Broaden Your Possibilities (and Your Fitting Range) with the ReSound LiNX Ultra Power Receiver

mandi-chamblessBy Mandi Chambless

ReSound LiNX is much more than a Made for iPhone® hearing aid. Sure, the streaming quality is fantastic and the iPhone capabilities open up a whole new world for end users, but don’t forget that thanks to the new Ultra Power (UP) receiver, you can now fit 90+% of hearing losses, thus reaching more patients that desire the discreet look of a RIE but until now were unable to receive benefit from a device so small.

The new UP receiver can provide your patient with up to 76 dB of gain, allowing for significant headroom for those severe-profound hearing losses.    Up_Receiver(1)

The UP receiver is housed in a custom, encased mold, so remember to measure for receiver length before ordering as the receiver cannot be swapped out in-office. We recommend measuring to the middle of the tragus with the receiver measuring tool in order to obtain the best fit for your patient.

The UP receiver comes with the same wax filter options as other custom ReSound products. On your order form, simply select HF3 or Cerustop.

Please note that the UP receiver is configured only for the ReSound LiNX and may not be used with any previously released ReSound RIE products. Happy fitting!

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Industry News Round-Up | Hearing in 3-D

To keep you on top of the latest and greatest audiology news, we’ve rounded-up a Top 5 list of audiology topics in the news this month.  Did you know that baby boomers are seeking help for hearing loss at a younger age than previous generations? Plus, we’ve got a list of the best places to vacation for couples with hearing loss.

  1. Time for Boomers to Face Hearing Loss

Audiologists believe that adults are seeking help for hearing loss more quickly than they did in the past. A report by WVXU Cincinnati says “baby boomers are a little bit more proactive with respect to their health care…they’re more willing to accept the loss and to do something about it.” Baby boomers are also more comfortable with technology than previous generations.

  1. Hearing Aid Evolution

NPR reporter Kathleen Raven discussed the evolution of hearing aid technology on “All Things Considered” this month. Raven first started wearing hearing aids in 1993 (large clunky ones). She talked about how over the years, with every hearing aid upgrade, she’s discovered more and more sounds due to the advancement of technology. Two years ago, she received her latest pair of hearing aids and said, “I just happened to smack my lips together…It’s just such a simple sound, but it was earth-shattering…It was like hearing the world in 3-D for the first time.” She also says that she is more confident now that her hearing aids are virtually invisible and is more comfortable telling people about her hearing loss.

NPR reporter Kathleen Raven, found out she had hearing loss when she was 5 years old. Source: NPR

NPR reporter Kathleen Raven, found out she had hearing loss when she was 5 years old. Source: NPR

 

  1. Hearing Aid Sales Up 2.9% in First Half of 2014

According to statistics compiled by the Hearing Industries Association (HIA), hearing aid net unit sales have increased by 2.9% so far in 2014. Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RIE) style hearing aids continued their upward sales trajectory, increasing from 51.8% to 56.6% of the total market. Overall, the HIA statistics suggest “average-to-good growth” for an industry with an historical year-on-year sales growth of 2-4%.

  1. Hearing Screening: There’s an App for That Too

The International Journal of Audiology reported on a new smartphone app designed to make it easier and cheaper to screen people in Africa for hearing loss, including young children and the elderly. A screening is said to take only 1 minute, and the data can be uploaded via the mobile phone network to a centralized site for evaluation and recommendations. While this doesn’t replace the expertise of a hearing healthcare professional, it may help the 80% of people with hearing loss in developing counties who have no means of early detection.

  1. Top 5 Vacation Spots for Couples with Hearing Loss

With your new hearing aid significantly improving your relationship with your spouse, Healthy Hearing  recommends 5 vacations perfect for couples with hearing loss. And, if you would rather go on a cruise, they’ve even put together a list of tips for taking a cruise with hearing loss.

Be sure to bring the proper storage case for your hearing aid if you're  vacationing around the beach or ocean. Source: Healthy Hearing

Be sure to bring the proper storage
case for your hearing aid if you’re
vacationing around the beach or
ocean. Source: Healthy Hearing

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Top 10 Benefits of ReSound LiNX

Okay, you get it – ReSound LiNX is the world’s smartest hearing aid. And, it’s cool because it’s Made for iPhone (MFi). But even if you don’t have an iPhone, ReSound LiNX is just a really great hearing aid. Beyond the MFi capabilities, what is it that really makes ReSound LiNX a great fit for almost anyone with a hearing loss – whether you have a cell phone or not?ReSound LiNX

1. Sound Quality – With ReSound LiNX, everything you hear is vivid and natural. Imagine speech that’s clear, strong and easy to understand no matter where you are, what you’re doing or who you’re listening to. In a recent independent study comparing premium products from six manufacturers, a panel of experienced hearing aid wearers gave ReSound’s sound quality top rating[i].

