is a great question. Some public establishments
such as theaters, movie theaters, concert halls, museums etc. will advertise a looped
system as an assistive listening technology
to their patrons. This is often
particularly helpful to those patrons that wear hearing instruments. The goal of a looped system is to bring the
sound source directly to your ears either via headphone or directly to your
hearing device/hearing instruments. This
helps facilitate the listening experience so that patrons can focus on the
actual event/performance rather than trying to understand and listen. How does a loop system work? The name itself has meaning, a looped system
is just that, it means that there is an induction cable that surrounds the area
of interest, room, building, hall, etc.
This induction loop generates a magnetic field that can be picked up a
hearing instrument with a telecoil or a special handheld loop receiver within
that looped area. The patron, simply
switches their hearing instrument into the telecoil program and the induction
loop and magnetic field connects and transmits directly to the hearing
instrument. In order to utilize a looped
system with your hearing instrument it must have a telecoil or T-coil. If you are interested in utilizing a public
looped system, contact your audiologist, so that they can walk you through the
steps using your hearing instruments and program your hearing instruments
accordingly. To make an appointment, contact us at 440-205-8848.
While many associate hearing loss with the aging process,
hearing loss knows no age. It can happen
at any time in life from birth to the later years. Some people are born with it,
some develop it over time and others never have hearing trouble.
Hearing loss that happens later in life is usually something
that runs in families. Consider your
husband’s parents. Do they or other
siblings have difficulty hearing? If so,
it may be in his genetic makeup to have hearing loss. Sometimes familial hearing loss can start at
an earlier age than expected.
There are many causes of hearing loss, but there are no studies
linking hearing loss to cellphone use.
Certainly, exposure to loud sounds is one cause. Hearing problems are also associated with
heart and kidney disease, diabetes and even dementia. Plus smoking and heavy alcohol use can reduce
hearing ability. Other causes of hearing
loss include ear infections, certain medications (some of the chemotherapy
drugs), and other ear diseases.
On the plus side, your husband’s use of hearing protection
served him well. If he had not used it,
his hearing would be even more compromised right now. Encourage him to continue using it with all
loud activities. Plus, he should have
regular Audiologic care with an annual hearing check. Call 440-205-8848 for an appointment if we
It is not often that a new power aid comes to the
market. It is the most difficult device
to design due to power drain, miniaturization and need to minimize feedback
among other things. So it may well have
been a while since you’ve been offered new technology.
A few months ago a new power aid came to the market. We’ve already had a great deal of success
with it. The Naida V was designed
specifically for listeners with severe to profound hearing loss giving more
audibility for high frequency sounds than in the past. It is the high frequency sounds that provide
clarity to words. It also has a broad band booster that allows u to 5 dB increase
in gain for the mid frequencies. This
helps with a natural sound quality without increased battery consumption.
The device comes in several different versions, even a
smaller receiver in the ear canal option is available. There are several color choices for matching
hair, eye glass stems or skin tones. All
of the versions have a glass fiber reinforced material and 60% more robust than
its predecessor. It has an ip68 rating
giving some the best protection against moisture and dust.
wearing hearing instruments can struggle occasionally with hearing on their
cellular phones. Firstly, if you are
purchasing a new mobile phone, you may want to investigate the phone model of
interest for its Hearing Aid Compatibility (HAC) rating. Most of the newer cellular phones are HAC.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC)
defines hearing aid compatibility based on two parameters, the radio frequency (RF) and
telecoil (T-coil) coupling (T). Hearing aid compliant mobile phones are marked
and ranked with an “M” or “T” rating.
The “M” rating refers to the microphone modes or RF emissions and the
“T” rating refers to the T-coil mode.
The minimal standard required by the FCC for a cellular phone to be
considered hearing aid compatible is M3 and T3. If you are considering a mobile
phone with a T rating, you will want to confirm with your audiologist that your
hearing instruments have a T-coil. Once
you have confirmed the availability of a T-coil, you will also want to ensure that
it is activated in your hearing instruments.
