Monthly Archives: January 2018

Should My School Give Me A Hearing Aid?

 

Hello and welcome to another episode of Deaf Poynter, where we go for a drive, except not really, I remain parked for the safety of us while filming this, and I talk to you about your deaf and/or disability-related problems. Sometimes I will give you advice; sometimes I will just rant away with you, sometimes I will yell at the sun.

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I’m looking and feeling very tired today, so I’m channeling my inner Meghan Tonjes and wearing sunglasses while filming in the car. This is like “People Keep Talking” junior, I guess. So as you may have noticed, last week was episode three instead of a real episode two. That is because the real episode two got corrupted while uploading, I didn’t have the files to re-edit the whole thing and then try to re-upload, and no matter how many times I re-uploaded the final product it still cut off the last minute, so I’m re-shooting now. So this is episode two, a.k.a. Three, and then we’ll be back to normal by next week, I promise. So let’s get going, got my fancy iPad here to read the questions, and bring portable screenshots.

Thank you, Apple for lending me this. “Hey Rikki, my name is Caiti, I’m deaf in my left ear, “and I’m a senior in high school, I think a good topic “would be my experiences with trying to get a hearing aid. “I go to mainstream public school, I use an FM system “at school, and my hearing is getting worse, “and I can tell I need to get a hearing aid instead. Here’s the story, so at my last hearing test at school. Back in May, the audiologist said she would want “to see me this year, now there is no audiologist “, in the school, and the school district and at my IEP – “individual education plan meeting, my mom said “that the district audiologist last year wanted to check “my right ear, they said they would pay for the hearing test “at the hospital, and the hearing aid if I needed it, “or if I end up needing it, “but they aren’t doing anything about it. “Now I have to wait to get a hearing aid “because there isn’t any audiologist, “and everything goes through the school district.

“Right now not being able to hear as well as other kids “upsets me and I can tell it’s hindering my learning ability, “because I’m a very smart kid, I just can’t hear. “So basically this, if the school is seeing that my grades “are affected by me not being able to hear, “shouldn’t they do a better job with trying “to get me a hearing aid, shouldn’t they make it a top “priority if it’s hindering my learning ability? “Thanks, Caiti, P.S. Love your videos.” Well, the good thing about re-doing this video is that I can say what I said last time I filmed this but without the rambling. First of all, thank you very much Caiti, I’m very glad that you enjoy my videos. Second of all, I’m going, to be honest and say I’m not sure if this is a state law thing, but even that, I’m not sure about your state laws. So I can’t say, if the school says that they are going to do it, should they back it up? From a moral standpoint, from an ethical standpoint I would say, yes, back up what you say, go through with what you say you’re going to do, but I don’t know if they are legally required to do that, I don’t know if you could say, well, I’m going to file a lawsuit against you if you don’t do this, because you said that you were going to do this.

That’s tricky, so I’m gonna leave that to maybe anybody else who is watching this if they might know more than me, if they want to write down in the comments. I’m sorry I can’t be much help there. But, or you can go to the, how do you say it, vocational rehabilitation center, vocational rehabilitation center, right, yes. And they will have some information. Hopefully, they will hopefully know more about it. So hopefully you have one of those near you, I would just Google your city and state, and ‘vocational rehabilitation center’. I know that the VR will help provide people with hearing aids and stuff, if they’re going to school, given that they’re under a certain age, I think, at least the one here does, you have to be under 21. So I don’t know for certain. But that’s really all I can say on the matter, I do think it’s kind of sucky that they said that they were gonna do this and they’re not really doing it, and then the person who said they were going to do it doesn’t work there anymore, so it’s kind of like, you were my hope, and now my hope is gone.

But try those two things, and maybe hopefully somebody watching this will also have an answer because I’m not sure what else I can tell you. I tried to move because this sun here was getting a little too happy. But hopefully you’ll be able to find somebody that will help you out, yeah, I don’t remember what I said before, I had to move over. (Laughs) So that’s it, if you’ve got a question or concern that you want to ask me about, want me to answer it in a video, email deafpoynters@gmail.com, and I keep saying this, but nobody is doing it. Please write in the email that you want it answered in a video, because that email is for my website DeafPoynters.com, and that’s when it was originally born, and then this series became something that was created after, so please be specific when you write an email to me, I need to know. If you want to follow me on all of my social media, links to that will be down below.

