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Phonak Paradise

Phonak Paradise hearing aids available from CMD Hearing Care.

Paradise is the latest range of hearing aids released from Phonak. The hearing aids bring a number of developments over the previous very successful Marvel hearing aid range.

Phonak Paradise Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Motion Detection

The Phonak Paradise hearing aids can detect movement. The aids can therefore modify the microphone and feature settings to help pick out speech and also ensure that the wearer is safe and can ear environmental sounds that are going on around them.

Speech Enhancer and Dynamic Noise Cancellation

New developments within the hearing aids provide significant improvements in noisy environments and the detection of soft speech. The features mean that Phonak Paradise hearing aids perform better than ever in challenging listening situations.

Universal Connectivity

Phonak Paradise hearing aids allow connection to Bluetooth devices and smartphones regardless of whether it is an Apple or Android device. The hearing aids can also connect to more devices so the transfer of connections from one device to another is automatic. For example the aids can be connected to a mobile phone and a tablet at the same time, especially useful at the moment where we are relying heavily on technology to stay in touch whether via the phone or video calling.

Phonak Paradise hearing aids are available now and trial options are available. If you have any other questions or would like to book an appointment to discuss your hearing needs please contact us.

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Widex Moment

Widex Moment hearing aids available at CMD Hearing Care.

I am pleased to announce that Widex Moment hearing aids are now available through CMD Hearing Care. Widex Moment aids are available in all styles and rechargeable options.

Widex Moment Rechargeable Hearing Aids

What are the benefits of Widex Moment?

Widex Moment is designed to offer the most natural sound though a hearing aid. Normally sound reaching the ear through a hearing aid is slightly delayed compared to natural sound entering the ear. When natural and hearing aid sounds mix the result can seem artificial.

Widex Moment has been designed to process sound extremely quickly to eliminate the delay in sound passing through the hearing aid. The result is a much more natural listening experience.

Widex has more information on Widex Moment on their website.

If you would like to discuss your hearing needs or would like to make an appointment please contact us.

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Online Store – batteries and accessories

CMD Hearing Care Online Store Open Now

We are pleased to announce the launch of our online store where you can buy any batteries, accessories or replacement parts for your hearing aids. All items in the store are available with free delivery to the mainland UK.

CMD Hearing Care online store
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Why choose microsuction for wax removal?

Earwax is naturally produced by the ear to protect the skin of the ear canal and to trap dust and dirt that enters the ear. Normally earwax works its way towards the opening of the ear canal where it falls out or is washed away.

In some cases wax can build up in the ear canal, this is more likely in older people or hearing aid users. Signs that there may be a wax build up include muffled hearing, earache or tinnitus (ringing or buzzing noises in your ears). Remember, it is important not to try to remove earwax yourself as you may push the wax deeper into your ear or cause damage to your eardrum.

Traditional wax removal methods include syringing, whereby water is flushed into the ear under pressure to wash out ear wax. Ear syringing carries a risk of perforating the eardrum due to the force of the water pressing up against it, consequently many GP practices are reluctant to provide ear syringing services.

Microsuction involves using a microscope or magnifying glasses and a small suction tube to remove wax from the ear. Wax removal in this way does not place any pressure on the eardrum and therefore carries a much lower risk of causing any damage.

Wax removal via microsuction is available through CMD Hearing Care in Leeds and Teesside. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to make a booking.

For more information on wax removal please see the NHS Website.

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World Hearing Day

March 3rd is World Hearing Day.

Around the world 466 million people are living with hearing loss (World Health Organisation figures).

1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 have a disabling hearing loss that limits their activities and participation in daily life.

At all life stages, communication and good hearing health connect us to each other, our communities, and the world.

For children good hearing is essential for speech development and education. Later in life hearing is important for employment and social inclusion.

If you have concerns regarding your hearing or family members please contact us for advice or to make an appointment.

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Phonak Marvel 2.0

Phonak Marvel 2.0 hearing aids are available now to all new hearing aid users and to existing Marvel hearing aid users via a free firmware update.

Improved Connectivity

The Marvel 2.0 system allows the hearing aids to pair with 2 Bluetooth devices simultaneously. This is especially useful for clients who would like to stream sound from a tablet while also connecting to their smartphone for taking calls.

Marvel 2.0 also brings connectivity to wireless accessories from the Roger range. Roger devices can now directly connect to Marvel hearing aids without the need for additional devices, receivers or neck loops. Roger systems offer the best solution for listening in particularly challenging situations such as over long distances or in loud noise.