The activation of the T-coil in your hearing instruments will aid the
“T” rated cellular phone’s ability to couple with your hearing instruments. The higher the “T” rating, the more likely
you will have a stronger T-coil connection with between the mobile phone and
your hearing instruments. The T-coil
connection allows for increased volume in the hearing instruments while on your
cellular phone without having to worry about “whistling” or feedback. If you are curious about your T-coil
instrument compatibility with your cellular phone, contact your audiologist
today. To make an appointment call
The Hearing Restoration Project‘s (HRP)
research is showing great potential for the regeneration of damaged hearing
nerves called hair cells. This research
may one day make hearing loss a thing of the past!
working on another project one of the HRP researcher stumbled across an
unexpected finding. While studying drugs that damage the hearing nerves, a
scientist needed to permanently damage a chicken’s hair cells. They
administered the drug and were successful, the haircells were lost. Several days later almost all of the hair
cells returned. They did not believe the results and repeated the experiment
several times with the same results concluding that chickens can regenerate
inner ear hair cells. They continued this
new research and we now know that all vertebrate animals except for one,
mammals, including humans, spontaneously regenerate hair cells.
researchers experimented with drugs to see if they could stimulate regrowth of
hair cells. They were successful with
mice, partially restoring hearing following the administration of drug that inadvertently
allowed the supporting cells in the inner ear to regenerate hair cells. While there is much work still to do, there
is a strong belief that one day this will lead to a cure for nerve hearing loss
meantime, you should still to take good care of your hearing. Eat right, exercise and have a baseline
aids are an investment in your hearing health care. When you invest your time and money into
getting a pair of hearing instruments it can be devastating to lose them,
especially if it happens more than once.
With traditional hearing aids, you need to put them in every morning and
take them out every night. You also need
to remove them to change the zinc-air battery.
Obviously the more you need to remove and reinsert the hearing instrument,
the more risk there may be in misplacing it or losing it.
extended wear hearing device, is a device that is placed deep in the ear canal
by one of our audiologists and remains in the ear canal 24 hours a day for 7 days
a week. The lyric device is FDA approved
to remain in the ear canal for up to 4 months.
Because there is less maintenance with the Lyric device and it remains
in your ear canal for an extended period of time, there is virtually no risk of misplacing the
device or losing it.
it comes to an investment in the quality of your life, there’s more than one
way to measure value. Diagnosing and treating hearing problems has a positive
impact on every aspect of your life, personally, professionally and even
technology has revolutionized hearing aids. They can automatically adapt to
different environments, reducing the interference from background noise. There
are daily wear and extended wear instruments.Many are virtually invisible, sitting discreetly and
comfortably inside the ear canal. Best of all, many are wireless, so you can
stream sound from smartphones, home entertainment systems and other electronics
directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes just right for you.
When it comes to the purchase of personal items that enhance your life, there’s
more than one way to measure value. Here are six ways that investing in professionally
fitted hearing aids could bring you a greater return on your investment than
you ever imagined.
hearing aids reduces the risk of income loss.People with untreated hearing loss can lose as much as
$30,000 in income a year.
There is a link between hearing
loss and dementia, leading experts to believe that interventions, like hearing
aids, could potentially delay dementia.
with even a mild hearing loss are nearly three times more likely to have a
history of falling. The intensive listening effort demanded by unaddressed
hearing loss may take cognitive resources away from what is needed for balance
People with hearing loss who use
hearing aids, may feel more in control of their lives and less self-critical.
One study found that the majority of people with mild to severe hearing loss
felt better about themselves and life overall as a result of using hearing
Hearing aids can help reduce the
prominence of tinnitus by amplifying background sound.
Using hearing aids can help improve interpersonal
relationships. People with hearing
loss reported that using hearing aids improved their relationships at home,
their social lives and their ability to join in groups.
Addressing hearing loss really is a smart buying decision. Start with a hearing