Invisible (IIC) hearing aids are called invisible because they are only visible when someone is looking down your ear canal! Barely bigger than a jelly bean, invisible hearing aids are the smallest hearing aid style available. Being small has it’s advantages:
- Sound quality is very natural with no tinniness.
- Because the aid relies on the outer ear you can easily tell the direction sounds come from.
- Zero feedback when using a phone.
Below you can see how these tiny high tech hearing aids tuck all the way inside your ear.
Hearing aids are a significant purchase and we understand that. That’s why we are offering invisible hearing aids for a 30 day free trial that includes a complete hearing test & evaluation. To hear what you have been missing, call us at (204) 788-1083.
For people with hearing loss, the iPhone offers several useful features to make listening and using the device easier. Here are three accessibility options we think would be the most useful.
Mono Audio and Balance
The benefit of this feature is that it makes listening to music and movies much easier.
Music and movies often use different sounds levels in the right and left channel. This makes hearing clearly hard for people with different levels of hearing in their left and right ear.
As the name suggests, the operating system combines the sound from the left and right channels into a mono signal that is then played on both channels of the connected headphones or speakers. This means the user can hear everything with either ear. The balance part the feature gives you the ability to raise the volume levels for the left or right channel independently to compensate for different levels of hearing loss in either ear.
You can turn Mono Audio on so that both ear jacks receive the same sounds by tapping: Settings > General > Accessibility > Hearing
LED Flash for Alerts
If you are having trouble hearing your ring tone for incoming calls or other notification sounds, the iPhone can alert you by firing the LED flash. This is the LED flash located on the back of the phone so leaving it face down goes without saying. There are two other caveats. The LED will only flash when the iPhone is locked and by default the LED flash is turned on when the phone is in silent mode.
You can activate the LED Flash for Alerts. By tapping: Settings > General > Accessibility > LED Flash for Alerts.
What if the LED Flash for Alerts is not working?
There are many settings that can interfere with the LED flash Alerts feature. Here are the top 3 items to check if the LED Flash Alerts do not to work:
1) Double check the phone is indeed locked with a black screen showing.
2) Next you can test the LED flash from your lock screen by tapping the flashlight icon off and then on.
3) Check your Do-Not-Disturb and Airplane mode settings. If either the Do-Not-Disturb or Airplane mode is set on, the LED Flash Alerts feature will not work. To check just swipe up from the bottom of the screen and make sure that the Do-Not-Disturb and the Airplane mode is set correctly.
For more information on troubleshooting the alert feature see this article on the troubleshooting site Applebox.com.
Live Listen: For Hearing Aids Users
If an iPhone user is having difficulty clearly hearing someone talking in a noisy room, Live Listen can help by turning their iPhone into a remote microphone. They simply activate Live Listen and place their iPhone near the person speaking. The sound the microphone picks up is then transmitted to their “Made for iPhone” hearing aids using Bluetooth technology. The following video shows how simple it is to use.
Note: You can use Live Listen with iPads and iPod touch as well. For a complete list of iOS devices that works with Made for iPhone hearing aids. Complete list of hear accessibility functions on the iPhone, click Apple’s information page.
If you would like to learn more about how Bluetooth enabled Made for iPhone hearing aids can help you improve your ability to hear, call the friendly staff at Polo Park Hearing Centre (204) 788-1083 Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
We love music and if your reading this, you likely do to. Thanks to the ubiquitous smartphone we can conveniently enjoy our favorite tunes any time we want for hours on end. The only downside is we can also enjoy our music as loud as we want and that can cause irreversible noise induced hearing loss.
The World Health Organization estimates that a billion young people worldwide could be at risk of hearing loss due to unsafe listening practices.
How Loud Is Too Loud
According to the World Health Organization users of personal audio devices typically choose to set the volume between 75 to 105 dB. That’s a problem.
Consider this: the safe sound level for 8 hours of exposure is 80 decibels which is about the same level as a vacuum cleaner or an alarm clock. The safe time limit for listening at 100 dB which is equivalent to a loud motorcycle or lawn mower is a mere 15 minutes.
Nearly 50% of people in mid to high income countries aged 12–35 are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from the use of personal audio devices.
Note: The Decibel (dB) scale is not a linear scale like a tape measure. Sound levels double every 3 dB. This means that increasing the volume from 80 dB to 86 dB is four times louder while 80 dB to 89 dB is
Tips for Safe Listening
It’s fairly easy to make listening to music safe from noise induce hearing loss. Hear are the tops 5 tips we found:
- Substitute Headphones for Earbuds
Earbuds are small, so they get close to your eardrum and the music has almost no distance to dissipate. Also, not all earbuds block the ambient sound which means you must turn your music up louder than what’s around you easily exceeding safe limits. Over the ear headphones have the advantage of blocking outside noise so you can then reduce the volume to a safer level. Noise canceling headphones take it one step further by electronically blocking ambient noise so that you can listen at a lower volume.
- Set A Safe Volume
Safe volume are generally 60% – 70% of the maximum volume. A good rule of thumb is if someone standing 1 metre from you has to shout to get your attention, it’s probably too loud.
- Limit Listening Time
While it is important to keep the volume down, experts suggest that limiting the use of personal audio devices to less than one hour a day would do much to reduce noise exposure. Realistically you can extend the listing time by reducing the volume to decrease your overall exposure.
- Take Listening Breaks
Some experts suggest that you can extend you can extend listening times by taking regular breaks for several minutes. We found a recommendation for taking a five minutes or more long for each hour of listening.
- Never Use Maximum Volume
According to Health Canada researchers found that digital audio players with stock headphones could reach 101-107 dB. With aftermarket headphones sound levels reached as high as 125 dB which “pose a risk of immediate, serious and permanent hearing loss”.
Hearing Loss Early Warning signs
The most obvious warning signs that the volume is set too high is a feeling discomfort or outright pain in your ears. Ringing in your ears is another warning sign that should not be ignored.
When it comes to hearing loss, a common first complaint is that it’s difficult to hear phone conversations or follow conversation in noisy environments such as restaurants. Other common complaints are difficulty in hearing high-pitched sounds such as doorbells, telephones or alarm clocks.
People who suspect hearing loss should seek help from a hearing health care professional. There are just too many downsides to not getting help for mild to moderate hearing loss. For a complete hearing evaluation, call the friendly staff at Polo Park Hearing Centre (204) 788-1083 Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Although this video is a light hearted look at misheard lyrics, trouble understanding speech is one of the first signs of hearing loss.
Human speech is a mix of both low and high frequency sounds. Typically hearing loss problems develop in the higher frequencies first with consonants like “s,” “h,” and “f,” becoming more difficult to hear. Unfortunately misheard consonants, more so that vowels which often are heard at lower frequencies, can dramatically change the meaning of words. You can find any number of “bad lip reading” videos on YouTube that swap the consonants in words to make funny movie or music lyrics similar to the video presented.
If you have been having problems understanding speech lately, it’s time to book a hearing test and evaluation. Just call the Polo Park Hearing Centre (204) 788-1083 Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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