There are three categories of hearing aid devices: pre-programmed hearing aids that are customized based on the user’s hearing test results, programmable hearing aids that can be adjusted by the user, and there are amplifiers.
Amplifiers and Hearing Aids
You might not be able to immediately distinguish the differences between an amplifier and a hearing aid when you first see them. Each of them are small and can rest around or inside your ears. The volume controls can be tuned to improve the hearing of the user. The technology is similar, but they are individual devices that have different functions.
The main difference between the two is that amplifiers are not approved by the FDA. In 2009, the FDA released a statement to notify consumers that amplifiers, which are also referred to as Personal Sound Amplifying Products (PSAPs), are not to be used by individuals who have any form of hearing loss. Amplifiers are to be used by those who want to increase the volume in particular environments.
If you have hearing loss and want to use a PSAP rather than hearing aids, this may actually result in more hearing loss. The volume levels of a PSAP are unlimited, therefore they can become too loud, which can cause more damage to your hearing.
In other cases, an amplifier might not be powerful enough for your degree of hearing loss. The sounds may become louder, but not to the level that you need in order to hear.
Hearing aids have much more advanced technology than amplifiers, and require programming for your individual needs. For example, if you need to increase the volume in a TV show, the amplifier can turn up the overall volume, but a hearing aid has the ability to concentrate on the dialogue in a movie. Amplifiers are typically a first step towards wearing hearing aids, due to the low-cost and the fact that people can make a direct purchase for themselves. Many companies, like Pure Sound Hearing Aids, offer hearing aids at discount prices. We have a wide variety of options that can work for you.
Programming Your Hearing Aid Devices
When you go to your hearing instrument specialist, you will have your hearing tested. Your results will show up on an audiogram, which is just like a prescription for eyeglasses. The condition of your hearing loss will be revealed, and the audiogram is used to customize your hearing aids.
You may buy generic hearing aids and program them yourself, but it’s best to let a professional hearing instrument specialist program them. They will be able to adjust the hearing aid device accordingly to suit your needs.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of getting hearing aid devices programmed, please schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
When you listen to music--whether it is at home, playing an instrument, or at a concert--you want to fully focus on it and enjoy it. Hearing aid users are no different. For hearing aid wearers, the experience can seem daunting. The depth and richness of the music might be reduced. It’s good that the clarity and amplification of speech will sound great, but it is unpleasant to realize that the natural music listening experience may be a challenge.
Human speech vs. instrumental sounds
Compared to speech, there is a much wider variety of musical sounds. What makes it hard for manufacturers of hearing aids is that there are significant differences between verbal and musical output and perception.
The vocal tract is made up of a set of cavities and tubes, creating human speech. Regardless of the language, the way we form speech sounds is similar because the speech spectrum is generally limited and consistent. The task is an easy one for engineers tapping into the human speech spectrum. All they have to do is identify which sounds need to be amplified and/or clarified.
With music, however, the spectrum for sound is much larger, posing difficulties. Bassoons and violins, for example, are able to create diverse sounds at different volumes and frequencies. While the goal of hearing aids is to make speech sounds audible and clear enough for normal perception, hearing music, which is subjective, creates a more complex task for engineers. The quality of musical sound is a matter of personal perception, so the challenge is to match what seems right for music, whether it is rock, classical, or some other style. What sounds good to you and what sounds good to someone else will differ, so engineers have a harder time in tuning hearing aids to proper settings.
Signia’s solution for musical sound quality
Signia’s hearing aids allow users to connect their smartphone to their hearing aids using
Bluetooth® technology. No matter what your musical preference, detail-rich HD output can now be mastered. Signia has the solution and is moving forward with steady progress. You can now enjoy a classical recital, rock concert, or any other live concert, from a particular programming sequence. There’s a different programming sequence for recorded music. For musicians and singers with hearing problems, there is now a full dynamic range of sound. Stop missing out on better sound quality and set up an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for more information to improve your listening experience.
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If you notice that your hearing aids have suddenly stopped working, there might be a quick and easy way to fix it. Eventually the devices might need to be taken to your hearing instrument specialist, but you also may be able to fix it yourself.
Are You Hearing Static or Broken Noises?
If your hearing aids stopped functioning, the most common reason is low battery power. Be sure that the battery is completely charged or it is brand new - batteries normally last for a week if your hearing aids are used routinely. You can lengthen the battery life by switching off your hearing aids when they are not being used, or taking the batteries out of your hearing aids. It’s best to store the batteries and the hearing aid itself away from moist, hot, and cold temperatures. In other words, do not store your hearing aids or batteries in the refrigerator, keep them away from steamy bathrooms and shield them from the rain.
Static noises may be caused by receivers that become clogged or dirty, covered in lint or other debris, and possibly flawed programming. You could also change the channels or volume if the static persists.
Do You Hear Whistling in You Hearing Aids?
One of the most common explanations for a whistling sound are hearing aid devices that do not fit comfortably. When you buy your hearing aids, the device should be customized to the size of your ears and your personal hearing needs.
If you hear whistling noises when you wear your hearing aids for the first time, remove them from your ears and adjust them. If you are still hearing a whistle even when they fit comfortably in your ears, there may be cerumen (earwax) built up which causes a blockage, or the volume might be too loud.
Are You Unable to Hear Anything at All?
If you sense that the sound on your hearing aids are not functioning properly, make sure they are switched on and the volume is loud enough for you to hear. There’s a chance that you may have unintentionally tapped or switched something while placing them into your ears. Double check your batteries, you might need to replace them.
