Your Hearing Aids Are Cool!


New Hearing Aid Technology is Amazing!

Automatically Adjusting: Although hearing aids have had the ability to automatically change programs since the early 2000’s, it started off as being able to jump between a speech in quiet and a speech in noise setting. Over the past few years, hearing aids are now able to analyze the sound environment that you are in, compare information about it between the left and right devices, and then adapt the settings for that specific environment. This has created much more efficient adjustments while providing a smoother listening experience.

BrainHearing Technology: Oticon More  takes hearing healthcare to a new level. It’s the world’s first hearing aid with a Deep Neural Network (DNN) embedded on the chip. The DNN is trained on 12 million real‑life sounds to give your brain more of the information it needs to decipher the intricate details of relevant sounds.

Motion Sensors: One of the latest additions to hearing aids is the addition of motion sensors. This provides the manufacturers with several different options for improving quality of life. Starkey has used this technology in an interesting way, adding step counting as well as fall detection and alerting benefits for their users. Through their app, you can track your steps and activity, much like a Fitbit.

Other manufacturers, such as Signia in their Pure X products, are using this information to better evaluate listening needs. Here is an example of how motion sensors can help an individual hear better. Two hearing aid users are on the side of a busy road. One is sitting on a patio having dinner with their family. The other is walking with their spouse down the street next to the patio. For the first individual, being stationary in a noisy environment, they will likely want the hearing aid to focus on the person across the table from them that they are looking at, and decrease the sounds of the road noise and people walking by. For the person in motion walking, they will want the hearing aid to continue to offer sounds from all directions so they can hear the person beside them and also any other sounds for increased safety.

Music Programs: For a long time, all of the advancements in speech enhancement and sound smoothing that helped the hard of hearing understand speech better made listening to music somewhat of a challenge. In recent years, manufacturers have been working hard to maximize how music sounds as well. One of the things that has helped is that new speakers have more high frequency response, allowing them to amplify more of the sounds in music. The microphone technology is also improving, allowing more of the sound to be captured without distortion. Further to that, manufacturers are creating more programs (inside of the automatically adjusting and outside) to help with the sound quality of music. Widex  automatically offer different frequency responses for classical than for contemporary music. Signia has special manual music programs to select for live, recorded or while performing. Each of these offer different parameters to make it sound better for that intended purpose. Phonak can even classify its streamed signals as speech or music, making a significant improvement of the music quality.

Direct Streaming: The vast majority of new hearing aids (other than the smallest options that sit deep in the ear) now offer a direct connection to many of your different devices, such as smartphones and TVs. By connecting your hearing aids directly to these devices, it allows you to hear the sound at exactly the volume that you want while improving speech clarity.

The latest Phonak Paradise hearing aids can connect directly with almost all Android and iPhone smartphones. With these devices connected, you will be notified when a call is coming in by a ringing through the hearing aid. All you need to do is push a button on the device to answer the call and the other person’s voice will come right through the hearing aids. The microphone on your hearing aid will pick up your voice and send it back to the phone. This means there is no need to take the phone out of your pocket or purse when using it. A truly hands free solution!

GPS Tracking: We have been asked for years for a way to help find lost hearing aids. Making use of direct connection to smartphones and the GPS data within the phone, several of the new models of hearing aids can keep track of when the hearing aid was last within range of your cell phone. This location can then be shown on a map, making it much easier to track down a lost device.

3D Printing of custom shells: For any of the custom components of a hearing aid, the manufacturers are now using 3D printing technology to replicate the ear as accurately as possible. Phonak has even started using a 3D printed premium medical-grade titanium material for their smallest device, the Virto Titanium IIC. These titanium shells are only half as thick as a traditional acrylic shell, allowing us to fit all of the electronics into an even smaller space. They also provide 15 times the strength of a traditional material.

Real Time Language Translation: Through the Starkey Thrive App, the Livio Edge AI hearing aids are actually able to listen to someone speaking another language and then translate what they said using Google’s proprietary Google Translate. The hearing aids then have an automated voice that relays the translation into your ears. This is something straight out of a sci-fi movie not too long ago. At this point in time, unless the other person also has these devices themselves, it still isn’t possible to have a two way conversation with both people speaking their own language, but it should certainly make traveling to a foreign country much easier.

Understanding that not all of these features will be relevant for everyone, but there is no denying that the technology that is being built into them is advancing faster than ever and much of it is incredibly cool. We see people in our clinics daily who are excited about how these new technologies are improving their quality of life!

To Learn More about what new technology has to offer you, please call Absolute Hearing Care Centers. We are happy to offer a FREE consultation.

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How to Pair your hearing aids with Apple devices

Follow the instructions below to pair your hearing aids with your Apple devices. If you are having difficulty pairing your device to your hearing aids, Absolute Hearing Care Centers are happy to offer a FREE consultation.

  1. Take your iPhone®or iPad® and go under Settings.
  2. Ensure that Bluetooth®is ON.
  3. Select Accessibility. For older Apple®devices, you may need to select General, then Accessibility.
  4. Scroll down and select Hearing Devices.
  5. Your device will search for your hearing aids automatically.
    • If your hearing aids use batteries:Open and close the battery doors for both of your aids while this is happening.
    • If your hearing aids are rechargeable:Hold the volume down button for 3 seconds to turn them off, then do this again to turn them on. They will be in pairing mode for 3 minutes.
  6. Your hearing aids will appear as an available device once they are found. Select the name of your hearing aids.
  7. Select Pairwhen you are prompted to do so by your device. You may need to do this twice.
  8. Phone calls will now automatically stream from your device to your hearing aids while Bluetooth is on.
  9. For faster access, you may access the accessibility shortcut by quickly pressing the home button 3 times while on the home screen. (If your phone doesn’t have the home button, use the side button.)

