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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.

Oticon 2018 Conference

By | Company, News, Technical

We all attended this annual event last week. It was held at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Of the more interesting talks, outlined by The Centre for Applied Audiology Research (CAAR) was that hearing loss was the main cause of preventable dementia, and also a new user of the Oticon Opn, EDWINA CURRIE spoke eloquently on how these devices were professionally fitted by an independent audiologist and how much they have helped her in her career and social life.

‘Bluetooth’ Hearing Aids

By | News, Technical

A term that is bandied about when discussing modern hearing aids, BLUETOOTH HEARING AIDS (that use a short wave radio signal to link to external devices) fall into 2 main categories.

1. Those that need you to incorporate an additional body-worn streaming device. These might be smaller, with many in-the-ear versions available. These will typically allow you to stream music and TV into both ears, take calls in stereo with any smartphone and usually necessitating your voice being picked up by that extra device.
Example models that are still completely relevant today are: PHONAK AUDEO B90-10, PHONAK AUDEO B Rechargeable, OTICON OPN*, RESOUND LiNX 3D*, WIDEX EVOKE*
(*when used with an Android phone)
2. And those that don’t. The majority are ‘made for iPhone’ an use Apple’s protocol for the streaming of music and calls binaurally (in stereo). So in most cases, it is required that you own an iPhone to access these features (Examples: OTICON OPN, RESOUND LiNX 3D, WIDEX EVOKE). They will interact with an Android, but only with an additional device. This position is unlikely to change anytime soon.
The odd one out is the PHONAK AUDEO B90 DIRECT. It performs a couple of functions without a body-worn device – they are single-ear hands-free calls through the majority of modern phones (please ask our advice before buying a new smartphone for this model!) – that is you can press a button on the hearing aids and both the caller’s voice and yours are relayed through the one hearing aid. Very clever. And TV streaming to both ears (with the aid of a tiny box plugged into your TV).

TWO MADE FOR iPHONE HEARING AIDS THAT FIT ONLY IN THE EAR? The RESOUND LiNX 3D does, and the new OTICON OPN ITC launching in October 2018 does too. However, these are ‘canal sized’, easily visible from the side (and not CIC or IIC invisible models).

Much less commonly used, but still using Bluetooth:
3. A T-coil hearing aid i.e. none of the above – perhaps an NHS aid, perhaps quite an old hearing aid? – so long as it has TELECOIL (also known as LOOP, T-COIL) can utilise a neckworn loop device that can then link to another Bluetooth device, such as a mobile phone.

Many happy users do not even use Bluetooth functions, and that’s ok. However most hearing aids will have this function added on within 2 years.