Recent changes made by the Minister For The Department of Social Protection mean that for the first time ever, people who are self employed will now be entitled to the hearing aid grant when purchasing hearing aids. Some 500,000 self-employed people will now be able to access the hearing aid grant, free dental and optical benefits for the first time this week, as the Department of Social Protection introduces a measure signalled in last
We are running another of our free ear wax removal campaigns for over sixties during April in our Stillorgan hearing aid store. So if you think that you may have a problem with ear wax build up, why don't you give us a call and book an appointment? Earwax removal is a far easier process when the person uses an oil to soften the earwax and condition the skin of the ear canal. Some people just use warmed olive oil, some people use ear drops from
Tinnitus is a difficult problem and the standard line from many in the medical profession is get on with it. While Tinnitus can't be cured, it can be treated and that treatment can be successful. More often than not in our experience Tinnitus is caused by an underlying hearing loss which when treated relieves the Tinnitus a huge way. When there isn't a hearing loss, sound therapy can be exceptionally effective. One of our Patients from Derry was
World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event, celebrated every year by the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme for this year’s World Hearing Day, “Action for hearing loss—Make a sound investment,” is a reminder of the impact that hearing loss can have on the individual and on society as a whole, says the organization. While that impact can be on general health and well being, there can also be a dramatic impact on the economic outlook of
Invisible hearing aids are a very popular chice, in particular for people who are new to the idea of hearing aids. Many people are looking for something discreet to help them hear. The often want a solution that doesn't let everyone know they have a problem. So invisible hearing aids sound like a good option. However, up to the very recent past, they have not been suitable for many of the people who wanted them. Phonak have now introduced a new
Phonak have just announced the launch of their latest Bolero range which will be based on the Belong platform. They announced on the 22nd that part of the new range would be a Lithium-ion powered rechargeable Behind The Ear Device. It will be the first of its kind and the first time that Phonak will have a rechargeable BTE. So, what is there to know? Bolero is the name that Phonak assigns to their behind the ear hearing aids. As we said,
Earwax removal is a large part of our daily routine now, we seem to see at least one or two people a day for the procedure. Just last week I had one customer laughing at how excited I got when I saw that her earwax plug was very wet and gooey. Let me explain, I don't have a secret fetish. it just makes it easier to remove and more pleasant for the customer. So what will bring about this earwax nirvana? The answer is oil, specifically oil to
We have now begun to sell the AfterShokz Trekz wired and wireless bone conduction headphones at Connect Hearing. The systems are outstanding, offering quality audio while still allowing situational awareness. It means they are ideal for runners, cyclists, for anyone who wants to listen to their music on the go and needs to be aware of their surroundings. The lightweight and comfortable Trekz Titanium wireless stereo headphones are the safest
Widex has introduced a new device called the Beyond which is their first ever Made For iPhone hearing device. For the first time they have added direct smart phone connectivity on top of their own famous wireless connectivity platform, Widex Link. Widex has based the new digital hearing aid on their very popular Fusion model, although it is a little longer and thinner than the Fusion with a new button. The device was launched to EUHA
Ears feeling blocked up, hearing a ringing sound, having some problems hearing conversation? The solution may be simple, the problem may be simply ear wax Modern ear wax removal is far easier than the ear syringing of old, it is safer and far more comfortable. One of the most popular methods of ear cleaning is micro suction. Let's talk about what it is and the pros and cons. Microsuction earwax removal is performed using a microscope to see
There are now two popular methods of ear wax removal undertaken in Ireland, micro suction ear wax removal and irrigation earwax removal. Ear wax removal by irrigation has completely replaced ear syringing. Ear syringing as a method of ear cleaning is pretty much discredited, it could cause more problems than it cured and often it didn't remove the ear wax. Irrigation is safer and more effective because it uses a controlled flow of water. The
Oticon believe that hearing solutions up to now have been narrow in their focus, delivering tunnel vision. The focus has always been on the speaker to the front, ignoring and shutting out all other speakers. They thought that there had to be a better way than this narrow and artifical listening experience. They also feel that limiting sounds under-stimulates the brain and deprives it of the context needed for understanding. This stresses the
Micro suction Ear Wax Removal Pump
Ear wax removal is quite a large part of our day to day practice now, it seems that every couple of days someone comes in looking for the service. We offer both micro suction ear wax removal and irrigation removal, most of us have no preference but one or two of the Audiologists like irrigation better. Generally, most people who come in don't necessarily have a preference, they just want their ears cleaned.
