The Perfect Choice HD Hearing Aid

PRODUCT – HD 150 DIGITAL HEARING AID.tiny hearing aids

PRICE – £169.00

WHERE TO BUY – HEARING DIRECT.COM

RATING – 4.9 OUT OF 5.

 

The HD 150 is a hearing aid very much at the cheaper end of the pricing scale. This small device punches way above its weight. It is a quality digital model. For those on a budget, it is the perfect choice HD hearing aid.

 

Who would the HD 150 digital hearing aid be suitable for?

It is ideally suited for anyone with a mild to moderate hearing loss. This group make up the vast majority of people with hearing difficulty so most hard of hearing people could use this device.

 

The price of the HD 150 is a big attraction. At £169.00 it will suitably fit within most people’s budget. Normally at this price, you would expect to see some compromise on sound quality but that is not the case with this model.

 

The Pros and Cons of the HD 150.

The Pros.

The HD 150 certainly has a lot going for it. The size of the device means that it fits snugly inside the ear. This is a particularly important factor for those who like their hearing aids to be discreet.discreet hearing aid

 

The key features of the HD 150 are,

 

In-the-ear digital hearing aid

Suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss

Two sound processing channels

Wax barrier to protect the device against dirt and moisture

Feedback shield to eradicate unwanted whistling

3 tips varying in size can help eradicate whistling or improve comfort

12 months full manufacturers warranty

Uses a 10A battery

 

This fantastic device is a case of ‘one size fits all’.

 

When you receive your HD 150 Hearing Aid, you can try inserting the device to see if any adjustments are required. If you experience a whistling sound once fitted, or if it feels uncomfortable, then you need to try one of the tips provided. There are three silicon tips to choose from, small, medium or large. Select a tip and push it onto the end of the HD 150 before inserting it back into your ear.

 

The Cons.

It is hard to criticise the HD 150. For such a small device with so many features, it really is a standout hearing aid. However, in the interests of being totally fair and unbiased, I will make one small suggestion.hidden hearing aids

 

If the manufacturers could find some way to incorporate a small level of connectivity into the device then it would be absolutely outstanding. I am being really harsh here but having the device connected to a smartphone would make it appealing to even more people.

 

Video training for the HD 150.

As well as a downloadable instruction manual the HD 150 also comes with access to three short videos when bought from Hearing Direct.com. Again this is something that very few suppliers will provide, especially with a device at this price level.

 

The three videos available cover,

 

HD150 Hearing Aid Use and Maintenance.

HD150 Hearing Aid Battery Insertion and Removal.

HD150 Hearing Aid Insertion and Removal.

 

Support from Hearing Direct.com when buying the HD 150.

Save money – being an online business, we have fewer overheads than many high street stores. We provide quality products at exceptional prices, which you can access from your own home.

 

Qualified hearing aid audiologists – all our hearing aids come with complimentary access to a qualified hearing aid audiologist to discuss any fitting or performance related issues along with any other questions you may have about your hearing.

 

Simple and efficient delivery service – place your order today either online or via our phone service and we can deliver your hearing aid as early as tomorrow.

 

Small and unobtrusive – this in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aid is barely visible when worn. Being so compact, you’ll forget you’re wearing it!

 

One size fits all the HD 150 comes supplied with three silicon fitting tips to ensure a comfortable fit. It’s a simple process that doesn’t require individual ear impressions.invisible hearing aid

 

30-day money back guarantee – if you’re not satisfied with your hearing aid, just return it to us within 30 days and you’ll receive a full refund.

 

I have personally used the services of hearing direct.com for a number of years and have bought various devices from them. The level of service and quality of their products are second to none. I recommend them because I use them and trust them 100%.

 

My final opinion of the HD 150 Digital hearing aid.

It is not often that I find products that I can give an unreserved recommendation to. With the HD family of hearing aids, I have found a group of devices that I think are fantastic value for money. The quality is also unbeatable in my opinion.

