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A Run Down On Rechargeable Hearing Aids For 2017

Spurred on by our friends at Hearing Aid Know who have written a good article on rechargeable hearing aids we decided to look at them ourselves. Rechargeable hearing aids aren't exactly new. In fact, they have been around for quite a while. Both Siemens and Hansaton offered a range of rechargeable hearing aids for many years. However, up to the introduction of new battery technology last year, hearing care professionals had not adopted them

Resound Introduce Rechargeable Hearing Aids & New Super Power Line

On August 24th Resound was the latest big hearing aid brand to announce the introduction of a rechargeable hearing aid. The device is in fact a new Receiver in Canal (RIC) hearing aid model from them. They say that the new model is similar in size to their existing RICs. It will also be one of very few rechargeable Made For iPhone hearing aids on the market.  The device is a completely new design.  However, it is similar in size (if a little

Oticon Expands The Opn Hearing Aid Line

Oticon quickly followed the introduction of the Opn 1, their new top-of-the-line hearing aid model, with the introduction of two other levels of technology, the Opn 2 and 3. They have also expanded to include a rechargeable model, a RITE model with a telecoil, and a BTE, so there is now more choice than ever and a model and technology level to suit everyone.  Not happy to stop there, they have introduced new and more powerful receivers to offer

Meet The LiNX 3D 9 Line - Outstanding Hearing Aids

The recent introduction of the LiNX 3D from GN Resound has excited many within our profession. This is their third generation of Made For iPhone hearing aids, and they are built on really good foundations. The launch of the devices brought along with it a feature that would allow us to offer a new and exciting service, something that many of us are working on introducing to our practices.  The hearing aids are quite outstanding and there are

Resound Introduce LiNX 3D Made For iPhone Hearing Aid Line

Resound has updated their Made For iPhone line a third time, introducing a brand new platform called the LiNX 3d. Not only have they introduced a whole new platform, but they have also changed how hearing care can be provided forever.  Let's take a deeper look the new LiNX 3D products. LiNX 3d is available in eleven models, in three levels of technology, all of which offer the new Resound Assistance service (more on that later). The technology

Rechargeable Hearing Aids Still Dominate The News

In recent news it seems that rechargeable hearing aids are going to dominate the hearing aid industry in 2017. Two more hearing aid brands have now announced that they are going to offer rechargeable hearing device options. Starkey made a recent announcement and Unitron also made some rumblings in recent days. Let's look at what we know.  First off, the Starkey announcement was pretty clear, they are going to offer a new rechargeable hearing aid

My review of Oticon Opn Hearing Aids 

I spoke about the introduction of the Oticon Opn recently in my article Oticon Introduces New Opn Range. I have been impressed with the hearing aids and how my clients are reacting to them. Well, I got a chance to find out what all the hype was about just recently. Let me tell you about the day I forgot my headphones, and was planning to run at the gym after work (treadmill runs can get a bit boring without some tunes).  

New Made For iPhone Hearing Aids Introduced

Widex has for the first time introduced a Made For iPhone technology hearing aid which they are calling the Beyond. The aids are based on the Unique hearing device platform and it seems that Widex has introduced it as a configuration on that platform as opposed to a brand new line. Let me explain what I mean: normally when Widex introduces something new like the Beyond, they would introduce it as a full range of different configurations of

Oticon Introduces New Opn Line

Oticon has introduced a completely new line of hearing aids called the Opn. The line actually only has one hearing aid model, but it comes in three levels of technology. Oticon has done some new things with the Opn: a new chipset, a completely new strategy to deal with directionality, and it has given the device access to the internet. Specifically, it has allowed the aid to join and use the If This Then That (IFTTT) network. 

Hearing Aids, Hearables, What's Next?

The phrase Hearables has been coined for smart wearable devices that are worn in the ear. In the last two years we have seen an explosion in devices that fit within this category. The truth is that hearing aids were the first hearables.  This new wave of devices is more about lifestyle and activity than it is about hearing better.  The new wave of hearables basically track pulse, blood oxygenation and steps, while allowing you to connect to your

Are Rechargeable Hearing Aids About To Go Mainstream?

