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SIGNIA NX TECHNOLOGY

I had a patient recently in March by name Mr Narayana who is 73 years old working as a physics professor. He is very passionate about his work and has enormous interest in physics and gives special lectures to students at many well-known institutions. Not to mention is also a big music fan. He consulted me saying he is not at all satisfied with his old hearing aids, has problems listening to students when they ask him doubts during the lecture and can never enjoy his music. After detailed consultation and understanding his lifestyle and also his needs, I recommended him the SIGNIA Nx TECHNOLOGY for a very smooth and effortless hearing.

Now let’s have a look on this Nx technology, shall we?

  • Nx technology is the game changing platform, it delivers the most natural own voice and the best speech understanding in noise environment.
  • The sound from hearing aids sounds very natural.

Let us now take a look upon the various astonishing features which this Nx technology has,

  1. OVP – that is own voice processing. The main problem hearing aid user faces is that the own voice sounds loud and unnatural. This feature makes you get the natural hearing experience which gives the best hearing performance in any situation. It identifies the hearing aid users voice and ensures the best comfort.
  2. Ultra HD e2e – that is the hearing aids on right and left communicate with each other providing the most clear speech understanding and natural experience in almost all the situations.
  3. Spatial configuration –it replicates the natural way we localize sound which helps to provide a very good directionality.
  4. Extended dynamic range – it gives the crystal clear sound by delivering excellent signal quality even in loud environments.
  5. 3D classifier – the hearing aid users need change based on the environment they are in. For example if they are moving or stationery, listening or speaking.
  6. Feedback cancellation – helps in reducing the feedback maintaining the optimal signal quality for a comfortable and natural experience.
  7. Direct streaming – this technology helps to directly use hearing aids as an Bluetooth device by helping the hearing aid to pick up the calls and stream songs directly through the Iphone.
  8. My control app – Nx technology is compatible with the advanced remote control app. The hearing aid users can adjust program and volume, battery status.
  9. Streamline mic – if you don’t have an Iphone nothing to worry, you can still enjoy the direct streaming option through streamline mic which provides you full hands free audio streaming of phone calls and music anywhere anytime.
  10.  Streamline tv – it helps you to directly stream tv conversation.
  11. Telecare – it helps to provide remote services where the professionals can fine tune patients hearing aids just with hearing aid user sitting at home.

Benefits from Nx technology are as follows,

  • It helps you to hear the world and your own voice as nature intended.
  • Enjoy the most natural hearing experience.
  • Enjoy the direct streaming of your phone calls, music and tv
  • Access the best service anywhere with the help of hearing care professional

After using the Nx technology Mr Narayana is enjoying the lecture sessions able to answer the doubts of his patients, able to enjoy the leisure with the joy of music. He is been using the hearing aids since past 5 months and is completely pleased with the usage. The patient says “I am very contented and enjoy giving lectures and listening to music”.

Are you excited to enjoy the sound of joy with this awesome Nx technology?

The Nx technology comes in the following ranges,

  1. Pure 13 1Nx
  2. Pure 312 1Nx
  3. Motion 13 1Nx
  4. Pure 13 2Nx
  5. Pure 312 2Nx
  6. Motion 13 2Nx
  7. Pure 13 3Nx
  8. Pure 312 3Nx
  9. Motion 13 3Nx
  10.  Pure 13 5Nx
  11.  Pure 312 5Nx
  12.  Motion 13 5Nx
  13.  Pure 13 7Nx
  14.  Pure 312 7Nx
  15.  Motion 13 7Nx
  16.  Pure Charge and Go 3Nx/5Nx/7Nx
  17.  Motion Charge and Go 3Nx/5Nx/7Nx
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Hearing Loss

HEARING LOSS

What is hearing?

  • A grandchild’s first word, rustle of leaves in the wind, the clinking of glasses at the table or whispered secrets from your best friend. These are the moments we hold dear. It’s these sensory experiences that enrich our lives.
  • Hearing enables us to understand our others and to interact with the world around us.
  • Good hearing is so important in our everyday lives, yet most people with normal hearing don’t even think about what it means to be able to hear well.
  • Chatting with friends, listening to sounds of nature, enjoying music or hearing warning signals everything is taken for granted.
  • It is only when hearing starts to deteriorate noticeably that we realize just how important good hearing is in our everyday lives. And how much we miss out when we no longer hear well.
  • Our hearing plays an important role in how we relate to our surroundings.
  • It helps in forming of relationships, and opens up a wealth of sensory experiences.

How the ear does works?

  • I would like to call it the miracle of nature.
  • The ear is an amazing and incredibly skilled organ that performs the wonderful and highly complex task of hearing.

Before understanding what is hearing loss? Let’s see how hearing works?

Outer ear – The outer ear picks up sound and transmits it to the eardrum via the ear canal.

Middle ear – The sound makes the eardrum vibrate and is amplified by the three tiny bones of the ears.

Inner ear – The cochlea converts movements of these 3 tiny bones into electrical signals. The auditory nerve transmits the signal to the brain.

What is hearing loss?

