Is there a way to Repair a Hearing Aid Battery that can’t keep up with You throughout the Day?
Just about every new rechargeable hearing aid is meant to function for more than 24 hours until they need a recharge.
Rechargeable hearing aids are made from lithium-ion batteries. These are the same batteries that are used for smartphones, laptops, and TV streaming remote controls. After they are used over time, they become less and less powerful. As a result, they need to be recharged more often and eventually replaced by a manufacturer. Hearing aid repairs may also be necessary, so it’s important to contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to get help from our hearing instrument specialists.
How do you get a Repair for Your Rechargeable Hearing Aids?
If you bought your hearing aid from Pure Sound Hearing, you should bring it back to us in order to get it fixed. If there is an internal problem with the device, we will ship it to the manufacturer for you and it will get refurbished. It should take 1-2 weeks for the hearing aid to be ready, but you’ll essentially go back home with a brand new hearing aid.
If you are in need of a hearing aid repair and are new to the Lancaster County area - or received your hearing aids from a different provider - you may contact us at 717-945-1477 before dropping it off at one of our office locations in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg.
Unfortunately, there is no method of replacing a lithium-ion battery on your own if you have a Phonak, ReSound, Rexton, Signia, Starkey, or Unitron hearing aid brand. But, if you wear an Oticon Opn miniRITE, you might be able to replace the battery by yourself.
It’s advised that consumers should not change out the lithium-ion batteries. The FDA warns of exposure to toxic chemicals, so a professional should replace them.
How much does it Cost to Replace a Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery?
If the hearing aids were purchased less than 2 years before needing a replacement, the lithium-ion battery replacement and any other repair should be free because your hearing aid would still be under warranty through the manufacturer. Contact us at Pure Sound for the cost of repair if the hearing aid is more than 2 years old.
Find out if Your Hearing Aid is Under Warranty
In order to determine this information, you’ll need to look for the serial numbers either on your hearing aid, on the paperwork that came with the hearing aids, ask your hearing instrument specialist, or an office staff member who has access to your paperwork.
Your hearing instrument specialist can contact the manufacturer to determine the date that the warranty ends. Usually, warranties for hearing aids last for 2 years from the date they were purchased. In some cases, the warranties last for up to 3 years.
Could the Hearing Aid Charger be the Culprit?
To determine whether the charger for your hearing aids is what’s causing the problem, place the hearing aid that’s causing the problem on the opposite side of the charger. For instance, if the left hearing aid does not last a full day, charge it on the right (red) side of your hearing aid charger.
If it turns out that this was the problem, you’ll need to buy a new charger. Hearing aid chargers are not under warranty from the manufacturer so you’ll need to purchase a replacement. You may do this through us at Pure Sound Hearing.
How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Rechargeable Hearing Aid Battery
Hearing aid batteries tend to quickly drain when they are linked to external accessories, like smartphones. Switching off the Bluetooth® feature on your phone will disconnect the hearing aid from your smartphone, which will extend the battery life.
Streaming anything from your TV to music and videos will also lead to more power drain.
Recharge your hearing aids as often as you can, preferably overnight when you aren’t using them. It might be too late to do this if you are already experiencing power-draining problems. Recharging the battery each night while you sleep will help preserve the battery life. Do not let the battery reach 0%, this will make it more difficult to get any use out of the battery.
Average Lifespan of Rechargeable Hearing Aid Batteries
One full charge should allow your hearing aids to last more than a full day of wearing them. Some Phonak rechargeable hearing aids can last more than 30 hours before a recharge is needed. If you add 6 hours of streaming, the battery should still work for at least 20 hours. On average, a full-time hearing aid user only dons their hearing aids for 12 hours per day. So the battery should not reach below 50% within the first year.
It’s important to note that the longer you have your hearing aids, the quicker your batteries will drain. It’s just like any other piece of technology, such as a phone or kitchen appliance.
You should send out your hearing aids to get repaired for a refurbishment during their last month in warranty. The rechargeable batteries will be replaced to guarantee the hearing aid has optimal performance.
If you or a loved one would be interested in a hearing aid trial with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries or disposable battery-powered hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing.
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Recently, the choices for purchasing hearing aids have become more complicated. There are merchants that only sell online, big-box stores, and new or unlikely businesses that tout their own hearing care solutions.
It’s important to know that seeing a professional hearing instrument specialist is still the leading choice in treating your hearing loss.
You have a Distinctive Range of Hearing Loss, so You’ll need a Solution for Your Particular Needs
The complexities of hearing loss require help from a professional who understands how to treat it. Each individual who experiences difficulties with their hearing needs to communicate with their hearing instrument specialist so that they can tailor a solution for them.
Proper fittings, programming, and guidance from an experienced hearing instrument specialist are the best steps toward better hearing.
Modern Hearing Aids: Refined and Effective
If a healthcare professional recommended hearing aids to treat your hearing loss, you are in luck. Today’s hearing aids feature advanced technology that makes listening and engaging in conversations easier.
The difference between an “OK” and an “Amazing” Listening Experience
The only person with the skills and training to fit and program a hearing aid for your individual needs is a qualified hearing instrument specialist. They will ask you about environments where you spend most of your time, what it’s like when you communicate with your loved ones or other people you talk to on a daily basis, the frequencies that you struggle to hear, whether one or both ears are affected, the variations of hearing loss/lack of hearing loss in each ear.
Other topics that you might go over:
Investing in Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are a major investment, so it’s important to be able to get the most out of them. With time and patience, they can change your life for the better. Imagine the improvement in communication, less isolation, better overall health, and well-being. These things are possible - so get your money’s worth.
Receiving these devices from a professional and getting their advice, will help you achieve these goals. Also, if you need help you can always contact your hearing instrument specialist.
Local Hearing Aid Providers
There have been so many changes in hearing aid technology. The one thing that remains consistent is the support and care from local hearing aid providers who are able to deliver the best possible results.
Get in touch with us at Pure Sound Hearing, and talk with one of our local hearing instrument specialists in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. They are here to listen and patiently work with you or your loved one.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) reveals innovation in new products and possible trends that are set for the future. The 2021 trade show focused on inclusive tech, which encourages everyone to actively participate in life.
The significance of this is being able to provide access to others. Healthy hearing paves the way for people to enjoy and fully participate in what matters, and those who matter to them, in their lives. For example:
Forms of inclusive tech presented at the 2021 CES
Modern hearing aid features include:
There have been so many new advancements to improve your life, overall health, and hearing. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test, hearing aid trial, and consultation to learn which digital hearing aids would work best for you and your lifestyle.
