Hearing Aid Audiologist Olivia Austin outlines a typical treatment process when being fitted with new hearing aids at Integrate Hearing.
Once somebody has the hearing aids fitted, they will have quite a few follow up appointments to make sure that the hearing aids are fine-tuned for their individual needs. So, there’s a lot of personal preference that goes into hearing and I need to make sure that the hearing aids are set up for how they like to hear in different hearing environments. So, they will go out and use them in their own home environment and then they will come back and give me feedback on how they feel that things sounded. So, if somethings and bit too loud, [...]
Olivia Austin, Audiologist at Integrate Hearing discusses the improvements in hearing aid technology and how some of the new features available are helping to change the attitude towards wearing hearing aids.
I think at the moment because of technology, hearing aids are vastly different to what people imagine them to be. I still get a lot of people coming in to see me and saying ‘Oh, you know, I’ve put it off because I thought it was going to be some huge, huge thing behind my ear.” And they are really, really pleasantly surprised with the new technology. Within the hearing industry we are trying to raise awareness of the fact that hearing aids have changed. The styles are much more discreet; often they are invisible a lot of the time. [...]
Integrate Hearing Audiologist Olivia Austin giving a brief overview on what it is like experiencing hearing loss and some of the common issues it can cause.
Hearing is massive and it is something that has been linked to things like Dementia, increased hospitalization and also depression as well. Particularly in the ageing population if you imagine being isolated already maybe down to other ailments which mean that you are housebound for example and you watch the television a lot of the time and you interact with people mainly by the telephone, you might get the odd visitor once a week or something like that – if you can’t hear them when you’re socialising, it’s really, really isolating. Coupled with the fact that you might have sight [...]
Hearing professional Olivia Austin gives her advice about reassessing your hearing aid needs, replacing or grading your hearing aids.
Everybody ask me whether or not you need new hearing aids every time your hearing changes, and the answer is no. Because hearing aids are set up on the computer for your prescription, all we have to do is re-test your hearing and then re-prescribe the hearing aids to the new prescription. So they last quite a number of years. On average we say that hearing aids last between 3 and 5 years, but that’s based on numerous things. So, it might be that your hearing really changes, but that’s probably not going to be the case. Most of the [...]
Hearing specialist Olivia Austin talks about the benefits of modern hearing aid technology and the difference between digital hearing aids and older style analogue hearing aids.
So hearing aids used to whistle, you used to constantly be turning them up and down the volume, because they used to amplify everything by the same amount, whereas now the digital hearing aids that we’ve got will automatically change depending on what volume they’re exposed to, so that they won’t amplify loud sounds the same way that they amplify quiet sounds. So, you will not have your head blown off by a loud siren going past, but they also automatically adjust depending on where you are. So, if you’re somewhere that’s really, really noisy then they’ll be trying to [...]
Audiologist Olivia Austin discusses some of the feedback she has received from her patients about the improvement in their hearing after starting wearing hearing aids.
I think all of my patient stories are good. I love hearing about anyone with positive results, because you might get it be something that we take for granted, like hearing the bird song. It’s the ones that catch me off guard that even I take for granted like, “Oh I could hear the sound of my feet when I was walking along.” Which you just don’t think about when you’ve got perfectly normal hearing. And you don’t think about it when you’ve got hearing loss as well, but then when you get the hearing aids and you realise that [...]
Olivia Austin describes the day in the life of an Audiologist in the UK and the rewards of seeing instant results when fitting her patients with hearing aids. I always say to people I absolutely love doing my job. I get to see results straight away in front of me. As soon as you put a pair of hearing aids on somebody you can instantly notice the difference in their hearing. Although sometimes it’s not the easiest because there still is a little bit of a stigma behind wearing hearing aids, which we are trying to change within the industry, [...]