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why wear 2 hearing aids


If you have a hearing loss in both ears it is very important to wear 2 hearing aids.

A few reasons why:

1) Better understanding of speech, especially in noise:
Research shows that people who wear two hearing aids understand conversations and speech significantly better than those who wear only one.

2) Better ability to tell where sound is coming from:
This is called localization, and it helps you determine where traffic is coming from or which person is speaking in a group.

3) Better sound quality:
When you listen to a stereo system you get great sound. Wearing two hearing aids gives you similar results and increases your hearing range from 180 degrees to a full 360 degrees.

4) Makes hearing less tiring and listening more pleasant:
You won’t have to strain to hear with your ‘good’ ear, making life much more relaxing.

5) Keeps both ears (full brain) active which can help reduce further hearing loss:
Research Studies show that if you don’t use your hearing, you can lose it. By only wearing one hearing aid, you can cause further damage to the other ear (brain area). The use of two hearing aids helps eliminate this problem.

If you have hearing loss in both ears, but you’re trying to get by with just one hearing aid (or, none at all), you’re doing yourself a great disservice.
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free iPad chance at the end of your hearing experience survey

University of Massachusetts anonymous “Listening in 2020 survey

Consent Form

Listening in 2020 Survey

This is an online consent form. At the bottom you will be asked to give your consent to participate before moving on to the survey questions.

This survey is designed to find out about people’s day-to-day experiences hearing and listening. This study is being conducted by researchers in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Communication Disorders. Participation in the study is open to people living in the United States of America who are at least 40 years of age. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked a series of questions about various listening situations, as well as a few demographic questions and questions related to your health background.

Data collected from the survey may be used in papers and presentations related to the topic at hand. It will not be used for any commercial activity. No identifying information (such as participants’ names or dates of birth) will be taken as part of the survey. 

You will be given the opportunity to enter into a drawing for an iPad at the end of the survey. If would like to be entered into this drawing you will be directed to a separate page at the end of the survey, where you will enter your email address. This page will not be associated with your survey responses. We anticipate that the drawing will take place on 9/15/20. All email addresses will be permanently deleted by 9/30/20.    

You do not have to participate in this study if you don’t want to. If you click “I agree” below but change your mind afterwards, you may drop out/stop participating at any time. There are no penalties for doing so.

If there are questions you would like answered before participating, or any other concerns about this study or this form, you may contact the researcher (Karen Helfer) at If you have any questions concerning your rights as a research subject, you may contact the University of Massachusetts Amherst Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) at (413) 545-3428 or

By clicking “I agree to participate” below you are indicating that you are at least 40 years old, have read this consent form, and agree to participate in this research study. You are free to skip any questions that you choose.

Please print a copy of this page for your records.

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Tinnitus self help free app

T-MINUS is “The Number 1 Tinnitus
Wellness App”

T-Minus is a free app that really stands out when it comes to personalized sound therapy. There is a huge variety of sounds that you can access, and in addition to the standard fractal tones and nature sounds, you can also choose from a number of live and unlooped recordings taken from around the world. T-minus provides excellent customization for those wishing to combine sounds, add an overlying white, brown or pink noise, or increase the volume in a particular ear.

Reduced tinnitus symptoms, better sleep and relaxation

Sound therapy has been show to affect people in these ways and T-Minus offers the most comprehensive tinnitus sound therapy library. With live, real time, non-looped recordings taken from all around the world, broadband sounds, fractal tones and binaural frequencies, accompanied by beautiful, relaxing music. The T-Minus library covers the majority of tinnitus frequencies to support ongoing tinnitus retraining therapy, habituation or just masking.

Control Through Personalisation

The sound controls section of the app, provides a frequency pure tone generator ranging from 200Hz to 12,000 Hz. Coloured noise playback, including Brown, Pink, White and Blue. Panning of sound, left and right to deliver sounds to an individual side. Volume controls to mix the settings and find the right match for your tinnitus. Personalisation and choice are important pre-requisites for longer term commitment to sound therapy. You can also share your tinnitus frequency with friends or family so they can have a greater understanding of your experiences.

Reduced anxiety Through Understanding

A key aspect to wellness is understanding the condition and the steps to take that might alleviate symptoms. We offer the most frequently asked questions and answers for new tinnitus sufferers, plus a hub for the latest feeds from the top global tinnitus charities and research bodies, plus information from relevant other specialists in the sleep and mindfulness worlds. We also offer regular Q&A’s with professionals in this field.


Whether for daily thoughts and feelings, a weekly gratitude diary or just marking down good and bad days. A journal can be a great way to re-establish your understanding of your own reactions and to become more mindful with your tinnitus.

Get Lost in Sound

Take a moment each time you listen to an album, to read the associated sleeve notes. Get lost in the visualisation of the specific sound recordings, whether the sound of crunching footsteps on a dry forest floor, or the sound of a pelican taking off from the water. You can use the sleeve notes to better understand the process Rupert goes through when creating the sound therapy tracks and to see which frequencies are covered within.

The most comprehensive tinnitus
sound therapy library in the world

and it is FREE

hearing aid & face mask problems solved

First FDA-Registered UV-Sterilizing Clear MaskLEAF “smart mask” has reached almost $4 Million in backing on Indiegogo. Delivery is expected in the coming weeks. This mask is TOTALLY CLEAR.

Those who wear behind-the-ear hearing aids encounter some problems wearing a standard face mask with elastic ear loops.

The ear loops may press on the hearing aid tubing that connects the hearing aid to your ear. It can get on top of, or underneath the hearing aid and press against the ear, causing pain or discomfort. You may also pull the hearing aid off the ear when removing your face mask.

