We have clinical training and experience in providing a range of hearing aids in Cape Town and surrounds
As far as hearing aids in Cape Town and surrounds go, we want to service our local community! The audiologists in our three practices were motivated to be in our field through our own personal home experiences. Therefore, our practices are highly focussed on our patient’s needs. Practitioners at NB Hearing are compassionate, supportive and holistic, which is the cornerstone of the relationship that we nurture with our patients.
We take the time to know you, defining not only your hearing loss but also your lifestyle needs. Then, because we are an independent audiology practice, we can work with several hearing aid manufacturers to provide you with a personally tailored, customised hearing solution suited to your needs.
Types of hearing aids
Advancing hearing aid technology means that there are a variety of styles, makes, models and types of hearing aids. New types of hearing aids are developed worldwide.
Types of hearing aid styles are the cosmetic ‘look’ of the hearing instrument. However, the style also has important implications for hearing loss, as certain types of hearing losses function best with certain hearing aid styles.
The following styles need to be matched to your hearing, cosmetic, and lifestyle needs:
In The Canal
Instruments that fit completely inside the canal (Invisible in Canal; Completely in Canal) are cosmetically appealing and work very well on the telephone. They are designed to fit mild to severe hearing loss, and best suit losses that are approximately equal throughout the pitch range. To fit inside the canal, the small faceplate (the outer end of the instrument) can only accommodate one microphone. This has implications for the processing of sound in noisy environments.
In The Ear
In The Canal and In The Ear hearing aids may fit mild to severe hearing loss (more severe than the IIC and CIC). They can have two microphones for directional hearing in noisy environments and accommodate extra controls for the user. These may be more suitable when a person’s low-pitch hearing is better than their high-pitch hearing. They also work well on the telephone and are usually easy to insert and remove.
Behind The Ear
Instruments that fit Behind The Ear are designed for mild to profound hearing loss. They are sometimes even more cosmetically attractive when on the ear than other styles (depending on how they are connected to the ear canal). They allow us to keep the ear canal open, or semi-open, which is especially good for ears with almost normal ‘low-pitch’ hearing despite substantially more ‘high pitch’ hearing loss. These can process information through two microphones, have extra user-controls, and accommodate batteries that last longer. They can also be robust because the electronics are more protected from the environment of the internal ear canal. The connection between the instrument and the ear varies, depending on the acoustic and cosmetic needs of each person.
How hearing aids work:
If you are going to obtain your best outcome with hearing aids, it is important to understand exactly how they work:
- Sound enters the hearing instrument through either one or two microphones.
- In digital hearing instruments, the sound is sampled accurately by the hearing aid, to obtain the best possible representation of the incoming sound wave’s shape and quality.
- The sound is analysed to define its pitch, loudness and direction. This is done by one or more microchips that determine the hearing instrument’s technology. Some hearing aids are more sophisticated than the most sophisticated personal computers.
- The microchips are set by the audiologist to compensate for specific amounts of hearing loss at different pitches. It directs the amplifier to increase sounds by specific amounts, at specific pitches.
- In addition, the audiologist can set many advanced features, including but not limited to: the maximum output of the hearing aid (to keep you comfortable); noise reduction; speech enhancement; wind noise management; response to impact sounds; variation for different environments; and connection to television, cellular phones, computers and music devices.
- Many of these can be adjusted through a fine-tuning process to obtain the optimum settings from the device to obtain the best balance between comfort and clarity, for you.
- The sound is delivered to the ear through an outlet in the instrument.
If you are looking for professional help with regards to your hearing, or hearing aids, in Cape Town, or the Northern or Southern Suburbs, please make an appointment to visit our practice.