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Autumn 2016


Essential insight New technology Meet the team and much more...



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e're delighted to bring you the new edition of our magazine highlighting all the latest news from the Hearing and Optical teams here at Leightons. Inside you'll find a wealth of features, from important insights about your hearing and eye health, to a roundup of the latest technology we offer. We hope you enjoy this issue, and we look forward to welcoming you into our stores very soon.






t Leightons, we’re always listening to you. As well as providing family eye care, we expertly test our customers' hearing and provide life-changing digital hearing solutions. We also stay tuned to your changing needs and keep an ear to the ground for anything that might help you. That’s what Talking Points is all about. Our regular magazine is packed with everything you need to know, including all the latest insights and developments from the world of hearing and eye care.

This edition is packed with

audiology team steadily grows,

interesting features, from the newest

you’ll also meet some of our new

technological breakthroughs to the

members who will soon be caring

latest advice on eating healthily to

for you in our branches.

look after your eyes and ears. At Leightons, we’re renowned for the level of care we provide, so this issue looks at the challenges of tinnitus for ageing rock-and-

We hope you find this new issue interesting and informative, and we look forward to hearing your feedback the next time you visit us in our branches. Thanks for reading!

rollers, and how a new generation is raising awareness about it. We also explore the links between hearing, eyesight and dementia, and we take an in-depth look at the increasingly common eyesight problem of macular degeneration. Plus, as our expert

Ryan Leighton, CEO LEIGHTONS |

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All the latest developments from the world of hearing technology.

1. Drumming up real insight It may sound like an obscure form of algebra, but tympanometry comes as standard in every hearing assessment we carry out. The smart way to test how efficiently energy is passing through your ear drum (tympanic membrane) and middle ear, it gives us unique insight into your ear health, and helps our audiologists plan the treatment plan that’s best for you. Tympanograms are a graphical representation of the change in compliance (Y or vertical axis) of the middle-ear system as air pressure (X or horizontal axis) is varied.

2. Phonak Audéo B-R

Phonak Audéo B-R

Phonak Audéo B-R case with charger

Phonak Audéo B-R mini charger

Phonak’s new Audéo B-R is a high-performance hearing aid with ground-breaking rechargeable battery technology. As the world’s first hearing aid to feature a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the Audéo B-R is capable of providing up to 24 hours' use on a single three hour charge. Busy individuals will love this time-saving technology, with smart charging options that are ideal for those constantly on the move. The Audéo B-R is environmentally friendly too, saving around 100 batteries a year per hearing aid.

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3. Music to your ears Made for music lovers, Muse is Starkey’s newest innovation in the world of hearing aids. With a high capacity processor, it ensures exceptional audibility and sound quality, maintains optimum loudness levels, and enables improved hearing of speech in difficult listening situations. Built to last with patented Surface NanoShield coatings to repel moisture, dust and debris, Muse will give you a new appreciation of the music you love.

4. Screen stars If you enjoy watching the television but sometimes struggle to hear it properly, HyperSound could be exactly what you need. These unique directional speakers project sound up to 25 feet, and provide exceptional clarity while helping drown out unwanted background noise – whether you are wearing hearing aids or not. In fact, if listening to the television is your only hearing concern, you can programme each speaker specifically to the needs of each of your ears.

While your loved ones can have the television set to their level, you are aided by these HyperSound speakers, and to cap it all, they look amazing. Perfect for transforming your everyday television watching.

5. Oticon Opn The revolutionary Oticon Opn processes speech 50 times faster than its predecessors, and delivers an incredibly natural hearing experience that allows the wearer to follow conversations more easily, even in loud environments and with lots of people talking. Plus it's the world’s first internetconnected hearing aid, allowing you to easily connect and control internet-enabled devices such as mobile phones or televisions.


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revolution In


Open up your hearing with the innovative new Oticon Opn.


echnology is changing faster than ever, and at Leightons we’re committed to providing you with the most up-to-date hearing solutions.

