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The right hearing aid could significantly improve your quality of life



If you think you might benefit from wearing hearing aids, you have come to the right place. Here we will give you lots of useful information to get you started, and help you understand your options.

Click on the links below to be taken directly to what you are most interested in, or scroll down for lots of useful information, guidance and advice.

How digital hearing aids work?

Hearing aids work by amplifying sound via a three-component system:

  1. Microphone – receives the sound waves and converts it into electrical signals
  2. Amplifier – increases the strength of the sound signals and sends them to the ear 
  3. Receiver/speaker - converts the amplified electrical signal into sound and delivers it into the ear canal

Digital hearing aids have features that can automatically adjust the volume and have listening programs based on different listening environments.

What are the different types of hearing aids?

Hearing aid types can be classified into two main categories: They either sit behind the ear (BTE) or inside the ear canal (ITE). There are several factors that determine what kind of hearing aid you need, including the severity of your hearing loss, aesthetic preferences, dexterity, lifestyle needs and budget.

Behind-the-ear hearing aids (BTE)

Comfort & high performance: Behind-the-ear hearing aids are currently the most frequently selected hearing aid models, mainly due to their high level of comfort. They are available in various sizes and styles and are suitable for mild to severe hearing loss. 

Learn about the different BTE hearing aid models:
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In-the-ear hearing aids (ITE)

Customizable & almost invisible: In-the-ear hearing aids are often custom made, so that they fit directly in the ear. They are small in size, and are best for mild to moderate hearing loss. Whether you can be fitted with ITE hearing aids depends on your ear canal’s shape and size.

Learn about the different ITE hearing aid models:
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Bluetooth hearing aids 

With Bluetooth functionality, hearing devices allow you to wirelessly connect to a range of devices. You can hear music, take phone calls, and listen to TV audio either directly from your hearing aids or via a hearing aid app at a distance of up to 100 meters.

 

How to compare hearing aid brands

Even though there are certain differences between hearing aid brands, many manufacturers offer hearing aids with high quality, reliability and performance. 
In order to help you in your research, we have collected the most useful information about the brands we offer at Hidden Hearing.

Simply click on the name to learn more about each brand and the available models:

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Before a final decision is made, be sure to consult with your local hearing expert. 
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Tips from an audiologist

"It is important to remember that the success of a particular hearing aid can vary significantly from one patient to the next, due to factors such as the cause and severity of the loss, as well as factors such as lifestyle and limitations to dexterity. It is therefore vital that we conduct a thorough assessment of the hearing, history,  and needs, in order that we are able to give the best advice possible.”

Darren Barnden
Audiologist, Maidstone Hearing Centre 

What are the best hearing aids on the market?

Hearing aids are not one size fits all solutions. Hearing aid users’ needs will vary greatly from person to person, depending on their needs and preferences. In order to find out which hearing aid is the best for your needs, you should consider the following factors:

1. Your level of hearing loss

2. Hearing aid technology

3. Comfort

4. Price and quality

5. Style of hearing aid

6. Your lifestyle and listening situations

7. Other medical conditions

8. Your dexterity/vision

Start your research with our guide to finding the best hearing aid and work with your local hearing care expert to find the best choice for you.

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Hearing aid batteries

Hearing aid batteries are a crucial part of the hearing device. A new hearing aid battery will last for anytime between three and ten days before you need to replace it. The lifetime of the battery depends on multiple factors, including the hearing aid type, battery type and capacity, and how much you use it. 

 

Rechargeable hearing aids 

Rechargeable hearing aids are often referred to as "hearing aids without batteries". Hearing aids with rechargeable batteries are beneficial for both the environment and your wallet, when compared to exchangeable batteries (which must be re-purchased) - and therefore thrown out - more frequently.  Rechargeable hearing aids work in much the same way as rechargeable batteries. However, instead of charging the batteries, you simply charge the entire hearing device on its mobile charging pod that comes with it. 

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How to get a hearing aid?

At first glance, buying a hearing aid online or over the counter without a hearing test might seem to be the easiest and quickest option. However, over the counter options do not typically give you the opportunity of working with an experienced medical professional who is licensed to dispense the best quality and trusted products.

In order to get a hearing aid that best meets your unique hearing needs, follow these steps:

Step 1 - Get an online overview of the different types of hearing aids that exist. 

Step 2 - Make an appointment with a hearing care expert where you can take a free hearing test and try different types of hearing aids. You can book a free test here.

Step 3 - Choose the best hearing aid that suits your needs - with the help of your hearing care expert.

Step 4 - Make an appointment to pick up your hearing aid and let the hearing care expert fit the chosen hearing aid to your unique hearing needs.

Step 6 - Take the hearing aid home and enjoy a new and improved hearing experience.

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Why Hidden Hearing?

  • You will get a free hearing test performed by a professional hearing care expert. 
  • You will be able to test the latest hearing aid technology at your free hearing test to see the impact it could have on your life.
  • You can simply return your hearing aid within 60 days and get a full refund in case you are not satisfied with the device.
  • You can visit one of our 300 hearing clinics nationwide
  • You can trust in us, we have 50 plus years of experience
 
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Getting hearing aids repaired 

Like any device, hearing aids are fallible and may experience the need for repair or troubleshooting from time to time. Your hearing aid can stop working for several reasons. You might consider one of the following options when having a problem with hearing aids:

  1. Quick fixes – Sometimes, routine check-ups and cleaning can fix the problem. Click the links to learn how to change a batterychange a dome and change a filter. It can be done either by yourself or a local hearing care expert.

  2. Hearing aid repair - Our hearing clinics work closely with hearing aid manufacturers and can submit your hearing aids to them for repairs. The cost will depend on the following factors: whether your hearing aid is under warranty, which part of the hearing aid needs repairing, and how much it is damaged.

  3. Replacing your hearing aid - If your hearing aid is beyond repair due to visible damage, extensive repair history, or because your device is more than three years old, replacing it might be your best option.

If you need to contact us about a repair call us 0800 7408 796.

Frequently Asked Questions about hearing aids  

Dr. Nishat FatimaDr. Nishat Fatima, Clinical Audiologist & International Trainer
is a clinical audiologist who completed her and Bachelors degree from Texas A&M University. She has worked in the public and private sector on amplification, rehabilitation, tinnitus therapy, and occupational safety.

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[1] actiononhearingloss.org.uk/about-us/research-and-policy/facts-and-figures/