• 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!