• Finally a High Tech Hearing Aid with Style – Signia Styletto

    Signia Styletto

    The Styletto is Signia’s newest and the most innovative hearing aid to be released in Australia on Monday the 1st of October 2018. A revolutionary pin shaped battery accompanies the latest technology wrapped in a sophisticated beautiful shell.

    3 colours

    Snow White & Rose Gold
    Gold Cosmic Blue & Rose Gold
    Dark Granite & Silver

    Why Styletto?

    The Styletto is a slim RIC with a stunning new lithium ion battery to modernise an extremely sleek look to be aesthetically pleasing and functional.

    Features

    Ear to ear bluetooth connectivity – Ultra HDe2e binaural link.

    Discreet remote control by downloading the touchControl App™ and the miniPocket™ Download free for both iOS and Android devices via the App Store® or Google Play™.

    Own voice processing (OVP) for a more natural sounding own voice.

    Waterproof rating of IP68

    For mild to moderate Hearing

    3 performance levels Premium 7, midrange 5, level 3nx.

    Comes with its own charging case pocket friendly & compact. 4 days of use free from plugs or cables. Perfect for a relaxing getaway or an important business trip.

    Sits more comfortably & securely with spectacles than other Hearing Aids.

    It’s all about empowerment and embracing the world around us.
    This hearing aid will enhance quality of life and better our communication goals.

    If you have any questions please reach out to us today.

    info@harmonyhearing.com.au

    By Rachel and Andrew Mackendrick

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  • Cancer Treatments May Cause Hearing Loss

    Beating cancer is a cause for celebration.

    On the first Sunday of June each year, cancer survivors, and their friends and families, come together to celebrate the battle that was fought, and won, against cancer.

    It’s a wonderful time to celebrate.

    But, it’s also a time to remind people of the challenges cancer survivors may still face.

    One of those challenges may be hearing loss.

    Unfortunately, many of the drugs and therapies used to treat cancers can damage cochlear hair cells in the inner ear which leads to hearing loss.

    Of course the good news is that if you have some hearing loss, there are ways I can help you hear and communicate better!

    And, dealing with a hearing loss will be a piece of cake compared to fighting cancer!

    Come in for a hearing screening, if there is an issue, we can work together to find the right hearing help for you!

  • Is A Daily Cup of Coffee Bad For Your Hearing?

    Do you love to drink coffee in the morning or throughout your day?

    If so, this new study may be of interest to you.

    The study found that daily coffee intake may actually prevent you from recovering from short term hearing loss.

    The study was conducted by researchers from McGill University.

    Researchers found evidence to suggest that caffeine can impede the ability to recover from short term hearing loss, the type of hearing loss you may experience after a concert or other loud events.

    Short term hearing loss which is called auditory temporary threshold shift, is usually reversible within 72 hours after the event.

    But, according to researchers, this ability for your hearing to rebound may be inhibited by the consumption of caffeine.

    The researchers did their research on guinea pigs, so there is some question as to whether or not these findings will be the same for humans.

    Researchers took two groups of guinea pigs, one group was given caffeine prior to exposure to loud sounds and the other group was not.

    After 8 days the researchers found that the group of guinea pigs that had consumed caffeine prior to the loud noise event had not recovered their hearing while the other group of guinea pigs, the ones that didn’t consume caffeine, had recovered their hearing.

    Does this mean you should give up your daily coffee?

    With such preliminary findings, I don’t think I would give up coffee quite yet.

    But, I suppose it couldn’t hurt to avoid caffeine if you’re going to a concert!

  • Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease for a Younger Generation

    Old age hearing I’ve been talking for years about the dangerous listening habits of young adults and teens and about the damage they are doing to their hearing.

    And, it’s not just me: the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently put out an alert warning about the dangers of the listening habits of younger people.

    Losing hearing at an earlier age is troubling on it’s own, but now there are new risks associated with that early hearing loss.

    Unfortunately, we have long known of a link between untreated hearing loss and early onset Alzheimer’s, but what happens when young people lose their hearing at earlier and earlier ages?

    Well, then they may also be more susceptible to early onset cognitive decline!

    Think of a whole group of people in their early 30’s not only with untreated hearing loss but also starting to develop Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.

    Scary, isn’t it?

    Of course, this is completely avoidable for most.

    The two main ways to avoid this future are:

    1. Be more cautious about listening habits. Don’t crank up the volume on personal listening devices; Keep the volume at a healthy level and don’t listen for extended periods of time.
    2. If you develop a hearing loss, treat it as soon as possible. The dangerous side effects of untreated hearing loss get worse the longer your hearing loss goes untreated. A hearing aid can minimize and slow cognitive decline due to hearing loss.

    Don’t worry about cognitive decline. Stay healthy, keep your hearing healthy and if you find you do have a hearing loss, be proactive and get help right away.

