5 Oct 2016
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Why You Should Bring a Third Party to Your Hearing Test

Having a family member or close friend at your hearing test appointment can be valuable in more ways than one. Why?

  • They know you on a personal level: Hearing loss does not just affect the individual with the hearing loss, but rather it affects everyone they communicate with. At your first appointment your family member or friend knows you better than the Audiologist or Hearing Instrument Specialist. They have a better idea of your lifestyle, interests and what situations become harder for you to hear in, so it is important to have them help explain what brought you in for the examination.
  • Familiar voice: Bringing an individual with a familiar voice is very useful during your initial hearing test appointment. Not only can your third party help the provider during the testing process, it is beneficial to for the patient to have a familiar voice and support system while the provider reviews their hearing test results in the office to help the individual better understand their level of loss and the hearing instrument options available to them.
  • Another perspective: Someone who has experienced these struggles with you can share their perspective on the situation. A lot of information is provided to you at your first appointment and it can be an abundance for one person to absorb. The third party can help you recognize your need for the treatment, and provides  support for the patient during the decision process. The third party can also be there to help ask questions that you may not have thought of in that moment. With the provider’s instructions, the three of you can determine which hearing aid make and model would be best suited for your lifestyle.

Starkey HearCare wants to make your transition into better hearing as easy as possible and we would be happy to lead you and your companion through this process. To schedule a complimentary hearing test, click here.

22 Aug 2016
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Doctors Warn About the Dangers of Earbuds

Earbuds, headphones and Bluetooth devices are present everywhere today. From being plugged into your iPhone to MP3 player, they provide listening at gyms, at home and in the workplace. Ear buds are the most popular choice for listening, they weigh almost nothing and are cheap to purchase. The problem is that earbuds are causing hearing damage at an alarming rate.

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that “1.1 billion young people are at risk of hearing loss because of personal audio devices, such as smartphones, and damaging levels of sound at entertainment venues like electronic dance music festivals, where noise levels can top 120 decibels for hours.”

Dr. Sreekant Cherukuri, an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist from Munster, Indiana stated that the largest cause of hearing damage in millennials is the use of iPods and smart phones as music devices. Since the 1980’s and 90’s hearing loss in teens is reportedly 30% greater. “You (once) had a Walkman with two AA batteries and headphone thongs that went over your ears,” said Cherukuri. “At high volume, the sound was so distorted and the battery life was poor. Nowadays, we have smart phones that are extremely complex computers with high-level fidelity.” It is a growing problem that could get worse if people do not take necessary precaution.

Some facts to consider:

  • At full volume, iPod and MP3 players, along with other digital music devices, can produce as much noise as if you were attending a live rock concert.
  • 89% of people tend to turn up their earbud volume as cars, lawn mowers, etc. are in the background. Be conscious of this behavior!
  • Follow the 60/60 rule: do not listen to these devices over a 60% volume and for no more than 60 minutes per day.

Cherukuri makes it his mission to educate and attempt to stop young people from wearing earbuds altogether. Since earbuds are so close to an individual’s ear drum, they can raise the volume as much as 9 decibels. People need to be aware that permanent hearing damage can happen in minutes and once the damage is done it is irreversible. It is important to remember to not only protect yourself, but also your children at sporting events, music concerts, riding the subway, etc.

How is your hearing? Get immediate results right now by taking this test online.

8 Aug 2016
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Hearing Aids: What the Professionals Wish You Knew

An individual’s Hearing Health needs to be an equal partner with concerns regarding vision and dental health and given the same amount of respect.

If you or a loved one has decided to ignore a hearing loss because you have some sort of stigma about wearing hearing aids, take note. Here’s what audiologists wish you knew:

They’re not your grandfather’s hearing aid

Technology has rapidly advanced in the area of hearing and hearing aids as it has in many other areas.  We have entered the digital age of hearing.  Hearing aids now process the sounds and shape the response to each individuals hearing loss versus the older linear aids which were an amplifier that made everything louder.   Hearing aids today have much more control over sounds so that they can recognize soft, medium and loud sounds and deal with them accordingly.  This allows soft sounds to be audible, medium range sounds to be comfortable and loud sounds loud but NOT uncomfortable.  Hearing aids today can be wireless so that they talk to each other and work together as a team to bring through speech and reduce background noise.  It is neither possible nor desirable to remove all of the background noise!   Removal of all the background would take away some sounds we need to hear for understanding of words.  So instead we want to control the noise as much as possible so that it is not as annoying.  Wireless hearing aids can also connect to TV streamers which allow the television to be directed right into the hearing aids.  The program can also be heard throughout the house if so desired.  No more missing parts of the big game or a favorite movie to use the restroom or get a snack from the kitchen.  And for more discreet control and adjustment remote controls are available for many models.