  • Hearing loss is where the ability to hear is reduced.
  • It makes you more difficult to hear speech or other sounds.
  • No two people with hearing loss are same. However, most often people with hearing loss are unable to distinguish soft sounds and high pitch sounds.
  • Have difficulty hearing sounds such as whispers, children’s voices or birdsong.
  • No two cases of hearing loss are the same.
  • However, most often people with a hearing impairment are unable to distinguish soft tones and high pitches sounds and have difficulties hearing sounds such as whispers, children’s voices or birdsong.
  • The understanding of speech also suffers because many of the sounds important for understanding speech are soft, high pitch sounds such as “s” or “th”. These are sounds that help us determine the difference “path” or “pass”. And, however it may sound, increasing the volume is of limited help. Most likely, people with a hearing impairment need clarity, not volume.
  • Hearing impairments can occur in all parts of the ear, dysfunctions of the outer or middle ear can generally be treated with medication or surgery.
  • However a good 80 percent of all hearing impairments are caused by dysfunctions of or damage to the inner ear.
  • Today, modern hearing instruments can compensate for most inner ear damage.

What are the possible impacts of hearing loss?

  • Decreased attention
  • Diminished understanding of speech
  • Trouble communicating with others
  • Diminished memory
  • Less willing to embrace the unknown
  • Declining job performance
  • Lack of acknowledgement by others
  • Irritability, stress, depression
  • Withdrawal from social life, isolation

What are the signs of hearing impairment?

  • Hearing loss generally develops slowly over many years, the effects become apparent only gradually.
  • This makes it difficult for those affected to recognize that they are actually suffering from a hearing impairment.
  • Relatives, friends or colleagues are often the first to realize that something is wrong.
  • However, there are clear signs that your hearing is not entirely as it should be.
  • Perhaps you find it difficult to understand the phone conversation clearly?
  • Does your family complain about the volume when you are listening to the radio or television?
  • Do you find it difficult to follow a conversation in a restaurant or when there is a lot of noise in the street around you?
  • Do you often feel exhausted after family celebrations because listening is such an effort?
  • Do you hear better when you are able to look at the person talking to you?
  • All these are typical signs of a hearing loss. But don’t worry, hearing loss is not something simply to be endured. You can and should do something about it.

Only old people have poor hearing? Not true!!      

            It is not only older people who suffer from hearing loss. Poor hearing is widespread across all age groups. Today, young people increasingly have hearing impairments too excessively loud music listened to via headphones, at concerts and discos is having a major impact. Construction workers, ambulance drivers, djs and factory workers. These are examples of professions where loud noise can have a lasting and damaging impact.

Hearing loss can, of course, also be caused by medical, genetic or simply unknown factors.

However, one thing is clear: You are not alone in suffering from a hearing impairment. Today, one in six people have some degree of hearing impairment.

If you feel you have hearing difficulty, you should consult an Audiologist as soon as possible.

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WHAT HEARING LOSS FEELS LIKE

Hearing loss is usually self diagnosable if the person is more self aware. The chief symptom is inability to understand speech or hear soft sounds. Some notice a loud, alarming “pop” just before their hearing disappears and few with sudden deafness may also notice one or more of these symptoms: a feeling of ear fullness, dizziness, and/or a ringing in their ears.

Here are some ways you can gain perspective by experiencing what hearing loss sounds like.

People with mild hearing loss have difficulty hearing soft consonant sounds, making words seem incomplete. Noisy environments make hearing more challenging.  

For people with moderate hearing loss, hard and soft consonant sounds become inaudible and speech becomes difficult to understand – particularly with background noise.

For people with severe hearing loss, some loud sounds are audible, but communication without a hearing instrument is impossible.

Describing hearing loss

If you want to understand your own hearing loss, or anyone else’s hearing, there are a number of questions you need to consider.

How severe is your hearing loss?

This is the simplest and most frequently used way of describing a hearing loss. Audiologists often use the categories ‘mild, moderate, severe, and profound’.

However, there is much more you need to know before you can understand your hearing fully, as it is not simply about hearing individual sounds and tones.

Is your hearing the same all the time?

Your hearing may be exactly the same every day and at all times during the day, or it may fluctuate during the day or from week to week. A fluctuating hearing loss can be quite bewildering if you don’t realise that for reasons outside your control you can hear better on some occasions (this is something other people may find hard to understand).

Do you have Tinnitus?

Tinnitus (noises you can hear that are not caused by sounds in the outside world) can make it much harder to hear with any given level of hearing loss. If your tinnitus changes from time to time it will mean you can sometimes hear better on some occasions, even though your hearing remains the same, because the sound of the tinnitus will block out what you are trying to listen to.

Since when is the hearing issue noted?

If your hearing loss began when you were a baby, you will experience your remaining hearing differently than if you began to lose your hearing much later in life. Your voice may be different, and your emotional relationship with your hearing may be different. If you have been accustomed to hearing all your life and then it changes, there are some difficult adjustments to make.

Don’t delay if you experience a sudden or very rapid loss of hearing. It’s considered a medical emergency and you should seek urgent care at the Accident & Emergency department of your nearest hospital where you should be treated by an ENT doctor.

Much more commonly, the change in hearing takes place over a long period of time, sometimes acquired over many, many years. Under the circumstances, you may find it difficult to know exactly when it started and it can take some time before you realise it is happening. Often, the people around you will notice it before you do for the obvious reason that if you don’t hear something, you usually don’t know you haven’t heard it.

Hearing Loss can adversely affect the mental health

TALKING ON THE PHONE POSITIVELY AFFECTS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

It’s no secret that talking on the phone with friends and family can be a great source of happiness – and even the most mundane, task-oriented calls give us a sense of connection and control over our lives.

