Dr. Suzanne McCorry is an audiologist with Signia. She helps hearing care professionals better serve their patients as part of the Customer Care team. And, as she writes in this week’s blog post, she’s also the mother of a musician – Cody McCorry of the popular band, Thank You Scientist.
The Signia myHearing App is now even more powerful in providing you with all the support tools you and your hearing care professional need to guide you through a successful period of getting used to new hearing aids.
Take a look at the people around you the next time you’re in the gym working out or at the library doing homework or even on campus walking to class. Chances are you or someone around you is wearing headphones and listening to music.
Hearing is an important part of everyday life, yet most people don’t realize when they are damaging their ears. Causes of hearing loss include infections, aging, and brain injury, but one of the most common is noise exposure. Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can develop after one occurrence of extreme noise exposure or after listening to very loud sounds over time. Everyone has tiny hair cells in their inner ear (cochlea) that vibrate and send an electric signal to the auditory nerve, allowing you to hear. Different groups of hair cells interpret different sound frequencies. Over time, if enough of these hair cells are damaged or broken, hearing loss results.
People with severe to profound hearing loss depend on their hearing aids completely. Without exceptionally powerful devices, they are cut off acoustically from family, friends and colleagues. So it makes sense to offer as broad a selection as possible, with smaller hearing aids that suit individual lifestyles and tastes without compromising on the power of better hearing.
Tinnitus is described as a phantom auditory perception – perception of a sound in the absence of an external sound signal. This may affect one or both ears. A tinnitus diagnosis is often a surprise. Unfortunately, some patients often learn from their doctors that their “ringing-in-the-ears” is untreatable. This kind of information makes patients feel isolated and convinced that no one can understand what they are going through. Because tinnitus has many causes, there is no specific medication or general cure. Despite this, even for chronic tinnitus, there are ways to find relief and take control.
Simply relaxing while listening to an audio book, reading a novel or watching a movie – as people who live with the torment of tinnitus know all too well, these usually enjoyable pastimes are often exhausting because of persistent noise in their ears.
Signia hearing aids are tiny technological marvels. They not only amplify sounds and improve hearing, they also provide a range of solutions to alleviate the effects of tinnitus, letting you hear what’s important without stress.
But what exactly is tinnitus? We have collected a few facts and answered a few frequently asked questions.
Signia hearing aid wearers can better enjoy watching TV with the new TV Transmitter and discreetly control their hearing aids with the new miniPocket remote control. An accessory is something that no one necessarily needs. But the right accessory often makes life considerably easier.
Whether you’d like to change settings remotely, stream audio directly, or take advantage of rechargeability, our broad range of stylish, practical, and easy-to-use accessories makes everyday life easier. Read on to find out more about them.
People with hearing loss expect one thing from their hearing aids above all else: That they can once again clearly understand everyone and everything in their surroundings. It is even better, however, if the handling is also very simple.
You already know it from electric toothbrushes or smartphones: You simply set the device down or put it in the corresponding holder and the batteries begin to charge. With inductive charging technology, electrical energy is transferred from one object to another contact-free in order to operate or supply the latter object.
"Get new batteries" – a reminder that many hearing aid wearers have on their calendar: Depending on the intensity of use, the little power suppliers have to be replaced about every two weeks with conventional hearing aids. But now they can confidently remove this from the calendar.
Many people with hearing loss still shy away from hearing aids. They are concerned that they will make their hearing loss obvious to everyone and/or that the fitting will be complicated. Signia's Silk hearing aids now provide a discreet and easy solution:
The revolutionary Centra hearing aids were the first anywhere in the world to be able to actively learn additional information regarding their settings based purely on the personal preferences of each user in a wide variety of situations.
Do you know which hearing aid style is best suited to your needs? Let us help you make an informed decision and find your ideal solution in cooperation with your hearing aid professional. Learn more about ITE hearing aids in this blog entry and the great advantages they bring to the table.
A new era in hearing aid technology began in 1997: Prisma was launched, the world’s first completely digital hearing aid with two microphones, which automatically adjusted to the current hearing situation.
Like its predecessors, the 1959 Siemens Auriculette 326 consisted of a microphone, amplifier, and earphone, with a battery as a power supply. In the Auriculette, however, the components were so small and lightweight that they fit together in a single housing worn comfortably behind the ear.
The Phonophor Epsilon weighed only about 50 grams (less than two ounces), including the batteries, and was the size of a matchbox. This was made possible by a discovery that had been made just a short time before, and one that has gone on to become a fixture of our everyday lives today: transistor technology.
It was not until World War II and the postwar period that subminiature tubes were developed, allowing for lightweight, compact hearing aids that encapsulated the benefits of the new technology in a form small enough to fit in a vest pocket.
Whether professional or personal: the telephone is the ubiquitous means of communication. With the new Signia hearing aids with TwinPhone program, using the telephone is now easy and convenient, even in challenging hearing situations. And thanks to easyTek™, the hearing aids can even be connected directly to Bluetooth-enabled phones and work as a headset for wireless hands-free operation.
After the huge success of the first Phonophor models, Siemens & Halske expanded hearing aid production activities at Berlin’s Wernerwerk plant. New materials and designs made the Phonophor lighter and more compact, while advances in technology improved performance and sound quality.
Besides noisy public places, locations with reverberation make it harder to understand speech. The EchoShield function in Signia hearing aids reduces these negative effects in environments in which you need to pay particular attention to what is being heard.
Originally planned as a single hearing aid for a friend of the company, the device turned out to be a huge success, and series production was launched in December 1913 – marking the start of the long and successful history of our hearing aids.