In the Spring of 2015, Luna Family Hearing introduced the second generation of ReSound LiNX hearing aids, called the LiNX2. These upgraded, second generation hearing aids have more capabilities than the original LiNX which include extended Smart App control, Apple and Android compatibility and a larger 13 battery with on-board controls for longer battery life – but most impressive is that we now offer this technology in all styles, including the custom in-the-ear styles!
ReSound LiNX2™ wearer Steve DeLuca was featured on CNN in May 2015 discussing how the connectivity of his ReSound Smart Hearing aids with the ReSound Smart app has changed his life.
Steve sat down with CNN Business Correspondent, Samuel Burke, and talked about his experience with hearing loss. In 1997, Steve lost about 80% of his hearing in his left ear due to a brain tumor. When he first tried hearing aids that connected directly to his phone, he said, “It was amazing. It was night and day.”
He also is using the ReSound Smart app for the Apple Watch to control his hearing aids directly from his wrist. Burke asked, “Do you ever feel like you have too much technology?” Steve replies, “I’m so grateful. It really has opened up so much. If it means that I’m tied to these gadgets to improve the way that I’m hearing things, then so be it.”
To view the entire interview, visit CNN.com.
To experience these hearing aids for yourself, please call for a free hearing test and demonstration at any of our 15 convenient locations or call 1-855-HER-NOW to schedule your appointment.
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6 Easy Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer
WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 29, 2015—The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is encouraging people of all ages to protect their hearing this summer so they can treasure the sounds of the season for a lifetime. Packing earplugs along with the sunscreen for summer outings is just one of six easy tips that BHI is offering.
While many noisy recreational activities are part of summer fun, it’s extremely important to take precautions to ensure that these activities don’t harm our hearing.
Prolonged exposure to loud outdoor concerts, lawn mowers, power tools, motorized recreational vehicles, target shooting, sporting events and fireworks can potentially damage our ears. In fact, the single bang of a firecracker at close range can cause permanent hearing loss in an instant, making it forever more difficult to hear the quieter sounds of summer.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults (12 to 35 year olds) are at risk of hearing loss due to exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues and the unsafe use of personal audio devices.
How Noise Affects Our Hearing
We hear sound when delicate hair cells in our inner ear vibrate, creating nerve signals that the brain understands as sound. But just as we can overload an electrical circuit, we also can overload these vibrating hair cells. Loud noise damages these delicate hair cells, resulting in sensorineural hearing loss and often tinnitus (ringing in the ears). The cells that are the first to be damaged or die are those that vibrate most quickly—those that allow us to hear higher-frequency sounds clearly, like the sounds of birds singing and children speaking.
Sound volume is measured in decibels, with the softest sound a normal hearing human can hear measuring at 0 dBA. Any sounds above 85 dBA for 8 or more hours are considered unsafe. Most firecrackers produce sounds starting at 125 dB peak SPL, presenting the risk of irreversible ear damage.
Repeated exposure to loud noise, over an extended period of time, presents serious risks to hearing health as well. If you have to shout over the noise to be heard by someone within arm’s length, the noise is probably in the dangerous range.
Here are the warning signs:
o You have pain in your ears after leaving a noisy area.
o You hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears immediately after exposure to noise.
o You suddenly have difficulty understanding speech after exposure to noise; you can hear people talking but can’t understand them.
For more information on hearing loss and to take the free hearing test, call Luna Family Hearing at 1-855-HEAR-NOW to schedule your appointment for a free hearing test.
6 Easy Tips for Protecting Your Hearing This Summer
1. Walk away and plug your ears. If a loud noise takes you by surprise, quickly plug your ears with your fingers and walk away. Increasing the distance between you and the source of the sound will help reduce the intensity (or decibels) at which the sound is reaching your ears.
2. Use earplugs. When you know you’ll be around loud sounds, use earplugs. Disposable earplugs, made of foam or silicone, are often available at local pharmacies. They’re practical because you can still hear music and conversation when they’re in your ears. But when they fit snuggly, they’re effective in adequately blocking out dangerously loud sounds.
3. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Be smart when you celebrate 4th of July festivities. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. And when watching the show, stay a safe distance away—where you can enjoy the colors and lights but not expose yourself and your family to loud noises. To protect your hearing, make sure you’re wearing earplugs and that they’re securely in place before the show begins. Also be sure to keep them in for the entire show.
4. Limit your time in noisy environments. Do all you can to limit the length of time you spend in a noisy environment. When you do participate in noisy activities, alternate them with periods of quiet. And remember to use ear protection.
5. Turn it down. When listening to smartphones and other electronics, keep them at a low volume. Importantly, limit your use of headphones and ear buds. Remember, it’s not just the volume that matters. It’s also the duration of time spent listening.
6. Visit your local Luna Family Hearing location for custom-fitted ear protection and a hearing test. We can can provide a hearing test to determine your baseline hearing level and determine if you have any hearing loss that should be addressed. You can also purchase custom ear protection to ensure a proper fit and years of protection from noise if you are exposed to sounds over 85dB SPL for more than 8 hours on a regular basis.
Happy 4th of July!
Fireworks, firecrackers, concerts and outdoor events make Independence Day one of the noisiest American holidays.
These events can expose us to noises that hurt our hearing.
This July 4th, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has released an infographic that serves as a helpful reminder to the public of the importance of protecting one’s hearing from loud noises during holiday celebrations.
Over the counter hearing protection, purchased at your local pharmacy or grocery store, can protect hearing when inserted properly and should be worn when your noise exposure is over 85dB SPL. As you will see from the infographic, fireworks can reach 150 dB SPL noise levels that can permanently damage your hearing.
Have a wonderful 4th of July!
Luna Family Hearing offering Free Hearing Test at the WA State Fair
Luna Family Hearing Offers Free Hearing Tests at WA State Fair
Visit us at the Fair and be entered into a drawing for a free set of hearing aids!
Puyallup, WA, September 5, 2014 – For our third year in a row, Luna Family Hearing will be offering free hearing tests at the Washington State Fair.
If you or someone you love is experiencing difficulty understanding conversations, especially in groups or noisy situations, or is asking people to repeat themselves, then this may indicate a hearing loss.
Stop by the Luna Family Hearing booth, under the Main Grandstands in the Merchant’s Pavilion across from the original Fischer Hot Scones oven, at the WA State Fair, or at one of our convenient area locations, to receive a free hearing test and get your questions answered about your hearing and hearing aid without any obligation.
And, one lucky fair goer will also receive a free pair of digital hearing aids valued at $4998! Every adult, 18 or older, who stops by the booth and fills out an entry form is eligible to win the hearing aids in a random drawing.
Luna Family Hearing is a local family owned and operated hearing care company with locations in Washington and Oregon committed to your better hearing. Call 1-855-HEAR-NOW or visit www.lunafamilyhearing.com to find a location near you to schedule your free hearing test.