At London Hearing we pay close attention to new technology in the market. As an independent supplier, we are committed to this approach. We also make sure to monitor and review our clients on a regular basis. So if a product has taken well, then we know it has a place in our clinic.
Titanium built hearing aids have taken very well with both the Audiology team and our ENT Consultants. But more importantly, these hearing systems have really impressed our patients here at London Hearing.
Durability – A Long Term Investment
As a material, Titanium is 15 times stronger than acrylic in the design of a shell for hearing aid purposes. This means that the hearing aid is one that is robust and long lasting, giving our patients the peace of mind that their investment is for the long term.
Aesthetics – Discrete
The Titanium shell has a thickness of 0.2 mm.
Therefore we can map the micro-electronics into a smaller cavity, so we are building hearing aids that are smaller and more discreet than ever before. The aesthetic outcome is important for most patients and in some cases will be the only way we can get the patient to wear the device more often.
Premium and Natural Quality
Aesthetics aside, let’s focus on the sound as this is the key to the success of any hearing aid. Phonak (the manufacturer) are insistent that we have to get past the second bend of the ear canal when we take an impression of the ear. Hence we are making devices that sit deep in the canal. The product is vented, allowing for natural air and sound to flow in to the ear. Due to the titanium material, we can actually use bigger vents that with traditional acrylic devices. Hence in some certain cases, we have fitted these systems very successfully to patients who have normal low frequency hearing but wont wear a post-aural system.
We always discuss the importance of dual microphones that we know work so well with RITE hearing systems. However, the counter argument to a deep canal hearing system fitting (such as the Titanium), is that when the microphone sits at a sufficient depth in the canal, we are utilizing the pinna effect – allowing for a very natural hearing experience.
The Operating System
The engine/brain of the system is called AutoSense OS. It is an automatic algorithm that identifies the exact hearing environment/situation the user is in and automatically adapts itself to blend the response accordingly. Hence by adaptively changing features and gain levels, the Titanium maximizes speech intelligibility in any environment.
At this practice, we see some very challenging cases but some of the best Titanium fittings we have seen are with conductive losses, in particular Otosclerosis. We believe that part of the success has been due to the connective properties of Titanium at this increased depth in the canal.
So the scope has widened for custom built hearing systems recently and we see the Titanium option as a very credible option for all our patients here at London Hearing.
Available with 3 receiver options to suit hearing losses of all degrees
Moderate / Power / Super Power
Author: Mr Nick Clive – Lead Audiologist and Director at 150 Harley Street