Impressions from AudiologyNOW! 2017

Widex showcasing their Beyond range

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) annual conference in Indianapolis.  AAA is something most audiologists look forward to all year: an opportunity to see what new products the manufacturers and vendors are releasing, a place to get continuing education for the year, and a chance to reconnect with colleagues, friends, and old classmates from the industry.

The highlight of the convention was the Pure 13 BT from Signia, which is their new direct to iPhone instrument that is also able to be adjusted by hearing healthcare providers remotely.  The new myControl app from Signia allows wearers to conveniently stream phone calls, music, and TV directly into the hearing aids without an intermediary device.  The Pure 13 BT is currently available in the Receiver in the Canal style and takes directionally to the next level by making use of iPhone motion sensors.  These instruments react and adjust to changing listening situations when the wearer moves around. For example, when the wearer is walking in a noisy environment, the hearing aids focus on the speech of a conversation partner as well as unobtrusive ambient sounds for increased safety.

As far as impressive new products from other industry vendors, my interest was piqued at the Shoebox Audiometry booth.  Shoebox Audiometry is offering the first automated iPad audiometer to perform diagnostic testing.  With calibrated headphones, Shoebox conforms to current CSA standards, ANSI and OSHA requirements.

easyTek Wireless Solution for Siemens Binax Aids

easytek-app-hearing-aids

Siemens has some of the most cutting edge technology on the hearing aid market today. It’s not surprising that they also have an innovative and exciting accessory that works with their hearing aids as well! The easyTek is the newest accessory; it can be worn either on top of or underneath clothing, as it is lightweight and discreet. easyTek wirelessly connects hearing aids to a number of different Bluetooth enabled devices, like televisions, phones, and iPods or other MP3 players.

easyTek streams directly from the Bluetooth-enabled devices to your hearing aids, so you will not depend on the microphones to pick up the subtle nuances of music by itself. The easyTek can also be used as a remote control when an app is uploaded to your Apple or Android phone, allowing you to adjust the volume and settings on your hearing aids in all situations.

Call Hearing Revolution today for more information on the Siemens Binax hearing aids and the easyTek accessory. 877-426-0687

Tinnitus masking hearing aids

Looking for a tinnitus masking hearing aid?

 

Look no further!  We’ve got options to help alleviate and lessen the annoying ringing and buzzing in your ears.  For many people, just wearing a hearing aid in general will help to significantly lessen your tinnitus, but for severe tinnitus sufferers we have another option: a hearing aid with tinnitus masking.

Hearing Revolution offers tinnitus masking hearing aids from both Siemens and Widex.  Tinnitus masking hearing aids work like regular hearing aids but in addition, they also have a white noise, environmental, or musical component that plays in the background, distracting the brain from the other sounds occurring.

Tinnitus masking hearing aids can be found in many shapes, styles, and levels of technology, so there is no need to sacrifice appearance for performance or features.

Siemens offers the tinnitus masking feature in the Pure, Carat, Motion, Insio, and Orion instruments.  The tinnitus masking strategies from Siemens include white noise, pink noise, speech noise, and high tone noise, each of which is individually fine tuned to the wearer’s tinnitus signal.  The tinnitus masker can be used alone or in conjunction with the microphones that amplify sound with hearing, or the hearing aid can be worn without the tinnitus feature if that is preferable as well.

 

Widex offers the tinnitus masking feature in the Dream and Mind instruments.  Their tinnitus masking strategy is called “ZEN”, and it plays random, soothing harmonic sounds to the ear.  Like the Siemens aids, the tinnitus feature can be used alone or in conjunction with microphones.

Call today about the solutions we have for your tinnitus needs!

“I have tinnitus…how do I get rid of it?”

Ahh, tinnitus.  Ringing, buzzing, chirping, ocean noises, waves crashing, or hissing sounds (among others) perceived in one or both ears when no sounds are present externally is referred to as tinnitus (TIHN-ih-tuss or tihn-NIGHT-us).  Some people hear just one sound constantly, while others hear multiple sounds.  The majority of the population will have tinnitus briefly at some stage in life; 17% of the population has a problem with tinnitus and 1% have tinnitus severe enough to cause annoyance or stress, while .5% have tinnitus severe enough it prevents them from leading a normal life.

