Oticon OPN wins Edison Award for innovation and product development

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The Oticon OPN series recently received an Edison Award for “innovation and excellence in product development”, furthering the OPN’s status as one of the best hearing aids available.

In recent years, hearing aids have become better at more closely adapting to their users. Using smart phones or other devices, a user can adjust various settings based on their preference. While these developments have been a positive, there is still some room for improvement.

With the OPN series, Oticon brings new adaptability to the aid market.

Instead of blocking out sounds, the OPNs all have “BrainHearing™ technology”, which uses an ultra-fast sound processor to quickly manage multiple noise sources, making things easier on the brain. Users will no longer have to struggle to hear at parties or restaurants and can now be attentive in conversations and switch focus easily.

Oticon has fitted the devices with a new wireless communication system that uses less battery power than previous systems while streaming. Users can also connect their OPNs with the Oticon ON app on any smartphone to adjust volume, switch programs and check battery level.

In addition to the Edison award, the OPN series won two CES Innovation awards in November, joining the list of hearing aid that are being recognized by the broader electronics industry.

If you are interested in learning more about the Oticon OPN hearing aids or would like to schedule an initial appointment, please contact Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687.

Researchers may have found a way to regrow auditory hair cells

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Researchers at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital may be close to discovering a way to reverse hearing loss.

In a study released on April 11, St. Jude announced that they had used genetic manipulation to regrow auditory hair cells in adult mice, giving hope that it might be possible to use the same treatment on humans one day.

Losing auditory hair cells is the leading cause of hearing loss in adults all over the world. You can lose these cells with prolonged exposure to loud noises, illness and due to several other factors. Currently, the hair cells don’t grow back once they are lost, leading to the need for hearing aids or cochlear implants.

To develop the new therapy, the researchers at St. Jude looked at fish and chicken, who can regenerate auditory hair cells. By manipulating the same genes in the mice that allow for regeneration in the other aforementioned species, researchers were able to grow new cells similar to the auditory hair cells.

While this breakthrough comes as some good news to hearing loss researchers, St. Jude, as well as other research institutions, are still looking to replicate other factors to help in the regeneration of auditory hair cells. There are still many other genes and proteins that researchers have recognized might help hearing loss, but not yet figured out how to make them work for the human body.

If you feel you are suffering from any hearing loss, don’t hesitate to call Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687 or visit hearingrevolution.com.

Noise pollution may lead to dementia

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Research suggests that the noise pollution caused by living in close proximity to a busy city road can affect one’s hearing and could possibly lead to dementia. Now, before people go running for the suburbs or beyond, the study says “close proximity” is 50 meters, or 164 feet. So while the situation in one’s home or apartment may be dire, there are some simple steps to follow if you are concerned about the level of noise pollution around them.

One of the easiest ways to deal with noise pollution is soundproofing the space. The soundproofing process can be as easy as keeping an outside door closed or putting rugs or curtains in places where noise might be coming from. Putting furniture on shared walls is also a good way for those living in townhomes or apartments to reduce noise from their neighbors.

If soundproofing isn’t enough, other option include white noise machines, meditation to train your brain to block background noise out, or earplugs that can be worn both during the day and at night, depending on the level of noise pollution. If all else fails, one might just have to move to quieter neighborhood.

Moving is obviously the last option to consider, but as populations are moving closer to city centers, people might want to consider their hearing as a factor when choosing where to live.

If you feel you are suffering from any hearing loss, don’t hesitate to call Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687 or visit hearingrevolution.com.

Notch Therapy as a treatment for Tonal Tinnitus

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Modern hearing aids offer those who suffer from tinnitus some relief, but Signia is using a new technology to help those suffering from tonal tinnitus.

Tonal Tinnitus is the most common form of tinnitus and, according to the American Tinnitus Association, is the perception of near-continuous sound (or overlapping sounds) with well-defined frequencies. Many times the level of ringing the patient hears will fluctuate, depending on different factors. While several different treatments are available for relief of tonal tinnitus, Notch Therapy has emerged as one of the best and most effective.

Instead of producing noises that help to mask tinnitus, Notch therapy finds the unique frequencies of a patient’s tinnitus and amplifies all frequencies but the ones affecting the patient. Multiple clinical studies have shown that this therapy is highly effective and helps patients faster than more traditional masking techniques.

Notch Therapy is currently only available in the Signia Primax product line. If you feel you have tinnitus or hearing loss and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687.

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 a 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 scientific 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.

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.