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Audiologists

Q:  I have hearing loss and have been told to deal with it.  Should I just get hearing aids?

A: Hearing loss is an injury to the body that needs appropriate management, just like any other injury.  If you have injured your knee, you may seek out a combination of medication, physical therapy, a knee brace and possibly surgery to manage your injury.  Think of hearing loss in the same way as managing another complex injury in your body.

 

Attached below is the position statement from Speech Audiology Canada (SAC) that states that Audiologists are “experts and leaders in designing and providing Aural Rehabilitation”.  Aural Rehabilitation is the process of managing hearing loss which includes appropriate and comprehensive diagnostics, unbiased technology recommendation, counselling, and group therapy to better understand communication strategies and environmental modifications. 

Position Statement

Audiologists are the experts in this field.

There is clearly a plethora of choices in Victoria to get hearing aids, but of the over 25 locations in Victoria, less than 5 will guarantee that your care will be in the hands of an Audiologist. Broadmead and Oak Bay Hearing Clinics have only Audiologists on staff to manage your hearing loss.

Doesn’t it stand to reason, that if Audiologists are the known and recommended experts in the treatment and rehabilitation of hearing loss, that you would choose the care of an Audiologist over a Hearing Instrument Practitioner for your unique hearing loss?

If you have any questions or would like to see one of our Audiologists please feel free to contact us and we'd be happy to book you in.

 

Phonak launches the new Marvel Hearing Aids

Apple introduced technology in their iPhones in 2012 to work first with Resound hearing aids.  Since then, every manufacturer of hearing aids has released a hearing aid to work with apple devices to allow for direct streaming of audio from the phone straight to the hearing aids, effectively working like wireless headphones.

Phonak held strong to its belief that it was going to hold off on launching a product until they could crack the android code. 

And…finally, they have succeeded!

Check out the detailed information below about the new product that is available to order November 28, 2019.

https://hearinghealthmatters.org/blog/2018/phonak-audeo-m-rechargeable-bluetooth-streaming-android-iphone/

Give us a call if you are interested in a demo of these new hearing aids.  250-479-2969

Oticon Rechargeable Hearing Aid Update

The fall of 2017 was all about rechargeable hearing aids.  Oticon, Widex, Starkey, Resound and Unitron all worked with a company called Zpower https://zpowerbattery.com/ to produce a silver-zinc rechargeable battery option for the above-named hearing aid companies. The benefit of this style of battery is that it can be interchanged with a regular disposable battery.  Unlike Lithium-ion batteries, the battery is not encased into the hearing aid.

The downside to this style of battery is that about 15-20% of people using them find the batteries are dying after only 6-8 hours of use.  Oticon had a solution to change the rechargeable battery door which was an improvement in the battery life for many people.  However, some people continue to have difficulties with this type of battery.

Z power has launched a charger firmware update that should be installed into your charger if you are having difficulties with the length of time you are getting from one charge.  If you look at your charger, you will see that there is a USB plug that fits into the wall charger.  Unplug the cord from the wall plug in and plug the USB end into your computer. Do not put your hearing aids into the charger when updating.

Then you will need to download this firmware updater into your charger.  Open the link below to update your charger:

https://zpowerhearing.com/fwupdates/

Other helpful tips include

  1. Always fully charge the batteries until the light in the charging dock is solid green. This takes approximately 7 hours.
  2. Wipe off any moisture on the hearing aids or charging dock before charging using a soft tissue.  Do not use rubbing alcohol or other chemicals
  3. If you are not using your hearing aids for an extended period of time, take the batteries out.

Look here for a useful video about best practices for the charging process:

ZPower Best Practices

New Hearing Aid Technology from Unitron

In this video I am talking to Tali, the Unitron representative.  Unitron has a new product that is both rechargeable and can stream phone calls from an android phone to hearing aids.

Watch the video below to learn more!

 

Newest Hearing Aid Technology from Widex

In this video I am speaking with Ryan from Widex.  Widex has just announced the release of their new product called “Evoke”.  Evoke will be available mid-May, and at the time of this video, Ryan was not allowed to talk in advance about the product, but we know now they have a more powerful and flexible processing chip than ever before. 

It is also using a new app called Evoke, which gives people more flexibility in adjusting their hearing aid via the app.

It still has iPhone connectivity and rechargeability.