 

The HD 150 will outperform any other device in its price range. From the “one size fits all” feature through to its outstanding sound quality this really is a digital hearing aid for all occasions.

 

BUY THE HD 150 DIGITAL HEARING AID HERE #

 

The other members of the HD range are.

The HD 250. (review here)

The HD 390. (review here)

The HD 500. (review here)

 

As always thank you for visiting my site. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. Please leave any you have below. I will answer them all as soon as possible.

 

I will leave you with some reviews of the outstanding HD 150 Digital hearing aid.

 

 

wow!!!

Review by Babs Thomson (Posted on 16/09/2016).

Been buying really expensive in-ear hearing aids for more than 20 yrs, But apart from being custom made, there is very little if any difference in the manufacturing or quality to these purchased from Hearing Direct, plus a massive saving on hearing aids and batteries. great value and excellent service.

STAR RATING  *****

Review by Roy Hall (Posted on 16/07/2016).

I agree with other comments on the hearing value, however, my only negative comments would be – the ‘whistling’ which is always there when fitting’ and afterwards when combing or fixing one’s hair. My other comment would be the ‘Ear fit’ I could not get the aid to fit snug! consequently, it would come loose in which it did, then fell on the floor where I stood on it without noticing!

STAR RATING  ***

This hearing aid is excellent quality.

Review by Norman Reed (Posted on 22/12/2015).

This hearing aid is excellent quality amazing results for such a small hearing aid, long battery life for such a small battery fits comfortably in the ear I wear mine all day and don’t know it’s there. Excellent customer service and I would recommend this hearing aid to anybody that wants quality with a very sensible price.

STAR RATING  *****

Sincere thanks for your magnificent price.

Review by A C Brown (Posted on 01/12/2015).

Sincere thanks for your magnificent product!! I ordered the basic hearing aid for my left ear. I have been wearing Opticon hearing aid for 8 years but the one for my left ear packed up, Hence my order for your hearing aid for my left ear. It arrived this morning; I put in a battery and placed it in my ear. The result was immediate and terrific. I am now listening to French television and understanding every word. As soon as my right ear aid packs up I shall be ordering a new one from your Company. A sincere testimonial of greatness and gratitude.

STAR RATING  *****

Excellent unit and first class service…

Review by Keith Pritchard (Posted on 08/11/2015).

Excellent unit and first class service

STAR RATING  ****

The hearing has improved a lot, once your useD T

Review by Barry Wignall (Posted on 13/08/2015).

Hearing has improved a lot, once your used to them it’s brilliant 10/10

STAR RATING ****

 

 

 

What Is The Cost Of Hearing Aids

Much is made of the cost of hearing aids. They can vary from a few dollars to thousands. It is a topic that continues to create debate but people get confused about what’s a hearing aid and what’s not.

HD 430 RIC Hearing aid.
Typical hearing aid.

 

If you type “What is the cost of hearing aids?” into google, you will get thousands of responses. For those of us who wear them, it is a very relevant question. Hearing aids for people like me are the difference between a life of almost total silence or the ability to experience sound like everyone else.

 

In order to appreciate the cost of hearing aids, we need to understand them and what they do. To misuse an old saying, a hearing aid is a hearing aid unless it’s not!!

 

Different types and prices.

There appears to be a bit of confusion as to what is and what isn’t a hearing aid. The type of device you get will have a direct relation to the price you have to pay. There are three main categories.

 

Amplified devices.

medi fit hearing aid
Basic sound amplifier

These are not classified as hearing aids. They are simply a device to make whatever sound they pick up louder. These devices are at the very bottom of the pricing scale. You will typically pay between £25 to £300. The more expensive models try and pass themselves off as hearing aids but they are not.

 

A lot of health professionals are very concerned about the sale of these devices without any regulation. They believe that these devices can actually do more harm than good.

