The Starkey Livio™ AI, the world’s first hearing aid with embedded sensors and artificial intelligence, has been named a 2019 CES Innovation Awards Honoree in the Accessibility product category.
The announcement was made today during CES Unveiled New York, an invite-only tech event bringing together top media, exhibitors and industry leaders for a sneak peek of the products and trends expected at CES 2019, which will run January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas.
Livio AI will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcase at the upcoming CES 2019. The complete list of CES 2019 Innovation Honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/Innovation.
This is an exceptional honor from CES, sponsored by Consumer Technology Association and will help more patients than ever before, hear better and live better.
If you are interested in in the Livio AI, contact Pure Sound Hearing for a risk free trial.
Stewart Birnbaum, Au.D., from Signia, gave a great presentation at our Pure Sound Elizabethtown lunch and learn event. We appreciate him sharing his hearing knowledge with all of our wonderful neighbors who attended.
Here are some pictures from the first of two presentations we had that day.
Another great senior expo! We had a great time and met so many wonderful people!!!
These amazing new hearing aids are the first available with artificial intelligence. These game changers will be available very soon at Pure Sound Hearing. Contact us to reserve a free demo spot. Appointments are limited to first call first serve.
Technology has truly advanced at lightning speed for hearing aids in the last decade. Rexton has been tirelessly dedicating itself to providing the best technology ever for hearing aids--ones that are durable, user-friendly, affordable, and connected. You no longer have to withstand the clunky, whistling hearing devices of the past. Here are some Rexton hearing aid features and facts:
If you would like more information on Rexton hearing aids please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
As mentioned in our blog, “Behind the Scenes at Pure Sound - Signia Sneak Peek.”, Signia is unveiling their newest hearing aid today. Introducing Styletto--it’s more than just a hearing aid; it’s embracing life with stylish, high-tech hearing. Discover this recent, innovative marvel from Signia. It dons slim-line styling, made especially for people who have never worn hearing aids before. This hearing aid is made to mirror your particular image and style.
This technological beauty is the world’s first SLIM RIC and 8 out of 10 people covet it compared to standard hearing aids. This hearing aid revolutionary. It’s rechargeable and bundles style with high-tech hearing powered by the Signia Nx platform. Styletto includes OVP™ (Own Voice Processing) and portability. There are many modern colors available for your unique image, too.
There is a limited time special offer on the Styletto. Be one of the first to sport this lovely design.
If you want to try this new hearing aid, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Hearing doesn’t happen in your ears--it happens in your brain. Sound becomes information there. Oticon has BrainHearing™ technology that offers superior performance for your hearing needs. There’s a 96 percent patient satisfaction level with Oticon hearing aids. Three of their life-changing, revolutionary hearing aids are the Oticon Opn, Oticon Alta2, and Oticon Dynamo. This major award-winning manufacturer aims to please.
Jonathan Hutcherson, a famous singer/songwriter, wears Oticon Opn hearing aids. He says, “Opn™ is the perfect name because when I put these hearing aids on, everything is really open with a really natural sound.” The Oticon Alta2 is as individual as you are. AndThe Oticon Dynamo is reliable and powerful, fitting for severe to profound hearing loss. There’s no annoying feedback, it works around the clock, and works in any weather. You also capture more speech detail.
If you would like to know more about Oticon hearing aids, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Dr. Stewart Birnbaum, M.A., Signia's Pennsylvania audiological representative, stopped in to give us a sneak peek of their exciting new hearing product. It's set to be unveiled on Monday, August 27. It's like no other hearing device on the market and doesn't need batteries.
Sean Mark, BC-HIS, said "I haven't seen a device like this in my 11 years of fitting hearing aids. Very stylish design".
Stay tuned Monday for the unveiling!
Hearing loss may not appear to be a huge issue in the scheme of things, but it is a medical condition that can seriously disrupt the lives of those who suffer from it, presenting health risks and challenges. The struggle with it is daily for those who have it, as they miss out on conversations, important discussions, and announcements in public places. People with hearing loss can have a good life, but they must adapt to a different routine. However, society has a responsibility to help whenever and wherever it can. Here’s what can be done:
First, there must be understanding and acceptance of hearing loss as an important health condition, even though it has connections to other more serious medical conditions. Knowing how hearing loss is caused and what the associated physical and mental health risks are can change perceptions about hearing loss. Society needs to continue to raise awareness, more and more.
Accommodate hearing loss sufferers
Society could provide more closed captioning in public places or creating voice-to-text systems.
Encourage people to get hearing tests
It’s a small gesture that can amount to big awareness. Some people may not realize they have hearing loss. Seeing hearing test results can prompt people to do something to better their lives by getting the proper help.