We’re particularly excited to introduce the revolutionary Oticon Opn. Processing speech 50 times faster than its predecessors, Opn can also remove distracting noise, even between words. As a result, it delivers an incredibly natural hearing experience that allows the wearer to follow conversations more easily, even in loud environments and with lots of people talking – perfect for busy restaurants and similar situations. The Opn has Bluetooth™ connectivity, allowing you to easily connect to and stream audio from devices such as mobile phones or televisions – all with the tap of a finger. Plus it’s the world’s first internet-connected hearing aid, giving you the potential to connect and control internetenabled devices in your home – from your lighting to your

We’re proud to have been selected by Oticon to be the first independent hearing care company in the UK to offer the Oticon Opn. Make an appointment to speak to one of our qualified audiologists today, and enjoy a free trial of this revolutionary next generation hearing aid.

coffee machine, the possibilities are endless.

Easy connection to mobile phones and

Available in a choice of colours

other external devices Discreet design with a smart single push button or smartphone app

Removes distracting noise, even between words

for easy operation of volume and programs IP68 water and dust resistant

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Super-fast sound processing



dementia Looking after your ears and eyes could help your brain too.


ur motto at Leightons is ‘to see, to hear, to live’. There’s an obvious link between your eyesight, your hearing and your lifestyle; if you can see and hear better, you’ll be able to enjoy your life more fully. But it goes deeper than that. Recent research has suggested that failing to address problems with your hearing and eyesight at the right time can have far-reaching effects on your mental health.

as they grow older, from long- and short-sightedness to cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease can include blurred vision and reduced control over eye muscles which can make it harder to read. Colour vision can become reduced, so Alzheimer’s sufferers can struggle when contrast is low. There can also be a loss of peripheral vision in the lower visual field (often leading to clumsiness and falls), and even visual hallucinations, which can be very distressing. With early detection, the effects of these eyesight problems

Hearing advice worth listening to

can be reduced and coping strategies can be developed.

If you’re straining to listen to conversation, it places an unhealthy burden on your brain. What’s more, when the important pathways of our hearing system are deprived of

If they’re left to develop further, they can affect your confidence and independence, and can lead to social isolation – one of the key factors in dementia.

adequate stimulation for a sustained period of time (i.e. due to a hearing loss), these pathways can actually begin to shut down, negatively affecting your brain

Here to help At Leightons we’re dedicated to providing the best possible

structure and function. As your cognitive development diminishes, your sense of isolation often increases,

care for our customers, and ensuring that you get the right treatment at the right time. Through our regular and

which can lead to depression and an increased chance of developing dementia.

thorough check-ups, tests and consultations, we’re able to spot problems early and provide the ideal solution for you.

These unhappy consequences are more avoidable if hearing aids are worn earlier in life when any hearing loss is less

What can you do?

severe. In a nutshell, it’s healthier for our ears and brain to

If you’re having problems with your sight or straining to

accept hearing aids early and to wear them continuously.

follow everyday speech, or if you know someone who is, now’s the time to act. Please give us a call on 0800 40

Eyesight advice for a brighter future

20 20 to arrange an eye test or free hearing consultation

Many people experience problems with their eyesight

at your nearest Leightons branch today.

DID YOU KNOW... Recent studies have shown that hearing aid wearers have a lower risk of suffering the symptoms of depression, developing dementia and feeling physical and mental exhaustion. They also get a better quality of sleep and have increased self-confidence. Amieva, Helene – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, April 2015 EuroTrak UK 2015


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talking Rouse MICHAEL



n this edition of Talking Points we’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Rouse, the first customer to test our hearing care expertise when we launched this part of the business over 10 years ago, and one of our longest-standing customers.

my ability to work and concerned about lifestyle changes I would have to make. In the end, I guess it was professional drive that made me investigate hearing aid options as I knew I couldn’t continue working or teaching without hearing aids.’

The cost of good hearing aids is quite high, did that play any part in your decision-making? ‘Yes, they are expensive but when you weigh that against the ability to live a full professional and personal life, live a normal life, then they are worth every penny. I think it is as important to say that you are paying for the service the products are good but the expertise Leightons offers is crucial. The cost also includes five years of service with sixmonthly check ups and adjustments

At 76, Michael is as busy as ever.

needed along the way. Tremendous

He is a Distinguished Research

value for the quality of life they deliver.’

Associate at the University of Oxford,

How have the products and services delivered by Leightons had an impact on your life?

a visiting Professor at other institutions and an Independent International Advisor to Governments and Agencies across the globe on Water Governance

‘Leightons’ products have enabled

and Management. We wanted to

me to continue to do all the things

understand what brought Michael to

that drive me, that I love doing.