A better solution is a mask like my mask where the loops go around the back of the head, instead of over the ears. See photo above .

Additional security against dropping your hearing aids is a custom DIY earmold. WHAT ARE EAR MOLDS FOR HEARING AIDS?


Covid 19 face masks make it hard to hear

Hearing Loss and face Masks are a difficult combination.

The mask physically blocks the speech sounds.

According to a medical study highlighted in Hearing Review, medical masks act as a low-pass acoustic filter for speech, weakening the high frequencies spoken by the wearer by up to 12 dB depending on the type of mask. The study concludes, “The speech quality degradation, in combination with room noise/reverberation and the absence of visual cues, renders speech close to unintelligible for many patients with hearing loss.”

Lipreading cues are absent.

Like many people with hearing loss, I am usually speechreading while I listen. The lipreading cues help me better understand speech, while the facial expressions help me to find the emotion behind the words. With a mask, neither of these clues are available making it more taxing to organize the sounds into a meaningful word or phrase. This can lead to hearing loss exhaustion from the increased listening effort.

The 6-feet apart rule compounds the issue.

Along with wearing masks, people have been asked to physically distance from one another by staying home as much as possible and by maintaining a six foot distance from others when in public spaces. This rules helps reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus from one person to another, but it also makes it more difficult to hear since most hearing devices work best when they are within six feet of the source of the sound.

Tips For Communicating With People Wearing Masks

When you talk to someone with a face mask most people have difficulty understanding each other. Now, add a hearing loss and it may become impossible to understand.

With a hearing loss, understanding speech does not come naturally. It takes effort. The clues we get from lip movements and facial expressions are almost as important as the sounds that are amplified by our hearing Aids. We must look as well as listen in order to fully understand. Masks, while necessary and important for public health, make this process much more challenging.

Supplement with speech-to-text apps

If you have a speech-to-text apps like Live Transcribe (Android only) You can hold your phone as close to the person as possible while maintaining physical distance. The closer the microphone is to the person speaking, the better chance it will have to pick up the sound. Practice at home so you are not fumbling with the app in real time.

Use paper and pen if necessary

You can use them to prepare signs in advance with your name and what you need to say. For example, if you are picking something up at the pharmacy, include your name, what you are picking up, and that you have trouble hearing so they know to communicate with you carefully.

You can also use your phone as a notepad

deafness cured in new experiment

A new form of genetic editing cured deafness in a new successful trial…

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. A team of researchers has used a technique called base editing to cure deafness in mice.

The Broad Institute previously was instrumental in developing CRISPR genetic editing technology. CRISPR corrects genetic mutations by using an enzyme to cut out an unwanted genetic mutation and replacing it with healthy DNA.

Base Editing is different in that it doesn’t cut the DNA. Instead, it can “rewrite” the actual letters in the DNA sequence.

DNA is the building block of life. It is the hereditary material contained in every cell of our body.

All strands of DNA consist of a sugar, a phosphate group, and a base pair. The sugar and phosphate group are identical in every strand of a person’s DNA. They are the “backbone.” The base pair determines what genetic information is expressed.

In DNA, there are only four bases that make up a pair. They are adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T). Adenine always bonds with thymine to form a pair. And guanine always bonds with cytosine to form a pair.

The only naturally occurring base pairs in DNA are A-T and G-C. When we talk about “letters,” this is what we are talking about. Below is a visual:

DNA Base Pairs

Source: How Stuff Works

Now, Genetic Mutations occur when one of these bases is transcribed incorrectly – that is, when the letters don’t match up properly.

Base editing technology corrects these mutations by “rewriting” the letters so that they match up correctly. In other words, base editing can change any single letter to any other.

When it comes to a certain kind of deafness in mice, the condition is caused by a single mutation. That makes it relatively easy to cure with base editing.

Using base editing, the team proved that the mice could hear sounds as quiet as 60 decibels, which is the level of a normal conversation. That’s not 100% hearing, but it is still a remarkable achievement. The mice could hear again.

This technique could easily be applied to humans. That’s the next step for the team at Broad.

Well, base editing is an exciting technology that’s on the rise. Base editing is now where CRISPR was six or seven years ago. It is not a matter of being better or worse than CRISPR. This is another tool to help cure all human disease.

We’re finding that with some genetic mutations, different enzymes work better than others. The same will likely be true about using base editing versus CRISPR depending on the situation.

We will see some exciting developments in base editing technology in the last half of this year. This is another powerful tool when it comes to eradicating all human disease.

Broad Institute

https://www.broadinstitute.orgBroadInstitute is a mission-driven community that brings together researchers in medicine, biology, chemistry, computation, engineering, and mathematics from across MIT, Harvard, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals, along with collaborators around the world

What do hearing aid earmolds cost


There are many different earmold styles, that are  used to conduct sound to the ear.

 Some of  the popular Audiologist/Laboratory earmolds are at the left in the above photo. They cost from $80 to $200 EACH, DEPENDING ON YOUR HEARING AID PROVIDER. 

These above are made of Lucite, acrylic and Urethane hard plastic and these particular ones are made for BTE, Behind Ear Hearing aids. They require 7 to 18 days to be mailed and completed, after your ear impression is taken by your hearing aid provider.

The remaining earmolds above are DIY from HCPB Earmold Kits that are made from flexible Medical Grade Silicone rubber putty at a cost of $2 Each to $12 Each. They take only 10 minutes to make in your own home. You are in control for your satisfaction. They are available in 3 skin colors, Tan, Brown and Dark Brown. They work with ALL BRANDS and MODEL Hearing Aids and are shipped PRIORITY 2 to 3 day USPS FREE.