Without this daily social connection, people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired can be at risk for chronic sadness or depression. They may also experience feelings of irritability, poor self-image and feelings of inadequacy.

Here are 3 ways relay services can help people live happier, more connected lives.  

(1)  Connection vs. Isolation

The effects of isolation on the mind are well documented. Relay services are a vital connection for anyone experiencing hearing loss or speech/visual impairment. Imagine if you had to wait until conditions were just right to take or make a call – or worse, had to wait until a friend or family member could assist you. Communication difficulties, if not addressed appropriately, can lead to social withdrawal and self-defeating thoughts. “They can’t understand me, so I might as well quit trying. I’m not really a part of society. What good am I?”

(2)  Confidence vs. Anxiety

We all want to feel confident in our abilities and decisions, but struggling to communicate can be a real confidence killer. For example, older adults with hearing loss might feel as if they are to blame for misunderstandings. Many feel apologetic about repeatedly asking for help to understand what is being said. They lose confidence in their abilities, face anxiety in social situations and worry about personal relationships. “I’m a nuisance. I should quit talking because it just frustrates other people. They must be sick of me.” This can in turn lead to physical symptoms such as tension, exhaustion and weakened immune systems.      

(3)  Capable vs. Incompetent

Disability does not mean inability. But to many people, not being able to hear and discern message and meaning can result in feelings of shame, humiliation and inadequacy. They worry about being seen as incompetent, or even stupid. The feeling of shame linked to hearing loss can be linked to misunderstanding and the resulting social embarrassment of giving the wrong response.  People may think “How stupid I must look!” or “What will others think?”

Relay services – and the simple joy of talking on the phone again – can have a major impact on a person’s relationships with family and friends, their happiness and mental health. 

5 TIPS FOR TALKING TO LOVED ONES ABOUT HEARING LOSS

It’s never easy to admit when we have a problem, and that’s especially true when it comes to age-related hearing loss. For those affected, it’s common to experience a wide range of emotions including anger, grief and denial.     

  1. Choose the right place and time.

One of the worst things you can do is blurt out something insensitive in a moment of frustration. Instead, plan ahead and choose a quiet, comfortable location with plenty of privacy. Plan on setting aside at least a few hours for the first discussion – so you and your loved one can have plenty of time to talk without interruption.

  • Be respectful and positive.

When the conversation begins, emphasize how much you care about your loved one. Explain calmly how you’ve noticed them showing signs of hearing loss. Try phrases such as, “I am concerned about how often you ask everyone to repeat themselves,” and “It would make ME feel better if you had your hearing checked.” To ensure the conversation goes well, they must feel supported – not attacked.    

  • Don’t assume they know.

This may seem hard to believe, but age-related hearing loss can be so gradual that your loved one might not notice they’ve had to turn the TV up louder to hear, or that they’re becoming fatigued from trying to follow conversations. A good conversation starter could be something you’ve noticed. For example, “I’ve noticed that you need the TV on very loud,” or “I’ve noticed that you haven’t been able to hear as well on the telephone lately.”

  • Do your homework.

Do your homework before the conversation, so you can be prepared with helpful information for your loved ones. Learn more about the age-related hearing loss and the emotions and challenges that come with it. Make a list of audiologists in your area. Read up on other tips for having difficult conversations with loved ones. The more you can prepare yourself, the better your conversation will be.

  • Offer to help with next steps.

Finally, make a plan for what happens AFTER your first conversation about hearing loss. If the time is right, suggest next steps – such as making an appointment to see an audiologist. Remember your loved one might be nervous about seeking treatment. Assure them they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

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WHY YOU SHOULD’T BUY HEARING AIDS ONLINE??

In today’s world, we are so tempted to buy everything online. Online shopping is not only convenient, but also time saving in fast lives we live today. Right from clothes, food, grocery items, gadgets, cosmetics to plants we can buy everything online.

Similarly, would it be a good idea to buy hearing aids online??

Let us consider a few facts about hearing aids first.

  1. Hearing aids are medical devices. They are complex and sophisticated devices- not just amplifiers.
  2. Hearing aids that are fitted without hearing test may not give you desirable results.
  3. There is a risk associated with Over-amplification – more than necessary power from hearing aids- which can harm your hearing
  4. Everyone’s hearing needs are unique and selection of hearing aids requires assessment of a person’s listening needs as any hearing aid cannot be fit to anyone. Selecting a model on your own can lead to dissatisfaction with hearing aids.
  5. Digital hearing aids are programmable and require a software for programming which is not accessible and safe to use by non-professionals
  6. The cause of hearing loss is also important. Not all hearing losses can be helped with hearing aids. Some can be corrected medically while some require other hearing devices like BAHA/ Cochlear implants. One needs to consult Hearing care professional / Audiologist for the same.
  7. Hearing aids are electronic devices and hence are susceptible to damage if not handled well.
  8. Hearing aids are available in different styles and models. Any hearing aid cannot be fitted to anyone. It requires thorough assessment of your hearing.

Role of Audiologists/ Hearing care professionals in management of hearing loss:

Audiologist is a professional who specializes in diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of individuals with hearing loss of all ages. Since hearing aids are medical devices, a thorough understanding of the mechanism of hearing, cause of hearing loss, management options, treatment and prognosis is necessary to be guided by an Audiologist.