Leightons and why he has remained

Their service has been exceptional

a loyal customer for so long.

and my audiologist, Beth, constantly goes beyond expectations. Beth has

What made you come to Leightons and what has kept you with us for so many years?

been at the branch and has been my audiologist for five years. I am inclined to greater wax build up

‘It all started with eye exams and

than others and in the earlier days

spectacles actually. Friends referred me to Mr Woods who was known for the best quality and expertise in their town of Cirencester. That was my first experience with Leightons, and I have continued to have my eyes tested and obtain my spectacles there due to the expert fitting. When I was considering hearing aids, initially I went to an independent supplier in Oxford where I live. It was okay but when I heard that Leightons had extended their business to hearing I thought, they are so great for eyes they must be great for ears too!’

What were your greatest concerns when you started to notice hearing loss?

of my hearing aids I was having to have my ears syringed every few months. Beth did some research and went out of her way to find a device from a different manufacturer than my hearing aids. This device was not part of my current supplier’s system but Beth convinced them to integrate the two elements as she knew it would help deal with wax build up and avoid blockages. She also suggested a saline spray – a simple thing but it has had a major impact on my continuity of hearing. This is indicative of Leightons’ expertise. With her experience, Beth was able to solve the problem and she went above the call of duty to solve it. Whether you are at Leightons for

‘As usual, I didn’t notice my hearing loss as early as those

eye care or hearing care you always get a professional,

around me. I kept getting accused of guessing what other

experienced person. I know that isn’t the case with all other

people were saying and mishearing things. This was

establishments and that keeps me coming to Leightons.

particularly true with friends, colleagues and clients that

I came for the expertise and I’ve stayed for the service.’

had English as a second language. I was worried about

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What are the main benefits you have seen in hearing aid innovation over the last decade? Is there anything, particularly in terms of recent advances in functionality, that you find really helpful? ‘There has been so much advancement over the years. Connectivity through Bluetooth™ technology in particular, has moved things on. I am using it now for this interview with my mobile phone. I get to use two ears instead of one which is much better. I get the same quality of hearing in the car when I am hands-free on my mobile. I can use this similar technology to regulate sound when watching TV or listening to the radio, or my iPod which improves the

Diabetes & HEARING loss


here are 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. While the link between diabetes and eye conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and diabetic macular oedema is well known, the findings of recent studies show a link between the disease and the development of hearing loss.

quality of sound for me, and reduces the volume for others around me!

In 2008, researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of

In general, the quality of hearing aids, even without the bolt-on technology, has improved greatly, background noise has been minimised, one-to-one conversations are easier and better quality, and ambient noise has been brought back to make the entire hearing experience more natural. One thing I miss is the ability to easily turn the hearing aids on and off as you could in those early days. When they

Health (NIH) sampled a group of working adults and found that participants with diabetes were more likely to show signs of mild hearing loss when compared to those without. The study accounted for major factors known to affect hearing, including noise exposure and age. The results of 13 studies in 2011 by Japan’s Tsukuba University Hospital Mito Medical Center identified that mild hearing loss is more than twice as common in those with diabetes than those without.

were off hearing aids acted as perfect ear plugs – a function I often used on aeroplanes or during a presentation or performance I didn’t want to listen to!’

Although the link between diabetes and hearing loss is currently unclear, researchers have proposed three likely causes:

'To see. To hear. To live life to the full.' is at the core of what Leightons strives to deliver to customers. Does this resonate with you and reflect the experience you have had? ‘Absolutely. Thanks to Leightons, varifocals gave me my own eyes back and in terms of hearing, I don’t miss a thing any more. I can do everything I always did and still take on new challenges. I think people wonder at 76 when I will slow down, stop travelling the world as much and retire. I say, NOT YET.’

• Prolonged high blood sugar levels are common among diabetics and can restrict blood and oxygen to the tiny nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear. Over time, this causes damage, which can affect your hearing. • Autopsy studies of patients with diabetes suggest it could be due to nerve damage, which is frequently seen in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. • Maternally Inherited Diabetes & Deafness (MIDD) is a non-insulin-dependent subtype of the disease which accounts for a small percentage of diabetes suffers. Those with it often experience sensorineural


hearing loss.

BSc MSHAA RHAD Elizabeth is a member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, is registered under the HCPC as a Hearing Aid Dispenser and holds a

If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one with diabetes, speak to us about booking a free hearing assessment or an Ultimate Eye Exam.

Degree in Health Sciences.