Rechargeable hearing aids have been around for quite a while.  Both Hansaton and Siemens have offered rechargeable hearing aids for many years. However, the demand for them was never very strong. The main reason for this was battery technology and the worry that you may run out your battery and be left without your hearing aid until you could get it charged.  Well, the answer is a combination of battery and hearing aid technology.  Rechargeable

Tips For Minimizing Hearing Aid Repairs

The most irritating thing when a hearing aid breaks down is the loss of the device for several days. On top of that, if the hearing aid is out of warranty there is also a cost. Most of our customers tell us that the cost isn't really the issue, it's not having their hearing aids that really bothers them. So we decided to put together a few tips to help you minimize the chances of your hearing aid breaking down. 

General Health And Hearing Loss For Men

Poor hearing health as we age can be influenced by many things. Noise, genetics, aging and perhaps even what we eat. However, one thing that stands out is actually gender. Men have much greater odds of suffering hearing loss than women.  One study showed that men were actually 5.5 more likely to suffer hearing loss (1). This study was in Men’s Health Week last week so we thought we would talk about men's general health issues and how they are

RIC and RITE Hearing Aids, What?

Many of the people who come and see us now have done some research on the internet about hearing aids. Often they have a good idea about the different hearing aid models. However, there is often confusion about two particular styles, RIC (Receiver in Canal) and RITE (Receiver in The Ear). Both of these styles are wired receiver hearing aids, where the receiver is at the end of a wire and is placed in position in the ear. The question often asked

Resound Linx2 5 Hearing Aids Cleveland

The last time I spoke about the mid range Made For iPhone hearing aids.  This time I want to speak about the entry level hearing aid range. I say entry level, but don't let that put you off.  They are still highly functional hearing aids delivering massive benefit to people with hearing loss. The LiNX2 5 is ReSound's entry level Made For iPhone aid and supersedes the LiNX 5. It uses the latest version of ReSound’s dual-core Coyote 4.5 processing

Hearing Aids, The ReSound Linx2 7 Range

ReSound really delivered something special when they introduced their second Made For iPhone hearing aids. The new product has more styles and it seems that they ironed out many of the kinks that are typical of new technology. Last time we spoke about the top of the line flagship hearing aids.  This time I would like to look at what their mid range hearing aids have to offer you.  The LiNX2 7 is ReSound's mid range Made For iPhone aid and

Latest Made For iPhone Hearing Aids Cleveland

We reviewed the older LiNX hearing aids last year here, and we were impressed with the hearing aids and their abilities. There was also fantastic feedback from users. Resound was quick to launch a second upgraded Made For iPhone product. When they did, they took the opportunity to introduce a whole family, including custom ITEs. It's about time we had an in depth look at them and explained what the types are, what features are inside, and more

Did You Have Problems Hearing This Holiday Season?

The December holiday season is a time of social gatherings, especially at offices and businesses across the country. Most employees probably found themselves attending at least one party event in the last few weeks and of course, the big one is tonight. From experience, we know that it can be hard to enjoy the party if you cannot hear well. So how did you do this year, did you notice any problems that took some of the fun away? 

Can Hearing Aids Prevent Dementia?

There are many studies that have linked untreated hearing loss to a higher risk of developing various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. At present the links are of correlative quality, which is important to understand. There is a strong correlation between untreated hearing loss and dementia. It simply means where there is one, it seems that there is a high possibility of another. It doesn't prove a direct link or a causative

Osteoporosis & Hearing Loss, A Connection?

