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Hearing Aid Rechargable Batteries

Introducing the latest in rechargeable hearing aid batteries in Colorado in our locations in: Pagosa Springs, Alamosa, Pikes Peak, Pueblo and Colorado Springs Locations.

MAGNET INSIDE DRAWER HOLDS BATTERIES

STATUS LED INDICATOR LIGHTS SHOW CHARGE STATE

TWO FORM FACTORS – NON-WIRELESS 13 & 312

USB CHARGER DESIGN

STARKEY® IS EXCITED TO INTRODUCE A RECHARGEABLE, SILVER-ZINC BATTERY THAT ADDRESSES ONE OF THE TOP COMPLAINTS PATIENTS HAVE ABOUT THEIR HEARING AIDS – BATTERY LIFE.

Our VFusion Rechargeable Battery System brings all-day rechargeable power to hearing aids.

VFUSION FEATURES:

  1. Available for Starkey non-wireless 13 and 312 custom, RIC and BTE devices
  2. 18-hour operating time (max); 16 hours minimum

CONVENIENCE

  1. You won’t lose hearing aid power when they need it most
  2. No need to carry spare batteries
  3. Convenient, universal USB charging system

PERFORMANCE

  1. Power Starkey’s popular and performance-driven non-wireless hearing aids
  2. Resistant to humidity or pollutants
  3. Delivers up to 2-3 times more energy than other rechargeable systems

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGES

  1. Fewer batteries purchased means fewer batteries thrown away
  2. VFusion batteries are recyclable
  3. Safe, mercury-free and water-based chemistry
COMPATIBLE PRODUCT FAMILY AND DEVICE STYLES (NON-WIRELESS ONLY) INCLUDE:
3 Series and Tour RIC 312 (non-wireless)
3 Series and Tour BTE 312 (non-wireless)
3 Series ITE, ITC, Half Shell and CIC 312 (only)
X Series and Ignite BTE 312, BTE 13
X Series and Ignite RIC 312, RIC 13
X Series and Ignite ITE, ITC, Half Shell and CIC 312 (only)
S Series iQ BTE 312, BTE 13
S Series iQ RIC 312
S Series iQ ITE, ITC, Half Shell and CIC 312 (only)
S Series BTE 312, BTE 13
S Series RIC 312
S Series ITE, ITC, Half Shell and CIC 312 (only)
Exclusions: X Series Power Plus BTE 13, 3 Series Power Plus BTE 13, Xino RIC 10, Xino Tinnitus and Xino Classic.
For more information about the VFusion Rechargeable Battery System, contact any of our Ears 2 U Hearing Offices today.green-recycle-banner.jpg
Pagosa Springs Office: 970-731-4554
Canon City Office: 719-276-1082
Alamosa Office: 719-587-9820
Pueblo Office: 719-543-2116
Colorado Springs Office: 719-632-2376
 

 

Trouble hearing at the holidays?

Do you have a problem hearing during the holidays?

You may be like a hundred others; holidays are stressful and busy, with family and friends surrounding us with love and understanding. What better time to relieve their stresses just a little by getting some assistance to understand them better. Your family member often time can be frustrated with a hearing impaired person.

 

Hearing Loss Can Make For a Frustrating Holiday Season – Communication Strategies Can Help offers tips for helping a loved one with hearing loss enjoy the holidays.

 

“There are ways to help a loved one with hearing problems enjoy the holiday season. It takes observation, awareness and a healthy dose of patience.”

 

Saint Paul, MN (PRWEB) November 22, 2010

 

The sounds of the holidays – joyous music, lively conversation and family gatherings – are a cherished part of every holiday season. But if a loved one has trouble hearing in crowded, noisy situations, or suffers any degree of hearing loss, the holidays may lose some of their sparkle.

 

According to National Council on Hearing, hearing loss, especially during the holidays, contributes to feelings of anxiety, anger and depression. The person with a hearing problem feels left out and isolated; and if family members may wrongly attribute the person’s anger and frustration to issues such as aging or other health problems, when the reality is that their loved ones simply can’t hear what’s happening around them.

 

A person with hearing loss symptoms may have difficulty with the higher pitched tones of children’s (and women’s) speech. Missing out on a grandchild’s recitation of a wish list, or not being able to contribute to a family conversation about holiday memories, can be frustrating for both the person suffering from hearing loss, as well as family members who may not be aware of the hearing problem.