    Have questions? Just call!

  • Hearing Aids = Increased Optimism, Decreased Falls

    With the advances in hearing aid technology in recent years, there really isn’t any reason to go through life with an untreated hearing loss.

    As a matter of fact, there are multiple studies that show that by using a hearing aid to improve your hearing, you are also decreasing your risk of falling and increasing your optimism.

    Here are just a few of areas of your life that can be improved with better hearing:

    • Activity level. People who improve their hearing tend to be more active. They are more likely to have an active social life and tend to get more exercise, which leads to better overall health and wellness.
    • Relationships. Being able to hear better means that you don’t feel so isolated. If you can’t hear, you don’t want to attend parties, go to restaurants or spend time with others, which is very isolating. Untreated hearing loss can have a big impact on your relationships with your spouse, children and other family members too.
    • Happiness level. People who have an untreated hearing loss tend to suffer from depression, due in large part, by the isolation they feel. But, those who have treated their hearing loss are actually happier and more optimistic about their life. People who wear a hearing aid tend to feel more confidant and have higher self-esteem, according to research.
    • Work. Using a hearing aid can increase your productivity at work. Work performance can be dramatically impacted by an untreated hearing loss. This can lead to frustration, feelings of inadequacies and even poor job performance reviews, all of that can affect your income. Studies have found that people with untreated hearing loss lose up to $30,000 in earnings a year!
    • Balance. According to a study by Johns Hopkins, people aged between 40 and 69 were 3 times more likely to have a history of falls if they had even mild untreated hearing loss.
    • Cognitive abilities. And last, but not least, untreated hearing loss has been shown to increase the risk of cognitive loss. Multiple studies have found a link between untreated hearing loss and cognitive decline and that the use of a hearing aid may actually slow cognitive decline!

    If you have questions I’m always here. I’ll be happy to help you find the solution that works best for your unique situation. Make an appointment today!

  • Newsletter February 2018

    Technology Makes It Fun To Go To The Movies Again

    Hearing loss is on the rise, due to an aging population but also unhealthy lifestyles of the younger generation.

    Hearing loss makes many common social activities more challenging and many people with hearing loss simply don’t participate.

    Going to the movies is one of the social activities that often falls by the wayside for those with hearing loss.

    The good news is that if you are a movie lover and have missed going to the movies because of your hearing loss, you may be able to enjoy a night out again!

    More movie theaters are using technology to help their hearing-impaired clientele enjoy the movie experience again.

    Ask your local theater if they have one or more of these hearing devices for you to use:

    1. Assistive listening devices. These headphones can be used with your hearing aid to help you hear more of the movie. Some volume adjustment will probably be necessary though.

    2. Subtitle glasses. These glasses can be worn over regular glasses and will provide the user with subtitles. The size of the subtitles can be adjusted to be as large as you need.

    3.Smart phone apps that augment surrounding sound. Using this app with headphones means you can turn the volume up as high as you need without bothering anyone around you.

    On the day of the movie you should arrive early so you can get the device and learn how to use it, get the volume adjusted, etc. before the movie starts.

    Today, thanks to technology, people with a hearing loss can enjoy a night out at the movies too.

    For more information on hearing health issues, come see me and I’ll be happy to help in any way I can!

    Hearing loss is on the rise, due to an aging population but also unhealthy lifestyles of the younger generation.

    Hope For Reversing Noise Induced Hearing Loss

    It seems many of the greatest scientific breakthroughs in history are found by accident.

    A recent study about reversing hearing loss is one of those accidental breakthroughs!

    It’s still years away, but research recently published by the Stanford University School of Medicine shows potential in reversing hearing loss that is caused by explosions or other loud blasts.

    This is great news to many veterans since over 60% of them suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus.

    The study actually started as a way to develop a technique that could detect ruptures such as those that would be caused by explosions.

    But researchers changed direction when they realized that a loud noise didn’t cause structural damage but rather hair and nerve cell damage.

    Even though any actual human trials are still a decade away, this study does give hope to those who are suffering from hearing loss.

    Before this can become a reality, though, scientists need to find a way of regenerating nerve and hair cells since humans don’t regenerate hair cells.

    Still it is good news for the veterans, or anyone else, who is suffering from a hearing loss.

    Easy Steps To Keep Your Hearing For Life

    Preventing hearing loss is important for everyone, no matter their age or current hearing level.
    Even if you already have some hearing loss, there are simple steps you can start taking that will help you keep more of your hearing, such as:

    1. When you are going to be in a loud environment, even if it’s for a short time, use hearing protection like inexpensive ear plugs.

    2. Turn down the volume. This is really becoming a big issue due to the advent of ear buds and personal music players.

    3. Stay healthy. Eating right and getting enough
    exercise can help all parts of your body, including your hearing. Controlling your blood pressure is especially important.

