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.

New Scientist

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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Au.D. Insights | What We Can Learn from Tomorrow’s Audiologists

erica-koehlerBy Erica Koehler, Au.D., ReSound Global Audiology

Take a moment to imagine all of the professionals that you encountered during your time as a student, and beyond. Now think of all of the pieces of advice, tricks of the trade, and bits of knowledge that you received from each of them. Seems nearly impossible, right? Well if that is the case, don’t worry, it’s not a sign of poor memory, it’s a sign of a well-rounded professional. The best audiologists are always learning.

The relationship between the hearing technology industry and university students facilitates the give-and-take process of learning and teaching. As audiologists in the industry, we share a common interest with students, and that is information gathering. We are always seeking information and applying our learnings to better serve the future of the profession. Having been a student extern and now employee at ReSound, I have experienced both sides firsthand.

The Global Audiology teams in Copenhagen, Denmark and Glenview, Illinois, both support universities through teaching and educational presentations. In this capacity, we are able to meet the next generation of audiologists and hear their ideas. We often gain a new perspective on the field of audiology and what students, the future of the profession, believe should come next from the industry. When talking with students, we are asked thought-provoking questions that prompt further investigation and sometimes shape the way we do our jobs. Students definitely keep us on our toes!

One example comes to mind. After a talk about directional processing, a student asked, “if the mics are not placed on a horizontal plane, is the processing in the hearing instrument able to compensate or is the directive lost?” I could not answer this question right there because I honestly wasn’t sure, but I did admit that I had seen hearing aids with mic placements that were more vertical than horizontal. I gave my thoughts on the matter, but promised to get back to the class about it. This led me to the acoustic department back at the office where I learned more about the mics and what is and is not possible in how they can be placed to still maintain a relatively good directivity index. In this case, I was asked a question as the instructor, but actually ended up learning something because I had to investigate the answer for the student. Once I found the answer and forwarded it on to the class, I made certain to include this in future talks on this topic. The student was able to ask this question as she knew the answer was attainable from an audiologist working in industry, who would have access to technical product information. Had I been from a different occupational setting, the student may not have thought to ask that type of question. A great question was asked and we all learned from it.

To continue to build these relationships, ReSound has formed an outreach team with the goal of sharing our knowledge of hearing aids, accessories and the hearing aid industry with students. Students are able to learn hearing aid technology from those who “live and breathe” hearing instrument technology and assist in its development. If students are interested in experiencing research and development, we offer internship and externship opportunities that provide a unique experience and insight into an often overlooked career opportunity. The world of hearing aid research and development can provide a unique experience for any audiology student, no matter where they see themselves working after graduation. I have heard students comment that they feel much more comfortable with real ear and test box equipment after their time here. Others say they didn’t realize how complicated hearing aids were and are surprised to see how much time and effort goes into creating them. Another great takeaway is the ability to see the business side of audiology. As much as we thrive on patient care, the reality is that most institutions that employ audiologists are businesses.

When industry professionals and university students come together, it’s a “win-win”!

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ReSound LiNX: “The Magic Is That It Feels Normal”

On May 13, 2014, Dorothy received her new ReSound LiNX hearing aids. The very next day, we received the following letter from her.

DorothyHi amazing ReSound people,

My world has opened up and I am grateful.

Being a breast cancer survivor two times, I’ve had quite a bit of exposure to chemicals from chemotherapy and radiation. Unfortunately for my hearing (although fortunately for my life), the chemotherapy and radiation could be a contributing factor to my hearing loss.

I feel like a new person. My audiologist patiently worked with me for hours, testing my new ReSound LiNX and setting up my iPhone.

The magic is that they feel normal! I was extremely resistant at first because of my past health history, the cost and the thought of adding one more thing to manage my well-being.

But the truth is I don’t have to manage these wonderful ReSound hearing aids. They make my life easier!

For example, my sister called me from Pennsylvania and her voice was in my ears and my phone in my lap. I was so amazed that I had tears in my eyes.

That same day my honey of a man took me out to dinner in a restaurant. I put my phone on the “Restaurant” program and I heard everything he said without asking him to repeat one SINGLE word. When we got home, we watched TV for about an hour and I heard it all. Yay for me!

I must say I am so very thankful.

Thank you kindly for opening up my hearing and improving my life so very much.

Dorothy G.

 

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