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DID YOU KNOW???

 

“Automatic” or “Hands-Free” hearing aids make life easier for those with hearing loss.  The increased sophistication of hearing aid programs are so advanced the user no longer needs to make adjustments for varying conditions.  Today’s hearing aid user only needs to wear the aids, letting these miniature technical marvels handle all the required changes.  We’re relying more heavily on the hearing aid to make its own “decisions” about the listening environment.  

 

Today’s automatic systems provide a much more consistent listening setting and superior speech understanding.  Ease of patient use is a priority and a major contributing factor to the individual’s experience. A “hands-free” listening experience allows hearing aid users to be truly present in every moment, enjoy all of life’s sounds, while avoiding the interruption of manual adjustments of yester years.

 

Try the new automatic aids and easily experience the sounds you’re missing.

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

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Smart devices are everywhere these days … Smart cars, smart phones, smart TVs.  Why not smart hearing aids too?  Well, they’re available with the latest technology!  But what constitutes a smart hearing aid?

Working together as a pair - Hearing doesn’t occur in your ears - it happens in your brain. Our brain takes sensory input from both ears to make sense of what our ears pick up. Smart hearing aids are able to exchange information from side to side so processing mimics natural hearing.

Being aware of surroundings - Smart technology can optimize sound based on your surroundings. That means they know what kind of listening situation you’re in and can accurately and quickly differentiate your acoustic environments to optimize their performance as needed.

Automatically adapts to your listening needs – By analyzing the listening environment, smart hearing aids make processing decisions and auto-adapt to provide the best listening experience for that situation.

Learning how you like to hear - Smart hearing aids also learn from your listening preferences.  They can learn your preferences over time essentially eliminating the need for you to make manual adjustments.

Being intuitive and interactive - Smart hearing aids interact with all sorts of consumer electronics, allowing you to stream a phone call without touching your phone, listen to radio, or hear a movie from your TV or tablet through your smart hearing aids. They can also be controlled easily and discreetly via free apps on your smartphone.

Smart hearing aids are available now – They have been developed to enhance the natural hearing process so wearers can understand speech significantly better in challenging listening situations … sometimes even better than normal hearing individuals!  I’m anxious to show you our smart hearing aid options and find out which one is right for you.

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

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Robert ignored his hearing loss for nearly five years, although his friends and family members continued to express frustration over their difficulty talking with him.  He started to re-think his decision after realizing his condition, like many seniors, was impeding his interactions with family and friends. “My wife would ask me something and far too often I found myself saying ‘what?’ or ‘huh?’ and would have to keep asking people to repeat themselves.  My father-in-law underwent cochlear implant surgery, and could hear again after a year of being totally deaf.  He’s now able to communicate with us. That prompted me to get something done.“  Robert decided to try Siemens Carat™ binax smart hearing aids. “They opened up a whole new world,” he said. “As soon as I put them in my ears for the first time, the difference was nothing short of amazing.” In addition to improving his social interactions, the hearing aids help Robert stay active in community affairs. “I go to a lot of conventions and listen to speakers in large groups,” he said. “I no longer have to try to read lips, which is very difficult in group settings.” Robert’s only regret is that he delayed taking action.  He now says, “Being able to hear what’s going on is liberating.”

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

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A recent study shows that only 1 out of 6 seniors with hearing loss actually do anything about it.  When asked why, 67% of those seniors responded with an unfounded fear that they would appear to others as old or feeble if they wore hearing aids.  However, when asked if they viewed hearing aid wearers negatively, only 8% said yes.  So it’s clear that many seniors have an incorrect perception about wearing hearing aids and overestimate how others may view them.  The study also pointed out that 1 in 4 seniors purposely avoid interacting with those that have hearing loss.  It’s very important for you to stay socially engaged.  Hearing loss is known to accelerate cognitive decline and early onset of dementia.  Although many say they hear just fine, unknown hearing loss impacts those around you while reducing the joy in your own life.  When eyesight fails, people need eyeglasses to improve their vison.  Why not get help with your hearing as well?  Take the needed action.  Have your hearing tested.  Better hearing improves life! Guaranteed!!!

