AT LAST! The hearing aid that thousands have wanted is now available here in Britain and improving the lives of many who previously suffered in silence.
Let’s be honest, not many people want to get hearing aids. It seems most people don’t use hearing aids because they have the misconception that they are big ugly things for the elderly. This common perception is a long way from reality.
In recent years hearing aids have been revolutionised. They have become smaller, more discreet, more effective and cheaper too as competition has increased. There are many devices that are invisible when worn and available from just a few hundred pounds. Not much for a tiny super computer which could transform your life.
Some of today’s hearing aids can even work as wireless headphones, connecting via Bluetooth to phones and televisions. In 2016 there was also the world’s first internet connected hearing aid. Who knew that! It does some amazing things.
However, there are still a staggering 6.7 million people in the UK who could benefit from hearing aids who continue to torture themselves and embarrass themselves when mishearing things rather than seek a solution. According to the charity Action on Hearing Loss one in six people in the UK suffer from some form of hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss can have a significant impact on quality of life. Feelings of depression and isolation are common and relationships can become strained too. Yet there’s no need to struggle when so many solutions are available to correct the problem.
It may surprise you, but you actually hear with your brain, not your ears. The ears receive sounds and funnel them through to the brain which translates the sounds into meaning.
If you are frequently mishearing things your brain tries to fill in the gaps. This can be incredibly difficult in certain situations – such as noisy restaurants – and exhausting too as you try to keep up with and participate in what is going on around you.
To combat this, experts at a Danish company called Oticon – they made the world’s first digital hearing aid – have designed a new piece of technology called BrainHearing™ which features in their latest hearing devices.
The special BrainHearing™ software makes it easier to hear clearly, to detect and locate sounds with less effort and join in conversations like you used too. An added benefit is that you will feel less tired and exhausted at the end of the day.
You can get advice from many places, including the internet, but for expert professional advice it’s recommended that you see a hearing aid audiologist. They can help you find the right hearing aid. Anyone aged over 55 should have their hearing checked each year. Remember, modern hearing aids will not just help you communicate better, they can boost your confidence and eliminate those embarrassing situations when you have misheard something.