How do Hearing Aids work?

How do Hearing Aids work?

Hearing aids are small, electronic devices that amplify some sounds. This can make it easier for people with a range of hearing needs, from moderate to severe, to distinguish unique sounds throughout their day. This allows people with hearing loss to hear in quiet places as well as loud and noisy places with many different kinds of sounds occurring at once. Hearing aids are a common solution to many different kinds of hearing needs. It is important to take some time to understand the wealth of information about how hearing aids work, and what styles of hearing aids are best …

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TINNITUS – THE END OF QUIET MOMENTS?

Tinnitus is the perception of sounds that have no external source. The severity of tinnitus varies from an occasional awareness of ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, or other rough sounds in one or both ears, to an unbearable and incessant noise that drives some people to consider suicide. Tinnitus isn’t a “phantom sound” or “condition” — it’s a symptom of an underlying medical problem, such as noise trauma, age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or disease of the circulatory system. Tinnitus is relatively common, but in rare cases it can be a symptom of a serious underlying condition, such as a …

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The Bend Oregon Hearing Tech Expo

Pacific Northwest Audiology had a full house in attendance at our Hearing Tech Expo on Wednesday, Feb 8, at the Mount Bachelor Village Conference Center. Dr. Li began the day with a very well received talk on age-related hearing loss (her PhD thesis at the world renowned Karolinska Institutet in Sweden). The Doctor also reviewed new scientific studies which strongly linked untreated hearing loss and dementia. Dr. Odgear, also from Pacific Northwest Audiology, was the second batter, and he knocked it out of the ball park with his talk on hearing trends and the future of hearing tech. We convened for …

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Pacific Northwest Audiology Sponsors Another Hearing Aid Luncheon in Bend Oregon

Pacific Northwest Audiology had a another successful “Dine and Demo” luncheon at Gregg’s Grill in Bend Oregon on October 26, co-hosted by Unitron.  So, what is a Dine and Demo Luncheon? Simply put, it’s an opportunity for guests to sample the latest hearing enhancement technology in a real world environment over lunch.  This event was NOT designed to meet a sales quota. Guests learned important facts about hearing loss while sampling the advantages of new hearing technology…hearing aids that push the limits of hearing! Dine and Demo luncheons are limited to only 14 invited guests. The event was designed to be relatively small, informative, and friendly, a learning environment …

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Pacific Northwest Audiology Hearing Aid Luncheon in Bend OR

Pacific Northwest Audiology had a very successful “Dine and Demo” luncheon at Gregg’s Grill in Bend Oregon on October 11, co-hosted by Widex High Definition Hearing.  So, what is a Dine and Demo Luncheon? Simply put, it’s an opportunity for guests to sample the latest hearing enhancement technology in a real world environment over lunch.  But we’re not talking about yesterday’s hearing tech. Guests sampled hearing aids that push the limits of hearing! Dine and Demo luncheons are limited to only 14 guests. The event was designed to be relatively small, informative, and friendly, a learning environment that allows each guest to evaluate new hearing solutions with no …

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The View from Tomorrow

This was a wildly successful event …87 registered…15 on standby…engaging speakers, a highly responsive audience, and dancing during the breaks! What we learned… Tomorrow’s hearing technology is available today! Hearing loss no longer means the end of a good life! Hearing loss is no longer stigmatized! Hearing technology is cool…even desirable! Hearing care options have never been better! What is the View from Tomorrow? Streaming audio from HDTV, iOS, Android, and other devises Connecting without wires to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch Controlling hearing aid settings with a smart phone Communicating in any environment Using Apps to enrich our …

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Hearing Aids Improve Brain Function

A new study, “The benefit of amplification on auditory working memory function in middle-aged and young-older hearing impaired adults,” by Jamie Desjardins, PhD, an assistant professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), found that hearing aids improve brain function in mature adults with hearing loss. Previous Studies Previous studies have shown that untreated hearing loss is associated with serious emotional, medical, and social consequences, including unnatural mental decline and dementia. These disabilities often result in reduced job performance, lower income, and a generally diminished quality of life. Declining cognitive function is also associated with a loss of auditory working memory, the ability …

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Patient-Centered Hearing-Health Care vs. Sales-Centered Hearing Care

The Bottom Line The following table compares the professional business model, represented by doctor-level audiologist such as those working at Pacific Northwest Audiology, and the corporate business model, represented by “Big Box”, manufacturing, and franchise retailers. The bottom line is that when you select a hearing care provider you also accept their business model…and the consequences of that model. You can choose patient-centered hearing-health care by a Doctor of Audiology, or volume sales-centered care by a technician. Given the increasing evidence linking medical, emotional, and social consequences to hearing loss, we hope the table guides you to your best choice for a hearing …

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Untreated Hearing Loss

The consequences can be severe but treatment offers hope! Untreated hearing loss has been linked to disabling medical conditions such as dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, and cardiovascular disease. Studies and observational evidence indicate that untreated hearing loss can damage your physical, emotional, and social health and well being. Your family, friends, and others will not escape these changes. In a very real sense they will share the unwanted consequences of your hearing loss. The good news is that the worst effects of hearing loss can be moderated with hearing aids, cochlear implants and post-fitting rehabilitation. When people with mild-to-profound hearing …

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There was a Time…

…when hearing aids weren’t cool. But that time isn’t now! The stigma of hearing loss is settling quickly into the past as hearing aids become cool. Why? Because Bluetooth technology allows hearing aids to communicate wireless with an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch… directly or through the use of external streamers. That’s right..no wires..cool! And you aren’t limited to IOS products! High end wireless accessories are also available with Android and Windows products. That means you can have all the benefits of wireless streaming with your favorite devises! The bottom line: you can stream audio from Skype calls, TVs, MP3 …

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