There have been many changes to our practice and our profession over the years I have been qualified. Hearing aids have dramatically improved in their abilities and have little in common with the ones I first worked with. Our own understanding of what we do and the best solutions for the people we treat has evolved almost as much. While hearing aids have become dramatically better than they were even five years ago, our concepts about what we do
Many hearing aid users talk about the embarrassment caused when their hearing aid makes a high-pitched screeching noise. In fact we had someone in recently to one of our hearing aid Centres in Dublin with the problem. Professionals call the sound Feedback and manufacturers have dedicated a lot of resources to try and eliminate it. Not only is it embarrassing and annoying, but it also interferes with the benefit that the hearing aids should
Otosclerosis is something that we don't come across very often, it is a middle ear condition that causes a hearing loss which in fact can be medically reversible. Quite often though people who suffer with it choose to have the procedure undertaken on one ear and not the other. We had a recent customer in our Stillorgan Hearing Aid Centre with the problem and we thought we would write about this little known issue, its treatment and what hearing
We spoke about the launch of the new Naida range last week, we were at the event and we were exceptionally impressed with the devices and the new strategies. One of the things that struck us though was that for severe to profound hearing loss, you need an integrated solution. Hearing aids are certainly not enough to deliver to all of the needs of people with severe to profound loss. We want to look at this idea further later on, because we
Phonak is a hearing aid manufacturer that is renowned for solutions for severe and profound hearing loss. They have just launched their latest addition, the Naida Venture range which continues and builds on that historical legacy. We attended the launch event in Dublin to learn about the new hearing devices. As we said, Phonak have just launched the latest addition to their now famous Naida range at a launch event held in Dublin. The new
We understand that when you are trying to make decisions about hearing aids that it can be a very difficult process. Initially it can be just coming to terms with the loss. However, when that has been managed and you decide to move forward, it can be very difficult. Hearing aids are very technical devices, in fact the different technologies that have become available are exactly why hearing aids are a better option than ever. How are you to get
We attended the Irish Heart Foundation Heart & Stroke Conference recently, it might seem like a strange thing to do. However, there is a strong link between the conditions that cause heart disease and stroke and the conditions that cause hearing loss. It seems that any cardio vascular problems has a knock on effect on hearing. It makes sense, the inner ear needs a good supply of oxygenated blood to maintain health, just as our other bodily
We will be at Stillorgan Village Centre in Dublin on Thursday the 7th of April with our mobile hearing healthcare unit. We will be happy to discuss hearing loss, hearing aids and the latest advances in treatment for tinnitus. The mobile unit allows us to get out and about to raise hearing awareness in communities all over Ireland. We will also be offering free hearing scan tests at the Stillorgan event ao you can check exactly what is going on
Phonak hearing aids are renowned in our profession for quality and reliability. They are constantly introducing new hearing aid features and technology to deliver a better experience to people with hearing loss. The introduced their new Venture chipset and platform in 2015 and it was a strong update of their hearing device range. The Audéo V (for Venture), is a Receiver-In-Canal (RIC) hearing aid, which makes it a versatile but discreet device.