The 3 popular DIY Hearing Aid types are:

Receiver in Ear Canal  kIT 24 to 30 earmold Kit-  lowest cost per earmold: $2 ea

4 RIC Earmold Kit (lowest cost kit: $5 ea.


.OPEN FIT Earmold kits  

24-30 earmolds Kit (lowest cost per mold $2 ea)

4 earmolds Kit   (Lowest cost kit $5 ea)


BTE  (BEHIND THE EAR (with hard over ear hook) Sound tube is required and included in the below kits.

24 to 30 Earmold Kit you choose from 1,2,3,or 4 HCPB Tubes                        4 Earmold kit with 2 HCPB Tubes                                                                             4 Earmold Kit with 1 HCPB Tube,  $12 ea.



There are also ALL IN THE EAR Hearing aids that can use the same  RIC Kits to improve the fit and seal, as well as EAR BUDS for music and Cell Phones.

Why hearing aids can cause itchy sore ears.

What can you do when the hearing Aid is making your ears itch?


There are many possible causes, that the medical books list.

The ear canal has very thin delicate skin; that even hair, ear wax, allergies bacteria, etc. may cause itching in the ear.  When you add a hearing aid, it can add other causes. I have been wearing hearing aids since 1956. Before I discus my experience, let us examine the usual factors.

Open Fitting hearing aids

The domes/tips for OPEN FITTINGS are made from medical grade silicone rubber. So allergic reaction is less likely than for a custom earmold made by a factory/Lab However, some people may be allergic to the cleaning agent used to clean the dome/tube tip.

One of the most common causes of itching for OPEN FITTING AIDS is poor fit of the dome in the ear canal. Whether it is a thin tube or receiver (speaker)-in-the-ear canal (RIC,RIE) style, we are dealing with non-customized fitting and limited (not perfect) tube/receiver lengths and dome sizes to select from. When people complain about itching/ irritation with an open fitting, see if the tube too short, pulling the skin of ear too tight, or is it too long, causing the hearing aid to “lie” above the ear canal? A too short tube will cause pressure on the skin; a too loose tube may cause the hearing aid to move easily and cause irritation when the head is moved, talking or chewing. Is the dome size right?

There is no perfect Dome size, because the ear canal is irregular, oval,and NOT ROUND like the Domes.. Trying to change the dome size or change to a different type of dome (open dome, tulip dome or closed dome) are the usual attempts to solve the problems.

If the physical fit is as good as can be achieved, but the person still complains about irritation, applying a bit of lubricant (such as Olive oil) on the dome may help. Finally, a customized earmold can also solve issues with itching, especially if the itching is caused by the dome not remaining in a fixed position in the ear canal, but keeps moving with smiling, chewing and talking.

Closed Dome/ earmolds

For closed fittings with custom earmolds/shells, itching or irritation can be due to poor fit, allergy to the plastic materials, moisture in the ear or a wax accumulation. Poor fit is also a common cause of itching. Allergy to earmold materials is less common than fit issues but it does happen, especially for earmolds made from Laboratory acrylic or epoxy resin. have been reported to cause contact dermatitis in the ear It can be helpful to keep hearing aids cleaned and put in a hearing aid dryer during the night.

Dry skin tends to peel or crack and is extremely sensitive to irritation; scratching will further damage the skin and make the itching worse. Alcohol should not be used to clean the ear if the skin is dry as this will make matters worse. A few drops of olive oil may help keep the ear from getting too dry and also protect it from water and bacteria. However, do not put much oil in the ear if the person wears RIC/RIE or custom in ear aids as this may cause damage to the receiver (speaker).


Itching due to wearing hearing aids is common, but it can be treated or eliminated. Make sure you get the best fit; keep both ears and hearing aids clean and dry; use lubricant or moisturizer if needed, switch to non-allergenic material (silicone rubber) if an allergic reaction occurs, and refer to an ENT or dermatologist if necessary. Using HCPB DIY Medical Grade silicone rubber earmolds solves these problems.

I spent the first 8 years of using hearing aids by using Custom Lab Lucite earmolds. I had issues with soreness, itching and poor hearing quality. Then I developed my HCPB medical grade silicone rubber earmolds. Thy solved all my problems and then offered them to my patients, in my hearing aid practice. Now they are available to anyone at this website at factory direct lowest price.

See more info about low cost DIY cusom earmolds at:

Coronavirus focus’ interest in clear-window FACE masks

Coronavirus Puts Spotlight on Clear-Window Surgical Masks


David Copithorne

Content Director

MAY, 2020

Last year, when I accompanied my wife to a series of visits to City of Hope Hospital in Southern California, I was stymied by health care workers and other patients wearing surgical masks. Traditional surgical masks not only muffle speech; they make lipreading completely impossible. As someone with severe hearing loss, I could never be sure of what the professionals were saying, and asking for constant repeats increased my anxiety. Communicating with patients was an even bigger challenge, because I didn’t want to invade their personal space by leaning in to hear better.

Accessible Mask Blurred

The Communicator™ Clear Window Surgical Mask eliminates lipreading problems while providing FDA-approved ASTM Level 1 protection.

Sadly, I wondered why no one had come up with a see-through surgical mask to enable lipreading. But then a quick Google search revealed that someone already had. Our resulting story about Dr. Anne McIntosh and her Safe’N’Clear Communicator™ Clear Window Surgical Mask hit a nerve. The story went viral, and thousands of people (from doctors and nurses to everyday people) expressed an urgent need for the solution.

In addition to explaining the speech-reading benefits of a transparent surgical mask, Dr. McIntosh was also forthcoming about the challenges the medical industry faces in providing enough surgical masks to those who need them. Her masks are made in America, where manufacturers are faced with a huge backlog of orders for all kinds of surgical masks. Manufacturers have already complained about the lack of foresight by the government and large customers who failed to stockpile more of them.