    4. Get regular hearing checks even if you think you’re “too young” for hearing loss. Lifestyle can play a big part in how well you hear and how long you keep your hearing healthy!
    No one wants to miss out on hearing their loved ones telling them “I love you” or the laugh of a child. It’s never too late to start protecting your hearing from loss, or further loss.

    As always, if you have any questions, stop by and see me. Together we will find out how healthy your hearing is and I can help you keep it healthy!

    How To Talk To A Loved One About Hearing Loss

    It’s not easy to tell someone you love that they are suffering from a hearing loss. But often, it is the family who notices it first (or at least will admit it first).
    Every person is different and ultimately you need to decide how best to handle the situation, but these tips may make the conversation a little easier:

    1. It’s easy to get aggravated when dealing with someone with a hearing loss. You may be tired of having to repeat yourself endlessly, or you may have had enough of being blasted out of the house every time you sit down to watch t.v.
    But, it’s in your best interest (and theirs) to hold off this discussion until a time when you aren’t annoyed or frustrated.

    2. Make sure you don’t come off sounding arrogant or judgmental. This is a delicate subject and you want to respect them and try to understand that they are fearful of growing old and losing some independence.

    3. Make sure you don’t confuse the issue by getting too involved in the technical aspects of hearing aids. Instead focus on all the benefits they will get with improved hearing.

    Point out that they can watch t.v. without blasting everyone else out of the room.

    Point out that telephone conversations will become easier and more frequent if they can hear better.
    Impress upon them that they will be able to do more than before; things like going to a movie or hearing a conversation at a crowded party will be possible once they improve their hearing.

    4. And last, but not least, try to be involved in the whole process as much as possible. Being there to help your loved one navigate the confusing and scary situation will make the whole process easier for them.

    It’s not easy for anyone to admit that they have a health issue that needs to be addressed. This can be especially true for those who are dealing with the emotions associated with a hearing loss.

    But, with love and patience you may be able to help them come to terms with heir hearing loss and in the process, improve the quality of their life.

    When they do get to that point, they will thank you!

  • Rechargeable battery technologies

    The cost and inconvenience of replacing and disposing of hearing aid batteries has long been a significant concern for hearing aid users. Though rechargeable hearing aids have been available for a long time, battery charge life has often been an issue, and people would often find their devices going dead at inconvenient times.

    Consequently, most hearing-aid users continued to choose conventional non-rechargeable hearing aids with disposable batteries even though the batteries needed to be replaced frequently, are expensive, and dangerous if not disposed of correctly (corrosive and poisonous).

    Recent innovations in rechargeable technologies have however improved battery charge life and made rechargeable options more viable and attractive. Now users can expect a full day of operation from a single charge.

    Currently there are 3 main options when choosing what sort of hearing aid battery to get.

    1 : Conventional disposable batteries. This option remains popular with pensioners who have their battery supply strongly subsidized through the Office of Hearing Services.

    2 : Built in Lithium Ion batteries. (similar to phone batteries)

    3 : Hybrid Z-Power systems which can accommodate both disposable and rechargeable Silver-Zinc batteries.

    Hybrid Silver-Zinc Technology

    In collaboration with Z-Power, many hearing aid manufactures like Oticon, Starkey, Widex, and GN resound have implemented a hybrid battery system option with their range of hearing aids. New hearing aids can be ordered with a special battery door that accommodates both disposable and rechargeable batteries that work with the Z-Power charger.

    Many of the older models can also often be retrofitted with the rechargeable battery door. Removable rechargeable batteries can be easily replaced by standard disposable hearing aid batteries in the event of an emergency. The hearing aids can run on the disposable batteries until it is convenient to switch back to the rechargeable batteries.

    The Silver-zinc rechargeable battery is non-flammable, non-toxic and 100% recyclable. Also the higher energy density means a silver zinc battery can come in a smaller package compared to equivalent lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The initial cost outlay is a little higher with the rechargeable system but the ongoing cost of replacing disposable batteries is greatly reduced.

    Lithium-ion Technology

    The Phonak and Signia (Siemens) hearing aids are based on built in lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries provide more power than earlier rechargeable solutions for hearing aids that were based on Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) technology. NiMH solutions suffered from shorter battery life and less stable power output.

    Unlike the hybrid option, the Lithium-Ion batteries are sealed into the hearing aids and cannot be replaced or changed by the user. Also the cost and inconvenience of replacing a built in lithium-Ion battery (life expectancy of around 3 to 4 years) has been a discouragement to people taking this option.

    Phonak Audéo B-R

    Phonak claims the new Audéo B-R will last 24 hours on full charge, including up to 80 minutes of wireless streaming. The new product is built on the “Belong,” processor, the newest platform from Phonak. It offers two charger options: charger case and mini-charger (a great travel option). There is also an optional Phonak power packs that can be purchased.

