How much does your GP know about hearing and hearing aids?

How much does your GP know about hearing and hearing aids?

Many people report that their GP has told them that their hearing is ‘fine’ and they don’t need to get hearing aids. They may even be told that hearing aids don’t work and are a waste of money. Why does this happen and who should you believe? The GP or the Audiologist? Let’s take a closer look. HOW MUCH DO GPS LEARN ABOUT HEARING AND HEARING AIDS? GPs are obviously well trained, highly respected and the go-to person for all your general health concerns. However, during their training, there are many topics to cover. As a result, a non-life threatening…
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5 reasons why your friend’s expensive hearing aid ‘didn’t work’

5 reasons why your friend’s expensive hearing aid ‘didn’t work’

  Many times, people get the best hearing aid they can afford. However, they are not happy with the result and will tell others that it was a waste of money and that it didn’t work. There are many reasons why this can happen. Here are a few. ‘Brain’ hearing ability: In order for us to hear, our brain must be able to use the message it receives from the hearing nerve. So imagine the hearing pathways in the brain as a dirt road in the country side. If you drive down the road every day, the road will stay…
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The pros and cons of buying a ‘cheap’ hearing aid

The pros and cons of buying a ‘cheap’ hearing aid

The pros and cons of buying a ‘cheap’ hearing aid: It’s a great time to be getting a hearing aid. They have gotten smaller and more sophisticated than ever before. So why are we still paying so much? If you pay less ($900-$2500) what will you get and what will you lose? Let’s take a closer look. Pros: Great design An $8000 pair of hearing aids and a $2000 pair of hearing aids can now look exactly the same. There is no need to pay extra just to get something that is invisible or well designed, this can come at…
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HOW TO TALK TO A LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR HEARING LOSS

HOW TO TALK TO A LOVED ONE ABOUT THEIR HEARING LOSS

Denial to hearing loss is very common. Most people who have hearing issues believe that their hearing is “not bad” or at least better than their peers. They would never even consider making an appointment for a hearing assessment, let alone trying a hearing device! As caring family members we often don’t want to tackle this denial, we try to be accommodating or give excuses like “Oh, she’s just ignoring me” or “Dad isn’t responding because he’s a bit distracted” or “Grandma’s getting older, hearing loss is part of the ageing process”. However overtime this can be frustrating for both…
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WHICH IS BETTER: IN-THE-EAR OR BEHIND-THE-EAR?

WHICH IS BETTER: IN-THE-EAR OR BEHIND-THE-EAR?

There are many different shapes and sizes of hearing aids on the market, so how do you know which is the best? Keep reading to see whether a custom In-The-Ear or a Behind-The-Ear device would be better for you...   Cosmetics and Comfort The smallest and most discreet hearing devices can be truly invisible. They are tiny custom made devices which sit deep in the ear canal. In-The-Ear devices have no parts sitting behind the ear so they don’t interfere with glasses or hats. Many Behind-The-Ear models are small and cosmetically appealing too, especially Open Fit devices. Open fit BTEs…
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The day I found out I had normal hearing

The day I found out I had normal hearing

My hearing had always been fine up until 5 or 6 years ago when certain snippets of conversation would ‘dip’ in volume. As I’m only in my late 30s, ‘old age’ hearing loss would be a low likelihood for me… right? To get to the bottom of it, I had a hearing test and this is what happened. The audiologist, Bernie asked me a series of questions about my history. All seemed normal, I was proud to show her that I was in good health and unlikely to have any hearing problems (even though I had voluntarily come to see…
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Three ways to make your hearing AID batteries last longer

Three ways to make your hearing AID batteries last longer

Most hearing aids are powered by disposable batteries. The size and style of your hearing aids will determine the correct battery size and how long they will last. Here are some easy tips to ensure your hearing aid batteries last as long as possible. The first obvious thing is to remember to turn off your hearing aid when you are not using it. Do this by opening up the battery door. If you have a custom (or “in ear”) hearing aid, make sure to open the battery door the whole way. Custom hearing aids can be very small so the…
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Can these foods help your hearing?

Can these foods help your hearing?

There are many things we can do to maintain our healthy hearing. Keeping ourselves healthy so that we aren’t prone to ear infections is one way and of course protecting our ears from exposure to harmful noises. But there is also some evidence that what we eat can play a part in our hearing health.  Omega 3’s and Vitamin D Oily fish such as tuna, trout, sardines, anchovies and salmon all have high levels of vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids. Some studies show that adults who ate oily fish twice a week had a 42% lower chance of age…
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Five mistakes you are making with your hearing aid

Five mistakes you are making with your hearing aid

1. Cleaning Forgetting to clean your hearing aid is the most common mistake. The inside of our ear is a moist and oily environment. Hearing aids have electronic components inside them. This combination means the right cleaning method is a must! They should be cleaned after every use. If you’d like to see what tools you need and further information, click here. Clean the sound outlet - this is the part that sits inside your ear canal where the sound comes out from. For video tips on how to clean a receiver-in-the ear device click click here. For video tips…
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Should I buy a hearing device online?

Should I buy a hearing device online?

So you’ve gone and had a hearing test and you can’t believe the cost of hearing devices. ‘They must be gold plated’ you think to yourself. Ordering online and cutting the ‘middle man’ is becoming an attractive option. Is it a good idea? Before you hand over your credit card –educate yourself and read further: 1. One size does not fit all! A hearing aid is just like headphones. I can work it out myself, right? WRONG. Experimenting with your ears is not a great choice! Hearing devices need to be measured inside your ear and set up for your hearing.…
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