Coronavirus renews interest in clear-window masks

With Coronavirus, more people are wearing surgical masks than ever. In fact, even while experts have debated the effectiveness of the masks, rapid growth in demand has led to a global supply shortage. As more and more people put on the masks, more and more faces are hidden to those—like myself—who rely on lipreading to communicate. That’s why it’s time to take another look at an obvious solution that should get far more attention: clear-window surgical masks.

Katharine Bouton, an influential hearing-loss-advice author, published a short post pointing to efforts of another company (ClearMask) to come up with a clear-window surgical mask for professionals and patients. Among other things, she is recommending that the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) start advocating for their use. She also posted an extremely helpful longer article on Coronavirus and People with Hearing Loss.


The ClearMask™ is the first, patent-pending transparent surgical mask with full-face visibility.

Apple offers new AirPods Pro low cost hearing aids, $249.

Apple reveals new AirPods Pro, available October 30

All-New Design Features Active Noise Cancellation for Immersive Sound

The new AirPods Pro.
AirPods Pro bring Active Noise Cancellation with superior sound to the AirPods family.

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced AirPods Pro, an exciting addition to the AirPods family that features Active Noise Cancellation and superior, immersive sound in an all-new lightweight, in-ear design. AirPods Pro are available to order on and the Apple Store app starting today and in stores beginning Wednesday, October 30.“AirPods are the best-selling headphones in the world. The one-tap setup experience, incredible sound and iconic design have made them a beloved Apple product, and with AirPods Pro, we’re taking the magic even further,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new in-ear AirPods Pro sound amazing with Adaptive EQ, fit comfortably with flexible ear tips and have innovative Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode. We think customers are going to love this new addition to the AirPods family.”

An AirPods Pro user waiting for a train.
The comfort and fit of AirPods Pro feel natural whether listening to music with Active Noise Cancellation turned on or having a face-to-face conversation while in Transparency mode.

AirPods Pro join the existing AirPods line in delivering an unparalleled wireless audio experience. Each model uses advanced technology to reinvent how people listen to music, make phone calls, enjoy TV shows and movies, play games and interact with Siri. The magical setup experience customers love with today’s AirPods extends to AirPods Pro. By opening the charging case near an iOS or iPadOS device and giving it a simple tap, AirPods Pro are immediately paired to all the devices signed into a user’s iCloud account, including iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, Apple TV and iPod touch.

All-New Design

AirPods revolutionized the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design, and now AirPods Pro take it even further with a new class of lightweight, in-ear headphones engineered for comfort and fit. Each earbud comes with three different sizes of soft, flexible silicone ear tips that conform to the contours of each individual ear, providing both a comfortable fit and a superior seal — a critical factor in delivering immersive sound. To further maximize comfort, AirPods Pro use an innovative vent system to equalize pressure, minimizing the discomfort common in other in-ear designs. AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant, making them perfect for active lifestyles.1

AirPods Pro with charging case.
AirPods Pro bring the magic of AirPods to an all-new lightweight, in-ear design.

Active Noise Cancellation

Active Noise Cancellation on AirPods Pro uses two microphones combined with advanced software to continuously adapt to each individual ear and headphone fit. This removes background noise to provide a uniquely customized, superior noise-canceling experience that allows a user to focus on what they’re listening to — whether it’s a favorite song or a phone conversation.The first microphone is outward-facing and detects external sound to analyze environmental noise. AirPods Pro then create an equivalent anti-noise that cancels out background noise before it reaches the listener’s ear. A second inward-facing microphone listens toward the ear, and AirPods Pro cancel remaining noise detected by the microphone. Noise cancellation continuously adapts the sound signal 200 times per second.

Immersive Sound

AirPods Pro deliver superior sound quality with Adaptive EQ, which automatically tunes the low- and mid-frequencies of the music to the shape of an individual’s ear — resulting in a rich, immersive listening experience. A custom high dynamic range amplifier produces pure, incredibly clear sound while also extending battery life, and powers a custom high-excursion, low-distortion speaker driver designed to optimize audio quality and remove background noise. The driver provides consistent, rich bass down to 20Hz and detailed mid- and high-frequency audio.

A deconstructed view of the components of AirPods Pro.
AirPods Pro are packed with audio innovation to deliver superior sound and an immersive noise-canceling experience.

Transparency Mode

Transparency mode provides users with the option to simultaneously listen to music while still hearing the environment around them, whether that’s to hear traffic while out for a run or an important train announcement during the morning commute. Using the pressure-equalizing vent system and advanced software that leaves just the right amount of noise cancellation active, Transparency mode ensures that a user’s own voice sounds natural while audio continues to play perfectly.Switching between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes is simple and can be done directly on AirPods Pro using a new, innovative force sensor on the stem. The force sensor also makes it easy to play, pause or skip tracks, and answer or hang up phone calls. Users can also press on the volume slider in Control Center on iPhone and iPad to control settings, or on Apple Watch by tapping on the AirPlay icon while music is playing.

AirPods Pro with iPhone 11 Pro.
A quick tap on the volume slider in Control Center makes it easy to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency modes.