If you still can’t hear anything, look at the hearing aid tubes and receiver. They may be dirty or plugged with earwax. It’s best to clean after you remove the batteries and clean every surface with a dry cloth. Use a proper cleaning brush and wax pick provided by your hearing instrument specialist.
When is it Time to Get a Professional to Help?
If you need a more thorough cleaning, it is recommended that you go to your hearing instrument specialist. You can also get batteries, tubes, wax guards from them.
Most hearing aids include a protection plan or warranties. These are useful when you are unable to resolve the problem yourself and need a professional to help. If your hearing aid continues to have these problems, even with the help from a professional, it may be time to replace part of the hearing aid or get a new device altogether.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids if your hearing aids have stopped working. Our hearing instrument specialists will be able to determine the best solution for you!
Unitron’s Insera hearing aids are available as In-The-Ear (ITE) hearing aid styles. Insera has excellent directional performance in their customized hearing solutions, which makes speech easier to comprehend and surrounding environments sound natural.
Unitron uses EarMatch™, a modeling process that analyzes the anatomical makeup of your ear shape using a 3D model. This modeling process enhances the hearing aid device’s directional microphone performance to fit the unique shape of your ear, making it easier to hear an entire conversation.
There is a recognition algorithm that identifies ears to analyze their individual details, and then searches through a database to choose an appropriate match.
The modeling process customizes the beamformer’s calibration to create a directional response that is optimized for every individual ear.
Remote Plus app
Hearing aid users who wear Moxi All hearing aid devices can use the Remote Plus app. This shares in-the-moment responses of their hearing aid performance. The app also allows them to switch programs, control volume and modify the balance of their hearing aids from their smartphones.
Change any Moxi All, Moxi Fit or Stride M into a rechargeable hearing solution.
With the rechargeable kit, users may also use zinc-air batteries to continuous listening.
If you are interested in learning more about Unitron’s Insera, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Statistics on Falls and Balance
Those aged 65 and older are more prone to falling. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that, annually, one in four adults fall every year. One in five of these falls end with a serious injury, for example a head injury or broken bones. In the U.S., death rates due to falls have gone up by 30 percent between 2007 and 2016.
Of course, any issues with walking and balance are big risk factors. It has been reported that 80 percent of Americans who are 65 and older have had some balance problems like dizziness and vertigo. For example vestibular (inner ear) dysfunction is a leading cause. Approximately 35% of American adults who are at least 40-years-old have had an experience with vestibular dysfunctions.
You Hearing System and its Link to Falls
The audiometric section of your ear may also be a contributing risk factor to falls. According to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, individuals who have at least 25 dB of hearing loss are three times more likely to report a fall. For every 10 dB increase in hearing loss, there is a 1.4 chance of falling.
According to researchers, cognitive decline has been a result of hearing loss. Some changes may include a lack of coordination, struggles with accomplishing daily routines, a higher risk of falls and other injuries.
What You can do to Help Prevent Falls
The most common forms of falling prevention include medication, surgery, therapy, or using a hearing aid.
There are so many advancements in hearing aid technology that can improve your balance, hearing loss, provide custom speech comprehension, and help with your overall hearing health. These devices can be adjusted by a hearing instrument specialist, connect to your smartphone, TV, and doorbells. It’s been reported by the F.D.A. that only one-fifth of those who need hearing aids actually look into getting them.
Starkey’s Livio AI hearing aids have a new feature that utilizes built-in 3D sensors that can recognize when a wearer falls and alert selected family or friends.
If you, or a loved one, have had falling or balance problems in the past, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to talk to a hearing instrument specialist about the Livio AI, or other hearing aid options.
Are You a Hearing Aid Wearer with an Active Lifestyle?
You should not have to drastically modify or slow down your daily activities due to your hearing loss. If you are an athlete, a musician, work with your community, or need to take your dog for a walk, there are hearing aid solutions to fit your lifestyle.
When you go outside, the weather may disrupt the function of most hearing aids. Moisture and wind may alter the sound quality and performance of common hearing devices. Moving quickly while jogging or engaging in other active sports may cause your hearing aid to fall out of your ear. The ability to appreciate listening to others talk, hearing a performance or engaging in a social environment could be prevented by poor quality of sound. Fortunately, most of the latest hearing aid devices are able to endure any of these concerns.
WIDEX SUPER™ Hearing Aids
At Pure Sound Hearing Aids, the hearing aid solution that we offer for an active lifestyle is the WIDEX SUPER™ model. The sound of wind blowing into your hearing aid is a common, and frustrating, experience. The WIDEX SUPER™ is a receiver-in-the-ear hearing aid that has a patented wind protection microphone cover. This protects a user when they are in a windy environment. Wearers can engage in an outdoor sport, or go outside on a windy day, without the problem of background noise.
Here are also some tips on what you can do when sweat and moisture come in contact with your hearing aids.
If you are in need of hearing aids that can fit your active lifestyle, get in touch with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free consultation and free hearing aid trial!
Rexton's Emerald S 8C RIC hearing aid is small, but has a powerful performance.
It has the ability to directly stream to your iPhone through Bluetooth®, and can also stream with Bluetooth® enabled phones through the Smart Mic (a small microphone that can be controlled remotely and can stream a speaker’s voice to the MyCore accessories).
Compatible with MyCore Accessories
The Smart Direct App is a remote control app that can be used with iPhones and Android smartphones. It controls the volume, programs, microphone pattern adjustments, etc.
The Smart Mic is a remote microphone, which utilizes Bluetooth® to stream a speaker’s voice to the MyCore devices. It also features a hands-free operation for any devices that are enabled with Bluetooth®.
