Surveys from Europe show that most hearing aid users experience increased quality of life. The surveys also found that people who use hearing aids tend to be less depressed, less exhausted in the evenings and that they sleep better than non-users.
80-93% of those who use hearing aids say that hearing aids improve their quality of life either regularly or occasionally. This is shown by studies from Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.
In Switzerland, 93% of users say that hearing aids regularly or occasionally improve their quality of life. In France, it is 86%. In the United Kingdom and Germany, it is 81% and 80% respectively, which means that hearing aids regularly or occasionally improve their quality of life.
When asked about the positive impacts using hearing aids can have, the hearing aid users pointed to improvements in communication effectiveness, participating in group activities, relationships at home and sense of safety.
The surveys show that the hearing aid users tend to be less depressed than the hearing impaired non-users.
Less exhausted in the evenings
Compared to hearing aid non-owners with significant hearing loss, hearing aid users in the surveys generally felt less exhausted in the evenings.
Hearing aid users tend to sleep better
The surveys also found that people who use hearing aids tend to sleep better than non-users. More hearing aid users answered “Yes” to the question “Are you generally satisfied with the quality of your sleep?” than the non-users in the survey with the most significant hearing losses.
Don’t make fun of hearing aids
In the surveys, 89% of the hearing aid owners said that they don’t think people make fun of them because of their hearing aids. This is compared to 35% of those with hearing loss who do not use hearing aids who felt people make fun of them because of their hearing loss.
Four EuroTrak surveys
The figures come from four EuroTrak surveys carried out in 2015 by EHIMA (European Hearing Instrument Manufactures Association) in Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.
In each country, between 14,000 and 15,000 people participated in the survey. EHIMA’s EuroTrak surveys were carried out in cooperation with the Swiss analysis firm Anovum.
Source: hear-it.org European Hearing Instrument Manufactures Association: www.ehima.com
Dowling Hearing Solutions are delighted to move to a new office at Riverside Business Park overlooking beautiful Conwy Castle. We are excited to offer our patients the opportunity to see us at our new location that has ample parking including disabled parking and access. We are among many other businesses as well as Gutto Bebb our local MP.
We look forward to helping people rediscover their hearing in our wonderful new surroundings and strive to offer the best experience in hearing care.
The Serenade system consists of a handheld device, earphones, and proprietary treatment sounds that research has suggested may address the underlying neurological cause of tinnitus. This novel technology is simple to use and customised specifically to your tinnitus. It may be used to seek immediate relief, as well as long term benefit when used as part of an ongoing tinnitus treatment program. After an audiologist evaluates your tinnitus, your Serenade device is programmed to play the sounds most likely to be effective for you.
To find out more about the Serenade system, click here
I am currently in training for a charity ride on behalf of The British Tinnitus Association which will be held on the roads around London and Surrey and the route is a total of 100 miles. Please checkout my just giving page to see how my training is going and my fund raising efforts. https://www.justgiving.com/Adrian-Dowling
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Oticon’s Finest Ever Hearing Solution!
The New Oticon Alta comes with a range of breakthrough features that combine to give you enhanced sound quality and reduced the effort required to listen and understand.
Oticon Alta comes in a wide range of behind the ear and receiver in the canal (RITE) styles along with a variety of different colours to match your individual taste. Oticon have also expanded their range of In The Ear aids offering a comfortable solution to fit inside your ears.
Keeping You Connected!
Oticons new advanced Connectline is the perfect partner for Alta improving your listening and communication experience. Connect line is a series of devices that pair with Alta that help you connect to a variety entertainment and communication equipment that effectively turn your hearing aids into wireless headsets makeing TV, Music Phone Calls simpler than ever before.
….Is nearly here!
I will be attending a new product launch on January 3oth and I am very excited about the new Widex Dream™ product range. If the name alone is anything to go by then Widex should deliver a Dream product for my Clients.
Widex Dream™ is promising a new standard in hearing aid performance and is based on a new technology platform called TRUE-TIS™ that will give wearers MORE SOUND, MORE WORDS and a MORE PERSONAL experience.
Widex Dream™ will be available in four performance levels, each level will have six models covering from mild, severe-profound hearing loss. So everyone can benefit from Dream.
As with the Clear range of Products Widex Dream™ will also help Tinnitus sufferers.
AS a hearing healthcare professional I am delighted to offer my clients new and existing the opportunity to be fitted and trial hearing instruments on their very first appointment with thanks to Unitrons new Flex-Trial system, which is an entirely new approach to the trial and fit of hearing instruments. It offers the flexibility to quickly and easily provide our clients with better hearing and a positive experience at their very first appointment. The solution is risk-free as we can program a single hearing instrument to any Unitron technology level without having to invest in stock hearing systems so clients can immediately experience the appropriate level of technology right for them, which eases the fear and uncertainly that often occurs during the typical two week waiting period between diagnosis and an individual receiving their first hearing aids.
The Flex:trial devices can also be used to bridge repairs as loaners programmed exactly as the client’s current hearing instruments. Flex:trial is available for Unitron products built on the Era™ platform, including Quantum™ and Max™ BTEs, as well as Moxi™ CRTs.
Freephone 0800 158 8108 or email to book your Flex Trial now!
Since 1987 when the first digital hearing aids came on the market hearing aid technology has gone from strength to strength enabling professionals to fit more demanding hearing losses with a far greater degree of success.
Digitization is greatly improved, and it appears that the future of hearing aid technology has arrived. Digitization means that incoming sounds are converted to numbers, which are then analyzed and manipulated via a set of rules (algorithms) programmed into the chip controlling the hearing aid. There are now dozens of digital hearing devices available. Some of these digital aids analyze incoming sound, make a determination regarding speech versus noise content, then convert this information to numbers. The resultant digitized numbers are then manipulated according to algorithm instructions, reconverted to an analog form (sound waves) and delivered to the ears without producing the types of distortion that occurred with analog technology hearing aids.
As a result of these technological advances, today’s hearing aids are better than ever at blending speech intelligibility, remaining comfortable in background noise, and processing different kinds and levels of sounds automatically. Background noise in the midst of conversation is no longer the overwhelming experience it used to be. And regardless of the circumstances, soft sounds, loud sounds, or even difficult listening situations like crowds or parties, today’s hearing aids adjust automatically meaning the wearer no longer has to use a volume control or push button. So while no hearing aid can completely restore normal hearing, current hearing technology does an exceptional job at delivering natural sound quality, and as advanced as today’s technology is, hearing aids are now more user-friendly than ever.
The new buzz word in hearing aid technology is Wireless which means Hearing aids are now capable of sending signals back and forth between right and left ear so the two can process sound together and allow your brain to receive sound like it once did naturally.
An example is the new Surflink by Starkey. The Surflink allows hearing aid wearers to listen to audio devices through both of their hearing aids at the same time. With a simple push of a button, a hearing aid wearer can connect to the TV, landline phone, mobile phone or MP3 player and listen to these devices directly through their hearing aids wirelessly.
The ability to stay connected to devices seamlessly improves the overall utility of your hearing aids and will no doubt improve the quality of your life. The stress and frustration felt when trying to listen to your mobile phone or MP3 player will be a feeling of the past.
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