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  • Study Shows That Hearing Aids Improve Brain Function

    A news item in The Hearing Review caught our attention this week: A recent study at the University of Texas has found that hearing aids improve brain function in people with hearing loss.

    We’ve long known that untreated hearing loss can lead to isolation and diminished quality of life, but Jamie Desjardins, who has conducted this new study, goes further in explaining why this happens.

    “If you have some hearing impairment and you’re not using hearing aids, maybe you can figure out what the person has said, but that comes at a cost,” Ms Desjardins said. “You may actually be using the majority of your cognitive resources – your brain power – in order to figure out that message.” In other words the untreated hearing loss interferes with your cognitive abilities because so much mental effort is diverted towards understanding speech.

    Significant improvement after wearing hearing aids

    The study by the University of Texas looked at groups of individuals in their 50s and 60s with bilateral sensorineural hearing loss who had previously never used hearing aids. After two weeks of hearing aid use, there was an increase in percent scores for recalling words and selective attention tests, plus the processing speed at which participants selected the correct response was faster. By the end of the study, participants had exhibited significant improvement in their cognitive function.

    Ms DesJardins went on to paint a scenario of someone who has hearing loss and is still of working age, but they’re not wearing their hearing aids. They are spending so much of their brain power just focusing on listening they may not be able to perform their job as well. Or if they can, they’re exhausted because they are working so much harder and are more tired at the end of the day.

    Ongoing care and expertise of audiologist ensures best outcome for hearing impaired

    We see many clients who have resisted going to have their hearing checked because they don’t want to admit they have a problem. Or, they’ve received a hearing aid from another source but have not been given the aftercare support to help ensure their hearing aid is performing well for them. Here at Help in Hearing, we focus a little more on the expertise and experience of the audiologist and it is a combination of the commitment and professional relationship with the client that makes the hearing aids achieve the best outcome for the hearing impaired. We spend a great deal of time making sure we propose the right type of hearing aid for your specific type of hearing loss and we offer ongoing care throughout the lifespan of the devices, so the success rate is much higher, meaning you can get on with your job, your family life and your social life without having to spend so much effort on trying to hear what people are saying.

    Read the full article about the University of Texas study.

  • Hear in Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Pink October – let’s all help!

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With the special edition pink Oticon Opn™, you can open a world of better hearing and show your support for breast cancer awareness, treatment and research. We talk about the Hear in Pink campaign.

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    Donating £5 for every Oticon Opn sold during October

    Help support breast cancer awareness Oticon will donate £5 for every Opn™ purchased during October to Breast Cancer Care UK to support this amazing charity. And here at Help in Hearing, we will match Oticon’s donation and also donate £5 to Breast Cancer Care UK for every Oticon Opn purchased during October.

    Support your community with “Hear in Pink”

    Join us during October and support Breast Cancer Awareness, with some brilliant materials provided by Breast Cancer Care UK. You can download posters, bunting and flyers from the Breast Cancer Awareness website.

    Get Connected!

    Get the Oticon Opn and support Breast Cancer AwarenessFollow us on Twitter @HelpinHearing and use the hashtag #HearInPink to get all the latest information and to help support breast cancer awareness. You can also Like our Facebook page.

    We look forward to jointly supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with you and Oticon.



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  • Happy 101st Birthday to Rosi Ruben!

    Rosi has been our client since 1993 and has since become a very dear friend, who was responsible for my husband, Jeremy and I to meet. She has led an amazing life, here is a short synopsis of her life story.

    Rosi grew up in Germany to Polish Jewish parents. One of nine children, she became a teacher after leaving school.

    One night in October 1938, the Gestapo stormed the boarding school she worked at, and sent her to an internment camp in Poland.

    A few months later, she helped children escape to England on the Kinder transport.

    She said: “It was heartbreaking getting them away from their parents and all their friends.”

    Shortly before war broke out, she settled in London, where she eventually met her husband, Jules Ruben, a renowned jazz musician. She has two daughters, 3 grand- and two great-grandchildren.

    Miraculously, the rest of her family survived World War Two, after they were hidden by farmers in Belgium.

    rosi-ruben-4602Documentary Film – “The Last Boat”

    Filmmaker Alan Reich, whose father was one of those rescued in the Kindertransport, is presently making a documentary film ‘The Last Boat’, about the event. We understand the film will include interviews with Rosi, who was one of the children’s chaperones. We are not aware yet of the release date but understand it is currently being filmed. You can read here about an event in 2013 where Alan Reich talked about the making of the film.

    Rosi is truly an inspirational lady and we wish her a very happy 101st birthday for tomorrow!


  • Clear Speech Guide

    New mobile app to monitor decibel levels in restaurants

    Eight out of ten people say they have left a café, restaurant or pub because of the noise. The trend these days seems to be to decorate restaurants with lots of bare, hard surfaces. No carpets on the floor, no tablecloths, no wall hangings, no curtains – so there’s nothing to absorb the noise and it can be impossible to hear someone even if they’re sitting right next to you. We discuss the development of a new mobile app to monitor decibel levels in restaurants.

    Monitor restaurant noise levels

    So we welcomed the news reported in The Times last week that the charity Action on Hearing Loss is developing a mobile phone app that will allow diners to record the decibel level so that the loudest restaurants can be named and shamed — and avoided by those who want to be delighted by their companions as much as their food.

    The charity has been forced to take a more direct approach after being ignored by Britain’s biggest restaurant chains.

    “In July we wrote to 70 restaurant groups highlighting the problem of excessive noise, offering advice on how to reduce the volume. We have not heard back from any of them,” said Luke Dixon, who is leading the campaign against excessive noise. We think this is shameful.

    restaurant-noiseHow restaurants can reduce noise

    And there are things that can be done. Instead of hard surfaces, which bounce noise around the room, there are products that can be put on the wall that look like works of art and there are products that fit to ceilings that are almost invisible and absorb the noise.

    Click the link to read the Times article “Clamour to end the dinner-time din.” You can also read The Times leader article “Can’t Hear” in the same issue.

    We fully support the Action on Hearing app development program. It is in the fundraising stage now, and the charity hopes to have the app available by next year.

    In the meantime, Pipedown, a campaign for quiet spaces, already publishes a list of places that let you eat and chat at the same time, untroubled by piped music.