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CRYSTAL CLEAR VOL 4 • ISSUE 1

 Opening a Whole New World of Sound 

Protect Your

Hearing

as You Age

Don’t Let Hearing Loss

Damage Your Career

+ Teens Lose Their Hearing, Too


“It’s about time.”

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hose welcoming words, from Erin Andersson, Doctor of Audiology at HearUSA in Boca Raton, Florida. refer to the Ultra hearing aids. Available exclusively at HearUSA, Ultra technology simulates normal hearing by linking the hearing aids together, then automatically processing the signals for the brain, which distinguishes speech from noise. One of the most difficult challenges for those with hearing loss is trying to listen while in a noisy environment. Ultra hearing aids automatically target the speaker immediately to the front and turns down background noise, allowing the brain to focus on speech. This is a long-awaited revolution in hearing technology. “The areas in the brain that filters out that noise tends to deteriorate as we get older,” says Dr. Andersson. “Ultra takes into account a natural auditory system as well as the hearing loss. They give you better than normal hearing in difficult listening environments.” Two studies (University of Northern Colorado, 2014; Oldenburg Hörzentrum, 2013) have shown that the binax technology allows wearers to understand speech at cocktail parties, restaurants, or meetings, even better than people with normal hearing.* “It’s really incredible,” says Dr. Andersson. “My patients have been so happy with these hearing aids. In terms of the processing, they transmit 1000 times more data per second than other models. They process 20 percent more instructions per second than the others. Also, there is better quality in difficult listening environments without compromising battery life. It’s a very natural sounding hearing aid.”

Ultra new hearing aids: Better than normal hearing* By Roseann Haslett

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Ordinary hearing aids include two microphones, one facing the front and one facing the back. The user pushes a button to change a program or change the volume. Ultra hearing aids, however, have a virtual network of four microphones: front, back, left and right. Through constantly analyzing various stimuli, the system can communicate and adjust clear sounds from one ear, and deliver them to the other ear. Take, for instance, a windy day: Any time wind passes over a microphone, such as at an outdoor concert, the sound you hear is filled with static or muffling. The same is true for the person wearing hearing aids. But Ultra is constructed with binaural eWindScreen enhancement. “The eWindScreen feature reduces that wind noise,” says Dr. Andersson. “It is a very natural, breezy sound, without the muffling effect.” For active people who spend time outdoors playing a sport, walking, or in difficult hearing situations, Ultra works miracles. “Ultra hearing aids have six different listen-

ing programs that change depending on the environment,” says Dr. Andersson. Other hearing aids may have a variety of programs, but Ultra aids feature multiple microphones and sound filters all around, not just front or back. With the Spatial SpeechFocus, “You will hear the person right next to you much better,” Dr. Andersson says. Additionally, when a person moves from one environment to another, such as inside a car, the Ultra automatically switches to the new environment. It focuses on the main source of sound, whether the speaker is sitting in the front or back seat. Dr. Andersson experienced wearing the Ultra by riding in the car with the windows down, the music turned up—she could hear everything and forgot she was wearing them. “It is like surround sound,” she says. Ultra’s hearing aid settings can be adjusted using a free smartphone app. For example, if you are sitting outside at a café and someone sits near you and talks loudly, the spatial-configurator feature

can adjust the hearing span of the built-in directional microphone, and decide how much of that loud voice you want to hear. You can minimize the sound through the app, and adjust the aids to hear environmental sounds, like birds chirping or a waterfall. If you don’t have a smartphone, a switch on the hearing aid can do the reconfiguration for you. “You can actually call the hearing aid and instruct it to hear better on one side,” says Dr. Andersson. This feature works best when someone sits next to you or you are walking side by side. Imagine being able to hear intimate conversation with a loved one, even while walking through a noisy place like a themepark. “I was very excited when I learned about this technology,” Dr. Andersson says. “It’s not just the hearing loss to consider; it’s the processing in the brain.” For those with hearing loss, these Ultra hearing aids are a dream come true.

