Signia unveils Pure 13 BT Primax, a hearing aid made specifically for iPhone

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Today, Signia announced the latest addition to their hearing aid line up, the Pure 13 BT primax, scheduled for release in May.

The new instrument offers some of Signia’s most innovative technology and will be the only hearing aid in Signia’s line-up that combines binaural audio exchange and direct streaming thanks to the e2e™ wireless 3.0 and Bluetooth wireless technology. The Pure 13 BT also offers better adaptability when the user is moving by connecting to an iPhone’s motion sensors via Bluetooth.

The Pure 13 BT runs on an updated primax star platform, which is compatible with TeleCare 2.0. This system lets Hearing Healthcare Providers remotely modify hearing aid frequency. Provider can also access real-time data on the patient’s experiences in different settings through the myHearing App and make adjustments, saving both the provider and the patient multiple trips to the office.

The Pure will be available as a RIC model, offering advance technology in a discreet form factor. For more information on the Pure 13 BT and the revolutionary systems it use, check out the Signia website.

If you are interested in purchasing a hearing aid process, contact Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687.

 

 

The Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 may change how we buy hearing aids online

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A big step was taken in the process to approve Over-The-Counter (OTC) hearing aid this week.

The Over-The-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 was introduced in the Senate on Monday. The bipartisan bill would allow those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss to buy hearing aids without a doctor’s approval. A similar bill was also introduced in the House of Representatives.

The bill is similar to legislation that was introduced at the end of 2016. If passed, it would require the FDA to propose a rule establishing the sale of OTC hearing aids within three years. The FDA would also be required to write regulations insuring OTC hearing aids are of the same quality as all medical devices, hoping to provide access to high-quality devices at a lower cost.

“This common sense legislation will benefit millions of Americans who depend on hearing aids to communicate with their friends and family and live a full life,” Said Senator Johnny Isakson in a statement to the press. “This step will drive down costs, increase competition, and simply make it easier for individuals with hearing loss to obtain this basic, but essential product.”

While many see this as a positive step, some organizations have come out against the bill. Both The American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and the Hearing Industries Association (HIA) released statements saying that they felt the proposed regulations would be too loose. HIA said in a statement they would like to see a regulation that would provide devices that are “high quality and offered only to people with mild hearing loss, for whom the benefits of amplification clearly outweigh the risks created by inaccurate self-diagnosis and self-directed treatment”.

With the bill now in congress, more updates will be coming soon. We’ll try to keep you informed of any news on the topic as the process moves forward.

Starkey wins an Interactive Innovation Award at SXSW

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Congratulations to our friends over at Starkey, whose Halo 2 hearing aid won an Interactive Innovation Award for Wearable Tech at the South by Southwest Conference and Festival in Austin last week.

Launched in March of 2016, the Halo 2 continued the innovative line of “Made for iPhone” hearing aids; upgrading the both the compressor technology and installing a new operating system. This new hardware made it so the aid could process multiple sound sources at the same time, allowing for a more crisp and natural sound. It also added Starkey’s tinnitus technology for customized tinnitus relief.

Starkey released the TruLink app with the Halo 2 launch. TruLink connects with the aid through any Apple (or select Android) device, giving users an easy-to-use control app for their aids. The app gives users an easy way to adjust their levels as necessary and allows for customized geotagged locations that will automatically adjust levels at some of their most frequently visited environments.

The Wearable Tech awards was given “for the new hardware that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and fashion of having a device literally ‘on you.’”. The Halo 2 was nominated for the award with four other finalists in the category, including companies like Samsung, Intel and Oakley.

To find our more on the Halo 2 products or to schedule an initial appointment, please call (877) 426-0687 or visit hearingrevolution.com

The Benefits of the Involvement of a Hearing Healthcare Provider in the Hearing Aid Purchase

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Browsing the internet can lead you to several “Too good to be true” deals on hearing aids. Many of the places offering such deals simply ask you to send in an audiogram and they will send you your instruments of choice. It all seems so easy and convenient; how could anyone say “no”?

But what happens when you suddenly have a problem with your hearing aids or need an adjustment to better hear others in a non-doctor’s office scenario? This is why we believe that having a clinical component to the purchase process is so important. Our in-house audiologist Kristin Pena shared her thoughts on why having an hearing health care provider involved throughout your dealings with Hearing Revolution is so important to your overall hearing aid experience.

