Virtually Invisible Hearing Aid Technology

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New Virtually Invisible Hearing Aids

 
Huge strides have been made over the last couple of years in miniaturising hearing aid technology and at the same time enhancing comfort and performance.   This has seen the introduction of new micro hearing aid styles.  These discreet styles fit both in-the-ear and behind-the ear.

IIC in ear hearing aidsOticon IICThe main micro in-the-ear styles are:

The CIC style (completely in canal) – sits entirely in the ear canal and only visible if viewed directly in the ear canal.

The IIC style (invisible in canal) smaller than the CIC style, the IIC sits deep in the ear canal past the second bend of the ear canal. For all intents and purposes when inserted its virtually invisible.

 

In order for these micro in-the-ear styles to fit comfortably in the ear canal, they are custom made to your individual ear canal.  The audiologist will take an impression of your ear and this is sent off to the manufacturer.  The impression is then scanned and the hearing aid shell computer-modelled.  After modelling, a 3D printer prints the shell in which the hearing aid components are assembled.

The most popular discreet hearing aid on the market is the Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) style:

RIC in ear hearing aidsSiemens PureThe RIC style (receiver in canal)sits behind the ear with a tiny module hidden by the pinna (ear). A small receiver/speaker sits at the entrance of the ear canal.

Its popularity stems from the fact that the RIC style combines discretion with high performance.  Unlike CIC/IIC styles, the RIC style can accommodate high performance technology such as directional microphone technology, rechargeability and wireless connectivity.  In addition, as the components sit behind the ear (rather than in the ear), the ear canal is well ventilated (not blocked) resulting in a natural and comfortable wearing experience.

 

These days people are more likely to notice your hearing loss than your hearing aids.  At Sounds of Life we pride ourselves in providing the best discreet hearing technology on the market while managing the balance between maximum discretion (invisibility), performance (audibility and speech discrimination) and wearing comfort.

 

 About Sounds of Life Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432

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Sound of Life Offers Sound Value

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Sound of Life Hearing Clinics in Brisbane & Caboolture Offers Sound Hearing Value

 

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Sounds of Life Audiology is committed to offering clients great value for money; high quality hearing aids at affordable prices.

Discounted hearing aid pricing – Our pricing is on average is 30-40% lower than our major competitors.  In addition to our “Best price guarantee” we offer full pricing transparency with all our pricing freely available on our website.

Owned and operated by Masters-qualified experienced audiologists – When you see one of our audiologists you can be confident you will receive the highest levels of hearing care.  We strongly believe in case continuity to ensure you can develop a strong and productive relationship with your audiologist.

Fully independent – We have access to hearing aids from all major manufacturers.  This means we can pick the “best of the best” technology to meet your individual needs.

Quality ongoing care – If you purchase a mid-range, high-end or premium performance-level hearing aid(s) from Sounds of Life, you receive “free-of-charge, our “Platinum after-care package” which includes ä 3-year manufacturer warranty and free annual service.

At Sounds of Life we believe in providing all the information necessary for our clients to make informed decisions about their hearing health.

 

 

Water Resistant And Waterproof Wearing Aids

 
 

Water Resistant And Waterproof Wearing Aids Available in Brisbane & Caboolture

 
 

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Most people wear their hearing aids 12 to 16 hours a day in many challenging situations; whether working in the garden, stretching in the gym or playing golf on a hot summer’s day.  In all situations, challenging or not, hearing aids need to perform flawlessly.

In order to meet the demands of wearers, hearing aids are designed with reliability and durability in mind.  One area that hearing aid manufacturers are increasingly focusing on to improve hearing aid robustness is water-resistance.  Water resistance is important for all hearing aid wearers but even more important if you live in a humid region, such as North Queensland.

Water-resistance refers to a hindrance against penetration by water. To achieve water-resistance manufacturers normally use protective “hydrophobic” materials (including housings, microphone coverings), sealants and receiver/speaker protection.  Fortunately most hearing aid manufacturers now have hearing aid models that are water-resistant.  In order to avoid using vague marketing terms such as “water-resistant” or “waterproof”, ingress protection (IP) ratings have now become the standard in the industry.  Read more about IP ratings here.

