice, comprehensive assessments, and personalized solutions.

Ready to rediscover the world of sound? Contact us today to schedule your comprehensive hearing assessment. Your journey to better hearing starts here at Medico Audiology Services, where the expertise of a qualified audiologist ensures a personalized and enriching experience.

 

Myth Busting

There are many hearing myths regarding our ears. Here at Medico Audiology Services, we aim to dispel those myths in order to provide the best possible care for our patients. Here are some myths around hearing loss, and the usage of hearing aids that we will clear up today.

Firstly, while it is true that hearing loss can increase with age, it does not mean that it is ‘normal’, or something that we should simply ‘put up with’. Hearing loss can happen at any age, for a number of reasons, and should never be something we just accept. It can be something as simple as a wax build up which can be removed in minutes, it could be a build-up of fluid in the middle ear which an Ear Nose and Throat consultant can help with or it could be a sensorineural hearing loss due to the hearing organ which a hearing aid can help with.

If you find it hard to see, or read, you know the strain that can have on your concentration, motivation, and overall wellbeing. Straining to hear is no different. Studies have proven that fatigue, migraines, loneliness, and not wanting to socialise can be linked to the decline in hearing. In 2020 the Lancet Public Health Journal published a study which focused on data collected from 437,704 people over the course of 12 years. Participants who took part were 56 when the study started, and 68 when it concluded. The study concluded that, 8% of dementia cases worldwide may be linked to hearing loss. While there was no increased risk for people with standard hearing, or people who have hearing loss, and use hearing aids; there was a 42% risk of all-cause dementia in people with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids.

Experts predict that, globally, the number of people who will be living with dementia will nearly triple what it is today. By 2050, they predict that there will be 153 million people living with dementia. If something as simple as maintaining ear health, and using aids as soon as is medically necessary can potentially reduce the risk of developing dementia, then it is more important than ever to dispel the myths of hearing loss, and maintain good ear health.

If your eye sight was affecting you like this way, you wouldn’t think twice about wearing glasses. Why do we deny ourselves the freedom of hearing whether it be wax removal, seeing a specialist or wearing hearing aids, when we have no problem benefiting from the freedom of glasses?

Here at Medico we offer microsuction wax removal, baby and adult hearing tests and hearing aids from various manufacturers because we are independent. We offer demo hearing aids and fit all of our hearing aids using real ear measurements which follows best practice.  We are all master’s trained Clinical Audiologists with over 30 years of combined experience in 4 continents. Get in touch today to Hear Now and Hear Happy.