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How to find the best hearing aids for your needs

Posted by ADMIN on 17 September 2020

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How to find the best hearing aids for your needs 
If you have a hearing loss, hearing aids can help.
There are many brands and styles of hearing aids on the market. So how do you know which is best for you? Consult an audiologist.
Audiologists are the experts in hearing and hearing loss. They understand the complexity of hearing loss and it’s impacts on relationships. Audiologists also understand and keep abreast of latest hearing aid technology. They make evidence-based recommendations. In addition, there is a large range of add-on accessories that can take hearing aids to another level. Your audiologist will ask you about your hearing and how hearing loss is impacting your life. They will recommend the best hearing aids for your hearing levels, needs and budget.
Hearing loss is a complex condition with damage occurring to the ear and/or the hearing nerves. Some types of hearing loss can be treated with medication or surgery. But most cases of hearing loss cannot be treated medically.  This is when the audiologist comes in.  The two major causes of hearing loss are getting older and loud noise.  Both age-related and noise-induced hearing loss are complex and permanent.  They affect the inner ear, the hearing nerves or both.
Audiologists also know about the impacts of hearing loss on relationships, the enjoyment of sounds and wellbeing.  Hearing aids can help. 
Our audiologists have ongoing training in all the new hearing aid technologies.  They keep abreast of current advances in devices that will help with hearing loss.  Hence, they can match up the best hearing aid technology and devices with an individual’s hearing loss and listening needs. 
Hearing aids do more than make sounds louder. Making both speech and noise louder may not necessarily make it clearer for someone with hearing loss. In fact, making sounds too loud can cause distortions of the sound and distortions in the ear, as well as being uncomfortable. 
Hearing aids must make speech clearer. They must reduce annoying noise and amplify speech. This is quite challenging to achieve because; 
the speech and noise often occur together
there are different types of noise - background noise, echo/reverberation, wind noise
sometimes the 'noise' you do not want to hear is other speech
the sound environment around us is changing from one instant to another 
sounds are coming from all around us
The newest technologies in hearing aids focus on:
improving speech clarity by:
o more accurately identifying what is speech and what is noise when they are combined 
o improving strategies for amplifying speech and reducing noise
o faster processing computer chips to keep up with the constantly changing sound environment
more natural sound and ability to detect which direction sounds are coming from
unique amplification strategies for music to improve it’s fidelity
connecting directly with mobile phones so audio from mobile phones is sent wirelessly using Bluetooth to the hearing aids
connecting to TV, tablets and more so audio is streamed wirelessly to the hearing aids
new rechargeable hearing aids that give a full day’s charge.
Melbourne Audiology Centre offers a wide range of the latest quality hearing aids.  We only supply hearing aids made by the leading hearing aid manufacturers.  In this way we are confident that the hearing aids we supply meet high quality standards.  We can also be assured that they provide the correct amplification for each individual hearing loss.  Delivering the correct amplification is vitally important to achieving optimal speech clarity. 
Hearing aid prices depend on several things including:
technology features
the style of the hearing aid 
whether there are any rebates available:
o Government’s Hearing Services Program (HSP) rebates for pensioners, veterans and other eligible clients 
HSP clients may be eligible for fully or partially subsidised hearing aids
o health fund rebates
o Please contact us for more information 1300 761 021.
Our audiologist will ask you about your listening needs and your lifestyle.  They will help you select the best hearing aids that are within your budget and they will program and fine-tune the aids, so you achieve the best hearing possible. 
The price of your hearing aids includes the audiology services required for programming and adjusting the hearing aids.  Our goal is to help you achieve the best hearing possible with the best hearing aids for your needs.  Hearing aids generally last for years.  Over time your hearing, hearing needs or lifestyle may change.  Your hearing aids may need further adjustment and we are here to help you, so you have many years of good hearing with your investment.  
Hearing aids are an investment of your time and money. The way to find the best hearing aids is to get professional unbiased advice. Consult one of our audiologists.
Book an appointment for a ‘Hearing aid assessment and consultation’ or call us on 1300 761 021.
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We supply hearing aids from leading hearing aid manufacturer’s including Oticon, Starkey, Unitron, Signia, Phonak, Widex and Resound. 
As an essential health service, we are open during COVID-19.  We are practicing strict infection control procedures for the safety of everyone.  