The whistling is actually feedback noise from your hearing aid. It tends to happen when you’re too close to a radio or speaker that’s switched on. Feedback noises can also happen while putting a shirt or scarf on.
How do feedback noises occur with hearing aids?
Hearing aid feedback noises occur as a result of sounds that were supposed to travel through your ear canal, but move out of your ear and return to the hearing aid’s microphone. This sound becomes reamplified, which is what leads to the whistling noise.
Feedback noises can happen in many different situations, including the moment when you insert or remove the hearing aids from your ears. It can even happen when someone embraces you. This is common. The hearing aid devices are responding to the sound that ricochets from your environment.
Hearing aid feedback may also occur as a result of a much-needed repair, or a more thorough cleaning from a professional.
5 Cause of Whistling Noises
Today’s hearing aids feature feedback cancellation, but it’s not always helpful. Here are the most common causes of feedback noises and what can be done about them.
1. Poorly fit hearing aids - Everyone’s ears change as they age. The ear’s shape and hearing abilities are prone to change. If they do, the earmolds may loosen and will not have a secure seal. When this happens, the sound moves away from your ear and back to the hearing aids’ microphones. This is when the feedback occurs. A hearing instrument specialist can fix this problem by making new earmolds that are securely fitted in your ear. Weight gain or weight loss can affect the way your ears and how the earmolds fit you.
An improper hearing aid fitting may let the sound leak and re-enter the hearing aids’ microphone. So talk to your hearing instrument specialist, and let them know if your hearing aid feels loose. They will guide you and make sure the devices are properly fitted.
2. Broken tubes - For the behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids, the tube that connects the earmold can become hard and shrink. In some instances, the tubing will tug at the earmold. This warps and changes the fitting. In this case, the tube needs to be replaced.
3. Loud volume - Sometimes you’ll have a hard time hearing in certain environments, so you may crank up the volume on your hearing aids. Increasing the volume to the point where it’s too loud can force the sound to re-enter the hearing aids. This is what causes the whistling noise. Lower the volume on the hearing aids. In the future, try to avoid being around sounds that are so loud that it creates feedback.
4. Producing excessive amounts of earwax - Your hearing aids harness sounds directly into your ear canals. If the ear canal is clogged and impacted with too much earwax, the sounds won’t be able to reach them. This is when the noises bounce back into the hearing aids and whistle.
Excess earwax can obstruct your ear canal. This not only creates issues with your hearing aid devices, but you may experience earaches or even harm your hearing health.
Your ears should be cleaned by a professional. Do not insert anything smaller than your fingers into your ears. Check to make sure the receiver, vents, and tubing aren’t clogged with earwax.
5. Loose microphone - Loud feedback noises can be caused due to loose or microphones that have been displaced. If you experience this problem, ask your hearing instrument specialist for help.
If you still have an issue with feedback noises from your hearing aids, schedule an appointment with a hearing instrument specialist at Pure Sound Hearing.
Check out the latest smartphone app from CaptionCall. This free app lets people who experience hearing loss make phone calls and receive them through the Android smartphone.
This app makes it easier for users to understand others when they speak to them and gives people a more independent life.
Easy Access to CaptionCall
As long as they have decent Wi-Fi service available, the CaptionCall Mobile app can be easily accessible. Features include:
The app is currently available to download at the Google Play store. It can be used with Android smartphones that have an Operating System (OS) 7.0 or newer and the Jitterbug Smart2 smartphones that have the Android 7.0 OS or newer.
The app can be connected to your hearing aids via Bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to enhance your CaptionCall by:
Smartphone Usage with Bluetooth®-compatible Hearing Aids
People of all ages experience hearing loss, but the aging population is more likely to experience it. A 2019 Pew Research Center study found that more and more seniors are using smartphones than ever before. About 46 percent of individuals who are at least 65 years old use smartphones.
The CaptionCall Mobile app (for Android smartphones) is convenient for anyone who relies on smartphones to communicate with others - whether it’s family, friends, colleagues, healthcare providers, or the general public.
If you or a loved one are interested in Bluetooth®-compatible hearing aids, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to schedule a complimentary hearing test and consultation.
1. It provides some of the most natural sounds and can reduce background noise.
It's difficult to hear in a busy area. That especially rings true for anyone with hearing loss. To take on this problem, Phonak Marvel uses the Autosense feature. This technology automatically adjusts your hearing aid settings based on the environment that you're in so that you can hear better in any place.
2. Phonak Marvel features Hands-free Bluetooth® Technology
Phonak’s Marvel hearing aid can be connected to any Bluetooth®-enabled device, which includes any TV, computer, or phone that has Bluetooth®. The Bluetooth® connection does not require the use of an adapter to switch on the audio streaming feature.
Marvel is a hands-free Bluetooth® earpiece and a hearing aid. When the Bluetooth® is switched on, the hearing aid user can keep their smartphone or other Bluetooth®-enabled devices on a table while doing other things. The sounds will be harnessed through the hearing aid and pick up the user’s voice. When the phone or Bluetooth® device stays within Bluetooth®'s connectivity range, you do not need to hold the audio source.
Other hearing aid brands tend to let the user hear sounds in the hearing aid, but they need to stay close to the phone or audio source’s microphone for the sound of the voice to get picked up. Listening and communicating through a hearing aid can be like listening and communicating through a speakerphone. Even if you can hear the call through your hearing aid, the caller can only hear you if you are near the microphone.
3. If necessary, get an adjustment for your hearing aids.
If there’s anything wrong with your hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing. Our providers can reprogram the devices, or conduct a deep cleaning if it's necessary.
If you have any questions or concerns about your Phonak Marvel devices or any hearing aids that were purchased from Pure Sound Hearing, please contact us.
Hearing aid technology is constantly changing. The oversized, indiscreet hearing aid styles are becoming a thing of the past. More and more people are opting for smaller, customized hearing aids. Modern hearing aids can be programmed by a hearing instrument specialist for each user’s specific listening needs. Just about every modern, digital hearing aid features Bluetooth® connectivity, which allows users to clearly stream music, media, and even phone calls directly into your ears.
What do you need to know about IIC hearing aids?
IIC hearing aids are small devices that discreetly fit in your ear canals. They are nearly invisible to other people. The only visible part is the thin, clear wire that is connected to the aid. It attaches the receiver to the hearing aid device. It is also the piece you hold onto to insert the dome into your ear or remove it from your ear. IIC devices are similar to completely-in-canal (CIC) hearing aids. The IIC hearing aids are a little smaller and rest further inside the ear canal.
What are the advantages of wearing IIC hearing aids?