 

The device will amplify any sound it hears. The problem and the danger is that even if it picks up a loud sound it will still amplify that sound which in turn can damage your hearing. Also, in a noisy environment, they will amplify every sound making it impossible for you to follow a conversation.

 

These devices can be bought from retailers such as Wallmart or Amazon. For a full review click here.

 

In the ear hearing aids.

These are known as ITE (in the ear) or hidden hearing aids. They are very small devices that sit entirely inside the ear canal. They are hearing aids in the real sense due to the artificial intelligence that they possess.

 

The artificial intelligence allows these devices to distinguish different sounds. They can block out background sounds and give a greater clarity of hearing to the user.

 

discreet hearing aid
HD 250 Hidden hearing aid

These types of device are usually only sold by specialist hearing aid retailers. If they are being advertised on Amazon or other places then the chances are they are not a proper hearing aid.

 

Because they are so small they do not usually contain the same amount of features that you will get with a standard type of hearing aid. The technology is getting better in these devices and you can get them ranging in price from £99 up to £600. Hidden hearing aid review here.

 

Behind the ear hearing aids.

These are the type of hearing aids that most people identify with. They consist of a case which holds all the technological parts sitting behind the ear. It is connected to the earpiece via a thin hollow tube.

 

Because the part that sits behind the ear is fairly large, this type of device offers the wearer more options in term of what you want your hearing aid to do for you.

 

The technology has developed to such a stage that you can have hearing aids that operate from your phone via remote control. They can have full connectivity with your smartphone and television etc…

hearing aids linked to apple
The ReSound LiNX 7

 

They are also likely to include features such as directional microphones, automatic adaption to different noise environments and feedback shields. Because of this, you can expect to pay anything from £700 up to £2000 for the latest models. Check out the ReSound LiNX 7 model here.

 

It’s all about personal choice.

The price of hearing aids is relevant to what we need as wearers against what we can afford. Buying a hearing aid is an investment in our hearing health and our quality of life.

 

From a purely personal point of view, I will try and make sure that I have the very best that I can afford. If that means saving up for a couple of years and paying top dollar then that is what I will do.

 

For others, it is a case of getting a device that is inexpensive and making do with it. There is no right or wrong in this. People have to make a choice based on what they want a hearing aid to do and how much they can afford to pay.

 

A basic amplifier will be fine for some people who just want to hear the television a bit better. They can get them very cheap. Other people will want to get the models with all the bells and whistles on. For that, they will have to pay a pretty penny.

 

One solid piece of advice.

No matter what type of device you think you need, if you want to get the best option for you then you should have a hearing test first. Buying a hearing device without getting tested is a sure fire way to invite trouble.

 

If your hearing is low there could be any number of factors that could be the cause. It may be that there is a simple blockage and a much more effective solution could be found. Hearing loss can also be a sign of other ailments so the best advice I can give to anybody is to get their hearing checked.

 

There are two ways you can do this. The first is the traditional way of going to a doctor and asking to be referred to an audiologist for a full hearing test. The benefit of this is that as well as testing your level of hearing, the audiologist can physically check the inside of your ears to rule other things out.

Free hearing test
Audiologist hearing test

 

Also, by getting checked this way you will have a very accurate reading of your hearing loss which will make the choice of device you require much more narrow. The audiologist will be able to tell you exactly what type of device will work and what will not be suitable for you.

 

The alternative way to get your hearing checked is an online test. There is still a bit of debate as to the accuracy of these types of test but there is no doubt that the technology is much better today than it was 10 years ago. You can take a FREE online hearing test here. It will only last a few minutes and it is fun to take.

 

Knowing your level of hearing loss makes choosing a device much easier. With such a wide range of prices and devices available today getting as much information as possible will help you to make the best choice.

 

With prices ranging from a few pounds/dollars up to a couple of thousand for a single device, it is vital that you get your decision right. After all, what price can you put on your hearing health?

