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The Harley Street Hearing group’s Clinical Audiologist Fiona Butterworth was interviewed by The Field magazine for their article about shooting earplugs “When warning decibels start ringing”.

Custom-made, in-ear plugs can be an expensive option but the protection they offer is excellent. “Provided the in-ear hearing protection is correctly fitted and sealing the ear appropriately, these can provide a higher level of protection than the over-ear hearing protection,” advises Butterworth.

See the full in-depth article by clicking The Field magazine image below.

For your own custom-made earplugs contact us by calling 0161 491 1943 or click below to e-mail us.

We are pleased to offer all JC readers and family members a FREE hearing consultation with one of our specialist clinical audiologists.

This includes a hearing evaluation and provides the opportunity to discuss any concerns in a relaxed and friendly environment. We can also discuss and demonstrate the latest technologies available to help.

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New studies show hearing aids can reduce dementia risk

Those who try to cope with hearing loss often end up being isolated, and switch off in social situations, as it’s such a struggle to try to keep up with conversations.

“We know that we could reduce dementia risk by a third if we all took action from mid-life. This research is part of an essential body of work to find out what really works to keep our brains healthy. This is an early finding and needs more investigation, yet it has exciting potential. The message here is that if you’re advised you need a hearing aid, find one that works for you. At the very least it will improve your hearing and it could help keep your brain sharp too.” said Professor Clive Ballard, of the University of Exeter Medical School.

Both groups undertook annual cognitive tests over two years. After that time, the group who wore hearing aids performed better in measures assessing working memory and aspects of attention than those who did not. On one attention measure, people who wore hearing aids showed faster reaction times – in everyday terms, this is a reflection of concentration, for example, ‘straining to hear a sound’, ‘peering closely at an object of great interest’, ‘listening intently to someone speaking’.

PROTECT lead Dr Anne Corbett, from the University of Exeter, said: “Previous research has shown that hearing loss is linked to a loss of brain function, memory and an increased risk of dementia. Our work is one of the largest studies to look at the impact of wearing a hearing aid, and suggests that wearing a hearing aid could actually protect the brain. We now need more research and a clinical trial to test this and perhaps feed into policy to help keep people healthy in later life.”

Study overview

The research was conducted by the University of Exeter and King’s College London and is presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in LA. In the PROTECT online study of 25,000 people aged 50 or over.

It builds on important research in recent years pulled together by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care, through which hearing loss emerged as an important risk factor for dementia. This research suggests that wearing a hearing aid may mitigate that risk.

Hearing loss and dementia

The findings provide early evidence that encouraging people to wear effective hearing aids may help to protect their brains and reduce their risk of dementia.

If you or any of your family members would benefit from a hearing consultation please contact us, we provide hearing aids from all manufacturers, and will chose the best solution for the individual’s specific hearing needs.

North West Hearing is the north west clinic for Harley Street Hearing which has have been established for over 25 years.

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OpnSOticon OpnS gives you even better speech understanding with less effort in noisy environments.  Here are just some of the benefits for this new hearing technology:-

Breakthrough technology stops feedback even before it occurs.

Proven BrainHearing benefits:

Reduces your listening effort.

Helps you remember more of what is being said.

Gives you better speech understanding.

Improves your ability to follow conversations with multiple speakers.

The OpnS includes an a new booster function through the Oticon ON App giving your hearing aids an extra boost allowing speech to stand out from noise in an everyday situation.

Now available as a rechargeable style.  Just place the hearing aids in the charger for three hours, and you’ll have power for the entire day.

Want to trial this new technology call 0161 491 1943

LIVIO is the world’s very first hearing aid with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

This is a hearing aid within a class of its own.

This new technology is completely revolutionary. It features integrated sensors and AI (this means it performs tasks that normally require human intelligence).

It’s proven that hearing health is directly connected to overall health and well-being.  Meaning those who can hear can engage with the world around them and live healthier and better lives.  Early treatment for hearing loss can improve or limit cognitive decline and dementia.

Some of the unique features of LIVIO:-

  • Up to 30% improvement in speech understanding in noisy environments
  • Significant improvements in sharpness and clarity
  • Automatically and instantly adapts to the environment to optimise challenging situations
  • Built-in activity tracker – to support hearing health and fitness
  • Manages balance and spatial awareness
  • Detects if you fall and alerts your chosen contact

Want to be one of the first to trial LIVIO in the UK?

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Come in to North West Hearing for a trial of Phonak’s MARVELous new hearing aid.

This new generation technology recognises and automatically adapts to precisely match more listening situations than ever before.