At this stage, I think we're all aware that hearing health is directly related to overall health and wellness. However, we were surprised recently to see an article quoting recent research that has linked bone and joint health and hearing health. The original article can be seen on The Starkey Hearing Blog.  The subject came up because of an awareness campaign.  Bone and Joint Action week is held annually between October 12-20. The initiative is

Hearing Loss & Neuro Cognitive Disorders

It seems that almost every week more evidence emerges linking hearing loss with many other diseases and conditions. In particular, there has been a focus on the link between hearing loss, cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and dementia. However, we have to be careful about what the link is and what evidence there is. So in honor of the recent  World Alzheimer’s Day, we wanted to take a closer look at how hearing loss and Alzheimer’s are connected.

Hearing Aid Clean & Care Routine

All modern hearing aids contain sensitive microelectronics. These miniature electronic components don’t react very well to exposure to moisture or wax. Over a period of time or with a thorough exposure they may well malfunction. In particular the microphone and receiver are sensitive to both wax and moisture. A little time invested in taking care of your hearing aids really pays off. It's better to take care of your hearing aids and avoid any

Looking For a Hearing test in Cleveland?

Every hearing test and hearing aid evaluation is made up of many steps. Some people treat the hearing test with some fear, but there's no reason for you to be nervous.  The process is simple and we promise not to tie you to a chair! However, we understand that the nervousness is usually triggered by not knowing what will happen and not knowing what the results will be. So we've decided to let you know what goes on at a hearing test at Hawkins

Looking For the Best Hearing Aids in Cleveland?

We're committed to providing the best hearing aids and hearing care service in Solon. That's why we use hearing aids from only the best hearing aid manufacturers in the world. We deliver those hearing aids with a strong commitment to aftercare and service. We only use the best and most modern hearing aids available to us, from every manufacturer we deal with. We also continuously update our knowledge and skills through continuous education so

Brain Hearing From Oticon, What Can It Do For You?

Our brain processes and interprets the sounds our ears detect. The fewer details of sound the brain receives, the harder it has to work to make sense of it. Oticon provides better hearing with less effort by giving the brain the clearest, purest, most normal signal to decode. Oticon calls this approach BrainHearing™. Speech understanding and comprehension are cognitive processes, processes that happen in the brain. When hearing is compromised,

Oticon introduces New hearing aid platform

New hearing aid range delivers up to 20% better soft speech understanding. Inium Sense brings improved processing power to BrainHearing™ technologies for better performance and improved personalization. Oticon, Inc. has introduced the Alta2, Nera2 and Ria2 hearing aids, the latest hearing solutions in the Performance Line families and the first to be powered by Oticon’s new Inium Sense Platform.  The new even more sophisticated sound processor

Review of ReSound LiNX, Made for iPhone Hearing Aid

    Posted on March 3, 2014 by Carol Hawkins
So I finally got a pair of the new ReSound LiNX hearing aids to play around with. First impressions, the aids are small and streamlined, making them cosmetically attractive. They use the same receivers that previous ReSound aids have used, and the model I tried uses a size 312 battery. Sound quality was good with the aids, similar to previous ReSound aids. Connecting to my iPhone: One thing to mention is that the aids are connected to the iPhone

Powerful Response to Duracell Ad

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Carol Hawkins
Duracell’s Trust Your Power ad is a big hit, even if you’re not a Seattle Seahawks fan. Featuring Seattle Seahawks NFL star Derrick Coleman, the ad chronicles his struggles with hearing loss: being picked on as a kid, told he couldn’t make it, and being passed over in the NFL draft. “They didn’t call my name…told me it was over. But I’ve been deaf since I was 3…so I didn’t listen. Now I’m here, with the loudest fans in the NFL cheering me on.

Trouble in Toyland

    Posted on December 9, 2013 by Carol Hawkins
December is the biggest toy-buying month of the year. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned parents may be purchasing potentially harmful toys for their children. One significant danger posed by some toys is hearing loss. Any sound above 85 decibels (dB) can cause hearing loss over time. Noise induced hearing loss is cumulative, so it’s important to begin practicing healthy hearing habits at a young age. (Read more about noise induced hearing

Glasses That Help You Hear Better?