 

As always, thank you for visiting my website. I am here to help in any way I can. I love getting comments and opinions. Please leave one below. I will answer them all as soon as possible.

Regards,

Eddie.

 

 

Digital Hearing Aids Reviews. HD 430 RIC

PRODUCT – HD 430 RIC DIGITAL HEARING AID.

PRICE – £449.00HD 430 RIC Hearing aid small

WHERE TO BUY – HEARING DIRECT.COM

OVERALL RATING – 4.8 OUT OF 5.

 

The HD 430 RIC digital hearing aid is an exceptionally small receiver-in-canal type hearing device. The main body of the hearing aid sits behind the ear and is almost invisible to other people. The receiver is connected to the main body by a thin tube and sits deep in the ear canal.

 

Usually, such small devices are only achieved by reducing the capability of the hearing aid. On this occasion, however, the HD 430 packs plenty of punch to give the wearer a fantastic user experience.

 

Who is the HD 430 suitable for?

This incredibly small hearing aid is suitable for anyone with a mild to moderate hearing loss. Due to its size, it is particularly suitable for those people who are a bit sensitive about being seen wearing a hearing device.

 

The main body of the HD 430 sits snugly behind the ear and is all but invisible to other people. You aren’t required to have a hearing test before fitting this device. Simply submit your last hearing audiogram to Hearing direct.com and the hearing aid will be programmed for your specific needs.

 

The HD 430 is very simple to operate. It is also aimed at those with a limited budget. With some hearing aids costing in the range of £2000 per device, this powerful aid represents excellent value for money.

 

The Pros and Cons of the HD 430 digital hearing aid.

Even with the price being set at this level, I think people should still expect to get a fairly reasonable quality of sound and other features that can affect the overall listening experience. I think this device more than covers everything needed in this area.

 

The Pros.

Receiver-in-canal digital hearing aid. With the receiver so deep within the ear, you get great clarity of sound.

Hydro-guard – acts as a barrier to both moisture and dirt. Moisture is the arch enemy of all hearing aids. That and dirt are the two biggest causes of hearing aid failure. This Hydro-guard feature is usually only found in much more expensive models.

Discreet and compact.

Feedback Shield – aims to eradicate unwanted whistling. The receiver-in-canal hearing aids are known to be prone to this distracting whistling sound. This feedback shield helps to get rid of this problem.

Tele-coil compatible. The device can be used with an induction loop device once switched to the “T” setting.

Adaptive speech enhancement – making it easier to follow a conversation.HD 430 RIC Hearing discreet

Dual directional microphones – helps to distinguish between speech and background noise by using a trademarked tracking technology.

Environmental classification noise reduction – means the hearing aid intuitively adapts according to speech versus noise ratio in your immediate vicinity.

Powered by a 312 battery. For hearing aids this size, the battery life is usually about 5 days. With this battery, you should be able to almost double that.

Low battery warning indicator. The device emits a beep to let you know the battery power is getting low.

16 sound processing channels. Another feature that is usually only found in devices at the top of the price range.

30-day no quibble money back guarantee. 

12 months manufacturer’s warranty.

Multi-memory options – designed to fit with different listening environments. The HD 430 can remember the environment you are in. The next time you are in a similar listening environment the device will automatically switch over to that memory.

 

This range of features is far and above what I would expect to see in a hearing aid at this price or indeed this size. The manufacturer has created a device that could well set the benchmark for others to follow.

 

The Cons.

The only real issue I have with the HD 430 is the lack of connectivity. Considering the price I am really stretching things here but I think that in today’s world all manufacturers need to strive to make all hearing aids compatible with things like smartphones.

 

Smartphones, MP3 players, iPhones, iPads etc… all play such an important role in our lives today. I don’t think it is being unreasonable to ask hearing aid manufacturers to step up to the plate. Those of us with hearing difficulties just want access to what everyone else takes for granted.

 

Training for the HD 430.

