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Harley Street Hearing at the Opera

Harley Street Hearing with Musicians Hearing Services are proud to have been asked to provide earcare services and education about hearing protection to the orchestra at Royal Opera House. Many musicians are not aware of the potential harm that continued exposure to loud music can cause to hearing. We provide information and advice to the players and work with them to develop strategies to minimise the risk of hearing damage.

 

Harley Street Hearing take part in BBC documentary – My daughter, deafness and me

Maya is a lovely, five year old girl with a joyful nature and a lust for life. We were delighted to be asked to take part in this sensitive documentary about Maya and her family and how her hearing loss affects all aspects of family life.

We at Harley Street Hearing are committed to promoting general awareness about hearing and hearing loss. We are pleased to be involved in activities that seek to improve general understanding of deaf and hard of hearing issues, particularly in relation to paediatrics.

Watch the video above to see what happened when Maya and her mother, Eastenders actress Rita Simons, visited Harley Street Hearing.

Alt-J – 2012 Mercury Music Prize winners


We first met Alt-J  earlier this year when they came to the practice’s Musician’s Hearing Service for their on-stage ear-monitors. At the appointment, audiologist and co-founder of Harley Street Hearing Paul noticed that drummer Thom was wearing just one 10-year-old NHS aid – its pair was broken – and introduced him to literature on the latest manufacturers and digital technology possibilities. “I was blown away by how little I knew about new hearing aids,” says Thom.

Thom returned to Harley Street Hearing for a full hearing test where, along with Paul’s advice, he opted for a binaural pair of Widex Clear 440s. A couple of weeks later, in-between band commitments and touring, Thom returned for his fitting, an experience that up until that point in his life, he could never have imagined.

“The fitting with Paul was great,” he says. “It was overwhelming. I knew that I’d be surprised and it would be amazing but I couldn’t have imagined how fantastic it would be. The levels of my new aids are so good. I’m aware of my voice; I can hear the sound of my pronunciation.”

Harrogate-born Thom was born with Alport Syndrome, a condition that results in hearing loss, kidney disease and can affect eye-sight.

Because of his profession and the sheer volume of touring the band was set to take on in the coming months and years, at their initial consultation Thom decided to opt for CICs as opposed to the BTEs he had been wearing. “When you’re touring, you sleep wherever you can and more often than not, that’s in the van. If you’re trying to sleep with your head leaning against a metal pole your hearing aids get in the way. It’s amazing to now have that whole freedom away from my ears.”

During the fitting, Paul was careful to caution Thom that everything might initially sound strange, especially as Thom had auditory deprivation, having not worn the pair to his aid for over a year. “In situations like this, it takes time to get used to the new sound,” explains Paul. “It will initially feel strange and a bit surreal because the brain is re-adjusting to binaural hearing, which affects balance.”

But Thom soon got used to his new aids and the band embarked on a summer of touring and playing festivals from Japan to Los Angeles, and all over Europe.

As well as being fitted with Widex Clear 440 CICs, Thom now has the Widex M-Dex, an assistive listening device for use with the mobile phone, which has also helped in his life as a member of a Mercury Prize-winning band. “I do a lot of promo and phone interviews,” he says. “The M-Dex makes such a difference. It’s so unique.”


Amplification Masterclass at The Ear Institute

Harley Street Hearing Clinical Director, Paul Checkley as guest speaker at University College London, Ear Institute for the Masterclass in Advanced Amplification and Rehabilitation. Other contributors included Mezzo Soprano, Janine Roebuck , Guardian entertainments editor, Nick Coleman and Professor Todd Ricketts from Vanderbilt University in Tenessee, USA

“Harley Street Hearing are committed to education and development in the field of audiology” says Paul “and this event provided the perfect opportunity to share some of our clinical experience and specialist knowledge in the field of music and hearing loss”

The day focussed on the specific needs of musicians with hearing loss and strategies to implement hearing protection programmes in the music and entertainment industry. Also on the agenda was the latest technology designed to improve the quality of amplified music and tips for clinical audiologists in the assessment and treatment of musicians.

 

 

Actor Nicola Alexis recommends Harley Street Hearing

Professional actor Nicola Alexis wanted discreet hearing aids to boost her confidence in both her work and home life. Harley Street Hearing helped her find the perfect pair.

Nicola has been acting professionally for 13 years and has a credit list bursting with big roles, from EastEnders to The Bill. She was diagnosed with a mild to moderate hearing loss with tinnitus in the early stages of her career, but she refused to take it as a cue to step out of the spotlight.

