Wireless Headphones For TV Listening

PRODUCT – GEEMARC CL7400 WIRELESS TV LISTENERGeemarc CL7400 wirelessTV listener

PRICE – £109.99

GUARANTEE – MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY

WHERE TO BUY – HEARING DIRECT.COM

OVERALL RATING – 5 OUT OF 5.

 

Introduction.

For anyone with a hearing difficulty, watching tv with other family members can be a stressful experience. These new wireless headphones for TV listening might just be the answer.

 

I spent years not hearing what people were saying on the TV. Whilst the rest of the family sat comfortably enjoying our favourite programmes I pretended to follow along. Why? I was too embarrassed to ask for the volume to be turned up.

 

It was only when I was diagnosed with hearing loss that the TV issue could be tackled. When you have someone with hearing difficulty in the house, watching TV together is a two way problem.

 

If the TV was up loud enough for me to hear, the rest of the family were deafened (no pun intended). If the volume was ok for them, I couldn’t hear a thing. Watching television

 

If these wireless headphones had been around a few years ago things would have been a whole lot easier for my long suffering family. Now everyone can enjoy the same program at the same time.

 

Who are the Geemarc wireless headphones for?

Really anyone can use these headphones. They can be used for TV, a HiFi, an MP3 player or even for listening to videos on Utube from a computer or a handheld device.

 

Geemarc have been manufacturing devices for the hearing impaired for years. They make alarm clocks, door bells, watches and other assistive listening devices. They have manufactured this product as a solution for hard of hearing people in this particular area.

 

These headphones would be suitable for people with a mild to moderate hearing loss. Anyone with a severe to profound loss should always consult a medical professional before buying any hearing device.

 

They are absolutely ideal for someone who is housebound. They are also great for people who don’t have hearing aids but still struggle to hear the TV at a normal volume level. Even if you have hearing aids but don’t have a volume control setting on them, then these are ideal for you.

 

The Pros and Cons of the Geemarc wireless headphones.

The Pros.

The most obvious benefit to this device is the fact that it is completely wireless. You simply plug the base station into your TV and thats it. No fumbling about with wires or cables. The base station also acts as the charging station for the headphones, so it really is the complete package.

 

The other main features of these headphones simply add to the high quality of the product. Some of the other features are,

 

Amplification (up to 125dB)

Balance control left/right

Clear digital sound transmission

Selection of either stereo or mono mode

Base plugs directly into your TV or audio device

Comfortable, lightweight, over-the-head style headset

Braille identification on the headset to the volume key

The headset automatically shuts off after loss of signal after 2 minutes

Multiple additional headband headsets can be used to the same device

8 hours continuous use time: 6 hours charging

Recharges when placed back onto the transmitter.

 

The Cons.

From a design, comfort and specification point of view, there are no cons that I can see. The reviews shown below bear this out.

 

The only potential downside is that someone wearing these in a room with other people may feel a bit self conscious. However, headphones are such a common sight in society today that I don’t even think this would be a problem any more.

 

Is there any training for the Geemarc CL7400 wireless headphones?

There are two methods available for this model. There is a full user guide supplied with the product. Also, if you go to the product page on the HEARING DIRECT.COM website, you can watch the instructional video.Geemarc CL7400 wirelessTV listener

 

Having gone through the setup and use process for this device I can honestly say that it takes a matter of minutes to have it up and running. Once the initial setup is complete, thats it. You don’t have to do anything further except charge them when required.

 

What support is available from Hearing Direct.com?

Hearing direct have a reputation second to none when it comes to customer support. They have a team of qualified audiologists on hand to deal with any queries and their response times are excellent.

 

They offer a 30 day no quibble money back guarantee. This allows you to test run the products for a few weeks to make sure that they do everything you want them to do.

 

I have been buying from and dealing with this company for a number of years. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending that you can buy from them with full confidence.

 

My overall summary.

The Geemarc CL7400 wireless TV listener is a fantastic product. They are suitable for just about anyone. People with hearing difficulty will love the clarity of sound and the whole family can now watch television without having to break the sound barrier.

 

You don’t have to just take my word for it. I have included a number of reviews relating to this product below. If you want a better listening experience for you and your family then this is the device for you.

 

Get your Geemarc CL7400 wireless TV listener here.

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. It is a help site for anyone and everyone with hearing difficulty. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. Please leave them below. I will answer them all asap.

Regards

Eddie.

 

Product reviews for the Geemarc CL7400 wireless TV listener. (From Hearing Direct.com)

 

 

The ear pieces can fold inwards for trav…

Review by Teresa Mowat (Posted on 17/01/2016)The ear pieces can fold inwards for travel! Nice quality to the sound. It amused me to still be able to hear in the kitchen!

STAR RATING  ****

Quite simply , minutes to install and fa…

Review by JohnMDC (Posted on 01/01/2016)Quite simply , minutes to install and fantastically easy to use.

STAR RATING  *****

I had almost given up watching TV. Now I…

Review by Bill Ferguson (Posted on 24/04/2015)I had almost given up watching TV. Now I can hear everything with absolute clarity even with the sound muted. It is a marvellous device which I would recommend to anyone with a hearing problem. So why only 4 stars? The instruction booklet says that when the base is connected to the electricity, a red light will come on and that after 5 seconds this should be replaced by a green one. Mine stayed red and so I contacted Hearing Direct and was advised to contact Geemarc. Exactly one week ago I emailed Geemarc and I’m still waiting for a reply! The green light did come on after about 24 hours and now the two seem to alternate as they see fit but the good news is that it does not seem to matter. I have no problem with Hearing Direct who despatched the item very promptly and dealt with my complaint instantly. Geemarc’s service is another matter however.

STAR RATING  ****

The Geemarc CL7400 headset comes with a …

Review by G Chatley (Posted on 07/02/2014)The Geemarc CL7400 headset comes with a male to male 3.5mm cable which can connected from the transmitter unit to a computer and immediately your horizons are widened to the millions of video programs on the Internet and particularly Utube. So apart from being able to watch television without the bother of subtitles you now have yet another area of entertainment to watch. I never realised that if you are very deaf you can set your stereo hearing aids to telecoil and wear them underneath the padded headset. The only problem with this fantastic piece of kit is that you find yourself in a solitary world of your own with no idea of what’s going on around you.

STAR RATING  *****

It is a first class product and does eve…

Review by Bruce (Posted on 07/01/2014)It is a first class product and does everything you would expect

STAR RATING  *****

Superb product, sound quality is amazing…

Review by Steve Clark (Posted on 03/01/2014)Superb product, sound quality is amazing & the comfort of the head set is very good. you get what you pay for so i am delighted with the product as a whole, i recommend this to all even if your not hearing impaired

STAR RATING  *****

My husband has cancer and his hearing ha…

Review by Susan Glenn (Posted on 02/01/2014)My husband has cancer and his hearing has been failing for a while. We tried Panasonic headphones but he didn’t like them and stopped wearing them. The TV was getting louder and louder driving us all nuts! As he can’t get out and about the TV has become important for him. I decided to try once more and spend a bit more money. Definitely worth it. My husband is very happy with the headphones and can hear so much better now. They even work when he is out of the room so doesn’t have to constantly adjust them. I’m happy as I don’t want to listen to the sport all day or hear the TV from the other end of the house!! Would definitely recommend.