Remove the stigma associated with hearing aids
Wearing hearing aids should be no big deal in terms of donning them. It’s no different from wearing glasses. Hearing aids are just a technological device to improve lives.
Do what you can as an individual to promote awareness about hearing loss. You can drive someone to a hearing test appointment, for example. Or, you could suggest that a public building accommodate hearing loss sufferers. Still yet, simply encourage others to be more understanding and accepting.
If you would like to know more about hearing loss, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
The Phonak Lyric hearing aid has a ‘wow’ factor on people. Users report high levels of satisfaction with this device. After getting used to this device, as with any hearing aid, wearers are able to rejoin a world full of sound. Stories from patients confirm that Lyric makes them feel ‘normal’ again.
Phonak and a top U.S. provider of Lyric hearing aids joined forces and went a step further to prove Lyric is a hearing aid of choice. They used psychosocial and satisfaction measures, studying the impact of Lyric on adaptability, self-esteem, and competence. Lyric beats out traditional hearing aids because wearers do not have to adjust their lifestyle, adjust their habits to accommodate the hearing aids, or manually manipulate the hearing aids. The emotional impact of Lyric is an important measure of its success.
If you are interested in knowing more about Lyric, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
It might not always be easy to communicate with someone who has hearing loss, but shouting is not a good solution. It is not easy for them, either. Shouting at them can be offensive to them, and it may not be the volume that’s the problem. Try to be mindful of what you say and how you say it.
Change what you say
Certain words or phrases might be the problem. Understanding certain letters or words may be hard with hearing loss. You might simply need to change what you say, not yell or talk really loud.
Clarity may be the problem--it isn’t always volume. Repeating and enunciating what you say at a reasonable pace is a good solution, if changing what you say doesn’t work.
Don’t give up
To pass off the conversation and let it go is hurtful. Try your best to communicate, even if you have to change your words or repeat yourself. Don’t say, “Never mind; it’s not important.”
Don’t be sarcastic
Don’t jokingly act like you have hearing loss too when someone else says he or she has it. To ask, What?” as a joke in a sarcastic voice in response to someone who says they can’t hear is rude. It’s not funny to respond to someone with hearing loss in that way. Ask what you can do to help him or her hear better, instead.
Don’t ask about being deaf
Don’t be hurtful and do something like ask, “Are you deaf or something?” That amounts to commenting on their condition as a slur.
Don’t degrade someone
Don’t say, “Turn your hearing aids up!” That’s just insensitive. Hearing loss is a true medical condition.
Don’t infer someone has selective hearing
Don’t infer, say, ask, or assume someone has selective hearing. The noise levels in any environment will vary. It is not a matter of voluntarily shutting out what someone is saying. People hear differently from each other. Noise can make all the difference.
Hearing loss is a condition that continues to grow. Chances are you someone with hearing loss. Be kind and sensitive. Make communication successful for you both.
If you suspect someone has hearing loss, have him or her contact Pure Sound Hearing Aids for the best free hearing test.
If you have severe to profound hearing loss, Signia can help change your life. They offer a large selection of powerful hearing aids to keep you communicating with family, friends, and coworkers. For example, there’s two very small behind-the-ear models--the Motion® P and Motion SP--ideal for severe to profound hearing loss. The receiver in-the-canal devices are also viable choices. The speaker sits right in the ear canal and connects directly to the hearing aid through a tiny tube behind the ear. The Carat™ or Cellion™ are the choices for this type of hearing aid. You can get the kind of power you need with all of the mentioned hearing aids, yet they are small and discreet.
If you are interested in powerful hearing aids, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Being an expectant mother is wonderful, but there is something to watch out for during pregnancy. Many changes happen to your body during pregnancy, meaning health issues can arise. One of those issues can be the progression of hearing loss if you already have a condition known as otosclerosis. In short, you can suffer more effects.
The meaning of otosclerosis
It is the abnormal growth of the tiny bones in the middle ear, which are commonly known as the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. These bones are crucial in hearing. The bones generally move freely, but with otosclerosis there is abnormal growth that keeps them from vibrating and conducting sound. If you have this condition already, it may or may not get worse with pregnancy.
What happens during pregnancy
Otosclerosis affects Caucasian women the most and manifests typically between ages 15 and 45. According to studies, pregnancy can accelerate the condition.
How to protect your hearing
Just because you have the condition doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get pregnant or that will experience any or all hearing loss. Know that hearing aids can help.