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Best Hearing Aid Ever! – Applied Hearing Solutions

 

Hi, guys, Biff Ohlson, Doctor of Audiology and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions. And on this video, I’m gonna tell you what the best hearing aid is, coming up. So the number one question that I always get is Cliff, what is the best hearing aid for me? And, my answer is still the same, because it’s a simple answer.

The best hearing aid for you is the one that was fit the best. So, it’s a very simple concept. A hearing aid in and of itself isn’t what corrects your hearing loss, isn’t what treats your hearing loss. While it is a needed component of that, the most important factor is the individual who is fitting it for you. So, let’s go over the components of that. There are certain fundamentals that are required to ensure that you’re getting the maximum amount of benefit with whatever hearing aid that you wear. Those fundamentals are called best practices. And so, if you take these best practices and you combine them with the extreme amounts of precision required to make sure that you’re utilizing them correctly, then you’ll have success with hearing treatment.

And whatever hearing aid that you get will perform very well for you. Now, I don’t want to discount that there are different hearing aids that do different things. So, you need, so let’s just say you have a severe hearing loss. You need a hearing aid that is capable of providing you with enough amplification to treat that hearing loss. But, if you’re the type of person who wants connectivity with a phone, you’re having trouble on the phone, and you spend all your time on the phone, then you probably need a hearing aid that can directly stream audio from a phone.

So, there are little features and things like that that will do you more benefit by getting a specific type of hearing aid. But just because a company comes out with their newest, latest, and greatest technology, it might not be that much different for you, ’cause you’re still gonna take that technology, fit it the same way, and if it has functionalities that are additional that you would benefit from, then great. Then that hearing aid will be great for you. But, we need to stop thinking about treating hearing loss in this mentality of oh, what’s the best hearing aid? Let me give you a for instance. I had a patient who came in, started to see me, had existing hearing aids from his previous provider. That previous provider, to my knowledge, did not utilize industry best practices. So I took those same hearing aids that he had, that he hated, hated them, two, three years old, hated the hearing aids. He’s like, “I never want to wear this particular brand “ever again.

“I need new hearing aids.” And so I’m like, “Well, hold on. “Let me do a check. “Let me see where you’re at in relation “to your prescription for your hearing loss.” So I measured it. I measured with real-ear measures, is he meeting the prescription for his hearing loss? And you know what I found? I found that it had nothing to do with the hearing aids.

It had to do with how the hearing aids were programmed. So, all I did, and I say this in a casual fashion, all I did, but all I did was take the hearing aid and program it the way that it was supposed to be programmed for his hearing loss. And you know what? He liked his hearing aids after that point. So, let’s change the mentality. Let’s change the way that we think about treating hearing loss. It’s not about the hearing aid. It’s how that hearing aid is fit. Rant over. Have you any questions? Let me know.

A Silent World: A Hearing Impaired Life

I feel like an outsider when in a work situation sometimes, where I think, ‘I wish I knew what the depth of the discussion where they’re asking me to contribute. I feel like an outsider when I’m trying to balance my working life with the demands of my disability, regarding I’ve got concentrate, I’ve got to lipread, I’ve got to listen all day long. I feel like an outsider when such a simple thing as ordering a coffee becomes a bit complicated because someone doesn’t know how to cope. I feel like an outsider sometimes in my family. I’m the only deaf person in my family. But I don’t feel like an outsider when I meet people who’ve been through the struggle.

My name is Lisa Margaret Cilchrist, I’m thirty-three years old, and I was born profoundly deaf in both ears. Look, Julia, I’ve written some blends on the box, do you think you could… It was the end of the world, it was. There’s a grieving process associated with establishing that the child you thought you had is not the child that in fact, you have. Then we started to check back, and we saw photographs, for instance, where she would be straining to look at someone’s lips. She grew up in a world where she assumed everyone didn’t hear anything and the way we communicated was reading lips. When I was going to school, it was very trial and error. If I made a mistake the social consequences were incredible. Lipreading people’s insults or discussions about me from across the playground, knowing that people were saying something about me; it’s profoundly alienating because I’m such a people person and I love being around people. For me, I have this amazing close family and people who care about me, and then just making my way independently was just god-awful. And that was a trigger for why I got my first cochlear implant just before I turned 21.

They turned it on, and I went, ‘Jesus, f***, that’s noisy!’ And the audiologist and mum were crying ‘yes!’ and I’m like ‘what the f*** is this?’ And so I’m like ‘turn it off’. If you go through periods of isolation and bullying it’s easier to turn the hearing aid off if you want to rest from the conversation and the noise to regroup and then think ‘how am I going to tackle this situation?’. I’m slack, I just pull it off, go like this, it’s off, and I’m off the air. I’m immediately going back to looking at my visual surroundings and using that skillset that I have. The main thing that it did was it allowed me to blend in to be able to put my iPod on and go out in my gym and go for a bit of a run and then do situps and pushups and whatever, like everyone else in the gym, I’m doing my speech therapy training at the same time, and listening at the same time.