The primary reason why some hearing aid users wear IIC hearing aids is so that they have a device that’s completely invisible to other people. These discrete devices are customized for anyone’s ears. A hearing instrument specialist may even create a custom-made earmold for the user.
Another convenience that IIC hearing aids help with is providing coherent sounds from the user. The small size will not block up the rest of the ear’s natural functions. This means that it receives sounds and amplifies them directly to the eardrum. IIC hearing aids also allow users to recognize where sounds are emanating from.
This hearing aid style is also comfortable to wear. The customized mold will rest right on the bone to make sure that it does not become loose while being worn. Many IIC hearing aid users have reported that they are unable to feel the aid when it’s in the correct position. Due to their small size, they can comfortably wear helmets, over-the-ear headphones, and place a phone up to their ear as though they aren’t wearing a hearing aid.
What are the disadvantages of wearing IIC hearing aids?
The size of an IIC hearing aid does have its drawbacks.
If you experience problems when it comes to dexterity, inserting and removing these hearing aids might be difficult. Another problem can be the amount of battery life it holds. While it’s not too serious compared to other hearing aid batteries, IIC hearing aid batteries don’t last as long as the average battery.
Since IIC hearing aids rest in the ear canal, they may need more maintenance. Proper and frequent maintenance will guarantee the best function, and ensure that ear wax or moisture isn’t clogging the device.
Not everyone with hearing loss can use an IIC hearing aid. Depending on the shape of your ear, the device may not properly and securely fit in your ear canal.
Who are the best candidates for IIC hearing aids?
IIC hearing aids are perfect for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. The small size is not suitable for individuals who experience a more severe form of hearing loss. The smaller hearing aids feature amplifiers and processors that have less power than larger hearing aids. IIC hearing aids are useful for anyone with an active lifestyle or who wants a discrete device.
If you would like to find out whether you are a candidate for IIC hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing and schedule an appointment to talk to one of our hearing instrument specialists about the Rexton MyCore Sterling 8C IIC.
Extending the life of your batteries is very helpful for any hearing aid user. You never want to constantly stop what you’re doing just to change them out. Proper care and preservation are key to moving on with your day.
Caring and Storing Your Hearing Aid Batteries
A battery that is not stored properly could become damaged or even lose the ability to charge.
There is a sticker on the battery, that should only be removed when you are getting ready to place the batteries into your hearing aids. Removing the sticker causes the batteries to activate, so even if you don’t place them into your hearing aids, the energy is still draining from them. It’s vital to store the batteries so that there is no way that the sticker separates from the battery. Store them in a cool, dry place for the best results.
Hearing aid batteries should not be stored in your refrigerator or bathroom. Many falsely believe that storing hearing aids in the refrigerator will make them last longer. They should be stored in a dry area, like a cupboard, drawer, or shelf that won’t collect too much moisture.
It’s very important to store the hearing aid batteries out of reach from children and pets. Hearing aid batteries can damage internal organs if swallowed. If this occurs, immediately seek medical care.
Loss of Battery Power
The amount of charged power, or hours that each battery has will differ based on the hearing aid style and battery size. A smaller battery will deplete faster than a larger battery. For instance, batteries in a size 10 will only last for 3-5 days.
Most people wear small and discreet hearing aids for aesthetics. As a result, smaller batteries don’t last very long. It’s common for batteries to drain more quickly if you have a more severe form of hearing loss. They also drain quicker if you frequently utilize the Bluetooth function and other hearing aid devices.
On average, a hearing aid’s battery life lasts about one week if the hearing aids are being worn for 12 to 16 hours each day.
How to Prolong Your Hearing Aid’s Battery Life
Facts about Storing Hearing Aids
Taking just a few extra steps to care for your hearing aid batteries can help you save your battery life and some money.
If your hearing aids need batteries, stop by one of our offices in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg to replenish your battery supply.
It’s time to look forward to sunny weather and summer holiday gatherings! And with these get-togethers, you’ll want to make sure you can still enjoy conversations by hearing your best. Here are some tips on how to protect your hearing health and, if you are a hearing aid user, get the most out of your hearing aids.
According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one in three Americans between 20 to 69 years old, experience noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
NIHL is the only preventable type of hearing loss, so you should always carry a pair of foam earplugs with you.
Inserting the earplugs into your ears, while being in loud environments - such as watching a fireworks display or going to a sporting event - can reduce the noises and the chance of permanent damage to your ears.
Be aware of Swimmer’s Ear
This condition can be painful and may cause temporary hearing loss. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise that you should:
Hearing Aid Users
If you are a hearing aid user, be aware that you will probably come in contact with more humidity and moisture caused by sweat and hotter temperatures this summer. As with any electronic device, water can damage your hearing aids.
This is why it’s so important to keep your hearing aids dry. You may get a hearing aid dehumidifier, which has desiccant and place the devices inside to extract moisture due to condensation, humidity, or sweat.
If you or a loved one are a Lancaster County resident who experiences hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a hearing test and consultation.
Some hearing aid users have asked whether they should replace or repair a broken/overused hearing aid. This depends on several factors.
There isn’t a universal answer as to whether you should replace or repair a hearing aid. It would be based on your unique situation and specific hearing needs. It’s worth noting that all hearing aids will eventually stop working sooner or later, no matter what the price or condition may be. This same idea applies to all sorts of technology.
Your hearing aids are consistently in a situation that isn’t always the best environment for digital devices. There’s a lot of moisture and earwax buildup that occurs while wearing anything that obstructs your ear canals. The purpose of earwax is to protect your ear’s skin and reduce the amount of debris that can enter your ear canal. Moisture and earwax can wear down hearing aids, and water that remains in the ears after a swim or shower can cause more damage. Adding other factors such as accidentally breaking the devices along with natural depletion, and you’ll realize that you will need to repair or replace them.
How do you know whether to repair or replace your hearing aids?
First, you should think about whether you like your current hearing aids. Other than the elements that need to be repaired, overall, are they still useful? If you still enjoy wearing your hearing aids or you have adapted to the way you hear with them you should probably just try to get them fixed if that’s possible.
The other obvious factor is the cost. A new pair of hearing aids will cost more, whereas the hearing aids that you own might only cost a little more to repair. Your insurance coverage would also be factored in. Some insurance providers will cover replacement hearing aids, while others will not cover the repair of your current hearing aids.
Another concern is what to do if you choose to get your devices repaired.
1.) Should you send them back to the store where you purchased them?
2.) Should you send them to a hearing aid provider that is conveniently located near you?