The Smart Transmitter 2.4 is a device that connects to your TV and streams the sound directly into your MyCore hearing aids.
The CROS RIC 8C is a wireless hearing aid for those who suffer from unilateral hearing loss. It has a permanent wireless sound transmission, and uses energy-efficient Wireless Sync technology which lengthens your hearing aids’ battery life.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in Rexton’s MyCore Emerald S 8C RIC, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation and hearing aid trial.
The Struggle of Watching TV with Hearing Loss
Watching TV with your family, or significant other, after a long day can be relaxing and nice. You can cry, laugh, be engrossed by the flutter of the show or movie on television. In some instances watching TV with others can raise disputes over the volume level. You may not be able to hear any of the dialogue, while others tell you to turn the volume down. If this is the case in your household, perhaps it’s time for you to get a hearing test.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
By the age of 65, there is a one in three chance that a person will encounter hearing loss. By the age of 70, only 30 percent of people will actually benefit from the use of hearing aids. One of the most common signs of hearing loss is raising the volume on your television. If the volume is normally at 25 percent, but you need to increase it up to 50 percent, there’s a possibility that you need hearing aids.
Other suggestions that indicate you may need hearing aids include the need for others to repeat things during conversation, decrease in socializing, and difficulties with hearing in certain surroundings. Wearing hearing aids can show mental, physical, and social improvements. You can also turn the volume on your TV to a lower setting, so that everyone that you watch with can hear at a convenient level.
Assistive Listening Devices for Your TV
Based on how severe your hearing loss is, there are some alternative methods to watch and hear your TV. You may use:
If you, or a loved one struggles with hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists. We offer a variety of hearing aids for a wide range of hearing loss.
Moisture and Hearing Aids
Some hearing aid wearers have experienced malfunctions in their devices when they come in contact with sweat or other forms of moisture. Manufacturers have attempted to handle this issue by creating water resistant hearing aids, but moisture still causes some complications.
Preventing Moisture from Coming in Contact with Your Hearing Aids
One tip is to wear a sweatband when you exercise in order to absorb excess perspiration.
Like all electronics, hearing aids are fragile. It is advised that you should avoid placing them in a climate that is warm and humid. It’s best to get a hearing aid dryer or dehumidifier to store your hearing aids. This will help preserve and extend the usage of your hearing aids.
It is also important to regularly keep your hearing aids well maintained by cleaning them. Remove earwax or other debris that has built up to prevent any moisture from permeating into the devices. If you live in an environment with a lot of humidity, heat or pollen, it is recommended that you make an appointment with your hearing instrument specialist who will provide a more thorough cleaning.
If you need to have your hearing aids cleaned, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment.
Sensitive Skin and Itchy Ears
A common problem that people have with their hearing aids, especially for first-time wearers, are itchy ears. The skin on your ear canal is sensitive - even from a mild irritation - which can make it difficult to become accustomed to wearing hearing aids.
The plastic coating on hearing aids is the main culprit of the itching sensation. Another possible cause of itchy ears is when water becomes trapped behind the hearing aid.
Depending on the cause of the itching, your ears may be treated with antibiotics, ear drops, or syringing.
It’s important to rule out any other causes. If you have problems with your skin, like eczema or ears that become too dry, this may also be a reason why your ears itch.
Generally, other causes of itchy ears may include:
Your ears produce oil and cerumen (earwax), which helps to maintain a clean and healthy ear. Cleaning your ears too often can lead to wax removal. This dries the ear and leads to that itchy feeling.
Some people cannot naturally produce enough earwax. As a result, their ears become dry and they might find dry, flaky skin around their ear.
An itchy feeling in your ears could be the result of an infection or a signal that an infection is forming.
Bacteria and viruses may cause ear infections while you have a cold or flu. An infection may develop if there is water trapped in your ear, or too much earwax buildup.
Blockage of earwax
When there is too much earwax buildup, your ears may itch which can affect your hearing abilities.
Earwax is naturally produced to help keep the ear clean and shield the inner ear from becoming infected. Earwax will naturally move out from the ear, and carry along with it dead skin cells and other debris. It will then dry out and eventually fall away.
Earwax buildup may occur if you insert anything, such as a cotton swab or bobby pin, into the ear canal. Irritation may occur in the canal and push earwax further into the ear, which will cause a blockage.
Earwax blocking your ear canal may trap bacteria, causing an infection.
If you have water trapped in your ear, this may cause otitis, or swimmer’s ear. It generally affects swimmers.
Bacteria can grow in the trapped water, which can cause an infection. In addition to feeling itchy ears, those who have swimmer’s ear may also have:
Treatments and Home Remedies
If it’s dry skin that is causing the itchy feeling in your ears, you can try to place a couple drops of olive oil onto your ear. A drop of oil may also help to relieve any feelings of itchiness from the hearing aids. It’s important the oil does not touch the hearing aid, so it’s advised to place the drops on before going to sleep.
If your ears feel itchy while wearing hearing aids, there may be too much pressure being placed on your ears from the hearing aid devices. That’s a sign that your hearing aids may not fit properly. A hearing instrument specialist can create a new mold so that the hearing aid fits more comfortably, and no longer causes an itching sensation.
Please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids if your hearing aids feel itchy or uncomfortable. Our hearing instrument specialists can provide a customized mold for you.
