Hearing 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. At the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing we are an independent clinic and 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 out come 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.
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Myth : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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 : 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.
There are lots of different types and levels of hearing aid technology.
How can someone know what technology will best suit their hearing needs?
At the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing we believe direct experience of how hearing aids sound and perform enable clients to make their own informed decisions.
Rather than complex lectures on the benefit of this technology features, direct listening experience in real, every day, difficult listening environments allows you to decide for yourself what level of hearing technology is best for your personal listening situation. Upon return from your listening experience, we are more than happy to have detailed technical discussions on different features if a client is would like to know more.
All clients at the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing are required to listen to different technology levels and different brands of hearing aids to ensure that the client can make their own decisions. We will not tell you which hearing aid will suit you best. The decision to proceed with a hearing aid fitting is yours.
The best trial experiences are on busy days, where you can test out the hearing devices in environments where you would have hearing difficulties.
A trial experience consists of an initial 15 minute consult, where a trial device/s is fitted at the beginning of the day.
You are then sent out for the day to listen.
Returning at the end of the day, whilst the day’s events are fresh in your mind, enables you to make give your impressions of the day and make comments on the pros and cons of the day’s listening experience.
This process enables you to listen to different hearing aids but without the inconvenience of having to learn how to manage different hearing aids.
Different trial days are repeated so that you are able to directly compare and experience how different brands and technologies sound.
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To solve hearing aid problems
- 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
- Contact Hearing Care Professionals
Is your hearing aid causing discomfort?
We recommend that you have your hearing aid checked and serviced regularly. If problems persist, see your Audiologist to review your hearing needs.
Advance Hearing Laboratories
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 rare occasions we may need to send hearing aids to other manufacturers for specialist services.
Hearing Aids on Loan
We offer our clients a “loaner aid” for you to use during the repair period.
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.
The secret to successful hearing aid use is to wear them regularly and not in the drawer.
To wear hearing aids regularly the aid and sounds must be comfortable and pleasant.
It generally takes 7 to 10 years before a person with a hearing problem presents for assistance with the hearing. By this time, the brain has not been receiving clear hearing information and this has adversely affected the way the auditory nerves respond to auditory signals when heard.
If a hearing aid is fitted and presented at levels to compensate for the degree of hearing loss in one visit, this overwhelms most listeners as it 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 to hear sounds. The hearing aid is the tool by which sound can be gradually introduced back in a way the the listener finds comfortable and pleasant.
Jim was a new client to the Tasmanian Centre for Hearing. He had unsuccessfully tried to wear hearing aids on three separate occasions in the past. He was desperate to improve his hearing. However, each time Jim had tried in the past, he had found the sound overwhelming and unpleasantly loud. It was not lack of motivation on his part. When he finally got to experience a neuro-adaptive approach to the fitting of hearing aids he discovered that it was not the fault of his hearing aids in the past, but the way they were fitted.
Jim was so excited that he was able to wear his hearing aids comfortably, all day – every day. Each adjustment made to his hearing aids over the coming months, slowly made his hearing ability clearer and clearer.
Jim made the comment recently at one of his visits, where he said:
“This approach makes sense. I lost my hearing slowly over a number of years. It makes sense that for a successful outcome I have to slowly restore my hearing over a period of time so I can adjust to the changes.”
If you have unsuccessfully tried to wear hearing aids in the past, CALL NOW at (03) 6223 5444 for an appointment.
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.
Hearing aids are the tool that we work with help resolve the problems that you are experiencing with your hearing.
The fitting of hearing aids is not secret squirrell business. It is up front on large computer screen which you and the audiologist see together.
The correct adjustment of HA i a subtle. We must change the parameter without given your brain a reason to push back.
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.
To experience for yourself how comfortable and easy it is to wear hearing aids book now for a FREE trial of hearing aids