“I love that they are barely noticeable.”

Firemen have one of the more dangerous job in the world. When others run out, they rush in. Fire and smoke aren’t the only hazards that can pose a threat to their health on a daily basis – noise can as well.

Jeff Shupe can attest to that. Shupe is a retired firefighter who still does fire training work for numerous fire departments across the country. He began his career in 1974 where, for over 35 years, he was exposed to uncontrolled emergency scene noise environments.

“The trucks weren’t built to protect from noise,” said Shupe, “It’s only in the past two decades that any advancement in hearing protection has been pushed for firefighters as an occupational concern. It is a fact that most all in my profession will suffer down the road because of the job.”

Jeff first became aware of his hearing loss 15 to 20 years ago during a union-scheduled hearing test. He was one of 50 men selected for a local study on the effects of occupational noise on fire fighters. However, Jeff wasn’t keen on the idea of getting a hearing aid.

“There was vanity involved. I didn’t want a big, clunky hearing aid. That deterred me for a while,” said Shupe. However, he did have someone in his life that “pushed” him to finally get hearing aids – his daughter, Dr. Samantha O’Leary of Audiology Associates of Nashville.  “My daughter kept pushing me to get hearing aids. She would tell me constantly ‘you got to do something.’ I expected them to be uncomfortable, but my daughter helped me through that phase.”

In November, Jeff was fit with ReSound LiNX². “They are fantastic,” said Shupe, “I love that they are barely noticeable. The tubing is so small that it looks like a hair and it isn’t noticeable at all.”

The change in sound quality has been noticeable as well.  “There’s a big difference between when I have them in and when I have don’t. You miss a lot. If you go out with friends, you miss conversations. Now that I hear better, I can focus and have better quality conversations.”

Jeff’s professional life has been positively impacted by his ReSound LiNX² as well. “When I was speaking at trainings, I use to cup my hand to my ear to hear questions. Now, I can hear the questions clearly,” says Shupe, “I haven’t had to make any adjustments, and I only take them out during water-based trainings.”

“It’s easier to get help now than it was in the past,” said Shupe, “people shouldn’t put it off. The technology is better and the size is so much more discreet.”

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Knowing is half the battle: ReSound education series

Nearly 1 in 10 Americans report some degree of hearing loss. For Americans 60 years and older, that number increases to 3 in 10. Even with the prevalence of hearing loss, it can take seven or more years before a person may seek help. ReSound has put together an educational video series, from learning about the signs of hearing loss to adjusting to life with your new hearing aids, to provide some insight on the journey to better hearing.

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7 steps to keep ReSound hearing aids clean and tip-top shape

Spring time has arrived, and with it, the tradition of spring cleaning. While spring cleaning is a once-a-year occurrence, routine cleaning and maintenance of your ReSound hearing aids can help prolong their durability.  Here are 7 steps to follow to ensure your get the most out of your ReSound hearing aids:

  1. Keep your hearing instrument clean and dry. Wipe the case with a soft cloth or tissue after use to remove grease or moisture. Do not use water or solvents, as these can damage the hearing aids(s).
  2. Never immerse hearing aids in water or other liquids, as liquids may cause permanent damage to the hearing aids.
  3. Avoid rough handling of hearing aids or dropping them on hard surfaces or floors.
  4. Do not leave hearing aids in or near direct heat or sunlight, such as in a hot, parked car, as excessive heat can cause damage or deform the casing.
  5. Do not wear your aids while showering, swimming, in heavy rain or in a moist atmosphere such as a steam bath or sauna.
  6. If your hearing aid does get wet, or if it has been exposed to high humidity or perspiration, it should be left to dry out overnight with the battery out and the battery compartment open.
  7. Remove your hearing aid when applying such things as cosmetics, perfume, aftershave, hair spray, and suntan lotion. These might get into the hearing aid and cause damage.
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“I enjoy my life a lot more”

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go? While traveling can be stressful, particularly for those who suffer from hearing loss, it can also lead to grand adventures. Jonathan Shackleton is a ReSound ENZO² user and has taken his Smart Hearing aids all the way to Antarctica. We’re proud to share his amazing story.

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Sounds of the day

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!

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Music to Gabby’s Ears

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!

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Walking in a winter wonderland

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.gettyimages-171590965

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