Behind the Ear and In the Ear
Fitting Styles: RIC, BTE, ITC, ITE, CIC, MC
Important note regarding hearing aid names:
Some companies supply a slightly more basic version of this hearing aid and market it as the “Vista T 510”. The hearing aid is still made by Unitron and is almost identical to the Tempus 500. You will also see other names associated with Unitron products, such as “Moxi, Now, Fit, All, Dura, Kiss, Stride, Insera. These are all essentially different “shapes” of this hearing aid. For example, the Unitron Tempus Pro Moxi sits over the ear, whereas the Unitron Tempus Pro Insera fits entirely into the ear and is hidden down the ear canal. Feel free to ask us for a more detailed explanation.
The Unitron Tempus 500 is the entry level hearing aid in the Tempus range. As it is the entry level model it features the most reduced feature list and is the least technologically advanced of all of the hearing aids in the Tempus range. However along with the reduced features you will also find that the Tempus 500 is the cheapest of the Tempus hearing aids. The Unitron Tempus range also features the premium Unitron Tempus Pro, the Unitron Tempus 800, the Unitron Tempus 700 and the Unitron Tempus 600.
To find out more detailed information about the features available in the Unitron Tempus range we recommend that you take a look at our Unitron Tempus Pro page, however you must remember to bear in mind that there are a number of feature and technology differences between the Tempus Pro and the Tempus 500, which we will detail further below.
If you are looking for an affordable hearing aid that will function well in quiet environments, then the Unitron Tempus 500 could be a good choice for you. However if you spend any time in louder or more challenging environments then we would really recommend that you look at one of the more advanced Unitron Tempus models.
The Tempus 500 actually functions really quite well for one-to-one conversations that are held in quiet environments, and it’s rechargeable capabilities could make it a good option for some people. In fact it’s performance for conversations in quiet equals that of the premium Tempus Pro.
To find out more about the features that are present in the Unitron Tempus 500, please see our Unitron Tempus Pro page, however bear in mind the below vital differences:
Due to the Tempus 500 only really being designed for use in quiet and uncomplicated listening situations, it is only able to detect and process up to six different sounds at once. This is in comparison to the Unitron Tempus Pro and Tempus 800 which have 20 fitting channels, the Tempus 700 which has 16 channels and the Tempus 600 which has 10 channels.
One of the main selling points of the Tempus platform is the development of the SoundCore technology, an essential part of this being the SoundNav feature. However SoundNav is absent in the Tempus 500, replaced by AutoMic. This is a much older piece of technology that automatically switches the microphones to improve performance when levels of background noise increase.
This feature is not available in the Tempus 500, which means that detecting where sounds are coming from could be very difficult.
This is another feature which isn’t present in the Tempus 500, and as a result there is further reduced directionality detection and corresponding speech clarity.
Paul has been in the audiological industry for over 20 years. He studied audiology at Cambridge and has worked in both the manufacturing and retail sectors of the industry. He worked for one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers as Trainer, Product Manager and also Sales Director. He later became the National Sales Manager for one of the national hearing aid retailers. He has dispensed many hearing aids as a private audiologist and he sits on the Council of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA)
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If you are looking at this page then it is likely that an audiologist has suggested that you purchase this particular hearing aid, so is this the best model for you?
In general, any audiologist will always be recommending to you the model that best suits your needs. Here is a useful check list to make sure that is the case.
If in doubt, feel free to give us a call. That's what we're here for.
If you have a significant hearing loss in both ears, you should be wearing two hearing aids. Here are the audiological reasons why:
Localisation. The brain decodes information from both ears and compares and contrasts them. By analysing the miniscule time delays as well as the difference in loudness of each sound reaching the ears, the person is able to accurately locate a sound source. Simply put, if you have better hearing on one side than the other, you can't accurately tell what direction sounds are coming from.
Less amplification required. A phenomena known as “binaural summation” means that the hearing aids can be set at a lower and more natural volume setting than than if you wore only one hearing aid.
Head shadow effect. High frequencies, the part of your hearing that gives clarity and meaning to speech sounds, cannot bend around your head. Only low frequencies can. Therefore if someone is talking on your unaided side you are likely to hear that they are speaking, but be unable to tell what they have said.
Noise reduction. The brain has it’s own built in noise reduction which is only really effective when it is receiving information from both ears. If only one ear is aided, even with the best hearing aid in the world, it will be difficult for you to hear in background noise as your brain is trying to retain all of the sounds (including background noise) rather than filtering it out.
Sound quality. We are designed to hear in stereo. Only hearing from one side sounds a lot less natural to us.
For most people, the main benefit of a rechargeable hearing aid is simple convenience. We are used to plugging in our phones and other devices overnight for them to charge up.
For anybody with poor dexterity or issues with their fingers, having a rechargeable aid makes a huge difference as normal hearing aid batteries are quite small and some people find them fiddly to change.
One downside is that if you forget to charge your hearing aid, then it is a problem that can't be instantly fixed. For most a 30 minute charge will get you at least two or three hours of hearing, but if you are the type of person who is likely to forget to plug them in regularly then you're probably better off with standard batteries.
Rechargeable aids are also a little bit bigger and are only available in behind the ear models.
Finally, just like with a mobile phone, the amount of charge you get on day one is not going to be the same as you get a few years down the line. Be sure to ask what the policy is with the manufacturer warranty when it comes to replacing the battery.
For most people, the answer is yes. But it's never that simple.
The majority of hearing problems affect the high frequencies a lot more than the low ones. Therefore open fitting hearing aids sound a lot more natural and ones that block your ears up can make your own voice sound like you are talking with your head in a bucket. Therefore in-ear aids tend to be less natural.
However the true answer is we can't tell until we have had a look in your ears to assess the size of your ear canal, and until we have tested your hearing to see which frequencies are being affected.
People with wider ear canals tend to have more flexibility, also there are open fitting modular CIC hearing aids now that do not block your ears.
There is also the age old rule to consider, that a hearing aid will not help you if it's sat in the drawer gathering dust. If the only hearing aid you would be happy wearing is one that people can't see, then that's what you should get.
Most people can adapt to any type of hearing aid, as long as they know what to expect. Have an honest conversation with your audiologist as to what your needs are.
Generally speaking, six or more. Unless it's none at all.
The number of channels a hearing aid has is often a simplistic way an audiologist will use to explain why one hearing aid is better than another, but channels are complex and it is really not that straightforward.
Hearing aids amplify sounds of different frequencies by different amounts. Most people have lost more high frequencies than low and therefore need more amplification in the high frequencies. The range of sounds you hear are split into frequency bands or channels and the hearing aids are set to provide the right amount of hearing at each frequency level.
Less than six channels and this cannot be done with much accuracy, so six is the magic number. However, a six channel aid is typically very basic with few other features and is suitable only for hearing a single speaker in a quiet room. The number of channels is not what you should be looking at, it's more the rest of the technology that comes with them.
As a final note, different manufacturers have different approaches. One method is not necessarily better than any other. For example some manufacturers have as many as 64 channels in their top aids. Most tend to have between 17 and 20. One manufacturer has no channels at all.
When we refer to a product as 'New', we mean that the product is new to the market.
When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.