On Wednesday May 29, the entire team at Pure Sound Hearing Aids welcomed all of our patients to Rapho Park in Mt. Joy, for our annual Customer Appreciation Day picnic.
We had raffle drawings for prizes ranging from gift cards to hearing aid supplies!
The entire staff at Pure Sound Hearing Aids would like to thank everyone who attended our picnic! We hope you enjoyed your time!
Sean Mark, BC-HIS, our Director at Pure Sound Hearing Aids traveled to Naples, FL for a three-day intensive training from Signia.
Mr. Mark spoke to Eric Branda, Au. D. Dr. Branda is an audiologist and Signia's director of product management. His focus is to introduce the latest products available for hearing aid users, and help Sivantos reach its goal to produce the best solutions for various degrees of hearing loss.
Tish Ramirez, AuD, director of clinical education and her team discussed the Nx product line and programming details for the best possible fittings and how to get the most out of the hearing aid.
The training included:
At the event, Michael Guiden, Vice President of National Accounts, spoke about the merger of Sivantos and Widex - a rare merger of premium brands - forming WS Audiology.
WS Audiology now employees over 800 R&d specialists, creating better and more innovative hearing aids than any other product.
Melanie O'Brien-Matta, Signia’s Regional Director of Northeast, and Mr. Mark strategize to improve future product delivery and customer satisfaction.
Lisa Klop, AuD, is a Signia Technology Trainer for the Northeast. She has worked with Pure Sound over the years to make sure we are up to date on the latest fitting methods. Klop has single-sided deafness with a loss of hearing in one ear. She wears the Signia 7 nX CROS hearing aid, and was able to hear better in loud group settings than many of the attendees with normal hearing!
This past Fall of 2018, Sean Mark BC-HIS of Pure Sound Hearing Aids, underwent three days of intensive training at the Starkey Livio Hearing Aid training event at the Starkey Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN.
In attendance of this event was William Austin, CEO and President of Starkey.
Mr. Austin has helped change countless of lives around the world through better hearing for over 50 years. His leadership and commitment to Starkey Hearing Technologies has guided the company to become the largest hearing aid manufacturer in the United States, and a global leader in innovation.
Hundreds of hearing aid professionals were welcomed to kickoff Starkey’s three day Liveo AI training event, and over 1400 Starkey employees work at this campus.
Dr. Achin Bhowmik, Ph. D., Chief Technology Officer & Executive Vice President of Engineering at Intel, where he worked for 17 years and was Vice President, also attended the event. Intel made computers small and powerful, and Dr. Bhowmik was involved with helping computers interact with humans and the environment, which is a perfect match for hearing aids. He assisted Starkey in applying this technology to Starkey’s Livio AI.
Mr. Austin’s objectives for the company are to help human communications to reduce conflict, improve human health and wellness, and use technology to help humans interact with their world better. He developed Starkey because he wanted to create a “company with a soul”, and he felt he could turn Bill Austin’s vision into a reality.
Key features of Starkey's Livio hearing aid:
Dr. Sara Burdak, Au. D., conducted the Livio AI training, and announced that this was the biggest technology release in Starkey’s 50+ year history. The importance of that training was to make this complicated device very simple for the hearing aid wearer. The hearing aid has two radios. One radio is for streaming and the other radio is used so that the aids can communicate with each other.
The sensor has two features: the Accelerometer, which is used to track your steps, and the Gyroscope, which is used to track falls. There is also a health and wellness tracker smartphone display. It features a Geotagging environment and a feature that helps find your hearing aids. There is also an Amazon Echo compatibility.
By using your Apple or Android smartphones, this app works with the Livio AI to keep your mind and body fitness goals on track. It can also sync to other apps, such as Apple Health. The app includes “Find my Hearing Aids”, which has a map that appears to show you the location of your lost hearing aids.
The event also recognized Tani Austin, Chief Philanthropy Officer at Starkey Hearing Technologies, who was honored by the U.N. for helping millions hear better around the world. She spoke about her journey developing hearing aid programs in 61 countries around the world.
If you are interested in learning more about Starkey hearing aids, schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
This past Wednesday, on January 16, 2019, a Signia Hearing Aid Training had taken place at the Harvest Corporate Training Room in Lancaster, PA.
Pure Sound’s very own Sean Mark, BC-HIS, and other professional Signia hearing aid fitting specialists from nearby PA counties were trained at this event.
The professionals who conducted the training included Signia’s Northeast Representative, Dr. Stewart Birnbaum, AuD., Dr. Lisa Purchacs, Signia’s Clinical Educational Specialist AuD., and Dr. Fabian Schmitz, AuD., Signia’s Global Representative flew in from Munich, Germany.