Hearing aids have also gotten much smaller.  Some in-the-canal style units are invisible or nearly invisible in the ear canal.  The over-the-ear RIC style aids only have a small wire leading down from the top of the ear down into the canal which also makes them hardly noticeable.  Many color choices are available for the RIC models to blend with an individual’s hair or glasses to make them even less visible.

Today’s hearing aids are smaller, they work smarter, are comfortable to wear and improve hearing in a way as never before.  Today’s hearing aids cannot be compared to those built even 10 years ago!!!  They are now so much better.

Don’t be afraid or intimidated by what you hear about hearing aids from others.  They are helpful and can really change a person’s life for the better.  Remember how big cell phones were when they were first developed?  Look at them now.  They are very small computers and that’s how hearing aids are today.

Hearing aids enhance your quality of life

Hearing loss can cause anxiety, social isolation, depression, brain atrophy, safety and balance problems, cognitive decline, reduced social activity and relationship problems with family, friends and our significant others.  Most losses occur slowly over time and we are not even aware of the changes that are happening or what things should sound like.  With hearing loss the ability to understand is lessened and we do not feel like we are a part of our world.  This causes anxiety and frustration.  With a hearing loss an individual has to work harder to hear and that is tiresome.  Straining to hear, watching the speaker’s lips, asking people to repeat all the time is taxing and fatiguing.  It is much easier to just avoid social situations and stay at home.  Unfortunately, avoidance behavior results in depression and anger and can start a person down the road to developing at a faster rate than normal.

Those individuals who get treatment for their hearing loss by utilizing hearing aids, enjoy a much higher quality of life and so do their families, friends and significant others!

Hearing aids may help prevent the brain from shrinking

Did you know that your brain shrinks with age?  Unlike our waist lines, our brain gets smaller as we get older.  Studies show that individuals with hearing loss show a greater amount of shrinkage than those with normal hearing.  According to research conducted by Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Aging, older adults with untreated hearing loss lost an average of a cubic centimeter of brain tissue each year compared to those with normal hearing. MRIs from the study participants showed the atrophy in the regions of the brain responsible for speech and sound.

Fortunately, hearing aids can stimulate the auditory area thus, reducing the risk of losing brain mass and developing dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease.

Listening with hearing aids is like exercise for the brain!  This stimulation helps to preserve the nerve cells in the brain whose job it is to interpret the sounds delivered to the brain by the ear and hearing nerve.  Once this is lost it is gone forever!

Hearing aids can help you hear telephone conversations better

Today’s hearing aids can enhance your listening ability on the phone.  With hearing aids you will be better able to talk with your grandchildren across the country, order that delicious pizza from your favorite pizzeria or get the information you need from your banker.

Many hearing aids today have telecoils which directly receive the phone signal through magnetic induction from the telephone speaker.  (Check your phone manuals or when purchasing a phone ask for hearing aid compatible ones)  Many cellphones also have this feature but not all come with that feature activated.  Your Audiologist should be able to assist you to get this feature turned on.  When speaking through the telecoil, room sounds in that ear will be reduced and the hearing aid will not whistle or feedback!

Other hearing aids can connect directly with your iPhone! With these units the phone calls, Siri and music all flow directly into BOTH hearing aids for optimum understanding and listening pleasure.  Other phones can be connected directly into cell phones through a remote control intermediary.

Also available through a FREE government program to anyone with a hearing loss is a caption telephone.  With the captioned phone an individual not only hears what the speaker on the other end is saying but they can also see it on a screen right on the telephone. (High speed internet is needed in the home for this phone)

Hearing aids can’t do all the work themselves

Hearing loss can have many causes.  See an Audiologist for professional testing, diagnosis and referral for any medically treatable causes.  If the loss is the common non-medically treatable sensory neural hearing loss then obtain the treatment and counseling recommended by your Audiologist.

Hearing aids are not perfect and you will never hear perfectly! Remember:  It will take time to relearn how to hear again.  Here is where the counseling and guidance of your Audiologist is crucial.  It has been shown that success with hearing aids depends 40% on the device and 60% on your Audiologist. Find a professional who is qualified, experienced and who is willing to take the time to sit down with you and assist you with a program for relearning how to hear.