Performance and Battery Life 

The size and performance of AirPods Pro are made possible by a revolutionary system-in-package (SiP) design with the Apple-designed H1 chip at its core. The H1 features 10 audio cores and powers everything from sound to Siri. The extremely low audio processing latency of H1 enables real-time noise cancellation, delivers high-quality sound using adaptive technology and responds to hands-free “Hey Siri” requests — all at once.AirPods Pro feature the same great battery life as AirPods with up to five hours of listening time. In Active Noise Cancellation mode, AirPods Pro deliver up to four and a half hours of listening time and up to three and a half hours of talk time on a single charge. Through additional charges from the Wireless Charging Case, AirPods Pro deliver over 24 hours of listening time or over 18 hours of talk time.2 Charging is as simple as placing the AirPods case on a Qi-certified charging mat or using the Lightning port while on the go.

The H1 chip in AirPods Pro.
The size and performance of AirPods Pro are made possible by Apple’s innovative system-in-package (SiP) design, featuring the H1 chip that powers everything from sound to Siri.

Additional Features

  • The Ear Tip Fit Test helps ensure users get the best audio experience from AirPods Pro by testing the quality of the seal and identifying the best ear tip size for them. After placing AirPods Pro in each ear, advanced algorithms work together with the microphones in each AirPod to measure the sound level in the ear and compare it to what is coming from the speaker driver. In just seconds, the algorithm detects whether the ear tip is the right size and has a good fit, or should be adjusted to create a better seal.
  • Voice-activated Siri uses the H1 chip to enable hands-free “Hey Siri” to play a song, increase the volume, make a call or get directions. 
  • Audio Sharing makes it easy to listen to the same song or watch the same movie with a friend by simply bringing a second pair of AirPods close to iPhone or iPad.3
  • Announce Messages automatically and conveniently speaks incoming messages as soon as they arrive, and when on a phone call or sharing media via Audio Sharing, Siri knows not to interrupt.4

Pricing and Availability

  • AirPods Pro will be available for $249 (US) and are available to order from and in the Apple Store app in the US and more than 25 other countries and regions. AirPods Pro will start shipping on Wednesday, October 30 and be available in stores beginning later this week (varies by country and region).
  • AirPods Pro require Apple devices running iOS 13.2 or later, iPadOS 13.2 or later, watchOS 6.1 or later, tvOS 13.2 or later, or macOS Catalina 10.15.1 or later.
  • AirPods with Charging Case are available for $159 (US) and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case are available for $199 (US). Customers can order the standalone Wireless Charging Case for $79 (US).
  • Customers can add personal engraving to AirPods Pro, AirPods with Charging Case and AirPods with Wireless Charging Case for free on and the Apple Store app.

Chocolate can reduce hearing loss, study reported

A team of researchers in Korea conducted a rigorous nationwide study of the chocolate consumption of 3,575 subjects—between 40 and 64 years old—and the results were startling: Hearing loss was significantly lower for those who regularly consumed chocolate:

The rate of any hearing loss (unilateral or bilateral) in the subjects who consumed chocolate (26.78% (338/1262)) was significantly lower than that in those who did not (35.97% (832/2313)) (p < 0.001). Chocolate consumption was independently associated with low odds of any hearing loss (adjusted odds ratio = 0.83, 95% confidence interval = 0.70 to 0.98, p = 0.03).

Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

The researchers concluded that “the severity of hearing loss was inversely correlated with the frequency of chocolate consumption.” In other words, the more often you eat chocolate, the better your odds of avoiding severe hearing loss.

A national nutritional/medical survey

The study used data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES), which records the health and nutritional status of Koreans. Respondents were given hearing threshold tests to determine the presence and degree of sensorineural hearing loss.

To control for other pathologies that may have contributed to hearing loss, the researchers performed rigorous physical examinations on each subject. Subjects also provided detailed information on their consumption of chocolate and other foods. Information on the frequency and quantity of food consumption summarizing the subjects’ previous year of eating was collected by trained dietitians.

The research did not identify exactly how or why chocolate prevents hearing loss. However, researchers said the size of the sample and rigor of their analysis gave them the confidence to come to a strong conclusion: “Our results suggest that chocolate plays an oto-protective role against hearing loss.”

Cocoa may be key to preventing hearing loss

Cocoa is known to be an anti-oxidant that can help prevent cardiovascular inflammation. The researchers hypothesized that the same effects could reduce vascular hypertension in the ear, a condition that is associated with hearing loss. While this causative link was not definitive, the researchers did note a high correlation between chocolate consumption and reduced vascular hypertension:

Those who did not consume chocolate had higher risks of hypertension and dyslipidemia than did those who consumed chocolate. Chocolate exerts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects and has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Specifically, cocoa, a major ingredient of chocolate, attenuates vascular risks by reducing blood pressure and improving endothelium-dependent vasodilation. In line with this, several investigations demonstrated the causal relationship between vascular risk factors and hearing loss. Thus, our results suggest that chocolate decreases the rates of hypertension and dyslipidemia, which enables the preservation of hearing.

Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Unfortunately, other beloved foods don’t appear to have the same preventative properties. Specifically, the researchers l looked into the consumption of ice cream, cake, and cookies. The data indicated that these foods had no impact, positively or negatively, on rates of hearing loss: “there was no association between hearing loss and the consumption of sweet products without cocoa.”

Chocolate doesn’t help relieve tinnitus

The researchers also investigated the relationship between chocolate consumption and tinnitus, the annoying ringing, buzzing, humming and other sounds that many people have in their ears.

Because many people who have hearing loss also have tinnitus, the team hypothesized that chocolate consumption might also help prevent tinnitus, but it didn’t.

Earmold Dome slipping in ear?

If your Dome (eartip) slips in or out of your ear, you are not alone. It is a common problem and it is no wonder. The Domes are round but your ear csnal is irregular and more oval shaped.

