There are so many different types of digital hearing aids available now. We are independent so use all manufacturers, appropriate to your needs. Of course, we will only recommend a certain type after having assessed your requirements. But you may want to acquaint yourself with the various types, so here are the categories we fit:
In-the-Canal (ITC) and Completely-in-theCanal (CIC) aids. The smallest aids available - contained in a tiny shell casing that fits fully or partially into the ear canal
In-the-Ear aids. These may be easier to handle than the above because of their larger size. A shell contains all the components and fits in the outer part of the ear
Behind-the-Ear aids. These fit behind the ear and are fitted inside a small plastic case. This is connected to a earmold by clear sound tubing. Often chosen for young children
Behind-the-Ear aid: Open Fitting. Small plastic case resting behind the ear. Clear sound tube runs into ear canal and is held in place with a small soft silicone dome or vented acrylic tip
Reciever-in Canal aids. Appearance similar to above, but the speaker is placed directly inside the ear canal via thin electrical wires, held in place with soft silicone dome
You may already have an idea from previous consultations what the nature of your hearing loss is. After a thorough assessment we can tell you for sure what's going on. Loss can either be sudden or, most commonly, a gradual development which you may not notice.
Conductive hearing loss is due to problems with the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and it's little bones (malleus, incus & stapes). As a result, the energy reaching the inner ear is lowered, so that the loudnesss is lower than the original stimulus. After medical treatment to the cause of the conductive hearing loss, hearing aids can be fitted to correct the remaining hearing loss.
Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by issues with the inner ear, and also referred to as nerve related hearing loss. The reasons for it's presence sometimes cannot be determined. It is often irreversible and does not always respond as desired to medical treatment. It can reduce the intensity of sound but also distort it. Barring any successful medical treatment, amplification through hearing aids is used as a treatment.
Mixed hearing loss is a combination of these two types - sensorineural hearing loss with conductive effects combining across all or part of the audiometric range. The conductive element may be treatable whereas the sensorineural element will most likely be permanent. If the conductive issue is caused by an active ear infection, then caution is necessary from the patient and audiologist.
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Tinnitus is a condition where sound is heard even though there is no external sound. There is no definitive data which can estimate how many of us experience it at some point in our lives. The intensity is different for sufferers - some are barely affected while others have extreme difficulty coping.
Sounds reaching the ear are taken as signals to the brain via the hearing nerves. The brain then filters out a lot of the information, such as traffic noise in the background. If there is an alteration to the system though, such as a hearing loss or ear infection, the amount of information being sent drops. The brain responds by attempting to get more information from the ear, and this extra information is the sound we class as tinnitus.
Often symptoms begin when a cold, ear wax or ear infection block the ear. Others become aware of it following a stressful event in their lives. After first experiencing it, tinnnitus can seem to be more and more noticeable. This normally fades, but can continue to persist in some cases.
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