10 things I wish audiologists had taught me

3 05 2017

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Audiologists and hearing rehabilitation

Gianluca Trombetta: A new course to the rescue

When my audiologists finally convinced me to start wearing hearing aids at age 20, I expected to immediately have perfect hearing. But of course, that did not happen. And then I found myself with questions and in situations that I did not know how to handle.

What was I to do when my hearing aids did not work? How should I tell my work colleagues about my hearing loss? How do I properly enjoy my dinner out or a day at the beach? And what technology accessories are relevant for my needs?

I was disappointed and frustrated by what I felt was a lack of support from my audiologists. But I’ve learned that hearing aids are just the start of the hearing rehabilitation journey, the term I use to describe a comprehensive approach to improving your hearing.

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Why people don’t want to wear discreet hearing aids

20 04 2017

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Have you begged and pleaded with your spouse or parent to wear their discreet hearing aids, only for them to “forget” or stubbornly refuse.

I was playing around with Google search, and some specific hearing aid questions caught my eye:

  • Why won’t my father wear his hearing aids?
  • My mum refuses to wear her hearing aids, help!
  • How do I cope with my spouse refusing to wear his hearing aids?
  • My husband refuses to wear his very expensive hearing aids, why did we buy them?

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11 interesting facts about hearing aid devices

13 04 2017

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Did you know as early as the 13th century people with hearing loss were using hollowed-out horns from animals as primitive hearing devices?

The first ‘official’ mention of hearing aids ever recorded was in a book published by an Italian physician / scientist in 1588. In the book, he wrote about hearing aids made from wood, shaped like the ears of animals known to have superior hearing.

Isn’t it amazing how far technology has come? The first wearable hearing aid was developed in 1938 by electronic manufacturers in Chicago. But it took another 20 years to create a hearing aid that could completely fit behind the ear.

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The limitations and benefits of hearing aids

6 04 2017

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The limitations and benefits of hearing aids – The real story

Hearing aids cannot magically restore a person’s ability to hear; rather they aid you in hearing better.

Hearing aids have been shown to improve a users’ quality of life, specifically improving communication in relationships, as well as providing the user with a sense of control.

However, as with most things in life, there are benefits and limitations to wearing hearing aids.

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Hands off our hearing aids!

28 07 2014

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North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced proposals to withdraw the provision of NHS-funded hearing aids for adults with mild to moderate age-related hearing loss!

This would be devastating for people with hearing loss, leaving thousands of local residents unable to communicate in their day-to-day lives. If the cuts go ahead in North Staffordshire, who will be next? We could be looking at millions of people who struggle to hear being denied NHS hearing aids.

We’re calling on anyone who values free NHS hearing aids to join us in the fight to stop these changes!

Link to cause – Hands off our hearing aids!





Learning to listen – the British way

21 07 2011

PC Werth have been working on a British version of LACE and it’s now available. In British accents!

This software is useful for people who want to improve their ability to listen – not to hear speech, but to listen and understand it. This can be used with hearing aids or cochlear implants, and practiced in different scenarios – against background noise, competing voices, and with fast speakers. I found the US version a real challenge.

You can try it here.

You can obtain the British version from one of the UK hearing centres listed here.

US version here.

Has anyone tried LACE? I’d be interested to hear your feedback.





Access

25 06 2011

Arlene Romoff speaks of her experience of hearing loss, advocacy, and her bilateral cochlear implants. The interviewer is also deaf, and is using an FM system to hear Arlene. The interview is in six parts.

You can hop over to Arlene’s blog and buy her book ‘Listening Closely – A Journey to Bilateral Hearing’ from Amazon.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6





Sound …. with a bite!

25 03 2011

The SoundBite is a bone conduction hearing aid which was approved by the FDA in January and is now approved in Europe. Each aid is custom made for the patient. It transmits sound to the cochlea through the jawbone and teeth, across a frequency range of 250 to more than 12,000 Hz. The ITM (In-The-Mouth) picks up sound wirelessly from a small BTE part. It runs on rechargeable batteries. So yes, you’ll be wearing something on the ear and in the mouth, but hey, it’s this or surgery for a BAHA.

More information on this from Sonitus Medical.

Product images > after the jump.





The world’s first invisible hearing aids

21 11 2010

I spotted this hearing aid, the iSync, which claims it is the world’s first invisible hearing aid, going deeper into the ear canal than a CIC hearing aid (Completely in Canal).  This aid fits a moderately severe hearing loss and it removes background noise so you can hear speech more clearly in noisy places. Sounds great!

Steve tested the iSync out, you can read the detailed account here, and how he feels about the iSync here.  I understand how Steve feels about pushing the iSync deep into his ear canal – I once had an audiologist push the cotton block deep into my ear canal before inserting resin for the  ear mould impression, he went a bit too far and it hurt like billy-o.

It’s great to see someone so happy with their hearing aid. Quality of life is priceless, really.

(So sorry the iSync video is not captioned!)

Phonak also supply the Lyric which stays in your ear canal for up to four months. They market as the contact lens for your ear. It is available on subscription and your hearing care specialist replaces it every 4 months for you. Easy peasy. If you are interested, just fire off a request to Phonak and they’ll tell you where to find your nearest hearing care professional.  If you live in the USA, check out their US website where you can obtain a trial of the Lyric.If you live in the San Francisco Bay area, you can take part in a free clinical study and try out the latest technology.

You can watch a short video of the Lyric here.





Why Naida? Win an iPad.

7 10 2010

Phonak are running a competition. All you have to do is to tell them why you like their Naida hearing aids and you could win an iPad.

Competition : 1000 reasons for Naida

Facebook : Phonak Naida

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