An Audiologist will conduct a thorough examination of your hearing abilities; access your individual listening needs and specific issues that you face pertaining to your hearing. He/ She will then guide you regarding management of hearing loss. If aural rehabilitation with hearing aids is indicated, he/she will guide you to choose the hearing aids suitable to your hearing loss type, degree and your individual listening needs. Hearing aids are available in different styles and technologies. A hearing aid trial is necessary in order to evaluate which hearing aid gives the best performance and is most suitable. Different hearing aids can be tried during your consultation with audiologist and this can help greatly in making a decision.

Adaptation to hearing aids takes time. During this time, the audiologist helps you with follow up appointments to help you get better used to hearing aids. Hence, even after purchasing the hearing aids, most often support is necessary to help you use hearing aids comfortably. This is the major disadvantage of purchasing hearing aids online. Hearing aid settings are to be made tailor-made quite like your garment fitting. Have you had an experience with online garment shopping that ended up with return of clothing as it didn’t fit?

Also did you know that hearing loss can be progressive and regular assessment of hearing is necessary even after hearing aid fitting? Audiologist helps you with regular Audiological assessment at regular intervals.

Hearing aids are electronic devices. Hence servicing the hearing aids is necessary from time to time. Audiologist helps you with regular servicing so that optimal performance through hearing aids can be maintained. Also any repair issues also are addressed when hearing aids are purchased from an audiologist.

Custom moulds are required for behind the ear hearing aids and also for Receiver in the canal hearing aids in some cases. You can get that done at audiology clinic. Also custom hearing aids that fit into the ear canal like in the ear(ITE), In the canal(ITC) hearing aids, Completely in the canal(CIC) and invisible in the canal (IIC) hearing aids are developed after taking your ear impression and then housing the hearing aid components into the shell. These services are available at audiology clinic. Audiologist can help you with pros and cons of different styles and recommend which is most suitable to you. This takes care of your satisfaction while using hearing aids for a longer period of time.

A constant touch-point is necessary for most of the hearing aid users. Common support needed is for troubleshooting, changing tubing of molds, buying batteries or any accessories. This becomes difficult when we consider buying hearing aids online.

Also, if you consult an audiologist for programming after you purchase hearing aids online, that would not be the best idea either as that would not guarantee satisfaction since the extent to which hearing aids can be programmed vary model to model. Also the selected hearing aid may not be suitable to the user. The service provider would likely charge you for every consultation for hearing aids ordered online.

The prices of online hearing aids are appealing to the user. However one needs to understand that Audiologist’s involvement in the process will improve your satisfaction with hearing aids as audiologists not only would help you with the selection, but also with all their consultations from time to time, counseling as required, guidance regarding hearing aids usage, care and maintenance and services related to it like programming of the aids, retuning, servicing and repairs.

Hearing aids are not like any other gadgets that you buy without requiring anyone’s consultation. Make sure to take professional advice for getting most satisfaction with hearing aids.

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SIGNIA HEARING AID FEATURE – TOUCH CONTROL APP

Dr Shubham Mittal, is a 24 years young aspiring Doctor who has just completed his MBBS and right now working at hospital as well as preparing for his pg exams. He has a mild loss which makes it difficult to hear the complaints of his patients at the hospital. His day begins with his patients and night ends with parties. He will be in different environmental backgrounds. Off late, he is facing problem with changing volume and different programs based on the environment he is being in. At this younger age he feels awkward to every time touch his hearing aids to make necessary changes in the hearing aid manually. He fails to enjoy the company of other doctors at parties which is also affecting his personal life and also professional.

Then he consulted the Audiologist at Aanvii             Hearing Solutions, she prescribed him a hearing aid which is compatible with the special feature that is Touch Control App. He is very amused with this app as it’s being very easy to control all the features and volume with just a single tap.  Now let’s see how the Touch Control App is helping Shubham.

In today’s world where technology and cosmetic appearance are the main concerns of all the people. If a patient with hearing loss tries to make any changes in the hearing aid in front of others it might turn out to be an awkward situation, yet the patient cannot compromise with the quality of hearing either. Hence our Signia products solves all these problems, with an application which has also aid the patients to make necessary changes they wish without having to touch the hearing aid or get into any awkward situation.

As we are meeting more patients who needs advanced touch control app. Signia has come up with an unique app known as touch control app. Touch Control App is the most discreet and convenient handling options right at patients fingertips. It offers the most proven functionality for increased usability and is compatible with almost all the Signia products.

Remote support, audio streaming and remote control are at the tip of patient’s fingers. Most Signia hearing aids are compatible with useful apps for both Android and iOS smartphones. The most used and best of them is the touch control app. This app let your discreetly and conveniently change the hearing programs, volume, bass and treble via their smartphones without any extra hardware.

What is need for Touch Control app?

It is the most discreet and convenient handling options right at your fingertips. The touch control app offers proven functionality for increased usability and compatibility with all Signia products. The spatial configurator function in the touch control app increases usability by allowing wearers to focus on their preferred sound source.

A new additional configurator option via QR code sets all features and program names based on the configured options in Connexx softwarre. This new QR code automatically activates the spatial configurator and battery check options for compatible instruments.

Where is it available? Touch control app is easily available at Apple app store and also in Google play store. It can be used in almost all of the Signia products.

How to download the app?

