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Highest quality ear wax removal service

By | News, Training

Here at the Nottingham Hearing Practice we have a wealth of experience in ear wax management, its removal and associated problems. Being able to access two of Nottingham’s most experienced and respected audiologists means you can be assured of a safe and effective ear wax removal procedure.

Micro-suction is generally seen as the safest, most effective way of removing an ear wax blockage, however it is not always possible to achieve this with micro-suction alone. We are trained in all disciplines of ear wax removal whether it be via micro-suction, irrigation and or instrumentation and we allow longer appointment slots for our procedures.

On initial inspection of your ears, we can usually determine what the best way forward will be for you. Ear canals vary dramatically from person to person, variance in shape, size and direction must be considered as should the nature, density, type and volume of wax present. Sometimes post-wax removal, we can find an underlying infection present where we will make a post wax removal medical referral for treatment.

We understand that an ear wax removal procedure can be daunting process for many so if you have any questions or reservations please don’t hesitate to call us and one of our highly trained audiologists will be happy to chat with you…..

Longer appointment times
2 highly qualified staff, working full time – means more appointment availability
Brand new micro-suction equipment
Multi-skilled clinicians (micro-suction, irrigation, physical removal)

A sign of dedication?

By | News, Training

Hearing Aid Knowledge
I am typing this on Saturday evening. Tomorrow, Sunday, the 3 partners and our new Branch Manager are all meeting at The Pebley Inn near Balborough. We are meeting to discuss how we can get our powerful message out to the community. The message is HEARING AIDS ARE VERY INDIVIDUAL, SO EVERYONE NEEDS A TRIAL BEFORE THEY HAVE TO DECIDE.
We are a dedicated bunch of people but we do need your support. We do hope that if you do want to explore hearing aids, that you will come along and see us at BEESTON, WEST BRIDGFORD or RETFORD. We can also see you at home.

 

0115 857 2900

How to ensure you hear your TV perfectly

By | News, Technical

The main issue for TV listening when you have a hearing problem, is the distance from you to the TV.

The easiest and most cost effective way to solve this is to purchase a good quality Bluetooth transmitter. This one will be fine and costs £49.99.

And a powerful Bluetooth speaker. This one is a retro design and has easy ‘knob’ controls, including bass and treble. It costs £69.99.

You connect the transmitter to the TV. It needs a power source as well. The speaker would be positioned right next to your armchair (it needs a power source). The two devices are ‘paired’, and then your TV sound problems will be fixed!

If you are our patient, we can help set up this system for you.

New improved Phonak Titanium IIC

By | News, Technical

A new fitting method allows us to take safer, deeper ear impressions for an even more discreet result.

Also, from August 27th, additional modifications available include:

If you’d like to try this incredible medical -grade custom hearing aid, book your consultation today. Remember we let you try your new titanium hearing aids at home and work, before you have to decide to buy.

Tel: 0115 857 2900

Analysis of the hearing aid market – from an independent viewpoint

By | News, Technical

It is extremely difficult for the consumer to determine which are the best makes and models of hearing aids.

So here is our quick guide;

For a start, hearing aid results are extremely variable, so make sure you get a trial period prior to any purchase.

Here is our model analysis right now (in order of preference):

PHONAK are the market leaders, and have been for some years. So, this fact should not be ignored. Their CROS system for one-sided deafness is unparalleled, and now with the addition of the li-ion rechargeable version, it needs to be trialled.  The AUDEO B-DIRECT is the only hearing aid that allows hands-free calls to a mobile – very cool and unique.  Their RICs in general, feature the best feedback manager – so a Phonak hearing aid is the least likely to whistle when placed under duress (near a phone, with a hat on, etc).

Alongside, OTICON should be considered. Ask us to let you compare OTICON and PHONAK. Their OPN (with fastest ever sound processor) range has massively increased their market share, being the first and only hearing aid to integrate with other WiFi devices (doorbells, Amazon Echo, etc). it is Made for iPhone, meaning stereo streaming of music and calls – not the first aid to do this, but probably the one with the best build quality and reputation.

RESOUND produce the LiNX 3D, a great Made for iPhone aid, which is the first to allow for remote audiologist programming. That means you can have your product fine tuned from thousands of miles away. The app feature to memorise settings in specific venues that are stored when you next step into that location is very useful. However the LiNX seems to have become a little dated?

STARKEY have a lower market share, but continue to make good products, notably the HALO iQ another Made for iPhone aid, with a great user fine tuning tool (SOUNDSPACE).

WIDEX produce the EVOKE, with a chip just under the processor speed of the Oticon Opn – a quality manufacturer that should be considered. The SoundSense feature uses worldwide EVOKE users’ preferences to improve each individual’s hearing.

SIEMENS / SIVANTOS undoubtedly build extremely solid hearing aids but have very poor UK market share right now.

AUDIO SERVICE, BERNAFON, UNITRON, HANSATON brands are owned by the above companies – I’d say to provide products for different markets – consider VW v. SKODA. So nothing wrong with that, except that hearing aids involve a very high level of personal service, so I wonder about the motives of such an approach to market.

Jo helps another happy patient to hear better!

By | News, Training

We have just invested in another ENT microscope and new quiet suction units. At The Nottingham Hearing Practice, Jo and Alan are now getting a steady stream of enquiries from local GPs’ surgeries in the local area, and they’ll be glad to help you if you have an ear wax problem. As we have 2 audiologists working full time, we can often see you immediately or the next day!

Call 0115 857 2900.

New Rechargeable Hearing Aid wearer

By | News, Reviews

Mr. Davis is very pleased with his new PHONAK AUDEO B70 RECHARGEABLE system. He is pictured with Jo, his audiologist who will look after him for years to come, providing ongoing rehabilitation advice, regular hearing assessments and maintenance of the equipment.