Healthy Living: Hearing aids
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Loud machinery and music caused Mark Rodrigue to lose some of his hearing, and now he has hearing aids.
"I was really misunderstanding what they were saying, they were saying one word and I thought I was hearing something different," Rodrigue said.
They have come a long way, but they still have limitations.
"People hear better with two ears. Can you imagine picking up your cell phone and you are only listening through one ear? Hearing aids with cell phones do not have the best connection," Audiologist Dr. Robin Solomon said.
A common problem for the hearing impaired is isolation.
"A lot of hearing impaired patients find they have to go into the other room to watch TV so they don't have to bother everyone else or they have to put head phones on their head so they can listen to TV, but they can't interact with anyone else in the room," Dr. Solomon said.
Without increasing the volume on the TV at all, Rodrigue began to hear it perfectly with a wireless Bluetooth which pairs his hearing aids with the television set.
"It will pair with your laptop. It will pair with your cell phone. It will pair with an iPod," Dr. Solomon said.
The remote can be placed in a pocket or around your neck and it's super for cell phones.
"It's hands free. You don't have to shuffle for your phone, you have the acoustics in both ears and it's tuned for your hearing loss because it's tuned to your hearing instruments," Dr. Solomon said.
The wireless can reduce the risk of falls. You can pair with a phone and instead of getting up to answer the phone, rushing to get it and perhaps falling, all you need to do is press a button.
"I have elderly patients who use wireless particularly the phone at home. It gives them a sense of security. They can hear on the phone well with both ears, they can communicate with family members, they don't have to run to the phone," Dr. Solomon said.
Bluetooth can be used on most all hearing aids, but prices vary. Rodrigue said hearing is priceless.
"I love it. Having the wireless, it's so much more convenient and flexible and I take these where ever I go," he said.