Make sure you have an Android or iOS smartphone and an account on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Log into your account on the above mentioned store and find the Touch Control App. Follow the instructions until the app is installed on the android or iOS smartphone.

How to pair it with the hearing aid? Touch control app can be paired both manually and through QR code, QR code is easily generated in Connexx Eight software. The code on the printable single page instruction sheets lets you set up the touch control app in just one step. They just scan the code and program names and features for the touch control app are configured automatically.

How does it look?

It mainly consists of a main screen which consists of,

  • Display of current program
  • Volume up/ down slider
  • Spatial configurator
  • Mute button
  • Further options
  • When we open the further option we find battery status check and sound balance options
  • When we open the spatial configurator we find the spatial configurator direction which can be set and also the spatial configurator span.

What are the features available?

  1. Volume adjustment – which allows to increase or decrease the volume
  2. Program change – which allows to change the program based on the environment patient is in
  3. Mute option – allows the patient to mute the hearing aid
  4. Sound balance adjustment – helps in balancing sound
  5. Spatial configurator adjustment – patient can select the direction from which he expects better clarity to cut down the background noise.

Spatial configurator is a feature where the hearing aids automatically focuses on the listener, whether to sides or behind, in competing noise situations, like in the car etc. In simpler terms based on direction of the speaker the hearing aid makes necessary changes to focus more on speech and cut down the other noises.

  1. Battery status read out – can check the battery status with the help of beep sounds in terms of 3,2 and 1 beep
  2. Tinnitus volume – can be used to set the volume of the tinnitus program

What is the outcome of Touch Control app?

Do you know the best part: the Touch Control app can be downloaded on the Google play store and Apple App store completely free of charge. It provides an added value for the patients and also for the Audiologists. It is delighting wearers and providing remarkable value which is essential in today’s hearing care market. It’s so simple and for free. It lets you to discreetly and conveniently change their hearing programs, volume, bass and treble via their smartphones – without any extra hardware. It is an easy to read display even gives users with dexterity issues easy access to their hearing instruments.

Which are the Signia products which has this option?

  • Prompt
  • Sirion 2
  • Orion 2
  • Intuis 3
  • Primax series
  • Nx series
  • Styletto series

About the Author: Ananya Ajay is an Audiologist & Speech Language Pathologist, she works at AANVII HEARING SOLUTIONS. She is extremely passionate in providing exceptional care, warmth & devising treatment for patients with hearing loss through all walks of life.

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Easytek Accessory- Innovation of the millennium

Watching videos and talking on phone is a routine in our generations, especially when you are involved in working with the same. One of my clients of age 47 is a business associate who would attend at least 10-15 calls per day. He rather found it comfortable to remove his hearing aids while talking on phone, but doing this several times a day and inability to use headphones or earphones frustrated him. This ended up in abrupt usage of his hearing device and he fancied a better solution.  Similar is another client who is music enthusiast, she in her retirement loves to listen and watch television during free hours. Since she was accustomed to use headphones while doing the same, it turned out to be a hassle. For not compromising with the lifestyle, both were recommended EasyTek accessory.

The new EasyTek accessory and EasyTek App provides remote control and audio streaming in one device with an experience of high quality stereo head set. This accessory permits you to directly stream phone calls, videos, music or TV show directly to your ears via Bluetooth. This chargeable device is to be worn around your neck and under the clothing, which makes it effortless and goes unnoticed, which gives you an ease to use in work environment. All the important settings like picking a call and changing listening programs can be manipulated through a single button. It also lets you control the volume through the device, also all the functions and low battery status is indicated through distinct LED lights. EasyTek is compatible with the following appliances

  • Bluetooth phones (up to two)
  • Bluetooth audio devices such as Tablet, PC, Stereo, Laptop, TV…
  • Standard line in devices (audio devices with 3.5 mm jack) FM receiver enables you to use
  • FM systems even if your hearing instruments do not have an audio input
  • Our transmitters (up to two) enable wireless audio streaming for devices that do not support Bluetooth.

Once the Bluetooth device is turned on, EasyTek is turned on, Neckloop is plugged into both sides and EasyTek is worn around the neck, every Bluetooth device has to be paired once with EasyTek. After that, the connection is automatically established when EasyTek is turned on and the Bluetooth device is within operating distance.

EasyTek app let’s control your hearing instruments and how they interact with all of your favorite electronic devices, whether it is watching TV, listening to your favorite song or talking to a friend on your mobile phone right at your fingertips on Android Smartphone, Tablet or iPhone. For using the app you must have an easyTek. Wear it as usual and turn it on and your Smartphone or tablet must be within Bluetooth operating distance (about 10 m or 32 ft).

Hearing aids compatible with EasyTek are:-

  1. Orion 2 RIC
  2. 1 primax
    1.  Motion P/SP/SA 1Px
    1. Pure 1Px
    1. Insio 1Px
    1. Silk 1Px
  3. 2 primax
    1.  Motion P/SP/SA 2Px
    1. Pure 2Px
    1. Insio 2Px
    1. Silk 2Px
  4. 3 primax
    1.  Motion P/SP/SA 3Px
    1. Pure 3Px
    1. Insio 3Px
    1. Silk 3Px
  5. 5 primax
    1.  Motion P/SP/SA 5Px
    1. Pure 5Px
    1. Insio 5Px
    1. Silk 5Px
  6. 7 primax
    1.  Motion P/SP/SA 7Px
    1. Pure 7Px
    1. Insio 7Px
    1. Silk 7Px
  7. Cellion primax
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Hearing Loss

SPEECH MASTER

Mr.Surender Lahoria is my 50yrs old patient, practicing as a businessman. He has difficulty in understanding speech especially in noisy environment. He feels he has to put in extra effort to understand speech which in turn makes him frustrated. He consulted me with his concerns. After a detail evaluation and understanding his life style needs. I suggested him pure px which has the amazing speech master feature.

