Hearing support technology doesn’t start – or stop – with hearing aids

‘Hearing-in-noise’ hearing loss can leave individuals feeling hopeless because the average hearing aid alone may not be enough to improve their hearing in social situations and loud environments.

“Two of my most recent patients had ‘hearing-in-noise’ hearing loss and had been told by their past care providers that there was nothing they could do to improve their hearing in noisy/social situations,” says Dr. Markus Hilbert, Au.D., Doctor of Audiology from Pardon Me Hearing in Kelowna.”The problem is, that just wasn’t true! Hearing aids are just one of many tools that exist to help improve hearing and speech understanding.”

Roger wireless microphones (not to be confused with the telecommunications giant) are designed with ‘hearing-in-noise’ hearing loss in mind. When paired with hearing aids, Roger microphones allow an individual with hearing loss to zero in on the conversations that matter in a variety of settings, including online calls, restaurants, educational settings and even business environments.

“Roger tech, and in particular their ‘Roger On’ microphone, is an amazing device and one that I wish more people were aware of. This technology can make all the difference for someone experiencing ‘hearing-in-noise’ hearing loss in particular. It’s discreet and user-friendly, and it even comes with an easy-to-use app that allows users to further customize their experience,” Dr. Hilbert says.

Roger On can be placed on a table, pointed in the direction of an individual, be turned into a headset for virtual conversations or even be worn around the neck or attached to a lapel. Its unique microphone design recognizes what direction speech is coming from and automatically adapts to different listening situations, switching modes to fit the listening environment, all while automatically reducing noise and enhancing speech.

“Having the right hearing team on your side can make a world of difference. Hearing-in-noise hearing loss can be an isolating and frustrating experience that leads individuals to avoid family, friends and social settings. While hearing-in-noise is the most difficult hearing loss to treat, it’s not impossible, and with the right technology, individuals can get back to enjoying their day-to-day lives.”

Hearing shouldn’t be a luxury item

“Our primary focus at Pardon Me Hearing has always been keeping the ability to hear as accessible to everyone as possible, and on average our Roger products are $1,500 to $2,000 less than anywhere else.,” Dr. Hilbert says. “Not only is Roger tech more affordable through us but hearing aids are as well, with savings of $2,000+ on average.”

Dr. Hilbert also offers comprehensive exams that include important elements like ‘hearing-in-noise’ testing, which should be part of every hearing test, he notes.

Find Pardon Me Hearing online or connect with them over the phone at 778-478-3277 (Kelowna Location) or 778-475-4327 (Vernon Location) and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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