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Inductive Charging for Signia Rechargeable Hearing Aids

Mrs Doshi is my 80 years old client who has been using hearing aids for almost the last 12 years. She lately has been experiencing tremors and decreased vision. She drops small things often. She had been using battery-operated hearing aids all this while. But lately, she has started facing difficulties in handling them.  She approached me for getting her new hearing aids. She reported that often her batteries would slip off from her hands and fall on the ground. She finds it difficult to find them at times. She also has tremors which make it difficult for her to remove and put batteries into the hearing aids. She is an independent woman and although she has access to domestic help, she prefers to do things herself. After a detailed examination and understanding her listening needs, she was recommended Motion Charge & Go Rechargeable Hearing aids to solve her concerns.  

The rechargeable hearing aids in Signia range belong to Nx platform. These hearing aids are compact aids with an inbuilt Lithium-Ion battery, similar to our smartphones. There are no small parts which need to be manipulated while using them. There is ease of handling and charging them.

Signia Cellion Hearing Aid Charger

They have to be charged using Inductive wireless charger. As the name suggests, it is wireless. One has to just keep hearing aids in the charging slots for charging. There is no cable or wire that needs to be put into hearing aids. The inductive charger needs current supply from mains- quite similar to a mobile charger. For people who travel to different countries, there are 3 different power plugs which can be used. Adapters can easily fit onto those plugs as and when required.

Following are the steps for using Inductive Charger

  1. Assemble it: Connect the power plug to the USB provided and plug it into the charger.
  2. Once the top of the charger indicates a single Green LED, it means that the charger is correctly connected and ready for use
  3. Put the rechargeable hearing aids in the charging slots such that their colour indicators are visible from top (red and blue).
  4. Once you put the hearing aids in the charging slots, the green LED will start flashing and then stabilize to display the charging status of hearing aids.
  5. Then Orange LEDs will be displayed indicating the battery status of hearing aids ( Single Orange LED- 0-33 %, Two orange LEDs- 34-66%, Three Orange LEDs- 67-99%)
  6. When three Green LEDs are displayed, it means that the hearing aids are completely charged and are ready to be used.

It takes about 3-4 hours to completely charge the hearing aids.

Cellion Rechargeable Hearing Aid

Mrs Doshi initially got a little concerned about using them. Let us have a look at her concerns.

  • What if I leave the hearing aids in the charger and forget to switch the charger off? Will it damage the hearing aids?

No, it won’t. Even if the hearing aids are left in the charger in spite of charging them completely, they would cut off automatically. There is no heating problem too as the charger is inductive.

So you can sleep peacefully after putting hearing aids for charging and they would be ready to use once you get up at morning

  • Can I use regular zinc-air batteries in these hearing aids interchangeably? What to do when there is a power cut-off issue? How will I change it?

No, the rechargeable hearing aids cannot be powered through regular batteries. If you have an inverter, you could charge the hearing aids using it. If you do not have an inverter, buy a power bank and keep it charged. If at all you have no access to the power supply, use the power bank to charge the hearing aids by connecting the USB directly into it. It can also be charged using other electronic gadgets like a laptop ( using the USB port)

  • Can the inbuilt battery be replaced if need be? How will I know if there is a need for replacing the battery?

Yes, it can be replaced. It has to be sent to the lab for doing so. If completely charged hearing aids do not last you for a full day of use, please contact your service provider.

  • What will happen if I forget to charge my hearing aids someday and I need to use hearing aids?

They would get switched- off when the battery is exhausted. There is an option of fast charging for 30 minutes with which you can use the hearing aids for up to 7 hours.

  • Are there specific slots for left and right hearing aids or they can be kept in any slot?

There are no specific slots for left and right. You don’t have to worry about it. Keep it in any slot and charge it.

  • Do I need to charge them daily?

It is recommended that you charge the hearing aids in your inductive charger daily.

After resolving all her concerns and giving her practice with the placement of hearing aids in charging slots, she was happy to take them home.