Now let’s see how is speech master feature is helping Mr Surender Lahoria in his daily life.

What is speech master?

  • The clearer you understand your conversation partner, the less effort you have to expend listening. Speech master helps you hear your partner clearly.
  • Primax deploys a range of sophiscated technologies in harmony with one another to ensure effortless hearing in a wide variety of speech environments.
  • From lively family breakfast table to the noisy commute, from the bustle at the office to the sounds enveloping a street café on a windy day, this feature help you to hear the person speaking to you clearly, this feature is known as speech master.

What are the benefits of speech master?

  • Listening effort is reduced by making speech understanding easier for you.
  • Helps to reduce listening effort in a wide variety of speech environments.

What are the key technologies for effortless hearing?

  1. Noise reduction – reduces background noise
  2. Directionality – focuses on the direction of the target speaker
  3. Amplification – elevates the target speaker over all other sounds in the environment

What situations does speech master feature help in hearing effortlessly?

These are lists of some of the hypothetical daily situations to help you understand the speech master better,

  1. At breakfast table
  2. The radio is playing and someone is rustling through the pages of the newspaper.
  3. The speech master engages noise reduction to minimize the rustling of the paper and other noises in the background so that the voice from across the table is singled out for clear and effortless understanding.
  1. At railway station/ metro
  2. If you are chatting with your colleague on the way to work.
  3. In the background the sound of announcements and trains make this a demanding situation.
  4. Speech master activates speech and noise management to reduce the unwanted sounds and helps to focus on speech coming from the front.
  5. The voices of the speakers around the speaker is also reduced for clear and relaxed conversation.
  1. In an office
  2. At the office, phones are ringing and people are talking across the hall.
  3. For a one-on-one conversation it’s a distracting situation.
  4. Noise reduction is automatically activated, minimizing unwanted sound such as the phones.
  5. When the people around the wearer start speaking, speech master also attenuates them and focuses on the main voice, making you understand effortless.
  • At a café
  • You are with your friends at a café.
  • Traffic in the background is loud and mingles with the noise of the wind and chatter from the next table, making hearing difficult.
  • Here, noise reduction are activated, suppressing the traffic sounds.
  • Speech master also attenuates surrounding sound even further by singling out the main speaker.

Mr Surender Lahoria is extremely happy as he is now able to take part in his all day to day routines and is able to enjoy the sound of joy without any hassle of having to make extra efforts. “Now I can listen effortlessly in any type of environment I am present in” he says.

Do you want to experience the sound of joy without any hassle of making extra effort to understand speech in any situations whatsoever? Then check out the list of hearing aids which are compatible with the Speech Master feature;

  • Pure/motion/insio 1px
  • Pure/motion/insio 2px
  • Pure/motion/insio 3px
  • Pure/motion/insio 5px

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Hearing Loss

Cros and Bi-cros Hearing aids for single sided deafness

Single-sided deafness (SSD) is a condition in which a person has lost hearing in one ear, but can still hear with the other ear. It’s also known as unilateral hearing loss, which is prevalent is 40% of the population with hearing impaired. We are designed to have two ears for a reason—the brain uses both ears to pinpoint the location of a sound, and to improve hearing quality and range. This is known as binaural hearing.

Symptoms being-

  • Unable to judge the loudness of a sound
  • Confusions in pinpointing the location of a sounds
  • Poor understanding of speech/ muffled speech due to head-shadow effect
  • Difficulty to filter noise to understand speech in noisy listening environments
  • These tends to add up stress, anxiety and frustration as well

Single sided deafness can be experienced because of various factors such as-

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Physical damage to the ear
  • Head trauma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Viral or bacterial infection
  • Circulatory system disorders

A patient of age 37yrs suffered with unilateral hearing loss after a head trauma due to accident. He was a university professor and had an active lifestyle. He used to attend and give seminars, conduct classes and attend meeting on daily basis. The hearing loss started causing hindrance in his career as he found it extremely difficult to locate and understand when his students and coworkers communicated with him. After diagnosis and analyzing all his needs, he was recommended usage of Contralateral routing of sound system (CROS), this system is uniquely made for people with single sided deafness in one ear and normal hearing in the other. When you wear a device on either side of the ear, the signal from non-functional ear is routed wirelessly to the well-functioning ear. The nonfunctioning ear has a transmitter, which only transmits the signals received from the particular side to the receiver that is placed on the functional ear. With the help of this system, my client did not miss out on any discussions and was completely satisfied with the results. For people who have mild to moderate loss on the functional ear, there is an option called Bi-cros, which works in a similar way, only by providing the necessary amplification through the receiver in the functional ear.

