Dr. Wright's Blog

New Hearing Aid Technology from ReSound

In this video I am speaking to Susan from Resound. Resound is working hard on their platform to assist with telehealth.  If you have a Resound hearing aid, you can use the app to send an email to your Audiologist who can then pull up your hearing file, make an adjustment to your hearing aids, then send that adjustment through the cloud and back to your device.

From the device, you can load the change your Audiologist made and then choose to accept the change if you like it or reject it to return to previous settings.

Very exciting technology!

Erin

 

Oticon's New Hearing Aid Technology for 2018

In this video you will hear me talking to our Oticon Rep, Rebecca. She's describing how Oticon’s Brain Hearing Platform works by analyzing sound environments and cleaning up the signal for maximum speech intelligibility in a noisy environment. This is exciting technology and I recommend you take a look! Erin

What's New in Phonak Hearing Aids for 2018

Phonak is ramping up its efforts to have the most complete portfolio of rechargeable hearing aids.  In the video below I am talking to Daryl the Phonak rep. 

What we didn’t talk about is the mid-May release of their rechargeable CROS hearing aid.  The CROS is a type of hearing aid for those with single sided deafness.   CROS style aids are traditionally very battery hungry devices, so the release of this device will be a much-anticipated product. 

They have also released their power version of their Belong, or “B” platform which has a proprietary fitting formula to help better fit people who have severe hearing loss.

 

Interactive Impairment

This week I saw a man who has been using hearing aids for a number of years and he was talking to me about his hearing loss. What struck me, was the way in which he was describing the effects of his hearing loss. He described his hearing loss as “an interactive impairment which is more egregious with his partner.” I thought this was very insightful because often I will hear someone with hearing loss say that they don’t need their hearing aids when they are at home because it is just them and their partner. This man articulated this issue beautifully in my mind because the difficulty that hearing loss causes is not as simple as hearing. It is an interruption to an interaction that has a flow or a life to it. When the flow is disrupted, there becomes frustration or irritation on both sides. In my mind, as well as the articulate Mr. Doyle, the term interactive impairment should be the new way to describe hearing loss.

The New Widex Evoke Hearing Aid

The New Widex Evoke - Release Date May 14, 2018

A new product release is always an exciting time!

Widex is a great hearing aid that we have worked with in past years with their Unique and Beyond platform, but now we get to see a new chip which is improving the hearing aids overall ability to analyze and clean up a noisy signal.

What we know about this new platform from Widex is that they have added to the available fitting rationales from their previous product. They made changes to better meet the needs of different hearing aid users. The goal is to ensure that each different person gets optimal amplification depending on their previous experience using hearing aids.

The Evoke is constantly analyzing the environment around the patient. In Evoke (as compared to their Beyond product), they have made changes to how accurately the sound is categorized. The two new sound classes make a total of 11 sound classes with the new classes being social and classic music. The social sound class is designed to give the best sound in smaller gatherings reducing soft sound from a distance leading to more effortless listening. This effectively creates a bubble around the patient to allow them to hear well in small groups by reducing soft level noises following louder bursts of speech. This same feature helps with the music setting by enhancing the soft parts of music to enrich the overall sound.

Variable speed compressor. Dual compressor design allows the hearing aid to use both slow and fast acting compression to allow for both audibility and intelligibly. The different compressors vary depending on the environment that the hearing aid detects. The fast compressor is best illustrated in the social sound class. The fast compressor is used to make quiet sounds even quieter by reducing them to be below the hearing thresholds.

A new special program called “impact program” is an advanced program optimized for very challenging noisy environments by creating a sharper overall sound to increase speech understanding in noise. This is only available in the Evoke 440.

Widex has four available technology levels from the Evoke 110, Evoke, 220, Evoke 330 and Evoke 440.

If you are interested in this technology, give our office a call and book a consultation with one of our Audiologists.