Be wary of internet sales or big box companies where who do not have the time to spend with you to ensure success.  You don’t want to get you hearing aids at a “fast food” store.  You want service and care that all is right.

Relearning to hear should take 10-14 days but may take longer for some.

At my office we offer a 30 day trial so the aids can be worn at home and in the environments that the user normally deals with.  I also offer an internet training program that helps to speed up the relearning to hear process with computer games you plat at home.

Relearning to hear is not difficult it just takes a little time, some patience and a good guide to lead you along the way.


We all should make annual appointments to see our doctor for a physical and our eye doctor to check our vision and the dentist maybe twice a year for cleanings.  One step further that should be taken is to treat our ears in the same manner with a checkup. A baseline hearing test should be done for anyone over age 50.  Find out where your hearing is today and if a problem is found-deal with it promptly!!!

Find an Audiologist you can trust and with whom you feel comfortable.  When and if the time comes to get hearing aids this will make all the difference for you to become a successful hearing aid wearer

Franklin A. Shepel, Au.D

Board Certified Doctor of Audiology

22 Jul 2016
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The Hidden Healthcare Cost Behind Untreated Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss can negatively impact your life by leading to depression, cognitive decline, deteriorated relationships with family and friends, and most recently a study found higher costs associated with your medical bills.

According to a new study conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina, those with untreated hearing loss had significantly higher medical bills than those without hearing loss. But how much higher?

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery compared 562,000 privately insured individuals between the ages of 55 and 64, both with and without hearing loss. The individuals had similar employment, health conditions and low-deductible health insurance. The study compared their inpatient and outpatient costs and prescriptions over an 18-month period.

The results found that those with hearing loss had significantly higher medical bills than those without hearing loss. Specifically, over an 18-month period those without hearing loss spent $10,629 and those with hearing loss spent $14,165.

While it may appear that the difference results in treating the hearing loss alone, that was not the case. The costs were higher for those with treated hearing loss than for those who did not suffer from a loss at all, but the individuals with untreated hearing loss spent the most, even more than those who had a loss and had purchased hearing instruments.

Hearing loss puts patients at a disadvantage when it comes to medical care. One conclusion is that these individuals avoid seeking medical assistance due to the stress of trying to communicate with the medical provider. This stress may delay them seeking the correct medical attention which in turn can lead to them needing more expensive care in the future.

Eventually, untreated hearing loss can lead to physical and emotional distress along with financial consequences if left untouched. The rate of hearing loss triples between the ages of 50 and 60. If you believe that yourself or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, schedule a hearing examination at one of our 200 locations today. You could not only lower your healthcare costs long term, but also live a healthier and happier life in the process.

8 Jul 2016
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Congratulations to Schmidt’s Hearing Center, Family Hearing Center of Marlton, Audibel Hearing Centers, Hearing Unlimited & Sound Decision!

The Starkey HearCare Network would like to congratulate the following offices on their standard for excellence in hearing care. Please join us in acknowledging Schmidt’s Hearing Center, Family Hearing Center of Marlton, Audibel Hearing Centers, Hearing Unlimited and Sound Decision Hearing on the following awards each location received:

1. Schmidt’s Hearing Center-Stuart, Florida: “Best Hearing Care.”FLORIDATerry Walters, HAS

 2. Family Hearing Center of Marlton-Marlton, NJ: “Best Hearing Aid Specialist by the Burlington County Times.”


Terry Jackson, HIS, Tiffany Berth, Sc.D, Au.D, CCC-A, FAAA & Cindy Abbott, Patient Services Coordinator

3. Audibel Hearing Center-Athens, TN: “The Best Place to Purchase a Hearing Aid.”

2016 Athens-Ribbon1stC4. Hearing Unlimited-Ames, IA: “Best of Story County Award” & “Best Audiologist.”


5. Sound Decision Hearing-Sioux City, IA: “2016 Best of Sioux City Awards for Hearing Aids.”

6. Audibel Hearing Centers-New Ulm: “2016 Best of New Ulm Awards for Audiologist.”

Congratulations to all locations for receiving these awards and your commitment to serve your patients!

10 May 2016
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by: Dr. Frank Shepel, Au.D.
SoundPoint Audiology and Hearing Center
Casa Grande, AZ

Are These Hearing Aid Options Right For You?

