Dr. Eric Becken and Dr. Blake Strand invited Girl Scout Troop #56171 over to our Woodbury office for cupcakes, certificates, and fun. These girls spent the time and effort to construct about a hundred Hearing Aid Charms. These charms, pictured below, will be given to children receiving their hearing aids for the first time.
Each charm is unique and provides a little flare to your child's hearing device.
The Girl Scouts were kind enough to donate these charms to Midwest ENT. To honor their generosity our doctors hosted a special event to provide each girl with a certificate, Middy the elephant, and delicious cupcakes.
Keep up the great work girls!
On a brisk Saturday morning in November, Midwest Hearing Pediatric patients and their families celebrated the quality of life hearing provides. Families gathered at Carmike Oakdale Cinema to enjoy the movie, “Book of Life” and indulge in the Kiddie Combo; consisting of theater popcorn, fruit snacks, and their beverage of choice in a souvenir cup. Guests were able to utilize brand new hearing aid devices so the could fully enjoy the captivating moving, “Book of Life”.
Midwest Hearing Aid Systems, a division of Midwest Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, is committed to providing comprehensive healthcare for all ages. Thank you for selecting Midwest Hearing Aid Systems as your preferred hearing provider!
Experience ReSound LiNX™, the revolutionary hearing aid from ReSound. ReSound LiNX represents the next step forward in hearing aid technology. Designed to connect directly with your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, ReSound LiNX provides 360-degree hearing in a package that’s smarter, smaller and more connected. In addition to connecting to your phone calls, music and media, flexible settings and the fully-customizable companion app, ReSound Smart™ app makes ReSound LiNX the perfect option for nearly all levels of hearing loss, and all lifestyles. ReSound LiNX also features Surround Sound by ReSound™ providing the hearing experience that is right for you. ReSound LiNX is a revolutionary hearing aid, and so much more—built to help you hear life to the fullest.
Maximum flexibility is paired with a small, discreet body that delivers minimum visibility. You get a smarter level of hearing technology in a comfortable, durable, water resistant package, so you’ll notice the difference in hearing, even if you don’t notice the hearing aid. Third-party studies have shown ReSound hearing aids with Surround Sound technology are preferred in terms of sound quality, so you can count on a full sound solution that will bring you closer to natural hearing.
Get total sound control with the ReSound Smart™ app.
An easy to-use interface allows you to stream media, apply environmental settings, and customize your sound profile based on your frequently-visited locations. With features that include Live Listen™ and “Find my hearing aid,” the ReSound Smart app is just another way we make better hearing easier for you.
The perfect sound for any setting, and any ear.
ReSound LiNX™ hearing aids are designed to benefit any user, no matter their lifestyle, level of hearing loss or environmental setting. With Live Listen™ you can use your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch® to transmit conversations directly to your ReSound LiNX hearing aids. Perfect for both noisy and sound-sensitive environments, Live Listen helps you hear everything you’re listening to, easily and intuitively.
Find my hearing aid
ReSound LiNX™ is about more than better hearing, it’s about better living. One way we give you an easier overall hearing experience is through included features like “Find my hearing aid,” presented through the ReSound LiNX companion app, the ReSound Smart™ app. Simply use your phone to geo-locate your hearing aids with the device’s built-in GPS.
Keeping Friends with Diabetes Part of the Conversation
Studies show that adults with diabetes have an increased risk of hearing loss—even at younger ages. In fact, hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes.
Here’s the catch: Many of them don’t know it. Unlike eye exams, hearing health examinations are often overlooked in the routine regimen of care for people with diabetes.
Researchers found that people with diabetes were 2.15 times as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss. Surprisingly, when broken down by age, the younger group was at greater risk. The results showed that those 60 and younger with diabetes were 2.61 times more likely to have hearing loss, while the risk for those older than 60 was 1.58 times higher.
WHAT’S THE DIABETES-HEARING HEALTH CONNECTION?
Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Studies have shown that people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss than people without diabetes. Although the relationship between diabetes and hearing loss is still being investigated, researchers theorize that, over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the blood vessels and nerves of the inner ear, diminishing the ability to hear.
Unlike eye exams, hearing health examinations are often overlooked in the routine regimen of care for people with diabetes, despite the fact that the vast majority of people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. In fact, almost all of the 400 people who underwent hearing tests at the American Diabetes Association’s EXPO in Portland Oregon in 2012 said they had never received a physician’s recommendation for a hearing test. Yet more than half of these 400 individuals were found to have hearing loss. And nearly all of them said they did not know that hearing loss is associated with diabetes.
HOW HEARING AIDS MAY HELP
Research shows that hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health conditions, and that people who address their hearing loss often experience better quality of life. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users, in fact, say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids—from how they feel about themselves to the positive changes they see in their relationships, social interactions, and work lives.
When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.
So let’s get the word out—and keep our friends and family members with diabetes in the conversation.
HERE ARE FOUR LITTLE-KNOWN FACTS ABOUT TODAY’S MODERN HEARING AIDS:
- They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use.
- They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Recent technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before—and in a broad range of sound environments.
- You can enjoy water sports and sweat while wearing them. Waterproof digital hearing aids have arrived. This feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity, and dust. This feature suits the active lifestyles of swimmers, skiers, snowboarders, intensive sports enthusiasts and anyone working in dusty, demanding environments.
- They work with smartphones, home entertainment systems and other prized electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity—directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes that are just right for you—from your smartphone, MP3 player, television and other high-tech gadgets.
They’re always at the ready. A new rechargeable feature on some newly designed hearing aids allows you to recharge your hearing aids every night, so they’re ready in the morning. It’s super convenient—and there’s no more fumbling with small batteries.