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.

easyTek Wireless Solution for Siemens Binax Aids

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

 

 

 

Widex Hearing Aids Now Available!

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After many requests from patients and hearing care professionals alike, Hearing Revolution is proud to offer the Widex line of hearing aids!  Widex offers a full line of high quality instruments to fit a variety of hearing needs.

 

The Widex Dream is the newest and most versatile Widex line of instruments.  Available in all styles from a completely in the canal (CIC) to behind the ear (BTE) to receiver in the canal (RIC), the Dream allows the human voice to come through the instruments to enhance listening in most all environments.  Not only is the Dream available in a multitude of styles, it is also available at four different levels of technology to fit all price points and listening needs.  The Dream line also offer tinnitus masking Zen, so patients who suffer from annoying tinnitus may find some relief from these instruments.  The Dream instruments are wireless and Bluetooth compatible as well.  The Dream instruments start at $995 per instrument.

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The Widex Clear is also available in a number of technology levels and styles of instruments.  The previous generation to the Dream, the Clear is the first Widex line to wirelessly communicate between left ear and right ear, which helps the hearing aids to adjust instantly depending on the listening environment.  The tinnitus solution Zen is also available on the Clear line, as are a number of Bluetooth accessories.  Clear is available at three different levels of technology.  The Clear instruments start at $1395 per instrument.

 

The Widex Mind comes in custom styles and also BTE and Open Fit styles.  The first generation of the Zen tinnitus masker, the Mind comes in three different technology levels to suit a variety of hearing losses.  The Mind has a feature called Smart Speak which verbally notifies the wearer to change batteries or to alert him as to which program he is listening.

 

Check back soon for an informative and educational overview about the Widex Bluetooth DEX accessories!

What is a loop system and how does it work?

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A hearing loop system is an assistive listening device that helps people with hearing aids and telecoils to hear the sound from a source (television, microphone, speakers, etc) directly through a magnetic signal that will broadcast to the telecoil in the hearing aids. Many theatres, places of worship, auditoriums, and courtrooms are hardwired with loop systems to make it possible for hard of hearing persons to hear and participate. The loop system technology has been around for over 70 years but has recently made a comeback in the United States after having been popular in Europe for a number of years.

This sign lets you know the facility offers a loop system to help you better hear the actors, music, speakers, production, or movie.

How is this possible? These facilities have the induction loop built into the floor or the walls, so when you sit within the circle or loop and turn your hearing aid to the telecoil program, the sound is magnetically transmitted into your hearing aid giving you a clear sound free of background noise and other interferences from traditional hearing aid microphone pick up. More and more places are using loop systems, including transportation terminals (bus stations, train stations, subways, airports), banquet facilities, auditoriums, reception desks, ticket counters, court rooms, and sports facilities. Loop system technology has made these nearly impossibly difficult listening situations more friendly to the hearing impaired.

Loop systems are not just for the public anymore, though. They can also be purchased for home use to help the hearing impaired more easily enjoy television and music in the comfort of their own homes. We offer a loop system solution for $240 that is very easy to install in your home and provides excellent sound quality. It is small enough to be easily portable, or you can leave it permanently installed at your favorite, most comfortable spot to listen or watch television.