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.
Widex’s Dream hearing aids are available in CIC (Completely-in-the-Canal), ITE (In-The-Ear), RIC (Receiver-in-Canal), BTE (Behind-the-ear), and RITE (Receiver-in-the-Ear) styles.
Dream CIC Micro
Many hearing aid wearers want a very discreet hearing device. The CIC Micro is one of the smallest CICs available.
Another discreet option for hearing aid users is the Dream CIC. It’s among one of the smallest devices available.
Dream XP ITE
This hearing device is powerful and has effortless performance.
Dream Passion RIC
This device is one of the smallest BTE hearing aids. It’s practically invisible!
Dream Micro BTE m
This hearing device is very discreet and has style. It is another one of the smallest BTE hearing aids available.
Dream Fusion RIC/RITE
The Fusion model gives wearers a lot of flexibility. It is available with three different receivers, along with a variety of ear-tip and customized options for earmolds. The Fusion is beneficial to a wide range of hearing loss.
Dream Fashion BTE
The Fashion is powerful, yet small and discreet. It uses the latest technology available.
Dream 9 BTE
The Dream 9 model is very useful for FM and telecoil (T-coil) systems. Users can effortlessly change the volume and programs on the hearing device.
Dream Fashion Power BTE
If you have severe hearing loss, the Fashion Power hearing aid is helpful. It also features excellent sound quality.
Hearing Aid Accessories
The Widex Dream hearing aids have many accessory options available to make your life easier. Phone calls, computers, music, and televisions can be directly streamed into the hearing device.
There’s high sound quality for your Bluetooth devices by using COM-DEX. COM-DEX allows you to hear others speaking clearly, even while you’re in a noisy area or at a distance.
It also allows you to control your hearing aid and microphone in a discreet manner by using a free Widex app.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in the Widex Dream hearing aid, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a consultation and trial.
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!
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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.
Modern Hearing Aids Feature Enhanced Technology
The combination of medical accessories and electronics are generating a new era of hearing aids.
The more recent models - utilizing tiny digital elements, smartphone apps, rechargeable batteries, and Bluetooth® technology - can allow the wearer to hear people’s voices louder, decrease background noises, stream music, have a phone call, keep track of one’s physical activity and social interactions, and can even turn on your coffeepot - as long as it also has a Bluetooth® connection.
There is a significant impact on your hearing health: Hearing loss that goes untreated is linked to a higher risk of depression, dementia and falls.
Bluetooth® technology is the most widely used form of wireless connectivity. It allows you to do more than just hear better with your hearing aids.
This technology can be used to connect with any Bluetooth® enabled smartphones, remote microphones, computers, TVs, car stereos, tablets, and stream the sounds directly into your ears.
Those who have hearing loss are not simply trying to hear louder, but also more clearly. Having a very good signal with your wireless connection is very important.
Prior to Bluetooth® being available in hearing aids, users needed another piece of equipment known as a “streamer”. This device would translate the Bluetooth® signal from the other device to an FM signal or electromagnetic field that can be understood by the hearing aid.
Apple® introduced a version of Bluetooth® that could be used with iPhones, while Phonak introduced a Bluetooth® version in November of 2018 that could be used with Android phones and any other Bluetooth®-enabled device without using a streamer.
These new technologies makes it easier for you to understand others when you’re in a noisy space. Bluetooth®-enabled devices can stream only the voices they want to hear directly into their ears. You can ask people to speak into your smartphone in order to hear them more clearly.
Phonak’s Marvel hearing aids use Bluetooth® to answer phone calls from their smartphone with just a tap of their hearing aid. It also allows the wearer to have a hands-free conversation. Apps can be installed and used to control sound and connect to hear the audio on your other devices.
Keeping Track of Your Health
Hearing aids are typically worn during most of your day, which means they are a useful tool to track your health.
Starkey’s Livio AI can monitor your fitness information. When you wear the devices in each ear, they can sense whether you have fallen or even if one of your hearing aids fell out of your ear canal. If you fall, the Livio AI, which connects with your smartphone, will deliver a message with the map of your location to a caregiver. In the near future, Starkey will offer a device that will keep track of your blood pressure and your gait to notice any changes that could reveal the risk of falls.
Currently, those who wear the Livio AI can use an app on their smartphone to monitor your exercise and movements each day, which is then shown in a wellness score. The app essentially encourages users to keep their minds and bodies active, which might decrease the risk of falls, dementia and cardiovascular disease, which are all linked to loss of hearing.
Don't Wait Any Longer to Get Hearing Aids
As of today, Americans who have hearing loss usually wait seven years until they get help for their hearing loss. This is a problem because the longer you wait the worse your hearing health will get, and there is no way to regain any loss of hearing.
If you, or a loved one have any range of hearing loss, do not wait any longer. Please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids to schedule a free hearing test and consultation for the options we have available for you.
Databank on Children with Hearing Loss
A databank has published the Victorian Childhood Hearing Impairment Longitudinal Data bank (VicCHILD) to help researchers around the world learn why some children, who have a hearing impairment, are able to adapt and develop more easily than other children. The data that was collected demonstrates how children with hearing loss have a slower development in language and speech than children with a normal hearing abilities, even when there was progress made with earlier detection and intervention within the last 10 years.
