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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The sorts of hearing aids that spring to mind when thinking of these devices are usually large and obtrusive, and many people do not realise that this is not longer the reality of wearing hearing aids today. While people with reduced mobility, and small children, are often advised to choose larger styles that are easier to handle, most people with hearing loss opt for much smaller, more discreet styles.
A custom hearing aid is moulded to fit the ear of the wearer, so it is entirely unique and offers a hearing solution that is designed to get the best results. We often recommend custom hearing aids to our clients, and the feedback we receive shows that they are an increasingly popular option.
How are custom hearing aids made?
Every human ear is different, so a custom hearing aid is a great way to create a solution that suits you. A custom hearing aid is made using an ear-mould, which your audiologist will make from your ear. This is sent to the manufacturer and your custom made hearing aid components and shell are created to meet your specifications.
If you have a custom hearing aid, you can expect a better fit and easier handling than a generic device, and you will know that your hearing aid is designed specifically to give YOU the best experience of hearing.
What Are The Benefits of Custom Hearing Aids?
- Custom hearing aids are renowned for offering a more natural hearing experience, and this is partly due to the proximity of the hearing aid receiver to the eardrum. Custom hearing aids that sit completely inside the ear canal, known as CIC aids, and invisible-in-canal (IIC) aids, are placed deeper than other devices, so their receiver is closer to the ear drum. This enables the wearer to experience great sound quality without requiring high volumes.
- Where the microphones of a standard hearing aid collect sounds from behind the ear, the custom hearing aid has a microphone that sits inside the ear. This makes the most of the natural funnel of the external part of the ear, enabling better sound perception and more clarity of high frequency sounds.
- Another positive result of the placement inside the ear itself is the way in which the external ear, known as the pinna, can protect against the elements. The noise of the wind can be problematic for standard hearing aid wearers, but this should not trouble custom hearing aid wearers at all.
- Custom hearing aids are made all in one piece, so they are simple to insert into the ear canal and should fit well, if they have been made correctly. This saves a lot of awkward handling and positioning, and offers an easier way to manage your hearing aids.
Take A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing In Ireland
Do you need a hearing aid? If you are experiencing hearing loss, it is worth taking steps to prevent further deterioration of your hearing. You should make an appointment for a free hearing test as soon as possible.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Our audiologists are on hand to help you to find the best hearing solution for you and your lifestyle, so contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.