2. Effortless Hearing – With ReSound LiNX, you can relax and enjoy yourself in situations that used to be difficult – like noisy restaurants. If you wear two hearing aids, they exchange data and work together to dynamically select the best directional response for any listening environment. This means you get better speech understanding in noisy situations plus a more natural sense of surroundings – even in the most difficult listening environments.

3. Works for Almost Anyone - ReSound LiNX fits 90% of all hearing losses, from mild to severe so chances are they’ll work for you!

4. Wireless Technology – ReSound’s 2.4 GHz wireless technology – the industry’s most advanced wireless communication system – provides direct streaming of sound and data. That means you can enjoy advanced binaural audiological features and stereo sound streamed directly to the hearing instruments with no need for neck-worn devices.

5. Ear-to-Ear Communication – Your ReSound LiNX hearing aids exchange data and work as one system. They constantly compare data to dynamically analyze the sound environment, exchanging and balancing all input. This means that you receive the most natural sound experience ever and you can follow conversations and react naturally to the world around you.

6. Freedom from Annoying Whistling – Other manufacturer’s hearing aids reduce volume so feedback doesn’t bother you – but then you can’t hear what you want to hear either. ReSound LiNX prevents whistling while maintaining the volume level you need to hear clearly.

7. Discreet, Comfortable Design – ReSound LiNX is so small and discreet that most people won’t even notice that you are wearing it. Plus, it’s slim design hugs the contours of your ear for style, comfort and stability.

8. Durability - ReSound LiNX is coated with iSolateTM nanotech, an ultrathin polymer shield that seals off every component from moisture, oil and dust. It may be small, but it isn’t delicate. It’s durable so you can wear your hearing aids while doing the things you love.

9. Personalization – Your hearing care professional customizes your ReSound LiNX hearing aids to precisely match your hearing loss. And with the new ReSound Smart app, you can personalize and control your hearing aids easily from your phone. But don’t forget, if you don’t have a phone, you can still control your ReSound LiNX from the buttons on your hearing aid.

10. Audio Streaming – ReSound LiNX works with our wireless ReSound UniteTM accessories to stream directly to your hearing instruments without the need for an intermediate device to relay the signal. They allow you to hear voices and other audio from outside the range of any hearing instrument – without neck-worn devices or needing to lip-read.

What ReSound LiNX benefit do you find most appealing?

[i] 2013 Benchmark test was designed and carried out by DELTA Senselab, Hoersholm, Denmark, an independent laboratory specializing in performing listening tests in a variety of domains.

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Au.D Insights | Tammara Stender

TStenderTammara (Tammy) Stender, Au.D, CCC-A, is a Principal Audiologist within the ReSound Global Audiology team. She works mainly on written materials for audiologists and end users to communicate how ReSound products work.

Tammy first joined ReSound in 2003 after serving as an Audiologist for the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women in Orlando, Florida, where she provided a wide range of pediatric diagnostic and amplification services. Tammy received her Doctor of Audiology degree from the University of Florida.

How did you first become interested in a career in audiology?

I knew I wanted to work in a healthcare-related field to help people. After changing majors among medicine, pharmacy, psychology and speech-language pathology, I finally arrived at a career in audiology.

What has been most fulfilling about your career so far?

Seeing a new product begin at a concept and finish at a final product, and then seeing it positively affect the lives of people with hearing loss.

Is there anything you would have done differently?

I wish I had taken more business courses and kept studying Spanish. An engineering course wouldn’t have hurt either!

What tips do you have for current students or those considering a career in audiology?

Audiology is a changing field right now, and I think the best way to be prepared for its changes is to work on building relationships with other allied health professions, as well as physicians. Additionally, generational differences are vast in today’s culture, so it is a good idea to learn the expectations of and legacies of every generation. Hearing aids and other products that improve the hearing health of people are only tools that we as audiologists use to make an impact on our patients’ lives. It’s the relationships we build that are paramount to our occupational success.

 

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ReSound in the News | Its first job is to help people with hearing loss

ReSound recently attended the CE Week Conference & Exhibit in New York, which showcased many innovative new products and technologies. During the conference, ReSound’s Vice President of Marketing, Mike Fryar, chatted with Geek Beat TV about the world’s smartest hearing aid, ReSound LiNX.

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Source: New Scientist

“Its first job is to help people with hearing loss,” says Fryar. “These [hearing aids] are designed to identify the speech and avoid the noise. People have such a hard time in the environments they want to hear the most.”

One of the hosts, John, tells his own personal story of how a prolonged hearing infection led to a 50% hearing loss in one of his ears. “In this kind of noisy environment, I’ll stare at your lips and I’ll turn to get my good ear at you. It’s embarrassing.”

Fryar explains to John that he could regain balance in his hearing through the sophisticated signal processing behind ReSound LiNX. “We’ve got engineers that do nothing but specialize in digital signal processing and they understand speech and acoustics in restaurants” and other noisy environments. “They spend a ton of time trying to make them work in those kinds of environments.”