Phonak released the new Bolero Venture platform of digital hearing aids last year. They feature Phonak's latest high-performance features & technology and are designed to provide you a seamless listening experience across all of the situations you find yourself in. Phonak hearing aids are a stalwart of the hearing aids we provide. We have always found great success with their devices and the customers who use them are always very happy. The
Oticon is one of the primary hearing aid manufacturers that we use for our customers, they offer a full range of hearing aid models that deliver high technology and power to treat most hearing losses. Last year they updated their BrainHearing technology and delivered a whole new range of technology levels. We have discussed the Alta2 Pro already and this time we want to focus on the Nera2 Pro. The Nera2 Pro digital hearing aid range is simply
Phonak is a world leading hearing aid manufacturer who have delivered some outstanding hearing aid technology over the last few years. Phonak hearing aids are a stalwart of our hearing aid armoury and we use their hearing aids with our customers a lot. We have always had outstanding results from them and many happy customers. Phonak split their ranges a little differently than the other manufacturers. They split their ranges into technology
Another one of the fantastic hearing aid brands we use in our hearing aid centres is Oticon. They are a Danish manufacturer who produce some outstanding hearing aids. Last year they introduced their latest hearing aid range based on their brand new Inium Sense processor. We have some great results from Oticon hearing aids and we know many people are interested in them. So we thought we would talk about the Alta2 Pro in this post, explain where
The Widex Unique 330 is the upper mid range hearing aid family in the new "Unique" range from Widex. Widex have delivered a very strong range at this price point as they always do, they have retained some of the better features from the more expensive 440. We tend to provide Widex to many of our customers because they are really fantastic hearing aids and we have been using the Unique since its launch last year. We have found it to be an
The Unique 440 is the top of the range hearing devices in Widex's new "Unique" range. We have been impressed with the results that we have seen with this hearing aid so far. We have been fitting it since late October and our customers have nothing but praise for the hearing devices. As you would expect, Widex have produced an excellent range of hearing aids, with a number of features not available in any other hearing aid. Widex hearing aids are
We will be running a hearing aid technology event at Connect hearing in both our Dublin hearing aid centre at the end of January. It will be three days packed with information, education and great offers. So what exactly will be happening? You can come along to either our hearing aid centre in Stillorgan or Fairview to meet our experienced Audiologists, where you can avail of You can avail of a free hearing consultation, worried about your
A good clean and care routine for your hearing aids is important to keep them in tip top shape. A regular maintenance routine will pay off for you in real money terms by reducing the amount of breakdowns you face as your hearing aids age. As a part of that regualr clean and care schedule it’s important to include the drying of your hearing devices. During the day as you use them, moisture can build up on the inside of the hearing aids,
Those are two questions we get asked quite a lot at our hearing aid centres in Dublin and across Ireland, when people are making a decision, they like to be able to make the best decision. We understand this quite well, decisions about treating your hearing loss with hearing aids are always big ones. Initially for most it is a jump in the dark, while they do some research, some of the information can be hard to difest. Most of our customers are
As part of our commitment to offering cutting edge service to our customers, we have have now introduced micro suction ear wax removal services in Dublin. We consider micro suction to be the safest and easiest method of earwax removal and that is why we decided to ensure it was available at our hearing aid centres in Dublin. Micro suction earwax removal is undertaken using a specialist medical pump with attachments which uses gentle suction to
The number of people in Britain suffering hearing problems is expected to rise by 40 per cent by 2035 amid a rapidly ageing population, a UK charity has forecast. The charity, Action on Hearing Loss said the number of people suffering hearing loss will rise from the one in six who suffer currently, to one in five. They have called for more investment in treatment and research into hearing loss to be undertaken in the UK. The charity went onto
It is a complaint that we hear often, people saying that they just can't wear their hearing aids in windy conditions. In the past, a windy day meant a day without hearing aids for many people. However, new Widex technology means that wind doesn’t have to be a big issue for hearing aid users. It’s all thanks to the new Widex Wind Noise Manager feature in the Widex Unique hearing aids. According to the Marketrak survey, a massive survey of
Phonak has just launched its newest custom hearing aid range. The Virto V range of hearing aids, the devices use their powerful Venture platform with the latest Autosense OS which was introduced with the Audeo V. They launched the new custom hearing devices at the EUHA congress 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany. The new custom digital hearing aid range is the latest addition to the Venture platform. We are pretty excited about introducing them to our
Widex have just launched their newest and most technologically advanced hearing aids yet at a launch event in Dublin. The Widex Unique range of hearing aids was launched at an event held at Croke Park last week, we got a sneak peek just before the new range was launched internationally. Widex say that these are the best hearing aids that they have ever produced, judging on the past performance of their hearing aids, that is a big claim.
