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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“Unlock Your Hearing” On October 15 With Pacific Northwest Audiology and Starkey

Pacific Northwest Audiology and Starkey Hearing Technologies will present “How To Unlock Your Hearing” on October 14, 2015, at the Hampton Inn and Suites, in Bend Oregon. This event will be free to the public…with important information on Tinnitus and the medical, emotional, and social consequences of untreated hearing loss, presented by leading Audiologists. The event will include a lunch buffet, special service deals, & a Kindle Fire raffle. We have Limited seating so you must register at 541-678-5698. Don’t miss out…registration will close on Monday at 5 PM! See more information on the following video:  

Hearing Loss Linked to Dementia

A Cautionary Tale Mounting evidence has established a  strong link between untreated hearing loss and diminished cognitive function, including dementia. Studies also link untreated hearing loss to other medical and emotional problems, including depression. This is a cautionary tale, but a light shines brightly to guide our passage away from danger: Hearing Loss Can End Badly—but we have options! First, the bad news. Mounting evidence has established a strong link between untreated hearing loss (HL) and diminished cognitive function, accelerated mental decline, rapid rates of brain tissue loss, and other disabling conditions, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. People who don’t hear well tend …

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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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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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Pacific Northwest Audiology Attended the Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo

Pacific Northwest Audiology was a vendor at the Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo from July 30 to August 3rd. We had a great time interacting with people of all ages…and had an opportunity to answer important hearing health questions for many many people. In addition to interacting with so many wonderful people…we gave away more than 1000 “Chocolate Ears” at the Fair…which should make local area dentists take heed. And the winners Are… On the last day of the Fair…just pryer to the doors closing for the last time…Pacific Northwest Audiology had a drawing for two Kindle Fire HD tablets. …

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Hearing Loss and Dementia

The Problem An increasing number of independent scientific studies are showing strong evidence that hearing loss is more than just a nuisance of aging. The message is disturbing: people who experience hearing loss as they age may also have a significantly higher risk of developing cognitive disorders, including dementia. Cognitive function is an intellectual process that allows us to become aware of, perceive, or comprehend ideas. It involves all aspects of perception, thinking, reasoning, and memory. The Evidence A 2011 study (Hearing Loss and Incident dementia) was conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore in …

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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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Bend Area Residents Invited to Invisible Hearing Aids Information Party

Pacific Northwest Audiology and Lyric will highlight invisible hearing aid technology on Oct 30…from 10 am to 5 pm…and you’re invited. This will be an information-rich party…we will provide food, drinks, and great prizes…including Bose® QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones, special product discounts, and professional service giveaways. Kevin Haslam from Lyric will present important information on invisible hearing aid technology in the morning…then we will offer certificates for 30 day risk-free trials of Lyric Invisible Hearing Aids. Lyric is the industry leader in this exciting new technology so this will be a great chance for you to interact with …

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