Community | ReSound Donates Hearing Aids to Kenya Hospital

image001AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya is a non-profit, faith-based hospital with a staff of over 700 people, including many international volunteers. The hospital’s goal is to provide compassionate healthcare regardless of the patients’ ability to pay for the services. The hospital cares for over 130,000 patients, and has one of the busiest operating rooms in East Africa. As the hospital strives to serve the most vulnerable, the demands on the hospital have grown exponentially.

ReSound Gives Sound, ReSound’s philanthropy program, donated 20 new hearing aids to the hospital’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department for eligible patients participating in the Ears to Hear™ program. This program provides hearing aids for individuals with hearing loss and no means to pay for them. Patients like Esther, a four-year-old girl living with severe hearing loss in both ears. Children are especially vulnerable in hearing loss, as it limits educational opportunity, quality of life, safety and sense of belonging. Although Esther’s parents had long-suspected she had a hearing loss, they were unable to pay for proper testing and hearing aids to help their daughter. So, they contacted AIC Kijabe Hospital to schedule an appointment. During her hearing test, Esther giggled every time she heard a beep and her face lit up when she heard her mother’s voice. Thanks to ReSound’s donation through the Ears to Hear Program at the AIC Kijabe Hospital, Esther now has hearing aids that will provide her with a brighter future.

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Community | HearCare Connection Mission in Amman, Jordan

ReSound donated hearing aids to HearCare Connection, a non-profit hearing center providing care for low-income and under-served individuals, as a part of their recent mission trip to Amman, Jordan. During the mission trip, HearCare Connection visited three different refugee camps and fit hundreds of children and adults with hearing loss.

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“This young mother’s world has been quiet since five years ago when the hearing aid she shared with her three siblings broke. Because of ReSound’s support, she was able to hear her baby’s cry for the first time!”

The mission of HearCare Connection, Inc. is that no person be prevented from full participation in life due to hearing loss. As a result, they operate on a reduced fee, sliding scale basis to make hearing care affordable for all. They rely on support through grants, donations, corporate sponsorships and volunteers and utilize a unique “Circle of Giving” model which allows their patients to “give back” to the community through volunteer hours.

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“Words can’t convey how thankful we are for ReSound’s support, so we hope smiles can do the job…”

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Hearing Loss Around the World

iStock_000003138140_SmallThe World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 5% of the World’s population (360 million) has disabling hearing loss. Latin American and the Caribbean account for 9% of global hearing loss, but the highest prevalence is found in the Asia Pacific, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. About half of all cases of hearing loss worldwide are easily prevented or treated.

Untreated ear infections, particularly among children, are the leading cause of hearing loss in low-to-middle income countries. Vaccine-preventable infectious diseases such as rubella, meningitis, measles, or mumps also lead to hearing loss in these areas.

80% of deaf people live in low and middle-income countries. Childhood deafness is a significant global issue, affecting more than 62 million children younger than 15 years old – two-thirds of whom reside in developing countries.

Many countries lack trained health personnel, educational facilities, data and national plans to address the needs of those living with ear and hearing problems. The gap between need and services is greatest in sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the Department of Prevention of Blindness and Deafness at WHO, fewer than one out of 40 people in developing countries who need a hearing aid have one.

WHO estimates that through immunizations, early identification and intervention programs, access to hearing aids and other medical treatments, over 50% of the burden of hearing loss in developing countries could be reduced or eliminated.

ReSound has donated hearing aids to a number of missions both domestically and internationally in countries that need help with treating hearing loss, particularly among children. Some of our recent missions include Guatemala City, Antigua (Guatemala), Malawi (Africa) and Honduras.

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ReSound Gives Sound to a Deserving Florida Teenager

It took just one phone call to remind Angela Waite, Audiologist at ENT Specialty Care Center at Physicians Regional in Naples, FL, why she does business with ReSound.

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Dr. Angela Waite

Alan Dimmitt, Founder of Liberty Youth Ranch in Bonita Springs called Angela requesting help for one of his residents – a 13-year-old girl who had lost her hearing aids and unfortunately didn’t have the means to replace them. Liberty Youth Ranch provides a permanent and loving environment for children who are in need of a home.

This girl had been without her hearing aids for nearly a week and already was falling behind in her school work. As soon as she hung up the phone with Alan, Angela made calls to three hearing aid manufacturers asking for help. She heard back from one – ReSound. Within two days, new hearing aids were delivered to Angela at no charge. “The hearing aids sent to me were not entry level devices, but premium hearing aids that worked with an iPhone!  ReSound went above and beyond to help my patient,” said Angela.