Marvel 2.0 is available now. If you would like any further information, or would like an appointment to discuss your hearing or performing an update on your existing Marvel hearing aids please contact us.

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Mild Hearing Loss in Children

Mild Hearing Loss is Very Common

Mild hearing loss is incredibly common in children. The majority of hearing loss is temporary and the result of fluid or congestion build up behind the eardrums, known as otitis media. Studies have reported that up to 95% of children will have had at least one episode of otitis media by the age of 6.

Mild Hearing Loss Affects Learning

Research has shown that the impact of mild hearing loss in children is often under estimated. Classrooms are noisy places, especially for younger children whose speech and language skills are still developing. Where a child has a mild hearing loss extra effort is needed to listen which has an impact on how well they can perform tasks they find difficult and learn.

Given the large number of children affected it is likely that a number of children in a class may have a mild hearing loss at any one time. This is especially true for younger children that are working hard on their speech, reading and writing. Research has shown that if a child has a mild hearing loss they are likely to have poorer academic achievement.

Classroom Soundfield Systems

In the UK very few classrooms are equipped with soundfield systems.

A modern soundfield system consists of a single speaker easily installed that works in a similar way to a sound bar that may be attached to a TV or surround sound system in your home. However instead of sending sound to different areas of the room it creates an even sound everywhere. The teacher wears a small microphone and their voice is transmitted to all parts of the room by the soundfield speaker. As a result wherever a child is in the classroom they can always hear their teacher easily.

A soundfield system also useful for the teacher, by reducing vocal effort and the risk of voice strain.

A soundfield system benefits all children in the class, not just those with hearing loss and is relatively inexpensive compared to other common classroom equipment such as interactive whiteboards. It is unfortunate that there has not been more attention given to the listening environment in classrooms. The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) recently ran a campaign to draw attention to the issue of mild hearing loss and its impact on academic performance.

It would be great to see more soundfield systems in classrooms, if it is easier for a child to hear they will be able to put more effort into their work and learning.




References

Bess F. 1985 The Minimally Hearing Impaired Child. Ear and Hearing 6(1): 43-47

Lewis D. et al. 2015 Effect of Minimal/Mild Hearing Loss on Children’s Speech Understanding in a Simulated Classroom. Ear and Hearing 36(1): 136-144

McFadden B. et al. 2008 Effect of Minimal Hearing Loss on Children’s Ability to Multi Task in Quiet and Noise. Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools 39(3): 342-351

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Unitron Discover – Available Now

Unitron have launched their latest range of hearing instruments based on the Discover Platform. The Discover range of hearing instruments consists of two devices; the Moxi Fit D and the rechargeable Jump R.

Both devices offer automatic adaptation to match their listening environment, development in this area means that selection of the correct sound settings is more accurate than ever. The sound delivery 4.0 system is included in the Discover range, the redesigned speakers offer improved sound quality and comfort.

Wireless Connectivity

The Discover range of hearing aids offers direct Bluetooth connectivity to mobile phones (Apple and Android), televisions, tablets and more. Direct connection allows sound to be transferred directly into the hearing aids resulting in superb clear sound. The accompanying app gives the wearer full intuitive control over their hearing aids.

More information on Bluetooth hearing aids.

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Getting Used to Hearing Aids

When wearing a hearing aid for the first time, or even changing to a new device it can take a little time to get used to hearing in a new way.

Hearing Loss is Slow

Hearing changes generally occur very gradually over a number of years, consequently we do not notice them day to day and get used to living in a seemingly quiet environment. Environmental sounds slip away unnoticed while the clarity of speech is slowly lost and sounding mumbled or indistinct.

Learning to Listen Again

When wearing a hearing aid for the first time it suddenly brings back many sounds that the wearer did not notice were missing as well as speech becoming clearer. It can take a short while to get used to hearing at this new level while the brain learns which sounds are important to pay attention to and those that are not.

Small Phonak Marvel hearing aids

In general it is best to wear hearing aids as much, and as consistently as possible to allow the wearer to adapt and acclimatize to their new new listening environment. There are some systems within the hearing aids that can gradually increase the level of sound they deliver to ease the wearer into their new listening level.

It is often easier for someone to get used to wearing hearing aids if their hearing loss is less severe, therefore the sooner help is sought the better. In addition if someone seeks help earlier there is also a more recent ‘memory’ of some sounds that have gradually disappeared.

Click here for more information of getting used to hearing aids.