STAR RATING  ****

Being partially deaf i purchased the head …

Review by Steve Clark (Posted on 22/12/2013)Being partially deaf i purchased the head set & they are very comfortable however i get a constant buzzing through the earphones so i rang Geemarc direct & was told that its not their product its the age of my TV – they were about as much use as a chocolate fireguard. Morale of the story is make sure your TV is up to date

STAR RATING  ****

Okay I have to admit that I thought the …

Review by Mrs A Bowles (Posted on 08/12/2013)Okay I have to admit that I thought the cost of these was a bit much for a set of wireless TV listeners, but I soon changed my mind when they arrived. The transmitter and headphones are both stylish and extremely well made. The transmitter is also the charging dock for the headphones which sit securely in place while charging. The headphones are very comfortable to wear, easy to adjust and the sound quality is amazing even when you’re not in the same room as the transmitter. Not only can you use these with the TV and Hi-Fi system here is also a lead supplied that plugs into the bottom of the right side ear piece that allows you to use the head phones with mp3 players, I’ve also found they work with my kindle fire and mobile phone for listening to music, voice mail or watching video. There is also a micro USB slot in the headphones; a lead is not supplied for this but as I have several already this didn’t matter. I know the person I have purchased these for is going to love them or at least they will if I can bring myself to part with them lol.

 

 

 

 

 

What Are The Best Hearing Aids

Buying your first set of hearing aids or buying a new set is a big decision. It should never be an impulse buy. Your first or new devices will be a big part of your life. They will play a significant role in your future quality of life so you want to make sure you choose wisely.Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid

 

I’m often asked “What are the best hearing aids?” The answer is simply, the best hearing aids are the ones that suit YOUR needs. For those of us that need them they are not just another thing to purchase. They are our friends. They are our link to our family, friends and the rest of society.

 

It is the same if you are getting hearing aids for a young person or child. Don’t just presume that you (or the supplier) know what is best for them. Discuss their needs and wants. Make them a part of the decision making process. After all they are the ones who will be wearing them.

 

When I am buying new hearing aids, I go through a 6 step process. If you follow this guide then you can be pretty sure that when you finally buy your devices you will be satisfied that you have made the correct decision.

 

Step 1 – Type of hearing loss.

Not all hearing aids are suitable for all levels of hearing loss. This issue is going to be particularly important in America in the coming months. The FDA are changing how they regulate the hearing aid market. This is to allow a new classification of hearing aid which can be sold over the counter in places such as WalMart and others.

 

The very real danger from these changes is that the market gets flooded with cheap and inferior devices and people are sold hearing aids that could actually do more harm than good in the long term. Check out the FDA changes here.

 

You should always know your level of hearing loss. Speak to the person who diagnosed your loss. They will be able to provide you with your audiogram results. Your hearing loss level will be within the parameters of MILD, MODERATE, SEVERE or PROFOUND. There may also be individual issues with your hearing that you need to take into account.

 

Being armed with this information gets you off to the best possible start. This is your foundation and all the other steps you take from now on will always be subject to your level of hearing loss.

 

Step 2 – Social situations.

This is where you begin to think about what type and style of hearing aid you want. Look at your lifestyle. The type of lifestyle you lead should have a influence on the type of hearing aid you buy.

 

Are you the sporty type. If you take part in a lot of activities then you will be in situations where you sweat a lot. Water and moisture are the arch enemy of hearing aids. It can very easily damage the delicate circuits inside them. If this is you then you may want to be thinking about a device that sits deep in the ear canal to protect it from getting wet.tiny hearing aids

 

Are you the business type? Do you attend a lot of meetings with clients? Are you on the telephone a lot or in conferences most of the time? If this is your typical day then being able to connect to your phone wirelessly or having a portable loop system with you devices may be the way for you to go.

 

Perhaps you are the socialising type. Do you go out a lot with friends to bars, nightclubs, music festivals or concerts? If so then you may be looking for something with volume control or background noise reduction availability.

 

Even if you are the homing type. If you just love to stay at home watching the television then you will want to be thinking about a device that can connect directly to the tv to give you a better clarity of sound.

 

Take a bit of time to think of the type of lifestyle you lead. With the technology available today your hearing aid should be designed to fit into your lifestyle. Not the other way round.

 

Step 3 – Style of hearing aid for you.

This step will tie in with step 2 above. There are a number of different styles of hearing aid on the market today. Different manufacturers will describe them in different ways. The basic styles are,

 

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids. These devices are where the main body of the hearing aid sits behind the ear. It is connected via a tube to either a small bud tip that can sit inside the ear canal or a mould that sits at the outer edge of the ear canal.

 

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids. These are where the whole of the hearing aid sits in the ear. There is nothing sitting behind the ear. A lot of them are now described as hidden hearing aids because they are virtually impossible for anyone else to see.

 

These two categories can be broken down further but they essentially represent the two main styles produced today.

 

Step 4 – Hearing aid features.

This is where you want to decide what features you need your hearing aid to have. This can be tricky due to the ever evolving technology that is going into hearing devices today. They can be broken down into three ranges.

 

Basic range. These hearing aids will be very much at what is termed the entry level. They will be pretty basic in nature and will generally be programmed to suit your level of hearing loss and not much else

 

Mid Range. Devices in the mid range will start to give you options in term of what extra help your hearing aids can give you. You should expect to see features such as background noise control, whistling noise reduction, directional sound pick up and volume controls. It will really be up to you to pick and choose what features are most important to you.

hearing aids linked to apple

 

Top range. As the name suggests, these hearing aids will come with every available feature they can pack into the device. Some of these are truly amazing. At this level you should expect full connectivity to the likes of your iphone, smartphone or other devices. They will be multi channel and can be operated remotely. The sky’s the limit with the top models.

 

Step 5 – The dreaded pricing.

The price of hearing aids remains one of the major barriers that prevent people from buying these devices. Some of the models can cost as much as $/£2500 for one. Yet, a very good quality mid range hidden hearing aid can cost as little as £199.

 

My advice on this is to get the very best that you can afford. Your hearing aids are an investment in your future and your hearing health. Not everyone will need the models with all the bells and whistles. Remember, the correct device for you may not necessarily be the most expensive one in the store. This is why step 6 is so very important.

 

Step 6 – Research – Research and Research again.

The key here is to make a plan. Write down everything you have come up with from step 1 through to step 5. Don’t just try and do it in your head. Put a plan down on paper.

 

When done your plan will show, your level of hearing loss, the type of lifestyle you live, the style of hearing aid you want, the features you would like your device to have and the price range you can afford.

 

Once you have this in front of you then hit the internet. Do this before you go to a supplier. The internet will have reviews and details on every hearing aid on the market. If you aren’t confident on the internet then find someone who is and get them to do this step with you.

 

This will take a while but is well worth the effort. Ideally you would want to have a list of approximately 5 different models that would be ideal for you. Now you can go confidently into buying mode.

Hearing aids

 

You can either go to an online supplier or a high street store. There are some very good online hearing aid suppliers, who have a great reputation for service and quality. Check out my recommended online supplier here. High street suppliers do tend to be a bit more expensive but you have the advantage of being there in person.

 

Finally, if you have gone through the steps above then you have a very good idea of exactly what you want. When you go to buy don’t be put off by sales patter. Don’t be talked into something you neither want nor need. This is your hearing health. This is your quality of life. Make the decision that is right for you. Happy hunting.

 

I hope I have helped. That is the purpose of this website. I appreciate all comments and suggestions. Please leave them below. I will answer back asap.

 

Regards and good hearing health,

Eddie.

 

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HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid. The Hidden Choice

Product – HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid.

Price – £599.00

Guarantee – 12 months Manufacturer’s warranty.

