Tips to consider before purchasing a hearing aids

Getting hearing aids is a big decision and a smart investment towards your future quality of life. Before you make the decision, consider these tips to help ensure you get the best hearing aids for your needs.

Do’s

  1. Do speak with a hearing professional about situations you want to hear and communicate in better.
  2. Do bring a third party or significant other with you to the appointment.
  3. Do ask about follow-up care plans and what to expect from your new hearing aids.
  4. Do be honest with your hearing professional about where and when you struggle to hear and understand.
  5. Do ask about payment plans if cost is a concern.

 

Don’ts

  1. Don’t make your choice based just on the cost of the hearing aid.
  2. Don’t assume your hearing loss is “normal” for your age. Hearing loss is never normal.
  3. Don’t skip the service plan. Your hearing needs change over time and a service plan will make sure your hearing professional will be able to have your aids adapt with you.
  4. Don’t buy hearing aids from anyone who doesn’t test your hearing.
  5. Don’t pick a hearing aid based on buzzwords. Choose hearing aids that will help you when and where you want help.

 

For more tips, contact us today.

Communication tips for hearing better!

Hearing aids are amazing! But even people with normal hearing can sometimes struggle in loud environments. If you find yourself in a busy environment, these communication tips can help.

Do’s

  1. Do look at the people you are speaking with. We all use visual cues whether we realize it or not.
  2. Do try to situate yourself in good lighting to see everyone’s face.
  3. Do sit close to the people you want to talk to.
  4. Do use accessories like your remote microphone to help you hear more clearly.
  5. Do remember listening in a busy environment can make everyone tired. So take a break when you need it.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t pretend to hear and understand if you don’t. Ask the person to repeat it if you miss something.
  2. Don’t try to hide your hearing loss.
  3. Don’t try to communicate from another room. Go to the person you want to talk to.
  4. Don’t interrupt. More topic cues will come if you allow the speaker to finish their thought.
  5. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for what you need — like something to be repeated or to move to a different space to talk. You are just as important as the person speaking.

 

For more tips, contact us.

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.