The IP rating consists of two digits.  The first digit indicates the level of protection of the hearing aid from solid foreign objects (e.g. dust).  The second digit indicates the level of protection of the hearing aid from harmful ingress of water.  In selecting a hearing aid, wearers should look for ratings for at least IP57 or higher:

  • IP5x: Dust Protected – Ingress of dust is not entirely prevented, but it does not enter in sufficient quantity to interfere with the satisfactory operation of the hearing aid
  • IPx7 : Water-resistant – Ingress of water in harmful quantities does not occur when the hearing aids are immersed in water for 30 minutes (up to 1 m of submersion)

If you anticipate that your hearing aids will be in regular contact with water (and possibly immersed in water) you should consider getting hearing aids with IP58 ratings or higher.  One example of such hearing aid technology is the Siemens Aquaris.  The Aquaris is suitable for continuous immersion in water – one of the first instruments of its kind to be successfully tested to the IP68 standard, making it the most robust hearing instrument available; both dust and waterproof.

 

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oricon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432

Avoid paying too much for hearing aids

 

 

Avoid paying too much for hearing aids

 

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Audiology is a highly specialised field.  However, every day, more and more Australians are seeking hearing services.   This trend is set to continue with the relative prevalence of hearing loss increasing with Australia’s aging population.  It is therefore not surprising that more and more hearing aid providers are popping up.  You can now even see hearing aid providers in shopping centres spruiking free hearing tests to lure customers in.

So how do you ensure you are getting quality service and avoid paying too much for hearing aids?  There are three questions you should ask your prospective hearing care provider:

 

 

1/ Are you willing to provide a written quote outlining the specific hearing aid/service I will receive and can I have an obligation-free trial?

Ask for a quote specifically outlining the specific model (manufacturer, style and performance level) and the specific services being offered.  Do your research and if you are happy with the price, ask for a trial of the hearing aid(s) to get a chance to hear how if performs in real world environments (not just in the clinic).

There has been a disturbing trend recently with some large commercially-aggressive chains over-charging customers (relying on clients ‘limited hearing aid knowledge and their reluctance to shop around).  Fortunately more and more customers are requesting quotes and shopping around.  Unfortunately many of these aggressive businesses have responded by providing quotes that do not specifically identify the hearing aid quoted but rather use internal (proprietary) names such “gold-level or executive-level” hearing aids making comparisons difficult.

 

 2/ What are the qualifications and experience of the clinician seeing me? 

In Australia there are no regulations on who can sell and fit hearing aids.  Ensure you are being seen by a qualified clinician.  The vast majority of clinicians in Australia are either qualified as audiologists or audiometrists.   Audiologists have a Masters degree in Audiology.  Audiometrists have either a Certificate IV in Audiometric Assessment or a Diploma of Hearing Device Prescription and Evaluation.

Ensure you are seen by a qualified clinician with experience with a wide range of hearing aid brands.

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3/ What service and support will I get when I purchase the hearing aids?

Ensure you understand exactly what service package you are paying for and understand the warranty associated with the hearing aids you are purchasing.

There is more to getting hearing aids than a simple one-off fitting.  If deciding to purchase it is important to understand the extent and cost of ongoing support.  For example during your hearing aid wearing journey regular hearing tests should be carried out to monitor your hearing levels and to make adjustments to the hearing aids when required.  The hearing aid itself should have at least a three years manufacturer warranty.

 

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432

 

Why you should not buy hearing aids over the internet

 

 

Why You Should Not Buy Hearing Aids Over The Internet

The Internet is a great place to get information about hearing loss and hearing aids.  However, when it comes to purchasing hearing aids online it comes with a lot of risk.

Hearing aids are regulated as Class IIa medical devices by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) and are not consumer electronic devices.  All major hearing aid manufacturers in Australia have clear guidelines about internet sales and will not accept orders for hearing aids to be distributed via the internet (potentially voiding the hearing aid warranty).

 

Audiologists are an integral part of the appropriate selection of, delivery of, and satisfaction with hearing aids.  Audiologists have expert knowledge and provide you with:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic audiometric testing (in sound proof booths) to determine the extent and type of your hearing loss.
  • Professional/expert advice on the latest technology to assist your individual requirements
  • Individualised (customised) fitting based upon your individual needs (audiological, anatomical and lifestyle)
  • Sophisticated professional fitting and measurement services to ensure your hearing aids are providing precise (and safe) amounts of amplification for your individual hearing loss (e.g. individual real ear verification).
  • Professional hearing rehabilitation care including extensive follow-up support including future fine-tuning.

 

About Sounds of Life

Sounds of Life Audiology is a leading, independent hearing aid specialist.  We offer affordable hearing aid pricing on quality hearing aids (including virtually invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including Siemens, Signia, Phonak, Starkey, Unitron, Resound, Bernafon, Oticon and Sonic Innovations.

Contact Us today on 1300 744 432