Hearing Aid Finder

One of the cool things things about today’s hearing aids is all the new connected technology. I’ve talked about the benefits of connecting your hearing aids to your phone here before, but did you know that you can find your lost hearing aids with a phone app? Here’s a story from a hearing aid user that lost his hearing aids at a football game and ended up finding them after sorting through a dumpster. That’s dedication! He used the hearing aid finder app to pinpoint the bag each hearing aid was in! (Find the story here.) Pretty cool stuff!

Check out the Resound site here to see some of the other interesting things you can do with the new technology.

Hearing Loss triggers personality changes

I ran across this article in the December 7th Pilot News and thought it was worth sharing. You can find it on Drs. Oz & Roizen’s website here.

I thought it was worth sharing because I see this issue so often. Many times it is something recognized by a spouse or other family members when the person experiencing the hearing loss isn’t even aware of the change. As stated previously here, hearing loss can even contribute to the likelihood of divorce.

If this is a problem you or a family member is experiencing, let me try and help! We can determine if hearing loss is a contributing factor, and if so, discuss a myriad of potential solutions to make life better for everyone involved..

Article from the Pilot News, December 7th, 2017

Can Hearing Loss Ruin Your Marriage?

I ran across an interesting article on helpingmehear.com. I thought it was worth sharing. Here’s an excerpt:

“Statistics show that there is a fourfold increase in the divorce rate of couples where one partner has severe hearing loss, as compared to couples where there is no loss or only mild hearing loss. But even mild hearing loss can make you miss or confuse sounds so that you end up not fully hearing what your partner just said. This missed conversation can eventually lead you to withdraw from interactions rather than deal with the frustration. That leads to an overall decline in your quality of life, and it can destroy your marriage.”

You can find the entire article here.

So many times, it’s the spouse that prompts a visit for a hearing test. While I joke about “spousal hearing loss” being the first thing to happen, it’s true that your spouse may often be the first one to notice the problem and is often the one most affected by it. If you find yourself asking your spouse to repeat themselves or just flat don’t hear what they are saying, come see me! Odds are I can help with that.


How do I explain this differently???

I had a deer hunter in the office the other day. We did a hearing test. I showed him his audiogram with its peaks and valleys.There’s a strong likelihood that his hearing loss is due to his hunting hobby. Shotgun blasts next to unprotected ears are not recommended. We discussed this. We discussed hearing protection.

He purchased new hearing aids. He was thrilled with the results and then commented, “I bet I’ll be able to hear the deer rustling through the leaves again with these! Can’t wait until deer season to try them out!”

Ugh! How do I explain it differently? Having a hearing loss doesn’t make you immune to additional loss! That is unless you have pushed it to where you’re completely deaf…

Like the guy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway wearing his hearing aids, there are times I’ll counsel you against wearing hearing aids too.

IMS Observations

My husband, Kevin, was at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) event the other day and I’ve trained (educated) him to look for hearing aids and hearing protection. Ha! He said there were multiple places where you could get ear plugs and most of them included some kind of marketing connection.  Hmmmm… something for me to think about.

Hearing Aids at IMS? Not during a race!!!

He snapped a picture of the gentleman to the right, watching a race with his hearing aids on.Yeah, this is an example of one of those few times I recommend NOT wearing your hearing aid!!! Even with an existing hearing loss, you should be wearing ear protection. You could be damaging ranges of hearing where you were previously adequate.

But then he also saw this cute “Pit Crew”. He spoke to their mother before taking the picture. They got recommendations from their audiologist for the proper headphones for this application. The set the baby on the left is wearing is a hand-me-down from her older sister, so they’re old hands at this. Getting used to them at a young age not only helps make them acceptable, but also starts a life-time habit of hearing protection. Will this prevent them from ever wearing hearing aids? That’s hard to say since there are so many potential causes including just advanced age, but it definitely gives them a leg up on others.

Kevin is becoming my #1 salesperson. He actually ran into someone else from Plymouth there and in the conversation on hearing conservation, he found out that he was a hunter and had been stymied trying to find fitted hearing protection for gun use. I can do that! Kevin gave him my card, so I’m looking forward to meeting this gentleman. I’m sure I can make his situation better.

2017 Senior Expo Follow-up

Berger Audiology Booth at the Marshall County Senior Expo

Thank you to all of you that stopped to see us at the Marshall County Senior Expo this year. The venue was a bit warm considering our September heatwave, but overall we heard good things. We were pleased to meet new people and in some cases put faces to names. We’re always pleased by the reception we receive at community service events such as this.

Screening Station

For those of you that couldn’t attend, we had several give-aways. (The golf balls we collect and share are always popular along with the candy and hearing related items.)

We were given space to do hearing screenings this year too. Lots of people took advantage of that. We hope they will benefit from the information. As discussed here before, this isn’t a true hearing test and isn’t near the quality of what we can do in the sound booth at Berger Audiology. Please feel free to stop by and check out our tech! But if you want a true hearing test, we ask that you make an appointment. The courtesy of an appointment makes it much more likely that you can be seen and given the appropriate time and attention.

Thank you again to all of you that visited with us. We hope you were pleased with the interaction and attention you received.

