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World Of Hearing

A quick reference guide to everything

How Hearing Works

To hear a sound our hearing system must complete four major tasks; collect, tune, transfer and translate...

Product Styles

There are many styles available but most of our clients want something thats undetectable and performs...

Insurance Rebates

As university trained, experienced and professionally qualified Audiologists we are registered with all leading health funds...

Hearing Loss

Hearing is one of the most important senses. It is the connecting fibre between us and our world...

How They Work

“Digital” hearing aids simply refers to how incoming sounds are processed by electronic circuits...

Tax Rebates

We show you a calculator to work out if you are eligible for a net medical expenses tax offset rebate...

Hearing Test

First, a thorough history is taken and we will discuss any concerns you may have about your hearing...

Which Product

The right hearing device for you depends on four equally important factors...

Train Your Hearing

You can actually train your auditory system to reduce your listening effort and develop strategies to help...

How Does Our Hearing Work?

We Hear With Our Brian

Think of the ear as an instrument that converts sounds into electrical impulses, sent to the brain. The ear, the ear canal, the ear drum and the bones of the middle ear are mechanical, transferring the vibrations of sound to the cochlea. The cochlea converts the vibrations into an electrical signal that travels up the auditory nerve to the brain, where it is interpreted. Once these signals are received at the brain, they are decoded into recognisable sounds. A hearing impairment can be caused by many things, including damage to any part of our hearing system from loud sounds, many drugs, physical trauma or hereditary disorders, and more, but mostly, damage occurs due to normal “wear and tear”.

This damage commonly involves the millions of sensory hair cells in the inner ear, resulting in a sensorineural hearing loss. The most common of these is a high frequency sensorineural hearing loss. This is a permanent condition and there is no medical intervention, either with prescribed drugs or surgery, that will restore hearing sensitivity. Incredible results can be achieved with a expert customised hearing technology fitting.

Which Product Do I Need?

Hearing Test Results - The degree and configuration of your hearing loss will inform your Audiologist as to which styles are most appropriate. Generally, if you have a severe hearing loss, you will need more power from the device to provide sufficient amplification, alternatively, if you have very good low frequency hearing, you may find any custom made device that fills and rests in your ear canal difficult to wear due to “occlusion’. Occlusion is a “hollow” or echo-like quality in your own voice caused by sound being conducted through the skeletal structure and can boost low frequencies (usually below 500 Hz) by 20 dB or more. Invisible hearing aid styles, like the Starkey Soundlens, are often an exception to this rule. A skilled Audiologist will be able to take a deep canal impression of your ear (anatomy willing) so the device rests insitu where occlusion is minimized, often sufficient to avoid unwanted occlusion.

Lifestyle Requirements - Generally, if you require better hearing in variable, challenging acoustic environments, you will require higher, more advanced technology. You will manage conversations in complex and difficult background noise environments with ease because the technology will automatically detect, identify, analyse, classify and compensate for speech that is ordinarily eclipsed by background noise.

Your Preferences - You may prefer to wear something out of sight or not care too much as long as the performance meets expectations. Whatever is most important to you is most important to us and we will design a solution that ticks all your boxes.

Experience - If you have worn and liked a particular style or even brand of hearing aids in the past, then this is an important factor to consider.

Hearing Test

What's Involved?

STEP 1: TEST, EXPLANATION, OPTIONS DISCUSSION. First, a thorough medical and hearing history is taken and we will discuss any concerns you may have about your hearing. Then, using some of the most advanced technology the industry has to offer, we will assess your hearing.

STEP 2: FITTING, VALIDATION, CARE & MAINTENANCE. Your hearing solution is fitted to ensure both physical and acoustic comfort. While we show you everything on-screen, we’ll verify and validate the response of the devices to match not only your hearing loss information, but also your specific physical ear acoustics and personal listening preferences. Using Live Speech we can illustrate, even with your spouse or partners voice, the improvement the devices are delivering, in real time on the screen in front of you. Your hearing solution is truly bespoke.

