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Selecting the most suitable hearing aids can be vital to enjoying life to its fullest. Less than 25% of all people who need hearing aids actually get them. Most people don't realize that the majority of hearing losses can be treated with hearing aids. Untreated hearing loss can cause embarrassment, social stress, tension, and fatigue. This is true not only for the person with the hearing loss but also for family members, friends, and colleagues. New research suggests an association between hearing loss and dementia—another reason to have a hearing evaluation if you suspect a hearing loss. In the case of children, untreated hearing loss can affect school performance and social development.

First Steps in Considering Hearing Aids


First, you should have a good understanding of your hearing loss. What kind of hearing loss do you have? Is it permanent? What does your audiogram say about what sounds you can and cannot hear? Once you understand your audiogram, you can begin to understand why you are having trouble hearing in different situations.

What can I expect the audiologist to do in selecting a hearing aid for me?

First, the audiologist will conduct an evaluation and explain to you the nature of your hearing loss. Then the audiologist will talk with you about your ability to use hearing aids.

Your audiologist will want to find out about your typical communication activities at home, at work, and in social and leisure activities. You are a very important partner in this discussion. Your answers will help to decide the type and style of hearing aid that is best for you. Your answers will also help in deciding what hearing aid features you need.

Once you and your audiologist have discussed your listening needs, he or she can recommend the hearing aid(s) that will best accommodate your needs. The audiologist will consider your hearing loss, communication needs, and budget in selecting your hearing aids.

Different Types of Hearing Aids

Brits Audiology stocks a limited number of hearing aids in Namibia; however at the same time we have the capability to order and obtain any sort of hearing aid that is required. Thus, depending on your need we can ensure that your hearing aid reaches you before it's to late. Below is a look at some of the hearing aids there are on the market today.

Contact us today for our fill list of hearing aids available at Brits Audiology.

Cochlear Implants

Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is a device that provides direct electrical stimulation to the auditory (hearing) nerve in the inner ear. Children and adults with a severe to profound hearing loss who cannot be helped with hearing aids may be helped with cochlear implants.

This type of hearing loss is sensorineural, which means there is damage to the tiny hair cells in the part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Because of this damage, sound cannot reach the auditory nerve. With a cochlear implant, the damaged hair cells are bypassed, and the auditory nerve is stimulated directly.

The cochlear implant does not result in “restored” or “cured” hearing. It does, however, allow for the perception of the sensation of sound.

The benefits from a cochlear implant depend on many factors, such as:

  • The age of the patient when he or she receives the implant
  • Whether the hearing loss was present before or after the patient developed language skills
  • The motivation of the patient and his or her family


At Brits Audiology we are passionate about hearing, thus if we do not have a hearing aid in stock we are more than willing to special order one from our suppliers. Below kindly find the direct link to their websites, allowing you to browse through their hearing aid ranges.

BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aids)

BAHA sound processor

What is a BAHA?
The Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) is a surgically implanted device designed to help people with hearing loss. The majority of the conventional hearing aids transmit sound through the medium of air conduction. The BAHA stimulates the cochlea (inner ear) by transmitting the sound waves through the bones of the skull (bone conduction), and thereby bypassing the outer and middle ear. Once the cochlea receives the sound signals, the information is converted in to neural signals and transferred to the brain, where it is perceived as sound (thereby bypassing the outer and middle ear).
Who can benefit from a BAHA?
Patients with chronic middle ear conditions or outer ear problems or congenital defects of the ear who can’t wear hearing aids may be a candidate for a BAHA as long as one ear has a cochlea that can hear at a moderate hearing level or better. Another category of candidates are patients with “single sided deafness”. This includes patients who have lost all or most hearing in one ear (where a a conventional hearing aid is not helpful), but have good hearing in the other ear. A BAHA may provide an excellent hearing alternative for patients who cannot benefit from a traditional hearing aid, or in other words, for an ear that is “un-aidable” with a conventional hearing aid

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