Nicola made an appointment at Harley Street Hearing, where she was tested and fitted by experienced audiologist Paul Checkley. “He was incredibly professional and everyone was very helpful,” says Nicola. “I felt that they were very much at the front of the market of hearing aid development and that I was really receiving the best care that I could.” After a thorough testing procedure and discussions about her needs and the technology and products available, Paul fitted Nicola with a pair of Widex IICs.

Given her profession, size and visibility were major criteria for Nicola, as was comfort given the petite nature of her ears. “These are very discreet, even with my ears being very small!” she says. “And I very quickly became used to the sound. Adjusting to hearing aids can be hard and the more natural the sound quality the better. I often forget I’m even wearing them so I feel they must be doing everything right.”

Nicola has now fully adjusted to her new aids and is thrilled with the improvements they have made to her life, as well as the aftercare she received from Harley Street Hearing. “I was able to make cosmetic changes to my aids to suit my needs quickly and easily.” She adds: “Being able to hear more is a major confidence boost, now I don’t worry about being in nosy environments or it being my fault if I just can’t hear someone.” Nicola also has noticed how the aids have made aspects of her career easier too. “Challenges like after-show talks, auditions and so on are no longer things to be dreaded” says the actor. “And in my career, having confidence is very important.”

Would she recommend Harley Street Hearing to her family, friends and colleagues? “Absolutely,” she says. “From the start they have been professional and considerate to my needs.”

UCL Ear Institute selects Harley Street Hearing for student placements

University College London Ear Institute have selected Harley Street Hearing as an observation site to place students studying for their Masters Degree in Audiological Science. We were particularly pleased to help on this project as three members of our team are UCL graduates themselves. At Harley Street Hearing we are keen to support the training and development of young people in the field of audiology, so you may be asked if a student can observe during your appointment.

Please feel completely free to let us know if you would prefer not to have a student present.

 

One of the most successful Lyric centres in Europe

Phonak-LyricIt’s official, Lyric works for 90% of people who trial Lyric with us.  If you’re looking for an invisible hearing aid that really is invisible, come and see why we’re one of the most successful Lyric Centres in Europe.  For your completely free Lyric hearing assessment and free 30 day trial call now on 020 7486 1053. For further information on Lyric click here.

 

 

UK & European Audiologist of the Year 2013

audiologist of the year logoAwarded to our Senior Audiologist, Jaspreet Bahra, who received “both” coveted titles in this year’s competition, voted for by patients across the UK and Europe.  Congratulations from everyone at Harley Street Hearing.  Jaspreet is the youngest winner to-date and the first audiology graduate to receive the accolade.  Read here to see why Jaspreet became the overall winner .

 

Jas Audiologist of the Year UK & Europe 2013

Colin Brinson Pyke, Sales Director, Rayovac, Søren Hougaard, Executive Director, EHIMA, Glen Rutherford, General Manager, Rayovac  and Jaspreet Bahra.

Colin Brinson Pyke, Sales Director, Rayovac,  Søren Hougaard, Executive Director, EHIMA, Glen Rutherford, General Manager, Rayovac and Jaspreet Bahra.

 

Extending our service

Paul and HannahSaturday hearing clinics and 8am till 7pm weekday appointments are now available.  After listening to our patients requests we can now see you out of the normal clinic hours.  Call 020 7486 1053 or e-mail info@harleysthearing.co.uk  and let us know an appointment time and date to suit you. 

LiNX – the first “made for iPhone” hearing aid

Now available from Harley Street Hearing.  GN Resound partnered with Apple to create LiNX  which, using Bluetooth technology, connects the hearing aid directly to the iPhone.  The small, slim design lets you hide LiNX if you want to – or show it off if you’d rather, even if you have a severe hearing loss.
Connect to what you love through your iPhone®, iPad®, and iPod touch® and enjoy high quality sound through hearing aids that act like wireless stereo headphones.
No matter if the sound you hear is picked up by or streamed to your hearing aids from an iPhone® or another device, all sounds in LiNX are processed and enhanced by Surround Sound.  Imagine using your ReSound Smart™ app to fine-tune the treble/bass of a concert – or a dinner conversation.  Imagine a FaceTime call with a loved one.  Imagine speech that’s clear, strong and easy to understand.  There are more than 1,000,000 apps in the App Store, so think how LiNX could enrich your life.

Be one of the first in the UK to try LiNX call 020 7486 1053 or contact us