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

DID YOU KNOW???

The ear is a magnificently detailed structure!  Each component of the ear provides independent assistance toward the ultimate goal of hearing well.  There are 3 distinct components of the overall ear structure; the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear.  Each component has a different but very important function.  The outer ear’s shape captures and funnels sounds through the ear canal to the ear drum.  Then, the middle ear takes the vibrations from the eardrum and amplifies it via a leveraged action of three tiny bones (commonly known as the hammer, the anvil and the stirrup).  This amplified sound is then transferred to the inner ear where vibrations in the cochlea (the hearing organ) are converted to electrical impulses and sent to the brain via the auditory nerve.

 

Any of these interconnected parts of the ear can fail and cause a loss of hearing.  Hearing is one of the most important senses we’ve been given.  Don’t wait to have your hearing tested.   It’s easy to find out if you need help with a hearing issue! 

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

DID YOU KNOW???

There is now a product available for help with building excessive earwax and other ear issues.  I’ve written before about how earwax (cerumen) should be carried out of the ear canal with normal outward cell growth.  The secret to this process appears to be keratin growth.  Healthy keratin lines the ear canal and ear drum for protection and provides a mechanism for removal of the oils and waxes that we all produce.  To promote keratin growth and restore normal PH to our ears, the Miracell company has produced a product called ProEar.  ProEar has been found to stop itchy ears, soften earwax, and promote growth of new ear canal tissue (keratin).  A few drops routinely placed in the ear canal has been shown to achieve dramatic results with controlling wax, eliminating irritations, and even ease certain types of tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

 

I’m impressed with this all natural, botanical product and urge you to give it a try.  Ask me about a free sample to get you started.        

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

 

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Why are hearing aids so expensive?  I know they’re digital, computerized devices but after all, they’re only a fraction of the size of my computer which sells for much, much, less!  This is an excellent and a frequently asked question.  To answer this, we have to compare the economics of hearing aid manufacturing to that of the computer industry.  Using the United States as an example, there are over 320 million people residing within our borders.  Roughly 76% of all citizens own a computer (243 Million). About 10% of the population (32 Million) need hearing aids but on average, only 25% of those in need (8 Million) actually make the purchase. 

 

The cost to build and support the two compared products (services, warranties, repairs, R&D, robotics, facilities, staffing, insurance, etc.) is about the same for both industries.  The sheer volume of computer users drives the overall product cost down. So the simple answer to why hearing aids cost more than computers is not necessarily in the cost of the product itself but the cost of support required to serve the needs of the fewer patients that wear them.        

 

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

DID YOU KNOW???

 

When we have an injury, it’s sometimes possible to rehabilitate via special therapies.  A fall may result in a sprain or break that over time must be rehabilitated to regain functionality.  Difficulty in understanding speech is similar to an injury in that it many times can be restored through rehabilitation.  Although sound is heard through our ears, it’s our brains that interpret those sounds.  Those that have ignored their hearing loss for some time usually see a decline in speech understanding, even though they may indeed hear the sound. 

 

One very simple way to start rehabilitating your speech understanding can be done easily at home.  Simply reading out loud to yourself will begin the process of better understanding.  This process allows the eyes to see the words, the ears to hear the words, allowing the brain to regain the needed association. 

 

This is not a fast process and may take several months to see results … but after all, your loss may have taken years to develop.  This therapy does require that you hear the correct vowels and consonants in words so the brain can correctly interpret and “re-learn” speech sounds.  Proper amplification of lost or weakened frequencies is the first step toward rehabilitating your understanding of speech. 

 

Have your hearing tested.  Find out what is needed to once again hear and understand the sounds of life.

 

 

C.W. Darby

MA, HIS/D

DID YOU KNOW???

