Hearing Aids: An Update            Bruce Kelsey            Audiologist/Director            Hearing & Balance Centre       ...
To Recap -How do youknow you need an aid?   Your friends will happily tell you?   You will start misinterpreting what   ...
What is a hearing aid?   microphone – amplifier – speaker   Computer chip – “a computer on a silicon    chip” the heart ...
Types of hearing loss and style ofhearing aid. A general rule   High frequency   Flat hearing loss    hearing loss      (...
So what’s new?Invisible hearing aids   Lyric (Phonak)   24/7   Needs to be replaced every 3-4mths   Purchased by yearl...
Deep canal hearing aids    Smaller CICs that     fit in the second     bend    Starkey Soundlens    Siemens iMini    S...
Alternative Microphone Placement   Resound remote microphone     natural directionality     no wind noise     secure
“Soundbite” ITM aid (Sonitus Medical)   Behind-the-ear device worn on the    dead ear transmits signals to the in-    the...
CROS hearing systems - Phonak   Designed for people with one deaf    ear   Available in either BTE or ITC form,    they ...
Moisture   Nano-coating -an ultra-thin coat created in    a vacuum. Humidity or sweat form beads    and simply roll off....
Accessories - BluetoothWidex ClearPhonak SpiceOticon Agil/Acto/InoResound AleraStarkey Wi SeriesSiemens Tek
Tinnitus and hearing aids   Widex Zen -Programs designed to provide    relaxation embedded within the aid                ...
Choosing a Provider   The Most Important Decision To    Make   Do some homework.    Many providers are shop fronts for  ...
Manufacturers outlets   Audioclinic = Oticon   Connect Hearing= Phonak   Hearing Life = Sonic Innovations/Oticon   Act...
Internet sales   Selling the product not the service   Return policy?   Repairs?   Warranty?   Product choice?   Sup...
The Office of Hearing Services   A service for people on a social security or    veterans pension providing free hearing ...
Why aren’t hearing aids perfect?The human ear wasn’t designedto cope with noise. – Hair celldamage   Healthy            Da...
Novelty value                $US14.95 plus postage
Thank you for listening       Hearing & Balance Centre       St Vincent’s Hospital and Double Bay       Ph: 1300 134327
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Hearing and Balance Centre: 2011 Hearing Awareness Week - Hearing Aids Update - Bruce Kelsey

  1. 1. Hearing Aids: An Update Bruce Kelsey Audiologist/Director Hearing & Balance Centre Double Bay
  2. 2. To Recap -How do youknow you need an aid? Your friends will happily tell you? You will start misinterpreting what people say. (The importance of pizzas in schools) It will start effecting your work or social life? The hearing test – choose an audiologist
  3. 3. What is a hearing aid? microphone – amplifier – speaker Computer chip – “a computer on a silicon chip” the heart of the digital device – analyses the incoming sound to differentiate between wanted and unwanted signals. The expensive bit and what differentiates manufacturers.
  4. 4. Types of hearing loss and style ofhearing aid. A general rule High frequency Flat hearing loss hearing loss (any style is ok)
  5. 5. So what’s new?Invisible hearing aids Lyric (Phonak) 24/7 Needs to be replaced every 3-4mths Purchased by yearly subscription
  6. 6. Deep canal hearing aids  Smaller CICs that fit in the second bend  Starkey Soundlens  Siemens iMini  Sonic Innovations Groove
  7. 7. Alternative Microphone Placement Resound remote microphone natural directionality no wind noise secure
  8. 8. “Soundbite” ITM aid (Sonitus Medical) Behind-the-ear device worn on the dead ear transmits signals to the in- the-mouth device, which creates vibrations that send the signal to the functioning cochlear.
  9. 9. CROS hearing systems - Phonak Designed for people with one deaf ear Available in either BTE or ITC form, they provide a much neater option in the latest technology
  10. 10. Moisture Nano-coating -an ultra-thin coat created in a vacuum. Humidity or sweat form beads and simply roll off. Siemens Aquaris waterproof to 1m for 30 mins
  11. 11. Accessories - BluetoothWidex ClearPhonak SpiceOticon Agil/Acto/InoResound AleraStarkey Wi SeriesSiemens Tek
  12. 12. Tinnitus and hearing aids Widex Zen -Programs designed to provide relaxation embedded within the aid Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales.
  13. 13. Choosing a Provider The Most Important Decision To Make Do some homework. Many providers are shop fronts for particular brands. But as companies leapfrog each other with new technology it may be better to go to someone who can offer a choice so that you will always be offered the best technology and value at the time.
  14. 14. Manufacturers outlets Audioclinic = Oticon Connect Hearing= Phonak Hearing Life = Sonic Innovations/Oticon Active Hearing= Widex Australian Hearing (Govt.)= Siemens contract Many of the larger chains have contracts with particular manufacturers Many employ audiometrists not audiologists Most work on commission (even Australian Hearing)
  15. 15. Internet sales Selling the product not the service Return policy? Repairs? Warranty? Product choice? Support?
  16. 16. The Office of Hearing Services A service for people on a social security or veterans pension providing free hearing assessment and free aids or a discount on more expensive devices through eligible providers. (Hearing and Balance Centre) The free aids are very good, but go to someone who can offer a choice.
  17. 17. Why aren’t hearing aids perfect?The human ear wasn’t designedto cope with noise. – Hair celldamage Healthy Damaged
  18. 18. Novelty value $US14.95 plus postage
  19. 19. Thank you for listening Hearing & Balance Centre St Vincent’s Hospital and Double Bay Ph: 1300 134327

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