It’s recommended that you send the hearing aid back to your original provider. They will be able to determine if the repair is needed and fix the hearing aid on site, or if further repair by the manufacturer is required. If additional repairs are needed by a lab or manufacturer, the hearing aid clinic will facilitate the necessary deliveries and paperwork for you.
If it’s an emergency and you are traveling in an area away from your hearing aid provider, you may try a local hearing aid provider.
Do not assume there will be a higher cost for these services. Hearing aid providers send large volumes of hearing aid devices to repair labs. If you opt to replace the hearing aids, there will be more selections for you to choose from. There are so many styles of hearing aids with newer technological innovations available.
Only you will truly know whether you should replace or repair your hearing aids.
If you are experiencing hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. Our providers will help you select the best hearing aids for your specific listening needs and answer questions or concerns that you may have.
Hearing aids are battery-powered. Whether it’s rechargeable batteries or disposable ones that need to be manually changed, hearing aids need a source of energy. This means that you will have to incorporate battery replacements or time for charging into your daily routine.
The style of battery that you’ll need will depend on your hearing aid brand and model. You get to choose which hearing aid batteries to buy.
Here’s a guide on hearing aid types and brands to look into.
What are the Types of Hearing Aid Batteries
There are two hearing aid battery categories:
You most likely own a device (computer or smartphone) that has its own rechargeable battery. Just like these devices, hearing aids also have a rechargeable battery that needs to be restored with power in order to work each day.
Here are some companies that make hearing aids with rechargeable batteries:
Long-time hearing aid users, who wear devices with rechargeable batteries, recommend placing them in the charger overnight while they are sleeping.
Your hearing aids’ battery life will be mentioned in the manufacturer’s pamphlets that come with your hearing aids. On average, you can expect at least 30 hours of use per charge. Please note that streaming music, media, phone calls, etc. via Bluetooth® will quickly drain your batteries.
Zinc-air Button Disposable Batteries
There’s zinc in disposable batteries, which is why they are lighter in weight and cheaper than lithium-ion. Zinc is environmentally friendly, so it can be recycled, unlike regular batteries.
Disposable batteries have a factory seal that should be peeled off when you are ready to place them in your hearing aids. The sticker protects the hearing aids from getting air into them. As soon as oxygen comes in contact with the zinc, creating zinc oxide, the hearing aid becomes activated. It’s important to keep the backing on until you are ready to place the batteries into your hearing devices.
There are four sizes of hearing aid batteries. Each size is color-coded to lessen confusion. The smallest batteries can last about 3 days, and the larger batteries can last for 22 days.
Here’s a list of battery size from largest to smallest:
The blue size 675 batteries are used for powerful hearing aids that allow maximum amplification. They have generally been used in behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids.
The orange size 13 batteries are typically used in BTE hearing aids that are in size medium to large, and provide high levels of amplified sound.
The brown size 312 batteries are generally used in small BTE and in-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids.
The yellow size 10 batteries are used in the smallest hearing aids, i.e. mini-receiver ITE hearing aids and completely-in-the-canal (CIC) hearing aids.
The Lifespan of Hearing Aid Batteries
The lifespan of hearing aid batteries are influenced by:
It’s always a good idea to keep extra batteries with you, no matter how often you use your devices.
3 Tips on Purchasing Hearing Aid Batteries
Hearing Aids and Batteries: The Cost
Battery costs should be taken into consideration when purchasing hearing aids.
Disposable vs. Rechargeable - rechargeable batteries may be more cost-effective than depending on the disposable batteries. Consider your personal preferences. Rechargeable batteries are easier to use than changing out batteries if you have dexterity challenges. If you have an active lifestyle, disposable batteries may be your best option if you are constantly on the go.
Bundled with Hearing Aids - Bundling can be an option. Batteries are normally included with the bundled cost of hearing aids, along with warranties. Bundles usually include as many batteries as you need for the lifespan of your hearing aids.
So, if you need a rechargeable or disposable battery-powered hearing aid, contact us at Pure Sound or stop in at one of our office locations in Elizabethtown, Lititz, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg.
Just about all modern appliances, from your doorbell to your washing machine, can be connected to your smartphone through an app. So it’s obvious that hearing aids can also function with the use of an app.
Nearly everyone uses apps these days. They help make something new become familiar in an effortless manner. For hearing aid users, there are many features within each app to make wearing hearing aids more customized to a person’s unique experiences.
Hearing Aid Apps
There are many hearing apps that can be used with smartphones. For example decibel (dB) meter apps can measure how loud your environment is. Remember, the average hearing threshold is 85 dB. Anything higher than that can lead to hearing loss.
Other apps can perform a basic hearing screening, or can even help train your brain with listening exercises.
For anyone who currently wears hearing aids - or is thinking about getting hearing aids - you should look into apps that were created by your hearing aid manufacturer. For example, there’s the Oticon On app which has a remote control, HearingFitness (hearing training), tinnitus sound support, and other features that connect to an IFTTT network (this is a network that stands for “if this, then that”.) It helps you connect all of your apps and devices when you engage in certain practices. For example, if your coffee maker is connected via Bluetooth®, your Bluetooth®-connected hearing aids will also turn on when you switch your coffee maker on to start making your coffee - as long as everything is in its place.
These apps can be linked with the hearing aids that you wear via Bluetooth® by using an Apple or Android phone.
Available App Features
There’s a range of apps for a range of different features. Here’s a list of the most common features on popular hearing aid apps:
Hearing Aid Adjustments
Many hearing aids can automatically adjust their volume and settings based on the environment that you are in. If you prefer controlling the bass, treble, and volume, smartphone apps give you a more discreet option - instead of reaching your hand up to your ear to press a button. It’s like changing the volume or setting on a remote-controlled stereo.
Personalized settings can be saved.
If you frequent a certain area or building that is difficult to hear in, you can make adjustments that provide the best listening experience and save those settings when you go back to that place. Some settings may already be programmed by your hearing instrument specialist.
You can monitor the status of your device.
Apps let you know what the battery life is on your hearing aids - that way, you can check when they need to be recharged or when you need fresh batteries. There’s also a “Find my Hearing Aid” feature in most hearing aid apps if you lose your hearing aid. You can also see how many hours you wear your hearing aids each day/week/month. This is great to monitor your cognitive health. Remember, it’s important to wear your hearing aids each day from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed.
Hearing aids can have a direct connection to audio.
You may use an app and connect straight to sound sources. This lets you stream music, phone calls, and TV through your hearing aids.
Hearing aids have become so advanced with new features that help make your life easier. Contact us at Pure Sound for a hearing aid trial and more information on these incredible pieces of technology.
