Rechargeable Hearing Aids | The Low Down

Phonak Audeo B Rechargeable Hearing AidsWe have noticed recently that we are getting a lot of enquiries from people browsing our website looking for information about rechargeable hearing aids.

The idea being that with rechargeable hearing aids you avoid the cost of replacing your hearing aid batteries ongoing. Also perhaps the fiddly nature of replacing batteries regularly. We thought it was high time to write an overview. To highlight the various rechargeable hearing aids from all the hearing aid manufacturers in the UK.

Different types of rechargeable hearing aids

There are two main types of rechargeable hearing aids currently available.

  • Z Power silver zinc. With an interchangeable battery where you can use a replaceable rechargeable hearing aid battery or a standard zinc air hearing aid battery as required.
  • Lithium Ion. With a rechargeable battery that is fully integrated into the hearing aid with no option to change yourself.

Pros and cons of the different types

The Z Power interchangeable battery has a key benefit. If you forget to charge your hearing aids or if you don’t have power to charge them you can use a standard zinc air hearing aid battery until you get back home. The […]

By |2019-04-12T15:16:12+01:00April 2nd, 2019|Blog, Hearing - General|Comments Off on Rechargeable Hearing Aids | The Low Down

Invisible Hearing Aids – the things you might want to know

IIC invisible hearing aid on a fingerHello all, we regularly receive enquiries via our website for people requesting information about addressing their hearing loss. Sometimes people are looking to upgrade their existing hearing aids. A really common request we hear with enquiries is for ‘invisible hearing aids’.

‘Invisible’ translates in hearing aid speak as ‘IIC’, an acronym for ‘invisible in canal’. This desire for invisible hearing aids seems to crop up more with people new to hearing aids. When people have worn hearing aids for a few years or more the focus often moves more towards the performance aspect of hearing aid technology with less emphasis on the cosmetic aspect…. but not always.

The factors to consider when looking into IIC invisible hearing aids

In the supply of IIC hearing aids there are factors to consider when you ask for our advice as hearing professionals.  Whether IIC hearing aids are suitable and appropriate for you as an individual depends on a number of factors including but not limited to;

  • Your type and level of hearing loss.
  • The shape and size of your ear canals (narrow, bendy or very waxy ear canals can rule out […]
By |2019-04-03T08:28:23+01:00March 23rd, 2019|Blog, Hearing - General|Comments Off on Invisible Hearing Aids – the things you might want to know

Tinnitus and some useful information about it

What is Tinnitus

Tinnitusis an internal sound others can not hear

Tinnitus can be defined as- “ringing or buzzing in the ears”. It can also be described as a hissing, clicking or roaring sound. Some have even reported it sounded like music being played in the distance.

It happens when we hear a sound that does not come from any source outside the body. Only the person who has tinnitus can hear it. Tinnitus and hearing loss typically are co-present, but not always. You can experience it with no hearing loss at all.

It can present in both or just one ear and can vary in pitch and severity. Often most noticeable at night or during periods of quiet where no competing noise is present to mask it. It can be temporary, or it can be chronic and persistent.

Tinnitus is very common

It affects approximately six million people in the UK at present. Around ten percent of the UK’s population! Approximately half find it moderately or severely distressing. Complaints of intrusiveness, emotional stress, insomnia, poor work performance and difficulties with concentration are not uncommon.

It often comes hand in hand with a hearing loss, although there can be other […]

By |2019-03-25T20:43:54+01:00March 11th, 2019|Blog, Hearing - General|Comments Off on Tinnitus and some useful information about it

Phonak Roger Pen will help you hear better

Phonak Roger Pen in three coloursWith modern advances in hearing aid technology, how well hearing aids work in the most challenging of acoustic environments have come on in leaps and bounds. However there are still limitations to how much hearing aids alone can help. This is where we can call in the help of a friend called Roger. Meet an important part of Roger – Phonak Roger Pen.

Phonak Roger System

A Phonak Roger system is a bundle of additional pieces of equipment that can be used in conjunction with most existing brands and models of hearing aids. It also works well with most BAHA’s and cochlear implants too.

If you think of it this way, hearing instruments have their limitations, of course they do. Put aside the overblown marketing hyperbole you might read on various websites. Particularly from the various hearing aid manufacturers!

Phonak Roger is equipment that is designed to plug the gaps that can’t be addressed entirely by hearing aids alone.

Phonak Roger Pen

Comprising at least one transmitter and at least one receiver, one of the most popular transmitters available is the Phonak Roger Pen.

It is the heart of a Phonak Roger system. The […]

By |2019-03-24T23:08:36+01:00March 11th, 2019|Blog, Hearing Aid Technology|Comments Off on Phonak Roger Pen will help you hear better