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Free Hearing Tests While You Do Your Shopping

Hearbase audiologists are holding free hearing tests at Free hearing tests while you do your shoppingsupermarkets in Canterbury and Westwood Cross in Thanet over the summer.

They’ll also answer questions and give advice on hearing-related matters, such as noise protection, tinnitus and problems with excessive earwax.

Our audiologists will be at Sainsbury’s at Westwood Cross, on Wednesday, July 26, Wednesday, August 23 and Wednesday, September 20.

And they will also be at Morrison’s, at Wincheap, Canterbury on Wednesday, August 9. 

No appointments needed

Tests are carried out in our fully-equipped mobile vehicle (pictured) which has its own hearing testing booth.

You don’t need an appointment – just turn up on the day for your free hearing check while you do your shopping.

Hearbase managing director Mark Scutchings said: “We have carried out these free hearing checks for some years now and we find that many of the people we see have significant hearing problems.

“Our environment is getting louder. As people are living longer it is important to reduce the risk of hearing damage at an early age. It is not just an issue for those over 60. Young people should be looking after their hearing now as well.”

Hearbase Audiologists At The Kent Show

Audiologists from Hearbase spent three days at theHearbase audiologsts at the Kent Show Kent Show at Detling with the company’s mobile testing unit.

They carried out hearing tests in its fully-equipped testing booth and also answered hearing-related questions from the show’s many visitors.


Leaflets and brochures containing information about Hearbase’s wide-ranging services were handed out. The audiologists also gave advice about tinnitus, hearing protection and industrial noise screenings.


Free Hearing Tests At The Kent Show

We’ll be offering free hearing tests at the Kent Show this weekend Free hearing tests at the Kent Show– with a chance to win some great prizes.

Everyone who has a free hearing check from our mobile unit (pictured) will be entered into a prize draw.

Our mobile is fully-equipped and has its own hearing testing booth. Our team of audiologists will carry out the checks and answer any hearing-related questions.

They can also give advice on issues such as tinnitus, hearing protection and balance disorders.

Win a prize

We’ll be at the show all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 7, 8 and 9 so come and find us at stand J5 123, have a free hearing check and be in with a chance to win a prize in our draw.

The Kent Show takes place at the Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone ME14 3JF and is open from 8am to 6pm every day. It has plenty of displays, entertainment and local food. There are more than 400 exhibitors and trade stands and more than 300 competitions, activities and displays.

Find out more here.

We’re Supporting Deal Festival Of Music And The Arts

Hearbase is supporting Deal Festival by becoming a corporate Hearbase is supporting Deal Festivalfriend of the music and arts based organisation.

This year’s festival starts on Friday, June 30 and runs until Sunday, July 16. Most of the concerts, walks, talks and exhibitions take place in the seaside town of Deal.

This year is also the 35th anniversary of the festival. During that time it has grown to become one of the landmarks of the English music festival scene.

Mark Scutchings, Hearbase chief executive, said: “As a local company with a branch in Deal we are pleased to be involved with something as prestigious as Deal Festival.

“I feel that it is very important that businesses support this kind of event as a way of reaching out and being part of the local community.”

Supporting the festival in this way means that it can grow the event, create more year-round activities and support more young people to become musicians and artists,

To see all Deal Festival events click here.


Why The Elderly Need To Look After Their Health

Why the elderly need to look after their healthNew research has found that an elderly person’s state of health has a bearing on whether they will develop hearing loss.

A population-based study in Rotterdam, in The Netherlands, looked at  3,315 elderly people.

Risk factor

It revealed that an unhealthy lifestyle could lead to hearing loss among the elderly.

Smoking was a significant risk factor, as was alcohol and diabetes.

To read more on this study click here.


Our Easter Opening Hours

Our Easter Opening HoursAll Hearbase branches will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, Sunday and Easter Monday. They will open again as normal on Tuesday, April 18.

But don’t forget that you can still visit our website for information throughout the Easter break and our webshop Hearbase Direct if you need to order supplies.