She has been using the hearing aids for the last 6 months and has been pleased with this hassle-free hearing aids. She doesn’t have to worry about stocking up the batteries and carrying extra batteries with her wherever she goes. She just has to charge the devices completely and she is ready to go. What she likes about them the most is that whenever she goes to listen to Satsang, the rechargeable hearing aids do not ditch her like the battery-operated hearing aids which would start beeping indicating low battery anytime. Changing the battery used to be so much of a hassle especially when she is in middle of something. She is happy and enjoys her Motion Charge & Go 3Nx hearing aids thoroughly.

Are you ready to experience these hassle-free and awesome hearing aids with wireless charging?

The inductive charger is compatible with following hearing aids:

  1. RIC Pure Charge&Go 7Nx
  2. BTE Motion Charge&Go 7Nx
  3. RIC Pure Charge&Go 5Nx
  4. BTE Motion Charge&Go 5Nx
  5. RIC Pure Charge&Go 3Nx
  6. BTE Motion Charge&Go 3Nx
  7. RIC Pure Charge&Go 2Nx
  8. BTE Motion Charge&Go 2Nx
  9. RIC Pure Charge&Go 1Nx
  10. BTE Motion Charge&Go 1Nx
  11. RIC Cellion 2Px
  12. RIC Cellion 3Px
  13. RIC Cellion 5Px
  14. RIC Cellion 7Px

The name has been changed for maintaining confidentiality.

Mrs. Madhura Vaidya Gokhale, Sr. Audiologist and Speech Pathologist at Aanvii Hearing Solutions, Pune

Mrs Madhura Gokhale.

I am a Senior Audiologist working at Aanvii Hearing, Pune. I have graduated with a Master’s Degree in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology( MASLP), from the AYJNISHD, Mumbai. I have 5+ years of experience in the field of Audiology.

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Don’t let untreated hearing loss affect your life

If you suspect that your hearing is deteriorating, here is why you should have it looked at as soon as possible:

There should be no stigma attached to hearing aids

In many cases they are hardly noticeable, unlike years ago. If the cost of a hearing aid is something you are worried about, speak to your medical aid advisor about different types of treatments that could work for you.

Untreated hearing loss affects your brain directly

A recent study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that brain atrophy can be directly linked to auditory difficulties.

Untreated hearing loss can affect your social life and relationships

The more people struggle to hear conversations, the more they tend to avoid social interaction altogether. Children who experience hearing loss at a young age can also distance themselves from their peers. Hearing loss can also affect your relationship with family and friends as you struggle to articulate your feelings, making you feel frustrated and embarrassed.

Untreated hearing loss can affect productivity and income

In a precarious economy and work environment, it’s important to be as productive as you can.

Hearing loss can severely affect productivity and concentration if left untreated. Get it checked at your nearest Aanvii Hearing Centers

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5 reasons to update your hearing aids

As powerful and sophisticated as hearing aids are these days, they do have a wear life. If you currently wear hearing aids, even if you take the utmost care of them, the continuous daily exposure to moisture, body heat, and earwax can gradually damage hearing aids over time. Below are five reasons why consulting with an audiologist can help you determine if your hearing aids need servicing or if they should be replaced.

1. Your hearing profile has changed.

When was the last time you had a thorough hearing assessment? Hearing sensitivity can change over time. It is important to have your hearing levels checked regularly. If you currently have hearing aids, having regular hearing tests at least once every one to two years is especially important. Hearing aids have no idea if your hearing levels have changed – they will just do what they were previously set to do! If you find you are asking people to repeat themselves more often, or if voices sound mumbled and unclear, and your hearing aids are mechanically functioning properly, then it is time for another hearing assessment!

Hearing aids are fit to specific prescription criteria. Hearing changes can be gradual and unnoticeable. It might be that your hearing aids simply require a stronger speaker or a different type of earpiece to maximize your hearing. Sometimes hearing changes, and the age of your current hearing aids, are enough to consider new hearing aids to better fit the needs of your auditory system and lifestyle.

2. Firmware updates.

Did you know that most hearing aids can be updated internally to fix small bugs in the circuitry and improve performance? Similar to computers, hearing aid firmware can be updated in your hearing care professional’s office. In the past, hearing aids had to be returned to the manufacturer to perform such updates. These updates generally fix minor issues such as feedback control and wireless connectivity problems. If your hearing aids have not been checked within the past two years or more, it might be a good idea to visit your hearing clinic and check to see if any updates are available.