Clean Your Own Hearing Aids and Get A Professional Cleaning
The build-up of earwax and sweat in your hearing aids is unavoidable when they rest inside your ear canals. In some instances this accumulation is noticeable simply by looking at your hearing aids, and most wearers are inclined to clean the cerumen off by themselves. It is advised that wearers lightly clean their hearing aids each day, while giving the devices to a professional when it needs a more thorough sterilization. Hearing aids have lots of technology condensed in a small housing case. Because of this, the device can become easily damaged if it is not properly cleaned or cared for.
The Purpose of Hearing Aid Cleanings
Just like all forms of technology, hearing aids function the best when they undergo regular maintenance work. This is particularly true during hot summertime, weather. Sweat, earwax, and oil from your body will accumulate in the hearing aids’ receivers and microphones. In addition to getting your hearing aids dirty, there is also the possibility of transferring bacteria. The build-up of dirt, earwax, oil, and sweat may subdue the quality of sound provided by your hearing aids.
Frequency of Hearing Aid Cleanings by a Professional
The frequency of thorough hearing aid cleanings by a professional depends on the style of your hearing aids, and how fast your perspiration or cerumen accumulates. Some hearing aid wearers should have their devices cleaned every three months, whereas others can get their devices cleaned every six months.
A Hearing Aid Cleaning Conducted by a Professional
When a professional cleans your hearing aids, proper tools are used to lightly clean out wax build up, sweat, debris, or dust. They will make sure the debris is carefully removed so as not to damage the circuitry of your hearing aids.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to assure that you are scheduling maintenance, fittings, and cleaning appointments at proper intervals. The microphones, receivers, outer housing, and tubing should be cleaned. Appointments for hearing aid cleanings are brief and do not require the need to keep your hearing aids overnight in the office.
Cleanings Done at Home
You can conduct daily maintenance for your hearing aids at home, and leave the deep cleanings to a professional. Here are some tips:
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a professional hearing aid cleaning, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids!
Adjusting to Your Hearing Aids
New hearing aid wearers have compared wearing their first pair of hearing aids to breaking in a new pair of shoes. When you initially try them on they may feel fine, but your ears will probably feel sore by the end of the day.
You will be aware of the hearing aids in your ears. You may experience itching, sweating, or simply feel different with the hearing devices in your ear. When your first day of wearing the devices comes to an end, you’ll probably breathe a sigh of relief. This is normal.
Styles of Hearing Aids
There are two common hearing aid styles: standard and custom.
Standard hearing aids feature a microphone and amplifier inside a hard case, that rests behind the ear. This microphone is attached to the dome, which is placed in your ear canal. Domes are available in various sizes. If the dome feels uncomfortable, your hearing instrument specialist can replace the size of the dome for a more cozy fit. If none of the standard sizes fit, you may have a customized mold of your hearing aid that perfectly, and securely, fits in your ear.
Give the Hearing Aids Time
It takes time to adapt to hearing aids. Being aware of the feeling of hearing aids in your ears can bother you, so it’s best to adjust to them by wearing them very often. It is recommended that you wear them six to eight hours each day.
If you feel discomfort when you initially put the hearing aids on, make sure that they have been inserted correctly. Remove the devices and place them in your ear canal again. You may coat the opening of your ear with a small amount of baby oil to easily slide the aids in. You should only use a small amount of oil and keep oil off of any openings in the hearing device.
Be Patient with Your Expectations
Give your hearing aids some time to break in. It should take about a month or two, before you stop noticing them. If you have any issues, tell your hearing instrument specialist. They will be able to make adjustments, give advice, and try other options with you.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists for a free hearing test and consultation.
Loss of Hearing in Newborns Due To ANSD
Hearing loss is a prevalent issue in newborn babies. This problem is due to Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD), which is a complication that arises during the transportation of sound from the inner ear to the brain.
It is not known what the causes of ANSD are, but prematurely born infants or those who have a family history of this disorder have a higher risk of contracting it. Symptoms can begin at any age, but generally children who have ANSD are born with it and have it diagnosed within the first few months after they are born.
As more research has developed ANSD has been detected more often. There have been more frequent cases that were diagnosed, which make up 10% to 15% of hearing loss cases.
Luckily, children who have ANSD can develop solid communication and language skills with the help of assistive listening devices, therapy, and visual communication techniques. It is important to have the right diagnosis, along with early intervention.
How Does Hearing Work?
To better understand ANSD, it’s helpful to know how your ears hear noise. Hearing starts out with sound waves that journey through the air come in contact with the outer ear (the pinna), or the part of the ear that is visible. These sound waves are carried through the ear canal and into the middle section of the ear - this includes the eardrum (a fine layer of tissue) along with three small bones known as the ossicles. The eardrum reverberates when it comes in contact with sound. These vibrations become amplified by the ossicles and transport them to the inner ear.
The inner ear is composed of the cochlea (a snail-shaped chamber), which is filled with fluid and interlined with four rows of microscopic hair cells. The outer hair cells contract back and forth to amplify sound when vibrations move through the fluid. When the vibrations reach the right size, the inner hair cells convert them into electrical nerve impulses in the auditory nerve, which links the ear and the brain to each other. When the nerve impulses come in contact with the brain, they are understood as sound.
What is the effect of ANSD on Hearing?
Sound penetrates the ear in a normal manner for someone with ANSD, but due to damage in the inner row of hair cells or the synapses located halfway through the inner hair cells and the auditory nerve, or auditory nerve damage, sound will not accurately be carried from the inner ear to the brain.
The outcome of this causes sound waves that travel to the brain to become disorganized in a way that the brain is unable to comprehend. When it is disorganized, in some situations it never reaches the brain. In some instances, ANSD is caused by a complication with the auditory nerve.
