Ms Doyle won the 2017 'Irish Audiologist of the Year. The competition is organised by leading hearing aid battery manufacturer Rayovac, a division of Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc., who this year welcomed a new sponsor, The European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (EFHOH), on board, joining longstanding partners Audio Infos, and the European Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (EHIMA).
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Hearing loss is a condition that affects people of all ages, regardless of gender, and hearing aids are the most common solution. Here at Hidden Hearing, we would advise that you make an appointment for a free hearing test if you are experiencing any problems with your hearing. During an initial appointment, our experienced audiologists will work with you to ascertain the extent of your hearing loss and to advise you on the best solutions for you and your lifestyle.
There are many different types and styles of hearing aids available, and these range from the older, analogue devices which some people prefer, to the tiny and highly sophisticated digital hearing aids that can offer a range of additional features as well as amplifying and processing the sounds around you. It can help to know a bit more about what you’re looking for when you choose a hearing aid, so here’s our quick guide:
How To Choose The Best Hearing Aid For You
- Take a free hearing test. Don’t be tempted to skip this essential part of the process, as a hearing test will help you to understand what type of hearing loss you have and how this can best be resolved. For example, some hearing loss may be caused by something as simple as an earwax blockage, which can be easily resolved with a free earwax removal procedure.
- Try several hearing aids. Your audiologist will demonstrate the different types of hearing aid to you, and you should try as many as possible to find out what will suit you and your lifestyle best. The cost is not always indicative of the quality of a device, since some hearing aids may offer additional facilities such as connectivity to your audiovisual equipment, which may increase the price without altering the quality of the hearing experience.
- Look for quality materials. Hearing aids are made of different materials, including acrylic, which is non-allergenic but rigid, and may lead to potential sound leakage as the devices move around in the ear. Silicone is a popular choice for hearing aids, as it offers a flexible option that is comfortable to wear. Soft vinyl is a choice that is often recommended for children and those who play sports, as this is less likely to result in injury if the user is hit in the area of the ear.
- Don’t scrimp on aftercare. Hearing aids should last around five years, but you can ensure that you get the best performance and longevity from your device by taking care of it correctly. Aftercare appointments will help you to maintain your hearing aid, and routine cleaning and care will help to prevent problems developing.