The solution is easily and inexpensively solved. Instead of using a tight-fit dome, use a slightly smaller size (preferably OPEN FIT), for comfort. Then mix a small portion of HCPB Medical Grade silicone putty and add it to the dome and tube before inserting it in the ear

The new cstom fit earmold that you made in just 3 minutes will now comfortably lock it in the ear and a side effect will be improved hearing. There will no longer be any dome slippage in the ear and it will prevent the hearing aid from falling off the ear. This will also prevent the dome tip from coming off the tube and staying in the ear, if you have used an Open (not closed ) dome.

For RIC Hearing aids $19.88 Makes 4 earmolds kit For 24 bulk earmold kit $29.77

For OPEN FIT Hearing aids: 4 earmold kit $19.88 For 24 bulk earmold kit: $29.77

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HEARING in NOISE and difficult situations

“Live Transcribe” now helps you communicate in the difficult listening situations.

With “Live Transcribe”, you can see words appear on your Android phone as they’re spoken.

If it seems like someone says New York, but they’re actually talking about new Yorkshire terriers, the captions will autocorrect on your Android phone.

Pick from over 70 languages and dialects to read accurate captions in the language that’s being spoken. Quickly switch between languages during bilingual conversations.

“Live Transcribe” is easy to use, anywhere you have a wifi or network connection. It’s free to download on over 1.8B Android devices operating with 5.0 Lollipop and up.

To start, simply use “Live Transcribe” anywhere, to have conversations with anyone.

We partnered with “Gallaudet University“, a premier school for the deaf and hard of hearing, to make sure that “Live Transcribe” was helpful for everyday use. Partners at Gallaudet helped with testing and improvements along the way.

Ready to get started?

This new Android Accessibility service is available to download as an app on the Google Play store. After installing the app, turn on Live Transcribe in your phone’s Accessibility settings and tap on the app to use it.


If you have a Pixel 3, simply turn on Live Transcribe in your Accessibility settings.

Have a question or want to share your feedback on “Live Transcribe”? Find answers to frequently asked questions in our Help Center or contact us via Google Accessibility support.

BOSE previewS NEW hearing aids

Bose Hearing Aids that are expected to be introduced for sale, look nearly identical to their last hearing-assistive product, the Bose “Hearphones”. (left below photo)The Bose Hearing Aid is the first FDA-approved hearing aid in a new category of products known as “self-fitting air-conduction hearing aids.” (right photo)

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Right photo is FDA Filing): Bose Hearphones (Source – Hearphones User Manual)

Clinical findings

The FDA’s summary of the Bose hearing aid followed the October approval of the company’s “De Novo” application for the newhearing aid. In addition to providing a detailed description of the product, it says clinical findings demonstrate the Bose self-fitting hearing aid “provides performance benefit consistent with that of the same hearing aid fitted by hearing aid professionals.”

The Bose Hearing Aid provides performance benefits consistent with that of the same hearing aid fitted by hearing aid professionals for individuals ages 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss, according to the FDA Summary

New category of self-fitting hearing aids

According to the FDA, the Bose self-fitting hearing aid is intended to amplify sound for individuals 18 years of age or older with perceived mild to moderate hearing impairment. It is adjusted by the user to meet the user’s hearing needs. No pre-programming or hearing test is necessary. The device is intended for direct-to-consumer sale and use without the assistance of a hearing care professional.

A self-fitting air-conduction hearing aid is a wearable sound-amplifying device that is intended to compensate for impaired hearing and incorporates technology, including software, that allows users to program their hearing aids. This technology integrates user input with a self-fitting strategy and enables users to independently derive and customize their hearing aid fitting and settings.FDA Summary

Although the latest FDA documentation clears the way for Bose to sell its new Hearing Aid, the company has not yet said when it plans to go to market.

Hearing-aid earbuds attached to a flexible neckband packed with electronics

The Bose Hearing Aid looks like the popular Bose Hearphones, with a flexible neckband housing a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and electronic components with extending cables for the right and left ears. Earbuds are connected to the neckband by flexible wires, with an ear-tip mounted on each earbud. Three sizes of tips are packaged with the product so that the user can choose the optimal size.

The Hearing Aid has two microphones in each earbud that may be configured in omnidirectional or directional modes to enhance understanding of speech in noise. Active noise reduction using “feedback and feedforward control loops” reduces environmental sounds, with power from a rechargeable 3.7 V, 250 mAh lithium-ion battery pack.

Like the Hearphones, the Bose Hearing Aid will feature Bluetooth audio streaming from smartphones, for both music and phone calls.

Self-fitting software with mobile “Bose Hear” smartphone app

The Bose Hear mobile smartphone app works with both iPhones and Android smartphones. Bose Hearphones users will find familiar device configurations including “World Volume” and “Treble/Bass” gain settings. The settings are preserved between use sessions and the settings from the previous session are recalled upon power-up of the device.

Bose Hear App

Screenshots from the Bose Hear App for Bose Hearphones

A set of manual buttons located on one of the cables from the neckband can also be used to adjust both the “World Volume” and directional mode.

Hearing Aid Features

Hearing aid signal processing includes 12-channel wide dynamic range compression amplification with compression thresholds fixed at speech-equivalent 52 decibels (dB) sound pressure level (SPL). Noise reduction is continuously active, lessening environmental noise and decreasing amplification of the user’s own voice.

