Everyone has that “one” song. The song that has you cranking up the volume, belting out the lyrics and riffing on your air guitar. But what happens when it’s every song you listen to and you’re rocking out with headphones? It could lead to noise-inducted hearing loss.
The World Health Organization recently warned that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to dangerous levels of noise – in their earbuds and at entertainment venues. In fact, hearing loss among teens has already increased about 30% since the 80’s and 90’s.
The best way to protect your hearing is to be mindful of your listening experience. Many experts say the best way to protect your ears is to obey “60/60” rule – keeping the volume of a device under 60% of the maximum volume for a maximum of 60 minutes a day. But you also need to be aware of your surroundings, as you may not even realize just how loud the noise is.
Think of when you go to the gym. You see people with headphones or earbuds, getting into the zone. There may be an exercise class, weights clanging together and machines in use. During that time, the temptation may be to turn up the music to drown all of that background noise out and focus.
It’s easy to see how anyone can absentmindedly increase the volume too loud. Luckily, there are different options available to help. One is to purchase over-the-ear style headphones that have noise canceling technology. Another is to invest in custom made ear buds that block out most noise and allow users to listen to audio at much lower levels.
What are some other scenarios where you may absentmindedly have the audio volume too loud? Or what are some of your go-to’s for protecting your hearing? We’d love to hear from you!
Last year, the World Health Organization estimated that 1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss due to the use of personal audio devices and earbuds. But what about young people who already have hearing loss?
For 10-year-old Gabriella “Gabby” Banda, being born with hearing loss meant hearing aids and difficulty listening to music. According to Gabby’s mom, Teresa, who also began experiencing hearing loss in her 20s, “with her old hearing aids, Gabby would try wearing headphones which caused a lot of feedback.”
Now, thanks the non-profit organization Aid the Silent and Dr. Lance Jackson of the Ear Institute of Texas, she’s able to enjoy music through her new ReSound LiNX2 hearing aids. The Made for iPhone functionality allows her to stream music directly into her ears. “She loves them,” says Teresa. “She loves that she can connect to them with the iPhone. She is able to listen to music now.”
It’s not just the music streaming that she was able to experience either. The first time Gabby wore her ReSound LiNX² hearing aids “she walked outside and noticed she could hear the birds chirping.” At school, Gabby is able to connect to the FM system, making it easier to hear during class. An aspiring model and actress, Gabby has the opportunity to walk during New York Fashion Week on February 10th, 2017 for The Porcelain Teacup’s children’s couture clothing line.
About the hearing aids Teresa says, “She truly loves them.”
We wish Gabby luck as she takes the entertainment industry by storm!
We recently mentioned that our national parks celebrated their 100th birthday and shared tips on how to experience sounds that you don’t hear anywhere else. We hope you were able to get out and experience the unique sounds and landscapes. If you’re more of a “walking in a winter wonderland” type of person, we’ve got you covered!
Wilderness.org put together a list of the 20 prettiest national parks in the winter and you can use the National Park Service’s Find a National Park to locate a national park close to you.
Winter may be a perfect time to visit the more popular spots to take in the sounds, as attendance tends to decrease with the temperatures. One of the sounds you may hear amongst the serene scenery is the snow beneath your feet.
Can’t hear the snow crackling anymore? Take our free online hearing test of visit a hearing care professional and have your hearing checked.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could adjust the volume of your hearing aids without calling attention to them? Or adjust the bass and treble without visiting your hearing care professional? ReSound Smart Hearing brings you the ReSound Smart app, designed for you to personalize your hearing experience with ease.
Adjust volume, treble and bass on the go, create favorite programs and activate them as your enter a new listening environment, all without having to touch – and draw attention to – your hearing aids.
What about the last time you misplaced your hearing aids? We know it’s happened to most of you… With ReSound Smart Hearing you can find your hearing aids with the easy-to-use Finder of the ReSound Smart app.
With the ReSound Smart app your hearing aid settings are as unique as you are and managed by you!
…Isn’t that Smart?
When you think about the reason you decided to get hearing aids, does it have anything to do with reconnecting with your loved ones and the world around you? We thought it might.
ReSound Smart Hearing recognizes that you want to be connected to the world around you – and your loved ones – in the same way that you used to. That’s why we’ve created an ecosystem of wireless connectivity options to make sure you’re plugged in and connected no matter what.
Imagine stereo sound from your favorite music or movie, streamed directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, making a phone or video call with a loved one, or listening to your favorite sounds – all without worrying about wires or something hanging around your neck. ReSound Smart Hearing aids are Made for iPhone, which means they connect with most Apple devices and stream sound directly into your hearing aids.
ReSound Smart Hearing also offers wireless accessories such as the TV Streamer 2, Multi Mic and Micro Mic that allow you steam sound from your TV or extend the listening range of your hearing aids.
No matter the situation or environment, you can tune in to the world around you.
…Isn’t that Smart?
Think about all the things you put on in the morning before you go out the door. Clothes, jewelry, eye glasses, a watch. The items serve their purpose, but allow you to forget about them. The same goes for hearing aids. Smart Hearing aids deliver comfort and durability that allows you to go about your day without interfering with it.
Looking for a hearing aid that fits discreetly in your ear without interfering with your eyeglasses? Or do you want one that sits over your ear in bright red? Either way, ReSound Smart Hearing has a hearing aid designed to fit you comfortably. We have a full range of modern, discreet hearing aids that are small in size but big on listening comfort and sound quality.
Plus, all styles stand up to the punishment of everyday life. Constructed from high-quality, durable materials, every component is coated with iSolateTM nanotech inside and out to repel moisture, dust, sweat and earwax – all substances that can cause corrosion.
…Isn’t that Smart?
The most essential aspect of a hearing aid is its ability to help you hear better. We consider those the audiological (or hearing science) features. At ReSound, we work hard to create features that work just like your first and best hearing device– your ear. That’s why we developed Binaural Directionality II – a feature unique to ReSound Smart Hearing. It allows wearers to hear the sounds around them and to focus on what they want to hear – even in noisy environments.
Think of it like driving a car.
As you drive, you keep your eyes toward the windshield, facing oncoming traffic. Occasionally you check your rear and side view mirrors—just to monitor the road and traffic around you. A glance into the side mirror confirms it’s safe to pass. A look at the rearview mirror helps locate the ambulance siren, whether to the right or left. No one drives forward constantly looking in the mirrors, yet mirrors are critical for safe driving.
Driving without mirrors is like hearing using traditional hearing aids; most hearing aids allow a wearer to hear what is located directly in the front of them while turning down the noise and sound at the wearer’s sides and back. This forward directionality creates a type of “tunnel hearing” that improves the signal-to-noise ratio (which helps the hearing aid wearer hear what’s directly in front of them), but also cuts them off from their environment. For more than a decade, we’ve pioneered solutions to the problems created with traditional directionality.
Empowering Hearing Aid Wearers
We want the hearing aid wearer in the driver’s seat, so she or he has control of their own listening environment. ReSound’s Binaural Directionality II supports collecting data from both ears, which we call binaural processing. Binaural directionality allows wearers to detect sounds and listen to what they want. Your ears are naturally designed to allow your brain to choose where to pay attention. For example, people with healthy hearing detect and turn to face a speaker approaching from behind, even when a louder speaker is in front of them. Binaural Directionality allows hearing aid wearers’ brains to make the same choice. The end result: The wearer has access to all of the sounds around them, while still amplifying the loudest speech signal. In other words, the hearing aid wearer can choose to “glance in the side mirror” while keeping eyes on the road in front.
…Isn’t that Smart?