If you have concerns about your hearing, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
The Phonak Roger Table Mic II is for focusing on work, so you don’t have to worry about hearing. It allows you to hear ideally at work in meetings. It has up to 61 percent better speech understanding in noisy environments. There are microphones in six directions. The direction that has the best clarity automatically engages. You will be astonished how the Phonak Roger II microphone transmits speech to the hearing aids and discerns the spoken word. You will be able to keep pace with the conversation. It doesn’t matter how loud the situation is, you will be able to hear. You always feel like you are sitting in the front row, as it allows for understanding over a large distance. It picks who is talking and automatically switches between participants. In addition it has a battery life of 16 hours and is easy to use.
If you would like to learn more about Phonak's products, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
The most common workplace injury in the United States is hearing loss. According to a study at Stanford University, moderate noise levels in the workplace cause more hearing loss than noisy environments because no hearing protection is worn in moderately noisy environments like it is with noisy ones. Workers in high-level noise must wear hearing protection, but there are no guidelines for moderately noisy environments. People with a work environment consistently having more than 85 decibels or higher should have hearing protection.
If you want to learn more about hearing protection, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
The hearing aid manufacturer Signia makes monumental strides in causing the entire world to be a better place. Not only do they help people hear better, they also make worldwide, crucial humanitarian efforts to support people in various ways. They pick up international causes, take action when there is a humanitarian crisis, and engage in local causes.
Examples of U.S. causes
Signia makes a huge difference in the United States. At their headquarters in New Jersey, they hold coat and toy drives every year to help people in need. Blood drives are held at the New York Blood Center, where employees give blood to victims of accidents and patients in surgery. And the people of Puerto Rico received thousands of meals during Hurricane Maria.
Examples of international causes
Signia has offices around the world, so they help people everywhere. In Western China, at the China Foundation for Disabled Persons, they support people with hearing loss by donating funds and hearing aids. In South Africa, they conducted almost a thousand hearing tests in one day during a World Hearing Day initiative. They raised awareness in Brazil on how to prevent hearing loss by participating in the annual “Silence Walk” at a major university. Signia’s colleagues in Poland established a program to educate others on hearing loss. And in Japan, they paired with the Japanese Deaf Soccer Association to sponsor an event to garner more attention for deaf athletes, plus they fitted athletes with hearing aids.
Besides providing hearing solutions, Signia helps internationally in other ways. Employees supported Singapore’s Children Charities Association by being the main sponsor during an annual walkathon. In Italy, Italian team members supported the Make-A-wish Foundation by running a marathon and making the wishes of seriously ill children come true. In Australia, employees of Signia supported the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation by raising money and participating in a bike race to heighten awareness about the condition. And In Canada, Signia honored the launch of TeleCare™ by donating $150 per business account that signed up for the service, giving the funds to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research.
Signia continues to help the whole world, as well as provide phenomenal hearing solutions for everybody.
If you are interested in learning more about Signia and their products, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
It’s a common question... Can I pass down my hearing aids to someone I know? It sounds nice, but it’s not so simple. It’s possible, but there is a lot to consider. Like with any hand-me-downs, results will vary, it may not be a good match, or it may simply not be possible.
Hearing aids are regulated
Hearing aids are medical devices that are regulated by the FDA. Records are required to be kept by the manufacturer. Important records include the name of the hearing care professional that bought the device, who the device was put on, and the repair history. Such information is vital for tracking when recalls happen or there’s another issue with the hearing aid.
It’s a case by case situation with hearing aids. You can get the hearing aids re-registered and the warranty can still be applicable, but much in wearing used hearing aids depends upon the shape, age, style, and particular features of the hearing aid, as well as whether or not the manufacturer will or can remold them. Some manufacturers may refuse to remold a hearing aid simply because it is a medical device. Also, sometimes it is simply a matter of the custom-molded hearing aid not being able to be reshaped into what someone else needs.
Hearing loss is particular to each person
The fit of hearing aids is an issue, as hearing aids aids are custom-molded and will not feel right in someone else’s ear. Even standard hearing aids are custom-molded. Also, the original wearers unique needs were addressed, which probably won’t be the same as yours. A hearing test determines the needs of each patient. The type of hearing aid sold depends upon the wearer’s needs. Also, reshaping them again may be cost prohibitive. Please also know that a major thing to be aware of is that the amplifier of the hearing aid and its loudness exists such that it caused a gain for the original wearer. The same loudness may further damage your own hearing. There’s no one-size-fits-all hearing aid.
Support and services for your hearing aids
Even if the hearing aid happens to fit and you can reuse it, you will still need support and services. You will need a hearing instrument specialist to adjust and service them on a continual basis.
