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Invisible in the Ear
We have the latest models of invisible in the ear hearing aids
Discrete, Comfortable and Effective
Now Available with Wireless Technology, Control your Hearing Aids Direct from Your Mobile Phone
We have the Latest Advanced Digital Hearing Aids Including
Phonak Marvel 2.0
Unitron Moxi Move R
Oticon Opn S
All our hearing aids come with a free five year extended manufacturers’ warranty, unlimited aftercare and 12 months of consumables from the date of fitting
Rechargeable Hearing Aids are a free option when you choose our Complete Care Package
Hearing tests conducted and hearing aids fitted in:
Sheffield, Rotherham, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Barnsley and surrounding areas
What is a Hearing Test?
There are quite a wide variety of hearing assessments that we can use to assess the hearing ability of our patients.
Traditionally we use what are known as ‘pure tones’ to perform Pure Tone Audiometry. Pure tones are single pitches of sound, usually tested from 250Hz to 8000Hz. This makes it very easy to calibrate the test signal very accurately to ensure really good test/re-rest reliability. The patient is asked to listen through headphones and press a button every time they hearing a beep or a buzz, even if they are very faint.
But we don’t go through life hearing only beeps and buzzes. Speech and language is very rich and complex, containing many different pitches, or frequencies, at the same time. Also the range of frequencies is much broader. The LTASS or Long-Term Average Speech Spectrum for humans covers 100Hz to around 10,000Hz so it is important to consider testing actual speech when doing a hearing test.
QuickSIN is a test of speech performance in noise, something we really care about when fitting hearing aids. The patient is asked to listen to a series of spoken sentences with some background noise present. There are six sentences in each run and with each sentence the background noise gets clsoer to the volume of the speaker. This gives the Audiologist a figure known as a Signal to Noise Ratio hearing loss which helps them to determine the overall function of your auditory system. A high score might indicate for example that you need a remote FM microphone to hear well in noise.
Our Principal Clinical Audiologist
Tim Husband RHAD, Dip. Ed. Hearing Therapy, RCCP, HCPC, MSHAA
Tim is a registered Clinical Audiologist, Hearing Aid Dispenser and Hearing Therapist based in Sheffield specialising in the Rehabilitation of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus. He is ENT trained in ear wax removal and Endoscopic ear examination.
For two decades he has worked as a Chief Audiologist and Hearing Therapist within the NHS. He was previously the lead in Adult Rehabilitation in an NHS Health Trust specialising in complex hearing losses and Tinnitus Management. Currently he runs a multiple centre community Audiology NHS service across Wakefield and North Kirklees. Tim and his team are trusted by the NHS to deliver over 2000 patient care pathways every year.
He is also a national assessor in Audiology for The United Kingdom Assessment Service (UKAS)
He has a special interest in the management of Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and noise sensitivity (Hyperacusis)
Because of his expertise he has been asked to deliver lectures to:
European Tinnitus Course
University College London Tinnitus Masterclass
British Tinnitus Association Annual Conference
RNID in Northern Ireland
He is a peer reviewer of Tinnitus research for the International Journal of Audiology and third author on a research paper examining the management of Low Frequency Noise Complaint
Former Chair of the British Academy of Audiology Professional Development
Council member of the British Society of Audiology
Chair of the BSA Adult Rehabilitation Interest Group
April 2008, British Academy of Audiology Magazine – Doing CPD or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Like Working with a Mentor
ENT News – Book review: Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Clinical Guidelines
Published, BSA News, May 2009 – Shocking News About Tabletop Sound Generators
Published, http://www.thebsa.org.uk Response to the DoH document; Provision of Services for Adults with Tinnitus: A Good Practice Guide
DEFRA/DoH – Low Frequency Noise Research
Published, Vol. 20 No.1 2009 – BTA Quiet Magazine -18 week Tinnitus Good Practice Guide Article
BTA Quiet Magazine – Write up of the European Tinnitus Course
BSA Magazine – More in depth write up of ETC for professional magazine
BAA Magazine – Benefits of BSA Membership
Frequently Asked Questions
We understand that hearing aids can be a bit of an unknown quantity for most people. Why not try before you buy? With Hearing Therapy Ltd you can. Come and be assessed at our easily accessible office at High Trees Clinic in Dore and you can leave with our excellent Flex Trial hearing aids for a two week trial to see if they are for you
We use Microsuction instead of traditional ear irrigation. We visualise your ear canal using clinical Loupe microscope and clinical Endoscope. Prior to treatment we take an image of your ear canal and we also take an image after treatment to reassure you that your treatment has been effective.
For most people irrigation can be a safe if quite noisy treatment. There is a slightly increased risk of creating an infection through washing bacteria laden water down the ear canal. More serious is the risk of irrigating an ear with a perforation. This can create a long-lasting and difficult to treat middle ear infection. Usually patients are aware if they have a perforated ear drum but a surprising number of people don’t know. Why take the risk when microsuction only removes unwanted wax and does not push anything else into the ear canal?
Quite naturally most people when considering buying hearing aids first think of invisible in the ear hearing aids. These can be very effective and comfortable and also very discreet. Somethings to bear in mind are that due to their size they usually don’t have the connectivity of their bigger siblings, i.e. connecting to your mobile phone, assistive listening devices, landline etc. The batteries due to their size also don’t last as long. And finally being a custom hearing aid if something goes wrong they usually need to be sent back to the manufacturer for repair. A small receiver in the ear hearing aid can be almost as hard to spot but is far easier to maintain in most cases. They can also benefit from the new rechargeable hearing aid battery technologies.
At Hearing Therapy Ltd we believe that a detailed diagnostic assessment is essential to understanding our patients needs and offering them appropriate advise. Without doing this conditions of the ear can be missed that would otherwise have needed to be referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant.
If you book into our clinic for a hearing test you will not be charged. For a home visit we do charge £30 but this is refunded if you go ahead with the purchase of hearing aids
What can be done to help tinnitus?
The understanding most people have is that tinnitus can’t be treated. While it is true that there is currently no routine medicine we can certainly help a great deal with its intrusive nature. One of the main and most successful interventions is correction of any hearing loss. We also use relaxation techniques and teach patients how to repair damaged sleep patterns. Education and training in effective coping strategies is also helpful
For their small size private digital hearing aids can seem to be excessively expensive. Why is this?
In order to develop ever more effective, intelligent and connected hearing aids manufacturers need to spend millions of pounds in research and development. These advances have given us features in hearing aids that even five years ago we couldn’t imagine. For example low-powered Bluetooth allows direct connection with your mobile phone for effortless and superb call quality. The latest sound processing strategies such as Oticon’s ‘Brainhearing’ on their OPN S range of hearing aids allows for clearer and more natural hearing in all environments. To make this technology more affordable all manufacturers offer a range of technology levels with each new model of hearing aid. This allows you to choose the features you need and not the one’s you don’t. For example Phonak’s top of the range hearing aids have an amazing ‘Speech in Car’ function that is incredibly effective at filtering out road noise. But if you rarely take car journey’s you may not need this feature.
Unlike other sizeable purchases such as cars, televisions etc there is a considerable amount of ongoing care and support required with hearing aids. Your dispenser might see you 3-5 times in the 1st year after your fitting and 2-3 times a year after this.
So while the purchase price can seem to be high you are not just buying a device. You are getting ongoing access to highly skilled clinical support for the entire life of the hearing aids which can often keep working well for up to 10 years!