 

The specific cause of tinnitus is not known, although there are many theories out there.  We DO know that tinnitus is real, and that it most likely results from disruptions of normal function in the hearing system.  There are many things that do contribute to tinnitus or make it more prevalent, like hearing loss, exposure to loud sounds, stress, medications, interactions between medications, hormones, caffeine, nicotine, sodium, and many other things…but many times these things exacerbate what is already there.

 

For many people, tinnitus is just an annoyance, something they deal with on a daily basis but that doesn’t truly impact their lives.  For others, tinnitus can be debilitating, to the point that they are unable to function in real life.

 

One question I get often as an audiologist is “Isn’t there something you can do to get rid of these noises in my ears?”  While hearing aids won’t get rid of the tinnitus altogether for many people, using hearing aids may lessen the tinnitus for wearers, making it more bearable.

 

Many people who have tinnitus also suffer from hearing loss, often in the high frequency range of hearing.  Using hearing aids now has a two-fold benefit for tinnitus sufferers: not only do you hear better through the hearing aids, you also may notice your tinnitus is lessened when the aids are in.  If you do not experience relief from regular hearing aids alone, many aids now offer a Tinnitus Masker in them as well.

 

A tinnitus masker is a sound generator activated in the hearing aids that play an external sound, usually a white noise or hissing sound, to mask the sound of the tinnitus.  People generally learn to ignore the sound also the tinnitus as well as the sound of the masker, and usually they find the sound of the masker preferable to the sound of the tinnitus itself.

 

If you have tinnitus and are interested in the possibility of lessening it through the use of a hearing aid, call today!  Ask about our tinnitus masking hearing aids.

 

Siemens Full Line of Products New on Hearing Revolution!

easytek-app-hearing-aids

Hearing Revolution is pleased to announce that we now offer the full line of Siemens products to all patients! This includes Siemens’ Binax hearing aid, the newest and most innovative product on the market. The Siemens line of instruments has something for every lifestyle and type of hearing loss, from IIC (invisible in the canal) styles to rechargeable hearing aids to devices that help mask tinnitus, or ringing and buzzing in the ears. Siemens has something for everyone!

Looking for an invisible hearing aid? Check out the Siemens Insio line of instruments. Available in IIC, CIC, and other custom styles, the Insio provides feedback-free sound quality without feeling like you’re muffled or talking into a barrel.

Looking for a Bluetooth compatible hearing aid? Technology has come a long way and connectivity can be seen even in some of the smallest aids on the market. Download a handy app on your smartphone to easily adjust your instruments discreetly, or pair them with your mobile phone, television, music player or computer and control how you listen to your hearing aids.

Looking for a rechargeable hearing aid? Many of Siemens’ RIC (receiver in the canal) and BTE (behind the ear) hearing aids have the ability to pair with a charger unit, making frequent battery changes a thing of the past. Simply place your aids on the charging station overnight and feel confident they will work all day the next day without annoying beeps signaling that the battery is low.

Looking for a hearing aid to help with your tinnitus? Tinnitus, or ringing or buzzing in the ears, can greatly influence quality of life and distract the brain from hearing what it “wants” to hear. Siemens has incorporated an optional “tinnitus masker” into a number of products. In addition to amplifying sounds like a normal hearing aid does, these aids also have the ability to help reduce the annoying tinnitus sounds by personalizing a sound signal specifically for your kind of tinnitus.

No matter what your hearing needs are, we’ve got something to help you! Call Hearing Revolution for pricing and to schedule your appointment for a FREE hearing exam.

New From Siemens: Binax Hearing Aids with BestSound Technology

SAT_Haendleranzeigen_Ace_binax_A5_DRUCK-1

Binax is the newest addition to the Siemens line of hearing instruments.  Binax is “the world’s first technology that outperforms normal hearing” and is receiving rave reviews from hearing aid wearers.

 

Two studies recently done at the University of Northern Colorado have shown that binax provides better than normal hearing in difficult listening environments, such as a cocktail party situation.  This is great news for people who have long struggled to hear and understand in the presence of background noise.  While the binax cannot completely repair or replace your hearing, it is the most innovative product on the market today!