Where to buy – HEARING DIRECT.COM

Overall rating – 4.5 out of 5.HD 500 Digital hearing aid

 

Hidden hearing aids are proving an increasingly popular choice. They allow wearers to experience the benefits a hearing aid can bring without having to worry about the perceived stigma of wearing one.

 

Lots of people are still of the belief that hearing aids are only for older people. The reality couldn’t be further from the truth. People at any age can suffer from hearing loss.

 

Some people also think that if they are seen wearing one of the traditional hearing aids that sit behind the ear, then people will somehow mark them down as different. The introduction of a more discreet type of hearing aid has opened the market to a whole new range of people.

 

Who are the HD 500 Digital Hearing Aids for.

They are really for anyone who wears hearing aids. They have become increasingly popular with people who like their devices to be more discreet. I have owned a pair of HD hearing aids for a couple of years now and can’t recommend them highly enough.

 

I’m not one to worry about others perceptions of my wearing hearing aids. My main set is the behind the ear models that are clearly visible. Few people comment but I still get the odd look now and again.Small HD 500 hearing aid

 

I tend to wear my HD hearing aids when I am out in social situations. Because they are so discreet others simply don’t know that I am wearing them. They are simple to fit and are hassle free. They are also good for wearing in wet weather due to them being lodged right inside the ear so the rain can’t get at them.

 

The Pros and Cons of the HD 500 Digital Hearing Aid.

The Pros.

For such a small device the worry is that the performance would be compromised. This couldn’t be further from the truth. This little beauty is still fully of plenty of features. The most notable are,

 

  • Discreet, almost invisible design
  • Digital sound technology
  • Price includes a free packet of batteries
  • Unique volume adjustment
  • 12 months full manufacturers warranty
  • No quibbles 30-day money back guarantee
  • Suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss
  • Low battery warning
  • Speech focus
  • Feedback/whistle management
  • Background noise suppression
  • Music appreciation feature

The HD 500 also comes as a one size fits all. This means that there is no need for ear impressions to be made or any custom fitting. The bulk of the device sits deep in the ear canal and is anchored by a retention lock to ensure a firm fit.

 

It can come pre-programmed to adopt to a mild to moderate level of hearing loss. If you have your latest audiogram test results it can also be programmed to a more personal level.

 

The Cons.

As with all hearing aids that fit deep into the ear, the HD 500 is prone to wax build up. The simple solution, however, is to purchase wax filters with the device. They are relatively inexpensive and will keep your hearing aid operating at maximum level.Hidden hearing aid HD 500

 

The only other downside to these aids is that they don’t enjoy the same level of connectivity as some of the very high-end devices that are on the market today. They are not designed to connect with iPhones or smartphones etc….

 

Training and support available with the HD 500.

If buying these devices through Hearing Direct.com then you will be able to access three different videos. They will show you how to,

 

Insert and remove the device correctly.

How to insert the battery and maintain the hearing aid correctly.

How the HD 500 operates.

 

These videos are very important. Most problems with hearing aids come from poor maintenance. It is vital to have a daily maintenance routine and if looked after properly your hearing aids can last for many years.

 

With Hearing Direct.com you also receive unrivalled support through out the life of your hearing aids. They offer a 30-day no-quibble money back guarantee. This allows you to sample the product fully to ensure they are the right choice for you.

 

They also offer full servicing for the lifetime of the device at no extra cost. Their support network of technicians and fully qualified audiologists means that there is always an expert on hand to help you solve any problems you may have.

 

Summary and conclusion.

In short, the HD 500 Digital hearing aid is one of the very best hidden hearing aids on the market today. The quality of sound is fantastic and the price is exceptional for this type of device. It also comes in two different colours, Beige and black.Screenshot HD 500 hearing aid

 

You can wear these virtually anywhere and no one else will be any the wiser. They are a very comfortable fit and after wearing them once or twice you will virtually forget that they are there at all.

 

The range and quality of features included within this device make it a stand out in its class. That coupled with the expertise that I know you get with Hearing Direct.com means that you can buy these with confidence. In my humble opinion, if you want a discreet hearing aid that doesn’t compromise on the quality of sound then the HD 500 Digital hearing aids are for you.

 

Buy the HD 500 Digital hearing aid now

 

Thank you for visiting my site. I am always here to help and offer advice. I love to receive your comments and suggestions. If you have one please leave it below. I will reply to them all asap.

 

Regards,

Eddie.

FDA Hearing Aid Regulations. What does it mean?

The hearing aid industry in the U.S. is going through a change and it looks like it isn’t going to be plain sailing.

Recent proposed changes to FDA hearing aid regulations are being opposed by audiologists. What does this mean for those who wear and need hearing aids and will these changes actually mean lower prices.

 

What changes are being proposed?

The FDA have recently indicated that they will no longer enforce the requirement that anyone needing a hearing aid should first have a medical examination. People can now waive this requirement. However, professionals believe that this won’t have any real impact as most people already waive this exam.

 

The most contentious change is the proposal to create a new class of hearing aid that can be sold over the counter in much the same way as reading glasses currently are.

 

This would allow places such as Wal-Mart to enter the hearing aid market. The idea behind this is the hope that hearing aid prices can be driven down and become more affordable to a greater number of people.

 

From an audiologist point of view this is dangerous ground to be treading. They say that hearing loss is a much more complicated issue and such a simple solution could actually lead to greater problems.

 

Why are these changes being advocated?

Those pushing for change have long stated that the cost of hearing aids are a prime hindrance to people seeking these devices. At present it is estimated that there are over 30 million people over 60 years of age in the U.S. that suffer from hearing loss. Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss leads to a greater level of social isolation, depression, dementia and even falling down and injuring themselves.

 

The studies also show that people with hearing loss are also more likely to be unable to work or travel. They tend to be less physically active than normal hearing people.

 

The price for a new pair of hearing aids can be anything from $4000 to $6000. This cost includes things like the professional examination to determine the level of hearing loss, the actual fitting of the device and the follow up support system for maintenance and repairs.

Hearing aids

 

Because hearing aids are classed as a medical device then they are subject at present to strict FDA regulations and must prove that they are manufactured and work effectively.

 

The introduction of Personal Amplification System Products, or (PASPs) has really thrown a curveball into the whole situation. As they are not classed as a medical device then they do not require FDA regulation.

 

These PASPs are much cheaper than hearing aids. They can range in price from as little as $25 up to several hundred dollars, which is way cheaper than what people are paying for medically approved hearing aids.

 

These PASPs are becoming increasingly popular. Not just due to the price but also because better technology is being introduced such as increased connectivity to smartphones etc… and  background noise reducing ability.

 

 

Why are audiologists opposed to these changes?

Audiologists believe that hearing loss is a much more complicated issue than simply allowing anyone who thinks they need a hearing aid to pop into Wal-Mart and by whatever catches their eye.

 

They firmly believe that a professional needs to physically look into a patient’s ear to see what is causing the hearing loss in the first place. There may be a more serious medical issue going on or it could be caused by a simple blockage due to wax build up.

 

They also question how people are going to determine what level of hearing loss they have. It isn’t possible to self determine your level of hearing loss. Free hearing tests are available online but they haven’t yet reached the level of sophistication of the proper audiology test.

 

Their other concern is that these PASPs devices may actually harm peoples hearing if used incorrectly or if the device is of a poor quality. The link between loud noise and hearing loss is well established. What is to stop cheap, badly made devices from flooding the market if they are not regulated in some form.siemens touching hearing aids

 

Audiologists favour an over-the-counter hearing aid that must meet standards for safety and effectiveness, and includes warnings that certain hearing problems require professional treatment. Alongside that proposal is one that once people get a medical exam that they are given the audiogram report and can then go to an over the counter provider armed with that information.