Additional features include:

  • Feedback cancellation
  • Steady state noise reduction
  • Directionality (three modes controllable by user)
  • Impulse noise control
  • Left/Right balance
  • Bluetooth-compliant 2.4 GHz wireless radio for streaming audio, telephony, and control
  • Microphone array to help clarify voices on phone calls
  • Volume-optimized audio equalization (selectable high-frequency boost when listening to streamed content)
  • Voice prompts
  • Battery life of approximately 10 hours
  • NFC pairing for compatible Android devices

Clinical tests satisfy FDA that self-fitting software works

A human-factors study, non-clinical bench tests, and two clinical studies satisfied the FDA that the Bose Hearing Aid will be safely deliver on the promise of self-fitting software for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

Among two groups of users, one with a professional fitting and one that used the self-fit software, the studies concluded that: Subjects in the self-fit group were satisfied with (or preferred) their own settings to the professionally-selected settings more than were/did subjects in the professionally fit group.

The subjects in the self-fit group rated themselves significantly happier with the sound quality than did those in the pro-fit group.

There was no difference in speech intelligibility benefit between the self-fit and pro-fit groups.

The report concludes that the clinical data support the claim that the Bose self-fitting hearing aid “provides performance benefit consistent with that of the same hearing aid fitted by hearing professionals for individuals ages 18 and older with mild to moderate hearing loss.”

Rechargeable hearing aid batteries

Rechargeable Hearing Aid batteries may be repeatedly charged and are typically charged every night to provide continual daily use. The daily battery life varies by battery size, chemistry, the amount of energy stored in the battery, the hearing aid programming,and the listening habits of the user. The batteries themselves will typically last as long as one year. There are 3 major types of rechargeable batteries.

Nickel metal hydride (NiMH) hearing aid batteries do not have sufficient energy to last a full day. In addition, they cannot be charged more than 300 times (i.e., cycle life) and, therefore, do not last a full year.

Silver-zinc  batteries offer greater daily and overall battery life than NiMH batteries. Silver-zinc batteries operate on a lower voltage,(1.6-1.7V) and are non-toxic and non-flammable, and there are fewer risks if swallowed or ingested by their family, or pets.

Lithium-ion batteries, on the other hand, operate at a higher voltage (3.6-3.7V) and do carry considerable risks related to flammability and toxicity. Due to these risks, lithium-ion batteries are sealed into the hearing aid case.

Disposable batteries as a backup

Silver-zinc rechargeable hearing aid batteries are often removable from the hearing aid case, and interchangeable with disposable zinc-air batteries. This provides flexibility to hearing aid users when they go “off the electric grid”, or there is a power outage and need to use disposable batteries temporarily. Forgetting to charge your hearing aid batteries is also less of a problem when disposables are available as a backup.

How long do rechargeable hearing aids last on a single charge?

Depending on the hearing aid model, and the number of hours of wireless streaming, the rechargeable batteries provide anywhere from 7.7 (with full time streaming) to 24.7 (without streaming) hours of use time. But, wireless streaming has a significant impact on how much life you can expect out of your hearing aid battery.

Four primary factors influence battery performance:

  1. Advanced features
  2. Wireless streaming
  3. Amount of amplification
  4. Battery current drain

Advanced features

Modern hearing aids employ a number of advanced features, which provide louder, cleaner, more comfortable sound. Technologies like noise suppression and feedback cancellation continuously monitor and process sound in the hearing aid built-in computer. This increases power consumption leading to higher battery drain. These features not only differ among the hearing aids but also by the hearing aid user.As an example, a person with a more pronounced hearing loss may require more feedback cancellation and result in a shorter battery life.

Wireless streaming

A significant amount of energy is used every time you stream audio from your smartphone, TV, iPad, or other wireless accessories. Wireless streaming also happens when your left and right hearing aids communicate with each other to exchange audio or data.

Amount of amplification

For those with more severe hearing loss this means more power consumption.  Also, if one ear has more hearing loss than the other ear, the battery life on the more impaired ear could be shorter.

Battery current drain refers to how fast the hearing aid drains power from the battery. Hearing aid manufacturers typically publish current drain figures for every new hearing aid they produce. When current drain is measured by the manufacturer, hearing aids are put into a “test mode,” which disables advanced features and wireless connectivity which under-states true battery drain in actual use.

Tips for charging your hearing aids

  • Rechargeable hearing aids should be charged every night to maximize battery life. If you charge the battery every other night, this will not help extend the battery life, and could lead to issues down the road. Silver-zinc chemistry must have the opportunity to recharge to full capacity every night to get the best performance from the battery.
  • Leave your hearing aids in the charger when they are not being worn. The charger will not overcharge the hearing aids and will ensure the batteries stay at full charge. Leave in the charger when not in use.
  • Do not unplug the charger while the hearing aids are inserted. If the charger is not receiving power, then the hearing aids will automatically be turned on. This will cause the hearing aids to turn on, and the batteries to begin discharging.
  • Remember, your hearing aids may take up to 7 hours to recharge fully, and the charging lights will turn from blinking to solid green when charging is complete.
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Storing your hearing aids

  • Short term storage – If you don’t plan to wear your hearing aids for a few days,leave the hearing aids in the charger with the charger plugged in.
  • Long term storage  it’s best to remove the rechargeable batteries from your hearing aids and store them separately.

Hearing aids price & product development update

Hearing Aid merger will effect consumer price and product choices

How will the new Widex and Sivantos MERGER effect the hearing aid community? I will review some of the probabilities.

Usually, when two big companies combine in an industry that’s already highly concentrated, antitrust regulators are suspicious. It can mean less competition, higher prices, slower innovation, and weaker customer service.

But the hearing-aid industry is already in the midst of technology-driven economic change. New low-priced competitors are now challenging the Industry leaders by taking advantage of constant reductions in the costs of advanced hearing-aid technologies. And in the U.S., the “Over-The-Counter Hearing-Aid Act” Which deregulated hearing aid sales is expected to continue making it easy for new competitors to enter the retail market.

