Signia Silk 5x Digital Hearing Aid
Mild Hearing Loss Explained
Hearing healthcare professionals define mild hearing loss as being unable to hear sounds that are quieter than about 20-40 decibels (dB) for adults. Many people with mild hearing losses are unaware of their hearing loss.
As a type of hearing loss, it can still impact lifestyles on a daily basis. For many people, mild hearing losses do not have mild consequences. Mild hearing loss can mean reduced speech intelligibility in general, but especially in noise and over distances. Another consequence is increased listening fatigue with the risk of affecting social life.
People with a mild hearing loss tend to be able to hear speech when someone is speaking close to them or if the room is quiet. They can hear when people are talking loudly, too.
Talking over the phone tends to be mostly manageable too. However, they may feel that people are mumbling and/or that their ears are constantly plugged up. They also struggle when there are competing sound signals (for example speech and noise together).
Soft consonant sounds (e.g. ‘s’ ‘p’ ‘t’ or ‘sh’) are particularly difficult to hear, which is a frustration as the sound may be heard but remain unintelligible for the listener. This can drastically affect the ability to follow conversations.
The hearing devices we dispense have been purposefully designed with price in mind and we offer an affordable alternative to purchasing hearing aids privately.
Shop online to browse the following types of hearing aid:
In ear hearing aids such as the HD 91 and Signia Silk 1Nx
Behind the ear aids including the Signia Motion 13 1Nx
Invisible hearing aids such as the Signia Silk 3 Nx
Rechargeable hearing aids such as the HDR 200 Rechargeable Digital Hearing Aid
Our range features a 12-month manufacturer warranty, free standard shipping, and you’ll be fully covered by our 30-day money-back guarantee.
Signia Silk 5x Digital Hearing Aid
If you loved the Signia Silk Nx Range, then prepare to be wowed with the NEW X RANGE. The new Xperience platform is designed to deliver clear speech and you can find out more here.
The Silk sits deep in the ear, making them hardly noticeable to others. In fact, in some ears, the Silk will disappear completely.
At Hearing Direct, we consider the Silk X to be one of the best invisible hearing aids.
You may already have a hearing test audiogram, or you may need some support to understand the extent of your hearing loss, or which hearing aid to choose. Whatever your situation, talk to us about how we can help and book a free consultation with one of our audiologists through this link: audiology consultation
This hearing aid comes with access to the free Signia App, meaning the audiologist can remotely make adjustments where needed, all from the comfort of your home. You can also update the aids yourself, using your Smartphone, where you can adjust not only the volume but also the listening programme.
The Signia MiniPocket remote control is also available to purchase and use instead of the App to adjust the volume and help you change between programmes.
The Signia Silk hearing aid is extremely comfortable. They are all fitted with super soft silicone sleeves which allows the hearing aid to sit comfortably in your ear. Each hearing aid is colour coded: blue for your left ear and red for your right ear in order for you to easily see what aid is for which ear.
Whatever your lifestyle is, the Signia’s Silk hearing aid will give you the confidence of knowing that no one will notice you are wearing a hearing aid because it’s so discreet.
What’s in the Box
- Hearing aid storage case
- A ‘vented’ small size Signia Click Sleeve will be attached to the Silk 5X when it arrives
- Sample click sleeves in other sizes are also included: extra-small; medium and large in both ‘vented’ and ‘closed’ style
- You can view a video showing you how the Signia Silk Click Sleeves are fitted
- Pack of 8 spare wax guards (Signia MiniReceiver wax guards)
- One pack of 6 size 10 hearing aid batteries (each battery will last approximately 4 days)
- Brush with magnet on the other side – ideal for using to pick up the size 10 batte
- Guide to listening programmes and QR code for App connection. You can click on How to Use The App to see how simple it is to use.
Please note the MiniPocket remote control is not included as standard. As the Signia App is free to download, the remote control is an optional accessory. If the remote control is added to your Silk hearing aid order, we will pair the hearing aid with the remote control for you.
Click here to view the remote control.
Benefits of Digital Hearing Aids
The reward for wearing hearing aids is priceless. Not only do they improve life quality, above all, but the ability to hear clearly again is also unparalleled. Hearing aids are small, lightweight, and fit comfortably in the canal or behind your ear. It’s likely you’ll forget you’re even wearing one.
Some of the key benefits include:
Enjoy the sounds you love.
Improved clarity and amplification means you’ll no longer miss conversations.
Compatible with essential household items such as amplified phones.
Updated technologies provide consistent and sustained sounds in mixed environments.
Hearing aid style, shape, and design advancements make devices comfortable to wear.
Many of our hearing aids come fully programmable to match test results and are ready to wear on arrival.
Depending on the severity of your impairment, specific devices may be more suitable for managing your hearing loss. The models available are designed for mild to moderate hearing loss and are programmable to match your needs.
Types of Hearing Aids Explained
We supply many types of hearing aids. Depending on your preference and the desired features, one model may be more appropriate than another. The types of instrument listed below are commonplace on the market:
Behind the ear hearing aids (BTE)
In the ear hearing aids (ITE)
Receiver in the canal (RIC)
In the canal (ITC)
Completely in the canal (CIC)
Spectacle worn hearing aids
Rechargeable hearing aids
For example, you may favour ITE hearing aids that fit in the ear canal which are less visible than a BTE device. Your choice is also likely to be down to personal preference and comfortability.
How to Buy Digital Hearing Aids Online
It is ever so easy to browse, order, and receive a device. Just navigate our online store to find the hearing aid you want to buy and add to basket just as you would on any other website. Watch our 90-second video guide to see exactly how simple and straightforward it is:
You don’t need approval from a hearing care professional or a subscription from a GP. You order the device you want and have it delivered right to your door.
Test your Hearing
If you have any concern about your hearing, take our free online hearing test. Results will indicate whether or not you need to take further action.
Hearing devices are a popular way of managing sensorineural hearing loss, one of the most common types of permanent hearing impairments. Whilst the test will not be able to distinguish the direct cause, we recommend consulting a health care practitioner or audiologist for a professional diagnosis.
Whether you have a mild, moderate, or severe hearing loss, our hearing check can help identify which steps to take next.
What other levels of hearing loss are there?
Hearing loss is broken down into four main categories according to the degree or severity of the loss. It is measured on a scale of decibels of hearing loss against a ‘normal’ hearing person.
The number of decibels required above the normal level to hear will define the severity of the loss according to the categories below (these reflect the dB loss for the majority of frequencies):
- Mild Hearing Loss is defined as a loss of 20-39 dB
- Moderate Hearing Loss is defined as a loss of 40-69 dB
- Severe Hearing Loss is defined as a loss of 70-90 dB
- Profound Hearing Loss is defined as a loss of greater than 90 dB
How to Test for Mild Hearing Loss
To establish the degree of hearing loss a hearing test is carried out to establish how loud a sound needs to be played for the person to hear it. The test plays sounds at different frequencies – high pitch, low pitch etc. to establish the degree of hearing loss at different frequencies.
Mild Hearing Loss Causes
Depending on the type of hearing loss, there are a number of potential causes:
- Deterioration due to the natural ageing process
- Viral infection
- Head trauma
- Exposure to harmful noise
- Perforation of the ear drum
- Accumulation of wax or fluids in the ear (clogged ear)
How to Manage Mild Hearing Loss
There is currently no medical cure for many types of hearing loss. Those with mild hearing loss have a choice of continuing to suffer an ever more isolating hearing loss or investigate the use of amplification. For example, via the use of hearing aids.
Digital hearing aids can improve the quality of life for the suffer providing the gift or improved sound and clarity.