Data that was gathered over eight years has been published in the latest edition of the International Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers will be able to use this databank to provide feedback on childhood hearing loss. VicCHILD is a databank that is available for every child who has permanent hearing loss in Victoria, Australia. The collection of data began in 2012. By 2020 it is anticipated that over 1000 children will be enrolled in this databank, and will become the largest hearing databank on earth.
Hearing Screening and Treatment
Newborns are being given hearing screenings, and hearing loss is being recognized at an earlier age than it was in the past. Typically, hearing loss can now be identified within the first few weeks of an infant’s life.
Children who have hearing loss can get early treatment by using hearing aids. As a result, these children will be given the same opportunity as their peers to learn and grow. This makes a huge impact in their quality of life from being able to comprehend language to learning. Education, as well as future employment opportunities may be affected.
There is no guarantee that an early diagnosis and intervention for children with hearing loss will make their cognitive health outcomes equally as good as someone with normal hearing abilities, but it is helpful to detect hearing loss at its early stages in order to prevent further hearing loss. This will reduce the chances of other problems that may arise as a result of their inability to hear well.
If you have a child, or grandchild, who is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
The use of Hearing Aids for Age-related Diseases
According to the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (a journal for clinical aging research), it has been proven that using hearing aids can help to defer the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, dementia, depression and falls in elderly adults who have hearing loss.
Statistics on Being Diagnosed with Age-related Diseases for Hearing Aid Wearers
Data from adults aged 66 and older from 2008 to 2016 discovered that the likelihood of being diagnosed with any of the aforementioned health problems within three years following a hearing loss diagnosis was 18 percent, 11 percent, and 13 percent lower for individuals who wear hearing aids, than for those who do not wear hearing aids.
Research has shown that there is a link between using hearing aids and lowering the risks of cognitive and physical decline. There are still more studies needed to discover whether the association is a random occurrence.
Hearing Aid Usage Based on Sex, Race and Ethnicity
It was also noted that there were vast differences in hearing aid usage based on sex, race and ethnicity. About 11.3 percent of women use hearing aids, whereas 13.3 percent of men wear hearing aids. About 14 percent of people who are of Caucasian descent use hearing aids, 9.8 percent of people who are of African descent use hearing aids, and 6.5 percent of people who are of Hispanic descent use hearing aids.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, dementia, depression or falls, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation.
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.
Our hearing instrument specialist, Christine, was in Lancaster learning about the new hearing aid programming updates with Signia's regional training staff.
It's important to us that our specialists keep up with their training in order to allow our patients get the best use of their hearing aids.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of hearing aids, get in touch with us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids!
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!
The AQ sound SHD (RIC) and AQ jam SHD RS (BTE) are rechargeable hearing aid devices that offer unlimited hearing capabilities with the best quality of sound. It provides coherent recognition of speech and a remarkable spatial experience with hearing.
The impressive lithium-ion batteries are rechargeable, and offer 24 hours of usage when they are fully charged. This includes 80 minutes of streaming wirelessly.
AQ SHD Features:
Accessories for HANSATON AQ SHD
Each HANSATON charging system is energy-efficient and fully automatic. These solutions assure hearing aid wearers will always have connections to a reliable system.
If you, or a loved one, are interested in any of the rechargeable HANSATON hearing aid devices, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation!
The Unitron Stride features remarkable styles, comfort, and instinctive controls that wearers enjoy.
Stride M R is a rechargeable hearing device that removes the need for frequent battery changes.
Stride M provides the finest power and telecoil in the latest 312 BTE model.
Stride P is wireless, and uses a size 13 battery. The BTE model couples a sleek style with dual controls.
Stride P Dura gives wearers moisture protection and durability, without sacrificing style.
Click here to learn more about Unitron Stride features and accessories like: Remote Plus app, TV Connector, uControl 2.0 app, Rechargeable kit, Remote control 2, IIC remote, uStream, uDirect 3, uMic, uTV 3, and iCube II.
If you, or a loved one, would be interested in Unitron’s Stride hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids for a free hearing test and consultation from one of our hearing instrument specialists.
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.
Inflammation in Brain and Tinnitus Symptoms
A new study that was published in PLOS Biology, a monthly peer reviewed scientific journal that covers every aspect of biology, discovered that inflammation in the brain’s sound-processing area mediates tinnitus symptoms of mice that have noise-induced hearing loss. Research was conducted to study the neuroinflammation in the brain’s auditory cortex after suffering noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), and its function in mice who suffer from tinnitus.
Research showed that NIHL is linked to an increase in levels of molecules known as pro-inflammatory cytokines and activated non-neuronal cells - microglia - located in the primary cortex.
Mice who had NIHL showed that a cell-signaling molecule, known as a tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), mediates neuroinflammation, tinnitus, and synaptic imbalance. A decrease of microglia blocked tinnitus in mice with NIHL. Researchers of this study believe that neuroinflammation may, so far, be the best target to treat tinnitus and other forms of hearing loss.
Get Help for Your Tinnitus
Although it is too early to draw conclusions of these results from mice in humans, this is a start to acknowledging that neuroinflammation may be a component in causing tinnitus.
If you, or a loved one, suffer from tinnitus contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids. We offer tinnitus relief and solutions for a wide range of hearing loss.
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.