Economical Hearing Options

Steve Martin is working on a new hearing aid prototype. They’re not as unobtrusive as the new behind the ear aids I sell, but it does target that low cost market of people who don’t think looks matter and aren’t concerned with the latest technology.

Celebrity endorsements can make all the difference. Just look at the success of the George Foreman Grille. You don’t necessarily need to have a background in the tech you decide to create to be successful.

I tend to agree with Josh to the left here though. Steve’s old friend Garrett Morris and Chevy Chase had this handled years ago with “News for the Hard of Hearing”. There’s no reason to be concerned about others in the room…

If by chance you aren’t interested in going old school and want to consider some of the latest technology. Give me a call. I’m not as funny as these guys, but I bet I can help you hear better.

Solar Eclipse

As the hype grows, I’ve been thinking about the solar eclipse today. Thanks to Waffle House, I found this handy map (see right) in case you want your eclipse viewing “Smothered & Covered”. I heard on the radio that Krispy Kreme was planning competing events. Chocolate Glaze! Unfortunately, Indiana will be mostly bypassed for the total eclipse. We’ll only get a side view, but that’s still something like 85% coverage.. That should still be cool and weather permitting, I’m sure I’ll step out side to check it out.

Picture of Sanford Stadium from ajc.com article

My friends around Atlanta are planning parties and events. Any excuse for a party and a day off work, right? The University of Georgia is planning a party in Sanford Stadium. (Article here) Do you tailgate for an eclipse? Knowing the Bulldogs (and I’m a UGA graduate, so I know of what I speak), the answer to that will be a resounding YES, Y’ALL!

Nest Thermostat asking to activate their eclipse rush hour savings

One of the other interesting tie-ins I saw was with the Nest thermostats. I chose to install one in my home. So far I’ve been pleased. More than similar devices, I have observed Nest really trying to make the green connection and not just personal energy cost savings. They send out a report on how many “leafs” you earn each month for energy savings along with a comparison to other Nest owners. There is a running total on their website showing their estimate of how many Kwh of energy that has been saved by their devices.

The tie-in to the eclipse is that in their blog, Nest repeats a report that suggests the solar eclipse, as it blocks out solar panels, will reduce green energy production by as much as 9,000 MW resulting in traditional systems coming back on line to pick up the slack. “At Nest, we think of these high-demand times on the energy grid as rush hours.” They suggest that if you opt in, their thermostats will automatically cool your home a little extra before the event so that it can reduce the load during the event. Personally I think that’s as much marketing as an actual need, but it’s still an interesting concept and it’s another reminder of how the Internet of Things continues to find new ways to work for us.

Maybe I’ll see you out in the semi-darkness today. I didn’t accept the invitation to go to Atlanta and get the full effect… <sigh> Looks like it’s going to be rainy/cloudy there anyway.

While I doubt this will be any kind of life changing event, it is one of those cool and rare physical phenomenons of which we should all take advantage. Hopefully for most of us it’s not literally a once-in-a-lifetime event, but it is pretty rare… And unlike most astronomical events, you don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to see it! Bonus!

Excerpted with permission from the Easterday Construction Blog

RAGBRAI ’17 – The End

Someone spent A LOT of time on this cool arch.

Becky and Toni wrapped up yesterday and hit the road for home about 5. The drive back to Plymouth was 6+ hours to they were pretty wiped out when they got home a little after 11. They had a lot of issues getting out of the ending town. Apparently the End-of-Ride Festival had a lot of the streets shut down, so getting from the ending point, to the parking area, back to pick up the bikes and then getting out of town was difficult. It added time when they were already tired. They had decided they wanted something to eat, but that didn’t work out and they ended up just buying gas station snacks for the way home. Oh, and a Culver’s Concrete Mixer…

Exciting and sometimes scary with all the people on the slopes

Becky said the last day was tough, but fun, with switchbacks up and down though lots of small mountains. There are some pictures at the end of the post, but it’s hard to capture the scope and scale of the slopes. She saw several accidents and possibly one fatality.

She was frustrated on the one hill. There was someone in front of her going slow who stopped suddenly. Becky was going slow also and was right behind him, so was forced to stop. She couldn’t get enough momentum to get her bike going again, so she had to walk the rest of the hill.

Lots of people decorate their bikes

She said the Iowa Dairy Queen was out passing out milk. She usually stops for that, but since the beer tent was just past that, she decided to pass. For some reason didn’t she think beer and milk together would be the best choice when she was hot. The towns all have different things going on, so the wall that she signed and the bicycle arch pictures are just a couple of the things she saw. She says there is a lot of cool stuff out there.

Beer with 200 of my closest friends yesterday.

Apparently the craft beer tent is always popular. (Imagine That!) They have a drink ticket program where if you get it stamped enough times during the week, you get a T-shirt. Becky and Toni only stopped a couple of times, so they weren’t in the running for a shirt.

Becky always talks about the showers and when they get good ones, and how sometimes they aren’t so great. Apparently some people just avoid them! She said by the end of the week, there are some pretty stinky people! Standing in line with them is an added challenge. Ha!

She didn’t want to take my number…

I think that about wraps things up. Thanks for following.