Halo is Here!

Halo hearing aids connect directly to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch via our TruLink™ Hearing Control app. Together Halo and TruLink deliver the most personalized hearing experience ever and are designed to: 

  • Stream calls from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids using Bluetooth® 4.0 wireless technology 
  • Deliver pristine sound and exceptional listening clarity 
  • Help you hear comfortably in noise 
  • Eliminate buzzing and whistling 
  • Stream FaceTime®, music and more directly to your hearing aids 

Halo and TruLink are compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation). “Made for iPod,” “Made for iPhone,” and “Made for iPad” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod, iPhone, or iPad, respectively, and has been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod, iPhone, or iPad may affect wireless performance. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and FaceTime are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc.

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Hearing loss and the Holidays

During the holiday season, far-flung family members come home, sharing time together after months, sometimes years apart.

When that much time passes between visits with siblings and parents, health concerns that may have gone unnoticed in day to day life are suddenly more pronounced and obvious. Hearing loss is one of those “silent” health problems that can come on so gradually, neither the person experiencing the loss or the people who see them every day even notice until the loss is severe.

In older adults, hearing loss is frequently misinterpreted as having dementia. An older person who seems confused, withdrawn or uninterested in participating in conversation during holiday get togethers may simply be having difficulty hearing and keeping up with the conversation. Just paying attention to how the person is interacting with others in the room or at the table can be very telling. Problems hearing the doorbell ringing as guests arrive, difficulty hearing people calling from another room, or frequently asking people to repeat themselves are often indicative of a hearing problem.

When you get a lot of people in the same room, especially during the holidays, it’s going to get noisy. Take that into consideration, if you really notice a decline in someone’s ability to hear be sure to address it with them. Hearing loss can be a very gradual process, and the person with the problem may not even be aware of the issue. We recommend waiting until the festivities have quieted down before attempting to have a serious conversation and to be prepared for the fact that the person may deny having a hearing problem or may not be ready to talk.

The important thing is to start the discussion. If they truly haven’t noticed their hearing loss, you’ve made them aware that they may have a problem. Try to follow up after a week to see if they’ve thought about making an appointment for a hearing evaluation. Offer to help them find a hearing professional. The earlier someone is diagnosed and treated for hearing loss, the better, for all concerned.

The holidays often provide the perfect opportunity for a heartfelt family discussion about health concerns. Recognizing the causes and types of hearing loss can help pinpoint the problem, and rule out other medical issues.

With the support of family, a person with hearing problems may be more able to accept the need to get hearing loss treatment, and may be ready to take the first steps to better hearing, a hearing test, and if necessary, hearing aids.  What a great gift to give a loved one (or yourself) this holiday season! 

Avoid unnecessary frustrations this Holiday season. Make your appointment by simply visiting our Contact Us page to request a free hearing test.  At Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers, we look forward to helping make your season free from struggles with hearing loss and full of joy.

Check out our E brochure here: advancedtechhearingaidcenters.ebrochure

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS
Founder
Certified Audioprosthologist
Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

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New technologies offering hope for those with ringing in the ears

If you experience a constant ringing in your ears that’s bothersome at best and debilitating at worst, you are far from alone. Tinnitus affects roughly one in five Americans and about 16 million people have serious tinnitus that requires medical attention. It’s also the most common disability for military veterans, since it can be caused by extended exposure to loud noise.

While tinnitus is a common condition, it’s one that can affect each person differently. While the general description involves a ringing in the ears audible only to the person with tinnitus, sufferers also report hearing a hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring or chirping sound. It also varies in severity – merely an unwelcome distraction for some but completely debilitating for others.

Those who have tinnitus often report trouble sleeping, an inability to concentrate or complete tasks and changes in cognitive ability. If left untreated, tinnitus can lead to extreme stress for sufferers, and can present challenges both at work and at home.

No cure, but treatment available

Tinnitus is often related to hearing loss, although it can also be associated with earwax, head injuries, medications and other conditions. Much like hearing loss, there’s no known cure for tinnitus, but there are treatments available.

Counseling and sound therapy are often used to provide relief for those with tinnitus, and the hearing aid industry has also recently developed products than can help alleviate the problems caused by tinnitus. For example, Xino Tinnitus from Starkey is an innovative, nearly invisible, behind-the-ear device that provides relief for tinnitus sufferers.