There has only been a better understanding and diagnosis about ANSD in recent years. There is still more information that needs to be studied about it. Not every hearing screening for newborns can recognize ANSD, and as a result, there are many children and adults who have it but went undiagnosed.
There are mild to severe symptoms of ANSD. Some children who suffer from ANSD have the ability to hear sounds, but have difficulty figuring out what the sounds are. Other people hear noises that all sound the same, similar to static or white noise. For example, someone’s voice may sound just like running water, a barking dog may sound just like a car horn, or a chirping bird may sound like a clanging pans.
For some, ANSD gets better after some time. For others, it might stay the same or worsen.
Causes of ANSD
The causes of ANSD are unknown. There are some risks that may influence whether a child is susceptible to the disease, which include:
Even if a child passes a newborn hearing screening, the symptoms of hearing problems might now be noticed for years.
Have you noticed any of the following symptoms:
There is no cure for ANSD, but an assistive listening device (ALD) can be helpful for children who have ANSD make sense of the sounds around them and develop skills for language. Getting treatment for ANSD depends on the severity of the disease and how old a child is when they are diagnosed.
To make any of these devices effective, continuous therapy with a speech-language pathologist, who specializes in aiding children with hearing loss and develop speaking and hearing abilities.
If your child is in need of hearing aids or an ALD, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Batteries that are Disposable
Up until recently, all hearing aid batteries were only available in a disposable form. There are currently several hearing aids that can be recharged.
Disposable (zinc-air) batteries come in four sizes and are color-coded. The batteries are activated when they come in contact with air, after the colored tab is detached. This will then permit oxygen to enter the battery. You should wait to remove and toss out the tab until you are going to place the battery in your hearing aid to use. For a longer battery life, take the tab off and let the battery sit for a minute before inserting it into your hearing aid.
When a battery loses its power, you have to replace it. You should always keep extra batteries with you.
The average disposable hearing aid battery lasts 5-7 days, depending on the battery size, how often the hearing aid wearer uses the device, how complicated the listening environments are, how long they stream music or television into their hearing aids, etc.
Disposable hearing aid batteries do not need a charger, making them easy to travel with. You only need your hearing aids and your batteries.
Batteries that are Rechargeable
Rechargeable batteries are available for nearly all styles of hearing aids - BTEs (Behind-The-Ear) and RICs (Receiver-In-Canal).
Batteries do not Need to be Changed
Rechargeable hearing aids are convenient. It eliminates the need to change out batteries, which can be tiresome and challenging for anyone with dexterity issues.
Wearers do not need to regularly buy hearing aid batteries, following the initial cost of the hearing device.
Hearing aids can be charged once a day, and be used for almost the entire day.
Charging is Easy
Simply place the hearing aids into your charger while you’re sleeping. It is recommended to charge them overnight.
For over three years, two hearing aids can use at least 300 disposable batteries. Only two rechargeable hearing aid batteries would be used for each device, and they would provide the same exact power.
If you are interested in rechargeable hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids, and make an appointment to discuss which systems are available for your hearing needs. We also offer disposable batteries at each of our offices.
Modern hearing aids are like scaled-down computers that rest in your ears. There is so much technology condensed into a tiny device. Here are the elements that make up a behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.
Amplifier and Microphone
Each hearing aid device features a microphone which collects sound and transmits it to the amplifier. In a BTE hearing aid, both of these features are found in the sleek housing case that rests behind your ears.
It is crucial that you keep this part of your hearing aid dry and clean. The majority of manufacturers advise users to wipe off your hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth when you remove them and store them away overnight. This helps to keep the microphone screen clean, and functioning properly.
The Ear Hook
Similar to the frames on a pair of eyeglasses, BTE hearing aids hook over the outer part of your ears. This hook, sometimes referred to as an Elbow, also attaches the microphone and amplifier case to the tubing and ear mold that rests inside your ear canal. The ear hook normally wears out and gets replaced when body sweat and oil erodes the plastic. To extend its life, it is best to use a soft cloth or tissue to thoroughly wipe the ear hook.
It is essential that the hook fits comfortably on your ear, and securely attaches to the casing and tubing. Your hearing instrument specialist will be able to determine the best fit for you.
The plastic tubing located on the end of the ear hook transfers the sound from the microphone to the ear mold. The length of this tubing depends on what make and model your hearing aid is, and it can be customized for the best fit. Just like the ear hook, the tubing is made from plastic and will need to be replaced.
You should check these tubes each day to be sure that they are securely attached to the ear hook and ear mold, and to look out for any possible damage.
Earmolds rest comfortably inside your ear canal and concha bowl (the outer ear located closest to your ear canal). It gives the hearing aid an acoustic seal for the electronic sounds that the microphone is funneling inside. The fit and shape of the earmold depends on your hearing aid model and the severity of your hearing loss. Here are four of the most common types of ear molds that are available:
Hearing aid wearers frequently believe that their hearing devices are not working properly due to this switch. For BTE models, this switch is located in the casing that rests behind the ear. If you notice that your hearing aids are not working, make sure that it is switched on. It’s a good idea to switch off your hearing aids when you are not wearing them so as not to drain the batteries.
The majority of BTE models have a battery compartment that is found near the on/off switch. It is generally recommended that you take the batteries out and keep the compartment open overnight. This will allow the hearing aid to dry out.