STEP 3: FINE-TUNE & OPTIMISATION. After an initial acclimatisation week, we are ready to optimise the devices. This introduction of new sound will have increased your auditory capacity, subsequently requiring finetuning to improve the performance that makes speech even easier to recognise in more complex listening settings. Working together closely once a week for 2-3 weeks, we’ll design and deliver the best performance solution for you.

Hearing Aid Styles

Endless Choice, & Confusion - That's Where We Come In

There are many shapes, sizes, colours and styles available now but because most want to wear something very discreet and sleek, all manufacturers are getting smarter in designing for miniaturised high fidelity customisable devices. There are two broad styles of hearing aids: those worn in the ear, not surprisingly called In-The-Ear (ITE) styles, and those worn behind or on top of the ear, called Behind-The-Ear (BTE) models.

INVISIBLE IN CANAL (IIC). A brand new device category, these are the smallest and most sophisticated hearing aids on the market. Made currently by three manufacturers, these are custom-made, powerful and sensational audio devices that we fit regularly.

These are fully automatic and removable, unlike the Phonak Lyric product. Lyric is implanted in the ear canal next to your eardrum; it has an extended wear battery that requires an appointment and replacement by your Audiologist every 3 months on average. You can shower with it if you wear a custom made ear plug to stop it getting wet and you can sleep wearing it. There are pluses and minuses with every product, so please know all your options. Example: Lyric by Phonak is analog technology and is often several times more expensive than its equivalent size, digital, daily wear IIC product.

How Hearing Aids Work

Digital Goodness

Digital hearing aids are smaller, more comfortable, and more effective than ever before. Hearing aids are sophisticated, miniaturised wearable computers that are tailor made to automatically adjust, making speech clear and comfortable. The performance features dictates the price (not how powerful they need to be), but hearing aids offer more performance for less than ever before.

Hearing aids selectively process and amplify sounds to compensate for the parts of your underlying hearing that are impaired. They will be programmed so that you only receive additional sounds at frequencies and at volume levels that makes speech clear and comfortable. All hearing aids have a microphone (often two), an amplifier and sound processor, a speaker that sends the new sound from the amplifier into your ear, and, of course, a battery to power it.

Quality technologies are not one-size-fits-all. All manufacturers set their devices to factory defaults when they pass through quality control. Therefore, they all require expert customising to meet your specific needs and listening preferences so the competence of the Audiologist dictates the outcome.

Which Product Do I Choose?

Four Main Factors

Hearing Test Results - The degree and configuration of your hearing loss will inform your Audiologist as to which styles are most appropriate. Generally, if you have a severe hearing loss, you will need more power from the device to provide sufficient amplification, alternatively, if you have very good low frequency hearing, you may find any custom made device that fills and rests in your ear canal difficult to wear due to “occlusion’. Occlusion is a “hollow” or echo-like quality in your own voice caused by sound being conducted through the skeletal structure and can boost low frequencies (usually below 500 Hz) by 20 dB or more. Invisible hearing aid styles, like the Starkey Soundlens, are often an exception to this rule. A skilled Audiologist will be able to take a deep canal impression of your ear (anatomy willing) so the device rests insitu where occlusion is minimized, often sufficient to avoid unwanted occlusion.

Lifestyle Requirements - Generally, if you require better hearing in variable, challenging acoustic environments, you will require higher, more advanced technology. You will manage conversations in complex and difficult background noise environments with ease because the technology will automatically detect, identify, analyse, classify and compensate for speech that is ordinarily eclipsed by background noise.

Your Preferences - You may prefer to wear something out of sight or not care too much as long as the performance meets expectations. Whatever is most important to you is most important to us and we will design a solution that ticks all your boxes.

Experience - If you have worn and liked a particular style or even brand of hearing aids in the past, then this is an important factor to consider.

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