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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resound.com has an excellent page on how hearing loss affects your friends and family. You can find it here.
A quote from the website that I witness almost daily is, “The older we get, the more likely we are to experience a hearing loss. In fact, more than 5% of the world’s population experience some degree of hearing loss. Oddly enough, the person with hearing loss is often the last one to realize.“ This why I try and ask new patients to bring friends or family along to their visits. This provides positive reinforcement and outside validation that the hearing aids are making a difference… (Some people don’t trust their own ears!)
There is a link within the Friends and Family page to another page discussing smart hearing. More and more people are telling me how impressed they are with the new technologies that link their hearing aids to their electronics, such as smart phones and smart watches. As I previously discussed here, smart apps, Multi Mics and TV streamers can further enhances the advantages of adding hearing aids to your life.
Hearing aids are much smarter than they used to be. Smart technology can allow the aids to change between pre-programmed settings on their own, adapting to the situation at hand. Some clients choose upgrades just because they want their hearing aid experience to be completely hands free.
Check out the page at Resound.com. Please give me a call with questions. I currently use some of the smart technology in my personal life so I can give you the scoop on how it works!
Smart phone image borrowed from Resound.com
I had a long time client come in to purchase new hearing aids this week. This was his first experience with the new wireless technology. He went from skeptical to blown away when I showed him how to link his hearing aids to his iPhone through the Native Hearing Aid app. He was particularly impressed when I called his phone from the other room and the conversation streamed directly through his hearing aids!
The link can do a lot of things. (See the screen capture from my phone on the right.) It can allow you to adjust your volume on each aid or switch between programs. It can allow you to use your phone as a microphone (Live Listen) in noisy situations. (It doesn’t do as well as the dedicated Multi Mic, but it can definitely help.) It shows you your battery life on each aid. Very cool stuff. If you use additional accessories with your aids, such as the Multi Mic or the TV Streamer, they can be controlled here as well.
There are also other free apps that you can download onto your iPhone to get more control of the hearing aid features, such as the ReSound Smart app which, among other things, can help you find your lost hearing aids; and the ReSound Relief app which is an app to help manage your tinnitus.
The technology continues to advance. I’ll be attending the American Academy of Audiology conference (The National Convention is in Indianapolis this year! Yea!) where I’ll get to see and experience some of the cutting edge technologies that will be coming out in next couple of years. Make an appointment to see me. I’d love to tell you about the latest technology advances.