    Posted on October 30, 2013 by Carol Hawkins
The recent introduction of Google Glass, which uses bone conduction to transmit sound, has sparked new interest in bone conduction technology (sending sound to the inner ear by vibrating the bones of the skull). As part of a design competition, a team of students at Virginia Tech designed glasses which double as hearing aids.  Designed to help the hearing impaired user blend in and feel as normal as possible, the “NuWave” glasses are a runner-up

Why Don’t Ballet Dancers Get Dizzy?

    Posted on September 27, 2013 by Carol Hawkins
Scientists have discovered differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes. The study by researchers at Imperial College London showed that extensive dance training appears to allow dancers to suppress signals from the balance organs in the inner ear.  In the study, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, the team recruited 29 female ballet dancers and 20 female rowers of

Small Frog Hears Through Its Mouth

    Posted on September 19, 2013 by Carol Hawkins
Interesting article about a frog that doesn’t have a conventional middle ear, but rather hears through its mouth:

Short-term Hearing Loss May Be Beneficial

    Posted on April 17, 2013 by Carol Hawkins
Every day, we experience sounds in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, we hear these sounds at safe levels that do not affect our hearing. However, when we are exposed to harmful noise—sounds that are too loud or loud sounds that last a long time—sensitive structures in our inner ear (hair cells) can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

Don’t Miss Any of the Movie – Closed Captioned Glasses Are Here

    Posted on December 10, 2012 by Carol Hawkins
I heard about the new closed caption glasses from Sony and decided to give them a spin at a local movie theater.  I don’t have a hearing loss, but usually watch TV with the subtitles on so I’m used to captioning.  Although they’re great for the hearing impaired, captioned movies have traditionally been hard to find, offered at limited showings, and on only select movies.  Now everyone can enjoy movies with their friends, whenever they want!

Noisy Toys in 2012

    Posted on November 27, 2012 by Carol Hawkins
December is the biggest toy-buying month of the year. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned parents may be purchasing potentially harmful toys for their children. Noise induced hearing loss usually happens over time and is cumulative, so it’s important to begin practicing healthy hearing habits at a young age.  Each year, the Sight & Hearing Association (SHA) tests a variety of toys for potentially dangerous noise levels.

Help Those with Hearing Loss Enjoy the Holiday Season

    Posted on November 11, 2012 by Carol Hawkins
The holidays are a time for social gatherings and family parties. For the individual with hearing loss, noisy social environments can often exasperate communication difficulties. We are offering the following helpful holiday hearing tips to aid those experiencing hearing loss in fully enjoying the holiday festivities this year. It is estimated that 48 million Americans are impacted by hearing loss making it the third most common health problem

Achieve Optimal Hearing with Healthy Living

    Posted on October 20, 2012 by Carol Hawkins
This week’s post is from guest blogger John O’Connor: Achieve Optimal Hearing with Healthy Living There are individuals who suffer from hearing loss that is usually caused by a sudden, traumatic event or a gradual problem. Infections, ear trauma and atmospheric pressure changes are common causes of sudden hearing loss. Gradual loss of hearing, known as presbycusis, is a collection of different factors, like disease, drug use or environmental

Hearing Aids as a Fashion Statement

    Posted on September 29, 2012 by Carol Hawkins
Traditionally, the trend for hearing aid design has been to make aids as inconspicuous as possible.  Very comfortable and virtually invisible, thin tube hearing aids have exploded onto the scene over the past decade.  There has also recently been a resurgence of very small custom hearing aids (invisible-in-the-canal, or IIC). Shanna Bartlett Groves (@LipreadingMom on Twitter) However, some hearing aid users would rather treat their hearing aids

Protect Your Hearing on the 4th

Hawkins Hearing Center urges all people to protect their hearing when enjoying the fireworks this 4th of July. The sound produced by the blast of a firework or firecracker at close range can cause permanent hearing damage. However, a few simple precautions can allow people to enjoy the festivities of the 4th of July holiday while still protecting their hearing. Two types of sound exposure can cause noise-induced hearing loss: prolonged noise