    Signia Cellion Primax

    The Cellion Primax also uses a built in lithium ion battery. It uses an Inductive charger which means it is contact free.

    So which device is best for me?

    Disposable, built-in rechargeable or hybrid? There are pro’s and con’s to all of these options and we recommend that you consult with your hearing care professional to discuss which option suits you best.

  • Why Make Invisible Hearing Aids with Titanium? – The Benefits are Numerous

    World leading hearing aid manufacturer Phonak has released the first custom invisible hearing aid made with a titanium shell. Titanium is a strong, corrosion resistant metal often used in medical implants and aero-space technologies. The use of titanium to build the shell of custom in the ear canal fitting hearing aids offers numerous benefits over traditional acrylic materials.

    Increased Strength This stronger material has enabled the shell to be up to 50% thinner. Enhanced strength means a reduction in shell breakages and downtime for re-shelling.

    Size reduction: The thinner shell of about 0.2mm coupled with 60% smaller electronic components as enabled an approximate 26% reduction in size. This results in an improved fitting rate of about 64% for people who want an invisible in the canal hearing aid (IIC). This is especially relevant for female hearing aid wearers who typically have smaller ear canals.

    Reduced Blocked Feeling (Known as the Occlusion Effect). Due to the reduced size and thinner shell a deeper canal fitting can be attained as well as increased vent size. This reduces the blocked up feeling and booming sound of one’s own voice. A larger vent enables better air flow and reduces humidity in the ear. This reduces the likelihood of ear infections or fungal growth.

    Increased Battery Life has been increased by about 20% due to the reduction in size of the electronics and improved efficiency of components.

    More Secure Fitting Enhanced 3D modelling and the titanium laser printing process allow for a more accurate and deep custom fitting to your unique ear canal shapes. This reduces unwanted slippage or movement of the hearing aid.

    Increased Power & Fitting Range There is now more space in the shell for more powerful amplifiers & receivers (Speakers). We are how able to fit from mild up to severe hearing loss with an invisible hearing aid solution.

    Non- Allergenic Material Titanium is an inert metal that is not known to cause any allergic reactions. Whereas some people are allergic to acrylic.

    Improved Speech Understanding and comfort in Background Noise Phonak Virto B Titanium comes in either Advanced or Premium models on the latest Belong chip platform. This incorporates the patented Phonak Autosense OS modes to optimise performance in different listening environments both automatically and seamlessly .

    Highest Moisture & Dust Resistance of Any In the Canal Aid – Now IP 68 Rated Due to the improved modular micro-phone and battery housing and new materials the ingress protection rating has been increased to IP68 which is a world first for an in the canal aid to have this level of resistant to moisture, sweat and dust. This is especially important to deeper canal fitting hearing aids which sit in a humid, waxy and moist environment. This significantly reduces the chance of device failure, previously a major problem for this style of hearing aid.

    These new generation hearing aids can be trialled for at least a month to experience the benefits they can provide in every day life. Please don’t hesitate to contact your nearest Harmony Hearing Centre.

  • How Do We Hear?

    The major task of the ear is to detect, transmit and transduce sound (such as changing it from a mechanical vibration to a neural impulse.) The inner ear also assists in maintaining our sense of balance and motion.

    The best way to describe the functioning of the ear is to describe the path which the sound waves take on their way through the ear. In the video you can see the journey of the sound waves through the ear.

    Sound travels to the outer ear and in through the auditory canal, causing the eardrum, or tympanic membrane, to vibrate. This causes the three small bones known as the malleous, incus and the stapes in the middle ear to move. These middle ear bones together are referred to as the ossicular chain. The vibrations move via the oval window through the fluid in the cochlea in the inner ear, stimulating thousands of tiny hair cells also called stereocilia . This results in the transformation of the vibrations into electrical impulses finally perceived by the brain as sound.

    The ear consists of many small parts, but can be divided into three major parts:

    The Outer Ear

    The Middle Ear

    The Inner Ear

  • Nedlands Hearing Centre on Broadway – Communicating in Harmony

    It’s been at least a two year dream of opening up another hearing clinic….
    We’ve found a gem of a spot on Broadway Nedlands.
    I’m so proud of Andrew Mackendrick for being so ambitious. It has been hard work for a family practice to expand, but we couldn’t of done it without an enormous help and support from our staff, family and friends.
    We have amazing work colleagues that assist in making Harmony Hearing all that it has become.
    Your Trusted Hearing Clinic.
    We have been impressed by all your efforts and can’t thank you enough.
    To our clients new and existing
    we thank you for blessing us with your presence and for trusting Harmony for your hearing care needs.
    Harmony Hearing Nedlands is now open and our signs are officially up today.
    You can now see us in Fremantle, Nedlands, Osborne Park and Mundaring.
    Call us on 93867816 for an appointment for you or a loved one.