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 Can Prevent Mental Decline

An increasing number of research efforts are linking untreated hearing loss to thinking and memory problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Many of these studies indicate that hearing aids should be used as early as hearing loss symptoms can be verified, but evidence supporting hearing aids as a preventive therapy have been largely theoretical. That has changed recently, with new research just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society by researchers at the French National Institute for Health and Medical Research in Bordeaux France. The study followed 3,670 adults, age 65 and older over a 25-year period. The …

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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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We brought the World on November 12!

Pacific Northwest Audiology held a conference for the benefit of consumers on November 12 to demonstrate the new technologies for connecting hearing aids to a TV, MP3 player, smartphone, or other devices… including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The theme of the conference was “Hearing Aids Just Got Cool”, and our intention was to show how the new connecting technologies were changing the perception of hearing loss for hearing aid users. With Apple in the mix, the old stigma associated with hearing loss is quickly disappearing into the dust of the past! This was a very rare event because …

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The World In Your Hearing Aids!

The days of uncool hearing aids are gone! …and the stigma of hearing loss is settling quickly into the dust of the past. That is because Apple, the symbol of cool consumer electronics, is working with hearing aid manufacturers to pair hearing aids with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch through Bluetooth wireless technology. That’s right…no wires…cool! But what if you don’t use an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch? Don’t worry! Similar technology can, or soon will achieve the same results with other operating systems, including Android and Windows. Whether it’s streaming audio from Skype calls, a TV, MP3 player, …

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What You Need to Know About Hearing Aids

Introduction Untreated hearing loss can damage your physical, emotional, and social health and well-being, but studies by the National Council on Aging and the Seniors Research Group indicates that wearing hearing aids can lead to impressive improvements in the social, emotional, psychological, and physical well-being of people with mild to severe hearing loss. This document provides essential information on hearing aids…it assumes that a comprehensive audiologic assessment was conducted to: identify the type and extent of hearing loss through a hearing evaluation determine the need for medical/surgical treatment and/or referral to a physician determine the need and motivation for audiologic …

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Need Hearing Care? Choose A Business Model!

Introduction You may not be aware of it…but when you choose a hearing provider you are also choosing a business model. One model works off the proposition that profits alone are the bottom line for generating future profitability. This model is exemplified by “Big Box” stores such as Costco and a legion of minimally trained hearing aid dispensers. The competing business model proposes that customer satisfaction drives customer loyalty…and customer loyalty drives profitability and growth. This business model is typified by audiologists trained in an end-to-end process of patient-centered hearing care. The following paragraphs will show that business model implementations …

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