Benefits of using a cros or bi-cros device-

  • Clearer and easier conversations with precise speech audibility and accurate speech detection in difficult listening situations
  • Better understanding of speech in noise
  • Wind, noise, whistling and feedback management for optimal speech accuracy
  • Simultaneous processing of multiple sounds for a comfortable listening experience that makes speech crisp and clear while keeping ambient noise natural
  • Improved phone conversations with ear-to-ear streaming.

Signia hearing aids provide cros and bi-cros fitting accessories called CROS Pure available in two different technologies, Primax (Px) and Nx respectively.

  1. CROS/Bi-Cros Px works on primax technology, compatible hearing aids with this transmitter are
  2. Insio 3Px/5Px/7Px
  3. Motion 3Px/5Px/7Px
  4. Pure 3Px/5Px/7Px

2.   CROS/Bi-Cros pure 312 Nx works on Signis Nx technology, compatible hearing aids with this transmitter are

  • Motion 3Nx/5Nx/7Nx
  • Pure 3Nx /5Nx/7Nx

3.   Nx technology also provides CROS/Bi-Cros Silk Nx transmitters on Completely in the Canal (CIC) model. Compatible hearing aids with this transmitter are

  • Insio 3Nx/5Nx/7Nx

   4.   CROS Pure Charge & Go Nx transmitter is specially made for rechargeable hearing aids. Compatible hearing aids with this transmitter are

  • Motion Charge & Go 3Nx/5Nx/7Nx
  • Pure Charge & Go 3Nx /5Nx/7Nx
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Uncategorized

TELECARE

Mr.Ajay D is a Chartered Accountant and also a Coffee Planter. He resides in a very remote location in middle of his coffee estate at Coorg. Lately he is facing problem in responding when people speak softly. He came to me for consultation as he is a huge music lover, basketball, tennis & hockey player. He is also into riffle shooting. Lately, he is not able to take part in any of these because of his hearing problem which is making him too uncomfortable. After a detailed evaluation I suggested him pure Nx. His main concern was he cannot travel all the way from Coorg to Blore everytime he needs any sort of changes with the hearing aid.

I suggested him the Telecare program which is helping him make necessary changes just by sitting in his estate. Let’s see how this Telecare program is helping Ajay.

What is Telecare?

  • It makes the patient closer to the Audiologist like ever before.
  • From patients smartphone to Audiologist smartphone.
  • It helps to monitor your progress during trial.
  • Helps to stay in direct contact with the Audiologist.
  • Helps you to get remote fine tuning.

What are the awesome benefits of Telecare?

  • Helps the Audiologist to get full transparency of the patients progress during the trial.
  • Let’s to track the patients satisfaction.
  • Allows to react more precisely for better trial outcomes.
  • It helps you to get comfort of daily living with new hearing aids.
  • Reduces interupptions in follow up with the clinic.
  • Avoids extra visits.
  • Prevents simple issues from the ruining the comfort.
  • Lowers the barrier to communicate.
  • Lets the Audiologist to troubleshoot any problems in the most efficient way.
  • Saves time and cost of travelling.

What is Telecare 3.0 and its benefits?

  • It is nothing but the advanced version of Telecare 2.0
  • It provides remote hearing care at a new level with Bluetooth.
  • The Bluetooth connection to the phone enables the Audiologist to see hearing aid settings and environmental data in the Telecare portal.
  • Valuable predictors of success are plotted daily for monitoring while real time data is displayed to assist remote tuning.
  • It helps to know the daily wearing time, program use, daily user satisfaction.
  • Helps Audiologist to assist you with program, volume, battery status, environmental classification, environmental noise level.
  • It helps the patient feel happy with new hearing aids quickly from the comfort of their daily lives.

What is the difference between Telecare 2.0 and Telecare 3.0?

  • Telecare 2.0 is only for primax hearing aids, whereas Telecare 3.0 is for Nx hearing aids
  • In Telecare 3.0 we can give different programs, which is not available in Telecare 2.0

How does Telecare help the Audiologist to provide best service?

  1. Helps in real time tracking
  2. Helps in tracking daily satisfaction
  3. Enables to react more precisely
  • Helps to provide the best support
  • Reduces interuptions ensuring better comfort
  • Avoids extra visits
  • Doesn’t let simple issues ruin the comfortability
  • Closer to patients
  • Lowers the barrier to communicate
  • Lets to troubleshoot any problems in most efficient ways
  • Saves time

How does Telecare help the patient to receive best service?

  1. Immediate support
  2. Instant advice and troubleshooting
  3. Fewer follow up visits
  4. Increased satisfaction with hearing aids
  • Helps handling new hearing aids
  • Many issues can be addressed without delay
  • You are more likely to become engaged with the new hearing aids
  • Shorter adjustment time
  • Fast and clear hearing success
  • Wearers learn at their preferred pace
  • Feedback options for a higher individualization
  • Fewer drop outs from wearing a hearing aid

Mr.Ajay was facing problems during the most challenging period of adjusting to new hearing aids that is typically the first few weeks. In order to manage critical moments effectively and to increase his comfort with hearing aids, he used the Telecare. He says “It is a perfect hearing tool for smoother, faster and more successful use of hearing aids”

Do you want to experience the sound of joy just by sitting at your home too?