How to buy the best hearing aids for you

If you have a hearing loss, hearing aids can help.  There are many brands and styles of hearing aids on the market. So how do you know which is best for you? Consult an audiologist. Why?

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Free Online Hearing Test

Posted by on 25 May 2020

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As audiologists we understand the vital importance of hearing for your wellbeing and quality of life.  With COVID-19 restrictions, more are relying on telephones, video-chats, radio, and television for connecting.  These all depend on good hearing.  Some people with hearing loss are finding the current times particularly challenging.  Also, following a conversation with someone wearing a facemask can be difficult for people with hearing loss.  
Our free online hearing test is ideal for people who are curious to learn more about their hearing.  It may also be a good starting point in this time of COVID-19 as you can do the test in your own home.  This test is a screening test and can identify if there is any significant hearing loss present.  
The free online hearing test consists of an audio test and a short questionnaire.  It has been validated under laboratory conditions and has a good degree of accuracy.  However, it cannot be used for diagnostic purposes.  A diagnostic hearing test must be done using calibrated equipment and in a sound-treated room.
You will get your results instantly when you complete the test online.  If you wish, you can ask that your report is emailed to you.  Of course, at any time you are welcome to contact us if you would like any further information or to book an appointment.  You will be given our contact details at the end of your test.
Take the free online hearing test now.
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As audiologists we understand the vital importance of hearing for your wellbeing and quality of life.  With COVID-19 restrictions, more are relying on telephones, video-chats, radio, and television for connecting.  These all depend on good hearing.  Some people with hearing loss are finding the current times particularly challenging.  Also, following a conversation with someone wearing a facemask can be difficult for people with hearing loss.  

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Happier, healthier and wealthier with hearing aids

Posted by on 11 March 2020

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People who treat their hearing loss with hearing aids are happier, healthier and wealthier compared to people who do not use hearing aids.  These are results found in a report “hearing loss – numbers and costs” published by hear-it AISBL*.

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Can hearing aids slow down dementia?

Posted by on 28 February 2020

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The answer is yes.  A recent study1 showed that using hearing aids is associated with slowing cognitive decline.   

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Stubborn parent who won’t listen? Could it be hearing loss?

Posted by on 20 January 2020

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A friend told me a story about a “stubborn” father.  This friend, let’s call her Anne, was invited to a Christmas lunch.   There were about 30 family and friends at the lunch, including the older parents of the host of the party and all their middle-age children. As the lunch progressed, the children started complaining about how stubborn their father was and how he wasn’t listening to anything they said.  Anne, who has known me for many years, said she could “tell straight away that the father had trouble hearing”.

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Could hearing loss be affecting grandparent-grandchild relationships?

Posted by on 20 November 2019

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Grandparents and great-grandparents play a vital role in the lives of their grandchildren.  This is more so if they spend considerable time with them.  During their time together they may do a range of activities.  These include;

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Everything you need to know about hearing loss | Melbourne Audiology Centre

Posted by on 14 August 2019

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Everything you need to know about hearing loss; signs and symptoms, why you should have your hearing tested and available rebates, funding or compensation. Hearing loss is a common condition that affects an estimated 3.6 million Australians (2017 data).  In Australia, hearing loss is the second most common health condition following musculoskeletal disease. In fact it is more common than asthma, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

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Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Posted by on 1 November 2018

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Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a unique type of hearing loss.  Loud noise affects a particular high frequency part of the cochlear (inner ear) and can cause damage to both the sensory hair cells of the cochlear and the auditory nerves of the ear.  Recent research indicates that exposure to loud noise can cause damage to the auditory nerves well before a hearing loss is identified on the hearing test; this is called ‘hidden hearing loss’. 

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Are you concentrating hard to hear and follow conversations?

Posted by on 14 June 2018

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Are you concentrating hard to hear and follow conversations? 

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Is someone you know saying, “Sorry, can you say that again” way too often?

Posted by on 18 May 2018

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If you’re reading this, you may suspect a friend or loved one may have some hearing loss.  Some people with hearing loss will act quickly and do something about it but others can take a long time and may need some extra motivation.

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