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Welcome to the Bryce Hearing Services blog! We will post any interesting stories or news here – if you have any comments or questions – we would love to hear from you!.
Research shows Widex is a preferred choice for musicians.*
Evoke offers two distinct music sound classes, Contemporary and Classical, to provide an even greater use experience regardless of the type of music. Evoke automatically detects and differentiates between the two types and adjusts accordingly to enhance the listening experience for the wearer.
*Chasin M. – a hearing solution for music. Hearing review, 2014.
The British Irish Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Association (BIHIMA) recently interviewed Thomas Behrans, Chief Audiologist and Director for the Centre for Applied Research at Oticon. Here’s what he had to say when asked about hearing loss being linked with dementia:
“There has been a lot of research being published recently linking hearing loss to dementia – we don’t yet know enough to say that hearing loss directly causes other conditions such as dementia and depression. The difficulty is that dementia studies that will tell us more take at least ten years to gain sufficient data. We prefer to talk about hearing loss causing behaviour change which is a contributing factor.
But yes we certainly need to understand hearing as a cognitive health issue. We are helping to establish centres at universities focusing on cognitive hearing science. Because we know that hearing keeps your brain fit – it is exercise for the brain that we need to keep doing. Did you know that half an hour of active conversation a day is better for your brain than playing Sudoku? I mean conversation where we are really listening, being responsive, reflecting and asking questions – this is what the brain needs. Our best new hearing technology can free up cognitive resources to allow people to better engage in social decoding.
All credit for this interview goes to Jemima Thackray, BIHIMA and was extracted from her full interview found in Audiology Worldnews magazine January 2019, issue 124. Photo credit goes to the Audiology Worldnews website.
2019 has officially begun and we would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! We’d also like to share with you our latest video from Brenda the Lyric Lady!
Brenda and her family always set New Year resolutions and try their best to stick to them (although we all know that’s not always easy!). One resolution that Brenda would definitely recommend is to get your hearing tested – we all get our teeth and eyes checked regularly but lots of us seem to forget about the health of our ears. We’d like to change that by encouraging you to get your hearing tested this year! Why not try our NEW online hearing test – click here to try it out!
Brenda’s back with her latest vlog for November!
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Jayne will be attending the launch of the NEW Phonak Audeo Marvel this Friday 2nd November!
The Phonak Audéo Marvel focuses on what you would expect from a first-class hearing aid – a clear, rich sound experience. Combined with modern technology it is a multifunctional hearing aid that conveys love at first sound.
These amazing devices can connect to your smartphone, TV and even more! Also with Phonak’s new digital service platform is dedicated to improving your personal listening needs. By using the myPhonak app you get access to the Hearing Diary and Remote support services so that you can customize your personal listening experience in real-time.
These devices are also rechargeable so you needn’t worry about changing batteries ever again!
If you’d like to find out more about this new devices you can give us a call on 01224 647652 or send us a message!
We see 3 to 4 people per year with sudden hearing loss. Sudden Hearing Loss mostly occurs in just one ear and can present with tinnitus and vertigo.
Firstly your ear needs to be examined by your GP, practice nurse or audiologist to rule out a blockage in the ear canal such as wax, infection or a foreign body. If there isn’t any obvious reason for the loss and spontaneous recovery hasn’t occurred within the first 2 weeks, you should be started on systemic steroids. Studies have shown that those who have begun treatment within 2-4 weeks have the greatest chance of recovery.
If there hasn’t been any improvement with oral steroids you could benefit from intratympanic steroid injections. This has proven to be very effective without any side effects, as with the oral steroids the earlier the treatment is given the better the chance of recovery. Very rarely does anyone recover completely from Sudden Hearing Loss and studies have show that if the intratympanic injection is given more that 36 days after the initial drop in hearing there is no significant benefit.
Our experience is that not all GPs recognize that steroids, whether it be oral or intratympanic, as an effective treatment for Sudden Hearing Loss and you may have to insist on this and push for an urgent ENT appointment.
Brenda the Lyric Lady is back with her latest video for October!
It can be so easy to forget something when we’re getting ready in the morning – especially if we’re in a rush! Luckily Brenda doesn’t have to worry about forgetting her hearing aids since her Lyric devices stay in her ears 24/7!
Once a Lyric device is fitted it can be left in position for months at a time – you can shower, exercise and sleep with the device fitted with no problems at all!
Brenda has recently been abroad on her holidays and was glad that she could rely on her Lyric devices to work perfectly while she was away. However, there is always the chance that a device will need to be changed or re-positioned – thankfully Phonak have Lyric providers around the world who will be able to replace the devices.
Lyric is currently available in the following countries:
- New Zealand
- and the USA.
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Do you notice these symptoms in yourself or a significant other?
- Difficulty with hearing speech with background noise
- Difficulty hearing across a large/long table
- Turning up the TV louder than normally needed
- Asking others to repeat themselves frequently
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Avoiding some social settings
If you recognise some of these symptoms we would recommend having a hearing test performed – this will determine if your hearing levels are within normal limits.
If you have experienced sudden hearing loss in one or both of your ears you should seek an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible to determine the cause.
To book an appointment for a full hearing test or if you would like some more information please give us a call on 01224 647652 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.