3. Your lifestyle has changed.

Have you moved into a new residence? Have you joined a class or group? Are you around different voices or in new environments? Did you get season’s tickets to IPL for the first time? When your surroundings change, your acoustic environments change. When the people around you are new to you, their voices can be challenging to hear and understand. What you needed from your hearing aids in the past might not match what you need from your hearing aids now. It is important to know the capabilities – and limitations – of your hearing aids and to learn if they can be modified to better suit your listening needs and lifestyle now.

4. Your hearing aids are more than five years old.

Did you know most hearing aid manufacturers generally cannot, or will not, repair hearing aids that are over five to seven years old? The technology in hearing aids changes quickly. Over time, parts used to repair older hearing aids become obsolete and are no longer made. Generally, most hearing aid manufacturers will not repair hearing aids that are more than seven years old, and they may not warranty repair work on aids over five years old, depending on the parts and labor required.

5. You want improved technology.

Do you like to keep up with the latest advancements in technology? Hearing aid technology has seen some remarkable changes over the past two decades – from the first digital hearing aid in 1996 to hearing aids today that wirelessly exchange information with each other, cell phones, wireless accessories, and the internet. The technology changes quickly! Rechargeable hearing aid battery options are now available from every major hearing aid manufacturer. Speech enhancement and noise reduction features continue to improve. Processing power and speed are rising. Battery life has generally held steady despite all the new advancements demanding more power to work. Designs and styles are sleeker and slimmer. Premium quality materials – like white gold plated battery doors for rechargeable systems and titanium custom earpieces – are increasingly being integrated into hearing aid design to improve performance and wearer comfort. Spring and fall are generally the best times to check out what is new!

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Measles cases triple globally, Africa worst affected

Reported cases of measles worldwide have tripled in the last year, putting children under severe risk, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday.

In the first four months of this year, 112,163 measles cases were reported. In comparison last year, during the same period 28,124 cases were reported.

Sustained outbreaks have been reported from all regions of the world, with many countries confirming spiraling cases of measles. But poor regions remain worst affected, African countries witnessed the most dramatic rise of nearly 700 percent, the data released by the UN agency said. 

The European region is witnessing a 300 percent, the Eastern Mediterranean 100 percent, Americas 60 percent, and Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific 40 percent rise in measles cases.

“While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend,” WHO said. Officials pointed out, less than one in ten cases are reported globally, with variations by region.   

“The actual numbers of cases – captured in global estimates – will also be considerably higher than those reported,” the report said. 

Current outbreaks happened in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sudan, Thailand, and Ukraine, causing many deaths – mostly among young children.

But the sudden rise in cases also occurred in countries with high vaccination coverage, including the U.S., Israel, Thailand, and Tunisia. In these countries, the disease has spread fast among clusters of unvaccinated people.

“Even in high-income countries, complications result in hospitalization in up to a quarter of cases, and can lead to lifelong disability, from brain damage and blindness to hearing loss,” it warned. 

In 2017, the most recent year for which estimates are available, it caused close to 110,000 deaths. Health experts blame the anti-vaccine movement, poverty, and weak policies for the sudden rise in measles cases. 

While social media platforms like Facebook assured action against anti-vaccine posts, governments are being urged to include the second dose of measles, mumps, and Rubella (MMR) during immunization drives.  

Coverage of the second vaccine dose needs to increase globally, to maximize a population’s protection against the disease. 

“Today, 25 countries still need to make the second dose part of their essential immunization program,” the WHO statement added.

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Mr. R. Lakshmi Narayana – The Aanvii Hearing Experience

Hearing Aid Selection: (Case History)

Ms Gowri, Audiologist from AANVII hearing Inc, 180, 9th Main, Indira Nagar 1st Stage, Bangalore-560038 was successful in enrolling me to purchase Siemens make ORION 2RIC 312 Model on 08/02/2019. She was very much user friendly and made me realize why it is very important to have a hearing aid. She spent almost 3 hours with me explaining all the possibilities and the best suitable hearing aids for me.

