Stream Like Never Before with Three New Wireless Accessories

Learn about the three new hearing aid accessories that help you engage with the world around you.

Designed to provide universal connectivity and greater streaming capabilities, three new wireless hearing aid accessories from Starkey Hearing Technologies work with Circa AI hearing aids to help you engage with the world around you.

The TV

While the Thrive Hearing app also enables direct streaming of audio, music and more with Circa AI hearing aids, we know that sometimes you want to watch your favorite show or movie on a bigger screen. That’s why Starkey Hearing Technologies created the new TV accessory. With this, you can stream audio from your TV or other electronic audio sources directly to your Circa AI hearing aids. Moreover, this accessory supports both analog and digital input sources.

 

The Remote Microphone +

Small and compact, with the Remote Microphone +, you can stream clear, crisp audio from a variety of sources. But, what makes this accessory really exciting is its ability to connect with Amazon® Alexa! Thanks to this feature, Circa AI hearing aids are the first to be able to do this.

The Remote

Last, but not least, the new Remote is great for hearing aid wearers who want something besides their smartphone to adjust their hearing aids. With this accessory, you can control memories and volume, mute your devices and turn various special features on or off.

To learn more about any of these accessories or about Circa AI hearing aids, contact us today!

Acute Hearing is the exclusive provider of Circa AI in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Lexington and Louisville Markets.

Brand new from NuEar® comes the world’s first healthable hearing aid with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence.

A hearing revolution has arrived. Brand new from NuEar® comes the world’s first healthable hearing aid with integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Able to track brain and body health, CircaTM AI puts your hearing health in your hands through a new mobile app – the ThriveTM Hearing app – and a suite of new wireless accessories.

Circa AI is the first…

As mentioned above, Circa AI hearing aids are the first to feature integrated sensors and artificial intelligence. Thanks to this innovation, they are also the first to track physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use in social situations. And, when paired with the new Remote Microphone + accessory, Circa AI hearing aids are also the first to offer connectivity with Amazon® Alexa.

 

Unique features and benefits of Circa AI

Circa AI offers a suite of unique features and benefits to help users live their healthiest lives. The following are just some of these:

  • Understand and see the real-time health benefits of using hearing aids – NEW
  • Overall health and wellness tracking through the app’s combined brain and body health score (Thrive Wellness Score) – NEW
  • Personalized Control for customizable adjustments to sound and programs
  • Remote programming by users’ hearing professionals to put hearing healthcare in the hands of the users
  • Natural user interface tap control – NEW
  • Unprecedented, natural listening and speech clarity in the noisiest environments with the new Hearing Reality™ technology – NEW
  • Integrated language translation – NEW
  • Wireless streaming of phone calls, music, media and more
  • Universal connectivity to various audio outlets and accessories to stream TV and music

 

Your hearing health is in your hands

The Thrive Hearing mobile app also gives you the most control ever over your hearing health and hearing experience. Two big features stand out here: remote programming and language translation.

With remote programming, there’s no more need for in-office appointments for simple hearing aid program adjustments. Simply use the app to request a change by your hearing professional, then once the change is made, it’s sent back to your phone for approval and download.

With language translation, traveling with hearing aids just got exciting. The new Circa AI hearing aids make communicating a breeze, by translating other languages via the app’s built-in-tool.

 

Universal Connectivity

Finally, for those hearing aid users who have been wishing their hearing aids could connect to a mobile app and other wireless outlets, Circa AI is a game changer. Three new accessories are compatible with Circa AI hearing aids and enable streaming of audio from various sources including TV, music devices and more.

The new accessories include:

  • TV
  • Remote
  • Remote Microphone +

Circa AI hearing aids go beyond treating hearing loss, helping you to discover both better hearing and better living.

Learn more about Circa AI hearing aids by contacting us today.

Acute Hearing is the ONLY Authorized provider of Circa AI in the Dayton, Cincinnati, Lexington, and Louisville markets.

High fever is one potential cause of hearing loss

Our hearing is a complex system of delicate and interconnected parts. And while it can withstand much, some things are known to damage the tiny hairs (stereocilia) and nerve cells in your inner ear — which can cause or result in hearing loss. These things include loud noises, natural aging, certain medications and, in some cases, illnesses that are accompanied with high fever, like meningitis, encephalitis, mumps, and jaundice.