The device has adjustable features designed to allow the wearer to experience a maximum level of relief, including volume and memory controls that can be controlled with the touch of a finger. The device can help offset the irritating sounds and thus many of the problems caused by tinnitus. This device can also be used as a hearing aid for tinnitus sufferers who also have a hearing loss and could benefit from amplification. More information can be found at http://www.adtechctrs.com.

What to do if you think you have tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition that can often be treated by a hearing care professional, although certain conditions might require medical treatment from a physician or ENT. A specialist can help you develop a treatment plan and determine if a tinnitus treatment device can help alleviate your symptoms.

If you’re suffering from tinnitus, the time to get help is now.

If you or someone you know suffers from ringing in the ears, we at Advanced Tech want to help them evaluate these options to possibly lessen the effects of tinnitus.  We offer free hearing evaluation and consultation.  Simply go to our Contact Us page to submit your information.

Check out our E brochure here: advancedtechhearingaidcenters.ebrochure

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

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Tinnitus treatment and new smaller sizes now available

Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers is excited to introduce its new tinnitus treatment solution and two new members to its wireless family. Distributed under the Starkey brand name, Xino™ Tinnitus combines advanced hearing aid technology designed to provide personalized tinnitus relief. Xino Wireless includes the new micro RIC 312 that offers the benefits of Starkey’s IRIS™ Technology. Additionally, the new 3 Series™ BTE 13, the smallest BTE 13 in the Starkey lineup is now available.The highly anticipated Tinnitus Treatment Solution, Xino Tinnitus, uses patent-pending Multiflex Tinnitus Technology to create a patient-preferred sound stimulus designed to deliver the one thing every sufferer wants – relief. It makes tinnitus manageable for patients who have been frustrated by their inability to find consistent personalized relief – and gives hearing professionals an easy-to-use tinnitus management option. Xino Tinnitus:

  • Offers two devices in one – tinnitus therapy and a hearing aid
  • Is a nearly invisible device
  • Starts with a best fit and then allows for flexible adjustments in 16 bands
  • Has the ability to adjust modulation rate of stimulus
  • Contains volume and memory controls
  • Can adhere to any fitting philosophy, including retraining therapy and masking protocols
  • Uses the SoundPoint Tinnitus fitting tool to allow patients to identify the most preferable stimulus, which helps ensure satisfaction

Starkey’s newest member to its wireless lineup, Xino Wireless is a newly designed incredibly small micro RIC 312. It includes all of Starkey’s industry-leading performance features and offers the benefits of IRIS Technology – including Binaural Spatial Mapping, compatibility with SurfLink® Mobile, hands-free wireless phone streaming, media streaming and programming, synchronized user controls and more – in a style that’s comfortable practical and desirable.

If you or someone you know suffers from ringing in the ears, we at Advanced Tech want to help them evaluate these options to possibly lessen the effects of tinnitus.  We offer free hearing evaluation and consultation.  Simply go to our Contact Us page to submit your information.

Check out our E brochure here: advancedtechhearingaidcenters.ebrochure

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS
Founder
Certified Audioprosthologist
Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Christmas, New Year and Hearing Loss

The Christmas season is at hand and this time of the year is hard enough without hearing loss. When you’re unable to hear as clearly as everyone else in the family, this can often bring great frustration, misunderstandings and tension. At Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers we urge you to take actions now. Don’t wait until you’ve had a bad experience during the holidays, we can help you avoid that pitfall and have a much better Christmas and New Year with your family and loved ones.

Many people will find themselves in what we call complex background noise environments. Families are coming together. The Christmas movie is blaring over the big screen television. Grandchildren are everywhere, music is playing and the kitchen is full of people.

Sometimes it isn’t immediately obvious to others when someone is suffering from hearing loss – it’s not like being shortsighted or otherwise impaired. Sometimes people fail to recognize or relate to hearing loss. As a result, individuals with hearing loss are often misinterpreted. They might not hear greetings. They may miss important information in a conversation. They may come across as rude or distant. These are situations they could easily avoid if they addressed their hearing loss.

Help yourself or your loved ones avoid unnecessary frustrations this Holiday season. Make your appointment by simply visiting our Contact Us page to request a free hearing test.  We look forward to helping make this holiday season free from struggles with hearing loss and full of joy.

Check out our E brochure here: advancedtechhearingaidcenters.ebrochure

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS
Founder
Certified Audioprosthologist
Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Health Concerns Like Hearing Loss Get Noticed During the Holidays

When families gather for Thanksgiving, obvious health concerns like alcohol abuse become evident to everyone at the party. But what about “silent” health issues like hearing loss?

During the holiday season, far-flung family members come home, sharing time together after months, sometimes years, apart.