What is so special about it? Why I wanted to share my feedback ( Sequence of Events)

03/04/1993

I underwent an operation CSom C Myringo plasty (for Tympanic Membrane) at Basavangudi ENT Care Centre, Bangalore 560004 which was performed by Dr Mahadevaiah for hearing loss.

16/05/2014

As I experienced, hearing loss, Audiological Evaluation was made and found the loss was temporarily caused due to T Joint Syndrome.

05/01/2019

Received a mail from M/s Amplifone India Pvt Ltd, HAL 2nd Stage, and Bangalore-560008.They had recommended to use Widex Hearing Aids costing per pair as Rs 57000/- .  I was not convinced by the Audiologist impatient explanation and the person was very rude. They were totally money minded.

29/01/2019

I visited All India Institute of Speech and hearing. They recommended me to use Otican Ino pro Mini RITTE Power (WL) costing per pair Rs 40,420/- . If I purchase the equipment from Mysuru , commuting  was a problem. Hence, I started exploring the possibilities of calibration facility availability at Bangalore.

30/01/2019

Went to Shreyas Hearing Clinic, HAL 2nd Stage, to enquire about the calibration. For a query of Siemens make, they say maintenance issues are more and hence, they do not recommend. Instead, they had recommended Resound make (water resistant). Also, indicated that they will not carry out calibration, if the units are purchased elsewhere. Enya 4 costing Rs 46,500/unit (better for TV & phone) Enya 3 costing Rs 33000/- per unit (better for group conversation). On enquiry from hearing institute of Mysuru, the cost of Enya 4 was 26,250/-per unit and Enya 3 was 19000/- . As there was a huge difference, I felt it is better to purchase from Mysuru Institute. Before that, I wanted to explore the possibility of calibration facility at Bangalore.

01/02/2019

Applied for Hearing aid approval through CGHS, based on Mysuru Institute report.

06/02/2019

I went to Dr SR Chandrasekhar’s Institute of speech and hearing, Hennuru Road, Lingarajapuram, Bengaluru -560084 to know availability of calibration facilities. They have for Widex, Microtech, Siemens, Phonak, Star key and do not have facility for Resound make. Based on their diagnosis, recommended me to use Widex 100 RIC-m costing Rs 36000/- per unit.

07/02/2019

Surfed  Net and heard Dr Clifford R. Olson, Doctor of Audiology. The topic was “ the best hearing aids of 2019” . In the order of merit:

1. Phonak,  2. Resound, 3. Otikan minirite OPN, 4. Phonak virto, 5. Star key livio, 6. Widex evoke, 7.Unitron

08/02/2019

Received Permission for Hearing Aid from CGHS. As I am coming home, received a call from Ms.Gowri satish. AANVII Hearing Inc, Indira Nagar 1st stage, Bangalore, to visit their office, for hearing aid. When I came to know that they are exclusively dealing with Siemens make, I turned it down. Anyhow, I wanted to seek the clarification regarding   ITC/CIC/RIC and BTE models (My permission letter indicates). Hence, visited their office just to clarify my doubts ,I was totally not willing to buy siemens product. It has appealing office layout with all the necessary illustrations and ergonomics.

Audiologist Gowri explained me why hearing loss takes place and thoroughly explained the difference between all makes and convinced me that Siemens make is the oldest & best company. She clarified all my doubts and she told the benefits of siemens over other companies. The most interesting part was she didn’t tell any negative points of other hearing aid companies to tell siemens product to be the best, instead she quoted all the benefits which are not there in other companies. This quality I didn’t find in any of the audiologist whom I met before.  Almost 5 years I was searching for proper hearing aid, got many bad experiences but at last Ms Gowri satish helped me to fulfill my needs to the best by dispensing the best suitable hearing aid for me. She was able to answer all my queries and made me to feel very much comfortable. Now I can drive car without any worries, watch TV and all my day to day activities became very easy. She made me feel so positive that I started suggesting all my friends, family members to go and meet her for any hearing issues.

I wanted to profusely thank Ms Gowri for her patience, care and enrolling me to short list Siemens. This choice meets all my requirement. May god bless her with all prosperity and good health. Once again I thank her very much for her help. I wish her all the best of luck.

Mr. R. Lakshmi Narayana