Tom and Claudia attend meeting in Dallas
On October 10th and 11th Tom and Claudia traveled to Dallas, Texas to a meeting sponsored by Oticon. This dynamic conference featured speakers from across the country with ways to better connect with patients and run the office more efficiently. Oticon presented several sessions on features of the new “Opn” hearing aids as well as updates on Over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, managed care and a variety of office management solutions. It was an intense Friday and Saturday, but worth the time to stay on top of our practice!
Three of the major hearing aid companies have introduced a great new technology…well, not so much new as redesigned for the active, mobile generation hearing aid users.
Oticon, Phonak, and Signia each have new models: the Oticon Opn-Rechargeable, the Phonak B-R and the Signia Cellion.
The Oticon uses a battery door replacement feture so we can adapt any “Opn” hearing to the rechargeable battery. If the charger is forgotten on a trip, or you just forgot to use the charger one night, the user can change to a standard 312 battery if needed. Additionally, the Opn is a “Made for iPhone” aid which allows direction connection to your iPhone.
Both the Phonak and Signia models feature a sealed lithium ion battery. Both are rated IP6-8 which signifies the aids could be under water 3 feet for up to 30 minutes and (once they dry) will be functional (in the past, it seemed that if you just showed a hearing aid to water it would need factory repair!)
The Phonak aid has a charger that can accept a power pack which would allow a user several days without electric power, perfect for camping!
The Signia aid connects with any smart phone via an app which allows adjustment of the aids remotely without any additional cost or accessories.
All of the aids have outstanding acoustic quality, but each is different. We will discuss what features would be most appropriate for your preferences, lifestyle and budget. Call our office today and Kathy will set an appointment for you to begin a journey to excellent hearing!!
Phonak introduces “Titanium” hearing aids.
Phonak Virto™ B-Titanium
Virto B-Titanium is the smallest Phonak custom hearing aid. Made from medical grade titanium, it is super discreet, durable and light weight.
Titanium is renowned for its strength and durability
Being 15 times stronger than acrylic, it makes it possible to build a shell as thin as 0.2 mm, which is 50% thinner than the existing shells of our custom hearing aids. With a significantly thinner shell and 60% smaller electronic components, we are able to reduce the size of Virto B-Titanium by up to 26% compared to its predecessor. IIC fit rate has been significantly improved by 64% compared to the previous generations of our smallest custom product
Read more about the Virto B Titanium: Click Here
Claudia named to Board of Michigan Alliance of Hearing Care Professionals
Claudia Williams has been named to the Board of Directors of the Michigan Alliance of Hearing Care Professionals. The MAHCP is an organization supporting hearing health care professionals.
- The Michigan Alliance current membership represents nearly 200 dispensing offices here in Michigan.
- We have a 40 year history as an organization as your state chapter of IHS.
- Both Hearing Aid Specialists and Audiologists comprise the Michigan Alliance membership.
We are proud to have both Claudia and Tom serve on state-wide organizations which serve to uphold the integrity of hearing health care in Michigan!
8 rousing reasons to put a hearing test at the top of your “done” list
Of all the life checks for better living, taking care of your hearing is among the smartest — and it yields an incredible ROI. In short, getting a hearing test is worth it.
No matter what your age, untreated hearing loss can take its toll. The catch is, hearing loss is stealthy. It’s usually hard to notice at first. In fact, it tends to come on so gradually that it tricks you into oblivion. Then it robs you of more than you realize, sooner than you realize.
From pilfering away at your relationships and quality of life, to putting you at risk for other health conditions, untreated hearing loss is a silent thief. And don’t think for a minute that you’re too young to think about hearing loss — you’re not.
It’s a noisy world. You’re part of it. And the numbers show that hearing loss is becoming more common among younger adults — in their 20s and 30s. So make sure you value your hearing. It’s a treasure worth keeping.
To give you an extra push, here are eight reasons why you should get a hearing test today.
1. It may help your pocketbook. Research shows that middle-aged people with hearing loss have about a third more in health care payments than those without hearing loss. A study by the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) shows that using hearing aids reduces the risk of income loss by 90 to 100 percent for those with milder hearing loss, and from 65 to 77 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss. People with untreated hearing loss lost as much as $30,000 in income annually, the study found.
2. Your mind may benefit. Research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia, leading experts to believe that interventions, like hearing aids, could potentially delay or prevent dementia. Certainly, notable researchers believe that addressing hearing loss may at least help protect cognitive function.
3. It could boost your job performance. Most hearing aid users in the workforce say it has helped their performance on the job. That’s right. Getting a hearing test could benefit all those employees (a whopping 30 percent) who suspect they have hearing loss but haven’t sought treatment.
4. Life’s challenges may not seem so intimidating. Research shows people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to tackle problems actively. Apparently, hearing your best brings greater confidence.
5. Your zest for life might get zestier. Most people who use hearing aids say it has a positive effect on their relationships. They’re more likely to have a strong social network, be optimistic, feel engaged in life, and even get more pleasure in doing things.
6. It could protect you against the blues. Hearing loss is linked to a greater risk of depression in adults, especially 18 to 69-year-olds. But studies also show that treating hearing loss can boost quality of life. BHI research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are less likely to feel down, depressed or hopeless.
7. You’ll probably be more likely to get the drift. Most people who use hearing aids say it helps their overall ability to communicate effectively in most situations. The majority who bought their hearing aids within the past five years say they’re pleased with their ability to hear in the workplace, at home with family members, in conversations in small and large groups, when watching TV with others, in lecture halls, theaters or concert halls, when riding in a car, and even when trying to follow conversations in the presence of noise.
8. Your heart and health may benefit. Cardiovascular and hearing health are linked. Some experts say the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow that it’s possible that abnormalities in the cardiovascular system could be noted here earlier than in other less sensitive parts of the body. But it isn’t just about your heart. Hearing loss may signal or exacerbate other health conditions as well, including depression, sleep apnea, cognitive decline, and the risk of falling and hospitalization.
So do it for your health. Do it for your happiness. Get a hearing test.
To take a free, quick, and confidential online hearing check to help determine if you need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing health care professional, visit www.BetterHearing.org.
Oticon enters the “Made for iPhone” era!
New in 2016, Oticon has introduced Oticon Opn™. This aid has a dual wireless processor which allows wireless access to the Apple iPhone plus the ear to ear wireless technology which has made Oticon a leader in speech in noise management. The processor in Oticon Opn™ is faster than any hearing aid to date.
Traditional hearing aids isolate one speaker and suppress all others. Oticon Opn™ is so fast it can give you access to multiple speakers around you that you want to listen to and educe noise at the same time.
Besides great hearing in multiple listening environments, the Oticon Opn™ can connect directly to your Apple iPhone with no Streamer. Listen to phone calls in stereo or groove to your favorite music adjusted to your hearing loss without any fear of feedback.
Our Wayne State Doctor of Audiology student recently completed a project for us. Many patients have asked about battery use. Here is a short document with some tips and ideas for using hearing aid batteries:
Wireless now comes in all sizes!
Oticon has updated their portfolio of excellent hearing aids to include wireless capability in all sizes and almost all levels of technology. From the tiny “IIC” (Invisible In the Canal) to the stylish “DesignRITE” Receiver-In-The-Ear, these models can be paired with the new Streamer Pro 1.3a. This allows hands free connection to your cell phone, music on your phone, and with other accessories, connection to your TV, home phone and a wireless companion microphone.