*Studies conducted at University of Northern Colorado (2014) and Oldenburg Horzentrum (2013) showed that Speech Reception Thresholds (SRT) in cocktail-party situations improved up to 2.9dB for wearers with mild to moderate hearing loss using the latest BestSoundTM Technology with Narrow Directionality, compared to people with normal hearing. This corresponds to over 25% improvement in speech understanding.

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Don’t Let Hearing Loss Damage Your Career by Nate Freyburger

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Boardroom conversations can be difficult to follow, with many people fighting to speak at once and this is only tougher if you have trouble with your hearing.

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ones brings with it depression and the desire to spend more time alone. Similarly, you may not even realize your performance at work is suffering due to hearing problems, but your co-workers may have figured it out.

If you are sitting in a board meeting with your employer and conversations are flying around the room, it is already difficult to follow the general train of thought. The sea of conversation may become a total blur, and picking up tidbits of information is not the best way to stay on task and do a good job.

Losing your hearing is certainly going to require some adjustment. The first step towards making sure that your career is not negatively impacted by hearing loss is to have your hearing checked. The damage may be so gradual that you are not even noticing it— but you are being affected. A hearing test will determine what (if any) type of hearing loss you have and how best to correct it.

While it may be okay once in a while to ask someone to speak again for clarification, having to give you a separate rundown of each meeting is going to wear thin. Instructions are likely to be lost and personal initiative is apt to diminish if you are unable to properly coordinate and connect with your co-workers.

With changes to your lifestyle and/or the implementation of hearing aids, you can learn to communicate normally again and boost your career performance back to its previous levels. Even doing something as simple as changing the medications you take can greatly improve hearing health.

This same logic applies to employee and employer alike—if you are the boss, you also need to communicate a effectively to get all the feedback you need from your employees. In general, this is more difficult to do if you are spending a lot of excess energy straining to hear.

But another major step towards improving work relations in light of hearing loss is simply to tell your supervisor and co-workers about your hearing situation. Most people will be happy to accommodate you with a little extra patience while you adjust. The stigma against those with hearing loss is mostly in the imagination of those who can't hear. In reality, people are generally understanding (even at work), and most won’t think any differently of you after hearing your news.

n overlooked consequence of hearing loss is trouble at work, even if diminished hearing is very gradual. If you are not able to hear clearly, you are far less likely to perform to your normal abilities, especially if hearing loss comes on suddenly or reaches a point where it is noticeable.

One of the problems people with untreated hearing loss run into is that they start isolating themselves socially. A person may not even realize they are doing this. Trouble hearing friends and loved

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L-R: Michelle Barone, Audiologist Robin Siff, Christa Barone

The Story of Christa Barone

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ometimes we are born with hearing impairment; sometimes it comes on with age; other times it is caused by over exposure to loud noise. Other times, hearing loss can be an unwanted side effect. When Christa Barone was three years old, she received chemotherapy treatment for cancer. The cancer was eradicated, but she lost hearing in both of her ears. Called high frequency hearing loss, for Christa hearing noises beyond a certain pitch is very difficult. To compensate, she wears a pair of Siemens hearing aids and uses a Mini Tek accessory that allows her to hear sounds she was unable to hear with her former hearing aids. Audiologist Robin Siff, who has been working with Christa for most of her life, says: “Most young adults are

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communicating through a cellular phone. Christa benefits from having wireless cell communication, via her hearing technology in both of her ears.” “The new hearing aids I’m wearing are cool,” says Christa. “They have a blue tooth component. I connect that to my phone, and it sends the sound through my hearing aids, which then corrects the hearing loss.” Now she watches television in her room using Bluetooth with her Mini Tek. Christa said her previous hearing aids only made the volume louder. Her new devices change the frequency level of the sounds, making the world come through clearer than ever. Now, she can hear little things, like the high ping from the microwave. “They are unbelievable,” she says. “I don’t have to ask people 10 times to repeat themselves or turn up the volume on the TV.”