 

What happens next?

Republican U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., last month introduced the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2016, to require the FDA to establish rules and regulations for hearing aids that would be very similar to PASPs, but would have to meet certain safety and effectiveness standards.

 

According to Sen Grassley, this new legislation won’t affect those who require professional help before getting a hearing aid. It will also benefit those who want to buy a simpler device over the counter.

 

Ursula Chaplin, an audiologist and executive director of the nonprofit Speech and Hearing Center in Chattanooga disagrees. “In my opinion, that is a terrible thing, If you buy an inexpensive cheap hearing aid and expect to hear well with background noise, that is not going to happen,” she said.

 

Is there a compromise to these changes?

In my opinion there is merit in both camps but due to the seriousness of the issue I would be leaning slightly towards the professional audiologist position.

 

Those advocating the changes appear to be doing so from both a cost and better access for people position. There is merit in this. Of the estimated 30 million people over 60 years of age in the U.S. with hearing loss, only approximately 30% actually get hearing aids. The cost is seen as a major factor in this.

 

From a personal point of view, the cost of hearing aids are absolutely ridiculous. Something needs to be done to bring these costs down and make the devices more affordable to all.

hearing aids linked to apple

 

The other side of the argument has much in it’s favour also. Audiologists are rightly concerned about the hearing health of people. If we allow the market to be flooded with cheap and unregulated devices then we could actually be doing more damage to peoples hearing health in the long run.

 

It should also be noted here, that even in countries such as the U.K. where people are entitled to free hearing aids if required on the National Health Service there is only about a 40% uptake from people who need them. It is obvious from this that there are issues other than price that prevent people from wearing hearing aids.

 

I think the situation would be better served if some sort of steering group could be put together before any changes are introduced. Bringing people together to represent all parties (including hearing aid users) could hopefully be able to put together a plan that would have the support of all and ensure that everyone was singing from the same hymn sheet.

 

If you have an opinion on this then get in touch with your local representative or your local hearing help group. This issue is too important to be left to others. Make your voice heard. Break the silence.

 

As always, thanks for dropping by. This is your website. Please feel free to leave a comment or opinion below. I will answer them all asap.

 

 

Hearing Aids Sale. Oticon Ria2 Pro.

Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid

Product – Oticon Ria2 Pro.

Price – £725.00

Guarantee – Manufacturer’s Warranty.

Where To Buy – HEARING DIRECT.COM

Overall rating – 4 out of 5.

 

The Oticon Ria2 Pro sits firmly at the entry level in terms of hearing aids. It is a direct replacement for the previous model, the Oticon Ria Pro (Oticon H110). It may not possess all the bells and whistles of some of the more expensive models on the market but still comes with an array of impressive technology and will appeal to anyone who wants a quality aid at a great price.

 

Who is the Oticon Ria2 Pro for?

This model has been designed specifically for those people who live a fairly quiet life. I wouldn’t recommend it for those who are heavily involved in active sports or who spend a lot of time outdoors in all weathers. The device is not waterproof and like most hearing aids needs to be protected from moisture damage.

 

It is ideal for those people who need a helping hand for simple everyday living, such as listening to television, radio and enjoying normal conversations. It is a very robust and eye pleasing hearing aid and comes in a wide range of colours and styles.

 

It would be a great model for students, people who enjoy a fairly normal family life and also for elderly people. It has an excellent sound quality and can adapt to different listening environments.

 

The Pros and Cons of the Oticon Ria2 Pro.

The Pros.

The Oticon Ria2 Pro has a number of key features that put it ahead of its predecessor and most other models that would be classed as entry level hearing devices.

 

6 bands controlling 16 sound frequency channels. This allows your hearing aid to be tailored to your specific hearing needs. It will mean a better clarity of sound and clearer conversations. The more bands that are available generally mean a better quality of sound.

 

Wind noise reduction. This does exactly what it says on the tin. Wind interference can cause havoc with hearing aids. This device will filter that noise out and allow better and clearer hearing.

 

Inium feedback shield. Your hearing aid can sometimes be a bit like a microphone and experience feedback which can be extremely annoying. The shield will put a stop to this without losing any of its effectiveness in picking up other background sounds.

 

FreeFocus essential. This technology allows the hearing aid to pick up sound from 3 different directions at once. Lots of hearing aids are one dimensional in terms of picking up sound, so this is especially good if someone is standing behind you or off to the side and speaking to you.Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid

 

Adaption Manager. Sometimes the amplified sound from a new hearing aid can be very off putting for new wearers. It can take time to get used to the new sounds you are hearing. With the adaption manager, the device will gradually increase the sound level over a period of time allowing you to adjust to your new device.

 

Binaural Co-ordination. This involves what is called BrainHearing Technology. It actually allows both hearing aids to synchronise. Basically both hearing aids talk to each other to ensure that volume levels and programming are equal and that both aids work together to give you the very best hearing experience.

 

Tinnitus sound support. This is a great feature for anyone who also suffers from tinnitus. Tinnitus is generally described as a ringing, whistling or buzzing sound in the ear. It is very common in people with hearing loss. The Oticon Ria2 Pro can help to neutralize this noise by playing a gentle, relaxing sound into the ear, which helps to distract the brain from the annoying tinnitus sound.

 

The Cons.

I don’t want to be to hard on this hearing aid as it is very specifically aimed at the entry level but it has it’s limitations. In fairness, the manufacturer’s don’t claim that it is comparable to the more expensive models so it can’t be judged against them.

 

With technology advancing at a rapid rate the lack of connectivity with this device would be the biggest drawback for me. There are a range of listening accessories that can be bought to work with the Oticon Ria2 Pro but that will only add to your budget.

 

If wireless streaming, remote operating and connectivity are your thing then this is not the device for you. All of those features are available on other hearing aids.

 

Summary and overall verdict.

The Oticon Ria2 Pro will not cater to the needs for today’s tech savvy hearing aid users. That said, most people who use hearing aids, simply want a device that will allow them to hear the television or have a normal conversation at home or work. If that is the case then this model could be ideal for you.

 

It still has a fairly impressive range of features that will allow for a great quality of sound and an excellent user experience. Oticon are a very well known hearing aid manufacturer and having their name on the product means that it can be trusted from a quality point of view.

 

Whilst recognising it’s limitations, I would have no hesitation in recommending the Oticon Ria2 Pro hearing aid. It is a good quality product and will serve it’s owners very well throughout it’s lifetime.

 

Why buy from Hearing Direct.com

When choosing a new hearing aid it is vital to use a reputable supplier. I have used Hearing Direct.com for many years. The quality of service I always receive is second to none and their prices are always as good as I can find. They have a 6 point plan in place for all their hearing aids and this should be the very minimum to look for in a hearing aid supplier.

 

1. A full hearing test and examination (if necessary) by qualified professionals.

2. A full manufacturer’s warranty.

3. Fitting and programming of your hearing aids.

4. VAT inclusive prices.

5. Fine tuning and aftercare of your hearing aids for the lifetime of the devices.

6. 60 day full money back guarantee, if you are not completely satisfied.

 

Buy the Oticon Ria2 Pro with complete piece of mind here.

As always, thanks for dropping by. I appreciate all comments,queries and questions. Please leave one below and I will answer asap.

Regards,

Eddie.

 

 

Hearing Loss And Children. Effects And What To Do.

