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Apple Watch Looks After Your Hearing

It was great to read that Apple has taken steps to draw attention to noise exposure and the potential damage it can do to hearing. Full article.

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Apple Watch sound level monitor.

Hearing damage occurs as a result of both the level of noise exposure and the duration of noise exposure. The louder the sound the less time that is required to cause hearing damage. For example at 85 decibels it would take two hours exposure in a day to cause any hearing damage, however at 95 decibels it would take around 10 minutes.

The Apple watch will monitor noise exposure and can send alerts when certain exposure limits are reached.

The noise monitor will be a feature available in the forthcoming WatchOS 6 software which will be launched in autumn.

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Phonak Marvel

Marvel hearing aids are the latest range of receiver in the canal hearing aids released by Phonak.

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Phonak Marvel brings a some key innovations. The speaker system has remained unchanged for a number of hearing aid generations, however for Marvel it has been completely redesigned. When combined with the new sound processor the Marvel aids offer a rich clear sound designed to reduce listening effort. The AutosenseOS 3 sound processor allows the Marvel aids to adapt more precisely to suit the environment they are in.

Marvel adapts to the listening environment.

Bluetooth connectivity is standard across the Marvel range this allows direct connection to mobile phones, televisions and other devices such as music players and tablets. Assistive devices such as remote microphones like RogerDirect can connect directly to significantly improve listening in noisy situations such as restaurants.

Phonak Marvel is available now at CMD Hearing Care, please contact us if you would like to make an appointment or have any questions.

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Receiver in the canal hearing aids

In general hearing aids fall into two design categories; in the ear (ITE) and behind the ear (BTE) aids.

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids are custom made for the wearer and as a result offer the best cosmetic option. Due to their compact design there are often compromises with regards the components that can be fitted within them.

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids are often seen as offering a poor cosmetic option and are highly visible. However, they do offer the possibility to add extra components such as microphones and wireless connections. Behind the ear hearing aids are generally more robust than ITE aids and now generally offer water and dust resistance.

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Receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aid

Receiver in the canal (RIC) hearing aids offer a blend of the benefits of both in the ear and behind the ear hearing aids. By removing the speaker from the main body of the hearing aid and placing it in the ear the visible portion of the hearing aid can be made much smaller. At the same time the aid can retain the extra components and functions of BTE aids as well as water and dust proofing. The improved cosmetics of RIC aids combined with acoustic advantages mean that they are becoming a very popular choice for clients seeking the ideal balance between cosmetics and technical performance in their hearing instruments.

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The Worlds Smallest Wireless Hearing Aid

Following the recent launch of the new Moxi Now hearing aids from Unitron I received my first pair for fitting next week. when I opened the box I was truly shocked at how small they are. The Moxi Now aids are  fraction of the size of Unitron’s existing Moxi Kiss aid, yet still packs all the same features.

This image shows the dramatic size reduction of the Moxi Now, whist still retaining the wireless functionality of the larger aid.

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Rechargable hearing aids

Phonak have launched their latest line up of hearing aids which for the first time include a rechargeable option.

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The Audeo Belong range of hearing instruments are based on a new operating system; Autosense OS allows the hearing aid to automatically adapt to their surroundings and by blending between different features they are able to select up to 200 different sound settings.

The rechargeable Audeo-B-R hearing instrument is the longest lasting rechargeable hearing aid ever and offers up to 24hours use after just 3hours charge.

If you would like to make an appointment or discuss your hearing needs please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Wireless Features in Hearing Aids

Many modern hearing aids feature wireless technology. Wireless communication allows sound to be transferred into the hearing aids directly from sound sources such as mobile phones, tablets or televisions. Although for many people such features would not be beneficial as they do not use such devices, or they do not want the complexity of introducing additional wireless devices. There are however wireless features that are less obvious that all hearing aid wearers can find beneficial.

Binaural Spatial Processing

Binaural spatial processing sounds complicated, however simply put it is the ability of a pair of hearing aids to work together to help pick out voices in noisy or group situations. A simple example might be a noisy restaurant, when somebody starts talking on the hearing aid wearer’s right their right hearing aid detects this and tells the left hearing aid to reduce its sensitivity, therefore helping to emphasise the voice above the background noise. 

An example of this technology is SpeechZone 2 which is featured in the current range of Unitron hearing aids. SpeechZone 2 automatically adjusts the sensitivity of the microphones on the hearing aids to track speech in any direction around the hearing aid wearer.

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Binaural Phone

When using the telephone sound will be transferred into both ears simultaneously. Binaural phone enhances the clarity of telephone conversations and provides balanced conversations.
Wireless technology in hearing aids can be beneficial for all people. If you would like more information, or would like to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Unitron Moxi Now – worlds smallest

Unitron have announced their latest product the Moxi Now.

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The Moxi Now is the smallest wireless receiver in the canal hearing aid in the world. The Moxi Now is fully featured and includes technology such as SoundNav so the hearing aids automatically adjust to suit their environment. The inbuilt wireless technology allows the aids to communicate with one another to improve their performance in noisy situations.

The Moxi Now will be available in October this year.

If you would like to make an appointment or need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Hearing aid drying capsules

In warm weather condensation build up inside hearing aids can be a problem which leads to failure of the device and the need for it to be repaired.

Heat and perspiration from the hearing aid wearer can build up inside the hearing aids. Thankfully drying capsules offer a simple solution, gel inside the capsules absorbs the moisture inside the aids overnight and therefore prevents problems in the future. Simply seal the capsule with the aids inside the container.

For those looking for a more high tech solution the D-Dry system from Phonak offers a electronic drying system which also acts to sanitise the hearing aids.

If you would like to place an order or discuss your hearing needs please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

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Flex trial by Unitron

FlexTrial from Unitron is an amazing piece of technology now available at CMD Hearingcare in Leeds and Yarm areas. The system allows people with hearing loss to experience wearing hearing aids before making the decision to purchase.

Hearing aids are available in many different configurations, it is important to match the features and technology within the hearing aids to the lifestyle of the person who will be wearing them. Through a discussion of your lifestyle we would aim to find a hearing aid that matches your needs. Now however, the FlexTrial system gives us a much more precise and individualised method of finding the right match for your hearing needs.

When using the  FlexTrial system the wearer is able to hear how the hearing aids sound and see the benefit they get, in addition the devices gather information about the sort of situations the wearer finds themselves in and the features and technology that would be beneficial. Following the trial period we can review the information stored in the hearing aids and therefore make an informed choice regarding the type of aids that would be most beneficial.

The FlexTrial is a fantastic opportunity to take the guess work out of getting hearing aids for the first time. They allow you to experience using hearing aids and then make a truly individualised and informed choice about what will be beneficial for you.

Unitron has created a great video that shows the FlexTrial system in action and their benefits.

 

If you would like to discuss your hearing requirements or experience FlexTrial please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Getting a Hearing Aid

When you decide to get hearing aids for the first time what should you expect?                                                                                                    

It is important to realise that using hearing aids cannot return your hearing to normal, however they will make speech clearer and make listening easier in many situations. Modern hearing aids are capable of adjusting themselves automatically to suit the listening situation making them more useful than ever.

Hearing aids take time to get used to.

In general changes in hearing ability occur very slowly and are not noticeable from day to day, as a result you get used to living in a quieter environment. When you first start to use hearing aids you are reintroduced to a range of sounds that have not been heard for some time and may at first be unfamiliar. Over time, with use you will acclimatise to hearing new sounds and adjust to hearing at the new level. To start with some of the new sounds you are exposed to may be irritating, however it is exactly these sounds that are going to make voices clearer and listening easier.

Getting a hearing aid.