The HD 430 digital hearing aid will be delivered to you ready to go. It will have been pre-programmed for your individual needs before being sent out to you. However, there are three video’s available to you at Hearing direct.com.

 

HD430 RIC Insertion and Removal
HD430 RIC Cleaning and Maintenance
HD430 RIC Battery Insertion and Operation

Available support.

Having used Hearing Direct.com on a number of occasions, I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them for all of your hearing needs. This is purely a personal opinion but here is why I continue to use them.

 

They aim to save you money. They are a completely online company. Because of this’ they don’t have the usual overheads such as rental, rates electric etc… They use these savings to give you the best price available.

 

Free access to a qualified audiologist. You will be able to discuss your particular needs with someone you know who is qualified. Whether it is a fitting or a performance issue, the experts will take care of it.

 

Pre-programmed hearing aids. All of their hearing aids are originally set up for a high-frequency requirement. This is by far the most common form of hearing loss. They can personalise your hearing aids to meet your specific needs. All you have to do is send them your last audiogram. Anyone can request one of these from their doctor.

 

Their 30-day no quibble money back guarantee. This should be a great comfort to anyone buying hearing aids. This will allow you to test drive your new devices for a full month so that you can make sure that they are perfect for you.

 

My summary of the HD 430 digital hearing aid.

Overall this is a very high-quality hearing aid. It’s small and very discreet design and build will make it very appealing to lots of people. Despite its size, it has been made to a very high specification and contains some features that I would usually only see in models that cost a lot more.HD 430 RIC Hearing aid.

 

The lack of connectivity is a slight disappointment but I must admit I am probably being very harsh here. If you are on a limited budget and don’t really care about connecting your hearing aid to your mobile phone, then you will want this device.

 

It is by far and away the best value hearing aid I have come across. It is also backed up by the usual quality and service that I know you will get from Hearing Direct.com. The verdict is simple. If you want a great quality hearing aid at an unbelievable price then this is the device for you.

 

Get the HD 430 Digital Hearing Aid Here.

 

As always thank you for dropping by. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. If you have any please leave them below. I will answer them all as soon as possible.

Regards

Eddie

 

Reviews.

Excellent clarity……

 

Review by Edward J Harborne (Posted on 22/12/2016)

I live in France and purchased from Hearing Direct HD 430 RIC hearing aid.
I have had cheap ones in the past which have not had good sound and also some years ago a very expensive in-ear unit costing £2500 and after 3 years broke down and they wanted Euro 1000 to repair it.
The new unit has excellent clarity and background noise suppression. I had a minor problem with feedback but Joan at Hearing direct could not have been more helpful in resolving the problem. This at a fraction of the cost of a unit bought from a hearing
aid specialist shop.

STAR RATING *****

 

The Facts About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is often described as the hidden disability. People can’t see it and therefore tend not to look for the signs of it. As a society we pay little attention to it yet it is one of the most common disabilities out there. Here are some of the facts about hearing loss.

 

With a world population approaching 7.5 billion, it is estimated that 11% have some form of hearing loss. That equates to a staggering figure of 850 million people worldwide who have some form of hearing impairment.

 

What are the main causes of hearing loss.

 

The main causes of hearing loss.

 

Infections.

A severe infection can cause damage to the hearing system. Our hearing system is a very delicate and finely balanced operation The small hairs in the inner ear that pick up sound and send them to the brain are easily damaged.

 

Birth defects.

A lot of research is still needed in this area to try and understand what causes hearing loss at birth. Most people think that babies born deaf have deaf parents. The facts are very different. Over 90% of deaf babies are born to hearing parents.

 

The aging process.

This is by far the most common area to find hearing loss. Approximately between 30 – 40% of people over the age of 65 have some form of hearing loss. With an increasingly aging population, this problem is only set to get worse.

 

Head or ear injuries.

This seems like a pretty simple one. If you receive a trauma to the head or ear then the signals that flow from one to the other can be disrupted. However very few people are actually checked for signs of hearing loss after head trauma injury.

