What type of hearing device & management option is suitable for you?
The hearing device and management option suited to you will depend on many factors. Factors including your stage of hearing loss, the features you need for your hearing loss, your ear’s anatomy, your specific lifestyle needs, your budget, the device’s appearance and much more.
Depending on your needs, your Lions Hearing Clinic Audiologist will review and recommend a hearing plan that considers the full spectrum of treatment options, including non-surgical, surgical and combination treatments.
Your Lions Hearing Clinic Audiologist will work with you to ensure you understand what options are available for you. You can make an informed decision on the perfect device to suit your hearing and lifestyle needs as part of an overall comprehensive individual hearing plan.
Your Lions Hearing Clinic audiologist will make a recommendation from a comprehensive range of hearing devices. These include:
If you have mild hearing loss hearables might give you the support you need.
Hearables can assist with general hearing health and other listening situations like streaming music. You could benefit from using a hearable if you have normal to mild hearing loss.
Depending on which specific hearable you use, it should be much easier to hear people talking, TV shows, music, announcements, and any other sounds you might encounter daily.
Prescription hearing aids
Modern hearing aids are packed full of technology to support your hearing with comfort and clarity.
Several hearing aid styles, including behind-the-ear, in-the-ear, and invisible hearing aids, are available to treat all types of hearing loss, including conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss. All hearing aids offer a range of sophisticated features and options to suit your hearing and lifestyle needs.
Find out more on our LIVE WELL range of hearing aids that will give you the motivation & safety to live your best life.
Brands: Phonak, Unitron, Oticon, Starkey, and GN Resound
Common hearing aid features include:
- Feedback cancellation to stop annoying whistling
- Noise reduction to enhance the clarity of speech in background noise
- Speech enhancement to hear speech clearly
- Waterproof devices to give you the confidence to use your device near the water
- Rechargeable options for convenience
- Directional microphones to hear in background noise and crowds
- Multiple and automatic programming to suit a range of listening situations
- Connectivity to mobile and other Bluetooth devices for easy handsfree use
Hearing technology advances yearly, so check in with your trusted Audiologist on the latest technology to suit your hearing and lifestyle needs.
If hearing aids aren’t powerful enough, a cochlear implant may be the right choice for you.
Hearing aids help many people, but as your hearing loss progresses, a cochlear implant may give you the clarity and volume you need to understand speech again.
Cochlear implants can be life-changing devices that can help you hear sounds you no longer hear with your hearing aids.
Brands: Cochlear, MED-EL, & Advanced Bionics
Bone conduction & middle ear implants
These implants may be considered if you have allergies, ears that don’t physically support a hearing device or problems with the small bones (ossicles) in the middle ear.
These implants allow you to hear sounds, picked up through the sound processor worn slightly behind the ear, leaving your ear canal open and free from moulds or domes and bypassing any problems in the ear canal or middle ear. Like a hearing aid, bone conduction and middle ear implants produce acoustic sound.
These devices are best used for people whose cochlear (bone conduction) hearing is relatively good.
Brands: Cochlear, MED-EL, & Oticon Medical
Combined hearing solutions, with a hearing aid and an implant
Combined or bimodal hearing solutions have a hearing aid in one ear and a hearing implant in the other.
Your hearing can be a richer and more natural hearing experience than with hearing aids or cochlear implants alone.
With a bimodal hearing solution, you may experience clearer sound, improved ability to hear music, and enhanced speech understanding, especially in noise. You may be better able to identify the direction of sounds.
Assistive listening devices (ALDs)
ALDs can be used with or without other hearing devices and help improve hearing ability and awareness in specific listening situations.
ALDs can be used with or without hearing aids to provide extra support in specific listening situations. Such as listening over the telephone, with noisy backgrounds, in small or large group listening settings (such as restaurants, concert halls and movie theatres), and when you are at a distance from the sound source.
Brands: Audeara, Sennheiser, Phonak, GN Resound, Cochlear, Bellman & Symfon
Protect your hearing with customised solutions
It is important to use hearing protection if you are exposed to noise, but the type of earplugs you need depends on the noise you are exposed to.
- Hearing protection earplugs
- Musicians earplugs
- Sleep earplugs