As part of the clebrations around the opening of our new Dublin Hearing Aid Centre at 11 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3, we are having a free earwax removal event on the 19th of October in Fairview. Our Audiologists will be there on the day offering the service free of charge. Although the service is free, places are limited and by appointment, so call us on 1800 848 888 to book yours now. Although we use water to remove the earwax, the method is
We read a really interesting article a while ago that detailed the findings and ongoing research of David McAlpine, a professor of auditory neuroscience at the UCL Ear Institute in London. The article outlined the emerging understanding of a problem that has been named Hidden Hearing Loss. The name was first presented in 2011 and it pertains to a problem that according to some surveys up to 25% of us suffer with. Several surveys undertaken over
We often hear that being able to hear the TV is a big problem and that there are a lot of arguments over the TV volume. Generally when people get a set of hearing aids they expect this problem to be solved, in all honesty, sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. Sometimes even with the best hearing aids available, the audio on tv can still be an issue.Widex (one of our hearing aid suppliers) commissioned a study a few years ago in the UK on the
Many people never spare a thought for their hearing health, generally it never registers on their mind until there is a problem. Then it is often something that is treated with denial. Hearing loss is inexorably entwined with getting old in the minds of many. That is not the case of course, in fact recent research has shown that with the explosion of personal music players hearing loss is becoming a problem at ever younger ages.
Most people with hearing loss have the bulk of it, or the worst of it in the high frequencies. This is probably the most common type of a hearing problem and it is mainly responsible for the difficulty that many have with the clarity of words in speech. The most important parts of speech for clarity are the consonants of speech which are all high frequency sounds. The consonants of speech are sounds like /s/, /k/, /th/, these sounds give the
In the modern world, we’ve come to rely on mobile phones, tablets and other wireless devices to keep us connected to our family, friends and workplace. These devices use signals that are transmitted through the air via receiving points, ultimately delivering messages to the recipient without wires. This technology has changed many things in our daily lives and hearing aids are no exception. In recent years more and more hearing aid manufacturers
When it comes to the actual search for a curative treatment for hearing loss, more and more gene therapies are beginning to show promise. Exciting things are happening in gene therapy for hearing loss and it’s not just mice and guinea pigs who are seeing the benefit. There is actually a clinical trial in Kansas, US, in humans for a gene-based drug that could help restore damaged inner ear hair cells.
Many people take hearing loss as a bit of a laugh. I blame the Two Ronnies & John Cleese for writing those sketches that always laughed at people with this problem. As a result I think that many people put themselves in the place of being laughed at if they were to wear a hearing instrument. This would be a dangerous error to make. I’ll explain why! An extension to a study started in 1958 in Baltimore, U.S.A., tracked various health factors in a
We saw a great article from Widex a while ago and it got us thinking about our Patients. The article deatailed six signs that you should consider hearing aids. Some background here, Widex is one of the hearing aid manufacturers that we use at Connect Hearing. They have some really innovative features and hearing aids that we use for certain Patients with certain problems. Great technology and a fantastic company to work with.