The largest Six hearing-aid manufacturers have already responded to increased competition by lowering prices for their entry-level products. At the same time, they have consolidated their leadership in the premium-priced high end of the market with a succession of new, high-tech innovations. And the profits from those high-end sales are helping them continue their traditional investments in hearing-technology improvements.

Widex and Sivantos MERGER should be able to compete more effectively at the entry level on price with affordable, high-quality products. And they will probably continue to compete with the other leading manufacturers to be first to develop and deliver the latest new products and technologies to high-end customers.

So consumers looking for the latest advancements in high priced hearing aids should be able to continue looking forward to a constant stream of innovation from the “Biggest Five Manufacturers,” including Widex/Sivantos. At the same time, they should continue seeing more moderate prices for entry-level custom hearing aids.

“Sivantos” was grown out of the former “Siemens”hearing-aid business in 2015 with backing from EQT Partners, a private equity firm funded by Sweden’s Wallenberg family. EQT is known as a patient investor that has said it’s committed to the company’s long-term growth.

“Widex” has been a family-owned company since its introduction decades ago and is known for its commitment to R&D and constant development. The merger should help meet Widex’s need for a stronger financial foundation to continue competing at both the high-end and entry level of the hearing-aid market.

So, hearing-aid sellers can expect continuity from their sales, supplier and support relationships. And professionals should look forward to more cutting-edge products and technologies coming from the combined company.

However there are countless uncertainties. Especially about how it will impact consumers and the professionals who depend on both companies.

For example, if there’s a big push to save money, consolidation of Home-office functions could impact the professionals who rely on consistent product and sales support from each company. The details will be revealed when the merger is finalized, in about one month

More important will be how the combined companies respond to competition from new market entrants. If Widex/Sivantos and the rest of the “Big Five” are able to compete successfully with new, lower-priced competitors while continuing to lead the industry in hearing-technology innovation, then everyone wins.

Bose Launches Self-Fitting Hearing Aids with FDA Approval

Bose Launches Self-Fitting Hearing Aids with FDA Approval

 October 05, 2018

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA today allowed marketing of a new device, the Bose Hearing Aid, intended to amplify sounds for individuals 18 years or older with perceived mild to moderate hearing impairment (hearing loss).

This is the first hearing aid authorized for marketing by the FDA that enables users to fit, program and control the hearing aid on their own, without assistance from a health care provider.

“Hearing loss is a significant public health issue, especially as individuals age,” said Malvina Eydelman, M.D., director of the Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.

“Today’s marketing authorization provides certain patients with access to a new hearing aid that provides them with direct control over the fit and functionality of the device. The FDA is committed to ensuring that individuals with hearing loss have options for taking an active role in their health care.”

Approximately 37.5 million adults aged 18 and over report having some trouble hearing without a hearing aid, ranging from “a little trouble” to “deaf.” Hearing loss can be caused by aging, exposure to loud noises, certain medical conditions and other factors. Hearing loss may be permanent or temporary. Individuals with permanent hearing loss can use hearing aids to help them hear the speech and sounds around them better, enabling them to communicate more effectively with others.

The Bose Hearing Aid is a user-fitted wireless air conduction hearing aid. Air conduction hearing aids work by capturing sound vibrations through one or more microphones. The signal is processed, amplified, and played back through an earphone placed in the ear canal. Patients can adjust the hearing aid through a mobile application on their phone. This technology enables users to fit the hearing aid settings themselves, in real-time and in real-world environments without the assistance of a health care professional.

While users may fit, program and control the Bose Hearing Aid on their own, the device must comply with applicable federal and state laws regarding the sale of hearing aids, including state laws that might require hearing aids to be purchased from or dispensed by a licensed hearing aid dispenser. The FDA is in the process of drafting proposed regulations for a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids as required by the FDA Reauthorization Act of 2017.

In authorizing marketing of the Bose device, the FDA reviewed data from clinical studies of 125 patients, which demonstrated that outcomes with self-fitting of the Bose Hearing Aid are comparable on average to those with professional fitting of the same device with respect to the amount of amplification selected, speech in noise testing and overall benefit.

In addition, when participants self-fit the Bose Hearing Aid, they generally preferred those hearing aid settings over the professionally-selected settings. The Bose Hearing Aid has been labeled to inform the consumer when to consult a hearing health care professional.

The Bose Hearing Aid was reviewed under the FDA’s De Novo premarket review pathway, a regulatory pathway for some low- to moderate-risk devices that are novel and for which there is no prior legally marketed device.

The FDA granted marketing authorization of the Bose Hearing Aid device to Bose Corporation.

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Source: FDA

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Future Hearing Aids COST REDUCTION


CBS Sunday Morning Special Explores the Future of Hearing Aids

In this this Sunday’s new “Sunday Morning” CBS special, David Pogue takes a deep dive into all things hearing aids – past, present, and future. David explores the cost breakdown associated with hearing aid prices, and explains the value of some of the services you’re actually paying for when you purchase bundled hearing aids. Watch Video.

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Over 20 treatments for hearing loss and tinnitus are currently being tested in clinical trials.


Treatments that regenerate hearing


Last month, Frequency Therapeutics announced that its regenerative therapy for hearing loss had progressed to Phase I/II of clinical trials. Frequency Therapeutics is a US-based company developing a drug called FX-322. This drug has the potential to repair the damaged inner ear by regenerating the Inner Ear hair cells and restoring hearing.

Hair cells transform sound into electric signals that the brain understands and are frequently damaged or lost in sensorineural hearing loss. At the end of 2017, Frequency “Therapeutics” finished an initial test in a small group of people showing that the drug was safe. They are now progressing to test how well the drug restores hearing, and how safe it is, in a larger number of people. READ MORE