Hearing is a sense that is closely connected to communication and is of vital importance for interpersonal, cognitive or learning relationships.
Hearing loss, whether due to ageing or chronic exposure to loud noise, therefore has very negative consequences for individuals, who may experience serious social, psychological and physical problems.
Not surprisingly, untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation from one's surroundings, as well as pathologies related to depression, dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, it increases the risk of falls, as awareness of one's surroundings is reduced.
That's why it is important to see a specialist at the first signs of hearing loss for a thorough check-up and to determine a solution, such as hearing aids. These electronic devices are designed to amplify and modify sound signals to enable better hearing and communication. Their use stimulates the brain and makes it remember sounds that would not be heard without the use of these devices.
As explained by SONTEC, a specialist audiology centre with more than twenty years of experience on the Costa del Sol, the technological boom has had a very positive effect, and as a result, there is a much wider range of hearing aids available, which means that «the patient can have a tailor-made solution.»
In addition to their design, with a wide range of sizes that make them fully adaptable, another of the great advances of these devices lies in their charging system. There are now rechargeable hearing aids that last up to 30 hours on a single charge thanks to the lithium-ion battery, a material with a greater capacity to store energy than others used to date.
As hearing aid batteries are small and consume very little power, they can be charged in a few hours and used for a whole day. Likewise, this material lasts for 5 to 6 years, which is the recommended lifetime of a hearing aid. Another important consideration is their low environmental impact, as they do not require the use of contaminating batteries.
In any case, it is essential to consult a hearing care professional for advice on the choice of the perfect hearing device for each individual.
SONTEC works with leading hearing aid manufacturers such as GN Resound, Widex, Oticon, Coselgi, Phonak, and Bernafone, among many others.
As part of their working methodology, the centre offers a free in-depth hearing evaluation, based on which they will recommend the best solution to the problem according to the individual's personal needs.
They also have an excellent after-sales service for servicing and maintenance of hearing aids and have technical aids, including magnetic loops, specialised telephones, buzzers, television aids, and Bluetooth systems.
The centre also works with the Junta de Andalucía and the Andalusian Health Service, as well as with several organisations in the UK.
User-friendly. No need to keep an eye on the batteries, and easier to handle.
Predictability. These hearing systems have a battery warning system that sounds before they are switched off which helps plan recharging.
Sustainability. By not running on single-use batteries, they reduce pollution and waste. Recharging is carried out conveniently and cleanly via USB and mains electricity.
Savings. Depending on the model, hearing aids can require up to 60 batteries per year, which is costly and inconvenient for the patient.
For more information:
Calle Hermanos Pinzón 4, Edificio Florida II, Local 9ºA, Fuengirola.
Telephone 952 667 402.