We all have that natural instinct to protect our children. When we talk about hearing loss and children we, as parents, need to understand that it goes much, much deeper than simply the loss of sound.Hearing help

 

Hearing loss is a disability. People have a tendency to believe that the effects of the disability will be determined by the severity of the hearing loss. That is not strictly true. Some profoundly hard of hearing children will cope better with the level of loss than others that suffer only mild or moderate loss.

 

Each individual child will be different. No two will be effected in exactly the same way. Even if the hearing loss is identical the reaction and how they cope with a variety of other related issues will not be the same.

 

Hearing loss can never be treated in isolation. It affects every part of a childs life. From school, to friends, to family. Parents need to know how hearing loss is affecting their child. Only by knowing can we really protect and help our children through the trauma of this disability.

 

10 other ways hearing loss can affect children.

I have selected 10 other ways that hearing loss can affect children. I don’t make a difference between mild, moderate, severe or profound hearing loss. As I have said children will react differently to each of these 10 situations. Some are more obvious than others and many will overlap but hearing loss can have a negative effect on how children react to all of them.

 

Hearing loss and school.

If not diagnosed early, hearing loss can have a devastating effect on a child at school. Even with only a mild loss vital lessons can be missed. If a teacher is speaking in class and the child is missing parts of what they are saying then how can they be expected to perform to their maximum ability..

 

Few children (particularly young children) would be confident enough to say that they can’t hear what is being said. They may just think that everything is normal. As a result, their performance will suffer and with that their confidence in their own ability will take a nosedive.

 

Once a child loses interest in something they will turn to something else to fill the void. This can lead a child to being classed as disruptive, the class jester or just down right stupid. You may think that is a bit harsh but it happened to myself at the grand old age of 7. No one at the time thought of hearing loss and by the time I was diagnosed at 8 my opinion of school was set in stone.Children at school

 

The early years in school are so vitally important to how a child will perform throughout their school life. I firmly believe that all children should be given a hearing test before they begin their schooling. This simple audiology test would ensure that no child starts such an important phase of their lives at a disadvantage.

 

Hearing loss and home.

It is so easy to miss the early signs of hearing loss in children at home. If the child has no siblings then it should be easier as home life should be more intimate between the parents and child. If a child is struggling to hear television or conversation in this environment then it should be fairly easy to identify that something is wrong.

 

However if there are a bunch of kids running round, it can be much more difficult. There were 5 of us at a young age and when kids are playing they tend to be loud. With everyone shouting it was easy for me to hear. When we all sat down to watch television I would struggle to hear but didn’t ask for the volume to be turned up. I didn’t want to be seen as different.

 

My escape was to read when the rest were watching television. My parents actually admired me for this and didn’t recognise that there was an underlying problem. Why would they, I was completely normal in every other way. Parents need to know what signs to look out for in order to spot the first signs of hearing loss in their kids. The top10 signs of hearing loss in children.

 

Hearing loss and concentration.

People tend to think that this should be a dead giveaway in terms of spotting hearing loss. Actually it isn’t. Hearing loss will be well down the list of things people blame, especially in a children.Concentration and hearing loss

 

If a child lacks the ability to concentrate on oral stimulation for any length of time, it is generally blamed on things such as, just not interested, got a bee up their backside, wants to play with their friends, wants to play video games etc…

 

These can all be genuine reasons of course. If this lack of concentration continues over a period of time then perhaps you need to look a bit deeper. It might just be that the child can’t concentrate because they simply can’t hear what is being said.

 

Hearing loss and behaviour.

This one can be tricky. A child with hearing loss can be very meek and quiet or very noisy and disruptive. The meek child will simply nod at everything you are saying and then carry out the bits of instruction they have heard. They will very rarely ask questions and tend to have that “day dreaming look” on a regular basis.

 

The noisy and disruptive child will be the exact opposite. Whilst you and others may think a child is just being abnormally loud and disruptive. They may simply be reacting to a hearing loss that they don’t recognise nor understand. This is their way to attract attention.

 

Hearing loss and isolation.

There can be a terrible feeling of isolation for a child with hearing loss. They may know something isn’t right but can’t understand or express it to others. I know that, even living with 2 brothers, 2 sisters, my parents and my uncle that there were times when I felt an overwhelming sense of being alone. Man sitting all alone on a bench

 

No child will be able to understand hearing loss in a rational sense. They will be practical about it. This is where a parent can spot that something isn’t right. Simple signs such as the child being withdrawn, playing by themselves rather than a group. Even noticing if a child constantly leans forward towards a tv could indicate that there is something wrong with their hearing.

 

Hearing loss and bullying.

Thankfully something I have never experienced but I have spoke to others who have. Bullying is a constant source of discussion regarding schools and social media today. Children can be cruel. If a child can’t hear properly and gives the wrong reply in a conversation, this can lead to them being mocked by their peers as stupid.

 

That child can then decide to withdraw from future conversations to prevent being made fun of again. People can now see the child as being a loner which can lead to further verbal or even physical bullying.

 

If a child is being bullied, the parents/teachers etc… need to really drill down to try and find the root cause. It may not be superficial but something no one has thought of.

 

Hearing loss and language development.

Undiagnosed hearing loss in a child can lead to difficulties and delays in their language development. If a child is missing parts of a conversation or even just a couple of words here and there then the whole construction of sentences can be obscured.

 

People with hearing loss also tend to hear certain words differently from others. As an adult we can learn to adapt to this and adjust to make sentences make sense. A child will not have the skills to do this and can end up with a distorted view of language.

 

Hearing loss and music.

This is probably the most common missed opportunity of all to notice something is wrong. Every child listens to their music with the volume turned to full. This alone has the potential to cause damage to their hearing in time. You can check out my post on “Can loud music cause hearing loss” here.

 

A simple test can help here. Every now and then turn the music down to a normal level. If the child consistently says that they can’t hear the sound at that level then it could indicate hearing loss. If a child already has hearing loss then playing loud music (particularly through headphones) can lead to very severe damage in the future.

 

Hearing loss and relationships.

This is partly covered in the section regarding isolation. If a child is isolated and withdrawn at an early age then it can have a very negative impact on their ability to form relationships later in life.Relationships and hearing loss

 

This lack of bonding with others can impact on everything from finding a partner in life to not being able to hold down regular employment. All employers will tell you that they want team players. If someone hasn’t learned these skills at an early age then they can be very difficult to acquire later in life.

 

Hearing loss and balance disorders.

Most young children love to play sports. We all know the benefits in terms of a healthy lifestyle etc… Someone suffering from hearing loss can also often experience balance disorders.

 

If your child tells you that they are experiencing this or if they say they don’t want to take part in sports because it makes them dizzy, don’t just dismiss it. It could signal that hearing loss is a factor.

 

Even in everyday life, if your child is prone to falling over (I don’t mean the normal rough and tumble of childhood). If you notice that their balance doesn’t appear to be just right. Get them checked out.

 

How can we protect our children from the effects of hearing loss?

Prevention is always better than a cure. The earlier that hearing loss is detected in a child then the less impact it will have on their lives. I believe that free hearing tests should be carried out on every child prior to starting school for the first time.

 

I believe that free hearing tests should also form part of a child’s development at least up to the age of 16 or 18. If tests were to be carried out every two years then most, if not all of the above issues, could be prevented.Free hearing test

 

If a child is found to have hearing loss then the use of hearing aids for most would allow them to lead a pretty much normal life and avoid most of the issues that myself and many others have had to endure.

 

Some will shout and scream about the cost of such a programme. At the end of the day our children are the future. You can’t put a price on health.

 

Thanks for reading. As always, I welcome all comments and feedback and will reply to them all. Please leave yours below. You can always contact me at eddie@helpwithhearingloss.com

Call Blockers For Home Phones.