With AutoSense OSTM 3.0 and
Binaural VoiceStream Technology
in all models, you can enjoy better speech understanding in noise and less listening effort in everyday life.

What to Expect

• Exceptional sound quality from the first fit
• Better speech understanding in noise
• Reduced listening effort in noise
• Top rated streamed sound quality

Rechargeable Technology

• switch on automatically when removed from the charger and turn off when placed back in the charging case
• Ease of use – no more disposable batteries
• Full day of hearing including streaming
• Super quick charging
• Battery engineered to last 6 years

Whether you already have hearing aids and are curious to see the amazing advances in hearing aid technology; or you’ve got some hearing concerns and would like us to assess your hearing in a relaxed atmosphere with one of our highly trained audiologists, call us now on 0161 491 1943 or complete the form below.

The world is getting louder and putting your hearing at risk.  Marie Claire’s article features an interview with Gladys Akinseye Audiologist and Hearing Therapist at the Harley Street Hearing group; who talks of seeing an increasing amount of younger people seeking help with their hearing.

You don’t need to see your GP to be seen by an audiologist.  Custom-made hearing protection can help save your ears from harmful noise while not affecting sound around you.

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BBC ‘Click’ reviewed new hearing technology and requested the assistance of Harley Street Hearing group Partner – Matthew Allsop – to trial and give his feedback.  To watch the programme please click on the image below, Matthew’s review starts half way through the programme at 15 minutes.

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Most people wait up to ten years before they seeking professional advice, preferring to “soldier on”. No need to wait any longer come in for your complimentary hearing consultation.

We are North West Hearing, Harley Street Hearing’s sister company based in Cheadle.  We know that customer care is fundamental to a successful audiology clinic.

Our highly trained audiologists will perform some accurate but easy tests to identify any problems quickly. Then we will carefully explain the results and provide clear, independent advice to get you back on track and participating fully in life.

Being independent we can choose from hearing aids from every manufacturer to match your individual requirements.  This is not the case with high street chains.

We are also the North West’s only Lyric Centre.  Lyric is the only truly invisible hearing aid available on a subscription basis (for more information click here)

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If I could give them more stars I would! I went there to get moulded ear plugs and ended up coming away with their own version of in-ear monitors, which were suggested as a cheaper alternative to the super-expensive professional types. These could be changed from in-ears to normal plugs by swapping the in-ear headphones with the filters supplied. When I got them home I was having some trouble with the plugs and when I contacted them about this they remoulded my ears and offered me a solution with a different type of plug, free of charge! I can’t sing the team’s praises enough and if you are looking to prolong the life of your ears then look no further than Northwest Hearing!

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Gabriella Leon featured on the BBC WorldService Why Factor’s show on Noise.  Coming to our Harley Street Hearing Therapist Gladys Akinseye for a consultation, Gabriella was clearly in distress about her tinnitus and hyperacusis; her Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) score was acute.  She’s had further sessions of therapy and now has had a significant reduction to make her TFI in the small problem range.
If you’d like to see one of our highly trained Hearing Therapists about your tinnitus please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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Read Paul Checkley-Clinical Director at Harley Street Hearing and Musicians’ Hearing Services contribution to the Independent’s article on how likely are you, as someone who might enjoy going regularly to gigs and nightclubs, to get tinnitus.

Read the original article on the Independent website.


How likely are you, as someone who might enjoy going regularly to gigs or nightclubs, to get tinnitus, the hearing condition where the high-pitched ringing in your ears after a night of loud music becomes a permanent, often debilitating reality?

The question is an increasingly relevant one for clubbers and festival-goers as high-profile cases of the condition, and a greater understanding of the dangers, if not any reliable cures, have yielded a string of awareness-raising: long features in music magazines, discussions in online music forums and artists affected speaking out, from Larry Heard to Forest Swords to Debonair.

Tinnitus happens as follows: when your ears are exposed to loud noise, the many hair cells in your cochlea, the coiled spiral tube in your inner ear, get “trampled on”, like blades of grass trampled on by shoes. A night of heavy noise results in excessive trampling, and before these hair cells grow back, the cochlea’s ability to send noise signals to the brain is weakened. In response, your brain actively “seeks out” signals from part of the cochlea that still work, and these signals can become over-represented in the brain – this is the imaginary ringing or buzzing noise in the background, or “phantom auditory perception”.