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healthy LIVING By Helen Bond, State Registered Dietitian


t's well known that our diet and lifestyle habits have a big impact on our general health. But many people forget that these factors are also crucial to maintaining healthy hearing, especially as you grow older. Thankfully, taking care of your hearing is easier than you might think, and it’s never too late to start. Here are a few important principles to follow.

Watch your weight

Kick the habit

Studies have found that people with a higher body mass

A new study has shown that smokers have a 15% higher

index (BMI) and larger waistline measurements are more

risk of hearing loss than non-smokers. So it's important

likely to have hearing problems than those who are slim.

that you quit or reduce your smoking, and avoid passive

To reach and maintain a healthy weight, forget faddy diets,

exposure to tobacco smoke.

and instead try to lose weight slowly, through a varied and balanced diet with appropriately sized portions.

Get active

Switch the fats Switching from saturates to monounsaturates and polyunsaturates will help keep your arteries healthy,

Taking regular exercise will help lower your risk of

which could help improve blood flow to your ears and

hearing loss. But becoming more active doesn’t necessarily

cut your risk of hearing loss. Saturated fats are found in

mean hitting the gym or taking up a new sport.

fatty meat, full fat dairy products and cakes and biscuits.

Experts advise at least two and a half hours each week

You'll find monounsaturates in olive oil, avocados,

of moderately intense exercise, which can include

seeds and nuts, while polyunsaturates can be found in

walking, swimming, cycling, aerobics or dancing.

oil-rich fish and pure vegetable oils.

Reduce your risk of diabetes

Follow a low GI diet

Hearing loss is twice as common in adults with diabetes.

Research has showed that diets high in sugar and high

Experts believe that uncontrolled diabetes damages the

GI carbohydrates could detrimentally impact hearing

tiny nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear, leading to

in the long term. So cut down on added sugars,

hearing loss. Type 2 diabetes is almost entirely in your

and replace refined carbs such as white bread with

own hands, so reduce your risk by losing weight and

wholegrain varieties that contain more fibre and release

exercising more.

energy more slowly.

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Include oil-rich fish As well as benefitting your heart and eyes, omega 3 fats can help prevent hearing loss. Try to have two portions of fish a week, one of them oil-rich, such as mackerel, herring, sardines or salmon. Other less potent forms of omega 3 can be found in linseeds, flaxseeds, walnuts and chia seeds.

Get enough B vitamins A lack of some B vitamins, including folate and vitamin B12, have been linked with high-frequency hearing loss. Vitamin B12 is found in fish, dairy products, eggs, meats and fortified cereals. Folate (or folic acid in its synthetic form)

Top five tips for taking better care of your hearing: 1

Take regular exercise


Don’t smoke


Maintain a healthy weight


Eat right for your heart health

5 Get regular check-ups from an audiologist

is in dark green leafy vegetables (e.g. sprouts and spinach), green beans, peas, oranges, fortified breakfast cereals and bread, yeast extract, nuts and pulses.

Pack your diet with antioxidants Antioxidant vitamins and minerals help protect healthy ear cells from damage caused by 'free radicals'. Antioxidants include vitamin C (in citrus fruits, blackcurrants, berries, and green leafy vegetables), vitamin E (vegetable oils, avocado, nuts and seeds), zinc (meat, poultry, shellfish, eggs, nuts and seeds), selenium (brazil nuts, fish, shellfish, meat and eggs) and copper (nuts, shellfish and offal).

SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE The more we learn about hearing loss, the more we discover that it frequently co-exists with other health conditions. While the advice in this article isn’t intended to replace conventional medical treatment, it's definitely time to think about eating to nourish our ears as well as the rest of our bodies. At Leightons we're dedicated to helping you take the best possible care of your hearing. We offer a wide range of expert services, from free hearing assessments to the latest hearing aid technology. Whatever you need, please contact us today to make an appointment with an audiologist.


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What you should know about this common eye condition, and what you can do to avoid it.

1. What is macular degeneration?

6. Any other advice?

Macular degeneration (MD) is the term for a number of eye

The most effective way to benefit from an early diagnosis

conditions that affect the macula, a small area in the centre

of MD is to take a thorough eye examination every two

of the retina. These cause a progressive reduction or loss

years, or at intervals recommended by your optometrist.

of your central vision, making it difficult to see fine details,

At Leightons we recommend our Ultimate Eye Examination.

recognise faces, read printed materials, or watch television.