Hearing aid batteries last for 3 to 22 days. If your hearing aid is not functioning properly, make sure that your battery is correctly inserted in the device. If it does not work, even after you have switched it on, replace it with a new battery.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a new hearing aid, a hearing aid repair, or new batteries, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Debris and moisture can destroy your hearing aids. Generally, hearing aids last for three to five years as long as there hasn’t been any deterioration in your hearing abilities.
Here is some advice on keeping your hearing aids clean, dry, and still functioning so they can last as long as possible.
Keep the Devices Clean
Earwax protects the inside parts of our ears from foreign debris, harm, and infections. It can also buildup and obstruct the mechanics of a hearing aid, by becoming clogged in the microphone or receiver.
In some instances, wearing hearing aids can cause people to produce more earwax. Earwax is meant to prevent foreign objects from coming in contact with the eardrum. By placing a hearing device in your ear, your body may view it as something that they need to attack with more ear wax.
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) their guidelines when dealing with earwax state that those who wear hearing aids have a higher risk for impacted earwax, which is when an excessive amount of wax builds up in the ear.
It’s important to clean and maintain your hearing aids each day in order to keep them from being coated with too much earwax, dust, or debris.
You can use a cleaning brush, or even an old toothbrush to lightly clean off any earwax or other foreign matter from the hearing aid. You should also open the battery compartment and brush off any debris found inside. Different hearing aid devices may require certain directions and tools for cleaning. Your hearing instrument specialist can give you further recommendations on taking care of your device.
If there is a wax guard or wax trap (in-the-ear, receiver-in-ear, or in-the-canal hearing aids may have this), they should be changed on a daily basis in order to avoid earwax blockage, which can restrict the quality of sound. Your hearing instrument specialist should tell you how frequently to replace them, and demonstrate how to do so. He or she may supply replacements, or you can purchase them online.
Keep the Hearing Devices Dry
Moisture and hearing aids do not go together. The nuts and bolts of a hearing device are exposed to weather, sweat, or dirt in order to harness sounds. As a result, moisture can quickly find its way inside and ruin a hearing aid.
Use a secured case when you go to the pool or a sauna. If it’s a place where you would not take your phone, it wouldn’t be a place where you would bring your hearing aids.
When you are getting ready for your day, complete your cleaning and grooming routine before placing your hearing aids in your ears. This will help prevent any possible contact with water, hairspray, or hair gel.
Never store your hearing aids in the bathroom. Steam can permeate into the devices and you may accidentally get them wet or drop them in water.
Store the devices in a dry aid kit or dry storage kit overnight. You may use desiccant and a container, or an electronic accessory that disperses air around the aid. Talk to your hearing instrument specialist about getting one.
If your hearing devices get wet, you should use a dry storage kit to dry them. Do not use a hair dryer or place your hearing aids in the microwave or oven - your hearing device will get damaged.
It is recommended that you wear your hearing aids all day, if possible. If you remove them in the middle of the day, you may forget where they are, and they might accidentally go through the washing machine. It’s also important to keep your hearing aids away from your pets. They could chew up the devices.
Advice for Troubleshooting
If your hearing aids are not working properly, thoroughly clean and dry them.
Intermittent sounds or noises full of static could indicate that moisture has reached the batteries. You may be able to resolve this problem by inserting new batteries. Feedback noises from your hearing aids are usually a sign of excessive earwax, so you may need to get your ears examined.
If none of these tips work, contact your hearing instrument specialist. Faulty parts can be replaced in the office, or sent to a manufacturer for repairs.
The MyCore Sterling 8C by Rexton is available as an ITE and ITC device. This customized hearing aid is discreet and features the latest MyCore technology. It also features a direct streaming connection to iPhones, television, Bluetooth devices (through the Smart transmitter 2.4 and Smart Mic.).
Features of MyCore:
Compatible with MyCore Accessories
Smart Direct App
There is a remote control app that can be accessed from both the iPhone® and Android smartphones. This app manages the volume, programs, adjusts to the patterns of your microphone, and can do so much more.
This is a small remote control microphone that utilizes Bluetooth® in order to stream the speaker’s voice into the MyCore devices. It also features hands-free usage for devices that use Bluetooth®, and can conveniently be used to directly stream live conversations into the hearing aids.
This is a small, discreet, remote control with buttons that are easy to use. This can be used with MyCore, TruCore, and Essential1 products.
This device transmits audio signals from other devices, like your TV, straight into your hearing aids. You can stream sounds from shows directly into your hearing aid devices.
CROS RIC 8C
This is the wireless CROS solution that is best for unilateral hearing loss. It comes in a durable 312 housing and is compatible with all MyCore wireless devices.
It features a permanent, wireless sound transmission, and utilizes energy-efficient Wireless Sync technology, which gives the hearing aid a longer battery run-time.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free hearing aid trial for Rexton’s MyCore Sterling 8C, or any of the other hearing aid devices that we have available, contact us for a free hearing test and consultation.
Research on Hearing Loss and Reading Skills for Children who had Brain Tumors
According to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, researchers have discovered why severe hearing loss causes children who are survivors of brain tumors, to have difficulty with reading.
An analysis was conducted on 260 children and adolescents who survived a brain tumor. This study included 64 individuals who had severe hearing loss. They were tested on how they performed in their reading skills, which included the speed in which they processed information, their working memory, letter-word identification, and phonological skills (including the capability to use sound units to decipher words).
In comparison to other survivors, children who suffered from severe hearing loss had significant declines while they were treated. Children who had severe hearing loss had the most difficulty with phonological skills and slowed processing speed.
It takes time to learn how to read. Reading is a skill that everyone depends on in order to learn for the rest of their lives.