Product – CPR Call Blocker V5000.

Price – £69.99

Guarantee – 45 Day Money Back.

Where To Buy – HEARING DIRECT.COM

Overall Rating – 4.8 out of 5.CPR Call Blocker V5000

 

You might be wondering why I am doing a review on call blockers for home phones? The reason is very simple, I have received a load of requests from visitors to the website here asking if I can recommend one that is effective and doesn’t break the bank.

 

Why do people with hearing loss need the CPR Call Blocker V5000?

Lots of people with hearing loss, particularly those elderly folk are classed as “vulnerable” people in society in general. It is a simple fact of life that vulnerable people are much more susceptible to phone scams and nuisance calls.

 

These sort of calls are on the rise and despite repeated warnings people continue to get caught out by scammers. People with hearing loss can be particularly susceptible to these telephone scams. Not being able to hear the conversation properly can lead to people giving out information that can result in them being taken to the cleaners.

 

It isn’t just the scams people have to be protected against. The persistent nuisance callers are becoming a major source of irritation and can cause a lot of stress and anxiety to vulnerable people who may be home alone all day and have to deal with up to a dozen of these calls daily.

 

In fact, I think everyone could do with one of these little devices. These seemingly never ending calls regarding PPI or bank repayments have become the bane of most people’s lives and anything that can lessen them is welcome in my opinion.Call centre

 

What exactly is the CPR Call Blocker V5000?

The CPR call blocker does exactly what it says on the tin. It blocks unwanted calls. Even though this is a top of the range model it is extremely simple to use. I have seen other models that look like you would need a degree in electronics to operate. This device is operated using 4 straight forward buttons.

 

When your phone rings, the number will show up on the CPR Call blocker. All you need to do is hit the “Block Now” button. Thats it, pure and simple. It really couldn’t be easier. Once you have blocked the number then you can forget about that nuisance call forever.

 

The Pros and Cons of the CPR Call Blocker. 

The Pros.

Simplicity of use. As stated above, it really couldn’t be simpler to operate.

 

A capacity for you to block up to 1500 numbers.

 

Pre programmed with over 5000 known nuisance numbers. This will give instant peace of mind. All the well known overseas call centres numbers are pre blocked as well as the better known automated sales numbers.

 

Calls can be blocked from private and even withheld numbers.

 

Programmable functions: Add or Remove Number Function, Area Code Blocker, Private Blocking Function, Unknown Blocking Function, International Blocking Function, “0” Type Calls Blocking Function, VOIP Blocking Function, Last Calling Number Blocker.

 

The Cons.

I have had one of these devices for over a month now and I can’t find any problems with it. It works exactly as described and every call I have blocked has stayed blocked.

 

You may be wondering why I haven’t given it a 5 out of 5 if I can’t find anything wrong with it. The reason is simple. I know how persistent these scammers and nuisance callers can be and I expect at some stage in the future they will find a way past these devices. However, until then I can fully recommend the CPR Call Blocker.Call centre worker

 

The Price – £69.99

I think this price represents real value for such piece of mind. As I mentioned above, I have had this device for over a month now. The amount of unwanted calls has decreased to almost none in recent days. In the last 4 weeks I have blocked 167 numbers and once I have blocked them they stay blocked.

 

I have severe hearing loss and answering the telephone can be a real struggle for me. I used to get approximately a dozen of these nuisance calls a day and at times I was left very anxious and confused as I wasn’t sure what the person was saying to me and really didn’t want to take any calls at all. Now I can screen the caller and if I think it is a sales call or just a number I don’t recognise I just hit the “Block Now” button.

 

My overall verdict of the CPR Call Blocker V5000.

I don’t hesitate to recommend this to anyone who hates the constant bombardment of these sales and PPI reclaim calls. With the over 5000 numbers already blocked when the device arrives you will notice an immediate drop in these type of calls.CPR Call Blocker V5000

 

I think the device is particularly good for elderly and more vulnerable people. The modern day scammer and unethical sales people will stop at nothing to try and get financial details form these people. The only way to prevent this from happening is to stop the calls from coming in altogether.

 

Finally, the device comes with a 45 day no quibble money back guarantee. This allows you to have the device for a really good length of time to make sure that it is working and doing the job for you.

 

For more details or to purchase the CPR Call Blocker V5000 click here.

 

As always, I welcome any and all comments and questions. Please leave a comment below. I will answer asap. You can also contact me at eddie@helpwithhearingloss.com

 

 

What Is The Best Hearing Aids? Who Decides?

Time and time again I get asked “What is the best hearing aid?” My answer is usually “How long is a piece of string?”  How can you begin to decide on the best hearing aid? My guide will help you to make that decision.

hearing aids linked to apple
The ReSound LiNX 7

 

First things first. Purchasing a hearing aid is a major decision. It will literally have a massive effect on your quality of life. It is a decision that needs careful consideration, a bit of research and an ability to see through a lot of sales BULL S**T.

 

There are companies out there that will try and sell you the most expensive hearing aid that they stock. Some will try and convince you that you absolutely need this one or that one. The ONLY one you need is THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU.

 

You have just been told you require a hearing aid?

Hearing this news can be a pretty big shock to the system. Understandably you will be concerned, anxious, annoyed and even a little bit overwhelmed. These are all perfectly understandable reactions.

 

You should also think about being relieved. Yes, seriously!! Having to get a hearing aid is going to open a whole new world of sound to you. Even if your hearing loss is only mild, you will have missed out on so much.

 

Now you have to begin the journey of picking a hearing aid. There are a number of guidelines that will steer you in the right direction and make sure that you get the maximum potential from your new device.

 

Type of hearing loss and lifestyle.

This is the first and most critical step you will take. I recently asked 10 people in a hearing loss focus group if they knew what their level of hearing loss was. Only two (Thats right ONLY TWO) knew what it was. When I asked how they chose their hearing aids, they told me that they were chosen for them. Crazy, Crazy, Crazy.Hearing help

 

There are 4 main levels of hearing loss. Mild – moderate – severe – profound. Ask your doctor, health professional or audiologist so that you know and have the information when you go to buy your device.

 

Different types of hearing aids are suitable for different levels of hearing loss. ITE (In the ear) models are generally for mild to moderate loss and BTE (Behind the ear) models for moderate and above. Profound loss of hearing may require specialist treatment so if you have this then only consult a hearing specialist.

 

Your lifestyle is also very important when making this decision. If you are a sports person then you will want a device that can stand the rigors of lots of exercise. If you listen to lots of music then you will be looking for something that allows you to stream the sound into your device wirelessly or if you go to lots of meetings in work then a model with the telecoil or “T” function will be best if your employer has a loop system in place.

 

Different types of hearing aids.

As mentioned above there are different types of hearing aid available. These are broken down into categories. I am going to keep them to the two broadest groups here but there are variations within both groups.

 

ITE (In the ear) Hearing Aids.discreet hearing aid

These are generally very small types of hearing aids that fit snuggly into the ear. There is very little and in some cases nothing showing outside the ear at all. Because they are so small the electronics inside them are tiny and not so powerful. Therefore, they are generally used for people with a mild to moderate level of hearing loss.

 

BTE (Behind the ear) Hearing Aids.digital hearing aids

With this group, the bulk of the hearing aid sits behind the ear, with the receiver ( a small bud or mould) sitting in the ear. The part (casing) behind the ear has more room for the electronics and they tend to be more powerful than the ITE models. These are generally more suitable for people with moderate hearing loss and above.