There are ways to help a loved one with hearing problems enjoy the holiday season. It takes observation, awareness and a healthy dose of patience – communication skills that are useful year round – but may be even more important when families and friends gather to celebrate.

  •     Be sure the person is paying attention before you speak.
  •     Speak face to face, never from a different room or from behind.
  •     Dimly lit situations make it difficult to see facial expressions. Try to have conversations in areas with good lighting like a kitchen or near a window.
  •     While speaking. avoid activities like smoking or chewing that make lip reading difficult
  •     Speak at a natural pace and volume level.
  •     Try to reduce background noise. Even people who wear hearing aids may have difficulty hearing in noisy situations.

Hearing-Aid.com stresses that hearing loss affects people of all ages. In fact, 1 out of 10 Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Teens who give the appearance of being uncooperative or withdrawn may simply not be able to hear well enough to respond to requests for help in the kitchen or questions about school.

 

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 by a qualified hearing specialist, and, if necessary, hearing aid s. What a great gift to give a loved one (or yourself) this holiday season!

 

To learn more about hearing loss, hearing aids or how to help a loved one with hearing problems, visit a hearing specialist or audiologist.

 

 

referenced: Kendra Klemme, Communications Manager National Council for Better Hearing

Tips for Buying a New Hearing Aid

Buying a Hearing Aid

Finding a provider:

Our suggested choice is a licensed Audiologist or licensed Hearing Aid Specialist who can fit and dispense hearing aids.  Audiologists must have a doctoral degree (generally Au.D.), pass national and some state tests, and have more 1,000 hours of clinical training.  Hearing Aid Specialists generally have a four year degree and have six months to two years of supervised training and in most states must pass a  licensing test.  It doesn’t matter whether you visit an Audiologist or hearing aid specialist.  Audiologists have broader training and, unlike hearing aid specialists, can treat auditory conditions that might be better addressed without hearing aids, such as balance problems.  But both types of professionals you can get a product that best fits you and your lifestyle. Consider some other things, as well, in your choice of provider.  Check with your state to make sure the professionals’ licenses are current, and with the Better Business Bureau or state attorney general’s office for complaints.  Look for a location and office hours that are convenient.  Ask if the office does walk-in repairs rather than requiring you to make appointment.  Ask about hearing rehabilitation services or support groups for after you get your hearing aids.  Make sure you have a rapport with the specialist or Audiologist, that they make you feel comfortable.   You will be spending some time with him/her of the course of the fitting of the hearing aid.  For long-term satisfaction it is usual to see the specialist several times. And regularly every six months for clean and checks, to make sure you are still getting the full benefit of the hearing aid.

Product Research:

Most independently owned  dispensaries carry a variety of brands of hearing aids. Three or four different brands, of which can be serviced by providers across the nation. Beltone and Miracle Ear handle only their brand.  We have found the same to be the case with Walmart and Costso brand aids, they do not have a very long warranty available as to entice you to purchase new aids more often rather than having them serviced regularly with maintenance for longer life of the product. Our recommendation is to go with a wider more nationally known brand.  Educate yourself about the product you are shopping for.  For example, digital hearing aids, which capture 90 percent of the market.  In these types or aids, the sound goes in the microphone and is digitally processed by a chip, amplified, and delivered into the ear.  These aids also have features to modify the sound, making it more lifelike and correcting for other problems.

Everyone is different, because an individuals’ sound perception is, individual, a hearing aid that thrills one person may not serve another with the same results.  Even within brands, there are differences within brands and models. Your provider will be helpful at helping you decide which brand and model is best for your hearing loss. Be aware that you may need to temper your expectations of the features, you need to be specific about he features that are most important to you.

Get Tested:

A hearing aid provider is only as good as their evaluation, it’s how they determine your hearing loss and prescribes the aid particular to that loss. At your first appointment, the provider will establish your hearing loss profile with an audiometry test.  You’ll sit in a soundproof booth and indicate whether you can hear the words voiced into a microphone to your headphone, as well as tones played at various pitches and volumes.  A graph, called an audiogram, will be presented for you to see which parts of the sound spectrum you’re having the most difficulty hearing to calibrate your hearing aid accordingly.  A good evaluation includes more tests, which may include you being asked to listen to speech while a noisy recording is played.  Or you could be asked to repeat words the provider says, with and without being able to see their lips move.  You might be asked personal questions about your hearing difficulties and how it relates to your daily life.  You should at this time tell the provider about your hobbies, physical activities, your employment, your hearing life. Again be specific, do you go out to dinner a lot, do you go to sports in the gym often, do you stay home a lot, where are you most challenged with your hearing difficulties. Discuss all of these things.  The more information you give the provider about you, the better the provider can assign a hearing aid that best fits your lifestyle. Next comes the “match”.  The provider should have a few different options and give you the option to choose.  If your style includes an ear mold, he’ll make an impression of your ear canal.  When you return to pick up your aids, about a week or two, the provider will do several tests to verify that the fit and comfort are best for you.

Practice Makes Perfect:

Once you have your new hearing aids, be patient.  Slow goes it!  It takes time for your brain to get used to the hearing aids and hearing again.  Go to the follow-up appointments.  Most providers include the follow up appointments at no charge.  Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few times to get it perfect.  Follow up appointments help to fine tune the aids, changing the electronic settings, reworking the programs to fit you, or sometimes getting a completely new hearing aid.  Practice makes perfect, practice everyday activities using your new hearing aids.  Wear them a little bit more each day until you get to use them all day without thinking about them anymore. It takes some time to rehabilitate your new found world of hearing again.

I hope this has been helpful information.  if you have any questions, please call the office (719)587-9820.

 

Denial

If you discovered your eyesight was getting worse would you   wait seven to ten years to get new glasses? The truth is  that’s   about how long the average person waits before treating a hearing loss. 30   million Americans suffer from hearing loss.  It’s quit common.

Hearing loss is denied for multiple reasons, such as being   afraid of looking different with a hearing aid. Some are afraid of looking   old, or don’t want to be thought of as having a disability. Others may not   realize their hearing loss is causing problems in daily interactions or   others may think the loss isn’t significant enough for a hearing aid.

DENIERS use these common techniques.

– shifting blame to other things or other people

-avoidance (if you don’t have to listen to people you don’t have   to deal with the problem)

-asking you to repeat yourself

Things   they may be experiencing because of the hearing loss are: anger, stress,   depression, failed relationships, and lack of social life (crowded settings   are difficult to navigate), fatigue, negativity,   irritability, tension, isolation, reduced alertness, impaired memory, poor   job performance, and sometimes overall health.

Clues to look for when someone is losing their hearing.

-difficulty listening to the TV

-ringing in the ears

-saying you mumble

-or saying the room is too loud

What can you do to end the frustration?

If you are the one with the hearing loss, accept the fact that   you have a hearing loss and recognize the consequences this has on your own   life and the lives of your family members when you ask them repeatedly to   interpret your surroundings all the time.

If you are a family member, you will have to stop enabling this   hearing difficient family member and stop repeating yourself, raising your   voice and acting as messengers.  Explain to them in a calm and loving   voice  what you are having to do for them and their hearing loss.    Help them understand how often they need your assistance  to hear, and   the effect it is having on you and other the family members. Most people   don’t know that their hearing loss becomes their entire family’s problem.

Dr. Sergei Kochkin, executive director of the Better Hearing   Institute (BHI),  ” Being the ears of a loved one is not an act of   love….By compensating for their hearing loss in this manner, the family is   actually enabling the hearing loss to have a negative impact on may aspects   of their loved one’s quality of life.”

It is difficult to recognize hearing loss because the sounds   don’t just get softer, they become distorted.  We don’t hear the   consonant sounds as easily and those sounds carry the meaning of the words.    The result is lots of misunderstandings.

The most common factor is age, but we are seeing more and more   people in their 20’s and 30’s with extreme hearing loss because of the   playing devices with ear buds that fit down in the ears.  They can   and do destroy the delicate hairs in the ear, which is permanent.

If you’re concerned that you or someone you know may be losing   their/your hearing, tackling the problem early can improve both their/your   hearing and your quality of life, including your relationships.

There is such a variety of products available   today to fit every lifestyle and every concern you may be having. Some   that conceal in the canal of the ear. Some are so well designed that MOST   people cannot even tell you are wearing a hearing helper at all. Some have   WiFi or Bluetooth connections that feed sounds directly from your   cell phone or television right to the hearing aid. Rather than turning   up the volume. The list has endless possibilities.  The best way to   explain it to you is to show you what your missing with a live   demonstration.

Don’t hesitate to make an appointment for a consultation.

I hope this information has been helpful.

if you have any questions, please call (719) 587-9820

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