Featured on Wink TV - Better Living Now – Dr. David Greene MD, FACS
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Why is it important to see a qualified Audiologist if you think you need Hearing Aids?
Dr David Greene: Well, Audiologists are truly medical professionals and there is more to hearing loss than just needing to amplify the sound. Hearing loss has a medical dimension that a lot of people don’t think about. What Audiologists do, besides checking out the hearing and discussing hearing aids, is to look at hearing health in the larger medical arena in terms of keeping the ears healthy and picking up problems; whether it is a ruptured ear drum or fluid behind the ear, or a viral infection that has affected hearing.
As an Ear, Nose and Throat Physician what is your advice for people looking for a hearing aid?
Dr David Greene: Getting hearing aids is not just making you able to hear sounds that you want to hear. It also acts as a way of preserving your brain’s ability to decode sound. The most important thing for selecting a hearing aid is having a hearing aid that is good enough to give you good sound and good comfort. If it doesn’t give you good sound and good comfort, you’re not going to use it.
The invisible Phonak custom designed hearing aid Nano is now available at Decibels Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, LLC. It is the smallest ever Micro-In-Canal hearing aid available.
This means we can address the needs of more people for whom virtual invisibility and excellent hearing performance are the top priority.
The new Phonak Cassia Nano sets an industry leading price-to-performance level will appeal to those who appreciate value for the money products but still expect state-of-the-art design and the latest technology.
Many people with hearing impairment wish for a small and discreet solution that is invisible to those around them, but still delivers outstanding sound quality in a wide variety of daily listening environments. For them the Phonak Nano provides sophisticated Spice+ signal processing in the smallest ever Phonak custom shell.
The Phonak Nano, requires no special ear impression techniques and delivers the best hearing performance. “With Phonak Cassia Nano we are now offering a virtually invisible custom-made solution in three performance levels to suit even more end-user’s personal preferences and budget”, says Maarten Barmentlo, GVP Marketing of Phonak. “Now even more wearers can enjoy effortless hearing, with a hearing aid that is virtually invisible in the ear canal.”
Maximum performance, minimum size, three budget options. Hearing more naturally is no big thing.
Since the introduction of Phonak Nano last year, thousands of cosmetically conscious wearers have benefited from the combination of sound quality, comfort and discretion. The new custom design combined with the enhanced Spice+ technology ensures that there is no compromise between size and performance. The amazingly small size was made possible by reducing the shell dimension using incredible scientific materials to create a new composite design incorporating ceramic-like reinforcement techniques. In addition, Phonak applied computer-aided 3D design and modeling to minimize contact with the ear canal in the vicinity of the sound outlet, to ensure a comfortable fit. Furthermore a new faceplate and a specially designed battery door allow for individually optimized microphone and vent placement. This results in a device that sits deeper in the ear canal. Thanks to these design innovations and enhanced Spice+ technology Phonak Nano can offer the wearer a great first fitting experience.
More about Phonak:
Headquartered near Zurich, Switzerland, Phonak, a member of the Sonova Group, has developed, produced and globally distributed state-of-the-art hearing systems and wireless devices for more than 60 years. The combination of expertise in hearing technology, mastery in acoustics and strong cooperation with hearing care professionals allows Phonak to significantly improve people’s hearing ability and speech understanding and therefore their quality of life. Phonak offers a complete range of digital hearing instruments, along with complementary wireless communication systems. With a worldwide presence, Phonak drives innovation and sets new industry benchmarks regarding miniaturization and performance.
Tip 1: Adjusting the volume to the situation
Modern hearing aids automatically select the appropriate volume when they are switched on. No other adjustments are necessary. If you adjust the volume manually, do not make it too loud. This rarely helps with understanding. Please do not try to understand someone speaking softly at a great distance. Even a healthy ear cannot do that.
Tip 2: Let the hearing aid be a part of your life
Just like spectacles or contact lenses, a hearing aid can feel strange at first. After a brief period of adjustment, this will change. Give yourself a little time to get used to it. However, if you experience any problems or pain, please contact your hearing care professional so that you can make the most of the hearing in your life.
Tip 3: Be an active participant in conversations
Even people without hearing loss find it difficult to follow discussions sometimes, especially if several people talk at once. Move closer to the person you would like to hear and focus on him or her. As you gain experience with your hearing aid, you will be able to master these situations with more ease and confidence. Additional listening devices can also be helpful in these situations. You can find out more and discuss this with your hearing care professional. They will be able to provide information on which additional devices are most appropriate for your needs.
Tip 4: Make Visits to Public Places
Theatres, places of worship, conference halls and similar places can present an acoustic challenge for hearing aid users. Ideally, you should find a seat in the section with the best acoustics. It is usually located in the front and centre of the room. Do not sit too closely to the speaker, but close enough to see his or her face. Some public places have special technical equipment to make hearing and understanding easier. Just ask in advance or when you get there.
Tip 5: Follow Television and Radio Programmes
Sometimes it is not possible to understand every single word. In those cases, try to concentrate on the overall context. In these situations, an appropriate additional listening device can also be helpful to facilitate your hearing aid with the most recent technology available.
Tip 6: Use Your Hearing Aid With Your Phone
As a hearing aid user, you have many options to improve your hearing and understanding of phone calls. Your hearing aid specialist can advise you, which solution is best for you.
Tip 7: Two Ears Hear Better Than One
Our two ears receive sound and then transmit these sounds to the part of our brain that processes hearing. When our ears perceive a sound, the brain determines its direction. This is possible because one ear hears the sound a split second earlier and a little bit louder than the other. This localization ability alerts us, for example, to approaching cars when we cross a street.
Another important factor is sound quality, which is much better when we hear with both ears. Speech heard with only one ear can sound flat and strange.
Hearing aids are fitted to both ears if the hearing loss occurs on both sides maximising sound quality and retaining the ability to detect which direction sounds are coming from.