Hearing loss is one of the largest disabilities affecting the Australian population with 1 in 6 people affected by hearing loss and more significantly 3 in 4 over the age of 70. Despite this alarming number, only one third of those affected seek treatment.
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Independent Hearing is an Independent provider that, unlike many of our competitors, enables us to access any hearing aids available in the market today. Giving our patients access to all hearing aid brands allows us to provide a specifically tailored service to our clients unmatched by many others in the industry.
We offer expert care from our highly trained specialists who will take time to understand your unique situation and provide a tailored solution with the best suited to your needs.
Hearing Aids to Suit Every Need
Hearing Aids come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. No matter what your preference there is a style to suit every need.
To assist you with your selection we have provided information on the different types of hearing aids below.
Invisible Hearing Aids (IIC)
IIC hearing aids are designed to be concealed completely in the ear canal. These invisible-in-canal hearing aids are custom fit and are the most discreet hearing aid style available in the market.
Behind The Ear Hearing Aids (BTE)
BTE hearing aids are the most common hearing aid style. They are designed to fit all types of hearing loss and typically require a lower level of maintenance.
Custom Hearing Aids (ITE / ITC / CIC)
Custom hearing aids also known as In-the-Ear (ITE), In-the-Canal (ITC) and Completely-in-Canal (CIC) come in a range of shapes and sizes. They are custom moulded to fit completely with in the ear and will fit most hearing loss profiles.
Learn More About Hearing Aids
When you’re looking to buy hearing aids, it’s important to know what features they offer. Hearing is a basic human need–it’s how we stay connected with the world around us and it can impact our quality of life. Whether you are considering hearing aids for yourself or because your loved one. We are here to help you understand more about hearing aids
Cost Of Hearing Aids
Independent Hearing offers competitively priced hearing aids without sacrificing quality or service. We offer our customers the same technology and features as other providers.
Fitting Your New Hearing Aid
We will guide you through every step in finding the perfect set of aids that meet all your needs, from lifestyle preferences to personal preference on previous experiences using technology.
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FAQ's About Hearing Aids
In this section, We will answer the most commonly asked questions about hearing aids to help you understand your hearing health and take appropriate actions accordingly.
Hearing device(s) come in a wide range of technology level and depending on your type of hearing loss whether it is a mild hearing loss, moderate hearing loss, severe hearing loss or profound hearing loss will need to be taken into account when purchasing your hearing device(s). Price range per aid typically starts from $500 for your standard level technology, $2200 for your premium level technology and as high as $3750 for the latest advanced technology levels.
Further Private Health rebates are available and will vary dependent on your provider and level of cover. Further financial assistance is available for eligible Pension and Veteran card holders who can obtain government assistance of up to $1500 towards the cost of their devices.
To book a free no obligation discussion with a hearing professional or to trial our digital hearing aid(s) you can contact us on 08 8331 1500.
Yes, hearing aids can be expensive! Although there are many less expensive hearing aids available the Premium level digital hearing aids can often cost thousands of dollars. But Why? The main reason is the cost of Research and Development, with hearing aid manufacturers spending billions of dollars annually in order ensure there devices become smaller, longer lasting, have improved listening in challenging situations (background noise) and have improved natural sound.
Many hearing providers will also often bundle the cost of aftercare in there hearing aid prices not necessarily advising the consumer of the hidden costs which can increase the overall price. Independent Hearing ensures full transparency with their pricing and gives the consumer the choice on how much they want aftercare added to their overall cost.
There is no one best hearing aid to suit any specific category of person. Your Hearing Care Professional will prescribe a hearing aid tailored to your individual needs taking into account your degrees of hearing loss, lifestyle, listening needs and budget.
For example: Someone who is still socially active and often in acoustically challenging situations and noisy listening environments may require a more advanced level of technology that will assist them when background noise is present.
Hearing aids are often quoted to have a life of approximately 5 years. Although this is the average lifespan with a good cleaning and maintenance regime hearing aids have to the potential to last much longer.
Here are some tips to increase the life of your hearing aid:
- Keep them clean, ensure any wax and dirt are cleaned from the device each day.
- Avoid moisture, ensure devices are left to air out or placed in a dehumidifier if they come in contact with moisture.
- Store them carefully, keep away from children or pets.
- Turn hearing aid off when not in use.
There are 5 main types of hearing aid batteries with varying levels of longevity which typically relative to their size.
Below are the expected amounts of longevity for each battery size, keep in mind a battery will differ in life from one person to another dependent on the level of hearing loss and time spent streaming via Bluetooth and accessories.
- Size 10 Battery – estimated to last between 3-7 days (smallest of the battery sizes)
- Size 13 Battery – estimated to last between 6-14 days
- Size 312 Battery – estimated to last between 5-10 days
- Size 675 Battery – estimated to last between 10-22 days
- Rechargeable 312 Battery – estimated to last between 3-5 years (charging daily)
There are many considerations you need to take into account when choosing a new hearing aid. Your Hearing care professional will assist you with information about the different types of digital hearing aids available to suit your listening needs.
We have listed some of the considerations you and your hearing care professional will need to take into account when selected a device:
Type and Degree of hearing loss:
- Mild Hearing Loss, Moderate Hearing Loss, Severe Hearing Loss, Profound Hearing Loss
- Is it a Conductive Hearing Loss or Sensorineural Hearing Loss
- Battery life and type (Disposable or Rechargeable batteries)
- Wireless phone connectivity (Phone Calls and audio streaming)
- Style of hearing aid (custom in canal hearing aid, receiver in canal hearing aid, invisible hearing aid)
- Telecoil (Hearing loop)
- Accessories (Remote Controls, TV Streamers, Remote Mic’s)
- Government Assistance (Applicable to all eligible person(s) on a Pension or Veteran concession)
- Private Health Rebates
- Payment Plans (Independent Hearing offer interest free payment plans on all devices)
Independent Hearing offers a 30-Day Trial Period on all hearing aids so you can try before you buy.
If you would like to book a free trial then contact our office on 08 8331 1500.
In recent years digital hearing aid technology has shown significant improvement focussing on sound quality and the ability to process sounds especially in noisy situations.
Since the transition from Analog hearing devices to the new digital circuitry devices we see today the gap between artificial hearing and a normal hearing has been significantly closed.
People with hearing loss such as industrial, genetic or the most common form age related hearing loss can rest assured there are hearing devices capable of improving their quality of life in situations such as: noisy environment or at social events.
It’s estimated that over 500 million people currently use hearing aids in today’s world and with the continued advancement of sound quality, technological advancements such as rechargeable batteries and Bluetooth connectivity this number is expected to grow rapidly.
It can take several weeks to fully adjust to new hearing aids. Hearing loss typically deteriorates over a number of years and over time the brains ability to handle sound stimulation is diminished. When sound stimulation is re-introduced to the brain it can take time to acclimatise before reaching maximum benefit.
Independent Hearing offers a 30-Day Trial Period on all hearing aids to ensure you have had enough time to acclimatise before committing to your new hearing aids.