 List of hearing aids compatible with the Telecare 2.0 are as follows,

  • Pure/motion/cellion 2px
  • Pure/motion/cellion 3px
  • Pure/motion/cellion 5px
  • Pure/motion/cellion 7px

List of hearings aids compatible with Telecare 3.0 are as follows,

  • Pure/motion 3Nx
  • Pure/motion 5Nx
  • Pure/motion 7Nx
  • Pure charge and go 3Nx/5Nx/7nx
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Hearing Loss

TINNITUS NOISER

Mrs Minaxi Lahoria is my 48yrs old patient who has tinnitus problem, she is unable to sleep or concentrate on anything because of this problem. She is feeling it very uncomfortable to carry out her everyday routine. She has already taking a lot of medicines for this problem and nothing seems to work. She consulted me in despair seeking solution. After detailed evaluation and explaining her about tinnitus, she was recommended pure 2px hearing aids to solver her concerns.

What is tinnitus?

          Our world is alive with sound. Laughter, unforgettable melodies, waves breaking on the shore, all these sounds enrich our lives and are literally music to our ears, lifting our mood, what happens when one sound suddenly takes control?

          Tinnitus is the noise that originates from within the ear rather than from the outside environment. This may affect one or both ears. Unfortunately patient often learns from their doctors that their complaint is incurable. This kind of information makes patients feel isolated convinced that no one can understand what they are going through. Because tinnitus has many causes, so far we have no specific medication or patent cure for all types of tinnitus.

How a person does feels with tinnitus?

          The noise differs from one person to the next in nature, pitch and volume. Many describe the noise as a whistling, hissing, roaring or ringing in the ear.

What are the types of tinnitus?

Acute Tinnitus – If the noise occurs only temporarily and soon disappear again for instance after a loud concert, it is called acute tinnitus.

Chronic Tinnitus – For millions of people, though the noises are permanent (more than six months), thus developing chronic tinnitus.

What are the possible causes of tinnitus?

  • One of the most common causes of tinnitus is hearing loss. This may be due to blast injury or exposure to exceptionally loud music.
  • Frequently occurs alongside sudden hearing loss.
  • Stress is most commonly quoted cause of tinnitus.

What are the other problems which you can face due to tinnitus?

  • Exhaustion
  • Fear
  • Insomnia
  • Tension
  • Strain
  • Desperation
  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Isolation
  • Withdrawal

How can tinnitus be diagnosed?

  • Doctors may conduct ENT, dental, orthodontic and orthopedic examinations.
  • A hearing test can reveal whether hearing impairment is also involved.

How can you cope with tinnitus? What are the treatment options available?

Even if there is no specific cause is determined, tinnitus can be treated. There are many possibilities to help patient find ways to cope with their condition. This means changing habits and attitudes so that tinnitus no longer controls your everyday life.

How can you manage tinnitus?

Changing habits

  • Learning relaxation methods
  • Practicing imaginary journeys to elicit positive emotions
  • Transforming negative thoughts and attitudes into a helpful mindset
  • Weaning off habits that encourage tinnitus

Relearning hearing

  • Training for use of hearing instruments, noisers, combined devices or other audio sources to deflect attention away from tinnitus.
  • Tinnitus noiser is one of the popular and most effective way of tinnitus management.

Modern technology can help subdue tinnitus. The main principle is allowing your brain to hear and therefore focus on external sound rather than tinnitus.

What are noisers?

  • Noisers are for people without hearing loss.
  • They look like hearing instruments but do not amplify the sounds in the environment.
  • They generate a soft murmur that is mixed in with the tinnitus to distract the patient from the tinnitus.
  • Noisers generally offer considerable relief from tinnitus.

What are hearing instruments?

  • Sometimes wearing hearing instruments both improves hearing and alleviates tinnitus.
  • The reason being that if you can hear better, you can also ignore tinnitus better.
  • Hearing instruments pick up ambient sound over a microphone and amplify it before passing it onto the ear.
  • This enables wearers to better focus on the noises, sounds and tones around them.
  • The rustle of leaves in the forest, friendly conversation or beautiful music restore the emphasis on pleasant hearing impressions and narrow the scope of tinnitus.
  • In many cases, users scarcely or don’t hear the tinnitus at all as soon as the hearing instrument is switched on.

What are tinnitus combined devices?

  • Some hearing instruments also feature a noiser function.
  • As hearing instruments can only amplify noises actually present around us, they are of little use as tinnitus therapy tools in very quiet hearing environments.
  • This is when the noiser function can be helpful.
  • In these situations the noiser can generate a soft noise to distract the patient from the tinnitus.
  • In modern hearing instruments, like those from Signia Seimens, various hearing programs can be selected at the touch of a button: pure hearing instrument function, purely noiser function or the combination of two.

What are the tips for living with tinnitus?

  • Relearning how to hear
  • Have a good night sleep
  • Get active, stay on the move
  • Avoid silence
  • Promote physical fitness
  • Learn to relax effectively

Mrs Minaxi Lahoria is very happy and contented after resolving all her problems, she has been using hearing aids since past 6 months and has found a considerable amount of relief from tinnitus. She is comfortable in carrying on with the daily routine and she feels that the tinnitus is subsided.

List of hearing instruments which has a tinnitus option in it are as follows,

  • Pure/motion/cellion 2px
  • Pure/motion/cellion 3px
  • Pure/motion/cellion 5px
  • Pure/motion/cellion 7px
  • Pure/motion 3Nx
  • Pure/motion 5Nx
  • Pure/motion 7Nx
  • Pure charge and go 3Nx/5Nx/7nx