If you have an aging father who is losing his hearing, discussing the prospect of receiving hearing aids probably won’t be easy. Statistically, it’s more likely that men will need hearing aids than women. This usually comes down to the work environment that men usually spend time in, i.e. construction, loud industrial facilities, operating heavy machinery, etc.
There are many reasons why some people decide not to wear hearing aids, but what should you do when your dad begins to show clear signs of hearing loss? Here are some tips to get a loved one so that they can get their hearing loss treated.
Recognize the Stigma that sometimes comes with Wearing Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids can rest behind the ears, along your outer ear, or deep inside your ear canal. A lot of men tend to ignore obvious signs of hearing loss, so they may choose not to get hearing aids. Or, they may get hearing aids but won’t use them. The stigma of hearing aids was more widespread in the past, so it might be difficult for them to shift their mindset.
Today, there are so many different styles of hearing aids that are powerful and discreet:
Why Some Men Don’t Want to Wear Hearing Aids
There are practical reasons for this:
Depending on your hearing loss, the discreet ones may not work best for someone with severe or profound hearing loss.
And there are emotional reasons for this:
4 Tips to Discuss Hearing Loss with Your Dad, or the Male Figure in Your Life
When you decide to sit down and talk about hearing loss with your dad, or an important man in your life, you need to have a strategy.
1. Research information about hearing loss: He may appreciate it if you can give helpful and accurate information on hearing loss, treatment options, and how using hearing aids can be beneficial. Let him know that there are different and more discreet styles that are available.
2. Timing is everything: Make sure both of you are in a good mood before bringing up this topic. The conversation might be futile if one, or both of you are frustrated while talking about it.
3. Raise awareness about the negative impacts of hearing loss: Rather than focusing his attention on his hearing loss, inform him on how the hearing loss impacts his daily life. Maybe he no longer participates in things with you, or anyone. Hearing loss can atrophy the brain, which can lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia.
4. Be patient, and help as much as you can: Find help for him. Take him to get a hearing test and help look at the options that are available for him.
If you believe that you have a loved one who has hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. Our hearing healthcare providers are professional hearing instrument specialists who can program your devices to suit your individual listening needs.
What 4 Questions You Should Ask Your Hearing Instrument Specialist, Regarding Insurance for Hearing Aids?
Figuring out your health insurance plan can be a daunting task if you’re new at it and don’t know what questions to ask. Here is some general information to give you an idea of what to expect.
1. Do I have hearing aid coverage through my plan?
Each insurance plan is different for each patient. Our patient care coordinators will be able to help you figure out this process and talk about the benefits you can receive.
2. Are my hearing aids covered for a certain percentage?
Some insurance covers 100% of the cost for your hearing aids, while others cover only a portion of it. When you come for a visit with our hearing instrument specialists, they can go over the details of your coverage with you based on your individual hearing needs.
3. How often can I receive hearing aids through my insurance?
Each insurance plan varies, but on average it’s every three years.
4. Are there specific types of hearing aids that I am limited to receive under my insurance plan?
There are many different types of hearing aids and assistive listening devices. Talk to your hearing instrument specialist about this, after receiving the results of your hearing test.
Find out if we accept your insurance at Pure Sound Hearing.
If you have any questions about hearing aids and insurance coverage at Pure Sound Hearing, or need to schedule a free hearing test, please contact us.
Ohio’s Attorney General, Dave Yost, is raising awareness about deceptive tactics of over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid companies, which falsely claim that they are approved by the government.
There are several alternatives for hearing assistance, but many of them are no better than cupping your hand behind your ear. It’s important to do your research before investing your time and money in a product that doesn’t benefit your hearing health.
Even though the U.S. Congress approved OTC hearing aids in 2017, none of them have been approved by the American Food and Drug Administration. This has not deterred some companies from falsely claiming that they are FDA-approved.
The current OTC hearing aid salespeople are not required to be transparent that their devices are not designed for anyone with severe hearing loss.
Here’s a guide to buying hearing aids or assistive listening devices:
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss and need reliable hearing aids and hearing instrument specialists, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing.
Are you planning for a break from your busy life? Or are you retired and in search of warmer weather? Remember, even though it’s important to take care of yourself by going on a vacation once in a while, it’s never advised to take a hiatus from your hearing health.
The summer weather and relaxing by the lake, ocean, or swimming pool, is always something to look forward to. Worry less about things while on vacation, by making sure you are caring for your hearing.
It’s important to note that while we remember and honor Americans who served and died in our armed forces, many members experience noise-induced hearing loss. This is the most prevalent service-related disability. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has noted, as of 2014, over 933,000 veterans receive disability compensation for hearing loss, and about 1.3 million are compensated for tinnitus.
According to the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately one in three Americans from 20 to 69 years of age, experience hearing loss due to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). This is the only type of hearing loss that can be prevented. Before you enjoy time spent with family this Memorial Day, make sure you wear hearing protection. This can include a pair of portable foam earplugs that you may store in your pocket. Wearing these can lower the risks of damaging your hearing from loud sounds, such as live music playing or fireworks displays.
If you plan on swimming, be aware of swimmer’s ear. Temporary hearing loss can be a side effect of swimmer’s ear. Here are tips from the CDC on how you can reduce your risks of developing swimmer’s ear:
Are you a hearing aid user?
For anyone who wears a hearing aid, remember to be aware of the increase in humidity and moisture during this time of the year. Just like with any electronic device, water and any amount of moisture if the enemy of hearing aids and listening devices. It can ruin the microphones, receivers, and lead to corrosion in the battery compartment. Keep your hearing aids in a dry case. If you haven’t done so already, get a dehumidifier for your hearing aids. These devices feature a desiccant, which pulls out moisture when placed inside overnight.
Your family may already appreciate that you wear hearing aids. Communication can be easier than it was before, and you feel less isolated. It is important to wear your hearing aids every day, from the moment you wake up to the time when you start winding down to sleep. Hearing helps to exercise your brain and allows you to process sounds that are sent through the auditory nerve. These signals are then transferred to the brain so that it can interpret the sounds into information. The ability to communicate with your family using less effort can help create stronger relationships.
If you plan on watching a sporting event with your dad, be careful with the volume levels on your TV. The listening threshold is 85 dB. Anything louder may induce hearing loss.
Speaking of dads, how is your father’s hearing? After people turn 65, one in three Americans will experience some range of hearing loss. Take notice of whether your father frequently asks you to repeat yourself, or doesn’t respond in an appropriate manner. Gently suggest that he get his hearing tested. Offer to go along with him. Hearing loss that goes untreated can lead to additional health problems including dementia and vertigo. Here are some tips on how you can broach the topic.