“When people ask me why I do business with ReSound, I can easily explain that it’s not just because of their advanced technology or excellent customer service, it’s also their willingness to go above and beyond to help me better serve my patients,” explained Angela.

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Tinnitus: An Injury that Rings True for Veterans

1411_WebBannerImage_652px_x_347pxAccording to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, tinnitus is the number one service-related injury among veterans, followed closely by hearing loss. And the problem isn’t going away. In fact, the Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) recently stated that cases of hearing loss, tinnitus and auditory injury in the military continue to rise by as much as 13 to 18 percent annually.

So what is tinnitus? The word tinnitus comes from the Latin verb “to jingle” and is a sensation of noise originating inside the head and is typically only heard by the person affected.

Tinnitus can be as individual as you are. It can be:

  • A buzzing or ringing in the ears
  • A hissing or roaring sound
  • High-, low-, single- or multi-toned
  • Occasional or constant

The leading cause of tinnitus is overexposure to loud noises, however it can also be caused by accidents, ear infections, aging or stress. For veterans specifically, the repetitive sound of a machine gun or other loud noises of war can make them more susceptible to tinnitus.

It can be a devastating condition. For many veterans, tinnitus brings an often unwelcome reminder of war. When it is associated with a negative emotional response, it can make your brain pay more attention to the tinnitus. A cycle begins that affects your nervous system. Anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and poor concentration can occur, all of which reinforce the vicious cycle.

Remember, if you’re a veteran suffering from tinnitus, you’re not alone. In fact, 45 million people in the United States are affected with tinnitus. But you don’t have to just live with it. Veteran’s hospitals across the country treat tinnitus and hearing loss. ReSound offers a selection of hearing aids through veteran’s hospitals including our newest technology, ReSound LiNX TSTM which offers natural sound, slim design and durable, water-resistant technology.

If you’re a veteran or know a veteran who is struggling with tinnitus or hearing loss, visit www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp to find a veteran’s hospital near you and schedule a hearing test. You can also visit www.resound.com/Veterans to learn more about tinnitus and its treatment.

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Everyday Sounds and How They Affect Your Hearing

Did you know that sounds louder than 85 dB can permanently damage your hearing?  Of the roughly 40 million Americans suffering from hearing loss, 10 million can be attributed to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).  Loud noises can cause immediate hearing loss or gradually contribute to hearing loss over time.

 

1410_FB_LeavesRustling_403x403Below is a guide to understanding every-day sounds and their decibel levels.

Totally Safe

  • Leaves rustling (0 – 20 dB)
  • Normal conversation (50 dB)
  • Moderate rainfall (50 dB)
  • Dishwashers (50 dB)
  • Traffic (60 dB)
  • Vacuum cleaners (60 dB)

Dangerous Over 30 Minutes

  • Lawn mowers (90 dB)
  • Hair dryers (90 dB)
  • Motor cycles (90 dB)
  • Personal music players at full volume (100 dB)
  • Hand drill (100 dB)
  • Concerts (110 dB)
  • Car horns (110 dB)
  • Sporting events (110 dB)

Use Hearing Protection Or Avoid

  • Siren from emergency vehicle (120 dB)
  • Jack hammers (130 dB)
  • Fireworks (140 dB)
  • Jet engine (140 dB)
  • Custom car stereos at full volume (140 dB)
  • Gunshot (140 – 190 dB)

Protect your ears!

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Au.D Insights | “Get as much practical experience as you can”

image007Kimi Nina Møller, M.A., conducts testing and trials of hearing aids and accessories, writing the test plans and reports and presenting the results to colleagues. She also presents new research and new products at different conferences around the world, as well as doing training both internally for colleagues and externally for customers. She also teaches audiology at Copenhagen University to 4th year students.

How did you first become interested in a career in audiology?
When I finished university with a degree in both audiology and speech pathology, I was certain that I was going to be a children’s’ speech therapist. When I couldn’t find a job in that field, I applied for the job as audiologist at GN ReSound – just to give it a try.  After no more than two weeks in the job, I KNEW that this was the right place for me! I liked my assignments, I liked the patients that I worked with, I liked my colleagues and I liked the atmosphere in the company.

What has been most fulfilling about your career so far?
I have developed so much in the years I have been in this field – both in terms of the knowledge I now have, but also on the personal level, being more confident when presenting topics for a large audience.

Is there anything you would have done differently?
I would have studied audiology even harder at university had I known that this was the place that I belonged.

What tips do you have for current students or those considering a career in audiology?
Get as much practical experience as you can during your studies and visit different places that carry out audiological tasks to see the variety of work places the audiological world offers.

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