The Z Series hearing aids are the latest hearing aid family from Starkey available in our hearing aid centres in Stillorgan and Fairview, Dublin, Ardee & Letterkenny and clinics across Ireland.Starkey, an American manufacturer that has been delivering quality hearing aids for many years. As Starkey’s newest full family of wireless products, Z Series features their next-generation 900 MHz wirless technology that leads the way in performance,
Have you ever noticed that ringing or hissing noise in your ears or just thought that there was an engine running outside your house? Or do you have trouble getting to sleep with the noise in your ears or just your head? If so read on…… This condition is called “Tinnitus”. In years gone by it was called “The Death Bell”. In both the Welsh & Irish language, Tinnitus was translated as “The Death Bell”. This gave rise to allot of superstition
Connect Hearing will be out in force offering free hearing tests and tinnitus advice in the mobile unit at the Midlands Home & Garden Exhibition in Mullingar between the 24th and the 26th of July. The event will be held at the Belvedere House & Gardens Mullingar. It is a beautiful setting for what promises to be a fantastic event. We will be offering free hearing tests, tinnitus and hearing healthcare advice to all comers. So if you are
We are in Artane Castle shopping centre in North Dublin today and tomorrow offering free hearing screenings to anyone who wishes one. We will also be offering advice on tinnitus and protecting your hearing. Don't worry if you can't make it today or tomorrow, as part of our celebrations we are offering free hearing tests in our new hearing aid centre in Fairview, Dublin. So you can always head over there and we will look after you.
If you have ringing in your ears, it is a good bet that tinnitus is probably causing that ringing or buzzing in your ear that doesn’t seem to go away. It might be that your doctor told you that tinnitus can’t be helped – that you’ll just have to deal with it. That is not quite true. Tinnitus is a condition that’s annoying at best and debilitating at worse – but there are ways to make it better. Here are some of the misconceptions that we have
At Connect Hearing we are committed to providing the best hearing aids and hearing care service in Dublin & across Ireland. That is why we supply digital hearing aids from only the best hearing aid manufacturers in the world. We back up those hearing aids with strong custoner care & after care service. We use the best and offer the best because it is what you expect and it makes our life a whole lot easier.
We were at Stillorgan Village Centre in Dublin at the end of last week with our mobile hearing healthcare unit. Over two days we spoke to a lot of people in relation to hearing loss, hearing aids and the latest advances in treatment for tinnitus. The mobile unit allows us to go out to communities all over Ireland to help raise awareness and answer questions about hearing loss and modern hearing aids.
We were at Super Valu in Dungloe County Donegal recently with our mobile hearing healthcare unit. A great day was had and we spoke to a lot of people in relation to hearing loss, hearing aids and the latest advances in wireless assistive devices for hearing loss. The mobile unit allows us to go out to communities all over Ireland to help raise awareness and answer questions about hearing loss and modern hearing aids.
In order to celebrate the opening of our new Clinic in Fairview, Dublin 3 and to promote better hearing healthcare , we are offering Free Hearing Health checks plus we have a €200 gift voucher for anyone who needs a new hearing system . This offer is valid in any of Connect Hearings Nationwide clinics from now to June 30th 2015 ! To avail of this offer message Connect Hearing here or just call 01 818 6850 to book your appointment !
Our purpose built hearing aid centre in Fairview has just opened its doors. The practice is open Monday to Friday and Saturday by prior arrangment only. We invite you to book in for a free hearing check and an opportunity to meet the team. Our Audiologist Angela and receptionist Cathy, are always happy to answer any questions and welcome new clients to the practice. The Practice is equipped with the most modern hearing test and hearing aid
There are many steps that are part of a hearing test and hearing aid evaluation that we undertake at Connect Hearing. If you think that you may have a hearing loss or might need a hearing aid, you will first need to have a hearing test. The hearing test is non intrusive and usually takes less than an hour to complete. At the time of the hearing test we will take a case history, this allows us to determine how much your hearing problem impacts
Connect Hearing are attending the over 50’s exhibition in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny this Saturday the 25th & Sunday the 26th. So if you are worried, or just interested about your hearing, why don't you drop by and get a free hearing test from us. If You can't make it on the day, why don't you book a free, no obligation, hearing test with us in Letterkenny. just click on the button to the right and you can submit your details. we will
As part of World Tinnitus Day we attended an event in Filmbase in Temple Bar. The event was to publicise Tinitus Awareness in Ireland and involved a host of guest speakers. We offered free hearing tests as part of the event to anyone who wanted to check their hearing. Of course because of the area we were in and accompanying noise levels we gave scan tests that would indicate any problems that we could follow up on later.
