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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gradual change is hard to detect. A sense of creeping normality is a fact. On a daily basis, hearing aids may seem fine and not much thought might go into having them. But dust and sweat can clog the microphone filters, the earpiece tubing can oxidize and harden, and grime can collect on the electrical contacts for the batteries. This usually happens on a very subtle basis over time, until one day something wrong becomes largely noticeable. But this kind of thing happens with everybody with one thing or another.
A yearly hearing test and check on the hearing aids can do the trick. Among other things, the software can be checked to make sure it is up-to-date.
Taking a family member along is good to help work toward solutions that fit or to get or give clarification of information.
If you need an annual check on your hearing aids and hearing test, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Old analog hearing aids were manual, allowing the hearing aid user to select a program for listening with the push of a button or remote control. The programs were customized to suit the needs of the customer. This set of choices empowered the user. But today’s hearing aids automatically tune into the best program for the listening environment for ease of use and convenience. Phonak’s AutoSene OS provides such an automatic selection.
Basically, no one combination of frequency response, gain, and compression is best for the varied sound environments experienced by users. An automatic response saves users from having to push a button or selecting the best sound environment. Many users would often only select one listening environment, anyway, on the analog type of hearing aids.
Analog hearing aids had a button for most situations, a button for noise, a button for comfort, and so on. Hearing aid users seemed best suited for selecting a program, at first. But many users would only select one setting. So, it turns out the automatic selection process is best.
The automatic program selection process uses automatic sound classifiers, which uses acoustic characteristic to determine what the sound environment is--such as music or speech in noise. Settings switch automatically based upon the situation. Studies actually show that users prefer the automatic selection over the control of manual selection; that is, people preferred having the program chosen automatically, rather than choosing manually themselves. So, hearing aids do know best, contrary to previous beliefs of experts.
If you would like to know more about program selection for the best listening environment, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
When you get hearing aids, it requires an adjustment period to get used to them. Unusual or different sounds, such as hissing, are sometimes reported by wearers. Let’s identify the three most common sources of hissing and how you can reduce these unusual sounds.
Hissing and sounds in the environment
If you are in a quiet place, you may hear a soft hissing sound in your hearing aids, due to the fact that your environment is never without some sound. With hearing loss, it’s easy to forget there is always noise in the surrounding environment. The world is a noisy place, so there is always some hint of sound. For instance, when hearing goes, the soft sounds go first, like the refrigerator running, the fan on the computer humming, or the air conditioning or furnace running. Once these sounds can be heard again, they may seem annoying at first.
But something can be done; a process called “IFF-it” can help:
The hissing of feedback
You may be hearing feedback if you hear a hissing sound when your mouth is moving or something gets close to your ear. A hearing aid fit adjustment may be needed or the feedback can be reduced with special features your hearing aids may have.
Hissing with speech sounds
When people are talking the hissing sound may actually be speech sounds, like the “s” sound, which may sound hissy at first because the brain forgets such a sound when there is hearing loss. With time, you will adjust.
Hearing and understanding: the difference
Your brain will adjust to what sounds like hissing. After all, you got hearing aids to hear the sounds you couldn’t hear before. These sounds are the difference between hearing and understanding.
One remedy is to read aloud to yourself so that you can see and hear each word, so your brain is given more information to connect sound to speech. Half an hour a day for two weeks should help reduce the hissing sound. With time, it does diminish.
If you are having any trouble with your hearing aids, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
With the advent of winter, it is important to winterize your belongings, such as your plants, house, or car. But you probably didn’t know that it also vital to winterize your hearing aids to protect them. Keeping hearing-aid batteries away from the cold and adjusting them to the noises of the season ensure proper functioning.
Keeping moisture out
Because hearing aids are small, battery-powered devices, keeping moisture out of them is necessary to prevent damage. Winter is wet with ice, sleet, hail, and snow, so your hearing aids have many possibilities for getting moisture into them. However, be aware that condensation provides the biggest threat. Entering a warm building from the cold air outside will cause condensation. A rapid change in temperature causes moisture to form inside the battery compartments of the hearing aids. This action may corrode the batteries and damage the devices.
Special hearing-aid sweat bands, a hat, or earmuffs serve to wick away moisture. Plus, dehumidifying your hearing aids each night ensures they are dry and in good condition throughout the wintertime.
Keeping batteries safe from coldness
Batteries for hearing aids can be adversely affected by severely cold temperatures, even though they are equipped to stand up to the cold in general. A shorter lifespan for the hearing aids could result from exposure to extremely cold temperatures. So, it is important to minimize their exposure to the cold.
