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The world's finest hearing aid technology

No longer are hearing aids big cumbersome unsightly devices that amplify everything excessively so that you'd want rather to pluck them out of your ears than wear them.

Modern hearing aids are ergonomically designed to complement the wearer's appearance and to process incoming sound to deliver it comfortably but audibly to the ears.

We work with the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers to provide you with the best and most up to date technology available. We see it as our duty to provide you with best advice for your needs at all times.

Years of counselling experience has taught us that when considering investment in a hearing aid system there are a two of key factors which potential users need to address, namely the style and technology level of the system.

HEARING AID STYLES

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ON THE EAR

One of the most popular styles of hearing aid available. They are small and discreet and come in a range of designs and colours. They are the ideal choice for the first time wearer as they give a more natural sound but can be adapted to suit almost any degree and type of hearing loss.

COMPLETELY IN THE CANAL

This style sits inside the ear canal , making it all but invisible. They are made from anatomically correct moulds of your ear and are therefore comfortable and secure.

IN THE EAR

These custom made hearing aids sit in the shell of the ear. They are comfortable ,discreet and powerful enough to suit a wide range of hearing losses.

BEHIND THE EAR

This type of hearing aid provide the most power and handle moderate to severe losses with ease. They are even suitable for people with a profound hearing loss.

Recent developments have meant that most hearing losses can be fitted with most styles. In making the final recommendation of style we will be considering and discussing with you the key selection factors: 

Hearing loss degree and type

The degree and type of hearing loss is perhaps the main factor to consider in a selection of style. Also important is the relative shape of the hearing loss, with many losses predominating in the high frequency (treble) pitches. 

Cosmetic preference

Here we try to allow you to have the style of your choice provided it fits with the audiological needs of your hearing loss. Where compromise needs to be made, we explain and justify this with reference to all other relevant factors. 

Physical comfort

This is an important consideration because you are likely to be wearing the devices for up to sixteen hours per day. Occlusion (the blocking of the ear canal) is a major consideration here and we always aim to limit this. 

Handling issues

You need to be able to insert and remove the devices with relative ease and to handle batteries (although many systems are now rechargeable) and daily maintenance. In some case this may influence the choice of size of the device. There may also be controls, although most systems are now either automatically self-controlled or managed by remote control which these days is often a smart phone app. 

Your budget

In most cases the choice of style will have no impact on the budget in that cost is more to do with technology level which is the subject of the next section. 

Having decided on the preferred style we would then move to a consideration of technology level. All hearing aid systems are now digital and very flexibly programmable to accurately match overall hearing loss. But there are significant differences in the onboard technological features.

Whilst there are differences in implementation from manufacturer to manufacturer the technological features can be broadly classified as follows: 

Directional microphones

 

This allows you as the user to focus on what you want to hear, usually speech, rather that simply hearing all noise in the environment. 

Noise suppression

 

The aim here is on allowing the speech signal to dominate where there is competing background noise.

Speech enhancement

 

The speech signal is further enhanced to optimise your ability to understand speech in the presence of babble and background noise. 

In most systems the above features are combined and work together in a powerful way for your benefit. This increases as you advance up the technology level and in advising you about this choice we will consider certain factors. 

Hearing loss degree and type

Certain losses are more challenging than others and here we would be looking closely at your ability to process speech in quiet surroundings and in the presence of background noise. 

Your lifestyle

The needs of an active business executive are very different from those of a retiree. They are different but equally important to the individual user so lifestyle is carefully considered. 

Ability with technology

Here we would be looking at the choice between automatic function needing no intervention from the user and a higher level of user control. We would also be considering the use of smart phone apps, blue tooth streaming and other accessories. More about thus following on from this section.

Your budget

The technology level is the main factor in determining the price. Generally, the higher up the scale you travel the better will be the hearing aid system at coping with difficult listening situations, and the higher will be its price. 

Apps and accessories 

 

The power of a hearing aid system and its suitability to an individual user’s needs can be greatly enhanced by the addition of apps and accessories. Here are a few examples: 

Rechargeable option

Does away with the need to change batteries and makes turning the system on and off a lot easier.

Remote control streaming and app 

Connecting the hearing aid system to a smartphone by Bluetooth allows you to hear telephone conversation directly through both hearing aids without having to put the phone to your ear. You will be hearing more clearly than ever and its hands free. 

 

An added bonus is an app which turns your smartphone into a remote control. 

Television streamer 

Hear sound from your TV directly in both ears. Now you can have the volume at a level comfortable for you without affecting the other listeners in the room. 

Perhaps because it’s the unknown, or perhaps because the choices seem overwhelming it takes an average of seven years from the realisation of a hearing loss for the individual to take action. 

 

At Kilmarnock Hearing Care we recognise the difficulty and have tried to ease your path with what we call “Real World Assessment”. 

 

To read all about how you can experience, without obligation, what it’s like to wear the hearing aid selected for you in your world.