And we know that what matters most is sound quality. “There was a third party study and [ReSound LiNX] received the top ranking in the world for sound quality,” says Fryar. “More than anything, you want them to have great sound quality, which really means you want to feel like you’re not wearing them.”

Tree_Hugger

Source: TreeHugger

John’s co-host, Cali says she’s excited about ReSound LiNX, even though she doesn’t have a hearing loss. “I need them; she just wants them,” laughs John. “Because they’re so cool,” she confirms. And they are.

“Cool” is the focus of a New Scientist article about next generation hearing aids. Frank Swain writes: “When it comes to personal electronics, it’s difficult to imagine iPhones and hearing aids in the same sentence. I use both and know that hearing aids have a well-deserved reputation as deeply uncool lumps of beige plastic worn mainly by the elderly. Apple, on the other hand, is the epitome of cool consumer electronics.” But, he adds, “the two are getting a lot closer.”

Lloyd Alter, a writer for TreeHugger, says “they need a better name for these things.” After borrowing a pair for a two week trial, he was disappointed to have to give them back. “Instead of putting off buying hearing aids…people should be lining up for these things, it is a whole new world of connectivity.” He adds, “Instead of hearing aid denial and fear, we are going to soon see envy.”

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Independence Day Fireworks | Remember to Protect Your Ears

With Independence Day 1406_FB_ProtectYourHearing_6x6_v4celebrations kicking off tonight, remember to take steps to protect you and your family’s hearing from the damaging effects of fireworks.

Did you know that the single bang of a firecracker at close range can permanently damage your hearing? A firework launched ten feet away from you can result in exposure to 155 decibels of noise – that’s louder than a military jet taking off. To put this in perspective, sounds that are louder than 85 decibels can cause permanent hearing loss. When noise is too loud, it begins to kill the hair cells and nerve endings in the inner ear. So, the longer (and closer) you’re exposed to loud noise, the more likely you are to permanently damage your hearing.

According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), 19 million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage as a result of noise, and 30 million are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day.

The BHI advises you to leave the fireworks to the professionals and sit at least 500 feet from where the fireworks are launched. Fireworks noise for those 800 feet away ranges from 88 to 126 decibels, still loud enough to result in permanent hearing loss.

Remember to pack a pair of disposable ear plugs (made of foam or silicone) for each member of the family and make sure they are worn correctly. A good test is to say the words “boom” and “beat” while wearing the earplugs. If “boom” sounds louder to you than “beat” in either ear, the earplug needs to be pushed farther in.

Finally, stay aware of the warning signs and move further away if you note any of the following:

  • You have to shout over the noise to be heard by someone within arm’s length
  • You have pain in your ears
  • You hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears
  • You suddenly have difficulty understanding speech; you can hear people talking but can’t understand them

We hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

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Industry News Round-Up | Keeping Your Hearing “In Shape”

With summer finally here, and outdoor concerts and fireworks in full swing, recent media  coverage has focused on how to protect your ears from noise-induced hearing loss. To keep you informed, we’ve pulled together a summary of recent articles in the news.

Ear Plugs That Rock
If your plans the summer include concerts or fireworks, consider investing in some high-fidelity earplugs that crank down the volume without muffling the music. Remember that ear plugs only protect your hearing when worn correctly. To check, here’s a simple test: Say the words “boom” and “beat” while wearing the earplugs. If “boom” sounds louder to you than “beat” in either ear, the earplug needs to be pushed farther in.

Deaf to the Dangers of Loud Gym Music
While many people find loud music in fitness classes motivating, research indicates that noise levels are simply too high at the gym. One gym in the United States recorded a level of 106dB in a spin class. According to the article, an instructor teaching back-to-back classes, with music consistently this high, will ultimately end up with damaged hearing. Consider using those earplugs at the gym too!

Exercise Your Ears
According to the Idaho State Journal, “lack of adequate aerobic exercise, obesity, poor nutrition, cardiovascular problems, smoking, noise exposure, frequent use of pain relievers and exposure to organic solvents have been associated with a higher risk for hearing loss.” The article provides a list of healthy hearing practices that may help prevent or reduce hearing loss in adults and children and help maintain hearing fitness.

Communication and Environmental Modification
A recent blog post on the ASHA Sphere Blog, talks about difficult listening situations for people with hearing loss and how environmental modifications can reduce potential communication challenges. The author notes that the best plans to overcome difficulty in these situations include “reducing background noise and improving visibility (ex. lighting, proximity, orientation).”

dusty graphicSource: ASHA Sphere Blog

Scientists Come a Step Closer to Silencing Tinnitus
New research funded by Action on Hearing Loss suggests that tinnitus can be eliminated by blocking signals between the ear and brain, offering hope to suffers that a potential cure may be within reach. Prolonged exposure to loud music or working in a noisy environment is often the main reason why people are affected by this “ringing-in-the-ears” condition.

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