Due special circumstances beyond our control our offices will be closed from 2.00 on Tuesday 23rd June.
We will reopen as normal at 9.00am on Wednesday 24th June.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We are putting the finishing touches to our electronic guide on the pitfalls of hearing aid insurance.
Many of our clients have been attracted to the practice for our unique approach and our passion at challenging the status quo in hearing care delivery.
The bond of friendship and loyalty that exists between us is being undermined by insurance companies who seem to have one interest and that is not their customers but on their profits.
Loyal patients and clients are being denied payouts and redirected into retail environments to be have their treatment plans derailed and sold inadequate hearing aids
There is another way.
We are putting together a guide to the pitfalls of insuring your hearing technology with the wrong company and will be happy to send this to you.
If you would like a copy just get in touch.
We have been working hard on our website, blogs and social media presence and are launching a new way to interact with our clients.
You can like us on FaceBook,
follow us on Twitter,
write a review of Google +
and leave us a message on our blog.
Whatever way you find the easiest to get in contact, we're always listening.
I hope you're well and keeping busy.
Just wanted to let you know, that have been thrilled with lyric this time round and are still working and going strong! Go us!
Just wanted to take the time to thank you again for all that you have done for me.
I would have never been able to overcome my fear and confidence without you, so for that I thank you a millions times over.
Every day we set out on a mission, to exceed our clients expectations at every step of the way where no issue is too small or too great for us to address.
Our continued success in the annual Audiologist of the Year award is testament to our ethos.
This week 3 clients have emailed us to let us know we are still doing well.
Richard said "I could not of had a better consultation and professional advice anywhere. Excellent."
Keith said "Your assessment, recommendation and quality of service were all excellent"
Stuart said" Once again thank you for your wonderful service"
Thank you for your kind words
We will soon be releasing our brand-new service at Hearing Healthcare Practice
Our dedicated service is focused on providing the best we can at all times and we can soon add microsuction to the ever expanding list.
To experience the safest state-of-the-art earcare service available contact us now to register your interst in this new service.
Hearingcare is a fast developing healthcare field and we have seen many changes over the years. We are now all registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and we scour the world for an evidence base to support the treatment plans we create for our patients and clients.
We review every patients journey using clinical outcome measures to check that we have achieved the goals we set out with and report the results to the referring GP and consultant. Although you don't need a professional referral to book an appointment.
We strive to improve every day and to improve the lives of our clients.
If you are looking for a professional centre recognised for an ethical approach you should look no further. Why not contact us for information and to arrange an appointment.
We guarantee that you won't be disappointed.
We are delighted to announce that Robert Beiny, Director of Audiology at Hearing Healthcare Practice has again been recognised in the Annual Audiologist of the Year awards.
Robert and Jo received more than 100 individual nominations this year.
Robert has been selected for a special commendation in the competition which takes his personal tally to 6 since 2009.
Our role call in the prestigious awards now includes 2014
2009 UK Audiologist of the Year - Robert
2009 European Audiologist of the Year - Robert
2009 Highly Acclaimed - Jo
2010 Highly Acclaimed - Jo
2010 Highly Acclaimed - Robert
2011 UK Audiologist of the Year - Robert
2011 Highly Acclaimed - Jo
2013 Highly Acclaimed - Robert
2014 Highly Acclaimed - Robert
We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to tell the judges what we have done for them and how much difference we have made to their lives.
It is a pleasure to have had the opportunity to help each and everyone of you.
Statement 1: We have long known that many people put to the back of their mind that they may not hear as acutely as they once did.
Statement 2: We also know many people feel that they'll put off seeking some advice on how to make things better until it gets much harder to cope.
Statement 3: We know that many people feel it's OK to make do with inferior hearing support with just adequate hearing devices.
Numerous studies have explained why this is not in your best interest but now we are beginning to understand why.
We have reprinted the following commentary (www.medicaldaily.com) reporting on the latest published outcome relating to continuing work carried out by Dr Frank Lin Associate Professor and his team at John Hopkins University in the USA.
Hearing loss is a typical health issue that older adults encounter and can be a type of stimulus deprivation that profoundly affects the brain. The loss of this sense takes a toll on regions responsible for processing auditory stimulation, which can atrophy like an underused muscle. But the neurological consequences don’t stop there. According to a recent study, hearing loss hastens age-related shrinkage of the entire brain and increases the risk for dementia and other health issues.
Dr. Frank Lin, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University, and colleagues conducted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on 126 participants (56 to 86 years of age) for up to 10 years to compare brain changes between people who had normal hearing with those who suffered from impaired hearing. The authors report in NeuroImage that participants who were hard of hearing at the beginning of the study showed accelerated rates of brain atrophy. Specifically, the brains of the hearing impaired lost more than an additional cubic centimetre of tissue per year compared with people who could hear just fine.
Unsurprisingly, when the scientists assessed the brains of the hard of hearing, they detected significant brain shrinkage in parts that were responsible for handling sound and speech in the right hemisphere. But Lin pointed out that although these brain regions displayed a "use it or lose it" reaction to being deprived of auditory stimulation, it didn’t mean that the only responsibility of these areas is to decipher sounds and language. Regions, such as the middle and inferior temporal gyri, which process auditory information are also important in memory and play a role in the early stages of mild cognitive impairment that signals Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our results suggest that hearing loss could be another ‘hit’ on the brain in many ways,” Lin explained in a press release, adding that hearing loss should not be treated lightly when considering the neurological consequences that would otherwise ensue. “If you want to [properly] address hearing loss, you want to do it sooner rather than later,” he said. “If hearing loss is potentially contributing to these
differences we’re seeing on MRI, you want to treat it before these brain structural changes take place.”
This latest finding provides an anatomical basis to the results of a study that Lin published last year, which found that cognitive decline was 41 percent faster in older adults with hearing problems. The next step that Lin and team will take is to measure whether preventing hearing loss lessens the cognitive decline that older adults experience.
Lin’s work is important since almost two-thirds of adults age 70 and older suffer from some form of hearing problem yet many delay seeing a doctor about it due to stigma. Complaints about hearing are reportedly not taken as seriously by the medical establishment as it should. The problem becomes all the more self-perpetuating when hearing difficulties dissuade elderly sufferers from enjoying an active, social lifestyle that is key in keeping the mind sharp during old age.
Source: Lin F R, Ferrucci L, An Y et al. Association of hearing impairment with brain volume change in older adults. NeuroImage. 2014
If any of the 3 statements at the top of this blog ring true then we urge you to seek advice as Prof Lin suggests "sooner rather than later"