Digital hearing aids can greatly improve your quality of life. Hear better at home, at work, when socialising or simply when enjoying nature. They do however require careful setting up and fine tuning which requires expertise. From our audiology clinic in Leeds we offer all the latest hearing aid technologies to help you hear more.
Private hearing aids
People often ask, “What are the best hearing aids?’ or ‘Are private hearing aids better than those provided by our health service?
The answer to the first question really depends on two factors. The quality of the hearing aids and the expertise of the audiologist fitting the devices. Poorly fitted hearing aids, even if they cost thousands of pounds, are no better than less expensive devices that are fitted well. However, the level of technology available in private hearing aids is more advanced than the NHS models. Thus, in theory, an audiologist has more options to choose from, and potentially better outcomes with hearing aids provided privately.
From our North Leeds audiology clinic, we use the latest equipment and follow best practice guidelines. We use REMs (real ear measurements) which are the gold-standard for fitting hearing aids. This involves placing a thin, soft tube in the ear which is connected to a microphone to measure precisely how much sound is provided by the hearing aids in the ear. Not all providers of hearing aids perform these measurements, however here at The Hearing Space, Leeds, we carry out this as standard.
Serving Leeds, Roundhay, Chapel Allerton, Moortown, Shadwell, Adel, Alwoodley, Horsforth and West Yorkshire in general, our goal is to offer to highest level of hearing healthcare.
We provide all types of hearing devices from almost invisible in-the-ear hearing aids to small discreet devices which sit behind the ears.
Digital hearing aids
Modern hearing aids are essentially minicomputers with a microphone and a loudspeaker. Sound waves arriving at the microphone are converted into digital signals which are then digitally processed by the device before reaching the output stage of the hearing device.
The goal of these devices is to provide the listener with an improved ability to hear in as many situations as possible. To achieve this, most private digital hearing aids contain sound processing strategies which change, depending on the environment that the listener is in.
For example, in a quiet environment the digital hearing aid will allow sounds from all directions, whereas in a noisy environment, the hearing aid will focus on sounds to the front of the wearer.
They also allow several different listening strategies, for example, for listening to music compared to listening to speech.
Most private hearing aids are now ‘connectable’, which means they can integrate with smartphones and entertainment systems (TV, PC, Hi-fi), enabling the streaming of high-quality hearing audio from these devices.
At our audiology clinic in Leeds, we will carefully assess your hearing test results, alongside your lifestyle requirements and from our wide selection of hearing aid providers, we will source the best hearing aids for your needs.
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Technology to help you hear
Most digital hearing aids can also be connected to ‘remote microphones’ (microphones which can be placed near a person talking or on a table near several people talking).
This can greatly improve the quality of the listening experience and ultimately allows more to be heard. By improving the signal to noise ratio (S/N), these remote microphones can greatly enhance listening in even the most challenging situations.
These can be perfect ‘add-ons’ to your hearing aid package and are particularly useful if you find yourself in meetings, learning environments or similar, where the need to hear either in noise or at a distance is paramount.
Research has shown the benefits of these assistive devices for hearing impaired individuals and their importance for example with children or adults in education is well known.
Whether you are a busy professional with listening demands at work or a young adult in education, we will discuss your unique hearing requirements at our hearing centre.
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