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2 years completed….. and looking forward to many more

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It has been two years since the Worcester Hearing Centre first opened its doors in the Cornmarket in Worcester. In excess of 500 hundred people have visited the centre for a variety of reasons; from assistance with their hearing problems to getting custom made hearing protection, or wax removed from their ears.

The hearing centre prides itself on the fact that they offer the latest technology in hearing systems. There are instruments today that sit deeply in the ear canal that cannot be seen, as well as instruments that have a high level of technology for those people who have a demanding listening lifestyle. In addition to this there is technology now available that can help the tinnitus sufferer cope better this often debilitating condition. Victoria Dixon, senior audiologist at the centre, said “over the last two years people have consulted us over a wide range of hearing needs and we are really pleased that we can undoubtedly help them to hear much better, using the latest technology that we have available from some of the world’s leading manufacturers of hearing systems”. The hearing centre has had a variety of open days throughout this year, taking the opportunity to introduce new technology as soon as it’s announced, keeping the people of Worcester up to date with what is going on in the world of hearing assistance.

Not only does the centre focus on Hearing systems, it also has a hearing protection specialist, Tom Dixon, the centre manager, who specializes in noise protection of all types. He frequently tell is clients stories from his experience in the musical world and about hearing protection for musicians. In addition to this he is often asked to solve the never ending problem of ‘snoring’, whist Tom says, ‘stopping snoring is not in his area of expertise, he can make very good sleep plugs for the person who is kept awake by their partner snoring, thus ensuring the person most effected by someone snoring can get a good night’s sleep’.

Over the last two years, Victoria and Tom, have seen many people who have visited the centre for advice about all aspects of their hearing, and they pride themselves on being able to change people’s lives by helping them hear better. Loss of hearing often makes people insular and reticent to go out and mix with other, this in itself brings complications and often causes depression and loss of confidence. By solving the hearing problems, their clients can claim back their lives, mix with their friends again and be sure they can hear what’s being said, without fear of embarrassment because they can hear clearly and they don’t mix up words any more.

The Worcester Hearing Centre offers free hearing tests for anyone worried about how well they are hearing, as well as free assessments for those who need any type noise protection. From hearing assistance to help with tinnitus, protection from the snoring of a loved one to protection from the effects of loud music, they have ‘a solution for your ears’.

To make an appointment call 01905 617803.

Tom talks to the BBC about hearing loss

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BBC Interview For Our Audiologist

‘Before you pick up any instrument or think about singing a single word if your hearing is impaired your performance will be too’.

On the 26th of September our very own hearing protection specialist and hearing aid audiologist, Tom Dixon was asked by the BBC introducing producer Andrew Marston to attend a local live recording at the Oxford Arms in Kington, Herefordshire. He was interviewed about all the work he is doing locally to raise awareness to hearing loss and tinnitus through over exposure to loud music. ‘musicians don’t realize how important protecting their hearing is until it’s too late’, Tom told Andy that he see lots of people in his Hearing Centre that are suffering from the side effects of loud music, there is no need for it, the protection is out there it just needs to be known about and worn. Tom works with Tower studio’s to provide regular talks to musicians trying to raise awareness to the side effects of loud noise.

The Worcester hearing centre provide a very comprehensive service for musicians including industry standard custom made filtered hearing protection and in ear monitors. Every client receives a full diagnostic hearing evaluation, ear health examination and annual hearing check reviews free of charge.

Small and Discreet Digital Hearing Aid Technology

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Worcester Hearing Centre is pleased to announce that they are able to offer their clients one of the latest hearing systems on the market. There is frequently a stigma attached to wearing hearing aids that can be seen. Victoria Dixon senior audiologist at the Worcester Hearing Centre said “many clients take a long time to admit their hearing is not as good as it use to be, and coupled with the fact if they have to wear a hearing system that is readily seen, they often will not seek help in solving their hearing problems. They will often avoid social situations because they can’t hear very well.”

Modern technology has brought about a number of hearing aid laboratories producing very small and very discreet hearing systems, and at the Worcester hearing Centre they are able to give advice and demonstrate the latest instruments available. Tom Dixon, centre manager, added “with a product like the Starkey Laboratories Soundlens, people can have the best of both worlds, small, discreet, the latest technology in an instrument that is specifically made for the client and its designed to be removed at the end of the day to promote good ear health”

Discreet hearing aids offer the client, nanotechnology that can virtually eliminate several of the most troublesome characteristics of older hearing instruments, like feedback, (whistling) while automatic listening environment adjustments aid listening to speech in noise. Tom said that he is often asked for instruments that ‘no-one’ can see, and he is very happy to recommend this new level of instrument that enables him to customize the hearing instruments to each person’s unique listening needs to give a more realistic and natural listening experience. It has to be pointed out that the size of a person’s ear canal often will dictate whether a deep fitting instrument is suitable and impressions have to be taken in many cases so the canal can be measured properly, and all the audiologists at the Worcester Hearing Centre have undertaken special training to take these impressions under the guidance of senior audiologist Victoria Dixon.

One final comment from Victoria was: “over the last 20 years clients have been concerned about the effects a hearing system will have on their appearance but it’s worth remembering that others will be far less aware of the instruments than the person wearing them”

Worcester Hearing Centre, 5 The Cornmarket, Worcester, is open Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm for an appointment or to consult and audiologist about the best and most suitable hearing system for you please call 01905 617803.

Worcester audiologist in tinnitus warning

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A LEADING international audiologist has issued a warning to Worcestershire residents – protect your hearing or suffer irreparable damage.

Victoria Dixon, owner of Worcester Hearing Centre in The Cornmarket, is alarmed by the rise in cases of tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing or hissing noise in the ears that can be spasmodic or constant and distressing for the sufferer.

Ms Dixon, who has travelled throughout Europe and North America during a 20 year career as a hearing aid audiologist, said:

We live in a noisy and stressful world and more people are starting to suffer spasmodic, and aggressive, bouts of tinnitus. It’s becoming a modern phenomenon. There is no known cure and it only takes two hours’ exposure to 85 decibels to start to create cochlear hearing loss, which shows just how delicate our ears are.”

A member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, Ms Dixon is particularly concerned about young people who use headsets to listen to music or play computer games.

“The major problem is that loud noise is now becoming the norm,” she said.
“We all need to minimise decibel levels and learn to manage noise as tinnitus can be distressing and tiring. It can also affect personal and working relationships.

“We work with people from a wide range of professions such as telecommunications and heavy and civil engineering to help them manage tinnitus sufferers. This includes counselling and advice on how to deal with the situation.”

Ms Dixon’s top tips for avoiding tinnitus are:

  • Take time to relax in a quiet environment
  • Minimise stress levels
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to noise over 85 decibels
  • Careful management of oxotoxic medicine, which can result in hearing loss or ringing in the ears

Launched in November 2011, Worcester Hearing Centre is run by three generations – Ms Dixon, her son Tom and mum Jean Eaves – and offers independent advice on all hearing aid styles and manufacturers.

The centre also supplies musicians’ hearing protection instruments, shooting enthusiasts’ ear defenders, custom fit sleep and swim plugs and personal in ear monitors for MP3 players.

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