But what about new batteries? Keeping new batteries warm, safe from pets or kids, and dry until you need them is important. Also, having an extra set somewhere close when you are not at home is a good idea. But don’t keep them in your car. Your desk drawer at work is a good place to store an extra set. As well, try keeping the batteries close to your body when transporting them outdoors, rather than putting them in a purse or shopping bag.
Alter settings to minimize excessive noise
Falling snow is lovely, but it invites the use of loud machinery. Snowmobiling or snow blowing your driveway creates loud noises in your ears. Prevent damage to your hearing by wearing muff-style hearing protectors over your hearing aids. You might have to experiment to find ones with the most comfortable fit. If this option fails, contact your hearing instrument specialist about other ways to guard your hearing against winter problems.
Hearing aid safety
The wintertime lasts only for a while, but you will want to protect your hearing aids during this time. Utilize the above suggestions to ensure the safety of your hearing-aid batteries, hearing health, and hearing aids. Contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids with any questions.
Hearing snippets of recorded conversations is easy with the TruLink app. In a few simple steps, you have access to information on your iPhone and the app’s Remote Microphone feature. You can record and replay the information or share via email. It’s a benefit you won’t want to miss out on.
You might, for example, want to record your doctor’s instructions and listen to them later or send them to your spouse for his or her information.
Fore more information on hearing apps, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Great news on getting your brand new hearing aids! Now what? A whole new world awaits you! But keep in mind that a short transition period is needed to adjust to them. Be patient and have a positive attitude. Such personal motivation will reap success. You’ll be wearing your hearing aids every day so you will naturally need an adjustment period to how they sound and feel. It’s a new routine that requires time. And you will need time to learn about their care and maintenance.
We hear with more than just our ears
Our brains are involved in hearing, too. They interpret the sounds we hear. Since you were not hearing well before your hearing aid fitting, sounds may seem unnatural for a while, since you weren’t accustomed to hearing them. Therefore, give your brain some time to adjust and get reacquainted with the parts of speech you were missing. All it takes is some patience and time to hear the sounds the way you should.
Get used to your hearing aids with help
Your hearing care professional can explain activities and exercises that will enhance your hearing. There are entertaining, interactive online games that are clinically structured to accelerate getting used to your hearing aids. These games will help you improve your recognition of speech in noise, auditory memory, and attention. Be realistic in the acclimation process. Soon you will be hearing normally. For more advice about your listening needs, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
The life expectancy of hearing aids is three to five years. Contributing factors will be how much you use them, whether or not if you live in a humid or dusty environment, and how much you take care of them. However, they can last longer than a few years. Even so, newer and newer digital technology may entice you to replace them before too long for better listening quality and optimal performance.
Many times it is not worth it to get old hearing aids repaired compared to getting new ones when the old ones are out of warranty. Routine appointments for maintenance and cleaning your hearing aids every day will maximize their lifespan. For a hearing aid check and maintenance or information on digital technology, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
Perhaps you are considering buying hearing aids and want to know where to buy them. Maybe you took an online hearing test. Maybe you assessed the quality of your life and want it back. Perhaps you’ve just started your research on hearing aids. Or, maybe someone you know encouraged you to start looking for hearing aids. No matter what your reason, we’d like to make one recommendation for you in the process. Visit a professional, instead of buying your hearing aids online. There are many advantages to buying hearing aids from a hearing instrument specialist, rather than online. You might get a small cost savings online, but the advantages to seeing a professional far outweigh the other. Here’s a list of benefits to seeing your hearing instrument specialist and what’s included in the cost over getting hearing aids online:
What’s included in an online purchase:
You get more bang for your buck and custom care than with an online purchase. Also, an online purchase does not include many of the features a professional visit does. It doesn’t include a thorough examination, education on use and care, fine-tuning your hearing aids, a professional evaluation, questions answered by the same person who fit you, loss and damage insurance, custom and invisible styles, follow-up, earmold impressions, an explanation of hearing results, or an intake interview. Also, with an otoscopic inspection by a hearing professional, he or she can rule out earwax buildup, disease, or an ear infection as potential causes of hearing loss. You might not need hearing aids at all.
For a visit with a hearing instrument specialist for the best hearing test, the best hearing aid deals, the most inexpensive hearing aids, and the top hearing aid brands, please contact Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
To begin, all digital hearing aids have an amplifier, a receiver, a battery, and a microphone. The digital part is the amplifier, which raises the volume. The old kind of amplifier, which was analog, could only make sound louder, but the new ones, which are digital, not only make sound louder, they are also a miniature computer. What makes today’s hearing aids valuable is the digital technology. Since they are a small computer, they have multiple features. See below:
The value of digital hearing aids is immense. The old analog ones just don’t compare. The digital ones widen your world, and they sound awesome--automatically. Try digital hearing aids. Contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
An NFL star, Derrick Coleman can attest to the fact that hearing aids are phenomenal. He became the first legally deaf offensive football player in the NFL to win a Superbowl title. He hit the national spotlight in 2014 and has been a focus of media attention ever since. Millions of Americans have hearing loss. He is an advocate, especially for children. He represents success in overcoming obstacles. He makes himself relatable and accessible to his fans through digital media and commercials. He draws inspiration from their stories, as well.
