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Impairments, Bullies & Vanity: Adults could learn from a child’s courage

In recent years, there has been a spotlight on bullies in our schools. But, bullies aren't a new phenomenon. It’s highlighted now because of social media, extreme news coverage and the internet. Bullying affects our culture and breeds self-preservation, a need to “fit in” to avoid becoming the victim. What if you don’t have a choice? What if the reason you are bullied is because of those glasses, braces, wheelchair or hearing aids? MY STORY: I was diagnosed with hearing loss at age 5, due to ear damage that happened as an infant. It’s a degenerative loss, meaning that I [...]

Hearing Devices 101: Your guide to hearing aids, PSAPs and cochlear implants

America has a hearing problem. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 28 million people (or 16 percent of all Americans) suffer from some form of hearing loss. Yet despite the debilitating nature of this problem, best estimates indicate that only 30 percent of those who need hearing devices (Hearing Aids, PSAPs and Cochlear implants included) actually use them. Why are there so few hearing aid users in the U.S.? You might think cost presents the biggest obstacle, but one 2017 study found that isn’t the case. As it turns out, issues like denial, diminished capacity and — most prominently [...]

LiNX 3D Hearing Aid Adjustments from Licensed Hearing Aid Dispenser

Adjusting hearing aid settings to your hearing loss is one of the most important things a dispenser can do for you! I’ve been wearing the ReSound LiNX 3Ds for 7 months now. The hearing specialist started by using the same settings that I was using on my previous instruments. Immediately, I was like a kid in a candy store! Before further adjustments, speech was more clear, I could hear from farther away and I relied less on lip-reading. I responded well to sounds that seemed to appear out of thin air! I played with the "Noise and Speech Clarity" filters [...]

4 Tips for Hearing Aid Care This Summer at the Beach

Summertime is full of vacations and travel plans. If you’re planning a trip to the warmer climates where the sun is high, the water is blue and the sand is everywhere, then these tips are for you! 1. Sand - Make sure you wash your hands before handling your hearing aids. If you choose not to wear them while you are playing in the sand with your grandkids, invest in a waterproof bag or box and keep it in a safe and secure place. You don’t want your hearing aids to get sand or water in the tiny mechanical [...]

I Beta-Tested LiNX 3D for 2 months

A 36-Year Hearing Aid Veteran tries LiNX 3D™ technology and it changed Her Life. By Katie Britt If I couldn’t hear it, I didn’t miss it. That was my philosophy. Usually, when I would wake up in the mornings and put on my old high-powered BTE hearing aids (a set of ReSound LiNX2 9’s- that were formerly the best hearing aids I had ever used), I was oblivious to things outside my immediate area. I didn’t need to hear the cat meowing at me from another room, or the dogs barking at the trash pickup, or the music playing [...]

Hearing Aids And iPhone Integration: Why Would I Want That?

As many of you are aware, many of the newest hearing instruments are now "Made For Iphone". Something that I always hear from consumers when they are introduced is, "Why would I want that?". One of the first things I hear from them is, "I don't use an iPhone." Well, increasingly... This objection is solving itself. Non "smart" cell phones are quickly becoming obsolete due to the advancement of technology. The fact is, more than half of senior citizens and baby-boomers are now using smart phones, and the iPhone is the most popular device among them. Now, I'm not [...]

Hearing Aid for Latin America team journeyed to make a difference, again

Dusty Potter, President of Hearing Aid Express, took a team of 4 to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in February with the help of GN ReSound and Spectrum Brands to provide profoundly hearing impaired students at the Centro Cristiano de Educacion Para Sordos school with much needed hearing aids. The team for this trip was Dusty Potter, Owner and BC-HIS (Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist), Cristen Plummer, Audiologist, Austin, and Kory Rogers, Amplification Specialist, San Angelo. There are many hearing impaired children in Latin America and we were blessed to be a part of this mission trip to help as [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Hearing Aids Online/ OTC hearing aids

Medical Contraindications: While many hearing problems are just a result of the aging process or nerve damage, others can be real signs for medical concerns. When you choose to buy a hearing aid online, and not through a qualified and trained hearing professional, you may be overlooking medical signs of hearing loss. Ear wax impaction, ear infections, Otosclerosis, and Certain types of cancer can all be causes of hearing loss. It takes a trained professional to tell the difference and make sure that a hearing aid is right for you. Accurate Fitting: A qualified hearing professional will test your [...]

Styles of Hearing Aids: A Quick and Easy Guide [VIDEO]

You've no doubt noticed that modern hearing aids come in a wide variety of shapes, styles, and sizes. In the attached video I present a 5 minute overview of the high points and low points of each style. Here's a recap! Behind the Ear "BTE" Just as the title would suggest, a BTE hearing aid sits behind the ear. It carries sound through a rubber tube into a custom made ear mold. This has historically been a favorite for users with many frequencies in the severe-to-profound range of hearing. PRO: Very high powered. Great for more severe loss. PRO: Fairly [...]

Three-Legged Stool

There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s hearing aid success. Think of it like a three-legged stool. One leg is, of course, the hearing aid you purchase and having technology appropriate to your hearing loss and listening needs. But no stool can stand on just one leg! The second leg of the stool is the professional you choose to work with. It is critical that you partner with an expert that listens to your concerns and is able to address them effectively when fine tuning the instruments. The third leg of the stool is equally important—you! Being fit [...]