The Fourth of July
Every summer, we look forward to seeing a fireworks display to celebrate the birth of our nation. Most people don’t even think about protecting their ears from the loud blasts of noise from the fireworks. NIHL is permanent, but it is also the only type of hearing loss that can be prevented. Teach your family members about the importance of protecting your hearing health.
We hope you enjoy your summer with the sweet sounds of loved ones, whether it’s via zoom chats or at a safe distance, or relaxing quietly in the sun while hearing birds singing and crickets chirping. Schedule an appointment with us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer a variety of hearing aids for a wide range of hearing loss.
If you’re a first-time hearing aid user, it may feel unsettling to suddenly hear noises that you haven’t heard in many years. Your brain has become accustomed to not hearing certain sounds for some time, so it needs time to adjust to hearing sounds again. Here are 10 tips to adjusting to hearing aids for a first-time user.
1. Allow time for an adjustment period.
Many people make the mistake of equating hearing loss with vision loss. With eyeglasses or contact lenses, you will immediately notice the difference in your vision. Hearing aids do not work the same way. It can take days, weeks, or months to get used to hearing with hearing aids. Your brain needs time to relearn how to interpret sounds. The feeling of hearing aids resting in your ears also takes time. Soon enough, you won’t remember you’re wearing them. If you do notice pain in your ears from wearing hearing aids, perhaps you need an adjustment, different sized domes, or a different customized mold.
Try wearing your hearing aids in a quiet area at home. You can become accustomed to the sounds of your living space. Constant background noises such as the hum of the air conditioner, heater, or refrigerator; the ticking sound of a clock, the sound of water rushing from a faucet, etc. will help stimulate your brain and help you relearn the sounds you are hearing. Everything might initially seem too loud. This is normal. Your brain just needs time to readjust to them.
2. Take small steps.
Regaining your listening skills takes time and practice. If you are a first-time hearing aid user, begin by only wearing your hearing aids for a few hours at a time. If you start to feel overstimulated by the sounds, remove the hearing aids. Gradually work your way to wearing them longer each day. The more you wear them, the better practice you will have when you need to identify sounds, recognize people’s voices, and concentrate on the things you’re hearing.
3. Make realistic goals.
Think about conversations that you’ve had over the phone. No matter what type of phone you have, whether it’s the latest model or an older version, there’s still a difference in the sound of people’s voices. This same thing happens with hearing aids. You’ll hear those sounds differently through hearing aids than you remember experiencing them before your hearing loss. This is normal, and it’s okay.
4. Read to yourself out loud.
Before receiving hearing aids, some people may have said that you shout when you speak. Talking loud is normal when you are hard of hearing. Now, with hearing aids, you can gauge your volume of speech. A great way to practice this is by reading to yourself while wearing your hearing aids. You can study the best volume for speech, and you can become better at recognizing the sounds of words and speech.
5. Try to read while listening as often as you can.
When you read a book, listen to an audiobook while reading along. If you watch TV or a movie, watch it with closed captions. If you read while listening, your brain will become more familiar with connecting sounds, speech, and words. These are very minor, but important ways to make adjusting to hearing aids happen quicker.
6. Ask family and friends for help.
Your loved ones can help you when you are adjusting to your hearing aids. Talking to them gives you a chance to practice speaking around a group of people. Doing this will help your brain relearn sounds, words, and body language.
Practicing with people that you know and interact with on a regular basis is helpful because they are familiar to you and it’s easier for your brain to identify the sounds of their voice and interpret what is being said. Loved ones can also help you adapt by adjusting the TV or stereo to a setting that is comfortable for people with normal hearing abilities. This will allow you to listen and adjust to these new volume settings. Don’t raise the volume on your TV that is higher than a person who does not have hearing loss would. This could lead to more hearing loss.
7. Write in a hearing journal.
Keep a record of noises that irritate you. If you notice a repetitive noise like a ticking clock is too loud and annoys you after a few days, write it down. Do you struggle to hear when there’s too much background noise? Make a note of it. Track your experience with hearing and discuss it with your hearing instrument specialist. This will help them make proper adjustments and programming so that you can get the most out of your hearing aids.
8. Don’t make excessive adjustments to the volume.
There have been so many recent improvements in hearing aid technology. Good quality hearing aids can automatically adjust to your surroundings, instead of manually adjusting them. You may be inclined to lower the volume when you are in a loud area or raise the volume when in a quiet space.
You may want to try and hear noises from a distance, that normal ears wouldn’t be able to hear. Doing this will hinder how you adjust to your hearing aids, and it risks more damage to your hearing health.
9. Use telecoils (t-coils).
All of today’s digital hearing aids can wirelessly connect to other electronic devices using “telecoil technology” or “telecoil mode”. Hearing aids with this feature can be connected to your smartphone, computer, microphones, audio systems, and any other compatible device. The sounds are transmitted directly to your hearing aids, which can help you hear more clearly.
10. Patience is key.
These tips should be helpful for new hearing aid users, but it’s important to remember, as frequently mentioned: adapting to hearing aids takes time. Be patient with yourself and your hearing aids. And don’t be afraid to ask others to be patient with you too. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing aid trial. Our hearing instrument specialists will work with you to get the most out of your hearing aids.
Although many are getting vaccinated for Covid-19, wearing face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE) is still required when in crowded outdoor spaces and when indoors with people who are not part of your household. Communication continues to be a struggle for many people, particularly those who have hearing loss.
Problems for the Hearing Loss Community:
What can You do about This?
A number of hearing aid manufacturers developed a new setting called “mask mode.” It will automatically adjust the volume to make up for the speech sounds that the face mask distorts.
Request a “mask mode” from your hearing instrument specialist.
Modify Your Mask to Fit with Your Hearing Aids
A mask holder is wrapped on the back of the head and can support the face mask’s ear loops. This will keep the loops away from your hearing aids (and eyeglasses).
Ties made of fabric can be loosened and might not get in the way of hearing aids, the way that elastic ear loops would.
Be very careful when removing your mask. Careful removal can lower the chances of your hearing aids falling out of your ears.
How Communication, Hearing and Speech have been Impacted during the Pandemic
Face masks have lowered the volume of people’s voices and the clarity of their speech. Cloth and surgical masks have demonstrated that they decrease how clear someone’s speech is, while reducing the volume by 5 decibels (dB). Speech is not only subdued, it’s also muffled. This lower volume happens even more when someone has an N95 mask. These masks can reduce speech sounds by 12 dB.
