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Your Hearing

We understand that hearing loss affects 2 out of 10 adults in the UK, and that permanent or temporary hearing loss can be the root of major discomfort. But hearing loss does not need to be a permanent struggle. Dove Hearing Centres offer advice and patient, professional hearing care in order to fit your hearing aid and rehabilitate your hearing.

For more information on hearing loss, including a free online hearing test, visit http://www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/

How do you know if you need a hearing aid?

  • Are you struggling to hear in noisy places?
  • Is it difficult for you to follow conversations in a group?
  • Do you often have to ask people to repeat themselves?
  • When familiar voices speak, do you find them hard to understand?
  • Does it seem like people are mumbling at you?
  • Do you listen to the television louder than others like it?
  • Do you find it difficult to hear children/grandchildren clearly?
  • Can you hear the door bell or phone ringing?
  • Have you stopped going to your favourite places because you struggle to hear clearly?

Hearings aids that could help you:

  • Digital hearing aids provide the greatest flexibility for matching individual hearing requirements and filtering out unwanted sounds.
  • Behind the Ear (BTE) hearing aids are connected to an ear mould via a small tube.
  • Receiver-in-Canal (RIC) hearing aids are small behind the ear aids with a speaker that sits within the ear canal.
  • In the Ear (ITE) hearing aids are completely contained in a custom made shell that fits into the ear.
  • In the Canal (ITC) hearing aids are smaller that the ITE but still custom made to fit into your ear canal.
  • Completely in the Canal (CIC) hearing aids are the smallest in the ear hearing aids available and are practically invisible.
  • Invisible-In-Canal (IIC) hearing aids are 100% invisible when worn. This hearing aid sits deep within your ear canal ensuring the sound travels quickly and accurately to your eardrum.
  • Lyric Extended Wear hearing aids are completly invisible you wear them 24/7, visit our Lyric page for more details.

How do we hear?

  • The bowl, or concha, captures vibrations in the air.
  • The sounds are carried through the auditory passage.
  • The sounds vibrate the ear drum.
  • The tiny bones in the middle ear move and transmit the vibrations to the inner ear.
  • The cochlea converts the vibrations into nerve impulses.
  • The auditory nerve transmits these impulses to the brain for recognition.