Aventa 3.6 allows users to utilize the Acceptance Manger, a feature that provides changes in gain settings, over a period of time and amount of usage, as determined by the hearing healthcare specialist. This is supported in both the ReSound LiNX 9 and ReSound LiNX 7 hearing instruments. In this month’s Tech Tip, we walk you through how to access and select Acceptance Manager options.
Launch Aventa 3.6
Connect ReSound LiNX Hearing Instruments.
Navigate to the Fit Screen
Select, ‘Acceptance Manager,’ from the left navigation menu.
Make Desired Acceptance Manger selections.
- From 1 week to 6 months of duration.
- Average Daily Use
- From 2 hours to 16 hours usage per day.
- Preserve Fine-Tuned Gain
- If checked, will calculate fine-tuning changes made to the current gain settings, into the end point target curves.
- Synchronize Progress During Use Time
- Allows the instruments to adapt at the same progress so that they end at the same point.
Visible Starting and Ending Points
Once the Acceptance Manager has been initiated, visible starting (A) and stopping (B) points will be seen in Aventa 3.6. Make any further pertinent programming adjustments, and select, ‘Save.
Follow Up Visits
During follow up visits, once connected in Aventa 3.6, the Adaptation Manager will indicate that adaption is in progress and show an estimation of time remaining, until completion.
Remember back in the ‘90s when people thought that listening to Mozart while studying would help with test performance? While some studies have disproved this theory, listening to music is still considered to be effective in recalling memories. In fact, music therapy can help Alzheimer’s patients recall memories and even restore cognitive function.
When you listen to music you’re familiar with, it stimulates the hippocampus, which handles long-term storage in the brain. It can help you remember what you were doing or where you were when you were listening to that song. So it’s really not much of a stretch to use music as a strategy to help you remember something.
Beyond the cognitive benefits of music therapy, think about how sounds in general affect your mood. The sound of a police or ambulance siren often incites a negative feeling, while the pitter patter of rain drops on the roof can be soothing and relaxing.
In 2012, the Drayton Manor Theme Park in the United Kingdom commissioned a survey of their nation’s favorite – and least favorite – sounds. The Daily Telegraph reported the results:
TOP 10 MOST LOVED SOUNDS
- Waves against rocks
- Rain against the windows
- Treading on snow
- Baby laughing
- Birds chirping
- Crackling open fire
- People laughing
- Leaves crunching beneath your feet
- Cat purring
- Church bells in the distance
TOP 10 MOST HATED SOUNDS
- Nails on a chalk board
- Someone being sick
- Car alarm
- A dentist’s drill
- Someone spitting
- A yapping dog
- Screaming baby/children
- Someone talking with their mouth full
- Someone grinding their teeth
- Someone’s knife grinding on a plate
What are your favorite sounds?
At a recent ReSound training in New Orleans, Steve Brown, an audiologist at Ears 4 Hearing in Southeast Missouri, asked our Chief Audiology Officer, Laurel Christensen, some advice on a patient he was treating.
- 61-year old male
- Long-term severe hearing loss
- Surgical equipment specialist
- Wearing RIC hearing aids from another manufacturer
The patient was struggling to keep his job because of the extent of his hearing loss. He had recently been assigned a particularly difficult neurosurgeon to support. and while the neurosurgeon was pleased with the new specialist’s work, he was irritated that he had to keep repeating himself.
Dr. Brown discussed the patient’s working environment with Dr. Christensen.
- He was required to stand at a monitor approximately 15 feet behind the surgeon
- Not only was the surgeon’s back to the patient, but he was also wearing a surgical mask and typically looking down
- There was a lot of noise in the room from surgical equipment, suction machines and conversation
- The patient was expected to hear and respond to every comment made by the surgeon – who was easily irritated by having to repeat himself
- The surgeon told him that his job was in jeopardy if he could not improve his hearing
Dr. Brown tried several adjustments on the patient’s existing hearing aids. He also suggested the use of a remote microphone which was unsuccessful due to poor sound quality and poor placement options. He finally convinced the patient to try ReSound LiNXTM and discussed the case with Dr. Christensen while in New Orleans prior to the fitting.
Dr. Brown fit the patient with LiNX 961’s and gave him a ReSound UniteTM Mini Microphone. At Dr. Christensen’s recommendation, the Mini-Mic was to be worn by a surgical nurse standing across from the surgeon during procedures since asking the surgeon to wear a mic was out of the question.
After a week of wearing the LiNX, the patient was seen for follow-up and returned the Mini-Mic. His report: “[I’m] hearing so well in surgery with these ReSound hearing aids I don’t need the extra mic.”
With ReSound LiNX there is no reason why hearing loss should get in the way of any aspect of your life!
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One week from today, 36,000 people will run the 118th Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest annual marathon. Just one year ago, this iconic event was torn apart by a horrific bombing at the finish line. As we approach the anniversary, we remember those affected by the terrible events of April 15th, 2014 and examine the acoustic trauma experienced by many who were near the blast.
That evening, the emergency department at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary was full. Patients who were cleared of other major medical trauma next door at Massachusetts General Hospital arrived to be evaluated for ear pain, hearing loss and other head and neck injuries. According to an article in the Hearing Journal, “most patients had hearing loss, tinnitus, and mild disequilibrium. On exam, they had tympanic membrane perforations, large and small. Pieces of metallic shrapnel were identified and carefully removed from patients’ faces, necks, and arms. Audiograms revealed both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, often worse in the ear facing the blast. Careful eversion of perforated drum edges was performed, and selected patients with sensorineural hearing loss were treated with oral steroids.”
In the following weeks, treatment recommendations were made based on experience with traumatic perforations from other causes, clinical and scientific literature on noise-induced hearing loss, and recommendations from military literature and military colleagues. However, this experience led them to acknowledge that there is a lot we don’t know about blast-related ear injury. Since the bombing, they have been conducting research into the consequences of acoustic trauma. Results have not yet been published, but we hope that it will lead to better treatment of these types of injuries.
We all know about the stigma associated with wearing hearing aids and how long it takes for the average person with hearing loss to accept they need help. With the aging baby boomer population increasingly suffering from hearing loss (and ignoring it), perhaps the high tech, “cool” factor of Made-for-iPhone® hearing aids will finally change those age-old perceptions.
Julio O’Jeda of the St. Paul Pioneer Press certainly thinks so. In his recent article, “Bluetooth hearing aids could take off with baby boomers”, he mentions the association of hearing aids with the Apple brand as a potential motivator for adoption. And that’s what hearing aids need. They should be viewed as personal enhancement devices, rather than a “treatment” for an age-related health problem. Besides, we all know that hearing loss can occur at any age for a multitude of reasons.
According to an article on SFGate.com, Made-for-iPhone hearing technology has come at the right time. “Everybody’s walking around with more computer power than they need in their smartphones,” said Thomas Gunderson, a senior health care analyst. “We’ve got a market where 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day. We finally have cracked the battery problem. I think it all comes together, and it makes sense that Apple is a leader here.”
What do you think? Will people be more open to using hearing aids now that they can work with a cool new app?