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Tinnitus Success Story

This is Susan.  Susan had severe tinnitus and I thought I would share my chart notes about her progress with tinnitus because it is inspiring.  If you are someone suffering with tinnitus, know that there are non invasive and organic options out there.

August 20,2015:  Hearing evaluation.  Tinnitus is "very distressing".  High pitched whistle that she hears bilaterally as well as a static and intermittent clicking noise.  She is sensitive to loud sound and is avoiding social situations for fear the noise will make her tinnitus worse.  She reported having cranial sacral therapy which seems to reduce the loudness of her tinnitus for a few months but it returned.   Tinnitus functional Index scores were high on all sub-tests.  She has seen a local ear, nose and throat doctor and all medical reasons for the tinnitus have been ruled out.  Counseled on tinnitus management strategies and recommended sound therapy with Audiological counseling.  She reports she is now in a "state of distress".  She rates the tinnitus as a 9/10

August 28, 2015:  Fitting of the sound generator to the left ear.  She felt anxious during the fitting process and was was nervous that introducing more sound to her "already loud ear" would make things worse.  She had difficulty inserting the device initially but improved with instruction.  Real ear measurements on the masker showed adequate gain.  She was counseled extensively regarding habituation and instructed how and when to use the device.

September 11, 2015:  Improvements with insertion of the device and data logging in the device show consistent use.  Still noticing the tinnitus and reports it as bothersome, but finds she is less sensitive to loud sound.  Changed the frequency response of the tinnitus masker to have a higher frequency peak.  Continued counseling on autonomic responses and habituation process. 

September 30, 2015:  Doing well.  Significant reduction in the perception of the tinnitus over the past 3 weeks.  Finds her sleep and irritability are improved overall.  She is using them 10-12 hours per day.

November 23, 2015.  End of the 3 month trial period.  She hasn't used the sound therapy device since the end of October because, while she hears the tinnitus, it is very soft and not bothersome.  I asked her if she wanted to return the device, but she chose to keep it to have it "as a crutch" in case the tinnitus came back or in case she has a bad day.  Current tinnitus rating is a 2/10.

If you would like to speak to Susan or try a tinnitus sound support device, please book a comprehensive tinnitus evaluation through either of our offices.

New Hearing Aid Released from Widex

Widex is a family owned company located in Denmark.  Take a look at the picture of their headquarters.  The entire facility is powered by wind.

Widex was the company to introduce the first ever digitally programmable hearing aid in 1988.  Last week, they launched an entirely new hearing aid platform they call "Unique".  Widex has always been known for its proprietary way of processing sound and I have known hundreds of people who hear very well with these hearing aids.   They have carved out a niche area with musicians due to the way they can avoid clipping the loud inputs sometimes generated by music at the level of the hearing aid microphone. This new hearing aid is an advancement in detecting your environment and does a much better job than previous generations of hearing aids at helping people hear better in noise.  It also has excellent wind noise management for those who spend a lot of time outside.   At Broadmead and Oak Bay Hearing Clinics, we have been one of the clinics that were asked to test out the product prior to its launch date Canada wide.  So far, we have been pleased at people's reports of hearing better in noise.  One client even said, "this is the closest thing to a cure". 

If you are interested in trying the Widex Unique, we have been given a few sets of "demo" hearing aids for select people to test out.   For more information about this opportunity, please contact our office and schedule an appointment with our Audiologists.

Funding For Hearing Aids

The BC provincial government is making it easier to get hearing aids for those clients who are covered under the MSDSI program.  The Ministry of Development and Social Innovation provides financial assistance to those with disabilities living in BC.  

The process has become much easier as of April 1, 2015 where those who receive services via their care card, can give their care card number to their Audiologist and we are able to phone into the Ministry to determine eligibility for hearing aids.  

The coverage for hearing aids through the Ministry is excellent.  100% of good quality hearing aids are paid for including a one year supply of batteries. 

If you know someone who has put off getting hearing aids due to finances, email me and we can determine if they are eligible for this excellent program.  

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Extended Wear Hearing Aid, Lyric, has released version 3.1

The Lyric Hearing Aid continues to be the only extended wear hearing aid in the hearing aid marketplace.  This type of hearing aid is inserted by the Audiologist and is worn for up to 3 months and is then replaced in the clinic.  For those who seek a cosmetic solution for their hearing, this is the best hearing aid to accomplish this goal.  

In Victoria, the Audiologists at Broadmead and Oak Bay Hearing Clinics have been fitting the Lyric since its inception.  

The new version promises improved sound quality, more reliable performance on the phone and good speech understanding in challenging situations. In clinical trials, 100% of lyric users of previous generations successfully transitioned into using a lyric 3.1.

The new Lyric shipped to the Broadmead and Oak Bay clinics on Sept. 23, 2015.  If you are interested in finding out if this product is right for you, take advantage of the free 30 day trial.

Exciting New Options for Hearing on the Phone with Hearing Aids

Last week, Widex launched a new product for hearing on a cell phone.  It is a small device with a headphone plug that plugs into the headphone jack of a cell phone.  Then, the signal from the phone is sent wirelessly to both hearing aids.  The sound quality is improved and it eliminates having to keep the phone pushed right up to the ear.

These devices are called Call-Dex and are extremely simple to operate and connect.  They will ONLY work with Widex hearing aids.

Phonak has a similar device that called an Easy Call.  This device needs to be paired using Bluetooth to the cell phone and sticks onto the back of any hearing aid.

These devices made by Phonak and Widex are available at Broadmead and Oak Bay Hearing Clinic.


Hearing Fact

More than 8 million Canadians have some type of hearing problem. Hearing difficulties are often unrecognized by the person involved. Children and teenagers seldom complain about the symptoms of hearing loss, and adults may lose their hearing so gradually they do not realize it is happening.

The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist.