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Now Hear This: Latest Technology In Hearing Aids

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Now Hear This offers a variety of hearing aids. Now Hear This offers a variety of hearing aids.

 

Philip C. Griffin, Au.D. of Now Hear This explains how hearing aids have improved over the years.

Closed Captioning: >> THANKS TO TECHNOLOGY THE QUALITY OF HEARING AIDS HAS GOTTEN A WHOLE LOT BETTER BUT THAT TECHNOLOGY MEANS NOTHING IF YOU ARE'S TO THE DEALING WITH AN EXPERT WITHOUT KNOWS HOW TO ADJUST IT JUST FOR YOU.THAT'S WHY I'M AT NOW HEAR THIS ON CREED MORE ROAD WITH DOCTOR OF AUDIOLOGY, PHILIP GRIFFIN.YOU ALL MAKE USE OF THAT TECHNOLOGY ESPECIALLY THE WAY YOU USE IT AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE UNDERSTANDING YOU WILL SPIN IT JUST FOR THEM.

>> THE BIGGEST THING THEY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT, SOMETHING KIND OF REAL HERE THIS IS ATECH NORFOLK WE USE TO MEASURE THE SOUND IN THE EAR CANAL OF THAT PATIENT.TO MAKE SURE THE SOUND IS CORRECT BECAUSE IT TAKES THE ACOUSTICS INTO ACCOUNT.FOR EXAMPLE, YOU IF YOU SOME SECRETS WE WOULD VALSTO-- VALUE THOSE DIFFERENTLY WELL, PEOPLE HERE CAN KNOW THEY ARE DIFFERENT.SOME PEOPLE HAVE BIG EAR CANALS, SOME HAVE SMALLER ONES.WE HAVE TO TAKE THAT INTO ACCOUNT.

>> WHAT IS LOUDNESS.

>> LOUDNESS-- IT IS HOW WE FIND OUT WHAT SOMEONE'S PREFERRED VOLUME IS.IN OTHER WORDS, SOME PEOPLE WOULD FIND A CERTAIN SOUND TOO LOUD.OTHER PEOPLE MIGHT FIND THAT JUST RIGHT.

>> SMART PHONE.

>> NOWADAYS, SEN A PHONE CALL DIRECTLY TO BOTH HEARING AIDS.A PERSON WHO IS WEARING ADVANCED HEARING AIDS CAN ACTUALLY ANSWER A CALL AND HEAR THEIR LOVED ONE'S VOICE.

>> DR. GRIFFIN, WHAT ARE DIRECTION MICROPHONES.

>> THAT IS ONE OF THE WAY WE DEAL WITH BACKGROUND NOISE.IF YOU ARE IN A LOUD RESTAURANT AND SURROUNDED BY NOISE FROM ALL SIDES DIRECTIONAL MICROPHONES CAN TELL THE HEARING AID TO FOCUS MORE ON WHAT IS IN FRONT OF THE PERSON DIRECTIONALLY RATHER THAN BEHIND THEM.

>> AIRING AIDS HAVE GOTTEN SO SMALL.YOU REALLY CAN'T EVEN SEE THEM ANY MORE.

>> THAT'S ONE OF THE NICE THINGS ABOUT MODERN HEARING AIDS, MANY OF THEM REASON INVISIBLE AT THIS POINT.SOME OF THEM HAVE SO SMALL THEY CAN HIDE DEEPLY WITHIN THE EAR CANAL WHERE THEY LITERALLY CANNOT BE SEEN.

>> EVEN HEARING SAIDS ARE HARD TO NOTICE.

>> THAT IS THE PROCESS THAT AN AUDIOLOGISTS WILL GO THROUGH WITH THE.

>> PATIENT, AN EDUCATIONAL PROCESS.THE PATIENT CAN ATTEND THESE EDUCATIONAL SEMINARS FROM FAMILY MEMBERS OR LOVED ONES OR FRIENDS.

>> ESPECIALLY LIKE THE PEOPLE THAT LEARN ABOUT HEARING LOSS AND HOW TO MAXIMIZE THEIR OWN USE OF HEARING TECHNOLOGY.

>> DO YOU HAVE A LOT OF PARENTS THAT DEAL WITH TINITY IS.

>> IT IS A RINGING IN THE EARS.ABOUT 50 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE TINNITIS. IT CAN SIGNAL A PROBLEM.IF ANYONE HAS RINGING IN THE EARS, THEY SHOULD HAVE CHECKED OUT BY AN AUDIOLOGIST AND HAVE A DIAGNOSTIC EVAL YAGMENT IF IT'S SOMETHING THAT IS TO THE GOING TO GO AWAY AND IS GOING TO BE THERE, THERE ARE THINGS AUDIOLOGISTS CAN DO TO HELP MINIMIZE IT.

>> BE SURE YOU CALL TO NOW HEAR THIS.


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