What are CROS and BiCROSS hearing aids?
CROS stands for contralateral routing of signal and BiCROS is the acronym for bilateral routing of signal.

What type or degree of hearing loss utilizes these styles?
These hearing aids are utilized when a hearing impaired individual has normal to moderate hearing loss in one ear and no usable hearing in the other ear. This would be what could be called a “dead” ear or one where amplification would not provide any significant benefit to an individual’s ability to understand speech or one where due to surgery or some other medical condition a hearing aid should not be fit to that ear per a physician’s recommendation.

How do these hearing aids work?
Two units are utilized to get the sound signals to the better hearing ear.  A transmitter unit with a microphone is worn on the ear with no usable hearing.  On the better hearing ear a hearing aid with a receiver is worn.  In the CROS hearing system, sound from the poorer hearing side is fed across the head to the better hearing ear.  This provides sound to the better ear which is generated from the poorer hearing or off side.  This would allow a person with no useful hearing in their right ear to hear conversations better while driving a vehicle as the passenger’s voice would be transmitted to their good ear which is closer to the driver door window.  In this case the driver would not need to remove their vision from the road to look at the talker to understand a conversation.  In the BICROS hearing system we have one ear that cannot be helped and another ear that hears but not too well so it needs help to hear better also.  With a BICROS set up, sound is sent from the poorer hearing ear transmitter’s microphone across the head to the better ear which has the receiver.  The receiver picks up the sound from the transmitter and amplifies it as well as the sound from the receiver side microphone. This allows the user to hear sound from the off poorer side and sound from the better side more efficiently.  Sound is thus amplified on both sides and put into the better ear.

CROS: normal hearing in better ear – no hearing or unaidable hearing loss in the poorer ear
BiCROS: aidable hearing loss in the better ear – no hearing or unaidable hearing loss in the poorer ear

How long have these systems been available?
CROS and BiCROS hearing aids have been available since the 1970’s.  At that time the user needed to have a wire running from one ear to the other to carry the signal across the head.  A popular way of doing this was to hide the wire in the frames of the individual’s glasses.  The hearing aids were then contained in the bows of the glasses.  A consequence to this was that the glasses were physically large to house all the components and they were difficult to fit as much care needed to be taken when bending them to fit each individual.  The units also tended to have more breakdowns due to the nondigital technology needing many wires in the circuitry.  Also, when an individual removed their glasses their hearing aids came off.  In colder climates like Minnesota and North Dakota where I worked at the time, when a person walked into a store in the winter their glasses would fog up and need to be removed, so then it became difficult to communicate with the clerk until the fog was removed and the glasses reattached.  If glasses were not worn, a wire was worn behind the head connect the transmitter and receiver sides of the hearing aids.  Hopefully, it could be hidden in the individual’s hair which was much easier for the females.

How have these systems improved?
Today these systems have gone wireless removing the need to have a wire running from one ear to the other.  The transmitter unit broadcasts the sound picked up by the microphone on the poorer hearing side to the receiver antennae in the receiver unit on the better hearing side.  This has made them much more comfortable and easier to wear. They are available as custom in the ear products or the more popular over the ear style. Today the CROS/BiCROS systems have also left the analog age of technology and converted to digital circuitry.  This is a significant change as in the past, individuals needing to utilize these instruments had to settle for second class technology because digital was not available for them to provide more noise reduction, better understanding and more adjustability.  With the new digital wireless devices users will be able to utilize the best technology available or the same technology that others are able to purchase.

Are CROS/BiCROS hearing aids difficult to get accustomed to?  
Not any harder than relearning to hear with any other type of hearing aid.  The individual does need to relearn how to hear and they still may want to turn their head at first when someone is talking on their poorer hearing side.  With these units, individuals will still note that directionality, the ability to tell from where sound is originating does not improve.  We need to be able to hear with both ears to have direct finding ability for hearing.  With these aids, even though hearing is provided from the poorer side, all hearing is being done with a single, better ear not with two separate ears.

Are these aids more expensive?
I like to think of these styles as having 1 ½ hearing aids versus 2.  They are typically more expensive than one but less than buying two.  With this type of hearing aid it is better to get the higher technology levels of hearing aid because the wearer is using only one ear to do all their hearing and the better technology gives them better hearing through more noise reduction, better fitting to their hearing loss, more adjustability for fine tuning and better understanding through faster more effective processing of the sound signal.  All these benefits lead to better understanding and more efficient communication ability which is what we want from hearing aids.