At Connect Hearing we use many different hearing aid manufacturers, this strategy allows us to fit what is best for you. each of the manufacturers has hearing aids that are labelled Invisible. we thought we would do a run down on what is available in our hearing aid centres in Stillorgan and Fairview, Dublin, Ardee & Letterkenny and clinics across Ireland. The IIC is small enough to be placed very deep inside the ear canal, making it virtually
The M or mini BTE style from Phonak is a discreet traditional hearing aid configuration. It has a programme button on the case allowing you to change programmes with ease. It can be used with traditional tubing and a mould. Alternatively, It can be used with a thin tube and instant fit dome. With thin tube and dome it is an ultra discreet option. Small and discreet with a variety of colours there is one to suit anybody's style.
Designed and built by world-leading manufacturers, including Oticon, Phonak and Widex, they’re packed with high technology features and the newest innovations. So what Can they do for you? Some modern digital hearing aids are self-learning. The Resound Linx Made For iPhone hearing aids get to know your preferred settings for places you go to and adjust automatically. Our hearing aids don’t just turn up the volume, they identify the sounds you
Widex released a great post with video and images recently showing how best to clean your custom Widex in the ear hearing aid. We thought that we would show you the images and tips and add a few of our own for non Widex hearing aids. The video below shows the steps to care and clean for a Widex ITE hearing aid. Widex is one of the few manufacturers that has the microphone inlet in the battery door. Most manufacturers make their custom hearing
Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, whistling, ticking or other sound that presents itself in the ear without any external source. It is still little understood, however, we are constantly finding out more and more about the condition because of on-going research. Tinnitus is not a disease, it is in fact a symptom of an underlying problem. It can be a very disruptive problem for some,interfering with their enjoyment of day to day activities. It can
If you have severe-to-profound hearing loss, it is essential that your hearing aids have a lot of power. That they deliver a lot of output, but power or output alone does not provide great sound. The new FASHION POWER hearing aid from Widex has enough power to help someone with even profound hearing loss hear in any listening situation while delivering the incredible sound quality you would expect from the most advanced technology available.
Our brain processes and interprets the sounds our ears detect. The fewer details of sound the brain receives, the harder it has to work to make sense of it. Oticon provides better hearing with less effort by giving the brain the clearest, purest, most normal signal to decode. Oticon calls this approach BrainHearing™. Speech understanding and comprehension are cognitive processes, processes that happen in the brain. When hearing is compromised,
New hearing aid range delivers up to 20% better soft speech understanding. Inium Sense brings improved processing power to BrainHearing™ technologies for better performance and improved personalization. Oticon, Inc. has introduced the Alta2, Nera2 and Ria2 hearing aids ranges, the latest hearing solutions in the Performance Line families and the first to be powered by Oticon’s new Inium Sense Platform. The new even more sophisticated sound
Well if you are, we think that we may have the solution for you, the Widex Zen feature is proven to give relief from tinnitus. Zen is available on Widex hearing aids and on a totally new concept device for tinnitus relief without hearing loss, The Widex Zen2Go. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes. When you suffer from tinnitus, you perceive certain sounds that are generated by the nervous system
Connect Hearing has been offering premium hearing care, comprehensive hearing tests and best value hearing aids in Ireland since 2009. During this time we have evolved as a company greatly, expanding to new locations with many new staff joining our team. We really believe that during this time we have established an audiology brand that has become renowned for professional service. To reflect that and the changes in our company structure and