It is increasingly common to see ravers wearing ear plugs in nightclubs across the world

This is why after a night of intense music in a club or at a gig, you can hear that ringing for a day or two as the hair cells in your cochlea grow back. Eventually, with enough instances of trampling, like grass, at some point they don’t grow back and the ringing is permanent. Every tinnitus sufferer’s ringing is different – it can be hissing, bleeping, a metallic clanging. While the effects of tinnitus do usually dampen over time, it can cause sleep problems, stress, anxiety and depression, in the most severe cases. Around 600,000 people in the UK suffer from tinnitus, and though there are plenty of treatments to help deal with the effects, there are as yet no reliable cures.

But at what level of loudness does noise start trampling your ear’s hair cells? An oft-quoted warning is that after exposure of a 100db sound source of over 15 minutes, your ears are “at risk”, whether that be to tinnitus or other types of hearing damage. Sound is measured logarithmically, so for every 3db increase in noise level, the “safe” exposure time is halved.

Given the music at most nightclubs and gigs will be comfortably between 100 and 110db if you are near the speakers – a digital decibel reader above the DJ booth at Corsica Studios in South London measures around 105db consistently for hours on end on a typical night – this isn’t hugely helpful, given no-one wants to be taking breaks every 15 minutes.

That 15-minute, 100db warning is European Union health & safety regulation for employees in high-noise work environments. The ability for a punter to move further away from the speakers is greater for gigs over nightclubs, but for those who want to enjoy dancefloors of that decibel level for long periods, unpicking what the nature and severity of this “at risk” danger is a notoriously elusive exercise.

The frustrating fact is that there is no particular level of noise for any given person that will guarantee tinnitus, and it is different for every raver. One person can go to Fabric for eight hours every weekend for many years and their cochlea’s hair cells always grow back after trampling, while their best friend can contract tinnitus from a single half an hour of Section Boyz at the O2.

Audiologists, in a 2009 review of the research on susceptibility to noise damage, refer to this as “one of the most remarkable features” of noise-induced hearing loss, an extreme “interindividual variability” that means two people exposed to exactly the same level of noise can have wildly different reactions in their ears.

The primary factor that determines a person’s susceptibility is genetic. There is some evidence to suggest that certain environmental factors, such as high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, and smoking, contribute to the risk factor – however the causal link is yet to be defined clearly.

And unfortunately there is also no more than a tenuous link between a healthy lifestyle and avoiding tinnitus; consumption of alcohol and drugs do not increase the risk of tinnitus themselves, only doing so indirectly by making us lower our perception of risks of those around us, whether that be excessive exposure to loud noise or the possibility of being hit by a car if you stumble drunkenly into a busy street.

It is not crystal clear the exact genetic determinant of a person’s susceptibility, though researchers are starting to have some idea. In work done by Action on Hearing Loss, five genes were identified that influence a person’s sensitivity to tinnitus and noise-induced hearing damage in general, related respectively to the supply of potassium, and antioxidants, in a person’s ear. Potassium flows into the hair cells to send information to the brain about noise coming in. Hair cells also produce toxic, oxidised by-products called ‘free radicals’ when they use a lot of energy, and the cells’ process of neutralising them can be overwhelmed.

Genes involved in both the recycling of potassium within the cochlea and the process to deal with ‘free radicals’ determine a person’s susceptibility to noise. However, there’s unfortunately no accessible way to identify a person’s genetic strands that relate to these functions. Knowledge of these processes may be useful in future to develop drugs that target toxic by-products or the deficiency of potassium in the cochlea after a person has suffered noise damage, but so far the drugs are yet to be developed in a reliable way that does not produce harmful side effects.

Can we at least test how damaged a given person’s hair cells are – how much pre-tinnitus trampling they have endured? The most useful test, says audiologist Paul Checkley of Harley Street Hearing, is something called an ‘otoacoustic emission test’, which can show hair cell damage over the respective frequencies for people with early signs of tinnitus. However, it does not reliably measure cumulative “trampling”, and is also not hugely accessible as an informative check-up – appointments and referrals are typically required.

The ability for most people’s hair cells to grow back in their first few years of partying, coupled with the ignorance over the long-term resilience of an individual person’s cells, allows a situation where ravers simply hope they aren’t one of the unlucky ones, and trust the ringing will continue fading away a day after every new exposure. However, many dedicated ravers are becoming socially accustomed to the most reliable significant preventative measure, of wearing ear plugs in nightclubs, especially given the availability of a wide range of options of high-end plugs that do not diminish the immersiveness and quality of sound.

Taking breaks, says spokesperson for Action on Hearing Loss Gorki Duhra, is also key, as persistent exposure without breaks denies your cochlea’s ability to regrow hair cells. Going for a cigarette break every hour is, conveniently, being kind to your ears. Before the research on genetic susceptibility and reliable cures develops further, such preventative self-care is a wise idea.

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