When that much time passes between visits with siblings and parents, health concerns that may have gone unnoticed in day to day life are suddenly more pronounced and obvious, said Dr. Sara Burdak, audiologist and Sr. Director of Education & Audiology at Starkey Hearing Technologies. “Hearing loss is one of those “silent” health problems that can come on so gradually, neither the person experiencing the loss or the people who see them every day even notice until the loss is severe.”

She advises that, especially in older adults, symptoms of hearing loss are frequently misinterpreted as signs of dementia. “An older person who seems confused, withdrawn or uninterested in participating in conversation during holiday get togethers may simply be having difficulty hearing and keeping up with the conversation. Just paying attention to how the person is interacting with others in the room or at the table can be very telling.” Burdak says that problems hearing the doorbell ringing as guests arrive, difficulty hearing people calling from another room, or frequently asking people to repeat themselves are often indicative of a hearing problem.

“Of course, when you get a lot of people in the same room, especially during the holidays, it’s going to get noisy, so take that into consideration,” said Burdak. “But if you really notice a decline in someone’s ability to hear, be sure to address it with them. As  said earlier, hearing loss can be a very gradual process, and the person with the problem may not even be aware of the issue.” She recommends waiting until the festivities have quieted down before attempting to have a serious conversation, and to be prepared for the fact that the person may deny having a hearing problem, or may not be ready to talk.

“The important thing is to start the discussion,” said Burdak “If they truly haven’t noticed their hearing loss, you’ve made them aware that they may have a problem. Try to follow up after a week or so to see if they’ve thought about making an appointment for a hearing evaluation. Offer to help them find a hearing professional. The earlier someone is diagnosed and treated for hearing loss, the better, for all concerned.”

The holidays often provide the perfect opportunity for a heartfelt family discussion about health concerns. Recognizing the causes and types of hearing loss can help pinpoint the problem, and rule out other medical issues.

With the support of family, a person with hearing problems may be more able to accept the need to get hearing loss treatment, and may be ready to take the first steps to better hearing – a hearing test, and, if necessary, hearing aids.  What a great gift to give a loved one (or yourself) this holiday season! 

Avoid unnecessary frustrations this Holiday season. Make your appointment by simply visiting our Contact Us page to request a free hearing test.  At Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers, we look forward to helping make your season free from struggles with hearing loss and full of joy.

Check out our E brochure here: advancedtechhearingaidcenters.ebrochure

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS
Founder
Certified Audioprosthologist
Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Holiday travel is here again

Travel, while exciting, can also be an exhausting task given today’s rigorous security procedures.  Add in struggles with a hearing loss to the process and it can become even more daunting of a challenge.  To help in this process, the Transportation and Security Administration has recently provided some helpful tips on their website for traveling with a hearing loss. 

Their suggestions refer to the security screening process and offer some helpful insights.  Firstly, they confirm that hearing aids can and should be worn when walking through the metal detector.  While hearing aids will not set off an alarm, they will not be affected by the metal detector or x-ray screening, should you choose to pass those through in a checked bag or carry-on tote.  Also, TSA security officers have been trained to help accommodate travelers with disabilities to make sure to be clear in your needs if you would like them to talk slow for lip reading purposes or need to communicate with sign language.  Lastly, those who use a dog companion for hearing or seeing purposes can go through security checkpoints with their animal but need to follow service animal special guidelines in doing so.

We want to also provide some tips for taking your aids with you on a vacation to ensure no damage occurs in adverse conditions.  Our first suggestion is a simple enough one but may be overlooked by many to their own dismay.  When packing your hearing aids in a suitcase, make sure to do so by putting them in their case, which will protect them from damage.  Also, we would recommend bringing a small dri-aid kit if you are traveling to a climate with considerable humidity for an extended period of time.  This can help prevent moisture damage to the hearing aid as a result of the climate elements.  Lastly, bring extra batteries, especially if you are traveling abroad, to make sure you are never left without the ability to take in the sounds of your destination with your hearing aids.  If you are in need of any of these supplies or have further questions, simply visit our Contact Us page and submit your information. 

Happy Travels,

Ed Kocher

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Surf Link Mobile is now available

Introducing the Industry’s most unique and versatile device- SurfLink Mobile. Combined with our wireless hearing aids, SurfLink Mobile is everything you will need to help with phone conversations plus enjoy TV and music, listen to presenters, live life without limitations.