The study implies that there should be more focus on developing language-based and neurocognitive skills, such as processing speed and phonemics before learning about more complicated things like reading comprehension.
Young children, many under 7 years of age, were specifically susceptible to failing in skills that are essential to become proficient in reading. These children would benefit the most early interventions.
Brain tumors and its Link to Hearing Loss
The most prevalent types of cancer in children are brain and spinal cord tumors. They make up about 1 in 4 newly diagnosed pediatric cancers each year.
According to a recent study by St. Jude’s, 32 percent of patients who have a brain tumor develop severe hearing loss within many years of treatment. Hearing loss may even occur regardless of treatment with a prescription medication, amifostine, which is used to preserve hair cells located in the inner ear that are necessary for hearing.
The study included individuals between the ages of 3 and 21 who had medulloblastoma (a cancerous tumor that begins in the region of the brain closest to the base of the skull) and other embryonal brain tumors. Each patient was part of a research trial and treatment which included surgery, radiation treatment, and chemotherapy. They all received neurocognitive and hearing tests at least twice, in the beginning and during a later point in the treatment.
The test proposed many factors which included nerve damage to a patient’s hearing - that was caused by the tumor - which disrupt reading capabilities for children who survived brain tumors and have severe hearing loss. This implies that there is a possibility to improve a patient’s quality of life by creating more effective interventions.
More research is necessary to discover how and when to get involved to improve a cancer patient’s proficiency in reading. This includes studying how hearing aids may affect reading and neurocognitive skills in young cancer survivors.
Hearing loss can go undetected for longer periods of time. This study emphasizes the need to get your hearing health checked annually, and seek treatment as soon as possible in order to intervene and possibly prevent more health concerns.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a hearing test, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Wearing both hearing aids and eyeglasses can be a concern for some people. There’s a feeling of uncertainty when it comes to comfort, or having a problem with either the hearing device or the eyewear.
There are four general categories of hearing aids:
In-the-ear (ITE) - This type of hearing aid is placed in the opening of your ear canal. There is nothing that rests behind the ear.
In-the-canal (ITC) - This hearing aid is similar to the ITE device, but it rests deeper inside the ear, making them nearly invisible.
Completely-in-the-Canal (CIC) - This type of hearing aid goes into the ear canal and is not visible at all.
Behind-the-ear (BTE) - This is an earlier hearing aid style, but a modern version has more advancements. The main part of the device fits right behind the ear, and has clear tubing that attaches to an earmold which rests in the opening of the ear’s canal. Open-fit models are similar, but they do not have the earmold.
If you wear eyeglasses, it’s recommended that you wear the ITE, ITC, or CIC hearing aids. If you frequently remove your glasses, BTE hearing aids could cause more problems.
3 Distinct Features
It’s best to base your choice of hearing aids on the features available in each hearing device, rather than the shape. Hearing aids are constantly changing, therefore features also change. Here are some of the typical features:
1. Directional microphone: This helps identify the sound you need to hear if you are in a noisy environment. For example, if someone is speaking to you in a crowded restaurant, you will be able to clearly hear them talking even with the noise happening around you.
2. Noise reduction: This feature sifts out the background noises by intensifying the sound of one channel to improve speech.
3. T-coil: This feature allows wearers to hear more clearly as they speak on a land-line phone. T-coils help you to hear people that are talking through a speaker or intercom.
Focus on how these features will help you in your daily life, then you can choose the best style of hearing aids.
Eyeglasses and BTE Hearing Aids
If you do not want to wear ITE, ITC, or CIC hearing aids, it is possible to comfortably wear both BTE hearing aids with your eyeglasses. It’s important to properly put on each of these accessories in order for them to fit well. Here is some advice:
If you, or a loved one, wear both eyeglasses and hearing aids and are in need of a hearing aid solution, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation with one of our hearing instrument specialists!
Advancements in Hearing Better with Hearing Aids and other Devices
People who have hearing loss want to hear noises better, not necessarily make sounds louder. Advancements in the signal-to-noise ratio for hearing aid devices has developed quickly within the past few years. Most of these advancements include applicable and practical combinations of hearing aid devices, internet, smartphones, GPS, a multitude of wireless protocols, and more in order to customize your hearing care.
Statistics on Hearing Loss
The leading issue that is raised among 37 million Americans who suffer from audiometric sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is their incapacity to comprehend speech-in-noise (SIN), not the need to hear sounds at a louder level.
Additionally, 26 million people who do not suffer from audiometric hearing loss also have difficulty hearing and/or difficulty with SIN. Instead of just making sounds louder, those who have SIN complications require hearing aids, which now have many new advancements that can improve a wearer’s ability to better comprehend SIN.
What You can do to Hear Better
In order to improve the ability to comprehend SIN, the best thing that can be done for someone with SNHL is to assist the progress of an improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Some elements that have been integrated into hearing aids to advance SNR include adaptive, non-adaptive, and beamforming (a process that allows you to focus your WiFi signal) directional microphones, along with a variety of noise reduction algorithms. These algorithms improve SNR of 3 or 4 decibels (dB) in acoustic environments when it is used via open-canal fittings, or if speech babble is surrounding the wearer (like in restaurants).
There are tools like digital remote microphones or FM systems that wirelessly connect the individual speaking to the individual who is listening. Loop systems and telecoils (t-coils) can be used as a way to connect a person who is speaking to many listeners. FM and telecoils help diminish background noise and improve 12-15 dB in SNR for users.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from SNHL or have difficulty comprehending speech-in-noise, get in touch with one of our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
Rexton's MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE hearing aid, is one of the most reliable and discreet hearing aids that can fit any ear.