For a more detailed list of potential causes of hearing loss, click here.
If you’re experiencing or worried about hearing loss, feel free to reach out so we can do our best to answer any questions you have.
This blog was originally published by Starkey Hearing Technologies on www.starkey.com/blog.

Ear Infection Hearing loss

What is an ear infection hearing loss?

Hearing loss can be caused by a number of different factors including aging, injury, noise exposure, infection, and heredity. Those factors affect the auditory nerve, causing a sensorineural hearing loss, the most common type of hearing loss. But did you know an ear infection can also cause hearing loss? Hearing loss caused by an ear infection is referred to as a conductive hearing loss. Infection in the middle ear can cause fluid to build up, obstructing the movement of the eardrum and the tiny bones attached to it.

An ear infection hearing loss is a type of conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss affects the outer or middle ear rather than the auditory nerve, the way a sensorineural hearing loss does. A conductive hearing loss is commonly caused by an obstruction in the middle ear. The middle ear moves to send sounds to your auditory nerve. Any obstruction can prevent sounds from passing through the middle ear and cause hearing loss. A buildup of wax, fluid in the middle ear, or a hole in the eardrum can each cause conductive hearing loss.

“Otitis media” is the medical term for an ear infection affecting the middle ear. The infection can cause a buildup of fluid, making it difficult for the eardrum and the ossicular chain to work together to move sounds to the auditory nerve. The ossicular chain in the middle ear is made up of the three smallest bones in your body. Called the malleus, incus, and stapes, each one is as small as a single grain of rice.

Ear infection hearing loss is often temporary

Hearing loss caused by an ear infection is usually temporary and subsides after treatment. Your physician may choose to treat your ear infection with antibiotics. If the antibiotics successfully treat the infection, your hearing should return to normal. If you have a history of recurrent ear infections, your physician may insert a tube in your eardrum to help the fluid drain.

Eliminating the buildup of fluid relieves the pain and pressure that often accompanies an ear infection and can prevent the eardrum from rupturing. If fluid builds up without resolution, the pressure can cause your eardrum to rupture.

A history of recurrent ear infections can also lead to tympanosclerosis, which is the thickening or scarring of the tympanic membrane. A perforated eardrum and tympanosclerosis adversely affect the mobility of the eardrum and reduce hearing acuity. If your hearing does not return to normal following treatment, your physician and hearing professional may recommend hearing aids to treat the unresolved hearing loss.

What to do if you think you have hearing loss

If you have trouble hearing, it is important to have your hearing tested by a hearing professional, so the degree and type of hearing loss can be identified. A hearing professional will identify the type of hearing loss you have and discuss the best treatment option with you following your hearing evaluation.

Contact us today to schedule a hearing evaluation!

This blog was originally published on Starkey.com.

WHAT CAUSES TINNITUS?

Do you have ringing in your ears? If you are over age 50, you could be one in five people that may be affected by some form of tinnitus – ringing in the ears. Hearing loss is the biggest cause of tinnitus.

Being continually exposed to loud environments, traffic noise, and even concerts can damage your hearing. This abuse to your hearing could be the reason for ringing in the ears. Wearing ear protection when you’re exposed to loud sounds will help to prevent damage to the eardrum, and hearing aid technology can  actually help to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus.

If you smoke, research has found that nicotine in cigarettes can be a factor. Over-the-counter medication such as aspirin may trigger tinnitus, as well as such medications as antibiotics, certain diuretics, and even food additives.

As we age there are changes that occur in the ear. The middle ear bones change shape and may even harden in a process known as otosclerosis. These changes can affect the cochlea, where sound is processed and transmitted to the brain. Communication from the ear to the brain, as a result of these defects, may cause the partial or constant ringing.

Age-related hearing loss can be accompanied by tinnitus, which is why so many senior aged adults experience this condition. Hearing loss can lead to depression, anxiety, and social isolation.

Remember to never let any health condition go untreated: even something as simple as an ear infection. Your ear health is important to preventing serious tinnitus and future hearing problems. If you feel you may have hearing loss, call 000-000-0000 today, to schedule your appointment with one of our hearing professionals.

Article courtesy of NuEar

How to make TV watching more enjoyable with hearing aids.