Starkey HearCare is proud to announce the release of our new Pride i2400 CROS/BiCROS RIC style hearing aids.  These digital units have dual core quad processor technology for digital enhancement of the incoming signals providing  significant improvements in speech quality and understanding, background noise reduction and music listening appreciation all contained in a small over the ear instrument. Pride is compatible with the wireless SurfLink accessories and provides improved phone conversations with ear to ear streaming.

Benefits of Pride Technology

  • Clearer and easier conversations with precise speech audibility and accurate speech detection in difficult listening situations
  • Better understanding in noise
  • Wind, noise, whistling and feedback management for optimal speech understanding
  • Wireless functionality
  • On board volume control
  • Simultaneous processing of multiple sounds for a comprehensive listening experience that makes speech crisp and clear while keeping ambient noise natural
  • Improved phone conversations with ear to ear streaming
  • Customizable tinnitus relief with our Multiflex Tinnitus Technology

If you or a loved one feels that you are in need of hearing help, please contact our office today to set up a consultation and a 30 day trial to experience what improved hearing can do for your quality of life!

Franklin A. Shepel, Au.D
Board Certified Doctor of Audiology

10 May 2016
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What To Know Before Buying Hearing Aids

by: Dr. Kent Collins, Au.D.
Director of TeleHear
Originally posted on

I see all these newspaper ads…
I receive all these ads in the mail…
I don’t know where to begin…

Confused About Hearing Aids?

In today’s blog, we will help answer the common questions patients have about hearing aids.

Common Questions From Patients:

  • Do I have hearing loss?
  • Do I need hearing aids?
  • Can I just wait for a couple years?
  • How much do hearing aids cost?
  • How long do they last?
  • Do I need one or two aids?
  • Does insurance pay for hearing aids?
  • What are the future cost I need to put into hearing aids?
  • Why can’t I just buy hearing aids on the internet?

Do I have a hearing loss?
Many patients with hearing loss don’t notice the problem…..usually their loved ones do. Why is this? Hearing changes gradually over time and patients learn to cope and compensate for these changes. It is usually the family members of these patients that notice they constantly need to repeat themselves. If you are noticing that people mumble or if you ask others to repeat themselves, it is best to get your hearing checked by a professional.

  • Proper hearing care history needs to be taken with a test…..even if normal hearing, always good to have a baseline test to monitor future changes.

Do I need hearing aids?

  • If you do have a hearing loss, hearing aids can help correct 90% of all hearing loss types.
  • If you fall within the other 10%, a medical referral will be made.
  • Your hearing care provider will discuss treatment recommendations and the appropriate follow up plan will be discussed.

Can I just wait for a couple years?

  • You’re the patient, you can deny care for anything.
    • Possible consequences:
      • Progressive hearing loss
      • Auditory Deprivation
      • Continued communication difficulties

Proper treatment with amplification can slow/prevent these consequences. In addition, hearing aids can be reprogrammed to meet your future needs.

How much do hearing aids cost?

  • Digital hearing aids can range from $1000 to $3000 per aid.
  • Price varies by the “level of technology” NOT the size of the aid.

How long do hearing aids last?

  • Custom made aids typically last 5-6 years.
  • Over the ear style aids typically last 8-10 years.

Do I need one or two aids?

  • Most patients have hearing loss in each ear and therefore need two aids.
    • Better understanding in noise
    • Localization
    • Ease of listening
    • Tinnitus reduction
  • Monaural aid only if:
    • Hearing is normal in one ear and not other
    • Dead ear on one side

Does insurance pay for hearing aids?

  • Medicare does not
  • Some private insurance may cover
    • We will check with your insurance to verify:
      • If they cover
      • If so, how much they cover

Why can’t I just buy hearing aids on the internet?

  • Plenty of opportunities:
    • Issues with doing so:
      • No adjustments
      • No cleanings
      • Shipping aids and being without them
      • No personal service
      • Getting charged when going into a local office
      • Having the local office not being able to program the aids…locked out of software
      • Online site going out of business

Most local offices have very similar pricing as online sites AND have offer the ongoing service!

9 May 2016
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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Since 1927, May has been recognized as Better Hearing and Speech month, providing awareness to the community about both hearing and speech disorders and the life altering treatment available for individuals who suffer from hearing and speech impairment.