 

 

Now you are ready to research.

Once you know your level of hearing loss and know the type of hearing aid you want then you can begin to look at specific models that will suit your individual needs. I currently have 4 pairs of hearing aids. Here are the steps that I follow to do my research.

 

Google search.

This step simply involves typing in a few words into google or any of the search engines. For example I have typed “BTE HEARING AIDS FOR SEVERE HEARING LOSS” into google. Here are just some of the results,

 

Screenshot of google search for hearing aids

 

There will literally be thousands of results. Just take a bit of time and click into a few pages to get an idea of the type of device you want. Try and pick about 5 models that you like and would be suitable for you. Write them down in a list.

 

Review the models you have chosen.

Once again the internet will be your friend in this. Simply type the model of your hearing aid into google and put the word “review” after it. Check out my example. I have typed “Oticon Dynamo SP10 hearing aid review” into google.

 

Screenshot Oticon aids review

Once again, you will find hundreds if not thousands of reviews for whatever product you enter. When doing your reviews at this stage try and steer away from sales companies and look for independent reviews as these will give you a better understanding of the product.

 

Essentially what you are after at this stage is personal reviews from people who have actually used the device themselves or from someone who is experienced in hearing aids and has a reputation for being impartial. (Someone like myself).

 

You really cannot do enough research into the type of device you want. The more reviews you read the better you will understand the device that you are going to purchase. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH.

 

Now you need to look for a reputable company.

You now have a very solid idea of the device you want. You have done all the above and are ready to buy. Not all hearing aid sellers are the same. You want to find the best one with the best reputation.

 

All good professional hearing aid suppliers will have the following 4 key elements. If they don’t then move on to someone else. There are plenty of very good suppliers and they all want your business. REMEMBER THE BUYER IS KING.The buyer is king

 

Good customer service.

Simply send them an email enquiry or lift the phone and talk to them about your needs. A good company will talk about you first and what you want before they even mention any devices.

 

A manufacturer’s warranty.

Any hearing aid supplier should be able to tell you off hand, if the device comes with a warranty. It should be a minimum of 12 months.

 

Money back.

A good supplier will offer a money back guarantee. This will give you the peace of mind that you can get the device and try it out for a period of time to make sure it suits you.

 

After service.

All good hearing aid suppliers will have an after sales service that will include repairs and maintenance. Some excellent suppliers will provide this service for the whole life of the hearing aid.

 

Check out my number #1 hearing aid supplier review. Click here.

 

Switch on your Bull S**t filter.

Congratulations, you are almost there.  If you have followed the steps I have outlined then you are ready to buy your hearing aid. By this stage you will,

Know your level of hearing loss.

The type of hearing aid you want/need (ITE or BTE).

You will have researched the model you think is best suited.

You will have researched the best company to buy it from.

 

Finally just make sure your bull s**t filter is on.  If, at any stage of this whole process, someone begins to act like a salesperson then RUN. Warning signSupplying a hearing aid is not simply about selling someone a product. It is a medical device aimed at improving someones quality of life. If the person shows more interest in the sale of the device than they do in you then move on to another supplier.

 

This is a very important decision for you. The right hearing aid will be your friend for a long time. Only you know what you want and need. Don’t be influenced by anyones sales patter. At the end of the day you are the one who has to live with it.

 

As always, thanks for dropping by. I am here to help with all hearing issues, big or small. Drop me a comment below and I will reply asap. You can also contact me at eddie@helpwithhearingloss.com

 

 

 

 

Doro Mobile Phones For The Elderly. A Review.

PRODUCT – DORO LIBERTO 820 MINI EXTRA LOUD SMARTPHONE.Doro 820 docking station.

PRICE – £139.99

GUARANTEE – 30 DAY NO QUIBBLE MONEY BACK.

WHERE TO BUY – HEARING DIRECT.COM

OVERALL RATING – 9 OUT OF 10.

 

Elderly people should have access to the latest technology. Elderly people with hearing loss should be no different. With Doro mobile phones for the elderly, everyone can be a winner.

 

Doro as a company have a long history of manufacturing mobile phones specifically designed for those with hearing loss. People over the age of 65 form the largest group in society with hearing loss.

 

Until fairly recently mobile phones aimed for the elderly tended to be larger, bulkier and as basic in technology as you could possible get. I think this is a bit of an insult to our senior population.

 

Thankfully the Doro Liberto Mini 820 Extra Loud Smartphone goes a long way towards rectifying this problem. It has all the features you would expect to see in a modern smartphone and a few extras that may just surprise you.

 

A general overview of the Doro 820.

This phone operates on the Android platform, meaning that you will have full access to things like the internet, emails and apps that you would expect from any smartphone. The Doro touch screen allows for very simple navigation around the menu.

 

One thing different from most smartphones is the addition of two physical buttons for the “back” and the “home” keys. This helps prevent people from accidently knocking themselves out of the menu screen.

 

The phone comes unlocked so you can use it on any network on either a contract or pay as you go. Just a note here, the phone operates using a MicroSIM rather that the standard sim so you may have to contact your network provider to arrange a sim swap.

 

The phone is fully compatible with the telecoil or “T” setting on your hearing aids. This will allow you to hear any calls sent or received directly through your hearing aids rather than the phone itself. For example, after you have paired the phone with you hearing aids, once the phone rings then just tap your hearing aid on to the “T” setting and you will hear the phone directly in your ear. I love that bit!!

 

What do we mean by an extra loud smartphone?

By this Doro mean that there are a few special features on this phone that you will not find on a standard smartphone. These features relate to the acoustics of the phone which are,Doro 820 Ruby

 

The voice volume operates at a maximum of 35dB (decibels). This is about 10 times louder than a standard phone.

 

The ringer volume operates at a maximum of 91dB. This approximately 5 times louder than a standard smartphone.

 

It has 7 volume settings.

 

It has tone control for better sound clarity.

 

It comes with high definition voice technology.

 

It also has a volume mute option.

 

The Pros and Cons of the 820 Mini Extra Loud Smartphone.

The Pros.

The key features of this phone are very impressive, particularly for a smartphone in this price range. Doro have certainly packed a lot into it to ensure the user has the very best experience possible.

 

Some of the key features include,

 

Speakerphone/5 Megapixel Camera and Video Camera with magnifier function/Email/SMS with predictive text and MMS/500 number photo phonebook/3 one touch speed dials/GPRS/Big display text and adjustable font/Screen contrast and brightness adjustment/20 Polyphonic ringtones/Vibrating ringer/Backlit keypad/Key tone/Step by Step Tutorial pre-loaded/Startup wizard – great feature which guides you through phone menu and functions/Remote management – ideal for friends and relatives to help with set-up from distance/FM-radio/Assistance button/Calculator/Games/Calendar with reminder/Wake up alarm/ICE (In Case of Emergency).

 

I could go on but I think you get the gist. The phone is packed with great features. I want to bring your attention to one special feature that I think will be very appealing to people.

 

The remote management system. This allows someone else ( a family member) to remotely access the phone with the owners permission and make changes or add updates to the phone. They simply sign into a website with a password that they have preset and they have access to the phone.

 

This is a particularly good feature if you have an elderly relative who lives away from you. It means you can keep their phone updated from wherever you are.

 

The Cons.

Admittedly there aren’t many that I can find but I do have to mark it down slightly due to the 5 megapixel camera. The pictures it takes are of a decent quality but I would just like to have seen a little bit more added here.Doro 820 White

 

My conclusion and overall rating.

It is a real pity about the camera for me. I am pretty sure that it won’t annoy most people but I am big on my photos and I would have of thought that Doro could have squeezed in at least 8 megapixels.