 

Difficulties hearing typically come with age!  It’s just a fact of life, most of us don’t hear as well as we did when we were younger.  This condition, called sensorineural presbycusis, stems from the loss of tiny hair cells in the cochlea (the organ of our inner ear that transmits sound to the auditory nerve).  Once lost, these hair cells will not regenerate therefore hearing can’t become normal again without prosthetic help. 
 
The best analogy I know would be with our vision.  With age, our vison tends to weaken.  We get prescriptive lens to offset that age related vision loss. Voila!!! We see great again!  Similarly, we need prescriptive amplification for our ears.  Hearing aids are devices that amplify the specific frequencies that we’ve lost to age. 

 

They are programmed to intensify the vibrations specifically in the frequency areas that have weakened.  Just like renewed vision and improved sight, hearing aids can bring marvelous improvements allowing us to hear sounds like they were meant to be heard.  
 
Have your hearing tested.  Avoid that frustration of not hearing well.  Find out how hearing treatment can improve your quality of life.
 


C.W. Darby
MA, HIS/D

DID YOU KNOW???

 

There are two parts of hearing!  The easy part is hearing sounds.  The second and more difficult part is understanding those sounds that are heard.  Most people, even those with severe hearing loss, can hear others talking but are simply unable to completely understand what is being said.  This problem, known as poor speech discrimination, is the most common issue I see with hearing loss patients. 

 
So … if I wear hearing aids to amplify weak frequencies (part 1), I should be able to understand people talking, right?  Well, not necessarily!!!  You’ll definitely hear the sounds better but it’s the brain, not the ear, that processes speech understanding (part 2).  Far too many people wait to treat their hearing loss until the brain “forgets” how to process many of those voice sounds. 


Normal “age related” hearing loss can be treated with properly matched hearing aids that allow you to hear the sounds.  But it requires time and retraining therapies to regain the ability to understand those sounds.


Don’t delay!  Have your hearing tested and treated if required.  Early detection and treatment can avoid the aftereffect of lost understanding.    
 


C.W. Darby
MA, HIS/D

DID YOU KNOW???

 

Earwax, also known as cerumen, is a good thing!  Earwax is normal and is created by the sebaceous glands in our ear canal.  It should lightly coat the ear canal and eardrum to protect us from bacterial infections.  However, an overabundance of earwax can block sound and cause a hearing loss.
 
When we were younger our bodies naturally pushed the earwax to the outside as our skin grew outward (a process called epithelial migration).  As we age, many times this process slows down or even stops.  This causes the earwax to build up over time.  The old saying “do not put anything in your ear smaller than your elbow” is definitely true.  When we try to clean our ears with a cotton swab, we are only pushing the earwax deeper into the canal and against the eardrum.  Eventually this results in impacted ears. 
 
Routine and gentle flushing with warm water normally keeps our ears clean and healthy.  If your ears have become blocked with earwax, seek professional help to be safe.  I’ll be happy to show you how to easily maintain your ears and hopefully avoid any hearing loss that may result.
 
 
C.W. Darby
MA, HIS/D

DID YOU KNOW???


If you have a hearing loss, it’s important that you be proactive in seeking treatment.  Hearing loss can be mild, moderate, severe or profound in many aging adults and can be caused by a variety of conditions.  Simply removing a blockage from the ear canal can often immediately restore hearing. There are medical treatments that can also improve or restore hearing. 

 

For those with age related loss, proper frequency amplification brings amazing results in both hearing sounds and understanding speech.  Proper treatment of the cause, along with aural rehabilitation, can enhance your life by helping with lost cognitive functions (perception, thinking, reasoning and remembering).


We can’t do anything about aging, but we can make the aging process less stressful and more enjoyable.  A regained sense of hearing allows us to re-engage in life.  Being able to hear warning signals, understand instructions, enjoy TV and communicate with friends and family are just a few of the benefits of improved hearing.  Take the difficult first step. Admit to yourself that you have trouble hearing.  Then, find the right help.  You’ll be glad you took action and thank yourself later!
 


C.W. Darby
MA, HIS/D

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