Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids

hearing aid in place behind earHearing aid technology is rapidly advancing and are now discreet, comfortable and capable of managing many different acoustic environments. There are many different brands, sizes and technology capabilities and different sound management systems. In general terms the cost of the technology reflects how well the aid manages different background noise environments and other features such as telephone use or wireless connectivity.

The Tasmanian Centre for Hearing is an independent clinic and we are able to access a wide range of hearing aid technology to meet your individual hearing needs. The level of hearing aid technology is only HALF the story in the successful use of hearing aids. Buying the most expensive hearing aids available will not guarantee success if you are not given support to adapt and manage your new hearing aids. They other HALF to a successful outcome is your own personal hearing rehabilitation and auditory retraining program. The Tasmanian Centre for Hearing specializes in the latest auditory retraining programs to optimize the best possible outcome for your hearing problems.

Call the clinic now for an appointment and find out more about hearing solutions. Call (03) 62235444

6 Myths about Hearing Aids

Myth #1 : Most people think once a hearing aid is fitted they will instantly have perfect hearing.

Fact : Most people lose their hearing slowly and it generally takes 12 months to slowly adjust your hearing and cognitive levels , to restore maximum benefit for you. It is not an instant fix

Myth #2 : The same hearing aid will give the same outcome

Fact : Even the same hearing aid on the same person with what appears to be the same hearing loss in each ear can give very different outcomes. Hearing aids need to be individually adjusted.

Myth #3 : A hearing aid will not require you to actively listen.

Fact : Even the most sophisticated hearing aid will not enable you to hear without paying attention. Good listening skills requires active attention by the listener and requires effort.

Myth #4 : All hearing problems are the same

Fact : There are lots of different types of hearing problems and different physical issues such as the size of your ear canal that will affect an outcome….everyone is an individual

Myth #5 : Hearing aids are unpleasant to wear

Fact : A successful hearing aid user finds the sound to be natural and pleasant but hear better without there being any unnatural amplification. It should not be like turning up the television.

Myth #6 : I only need to use a hearing aid when going out

Fact : It is essential to use a hearing aid regularly if the brain and auditory nerves are going to optimally function. Wearing a hearing aid for one hour a day will never optimise your hearing.

 

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Successful Hearing Aid Fittingshearing elderly couple enjoying a picnic

There more to the successful use of hearing aids than just the initial fitting of them.

Like purchasing a new car and being unable to drive, time and effort needs to be spent learning how to drive.

Learning to use and manage hearing aids requires time, effort and support from family, friends and the team at the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing.

Regular visits to adjust your hearing aids as you learn to hear and optimize your hearing ability generally requires 12 months of visits and support.

Your hearing aids should sound comfortable and be comfortable to wear at all times.  More about Fittings….

Importance of Adjustmentsman enjoying hearing sound

The secret to successful hearing aid use is to wear them regularly and not toss them in the drawer. 

It generally takes 7 to 10 years before a person with a hearing problem presents for assistance. By this time, the brain has not been receiving clear hearing information and this in turn affects the way the auditory nerves respond to sounds and noises. If a hearing aid is fitted  and adjusted to”normal hearing” levels in one visit, this overwhelms most hearing aid clients. The sound is too much sound, too quickly. This is the most common reason why hearing aids are worn in the drawer. The auditory nerves need to be retrained, not forced, to hear sounds again.

To wear hearing aids regularly the aid and sounds must be comfortable and pleasant. Read about Jim’s successful retraining here….

If you have unsuccessfully tried to wear hearing aids in the past, CALL NOW at (03) 6223 5444 for an appointment.

 

Free Trial Experiencehearing aid in place behind ear

 How do you know what hearing aid technology will best suit your hearing needs?

At the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing we believe direct  listening experience in real environments allows you to experience different hearing technologies.  Upon return from your listening experience, we can then have detailed technical discussions on different features, technology levels, brands and costs if you would like to know more. Different trial days are repeated so that you are able to directly compare and experience how different brands and technologies sound.

We at the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing will not tell you which hearing aid will suit you best.  The decision to proceed with a hearing aid fitting is yours. Read more about our Free Trial Experience…

Hearing Aid Care

caring for hearing aidsQuick Do-it-Yourself Hearing Aid Solutions

  • Replace Batteries
  • Clean your hearing aids
  • Remove and reinsert your hearing aid
  • Move away from noisy areas that cause you discomfort
  • Make sure sound channel is clear  More…

Persistent problems or hearing aid discomfort

We recommend that you have your hearing aid checked and serviced regularly. Advance Hearing Laboratories is a local laboratory that provides on-site repair and servicing of hearing aids. If you book ahead your hearing aid can generally be serviced within an hour. On some occasions we may send hearing aids to manufacturers for specialist services.

If problems persist, see your Audiologist to review your hearing needs.

Hearing Aids on Loan

Tasmanian Centre for Hearing is able to offer our clients a “loaner aid” for you to use during the repair period.

Regular Service

Regular service and maintenance will prolong the life and performance of your hearing aids. We offer a range of cost-effective service and maintenance packages to suit your budget.