Social Distancing and Protective Shields Create Difficult Listening Environments
It’s become more difficult to communicate due to social distancing at least six feet apart. We’re more likely to encounter barricades and protective shields in public spaces that protect employees from coming in contact with respiratory droplets. Unfortunately, these barriers make it harder to hear one another. The inability to hear is now a problem among the general public. Those without hearing loss, are getting an idea of what daily life is like for people with hearing loss.
Face Mask Mode
Hearing aid users may ask their hearing instrument specialist to adjust their devices in order to hear others speak.
The “face mask mode” setting can be controlled by using an app through your smartphone. Oticon, Signia, and Starkey have updated this mode and published a guide for hearing aid providers.
If you do not know how to adjust your hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing. One of our hearing instrument specialists will be able to help you.
How to Wear Hearing Aids with a Face Mask
For behind-the-ear hearing aids, problems may arise from wearing a standard face mask that has elastic ear loops. The loops may pull on the wire or tube of your hearing aid. The hearing aids can become loose or completely fall off of your ears while removing the mask.
There are so many hearing aid styles that can be worn comfortably with a face mask. If you would like guidance in selecting your hearing aids, talk to one of our providers at Pure Sound Hearing.
Some people have described adjusting to hearing aids as kind of like walking out of a dark restaurant or movie theater and into a bright environment. You may instinctively shield your eyes and squint. This is a brain reflex that’s communicating your new surroundings are too bright.
The average person waits several years before they seek treatment for their hearing loss. Their ears are not used to hearing sounds regularly, so when they can suddenly hear more clearly than they have in years, it’s overstimulating for the brain.
The longer you have hearing loss without receiving treatment, the harsher noise will seem when you can hear them again. A Consumer Reports survey on 17,626 people discovered that at least 6 out of 10 waited over 2 years after initial experiences of hearing loss, to get hearing aids.
When that amount of time has elapsed, the brain becomes completely acclimated to listening at a substandard level. That’s why an adjustment period is necessary to become accustomed to these new sounds that are being heard.
According to the survey, about 3 in 4 people stated that it took them under a month to get more comfortable with their hearing aid.
Here are 5 Tips for a Smooth Transition to Your Hearing Aids
1. Get a Proper Fitting
Be sure that the hearing aids are properly fit in your ears. If they feel too loose or too tight, tell your hearing instrument specialist before taking them home.
The hearing aids will feel more comfortable and you’ll get the best experience from them. In the beginning of your trial period, the hearing aids should feel comfortable. You’ll still notice there’s something in your ears for the first few weeks, but it should not hurt when they rest in your ear canals.
Your hearing aid provider will show you how to correctly put your hearing aids on. Most modern hearing aids feature a program that will reduce or eliminate feedback, so it’s possible to have harsh noises or whistling sounds if the device is not properly fitted.
Show your hearing aid provider that you can correctly remove and insert your hearing aids. They’ll help you if you’re having trouble.
2. Practice Adjusting to Sounds
It’s important to be patient when learning to hear sounds again. Your hearing instrument specialist will program your devices, to calibrate the proper amplification for your unique hearing needs.
If the sounds are so loud that it’s painful, the amplification can be set at a lower volume, and gradually go higher as you become accustomed to hearing again. Most hearing aids can be programmed to slowly rise in volume over several weeks until you arrive at your goal.
It’s normal for sounds to seem too loud and high-pitched if you’re a first-time hearing aid user. The best, and only, way to get the most out of your hearing aids and allow your brain to adapt is by regular noise exposure.
Wear your hearing aids from dusk until dawn, unless you’re taking a shower or swimming in a body of water.
You should take breaks from wearing your hearing aids while adjusting. It is not recommended to enter a noisy area and remain there for hours at a time. Background noises in these types of areas can over-stimulate your listening experience, and make hearing conversations more challenging.
3. When Should You Go Back to Your Hearing Instrument Specialist?
At Pure Sound Hearing, after you have started your free hearing aid trial, you will have six months-worth of follow-up services. These services will include refittings, adjustments/fine-tuning, and a thorough cleaning done by a professional. If you are having any difficulties with your hearing aids, whether it’s the inability to hear certain sounds or any discomfort with the devices, address these issues with your hearing instrument specialist.
4. Pure Sound Hearing offers Auditory Training
If you are struggling with understanding speech sounds and following along during conversations, even with your new hearing aids, try auditory training.
These short-term programs can help improve the way you process sounds while enhancing your listening and communication.
It’s common for anyone with damaged sensory cells to require practice with hearing new sounds or sounds that they haven’t heard in several years. It’s akin to someone who has received a prosthetic limb and needs physical therapy.
5. Be Patient and give Yourself Reasonable Expectations
Many people who experience hearing loss have permanent damage to their auditory system. It’s crucial to understand that even the best hearing aids, that are tuned by the best instrument specialist, cannot completely restore your hearing. What hearing aids can do, is help preserve the hearing abilities that you still have. Many hearing aid users have acknowledged that hearing aids may not be perfect, but they can significantly improve hearing and cognitive health, and reduce depression caused by isolation.
If you or a loved one are experiencing hearing loss, check out these resources.
Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing to schedule an appointment for a free hearing test, consultation, and hearing aid trial.
It's Time to do Your Taxes
Are you a hearing aid user, who is hoping for a big refund on your tax return? If you document your medical expenses, hearing aids are tax-deductible. This can save you money that can be used on other expenses that you may have, which can help reduce your overall medical expenses. The IRS has ruled that you may qualify for this tax deduction, if you spend over 7.5% of your income on medical and dental expenses, and itemize your medical expenses. If you itemize your medical expenses, you may include hearing health-related purchases when preparing your tax return.
If you normally do not document your medical expenses but spent a significant amount due to a hospital stay or surgery in 2020, talk to a professional tax advisor in order to find out whether you would benefit from itemizing your medical expenses this year. Also, if you plan for impending medical expenses for 2021, take advantage of this time to find out whether you or your spouse needs hearing aids in the near future. You’ll be able to deduct them from next year’s tax return.
Deductible Expenses for Hearing Healthcare
If you itemize your medical and dental expenses with a Schedule A Form 1040, you may deduct the following hearing-related medical expenses:
Additional Hearing Loss-related Costs that can be deducted from Your Taxes
The team at TurboTax wants to remind you that you should include the following hearing-related deductions if you plan to itemize medical expenses:
If you suffer from a chronic medical illness, you may deduct your attendance at a conference related to the illness, but you may not deduct meals or lodging.
