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Modern Hearing Solutions

October 1, 2010

Stylish, functional solutions for hearing loss

Although hearing loss is commonly associated with senior citizens, the condition can affect people of all ages. According to the Deafness Research Foundation, 18% of people between the ages of 45 and 64 report hearing loss. As we age, the chance for hearing impairment increases. By the time we are 75 years old, hearing loss effects 47% of us. It may seem like an inevitable consequence, but there are a few simple ways hearing loss can be prevented.

The Mayo Clinic makes three recommendations for protecting your hearing.  In the workplace, specially designed earmuffs reduce the volume of repetitive sounds. Earmuffs and earplugs reduce the volume to acceptable levels. Regular hearing tests should be administered to provide early detection of possible problems, especially important if you work in a noisy environment.

Finally, it is recommended to use hearing protection during loud recreation activities or to avoid them altogether. Attending music concerts, riding a motorcycle or snowmobile, and discharging firearms are all examples of potentially hazardous activities. Take this into consideration this fall if you find yourself mowing or using a leaf blower.

For those us of experiencing hearing impairment, we carry a variety of innovative solutions. For personal hearing solutions, the DirectTalk Hands-Free personal amplifier does wonders while resting non-obtrusively on the shoulders. The three-in-one design of this multi-purpose Amplifier delivers crisp, clear sound in three ways: it enhances one-on-one conversations and group gatherings; amplifies your cell phone, iPod/MP3, TV, or movie dialogue; and receives and transmits audio signals and sound clearly to your hearing aid if you have a t-coil. There’s a tone enhancement, too, to boost and enhance speech tones. DirectTalk is even equipped with circuitry to protect your hearing against sudden loud sounds.

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DirectTalk Hands-free Personal Amplifier from firstSTREET Online

At home, a high TV volume can sometimes be a disturbance for other people in the house or even in the same room. For this situation, the TV Ears 2 headset is an excellent solution. These earbuds specifically filter the volume of a TV or radio for personal amplification. With the new Television Audio Processing (TAP), TV Ears® 2 dramatically enhances not only regular dialogue, but also brings hard-to-hear voices and whispers above the program’s background noises so they’ll stand out. Boasting a maximum volume of 120dB — almost three times that of other headsets — TV Ears® 2 helps you hear every word clearly! In addition, there are adjustable volume and tone controls that allow you to customize the output to match your hearing needs.

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TV Ears® 2 from firstSTREET Online

 

We also carry the Original Dialogue Speaker set, a speaker system specifically designed to amplify dialogue of the movie or show you are watching. Loud explosions and bass are kept at normal levels, while speech is amplified to ensure you never miss another plot twist.

 

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TV Ears Wireless Speaker from firstSTREET

 

 

Finally, one of the biggest challenges for hearing loss is using the telephone. Even for people with perfect hearing, telephone conversations can be hard to hear due to low signal strength or line interference. With our extensive line of amplified phones, you can hear conversations loud and clear. Our collection of amplified phones eliminate background noises from conversations, boost low tones, and provide effective (yet non-irritating) ringtones. Visual cues include ringer lights that flash when there is a phone call, and large buttons for ease of use. Our cordless models include a central unit with answering machine, and are expandable for up to 5 additional handsets.

 

Our Ultimate Amplified Phone System features a concave earpiece, which cups the ear for crystal-clear sound. It features a bright, high-contrast LED screen and well spaced buttons. The visual ringer flashes for call notification. Sound adjustments are plentiful, and the speakerphones are built into both the handset and the base. The answering is remote-accessible, call waiting is present, as is caller ID with 40 name and number memory.

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Ultimate Amplified Phone System from firstSTREET Online

We have a variety of other hearing and telephone solutions, click on the images to find out more!

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2 Comments
  1. That phone sounds fantastic. It’s frustrating to get to the top of your phone’s volume and still not be able to hear the person on the other end well! I love the idea of TV Ears too. So many couples could benefit from this.

  2. While visiting my grandmother in her facility, I could hear a couple in the room next to me watching tv. The volume must have been on high, because I knew exactly what they were watching. It got me laughing. The next time I visited, I couldn’t hear a peep. Hospice Van Nuys told the seniors about the TV ears and they actually work! I’m happy to say that my grandmother also bought a pair. Thumbs up on the post!

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