When meeting with your hearing healthcare provider, you were probably given a questionnaire asking about situations where hearing is challenging. If TV was on that list, your provider may have discussed some solutions to help make TV listening easier and more enjoyable. Like many people, you might have decided to ‘just start’ with the hearing aids, knowing you could add those additional solutions down the road.

If you are still having difficulty hearing the TV, or need to turn it up louder than your companions prefer, it might be time to revisit TV solutions available to you. The good news is NuEar offers two great ways to enhance TV watching with hearing aids.

Tunity iPhone app

For those currently wearing NuEar’s Made for iPhone solution, iNOW iQ or iNOW, your TV solution is the Tunity app. NuEar recently partnered with Tunity to provide wireless streaming from over 100 popular TV channels directly to your Halo devices.

Simply download the free Tunity app from the App Store. Next, with your iNOW devices paired to your iPhone, open the Tunity app and scan the live TV you’re currently watching (watch this if you don’t know how to pair your hearing aids). The Tunity app will then identify the channel being viewed.

If the channel is one supported by the app, your iPhone will begin to stream the audio to your iNOW devices. This is a great solution for wireless TV streaming at an airport, the gym, or even at your home. For a full list of the TV channels supported, visit “Supported Channels” on the settings page of the Tunity app.

NuEar SurfLink accessories

If you’re currently wearing NuEar’s newest product line, NOW, or our older technology, like NuEar SDS, your TV solution can be one or all three of our popular SurfLink accessories.

SurfLink Media 2 is a wireless TV device that connects directly (hard wired) to your television and transmits the audio to your NOW hearing aids. There are two ways to connect SurfLink Media 2 to your television, depending on the connection available on your television. You will either plug it into the RCA jacks for your television, or you’ll utilize the S/PDIF, Optical TOSLINK jacks.

After plugging SurfLink Media 2 into the television, you simply attach the power cord and you’re set to stream. Your hearing healthcare provider should have activated the setting within your hearing aids to allow them to wirelessly connect to SurfLink Media 2 — so all you need to do is adjust the volume on the SurfLink Media 2 to increase or decrease the streamed input to your hearing aids.

You can listen at the volume you want, and those watching with you can set the TV volume to what is comfortable for them. SurfLink Media 2 can be paired to several sets of NOW hearing devices at once, so if a family member also has NOW devices, they can take advantage of the wireless stream from the TV, too. To end the stream, simply turn off the SurfLink Media 2 or the TV.

To make things even easier, have your hearing healthcare provider activate the ‘automatic streaming’ option in your NOW devices so you do not need to touch a button on your hearing aids to activate the streaming.

SurfLink Mobile 2 is another option for TV streaming with NuEar’s NOW or NuEar SDS hearing aids. SurfLink Mobile 2 is a multifunction accessory. With your NOW hearing aids connected to SurfLink Mobile 2, access the Streaming Screen by selecting the musical note icon at the bottom of the SurfLink Mobile 2.

Next, select the Surround mode and place the SurfLink Mobile 2 next to the TV speaker. To adjust the streamed volume, adjust the controls on the left side of the SurfLink Mobile 2. To end the stream, tap the Surround mode icon again. SurfLink Mobile 2 does a lot more than just stream TV, though. To see everything it can do to enhance your hearing experience, visit its webpage.

SurfLink Remote Microphone is the third and newest option for TV streaming with NuEar’s NOW hearing aids. The SurfLink Remote Microphone was designed to be easy and convenient to use. With your NOW hearing aids connected to the SurfLink Remote Microphone, slide the power slider up to power on the device.

Next, place the SurfLink Remote Microphone flat on its clip next to the TV speaker. To adjust the streamed volume, simply use the buttons on your NOW hearing aids to increase or decrease the stream. (You will need to let your hearing healthcare provider know you would like to activate this option as it will need to be done at a fitting appointment). To end the stream, slide the power slider down to turn off the SurfLink Remote Microphone. Check out this video to see what else you can do with this cool tool.

Don’t let hearing loss make TV viewing less enjoyable

As you can see, both the Tunity app and NuEar’s SurfLink accessories can be added to enhance your enjoyment of TV at any time, not necessarily at your first fitting appointment. For additional TV streaming support, please contact your hearing healthcare provider.

 

This blog was originally published on Starkey.com.