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What to consider

There are so many options when it comes to hearing aids these days, the technology and features can be daunting, but at Sounds of Life the team is here to match your needs to your current lifestyle with minimum impact on what you love spending your time doing.

Hearing aids can be basic entry level to high-tech devices that connect to our phones, smart watches, home assistants, TV and car. Where you are, what you want to hear and focus on, will now become a choice rather than a debilitating challenge.

Rechargeable hearing aids

Just like your mobile device, many hearing aids are powered by internal rechargeable batteries.  Traditionally, hearing aids have been powered by tiny, button style batteries with limited lifespans of one to two weeks if worn all day. These can be extremely tricky to manage. You will be pleased to know that all hearing aid manufacturers have a wide range of devices powered by lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. These rechargeable devices more convenient, easier to handle and improve the reliability of the device as there is no more opening and closing of a battery door risking moisture or dirt. 

Bluetooth and Wireless Connectivity

Just like your mobile device being wirelessly connected to almost every electronic device you interact with, your hearing aid can wirelessly stream music and connect to your mobile phone and other devices with ease. It can also mean answering phone calls hands free, and hearing the TV directly through your hearing aids, you can even tap and ask ‘Siri’ a question.

There are three main factors that influence hearing aid selection

Audiological or hearing loss requirements

Lifestyle
requirements

Hearing Aid Styles

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC) &
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC)

  • Sits deep in ear canal
  • Smallest and most discreet
  • Sits deep in the ear canal and virtually invisible
  • Generally suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss

In-the-Canal (ITC) &
In-the-Ear (ITE)

  • Sits in the ear
  • Small and discreet (larger than IICs/CICs)
  • Can accommodate sophisticated technology
  • Generally suitable from mild up to severe hearing loss

Standard Behind-the-Ear (BTE) &
Receiver-in-Canal(RIC)

  • Sits over the ear with a mould/tip in the canal
  • Wide variety of styles including micro discreet RIC
    (Receiver in canal) styles
  • Can accommodate sophisticated technology
  • Generally suitable from mild up to severe/profound
    hearing loss

Hearing Aid Technology

In consultation with you, your audiologist will help you determine which hearing aid technology will be good value for you based on your individual preferences and hearing and lifestyle needs.

“Sounds of Life” is an independent hearing aid provider and offers you affordable hearing aid pricing with quality hearing aids (including invisible hearing aid technology) from the world’s leading brands including:

Hearing aids help by making speech louder and clearer.

This is no mean feat. Hearing aids need to make soft sounds audible; while at the same time make loud sounds comfortable in a diverse range of situations from very quiet to extremely noisy.

Hearing aids use a range of sophisticated technology to achieve this.

“Basic” technology for hearing in simple situations e.g. 1 to 1 conversation:

Multiple channels for shaping the amplification response to your individual hearing loss
Feedback management system to eliminate annoying whistling

“Advanced” technology for hearing in complex situations e.g. group conversations:

Noise management systems to reduce background noise Bluetooth wireless connectivity for connection to media devices (e.g. phones)
Automatic situation detection for automatic adjustments in different environments

For more information

about hearing aid technology, visit the National Acoustic Laboratories.