He was teased as a child and passed over for the 2012 draft as an adult, but he knew he could do it. He made his dream come true, despite naysayers. In this way and with his advocacy, he has given hope to millions and has helped them understand that hearing loss is not an embarrassment. He sets a shining example of how hearing aids are important in restoring and maintaining the joys in life. His influence also reduces any stigma associated with hearing loss and hearing aids.
For all of the reasons to get hearing aids if you have hearing loss, please contact a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids. You can be a shining example, too.
Signia hearing aids are phenomenal. The Motion® 13P from Signia lets you experience natural sound no matter what the extent of your hearing loss. You will hear the sound of your own voice as nature intended, using the OVP™ (Own Voice Processing) system. Also, the Sound Clarity feature offers the most pleasing, natural listening experience in all situations. Conversely, the Motion 13P has a feature called Speech Quality, which has noise suppression technology.
There’s more to the Motion 13P
You can stream smartphone calls, television, and music directly into your ears. At the push of a button, you can hear a call. You can also stream music in high-quality stereo. As well, you can discreetly adjust the volume of your favorite television show. Signia’s myControl™ App has a convenient remote control so you can change the settings on the hearing aids on your smartphone. Conversely, Signia’s myHearing™ App helps you find out about your new hearing aids quickly. You can check out the user guide, connect to your hearing aid professional on the go, and follow special listening exercises. However, the features may vary depending on the configuration of the individual hearing aid.
If you are interested in this type of hearing aid, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
It’s hard to imagine humidity in an ear canal. Usually humidity is associated with weather conditions. The first thing you should know is that the residual or baseline percentage humidity level in someone’s ear canals can be different per individual or even per ear. The next thing you should know is that is it doesn’t have anything to do with the temperature or humidity in the environment--there is either humidity in the ear canal or not.
Lyric™ hearing aids combat humidity in the ear canal
The skin breathes and self-cleans in a normal, open ear canal. When the Lyric hearing aid is placed 4mm from the tympanic membrane, the game changes. How, you may ask, does the moisture flow in and out of the ear? There are seals designed to be breathable, containing holes that allow air and moisture to pass through. A constant flow contributes to a healthy ear canal. Smaller ears with more humidity have more problems. Knowing such a problem exists ahead of time helps with fitting Lyric hearing aids better. For now, the studies continue in discovering other ear health issues.
For more information on ear health, please contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure sound Hearing Aids.
Once in a while you might have trouble with your hearing aids, since they are electronic devices. You might experience internal noises or garbled/distorted sound, complete loss of sound, or weak or intermittent amplification. All electronic devices malfunction once in a while. Your hearing care professional can assist you in troubleshooting any problems. But below are some questions you can ask yourself and ways you can troubleshoot before contacting your hearing instrument specialist:
However, certain types of malfunctions should be reported to your hearing instrument specialist so as to not damage your hearing aids further or void the warranty. If the above solutions do not help, contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing Aids.
You can experience the most intuitive, reliable, and advanced hearing aids with Signia’s longer-lasting Pure® Charge&Go. It is a high-tech marvel, resting almost invisibly behind the ear. It offers extremely natural sound and a high level of performance and also has Bluetooth® connectivity.
Changing batteries is unnecessary
True to its name, this marvel of technology can charge while you sleep and be ready when you wake up. You don’t need to change the batteries. It is an incredibly convenient design because wireless charging is built into it. You get a compact, portable charger with the hearing aids. The charger works on an inductive basis, so there is no need to position the hearing aids onto a precise contact point.
Another feature of it is the OVP™ (Own Voice Processing), which provides you with a natural sounding own voice, while Sound Clarity offers the most pleasant, natural listening experience in all situations. As well, the Speech Quality feature allows for noise suppression so you have clear listening.
You can directly stream television, phone calls, and music with premium Bluetooth connectivity via a smartphone. In addition, Signia’s myControl App™ gives you a remote control feature. Lastly, Signia’s myHearing App gets you acclimated to your new hearing aids in no time at all. Features may vary, so contact your hearing instrument specialist at Pure sound Hearing Aids for more information.