You can donate the hearing aids
Sometimes parts of hearing aids can be reused for people in need, but not necessarily the whole hearing aid. If you decide to donate your hearing aids to a friend or relative, instead, have them contact a hearing instrument specialist to see if it is possible to reuse them.
If you have questions for a hearing instrument specialist, contact Pure Sound Hearing Aids for answers.
Signia’s updated Insio™ hearing aid is an in-the-ear style to make your life stress-free. It’s a tiny marvel that continues to offer superior language comprehension in challenging listening environments, but now also showcases exchangeable battery doors with optional push buttons.
There’s also exchangeable microphone protection to guard against earwax clogs. It only takes a hearing care professional minutes to change the filter.
If you are interested in knowing more about Signia hearing aid products, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
It has been worth waiting for a fully integrated lithium-ion battery--the latest rechargeable battery for hearing aids. The rechargeable technology for hearing aids has changed over time. Not all rechargeable batteries are created equal. You might have had to take other batteries out of the hearing aids to recharge them. Or, the charge in other batteries might not have lasted an entire day. But the lithium-ion battery makes the real difference. The charge lasts more than a day, the batteries don’t need to be changed, and the batteries last up to six years.
There are different types of batteries for hearing aids--nickel-metal hydride, silver-zinc battery, and lithium-ion. The lithium-ion battery works wonders. The Phonak Audéo B-R is a good example of a hearing aid with lithium-ion batteries.
If you would like to know more about lithium-ion batteries for hearing aids, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
The manufacturer Starkey has different hearing aid styles. They are:
If you would like to know more about Starkey hearing aids, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Hearing in this world is so important. Our ears allow us to experience sounds. But how much do you know about hearing? Do you know the loudest sound? Do you know the quietest place on Earth? Well, check out the trivia questions below to see what you know:
1. What is “orecchiette” and what does it have to do with hearing or ears?
A. An Italian pasta shaped like an ear
B. A shellfish with a shell like an ear
C. A device used for leather work shaped like an ear
D. A mountain flower that has leaves shaped like an ear
E. A famous diamond brooch shaped like an ear
2. It’s believed that one of the loudest sounds in Earth’s history was the eruption of Mount Krakatoa in 1883. The noise was estimated to be 170-180 dB and heard from more than 3,000 miles away. Where is Mount Krakatoa?
A. Southern Japan
B. Western Korea
C. Eastern Indonesia
D. Northern New Zealand
E. Just outside Topeka
3. A study conducted in France found a link between beer consumption and background noise in a bar. The study found that when the noise was louder:
A. People drank faster and drank more
B. People drank faster, but did not drink more
C. People drank slower and drank less
D. People drank slower but did not drink less
E. The level of the noise had no effect
4. A study of more than 3,000 adults revealed what they consider their most and least favorite sounds. Which of the following pairs reveals the top answers?
A. Crackling fire and cell phone ringing
B. Cat purring and nails on a chalkboard
C. Birds singing and alarm clock buzzing
D. Wine being poured and children screaming
E. Rain falling and car horns honking
5. The quietest place in the world is Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis. How quiet is it?
A. +7.6 dBA
B. +3.6 dBA
C. -1.4 dBA
D. -5.4 dBA
E. -9.4 dBA
6. A device called the “Mosquito,” which emits high-pitched, high-intensity sounds, was developed to do what?
A. Train hearing ear dogs
B. Disperse groups of loitering youths
C. Predict the age of wild animals
D. Attract rare birds
E. Cook bread
7. The Bajau tribe of the islands of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia traditionally have their eardrums perforated during childhood. Why would they do this?
A. To prevent ear canal exostosis (excessive bone growth)
B. A cultural coming of age ritual
C. Home remedy for fighting ear infections
D. To facilitate deep sea hunting
E. To prepare for mountain climbing
8. One study found a link between earwax and heart attacks. The findings suggest you may be more likely to have a heart attack if your earwax is:
A. Dry and brittle
B. Wet and sticky
C. Unusually light colored
D. Unusually dark colored
E. Lodged on the end of a car key
9. In an effort to go green, a snack company introduced a compostable bag for one of its products. Despite the good intentions, the noise of the bag was 15-20 dB louder than regular chip bags, which led to a 15 percent drop in sales. What was the product?
C. Ruffles potato chips
E. Sun Chips
10. A new smoke detector was developed in Japan for the severely hard of hearing. When smoke is detected, it sprays out a synthesized smell of:
B. Rotten fish
C. Pig manure
*All questions adapted from the Greatest Trivia Hits of Gus and Jerry, available at www.gusmueller.net.
If you have questions about hearing, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.