Ken-Ton Hearing
3306 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14217
(716) 874-1609
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3306 Delaware Ave, Buffalo NY 14217(716) 874-1609

Keep that active lifestyle!

You’ve got an active lifestyle. It is easier now than ever to keep your active lifestyle while enjoying better hearing because of a new coating used on high quality hearing devices that protects the aids from excess moisture. This coating is referred to as hydrophobic and it sheds moisture. So it is easier to be worry free and enjoy better hearing while keeping up the good work out…

By |May 28th, 2014|Hearing Aids, Hearing Health|Comments Off on Keep that active lifestyle!

New Hearing Aids Offer Apps

 

Hearing augmentation for the 21st century

Some modern hearing aids are virtually invisibleHearing aids have been available for more than half a century. During that time, they’ve helped countless Americans experience and interact with the world around them in a way that wouldn’t previously have been possible. They’re worn by people of all ages and demographic groups.

A Game-Changing Innovation

This year, one of the best-known hearing aid manufacturers released a potentially revolutionary device that seamlessly integrates with wearers’ iPhones. MicroTech Kinnects hearing aid is compatible with iOS devices like iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Although it continues Starkey’s tradition of producing cutting-edge hearing aids that provide clear, lifelike amplification, it also leverages Apple’s powerful hardware and software suite to perform several functions that are brand new to the world of hearing aids.

How Does Kinnects Work?

Kinnects works directly with Starkey’s TruLink iPhone app—a powerful program that’s available for free download at the App Store—to turn the wearer’s iPhone into a centralized control panel and call center. Thanks to TruLink, Kinnects allows users to stream call audio directly from their iPhones to their hearing aids. This reduces interference, buzzing and other negative aspects of “indirect” interfaces between hearing aids and phones. Kinnects also allows users to control the volume and sound quality of their hearing aids through their iPhones.

A Wide Range of Benefits

Halo’s main functions sound revolutionary, but the app offers plenty of ancillary benefits for users:

• Intuitive interfacing that doesn’t require users to be particularly tech savvy
• Background-noise mitigation and feedback cancellation that provide for a seamless hearing experience in crowded or noisy spaces
• Virtually no buzzing, whining or clicking
• FaceTime and music streaming directly to the aid

Other Important Attributes

Starkey’s MicroTech Kinnects hearing aid has some other benefits and functions that promise to improve the user experience:

• High-frequency amplification that improves hearing range
• Next-generation Bluetooth technology
• A GPS-enabled “location finder” that recognizes environments and adjusts place-specific settings accordingly
• HydraShield coating that resists water and wax buildup for long-term performance

Doctors of Audiology Fit Your Hearing Aids

Modern hearing aids are changing hearing augmentation for the better. At Ken-Ton, we proudly offer access to a wide range of next-generation hearing aids. To speak with an experienced audiologist, call us at (716) 874-1609, visit us online or drop by our convenient Delaware Avenue location in Buffalo.

By |May 5th, 2014|Hearing Aids|Comments Off on New Hearing Aids Offer Apps

The trouble with hearing dialogue on TV

Very often, my patients complain that they just can’t seem to understand the dialogue of television programs.  This can be due to several reasons.  First and foremost, it could be due to hearing loss.  If your hearing sensitivity is down, it makes it difficult to distinguish the different sounds of speech.  Consonant sounds tend to be more soft in volume and can often be washed out if a person has some high frequency hearing loss.  This can cause the dialogue to sound muffled making it difficult to clearly understand what is being said.

 

In addition to hearing loss, another issue could be the speakers of the TV.  The newer flat screen TVs often have speakers that are smaller and located near the back of the TV.  This makes the sound quality of these newer TVs poorer than our older TVs.  In these cases, getting additional speakers to hook up to your TV can help.  I’ve had patients try just a small set of speakers, better surround sound types of speakers, or some of the newer options in sound bars.  These speaker options can greatly improve the overall sound quality of the dialogue, making it much easier for people to clearly understand what is being said.

 

At times the main issue isn’t you or the TV at all, but rather the programming itself.  There are many programs that I have difficulty clearly understanding even though I have normal hearing and good quality speakers on my TV.  Some programs just have very low-level fast-paced dialogue that often gets washed out by all the dramatic music or background noise they use to “enhance” the program.  Many of my patients tell me they can hear the news type of programs just fine, it’s the dramas that are more difficult to understand.  This is a harder issue to deal with.  Again, better speakers can help, but you can also try to adjust the audio settings on the television itself.  If you reduce the bass and increase the treble it may help.  Much of the background noise has more of a bass emphasis and speech sounds are more in the treble area.

 

We have some very exciting new hearing aid technology that can also greatly improve our patient’s enjoyment of television.  There is an accessory called a Surflink Media which can work with the newer wireless hearing aids.  The Surflink Media is a small box that can be plugged into the back of your TV and will wirelessly stream the audio content of the program right into your hearing aids.  The hearing aids will adjust the sound quality of the program to your exact hearing needs.  It is like having surround sound quality speakers right in your ears.  Your loved one can listen to the television at a volume that they prefer and you can enjoy it at a level that is appropriate for your hearing deficit.  It even balances the volume of the program and the commercials so those darned commercials aren’t so loud.

 

I hope this helped to give you some insight in improving the quality of your television listening.  If you would like to learn more about the new wireless digital hearing aid options, give our office a call and we can fill you in on all the exciting new options available!

By |November 12th, 2013|Hearing Aids, Hearing Health|Comments Off on The trouble with hearing dialogue on TV