Did you know that 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss, making it the third most common health problem in the United States. Untreated hearing loss can affect your ability to understand speech and negatively impacts several aspects of your emotional and social well-being. Hearing loss can be caused by many everyday things:

  • Advanced Age is the most common cause of hearing loss. Exposure to noise over time wears down the ear. Individuals in careers such as carpentry, military, mining, transportation, and agriculture are certain careers that are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every day.
  • Certain medications and illnesses can impair your hearing. There are over 200 medications that have a track record of triggering hearing and balance side effects. These include but are not limited to antibiotics, aspirin, chemotherapy drugs and many more. Illnesses such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes put the ear at risk by interfering with the ear’s blood supply.
  • Infection or ear wax can cause hearing loss by blocking the ear canals which reduces hearing.
  • And many more..

It is important to know that unlike many diseases, hearing loss is treatable. The problem is that the majority of the time it is overlooked or ignored, making it harder to manage. Early detection contributes to a better quality of life, shorter treatment periods, and can be cheaper if you catch it early.

If you believe that you are suffering from hearing loss, click here to try our free, interactive and easy online hearing test that evaluates your ability to hear tones and certain words. This test provides you with next steps if it is determined that you are suffering from hearing loss.

It is important to note the wide array of hearing instruments that Starkey HearCare has available to you if you are struggling with hearing loss. We have recently introduced our new technology, the Pride Series which include Pride, Pride IIC and Honor.

Pride: Pride is Starkey HearCares newest full family of wireless products focused on performance, comfort, personalization and connectivity. Some of the key features of this hearing aid include:

  • Precision microphone technology and advanced noise reduction and speech recognition system designed to amplify meaningful sounds—such as speech—while reducing unwanted background noise
  • The only technology that replicates high-frequency speech cues into lower frequencies, where they’re easier to hear
  • Ear-to-ear communication designed to mimic how our ears typically listen and hear
  • The JustTalk feature on SurfLink Mobile turns your hearing aids into both your cell phone microphone and receiver
  • Direct-to-hearing-aid streaming of TVs, computers, MP3 players and more when synced with either SurfLink Mobile or SurfLink Media
  • Feedback elimination system that eliminates buzzing and whistling

Pride IIC: The first custom and completely invisible, digital and full programmable hearing aid. The Pride IIC Synergy fits comfortably inside the second bend of your ear canal-completely out of sight and completely off your mind. Some of the key features of this hearing aid include:

  • Smallest, most advanced hearing aids by Starkey
  • Featuring Voice iQ, Starkey’s latest noise reduction and speech preservation system designed to filter out background noise and reduce listening effort
  • Deep canal aid with Comfort Fit
  • Designed to be removed daily to promote better ear health
  • Virtually no whistling or buzzing
  • Custom molded for your ear
  • Designed to work on the phone
  • T2 remote, you can adjust memory or volume using any touch-tone phone
  • PureWave Feedback Eliminator greatly reduces buzzing and whistling
  • Sound compression technology designed to differentiate soft speech from loud, for a more enhanced and natural sound quality
  • The only technology that replicates high-frequency speech cues into lower frequencies, where they’re easier to hear.

Honor: The Honor is the made for iPhone hearing aids which collect directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPhone touch via the TruLink App. Some of the key features of this hearing aid include:

  • Stream calls from your iPhone directly to your hearing aids using Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology
  • Deliver pristine sound and exceptional listening clarity
  • Eliminate buzzing and whistling with our feedback canceller
  • Help you hear comfortably in noise
  • Stream FaceTime, music and more directly to your hearing aids
  • Siri Integration: Have texts and emails read directly to your hearing aids
  • Use your iPhone to easily remotely control your hearing aids
  • Personalized location settings via the TruLink app, triggered by your phone’s GPS
  • HydraShield nano-coating repels both water and wax
  • Advanced noise reduction technology and a precise directional microphone work together to reduce noise and help make speech easier to hear in today’s challenging environments
  • Patented technology replicates high-frequency sounds in lower frequencies where they’re easier to hear and understand
  • Sound compression technology helps differentiate soft speech from loud, for a more natural sounding experience
  • The SoundSpace tool on the TruLink app lets you make minor adjustments to sound quality to suit your particular preferences
  • Geotagged memories automatically switch modes when the GPS feature in your iPhone detects you are in a tagged location. (Home memory activates when patient arrives at their home)
  • HydraShield nano-coating repels both water and wax
  • Use your iPhone as a remote to control and adjust your hearing aids easily

Starkey HearCare is here to take care of your hearing needs. We understand that during the transition to amplification, the road may become bumpy at times as you learn to adjust to your hearing aids and a whole new world of sounds. Your brain will gradually relearn to hear better, but it takes time. From the first step to the last, we’ll be at your side, ready to assist, should a need arise. Now is the time to take the first step and treat yourself to better hearing!