For more information on hearing aids, please contact one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
June is National Men’s Health Month. After all, June includes Father’s Day. Men are encouraged to do something positive about their health, such as treating hearing loss to hear better. Since hearing is at the heart of every father’s story, three different fathers were interviewed about how treating hearing loss has made a crucial difference in their lives and in the lives of their families. They all got hearing aids. They specifically replied first as to whether or not they were embarrassed about getting hearing aids, and then they sat down with family members to discuss everything in more detail.
The question about any embarrassment
The first father, Randy, said that he has worn glasses all of his life and never gave it a second thought. He has no problem with people’s thoughts on that subject, but it was different with the idea of getting hearing aids. He said he was worried about appearing handicapped or seeming old. He said he was in denial about his hearing loss, as a result. But he decided to get hearing aids, anyway, coming to the conclusion that he was giving up a lot with “foolish thinking” about getting them. He added that people should get hearing loss treated to increase the quality of life.
The second father, Dennis, said that hearing aids are no problem because they come in many colors now, are smaller, and even blend in with the color of one’s hair. He said people are more accepting today about hearing aids. He encouraged people to get help and have better hearing.
The third father, Gordy, said that he is the leader of his family and business, so getting hearing aids increased business, since he could hear more naturally and the tension was less with his family.
A more in-depth look
On exploring the subject deeper, Randy sat down with his son-in-law, Adam, and had a heart-to-heart discussion after Randy got hearing aids. Randy is a father, husband, and grandfather, so he wanted to do something proactive about his hearing loss. Adam told him that he had to repeatedly answer questions when speaking softly in a restaurant and noted his father-in-law’s hearing loss at that time. His father-in-law was in denial for 15 to 20 years and only recently got hearing aids. Randy’s colleagues at work would tease him about his hearing loss. He felt like he was on the outside with family gatherings and missed out on conversations with his grandchildren. He withdrew. He finally sat down with his wife and he agreed he had a problem. Upon getting hearing aids, he was “astounded” about the comfort, clarity, and undetectable nature of them. He said he hardly knew he even had hearing aids and could hear better than ever.
A closer look into the life of Dennis occurred with a chat between him and his daughter, Clarissa. Dennis and Clarissa both have hearing aids. Dennis was born with hearing loss when the doctors used forceps and caused nerve damage in his left ear. He calls his left ear his “dead ear.” With the other ear, he noticed hearing loss when he was 18 years old.
He and his daughter would always ask, “What?” a lot. It made them closer and have a sense of humor to share the problem and then get hearing aids together. Dennis would always strain to hear and didn’t hear correctly and often guessed at what was being said, missing out on important conversations.
Clarissa “can’t imagine” life without hearing aids, now. She said, “I am proud to wear them.” Before, she was afraid, but now she is positive about them. She said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff,” then she added, “The quiet is nice, but a live world is better.”
The third father, Gordy, and his daughter, Leah, sat down to have a discussion, too. Gordy said his hearing loss was gradual. He flew a plane at 20 years old, wore no hearing protection, and the engines were loud. Then, afterward, he worked in auto body, which was a loud industry. Further, he started hunting in his 30s and 40s. Shooting was loud, and he noticed hearing loss after that.
Leah and her friends noticed his hearing loss in high school. She said she and her friends knew before him. He would turn the TV up loud and cup his ears to hear them. His wife was very social, so when they’d go to parties he’d have trouble understanding conversations. Business interactions with customers also suffered. He said he got hearing aids because of the promptings from his family.
Leah said that he is more confident now, adding that he shows more personality and is more social. He acknowledged that he is also more efficient with engine problems and that gatherings with church members is more positive.
These men are overjoyed at the change in their lives with getting hearing aids, and their interactions with family, friends, and colleagues have vastly improved. Their hearing aids have really helped revolutionize the quality of their lives. So, if you have hearing loss, don’t hesitate to get hearing aids, not only for the quality of your life, but for optimal health. Many health problems stem from untreated hearing loss.
For more information on better hearing, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
We just held our 3rd annual customer appreciation day at Pure Sound Hearing Aids, and it was a blast! The music was playing, the hot dogs were grilling, and the ladder balls were whirling. About 100 guests and employees attended this year's event, and we handed out 30 valuable prizes. The weather was great, and everyone had fun.
It was wonderful to get out of the office and see everyone together enjoying themselves. We can't wait until next year!
Yesterday morning, David Gotschal from Phonak stopped in to help us set up a lunch and learn class in July for the general public. Phonak will sending one of their industry experts to our Elizabethtown office to discuss the in's and out's of hearing and hearing loss. If you or a loved one have, or may have, a hearing loss, this would be a great opportunity for you.
We will be posting more information as we have it. Reservations will be required due to limited seating, so if you are interested in attending, stay tuned!