For Caregivers of Hearing Aid Users
If someone in your household (parent or child) purchased hearing aids last year, you may deduct the cost of these on your taxes if you claim them as a dependent. If you are uncertain whether you qualify for this, talk to a tax professional or an accountant for the details in regards to your personal situation.
The IRS has a helpful online resource about what is covered. You will be given questions about your personal situation to help determine the correct action you need to take.
This year, the IRS extended the deadline to file your taxes to May 17. You have some more time to find your receipts. If you purchased hearing aids from Pure Sound Hearing in 2020 and need documentation, contact one of our providers.
If you, or a loved one, are in need of a free hearing test and consultation for a hearing aid trial, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing.
Modern Hearing Aids have Bluetooth®
Modern hearing aids are notably better than the hearing aids of the past. In most instances, today’s hearing aids can give users better hearing than someone who has “normal hearing” abilities. The majority of today’s hearing aids have Bluetooth®, so you can connect your smartphone, TV, or any other Bluetooth®-enabled devices to your hearing aids. Our hearing instrument specialists at Pure Sound Hearing can even program your hearing aids so that you can hear better when speaking to someone who is wearing a facemask.
These features help you communicate with others and improve your overall hearing health.
The Downsides of Hearing Loss
A negative side-effect of hearing loss is isolation from others. Research has indicated that there is a direct link between these risk factors, along with Alzheimer's, anxiety, dementia, depression, heart attacks, and strokes. Hearing loss impacts more than the inability to hear. Getting proper treatment for hearing loss helps to improve a person’s overall health, quality of life, and in some cases prolonging their life.
Even though we are currently practicing social distancing with people who do not live in the same house, communication via phone, Live Transcribe, FaceTime, or Zoom meetings can still be challenging for anyone with hearing loss.
Digital hearing aids do not simply amplify sounds. They reduce background noise and help users hear conversations that they are having with others. Directional microphones pick up sounds from a specific direction that the user is facing while blocking out sounds from the areas that they are not facing. There are also hearing aids that feature omnidirectional microphones that pick up sounds from any direction. These are generally used when biking or engaging in any activity where hearing in every direction is vital for safety reasons.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer a variety of hearing aids for people of all ages.
We have featured articles on Starkey’s Livio AI hearing aid, and all of the benefits they provide.
But did you know that the Livio AI has won multiple awards?
Just last year, it was the recipient of the Silver Stevie® Award under the Health & Pharmaceuticals Product category in the 18th Annual American Business Awards®.
There are 200 American executives who evaluate and recognize excellence in the workplace. During their assessment, they mentioned the amazing features of the Livio AI. They have acknowledged the work put in by Starkey to make life more inclusive for the hard of hearing.
The Livio AI also won the Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Award in 2020 for “Best Intelligent Personal Assistant”. This award is bestowed upon technology that solves problems and transforms an industry.
The ear has been seen more and more as a pathway to better understanding a person’s overall health. This is where the Livio AI comes into play. It’s the first and only hearing aid that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and integrated sensors to harness the best quality of sound and track the health of your body and brain.
Users of the Livio AI can be more proactive in controlling their overall health. More and more evidence has shown that using hearing aids to treat hearing loss can help prevent or slow down serious health problems, like cardiovascular disease and dementia.
Some of the latest features of the Livio AI include fall detection, voice-to-text transcription, and direct streaming via Bluetooth®. Simply double tapping the hearing aid, or using the Thrive Hearing Control app, can grant users access to health tracking features. You may also ask questions about the weather and instantly receive a response directly through your Livio AI hearing aid.
Are you, or a loved one, experiencing hearing loss? Contact us for a free hearing test and consultation. Starkey’s Livio AI is just one of many hearing aid options that you can try out at Pure Sound Hearing.
If you experience hearing loss, hearing aids can significantly improve your overall well-being, reduce isolation, and help with better communication skills. Using hearing aids also helps to delay the onset of dementia.
Hearing aids are still not used by many who would benefit from them. Millions of Americans can improve their hearing health and overall health, but they either never get them or wait too long to purchase them. The three main reasons why many people don’t wear them are due to the cost, access, and stigma that is sometimes surrounded by wearing them.
An Increase in Hearing Aid Use
From 2011 to 2018, hearing aids have had an increase in use from 15% to 18.5% in adults over the age of 70. This data was published this past December of 2020 by the medical journal JAMA: Internal Medicine.
This means that many more older Americans have an easier time socializing with family and friends while reducing the risks of health problems that are associated with untreated hearing loss.
The use of Hearing Aids is Unequal between different Socioeconomic Groups
According to data that was collected, significantly fewer Black Americans reported an increase in purchasing and using hearing aids. That’s just a +.8% shift in 7 years. In contrast, there was a +4.3% increase in White Americans purchasing and using hearing aids.
Based on levels of income, the number of people who owned hearing aids fell in the past few years (from 12.4% to 10.8%) among older adults who live under less than 100% of the federal poverty level.
Basically, if you are White or have a higher level of income, you will probably use hearing aids.
Why is there a gap in Hearing Healthcare Treatment?
There is a gap in treatment for hearing health. The latest studies show that this problem is growing, especially among the most impoverished Americans.
There are systemic problems in American healthcare that cause minorities and Americans with lower income not to have access to many different services, even if they have Medicare or Medicaid.
What should You do?
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing hearing loss, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation. We offer various hearing aid styles and brands, along with assistive listening devices at discount prices.
Did you know that most hearing aid users do not use services that are available through their hearing aid provider?
According to a study from Johns Hopkins, only one-third of hearing aid users take advantage of the hearing care services that are accessible through their provider.
Hearing aids are an important investment for not only your hearing health, but also your personal/work relationships, and your overall health. Just like with anything you invest in, why not get the most out of it?
Receiving hearing aids from a professional hearing instrument specialist ensures that you will have the proper fitting, along with the maximum performance, satisfaction, and quality service.
The hearing devices and hearing aid services that an experienced hearing instrument specialist can give you are verified. Hearing aids purchased over the internet may not work properly, and will most likely cost you more in the long run.
At Pure Sound, we provide thorough testing, custom fittings, and tuning along with follow-up appointments, advice, and hearing aid cleanings/maintenance from our staff.
Patients who do not utilize these services tend to become more discouraged about wearing their hearing aids. As a result, they do not get the most satisfaction from their hearing aids, which will exacerbate their hearing health.
Avoid this situation for the sake of your health and investment.
If you, or a loved one, need hearing aids, contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a free hearing test and consultation at one of our offices in Lititz, Elizabethtown, Mt. Joy, or Strasburg. We're always here to help.