 

Ototoxic reactions to drugs.

There are a range of drugs or medications that are ototoxic, meaning they are particularly toxic to the hearing system. They are commonly found in treatments such as chemotherapy for cancer.

 

Exposure to excessive noise.

This is one of the most preventative causes of hearing loss but also one of the most ignored. Exposure to loud sounds even over a relatively short period of time can cause permanent damage to our ears. Read “How to prevent hearing loss” here.

 

Some of the above causes we can do very little about. We all age and with aging the body begins to degenerate. The ears are unfortunately one of the things commonly affected by this.

 

Some of the other causes can be treated if caught early. If you have had a severe viral infection, a head trauma, been treated with chemotherapy or been exposed to loud noise then it is imperative that you get your hearing checked. The sooner you are diagnosed with a hearing loss the better the treatments can be.

 

Noise. The preventative hearing loss.

Despite the warnings, people continue to expose themselves to excessive noise levels. It seems people simply don’t believe how quickly their hearing can be damaged by loud music or industrial noise.

 

Subway hearing damage

 

Millions of people use subways to commute to work. Very few of them would think for even a minute that the noise they are subject to could damage their hearing.

 

speaker hearing damage

 

Most people would probably agree that listening to loud music over a prolonged period of time can damage our hearing. The misconception is the length of time it takes for this to happen. If the Db (decibel) level is high enough, damage can happen in a matter of minutes.

 

The effect of hearing loss on children.

Hearing loss is still generally thought of as an “old peoples” problem. This is simply not the case. There are more 6 – 9 year olds with some form of hearing loss than there are people aged 45 – 64.

 

 

hearing loss by age

 

Undiagnosed hearing loss in children can have a devastating effect on their whole lives. A child with even a mild hearing loss can miss as much as 50% of a classroom discussion.

 

effect of hearing loss on children

 

Any child missing out to this level is going to have other problems. If a child can’t hear what is being said in class then they can’t answer questions. They can’t partake in normal school activities and they tend to withdraw into themselves. This can lead to further difficulties which can have a snowball effect on a childs whole education experience. Read “hearing loss and children” here.

 

Diagnosing hearing loss.

The lack of routine screening for hearing loss means that millions continue to suffer this condition in silence. It is generally recommended that people have their eyes tested every two years. This should be the same for peoples hearing.

 

I would go further and say that all children should have their hearing checked every year. The sooner a child has a hearing loss detected then the less disruption there will be to their lives.

 

Hearing loss diagnosis

 

With only 16% of doctors routinely screening for hearing loss we are never going to get on top of this problem. The governing bodies and indeed governments need to come up with a plan so that everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet.

 

We, as individuals also need to be more aware of our hearing health. People are waiting on average 7 years before seeking help for their hearing loss. That is 7 years where their quality of life has been much less than it could have been.

 

The facts about hearing loss summary.

Some of the facts outlined above will shock some people. Some will find the sheer numbers of hearing loss people worldwide staggering. Some will be shocked at how quickly noise can affect your hearing.

 

Others will be shocked to know that there are no screening programmes for children in most of the so called developed world. Yet more will find it hard to believe that people wait for 7 years before seeking help.

 

Whatever shocks you about the facts, the hope is that articles such as this will make people sit up and take notice.

 

Do you get your hearing checked regularly? Do you get your children’s hearing checked regularly. You can get a free online hearing test below.

 

Hearing is one of the senses that gives us our quality of life. Don’t be one of the facts I have outlined above. Take care of your hearing health and have a routine test on a regular basis.

 

TAKE A FREE ONLINE HEARING TEST HERE.

 

Thank you for stopping by. If I can assist you in any way then please get in touch. I appreciate all suggestions and comments. Please leave them below. I will answer them all as soon as possible. You can also contact me on eddie@helpwithhearingloss.com