*You can adjust the volume of your hearing aids through the Hearing Aids menu on your phone*

*This will not work if your iPhone® is not version 5 or higher*

If you are having difficulty pairing your device to your hearing aids, Absolute Hearing Care Centers are happy to offer a FREE consultation. We are more than happy to help you get your hearing aids set up so you can hear all your Phone calls, TV shows and Music from your compatible devices at  NO CHARGE!

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As we are now well into June, summer vacations have started. When you have hearing aids, however, traveling can present more stress than the usual planning does. We have some helpful tips for you to keep in mind while traveling with hearing aids.

Whether you’re traveling by plane,train,car, or bus and whether you’re staying close or far, here are some simple measures you can take to help your vacation go smoothly.

If your traveling by Airplane with Hearing Aids

Audio announcements can be difficult to understand. Be sure to pay attention to monitors by the gates. They will display all of the arrival and departure times. Ask if telecommunication devices for the deaf, or hearing impaired, are available at the airport. If telecommunication devices are not available, consider requesting that a flight attendant communicate any in-flight announcements to you personally.

Don’t take off your hearing aids while on flights, as it increases the chances that you will miss critical information.
If you need more help, especially while traveling alone, ask a safety assistant. They can be a big help, particularly if you need special accommodations.If possible, avoid traveling alone. Bring a friend or family member with you to make communicating even easier, and to give you an extra set of ears.

If traveling by train or bus, pay close attention to stops listed on signs. This will help to prevent you from missing a stop as a result of not hearing an announcement.

Hotel Tips for Hearing Aid Users

Bring printed copies of your reservations to make communicating with front desk staff easier and help prevent miscommunication and confusion. Inform the front desk that you have a hearing loss so that they can contact you in person if it becomes necessary, such as in the case of an emergency.

Bring enough replacement batteries with you for the entire trip, and a little extra just in case. If you are traveling abroad with rechargeable batteries, make sure that the charger plug you bring has the correct adapter for the country that you’re heading to.

Always carry a cleaning kit, just in case. You never know the availability of cleaning supplies where you’re going.

Design your itinerary with hearing aid friendly attractions in mind. If you’re bringing a guide dog with you, make sure the location allows dogs inside as well.

If you are or have been experiencing difficulty hearing CALL NOW we would love to help you get your hearing back!  Absolute Hearing Care Centers are happy to offer a FREE consultation and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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Are Your Hearing Aids Properly Configured?

When visiting your Hearing Specialist for a hearing aid fitting, they’ll generally walk  through how best to care for the new device, possibly educate you on your hearing loss type and program them to best fit your prescriptive hearing levels.  Although the process might seem a bit overwhelming at first, it’s also necessary. The alternative is trying to stumble through educating yourself — generally that is best left to the professionals.
Failure to effectively maintain your hearing aid through proper care and cleaning or trying to reconfigure the device yourself can not only void the warranty but may also result in personal injury.  It’s better to leave it to the professionals. Even so, after some time has elapsed you may start to run into issues ranging from discomfort to feedback.

The process of readjustments and reprogramming are very much a part of hearing aid maintenance as regular cleaning. Your ears do change over time. It’s important that you learn to recognize the signs that your hearing aid needs to be adjusted accordingly.


Are you hearing an irritating whistling sound? Buzzing or Static?
These could signify one of several issues.
First, it may be wax build up. If that is not the cast then the hearing aid may not be properly fitted to your ear. In addition to irritating feedback, pressure spots can build up and  can cause chafing in the ear canal. Not only is this uncomfortable in the short-term, but it may also result in permanent damage if left unaddressed.
It might also signify that the hearing aid is in some way failing and needs to be replaced or repaired. Given that there’s really no way to be certain on your own, your best bet is to visit your hear specialist. They can better diagnose what’s gone wrong, and reconfigure your hearing assistance device as necessary.

Unexplained Hearing Loss

If your hearing aid no longer seems to work as well as it used to, or worse, if you’re experiencing unexplained fluctuations in your hearing impairment, contact your hearing professional immediately. This may go beyond a simple configuration issue. Perhaps whatever condition caused your initial hearing impairment grew more severe over time.
You may have also developed a new condition that worsened your hearing impairment. Certain antibiotics and medications are also ototoxic, meaning they can cause temporary or even permanent hearing damage. A healthcare professional can help you determine the root cause, whether it’s degenerative, the result of medication, or the manifestation of a new condition.

Pain or Discomfort

If your hearing aid has grown uncomfortable to use, there’s a high chance that the earmold or piece has deteriorated over time, and needs to be replaced. As mentioned earlier, an improperly configured earmold may cause a wide range of issues. If your hearing aid is loose or causing pain it’s time to call your hearing care provider.

If you are or have been experiencing difficulty hearing CALL NOW we would love to help you get your hearing back!  Absolute Hearing Care Centers are happy to offer a FREE consultation and give you all the information you need to make an informed decision.

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