Live Streaming, It’s not just for the internet anymore

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You may have heard of live streaming programs over your Internet-equipped TV, but did you know you can live stream audio directly to your hearing aids?

The ReSound UniteTM TV streamer connects to your TV, computer or other device and sends audio straight to your ReSound Alera® hearing aids. No cables or wires are needed.

Since few electronics are complete without a remote, ReSound also offers the Unite Remote Control. You can use it to change programs and adjust the volume on each of your Alera hearing aids individually.

For streaming on the go, look for the ReSound Unite Mini Microphone. Use it to listen to your iPod® or laptop, or place it in front of any TV or radio to transmit sound directly to your ears. This discreet microphone also can be clipped to a spouse or companion’s clothing to help you hear conversations in difficult listening situations, such as a noisy restaurant or sporting event.

Check out all the innovative ReSound Unite accessories next time you visit Muskegon Hearing & Speech Center.

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Surprising facts about hearing loss

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  • Men are more likely than women to experience hearing loss.
  • Approximately 17% of American adults – 36 million people – report some degree of hearing loss.
  • Approximately 615,000 Americans have been diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear, and fluctuating hearing loss.
  • Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from hearing aids actually wear them.
  • Roughly 25 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, or ringing in the ears.
  • Approximately 4,000 new cases of sudden deafness occur each year in the United States. Hearing loss affects only 1 ear in 9 out of 10 people who experience sudden deafness. Only 10 to 15 percent of patients with sudden deafness know what caused their loss.
  • About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born deaf or hard-of-hearing. Nine out of every 10 children who are born deaf are born to parents who can hear.

For more facts about hearing loss and treatment visit www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/facts.html.

How do ears hear?

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Ear1You may not live near an ocean, but waves are crashing into you every day. They’re sound waves, and when they hit your ears an amazing chain reaction happens.

Your outer ears act like satellite dishes, catching sounds and funneling them into the ear canal. The sound waves are amplified by the canal’s funnel-like shape. They hit the eardrum and cause vibrations, which in turn move the ossicles, the three tiniest bones in your body. You may know them by their more common names: the hammer, anvil, and stirrup. The ossicles convey the vibrations through the middle ear to the “oval window,” the membrane between the middle and inner ear.

The spiral-shaped inner ear is called the cochlea. It’s lined with thousands of microscopic hair cells that convert sound energy into electrical signals. These signals travel on nerve pathways to the brain where they are finally interpreted. It’s important to know that if these hair cells are damaged by loud or prolonged noise, they can’t be repaired. Make sure to protect yourself from excessive sound so you can hear well for years to come.