22 Apr 2016
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Hearing Loss & Music

No matter your age, you have most likely been exposed to loud music during several points in your lifetime. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), “more than one billion teens and young adults are at risk for losing their hearing.” While many people enjoy music at concert venues, personal listening through headphones, or do it for a profession, it is important to note that once you lose your hearing you cannot get it back.

Many factors can attribute to this. These can include but are not limited to: how loud the music is, how close you are to the speakers, if you are listening to the music with headphones on, the amount of concerts you attend per year, or your family history of hearing loss.

The inner part of your ear contains tiny hair cells with nerve endings. These hair cells are responsible for picking up sound vibrations and carrying these signals to the brain where they are recognized as a sound. These hair cells can become damaged overtime due to exposure to loud noises. Just like any body part, too much exposure to something can damage it. There are several ways to practice safe listening habits.


  • Wear foam ear plugs to help reduce the noise or get custom fit musician plugs which allow you to hear the music at the same quality, but in a safer range.
  • Stand 10+ feet away from the speakers or sound system.
  • Move around and seek a quieter spot.

Ear Buds:

  • Decrease the amount of time you wear headphones for, take listening breaks.
  • Decrease the volume. The level of damage you can cause to your ears is correlated with the length and the volume of the sound.
  • Download a smartphone app to help monitor safe listening levels.

So when should I seek help if I believe I am suffering from hearing loss? While there are several unique symptoms, here are some key ones:

  • Asking others to repeat themselves.
  • Turning up the TV or radio to volumes that others would find too loud.
  • If it sounds like people are slurring or mumbling their words.
  • Have trouble hearing on the telephone or in a restaurant or public setting.
  • You have ringing in your ears.
  • Missing important information in professional settings, such as meetings.
  • Avoiding social settings or becoming anxious or depressed.

Click here to learn more about Starkey’s new hearing technology that processes speech and music independently, allowing hearing aid wearers to hear music the way it is meant to be heard.

Hearing loss can impact your life in many ways. If you or a loved one believe they are affected by noise induced hearing loss, a hearing aid is a life changing device that can improve your quality of life and prevent any additional damage from happening.

11 Apr 2016
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Race for Grace: The Race for a Cure

Race for Grace


by: Dr. Laurie Junker, Au.D
ECHO Hearing Systems

Race for Grace AAH TeamIt was a chilly morning on April 2nd when most of our family from our Western Pennsylvania Starkey HearCare offices, Dr. Omallah Bush from Ohio, Dr. Keri Ruf and Alyson Williams from New Jersey and some friends and family gathered for the Race for Grace to benefit children with brain cancer. This is the second year that Starkey HearCare has had a team participating in the Race and our team grew to sixteen members this year and raised a total of $2,360. The Race fundraising total at the end of the day was over $128,000 and is expected to continue to grow as some late donations come in.

The Race is the major fundraiser for Reflections of Grace, named in memory of Grace Ekis who passed away from brain cancer on Valentine’s Day in 2008. The foundation provides grants to families affected by brain cancer and supports researchers to find a cure for DIPG, the form of cancer that Grace had. Doctor’s call curing DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) the “home run cure” because it is felt that if they can cure DIPG, they can cure all cancers. To date, there have been no advances in treatments for DIPG in 30 years. Neil Armstrong’s daughter had the same form of cancer and the same treatment in the early 1960’s as Grace did. All the medical advancements in that time and it’s stunning that nothing new can be done for these children.

Crowd at Race for GraceGrace’s mom Tamara was talking recently with a social worker that has referred families to her to receive grants. What she said has stuck with me. She said “You don’t get to see what I see when your grant arrives. That money allows the families to take a breath.” I can only imagine that hearing “your child has brain cancer” can make a parent stop breathing. Not only are you worried about your child, but you may be worried about taking time off work to be with them and still pay your bills. The grants from Reflections of Grace can at least alleviate some of that worry for them, it can let them take a breath.

I so appreciate the support of everyone at Starkey HearCare for this cause that is very dear to me. Grace was my neighbor and we won’t stop racing for her until her race is won.