 

The binax is available in receiver in the canal style instruments, as well as in a version with a tinnitus masker if you suffer from ringing in the ears.  The instruments work together (if you are wearing two of them, of course) and all 8 microphones form a network.  This network is extremely sensitive of the acoustic environment and also works automatically to offer the best binaural listening experience.

 

Binax wearers are encouraged to use Siemens binax app which allows the wearer to adjust the directionality of sound in noise, or to hear speech from all directions.  The app is compatible for both Android and iOs users, so no matter what kind of smartphone you have, binax will work for you!  Even more exciting is that binax is extremely energy efficient so you don’t have to worry about changing batteries as often as you with a competitor’s similar smartphone compatible product.

 

Call today for pricing and to find out more about Siemens new Binax hearing aids!

Tips to improve the lifespan of your hearing aids

We are often asked this question here at Hearing Revolution.  Here’s some helpful hints on how to keep your hearing aid in peak condition!

  • Keep your hearing aid in a case when it’s not in your ear, preferably somewhere cool and dry.
  • Clean your hearing aid each morning before you put it in your ear.  Visibly check for wax in or on the hearing aid and use the tools provided by your hearing healthcare professional to remove it.  If you are unsure as to how to clean the aid, ask for a refresher course!
  • Remove the battery from the hearing aid if you’re not going to be wearing it for an extended period of time.  An old battery can leak into the hearing aid if left long enough and the corrosion will damage the instrument.
  • Keep the hearing aids dry and free of moisture.  Don’t wear the hearing aids to swim, shower, or if you know you are going to be sweating profusely for an extended period of time.
  • Keep the hearing aids free of debris.  Do not spray hairspray or use hair products while wearing the hearing aids; use your products and let them dry before you put in the hearing aids.  Otherwise you run the risk of clogging up your microphone ports and the quality of sound may decline.
  • Invest in a Dry and Store box or device and use it each night.  The desiccant will work to dry out the insides of the hearing aid to prevent corrosion from sweat and moisture.  This is especially important if you live in a humid climate.
  • Never try to “wash” or “clean” your hearing aids with water or household cleaners, like antibacterial wipes and the like.  These chemicals can break down the materials of the hearing aids.
  • Regularly change tubes, domes, and filters.
  • When at your Primary Care Doctor’s office, ask them to check your ears for wax and have them remove it if necessary.
  • See your hearing healthcare professional several times a year to have them perform a thorough cleaning on your instruments.

 

If you’re looking for information specifically about your hearing aid, call Hearing Revolution now!

 

Widex Accessories

widex m dex

Along with a full product line for all needs, Widex also boasts a wide variety of accessories and devices to make life with hearing aids easier.  The DEX collection of accessories has something for everyone.

 

**DEX devices are compatible with the Widex Dream, the Widex Clear, and the Widex Super hearing aids.

 

widex uni dexUNI-DEX is the new accessory from Widex and is very easy to use.  Simply plug the jack into your mobile phone or favorite audio device (like an iPod or MP3 player, iPad, tablet, or computer), hang UNI-DEX around your neck and you will stream the sound directly into your hearing aids.

The UNI-DEX is available for $115

 

M-DEX connects mobile phones with hearing aids, turning the hearing aids into a wireless headset.

The M-DEX is available for $330widex m dex

 

 

TV-DEX wirelessly connects your hearing aids with the television, transmitting sound from all your favorite shows directly to your hearing aids.

TVDexThe TV-DEX is available for $305

 

 

RC-DEX is a basic wireless remote, allowing you to adjust the volume or program settings on your instruments.

The RC-DEX  is available for $130Widex-RC-Dex

 

 

T-DEX connects with mobile phones like the M-DEX does, but requires that your Widex hearing aid have a telecoil.

The T-DEX is available for $180

 

 

PHONE-DEX is a cordless phone that streams sound directly to your instruments and can also be used as a regular phone.

The PHONE-DEX is available for $305

 

 

Check out these accessories and the new Widex instruments available at Hearing Revolution!