We’d like to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Caffeine May Worsen Noise-Related Hearing Loss

A study conducted by the Research Institute at McGill University Health Centre Caffeinein Canada suggests that caffeine can seriously affect the body’s ability to recover from temporary hearing loss after extremely loud events.

Furthermore, the study found that it can also contribute to longer-term permanent damage that would originally be repaired.

The study was carried out on guinea pigs who were divided into three groups. Results showed that guinea pigs that had been exposed to caffeine and loud sounds at the same time had a much slower recovery from temporary noise-induced hearing loss than the group who were only exposed to sounds.

Read more.

New Test Can Detect Hidden Hearing Loss

New test can detect hidden hearing lossResearchers at the University of Connecticut in the US have developed a new test which can detect hidden hearing loss.

A hidden hearing loss is one that cannot be measured by the most common hearing tests.  The audiograms of people with hidden hearing loss look the same as those with normal hearing.

Leslie R. Bernstein, professor of neuroscience and surgery at the University of Connecticut, said: “We now have a validated technique to identify ‘hidden’ hearing deficits that would likely go undetected with traditional audiograms.”

Professor Bernstein conducted the study with Constantine Trahiotis, emeritus professor of neuroscience and surgery at the university.

The developed test to identify a hidden hearing loss measures a person’s ability to detect across-ears (binaural) changes in sounds presented at levels of loudness that are close to those experienced in normal conversations.

Researchers studied adults aged from 30 to 67 with a normal or near-normal audiogram. They found that listeners who have essentially normal clinical hearing test results may exhibit substantial deficits in binaural processing.

Read full story.


Gene Therapy Hope For Treating Hearing Loss

Gene therapy hope for treating hearing lossScientists have managed to restore partial hearing and balance in mice born with a genetic condition that affects both.

A team from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have done this using a novel form of gene therapy.

This overcomes a long-standing barrier to accessing hair cells.

These are delicate sensors in the inner ear that capture sound and head movement and convert them to signals for hearing and balance.

Hearing gains

The team’s findings, published in the February issue of Molecular Therapy, show that the treatment leads to notable gains in hearing. It allows mice that would normally be completely deaf to hear the equivalent of a loud conversation. The animals’ sense of balance also improved.

Scientists say this is still years away from use in humans. But they are hopeful that gene therapy could eventually be used to restore hearing in people with genetic and acquired deafness. A month after treatment nine of the 12 mice had some level of hearing restored.

The team now plans to improve their gene-delivery technique to try to reach an even greater proportion of hair cells. Scientists will test the approach in other forms of hearing loss, including conditions that cause both deafness and blindness.

Full story

Hearing Aids And Winter Weather

Hearing aids and winter weatherWinter weather can cause havoc with the delicate electronics inside a hearing aid, leading to loss of performance and, in extreme cases, permanent damage.

But this can be easily avoided just by taking a few precautions before going out in the cold.

Make sure that every time you go out – especially if it is snowing or raining – you protect your ears and hearing aids by wearing a warm hat.


Loss of performance often happens when hearing aids get cold and then warm up when you go inside into a warm atmosphere. This big change of temperature causes condensation in the hearing aid and this moisture can damage it.

Moisture can ruin the microphone and receiver of your hearing aids, as well as clogging the earmould tubing and corroding the parts.

Carry spare batteries

If hearing aid batteries get too cold they will not last as long as normal and can sometimes stop working. It’s a good idea to carry spare batteries with you when you go out just in case this happens.

Put the spares in an inside pocket so they will keep warm but make sure there are no coins or other metal objects near them if you are carrying them loose and not in their packet.

Use a dehumidifier

Don’t leave your hearing aids where they will get very cold, such as overnight in the car or near a window. This is because condensation will form when they start to warm up.

If your hearing aids do get wet or if there is a problem with moisture build-up then make sure you take out the batteries and dry your hearing aids properly. Using a dehumidifier can really help here.

Following these simple precautions will mean your precious hearing aids will carry on working well for a long time.

Making it easy

Our webshop Hearbase Direct stocks a range of items which help in the care and maintenance of hearing aids. Included is an electronic disinfection and drying system. Postage is free on all orders so why not take a look now.

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