It provides great control and is easy to use with the Smart Direct App and Smart Key Remote.
The size 13 battery allows wearers to have a longer battery life-span. It has a flexible fit that can use a standard earhook or thin tube.
Features of MyCore:
Learn more about the MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE here!
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in a free trial of Rexton's MyCore Mosaic M 8C BTE, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing instrument specialists!
Whether you have a hearing impairment, or not, many are opting to watch movies or television with subtitles.
Twitter Viral Response on Subtitles in Theaters
Recently, via Twitter, people have publicly expressed their interest in having subtitles in movie theaters.
“Subtitles aren’t just for deaf people. Lots of my hearing friends use them, too. If you’re hearing and using subtitles on Netflix and TV, and would quite like them at the cinema, please retweet to help normalise their presence.”
The post from @deafgirly (A.K.A. Deafinitely Girly) had a viral response with over 74,000 likes and several replies.
The 30-year-old blogger and advocate from London, who prefers using her Twitter name, discovered the worldwide support while at lunch with her mother.
Deafinitely Girly noted that there was so much encouragement around the globe, from people of all ages. Individuals who have expressed that they are not exactly fans of captions at movie theaters, stated that they would tolerate them if it meant that those who are deaf and hard of hearing could go to more screenings.
Subtitle Usage Surges Among People of All Hearing Abilities
The deaf and hard of hearing are not the only people who need subtitles. If someone is watching a movie or TV show from a foreign country, even if it’s in the same language, the accents are sometimes difficult to understand.
In a study from 2006, out of the 7.5 million UK TV audiences who used subtitles, approximately 1.5 million had some degree of hearing impairment. Although that estimate was conducted 13 years ago, the use of subtitles surged when more viewers watched shows or videos during their commutes.
Social media manager, Christina McDermott, observed the awkward moment when someone was watching a video in a quiet area, only to click on a video that turned out to be very loud. Having subtitles can grab a casual viewer. There are up to 85% of videos on Facebook that are viewed without sound, therefore subtitles are necessary.
In order to capture an audience’s attention, the methods that were used in silent films are being used today.
On social media, a humorous screen grab with a caption, or a meme, can garner some popularity.
Subtitles Reduces Isolation for the Hard of Hearing
Anna Gryszkiewicz, a Swedish engineer, who was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss when she was in her 20s, uses captions. She views the popularity of captions as something positive, because she now notices that it’s easier to find or request captions as opposed to 15 years ago. Gryszkiewicz expressed that those who are deaf or hard of hearing “have such an advantage living today”, but she is concerned about the quality of subtitles, for example, in computer auto-captions.
Gryszkiewicz emphasized that we should not forget about the social aspects in regards to hearing loss. Communication, language, and interacting with people socially are complex. Being deaf, or having hearing loss is different than what those with normal hearing assume it is like - and the effects on how one communicates is usually underestimated.
“I understand that good captions and other accessibility features are expensive and it’s not unreasonable to look into technology to reduce costs, but I hope our opinions are taken seriously when we try to explain what kind of accessibility is helpful and what isn’t,” said Gryszkiewicz.
Deafinitely Girly explained that her deafness is sometimes very isolating.
“You miss out on jokes, on social media videos, viral clips don’t mean anything, and you can’t follow the latest news that’s being live tweeted,” said Deafinitely Girly. “Subtitles being universal would change that massively.”
If you, or a loved one are hard of hearing, suffer from sensorineural hearing loss, or any other type of hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
There have been several studies that connect the loss of hearing to severe conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, depression, heart disease, etc. These correlations are known as comorbidities, which is the simultaneous presence of two or more chronic conditions in an individual.
Here are seven comorbidities that are known to be associated with hearing loss:
The loss of hearing can be an indication of other chronic diseases, and it’s important for anyone who is affected to see a professional. To avoid becoming a statistic, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation.
Many people tend to ignore or deny that they have an issue with their health. This is especially true when it comes to hearing. Hearing loss occurs gradually and may be undetected when it initially begins.
Most individuals have a high chance of having some range of hearing loss, and being young is not exemption. Here are some myths about hearing loss:
Myth #1: Only elderly adults suffer from hearing loss.
Fact: Any individual of any age can have hearing loss.
Myth #2: There is no prevention of hearing loss and it is unavoidable with age.
Fact: Although not all hearing loss can be avoided, most types of hearing loss can be prevented with changes in your lifestyle.
Myth #3: Infants and children do not need a hearing test.
Fact: All infants and children regularly need a hearing test.
Myth #4: Some people believe they can hear fine, and do not think they have hearing loss. Therefore, they do not believe that they need hearing aids.
Facts: Hearing loss happens gradually, and can be difficult to recognize. Typically, family members will recognize your hearing loss before you do.
Myth #5: Hearing aids are just like contact lenses or eyeglasses, and will correct your hearing loss.
Facts: Contact lenses and eyeglasses immediately correct your vision to 20/20. Hearing aids do not correct your hearing in the same manner. Your brain needs time to adapt to the sounds coming in contact with the hearing aid device, rather than the ear.
Myth #6: There is only one type of hearing loss, and it affects both ears in the same way.
Facts: There are three primary types of hearing loss subtypes. These include: conductive, mixed, and sensorineural. A fourth type that is more rare is known as auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder. Hearing loss can affect each ear in a different way.
Myth #7: Hearing loss will not harm your overall health
Fact: Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, which can effect on your overall health.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing changes in your hearing abilities, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation from one of our hearing instrument specialists.