“I’ve long been a believer that a successful hearing aid fitting requires three things: a willing patient who is ready to acknowledge and treat his/her hearing loss, the appropriate hearing aid for the patient’s lifestyle and hearing loss, and a skilled hearing healthcare professional who effectively communicates with the patient, understands his or her challenges, and works with the patient to overcome them.

Learning to use hearing aids can be a daunting task for many first-time wearers.  From learning which direction the battery is seated to practicing putting the hearing aids in ears and taking them out again, the process can be stressful before the hearing aids are even on and in the ears.  It is quite helpful to have a clinician to assist in these processes; someone to make things go more smoothly, taking the time to practice battery insertion and removal with the patient, taking the time to practice hearing aid insertion/removal with the patient, etc. 

More importantly than learning how to insert/remove the instruments (which can be a difficult motor skill task for some of the senior population), it is important to have a clinical component when it comes to adjusting the hearing aids.  Being able to go into the office and say “Hey, I’m having a really hard time hearing when I get somewhere noisy, like in a restaurant” or saying “when my grandkids are in the back seat of the car and I’m driving, I can’t hear what they’re saying at all” and so on will help the provider to adjust the instrument settings for the patient.  The average new user comes in for 4-to-5 follow up visits after getting new hearing aids.  These visits are to tweak the settings in the instrument so that they are specially tuned to the patient’s liking and lifestyle. 

The bottom line is, When you purchase a hearing aid without a clinical component, you usually have to send the hearing aid away to be adjusted for issues similar to the ones above.  Doing this via USPS mail means that you are without your hearing aids for 10 days-2 weeks at a time, and since the person adjusting your aids doesn’t have you in front of them telling them how the instruments sound to you, so how it sounds is how it sounds and you have to keep sending it back for more adjustments.  Every time you send it back, you are without your hearing aid for 1-2 weeks.” 

To learn more about the clinical component of our programs or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at (877) 426-0687.

Researchers might have discovered the cause of Hidden Hearing Loss

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Less than six years after its initial description, Scientists may have found a cause of Hidden Hearing Loss.

Hidden Hearing Loss manifests itself through the inability to hear and understand speech in noisy environment, without affecting patient’s ability to pass a traditional hearing test. Researchers at the University of Michigan believe that the disruption of the cells that create myelin, which helps protect neurons in the ear, might be one of the causes of the hidden hearing loss.

As the ear is exposed to loud noise over long periods, the synapses that connect neurons and hair cells in the inner ear are lost. This loss is the primary cause of hidden hearing loss. Since a quiet audiologist’s office means you need less synapses to pick up sounds, the hidden hearing loss can be very hard to detect even in a professional setting.

Researchers have finally found a way to regrow these synapses in mice, which means a potential treatment for hidden hearing loss could be on the way soon.

As with any newly-discovered condition, there is still much to learn on hidden hearing loss. Despite it still being early days in the community’s understanding of the condition, positive steps are being taken to help those dealing with the condition. To learn about more hearing loss, you can follow us on our Facebook. If you’d like to schedule a visit at one of our clinics, call (877) 426-0687.

Causes and signs of hearing loss in infants and children

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Seniors are not the only ones struggling with hearing loss today. A study from the American Academy of Otolaryngology has found that three million children under the age of 18 have some hearing loss or deafness, including 4 out of every 1,000 newborns.

Many factors can cause hearing loss in a child and children are very vulnerable to hearing loss from as early on as the pregnancy, to as old as two years. Mothers who caught a viral infection or drank alcohol during the pregnancy have a higher risk. A low birth weight, Jaundice and even some antibiotics intravenously administered to an infant are potential causes for hearing problems.

If a child doesn’t seem to be responding to sounds or not progressing normally, parents should take the child for a hearing test as soon as possible. There are tests for all ages of kids and most take less than a half hour to perform. Some tests will be able to uncover if hearing loss is caused by a less serious condition, like buildup of earwax or fluid in the ear.

For more information and a list of signs that may show hearing loss in your child, check out the American Academy of Otolatyngology’s website. To schedule a visit for your child, call (877) 426-0687.