This includes the revolutionary 3D OCT (Optical Coherence

2. How common is it?

Tomography) scan. This allows us to see beneath the surface of your retina and identify the earliest signs of

MD currently affects around 600,000 people in the UK,

changes, including those which might identify the risk

which is expected to increase to 700,000 people with

of developing AMD and glaucoma.

age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by 2020. In fact, it's the most common reason for people in the UK to be registered as blind.

3. What are the symptoms? Straight lines can appear distorted, bent or wavy,

Need an appointment? If you're concerned about macular degeneration and would like to talk to an expert optometrist or book an eye examination, please contact your local branch or visit our website.

while areas of your vision may appear blank. If you ever notice these symptoms you should seek immediate advice. MD sometimes affects just one eye, which makes it harder to notice the symptoms. This is another reason why it's so important to have a regular eye examination.

4. What are the risk factors? Age – approximately one in ten people aged 65 or over show some signs of MD. Women are more likely to develop it than men. A family history of macular degeneration increases your risk, as does smoking.

5. How can you help avoid it? • Stop smoking – smoking triples the risk of AMD. • Wear glasses – CE marked ultraviolet filters or tints in sunglasses, or blue protective coatings on spectacles.

THE ULTIMATE EYE EXAM Detect sight-threatening issues up to 5 years before traditional testing.

• Wear a brimmed hat. • Maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

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The faster you act, the more you protect. To book, call 0800 40 20 20 or visit

Meet the three newest recruits to our team.

Ashish Shah

Dr Rachid Id Bihi

Richard Neale




Ashish’s first-hand family experience

Rachid was first introduced to the

Richard studied Audiology at

of hearing loss and the impact it

field of audiology while working as

the University of Southampton.

can have on the lives of both the

a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the

After graduating, he gained a wealth

individual and their family led him

Auditory Neuroscience Group at

of experience in both public health

to complete his four year Audiology

Oxford University.

service and private sectors working

BSc at the University of Manchester. After graduating, he worked within the NHS, gaining valuable clinical experience in adult hearing assessment and rehabilitation.

In 2008, he chose to leave academia and focus on his clinical career, and he successfully completed the NHS Clinical Training Program for the field of Audiology in

in Dublin, Jersey and along the South Coast. “I love seeing people live life to its highest potential. Working in hearing care allows me to see a person’s life change for the better.

Ashish moved to Leightons in order

2012. This provided him with a

to have more time to spend with each

comprehensive understanding and

Being part of that journey is one of

patient, plus the freedom to work

experience of all areas of clinical

the great privileges of this job. I am

with a wider range of technologies.

audiology, which he has brought to

excited to be working at Leightons,

With more time to complete a

his role as a Hearing Aid Audiologist

whose patient-centred approach

thorough assessment, Ashish is able

at Leightons.

to tailor treatment plans to meet every patient’s individual needs. By using the latest technology, he is able to help minimise the impact of hearing loss on a patient’s quality of life.

“My clinical practice is based on a thorough grasp of the scientific evidence, on attention to detail, and

allows me to work with individuals to find the best hearing solution for them.” Richard is also a Children’s Pastor at

on listening to and understanding

his local church, giving his week great

my patients’ needs and goals.”

variety. They have a lot of fun, usually

Outside work, Ashish’s main interests

the messier the better! His passion

include football; he has played

When he’s not working, Rachid

5-a-side football regularly since

relaxes by running, and spending

university and is a passionate

time with his family.

for seeing these children grow and flourish equals the sense of fulfilment he gets from his role at Leightons.

Aston Villa fan.


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When the IS


How a lifetime of loudness is catching up with a generation of musicians. Credit: Rovenko Photo /


f the many excesses associated with rock music, high noise levels are perhaps the least documented. But for generations of musicians, hearing loss is providing painful payback for decades spent performing in front of adoring audiences. So how is a new generation trying to avoid the same fate?

The charity Action On Hearing Loss advises that anyone regularly exposed to sound levels greater than 85 decibels risks permanent damage to their hearing. With the average gig reaching somewhere around the 110 decibel mark – well above the level of a pneumatic drill – musicians who avoid hearing protection are likely to pay a heavy price

Raising the volume on hearing loss To find out more, keep an ear out for the ‘Plug 'em’ campaign from the British Tinnitus Association. It aims to raise awareness of the effects of noise exposure, and to promote the use of earplugs at gigs, nightclubs and in other loud environments.

later in life. Famous musicians suffering from severe hearing loss

We can help

include Ozzy Osbourne and The Who's Pete Townshend.