Telephone mode

True hands-free cell phone conversations are here. We cracked the connectivity code eliminating the need for a body worn relay device, and creating the only cell phone solution that turns the your wireless hearing aids into both the phones receiver and microphone. 

Restaurants

You can use SurfLink Mobile’s precise directional microphone to better isolate and pick up your companion’s voice in noisy environments and transmit it directly to their wireless hearing aids.

Meetings

SurfLink Mobile features a powerful omnidirectional microphone designed to enhance listening in group settings and meetings. You simply place it in the middle of the table and the speech from those around the you goes directly to your hearing aid.

At Home

No more volume wars! SurfLink Mobile lets you stream audio from TV’s directly to your wireless hearing aids in one of three ways: Wireless Bluetooth connection, audio connector cable, or by simply placing the directional microphone near the TV speaker. Now you don’t have to turn the volume up in the room to hear it at a comfortable level. You will be happy and so will your companion!

Of course there is so much more, from listening to music, to using SurfLink Mobile to adjust your volume and programs. Check out a full demonstration at http://www.starkeypro.com/surflinkmobile/ 

For those interested to learn more, simply submit your information on our Contact Us page and we will be in touch.

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

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Hearing can be exausting!

How Hearing Aids Conserve Your Energy

People with perfectly normal hearing are able to easily hear and understand much of the sound around them.

  • They do not have to get help from lip reading.
  • They do not have to concentrate.
  • They do not have to stop what they are doing.

They just hear.

If you have a hearing loss, you do not have the luxury of such ease in hearing. You have to pay close attention, use lip reading when you can and concentrate. Hearing and understanding do not happen automatically. Hearing takes attention and energy and you just can’t do it 12 or 14 hours a day.

Your Hearing Aid Can Help

Hearing aids allow you to hear better and that is great. But it may be just as important that hearing aids allow you to hear with less effort and energy; they allow you to be more relaxed as you communicate with the people around you.

Of course, you cannot listen carefully all of the time, and there will be times when you do not hear as well as other times. You may not hear as well if you are tired, under stress, or you are thinking about something else. That is why we suggest that anyone speaking to you gets your attention before speaking. On the other hand, if you are ready and if you are paying attention, you can hear better when you really want to. You just cannot do it full time.

Actually, many people with hearing loss are able to hear and communicate surprisingly well in spite of hearing only 50 or 60 percent of the speech sounds. But, we live in a very demanding hearing world, and sometimes anything less than 80 to 90 percent is just not good enough.

If someone tells you, “Okay, I will see you on the 15th,” and you hear “Okay, I will see you on the 5th,” it was not enough to hear most of the message. So the next time someone says “you can hear me when you really want to,” you can correct them: “No, you mean I can hear you when I really work at it.”

Check out our E brochure here: advancedtechhearingaidcenters.ebrochure

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS
Founder
Certified Audioprosthologist
Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist

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Can Better Hearing Help Delay Dementia?

Today, dementia afflicts one in 10 Americans over 70 years in age, and that number is projected to substantially increase over the next few decades.  According to a FoxNews.com article, Could Hearing Aids Delay Dementia?, a recent series of studies conducted at John Hopkins Medicine have revealed that treating hearing loss may provide some benefit in slowing the dementia process, especially in individuals over 60 and older with signs of moderate hearing losses or worse.  While the study does not indicate that hearing aids can prevent dementia, it does bring up some interesting points on how achieving better hearing through hearing aids may help delay the dementia process and lessen the impact. 

This study explored the correlation between untreated hearing loss and the acceleration of dementia.  Of the 639 individuals studied over an average of 12 years, 36 percent of those 60 and older who had a moderate or severe hearing loss were diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in that time frame.  While it is not suggested that their hearing loss directly caused those conditions, it is intriguing to see their relationship as likely more than a co-incidence.  New studies are set to take place to determine the effects of hearing loss as it relates to formation of dementia, though, in the meantime, researchers heed importance for managing hearing health to help in possibly delaying the effects of dementia. 

This possibility to delay the effects of dementia may likely be a result of gaining better comprehension of speech through hearing aids.  This leads to overall better mental astuteness, quality of life and less likelihood of social isolation which fuels dementia in many individuals.   We at Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers agree with this recommendation and the benefits that better hearing can have for an individual’s overall health and well-being.   For those interested to learn more about the effects of hearing loss or to get started on taking care of their hearing health with a free hearing evaluation, simply submit your information on our Contact Us page and we will be in touch.

Check out our E brochure here: advancedtechhearingaidcenters.ebrochure

Ed Kocher, ACA, BC-HIS

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