Everything You Need to Know About Ear Candles

    Posted on January 30, 2012 by Carol Hawkins
I just had a patient ask me about ear candles the other day, so I think this topic is worth revisiting. Ear candling is an alternative health treatment advocated for ear wax removal.   A lighted,  hollow candle made of beeswax is inserted into the ear.  This is supposed to create a vacuum in the ear canal and draw out excessive earwax and toxins.  Proponents say candling can relieve tinnitus, sinus pressure, migraines, chronic earaches, TMJ, and

Listen up: MP3 players may be harmful to your hearing

    Posted on January 4, 2012 by Carol Hawkins
Today’s relatively inexpensive and convenient MP3 players allow users to listen to music virtually around the clock.  People, of course, have been listening to music players of various types for decades. One key difference is that today’s players work for longer periods than those in the past, when batteries would run out after a short time. A recent study of teen use of MP3 players found that eighty percent of teens use their MP3 players

10 Tips for Better Hearing This Holiday Season

    Posted on December 16, 2011 by Carol Hawkins
With the holidays upon us, you may find yourself in groups where hearing may be difficult.  Here are some tips to help make things a bit easier: Above all, relax and enjoy your friends and family!

Watch Out For These Noisy Toys

    Posted on December 2, 2011 by Carol Hawkins
December is the biggest toy-buying month of the year. Unfortunately, many well-intentioned parents may be purchasing potentially harmful toys for their children. Any sound above 85 decibels (dB) can cause hearing loss over time. The danger with noisy toys is greater than the sound level they produce implies. Children often hold toys directly to their ears which actually exposes them to more sound. A toy rated at 90dB can produce as much as 120

Why Are Certain Sounds Annoying?

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Carol Hawkins
I’m currently reading a fascinating book, “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us” by Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman. The two science journalists take a look at the literature in various disciplines (psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology and others) to try to discover why certain things drive us crazy. Of course, I was drawn to the chapter on annoying sounds, with no surprise that fingernails on a chalkboard clocked in as the number one

Hearing Aids & Cell Phones

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Carol Hawkins
If you wear hearing aids, you may experience audible interference when using a digital wireless telephone due to radio frequency (RF) emissions from the phone, regardless of whether the microphone or telecoil settings on the hearing aids are used. As a result, when you hold a cell phone (or other wireless device) up to your hearing aid, you often hear annoying interference. This interference can make understanding speech difficult, communication

Baby Boomer Men & Women in Denial About Hearing Loss

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Carol Hawkins
A new survey finds that Baby Boomers think their hearing is just fine, thank you. The children of those same folks, however, think mom and dad should be checked out for a hearing aid. Siemens Hearing Instruments in a recent survey of 250 Baby Boomers and 250 of their children found: “Older Americans are in denial about their hearing loss and are unaware of the negative consequences of an undiagnosed hearing loss,” Dr. Tom Powers, vice president

Florida Manatees: Silent Danger

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Carol Hawkins
The endangered Florida manatee, Florida’s state marine mammal, is a large aquatic relative of the elephant. Manatees can be found in the warm waters of shallow rivers, bays, estuaries and coastal waters. Rarely do individuals venture into waters that are below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Well known for their gentle, slow-moving nature, manatees have also been known to body surf or barrel roll when playing.

Dental Fillings & Hearing Loss

    Posted on November 5, 2011 by Carol Hawkins
Rothwell and Boyd (2008) evaluated hearing thresholds and amalgam dental fillings across 39 non-smoking women, ages 40 to 45 years. When non-amalgam fillings were used, there was no correlation between fillings and hearing thresholds. However, in those with amalgam fillings, each additional amalgam filling was associated with a 2.4 dB decline in hearing threshold. Tambs et al (2003)determined that much of age-related hearing loss can be

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