 

That said, this is a fantastic smartphone. The acoustics alone will make it ideal for elderly people and also for those with hearing loss. The menu is simple to navigate and the in built tutorial set up feature will have you up and running in no time.

 

The phone is jam packed with the sort of things we take for granted in our smartphones today and it is great to see that manufacturers like Doro are making sure that everyone has access to the very latest technology.

 

Conclusion – Great Phone.

Overall rating – 9 out of 10.

 

P.S. Did I mention that it comes in a choice of three colours. Check them out here.

 

As always, thank you for dropping by. I am always here to help. Any comments or opinions, please leave below and I will respond asap. You can also reach me at eddie@helpwithhearingloss.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing Loss And. Links To Other Medical Conditions.

Whilst hearing loss is a stand alone medical condition, various studies over a protracted number of years have shown a link to various other serious medical conditions. Here I take a look at hearing loss and links to other conditions and try and determine what is real and what is the basis for the link.First aid medical care

 

Some of these linked conditions will be very well known such as tinnitus or mental health, but what about a link to cancer or strokes or even dementia. Can hearing loss really be somehow linked to a variety of other medical conditions.

 

Hearing loss and Tinnitus.

This is probably the number one condition that people will link to hearing loss. Tinnitus is generally described as a ringing, buzzing or whistling/rushing sound internally within either one or both ears. (How to stop Tinnitus)

 

Tinnitus is caused by damage to the hair cells in the ear. This causes a break in the flow of the electrical signals that are sent to the brain. Because tinnitus originates within the ear then the link to hearing loss is pretty obvious and accepted by practically everyone.

 

Like hearing loss, tinnitus can be caused by exposure to loud noises over an extended period of time. There is no known cure but the condition can be managed by a variety of techniques and devices.

 

Hearing loss and Mental health/Depression.

This is another fairly straight forward one for me. Mental health issues can come to the fore with any other medical condition and hearing loss is no different.

 

When you first find out that your hearing is going it can have a major impact on your life. Studies have shown that people with hearing loss have a tendency to be more withdrawn.Mental health

 

From personal experience, I suffered depression for a number of years after getting my first pair of hearing aids. I thought people were staring at me, I didn’t want to see friends or even family as I felt less than a whole person.

 

Hearing loss affects every aspect of a person’s life. From your family to your social life to your employment, things can and will change. These changes can lead to a person becoming anxious, confused, withdrawn and overwhelmed by everything that is happening. This is particularly acute if the changes happen in a short space of time.

 

Mental health issues have really come to the fore over the last 10 years or so and much more attention is now given to this very real condition. The link to hearing loss is also very real. My personal story through depression can be viewed here.

 

Hearing loss and Vertigo (balance issues).

There is also a very strongly recognised link to hearing loss and the effects on a persons balance. It is not the actual loss of hearing but rather the causes of the hearing loss that can similarly affect the body’s natural balance rhythm.

 

The body’s balance is regulated by a three tiered system, The inner ear works in conjunction with the body’s visual and musculoskeletal systems to send the necessary signals to the brain which processes the information and keeps the overall balance in check.Mental health

 

If one of these systems isn’t working as it should then the body’s natural balance will be thrown off kilter. In the case of our ears, apart from receiving external sounds and turning them into electrical signals to send to the brain, the inner ear also sends signals to the brain regarding the direction and speed that the head is moving.

 

This is done through sensors in what is called the semi-circular canals. The inner ear also detects when you move in a straight line through the utricle and saccule, also known as the otolithic organs.

 

Any interruption in this process will disrupt the signals being received by the brain, leaving it to rely only on the other two functions and the effects on the body’s balance can be quite severe.

 

Hearing loss and Cancer.

The relationship between hearing loss and cancer is the reverse from the conditions mentioned above. Cancer itself has no direct link to hearing loss unless it is a tumor within the hearing system. The relationship is between some of the drugs used in cancer treatments that can have an adverse effect on our hearing system.

 

A study published in July 2016 by Sanjay Gupta, MD of Indiana University talks about the effects of a drug called Cisplatin. This drug is one of the most commonly used in chemotherapy treatments. However it belongs to a group of drugs that are ototoxic, meaning that they are toxic to the inner ear.Chemotherapy image

 

The published study refers to a study of the cumulative effects of cisplatin-based chemotherapy on hearing levels in testicular cancer survivors through comprehensive audiometry measurements. They found that increased doses of cisplatin were associated with increased hearing loss at most of the tested frequencies. Increased levels were also found of tinnitus.

 

Whilst this study was carried out amongst Testicular cancer patients, the authors suggested that the findings were likely to be similar in other adult onset cancers treated with cisplatin.

 

Obviously much more work needs to be done in this field but the link to cancer treatments and hearing loss looks to be pretty solid at this stage.

 

Hearing loss and Heart Disease.

At a glance this looks like a very unlikely alliance but there is growing evidence that the two may indeed be linked. A recent study by Harvard University showed that hearing loss showed 54% more often in people with heart disease than in the general population.

 

Many of the problems relating to heart disease are caused by a narrowing of the arteries due to a build up of plaque. This restricts the amount of blood flow through the arteries and around the body.

 

The inner ear is known to be extremely sensitive to blood flow and if this process is interrupted then it can have a negative impact on the nerve cells, which in turn will have a negative impact on a persons ability to hear.Healthy heart

 

In fact, a leading researcher in this field, David R. Friedland, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has suggested that because the inner ear is so sensitive to blood flow, that any disruption to this system many actually be a way to note the early detection of cardiovascular abnormalities.

 

Once again much more study and research will need to be done on this link but the logic already points in that direction.

 

Hearing loss and Diabetes.

Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as in those without it. Studies into the link between these two conditions have been going on from the early 1960’s but it is only recently that evidence is beginning to emerge.

 

It is believed that the link between these two conditions is caused by prolonged high blood glucose levels affecting the supply of blood or oxygen to the tiny nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear. Over a protracted period of time the nerves and blood vessels become damaged and reduce the person’s ability to hear.

 

This nerve damage is common to both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Various studies in America and Japan from 2008 through to 2011 showed similar results in linking the numbers in both conditions. There are a number of studies ongoing and future results will hopefully allow for a more definitive link to be established.

 

Hearing loss and Strokes.

Having a stroke can damage or destroy parts of the brain. If the part damaged is responsible for interpreting the signals coming from the ear then hearing loss will occur.Stroke image

 

The extent of the hearing loss following a stroke will be determined by the severity of the stroke and what particular part of the brain has been affected. The more severe the stroke, the more likelihood of hearing loss.

 

Hearing loss and Dementia.

In a study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and other research institutions in the US, it was found that those with the greater level of hearing loss at the beginning of the study had a higher chance of developing dementia than those with lower or no hearing loss at all.

 

By their own admission the study was fairly limited in size and other factors which means it cannot be taken to be a definitive conclusion. However the results do mean that a link has been established. Read the study here.

 

It is obvious that much more needs to be done and indeed the researchers of the above study have called for further investigations to be initiated.

 

What all of these links above show is that while hearing loss is a stand alone medical condition, it can present itself alongside a wide variety of other conditions to. There are lots of studies and various forms of research going on to try and understand these links better. The more we understand hearing loss and how it relates to other medical conditions, the better future treatments will be for everyone.

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Some of this content reflects information from individuals and various organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

 You should always consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.

As always, I welcome any and all opinions. Please leave a comment and I will answer asap. You can also contact me at eddie@helpwithhearingloss