At Leightons we're dedicated to taking the best care of your

For them, and many of their generation, adopting

hearing, and all our stores offer expert advice and custom-

hearing protection at this stage may already prove too

made hearing protection. To find out more, or to book an

late. Thankfully, the newer generation of musicians is

appointment with an audiologist, please call us on

becoming more aware of the dangers of high decibel music.

0800 40 20 20.

Coldplay's Chris Martin is a keen advocate for hearing protection, fronting campaigns and highlighting his own battle with tinnitus. Nowadays, everyone associated with Coldplay, from the band to their technical and road crews, wears sophisticated hearing protection devices that allow them to hear the music at safer levels. It sounds like the sensible message is finally getting through to the world of rock and roll.

New solutions for musicians The latest generation of custom-moulded earplugs are designed to maintain the clarity and fidelity of music, while lowering the volume to safe listening levels. Used by many top bands and DJs worldwide, they're comfy, available in a range of attenuation levels, and cost from £145.

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USEFUL HINTS AND TIPS The good news is that hearing loss caused by exposure to recreational and occupational noise is virtually 100% preventable. Here's how to reduce potential damage to your hearing: 1. Limit the time you spend in loud environments. 2. Wear earplugs or other protective devices. 3. Protect children's ears in loud environments. 4. Avoid listening to personal stereos at high volume. 5. Give your ears a rest for 24 hours after loud noise exposure.



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Discover how ZEISS' specialist lenses are helping drivers stay focused and enjoy the journey.


t Leightons we know that your eyesight

Global acclaim

affects every aspect of your life, and

ZEISS DriveSafe lenses

we're dedicated to bringing you the most

have been embraced by

advanced solutions from the most innovative companies.

consumers worldwide and

ZEISS is one of the world's leading manufacturers of

recently received special

precision optics. Combining technical expertise and

recognition at the 2016

innovation, ZEISS products help millions of spectacle

Optician Awards, winning

wearers across the globe enjoy better vision and a safer,

‘Lens Product of the Year’ –

more enjoyable life. They share the same values to

one of the highest accolades

support our desire for excellence.

in the optical industry.

Lens Product of the Year

WINNER ZEISS DriveSafe Lenses Carl Zeiss Vision International

Talk to Leightons On the road

Whether you drive for several hours a day, or just a few

Driving can be stressful, and not only because of the endless

minutes a week, ZEISS DriveSafe lenses will help take the

traffic and tailbacks. Studies show that many drivers feel

stress out of driving in all conditions. Ask at your local

insecure in poor visibility caused by rain or fog, or when

Leightons Opticians about ZEISS DriveSafe lenses, and put

driving at dawn or dusk. When you factor in the glare of

yourself on the road to focusing on what’s really important

oncoming headlights and the strain of constantly shifting your

– enjoying the journey.

focus from the road to your mirrors and your dashboard, it all adds up to a complex situation with obvious hazards.

Everyday innovation ZEISS designed their new DriveSafe™ lenses specifically to address the visual challenges faced by drivers every day. By significantly reducing perceived glare, these innovative lenses improve visual performance and boost drivers' confidence, particularly in low light conditions. As well as providing a comfortable and stress-free driving experience, ZEISS DriveSafe lenses are also suitable for everyday use.


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Peace of mind included At Leightons, our care doesn’t stop the minute you walk out the door. We’re here 6 days a week, 52 weeks of the year, so if you need some advice, or you want to talk something over, we’re always here to listen. For total peace of mind, we provide a 30 day 100% money back guarantee, all our next generation digital hearing aids come with a 5 year warranty and 3 years of free batteries.


We understand that hearing aids can be a big investment. To help you spread the cost, ask about our Hear Now, Pay Later plan. Simply pay a 30% deposit and spread the rest into easy-to-pay instalments, interest free.

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Leightons Talking Points (Autumn 2016)  

Talking Points brings you all the latest news from Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care. Inside you'll find great features on hearing and eye...

Leightons Talking Points (Autumn 2016)  

Talking Points brings you all the latest news from Leightons Opticians & Hearing Care. Inside you'll find great features on hearing and eye...