It’s taken me, what people achieve in three or four years when they are babies to four years old, it has taken me 33 years to get to that point. I know it means that I’m behind my year group and I’m behind in what people expect with my CV, I’m behind in what people expect of my professional development, but people don’t exactly make it easy either. I am a deaf person. It’s called a disability because you are at a distinct disadvantage, socially, and it’s up to the rest of the community to go, well, how far are we going to go to help that person? Deafness is the hidden disability you can’t see that someone is deaf, so that’s why people don’t accommodate it. Since I finished high school, the number of jobs that I’ve held would be probably 25 to 30 jobs. It’s like going to a new school every six months. And it’s profoundly alienating because you want to get settled but you can’t. It’s not what I envisaged when I left high school because my understanding of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity was that that was running in parallel with businesses developing the back end processes to make it possible for me to integrate.

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I don’t know why we got forgotten. My hearing and my listening and my speech – that was done and dusted when I was four. But the social impact has just gone on and on and on because we haven’t quite gotten our act together on it, and I don’t see any reason why we can’t. When I was nine, I learned that being deaf was always only ever going to be a part of my life. It doesn’t dominate. It has a massive influence, and it shaped how I react to events, and my resilience, and mental toughness, but you can’t just sit on that and only restrict your life experience and your understanding of what it is to be human on that. You need to look at all the other aspects of who you are as a person because that’s what makes dealing with the hard parts of being deaf bearable. Because you realize there’s so much more of you than just that. That’s always been my approach. That’s why I’m tough as I am..

2017’s Smallest Hearing Aids Review

 

Okay, so today we’re going to talk about the smallest receiver in the ear hearing aids on the market.

So what we have in front of us is the Widex Unique Passion, the Phonak Audeo B-10, the Unitron Moxi Now and finally the Signia Ace Primax. They are all size ten hearing aids and easily the smallest hearing aids on the market. So let’s have a closer look at the Widex, so this is the Widex Passion, and this is based on the Unique chip. It does take a size ten battery.

With the receiver coming down, speaker unit, with the rubber dome. This is Widex’s smallest receiver in the ear hearing aid. The Phonak Audeo B and this is their size 10 model. Again, size 10 and battery. The biggest difference with that compared to the Widex is the button at the back. Now that button can act as a volume control, program control or a bit of both. The thin wire is coming down connecting to the speaker with the rubber dome. The next is the Unitron Moxi Now, and this one is quite small. Size 10 battery, with a battery housed in there already. With that thin wire coming down, with the speaker on end. Finally, we have the Signia ACE Primax. Similar to the Phonak, with the button at the end which can act as a program control only.

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Same size ten battery, and a receive a wire coming down, with the rubber dome on end. So here we’ve got a closer look at the four devices on the model. As you can see the Unitron is the smallest of the 4, with the Signia Ace Primax coming in a close second. The Widex and the Phonak look quite similar in size, but the Phonak does look a fraction longer, mainly due to the program button located at the top.

All four hearing aids take a size ten battery; we would expect roughly four days out of each battery. The Widex, Phonak and the Unitron are all wireless devices. That means the hearing aids are sharing information regarding directionality and noise reduction. However, the Signia Ace is a non-wireless device, which means that both hearing aids act independently. The button on the Phonak can act as a volume, or program control since it is a wireless device changing the programming or volume on one hearing aid will also change the other. On the Signia the button can only act as program control. The Widex Phonak and Unitron are Bluetooth compatible, via the use of a streamer accessory. The accessory allows you to stream phone calls and media to the hearing aids. Again since the Signia Ace is a nonwireless device, it is not compatible with a Bluetooth accessory. You can however through the use of a Signia TouchControl app, make volume and program adjustments via the use of a smartphone. The app works by emitting an audible chirping sound which the hearing aids respond to, to make the necessary adjustments.

Finally, all four hearing aids are available at all price points, from entry to the premium level. Regarding fitting range we can fit most hearing losses. However, it’s best to check with your clinician to confirm whether the device is suitable for your hearing loss. So that was our comparison video on the smallest receiver in the ear hearing aids. For any questions or queries, you can reach us at valuehearing.com.au Thanks for watching.