Michelle Barone, Christa’s mother, says the hearing aids have opened lines of communication and engagement within the family. Christa admits that when she couldn’t hear or understand while conversing with her family prior to getting hearing aids, she would simply pretend she heard them and let it go. “It has enhanced our family life,” says Michelle. “Car trips are completely different. We can talk; she can hear the radio and we can sing together and she gets the words right now. No wonder she likes karaoke so much!” Hearing aids have also made Christa more socially active, which has broadened her circle of friends. Plus, she goes to baseball games by herself, something she would not have done a year ago.


“When I was younger I used to worry that people would look at me weird because of my hearing aids. Now, I wear them proudly. They are not something to be ashamed of or hide," says Christa Barone. “She feels safer and it has been a boost to her confidence,” says Michelle. At age 19, Christa lets nothing stop her from doing what she wants to do. As a cancer survivor, her parents made sure she didn’t get special treatment. Her family, including an older brother, likes to joke around and tease her lovingly, even about her hearing loss. Ironic statements, such as ‘She can’t hear; speak louder’ prompts giggles from everyone, including Christa. She says the needling is a reminder that her family thinks of her as a regular person, not someone with a disability. And why should she feel different when she can do everything that anyone else can do? If there is one thing Christa wants everyone to know, it is that hearing loss happens across all age groups for a variety of reasons, and it doesn’t have to hinder anyone. “When I was younger I used to worry that people would look at me weird because of my hearing aids. Now, I wear them proudly. They are not something to be ashamed of or to hide,” she says. “I enjoy sharing my stories with others because it seems to help them get through.”

Christa completed two years of college during high school, and currently attends Nova Southeastern University, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She takes a journalism class and used to struggle with conducting interviews. But with her new technology, she thrives and is more confident. Christa imagines a future for herself in photojournalism or marine biology, which will allow her to go face-to-face with her greatest interest: great white sharks. As a toddler, Christa’s hearing loss became part of her natural development. She was physically and emotionally relying on parental guidance, as all hearing impared children do. Adding the ritual of hearing aids was just like putting on socks or picking out a daily outfit. How could she know anything different? Her mother, Michelle Barone says, “She couldn’t hear the birds outside her window. That’s the moment when you say, ‘Oh my gosh. So many beautiful things she’s not hearing.’” Audiologist Robin Siff, working with Christa since she was four years old, has watched Christa grow and has adjusted her hearing aids accordingly. Robin says, “Initially it was understanding in elementary school classrooms; later it was navigating the teen world with various environmental sounds in middle and high school.”

Christa’s elementary teachers wore a clip-on FM device that included a microphone. Their voices went directly into her hearing aids, where she learned about her school subjects. She says she remembers that her school teachers would whisper messages directly to her and make her laugh. “Every age has its own challenges, some more than others,” Christa says. As a youngster, it was difficult to explain her deafness to other kids. Children point out the unusual, and ‘What’s that in your ears?’ was a very common question, one that Christa had no problem answering honestly. “She wanted them to understand why she had this FM system; why the teacher was wearing the microphone,” says Michelle. “She explained it all to them. She wanted them to know.” Christa started out each school year by telling everyone in class, ‘I wear hearing aids.’ And, she let them know how they could best communicate with her. “During teen years, you’re already super insecure, and now you have something else,” she says. “I didn’t want any special treatment. I always found I wanted to stay with everybody else. The only thing I asked was to sit in the front of the class.” And not just because of her hearing—Christa stands at a mere 4’9”, so a seat up front was simply a wise idea.

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Once she entered middle and high school, she informed her teachers about her hearing so they would know to look at her directly when speaking. But unless her peers asked her directly, Christa didn’t explain her impairment to anyone—she didn’t feel the need to. Admittedly, high school still brought on some new challenges, and at one point, Christa requested to attend a virtual school, in which she took online courses at home. Michelle was hesitant to change Christa’s school schedule, but her daughter had been noticeably more solemn.

and took action. "Sometimes we have to listen to our kids and do what they need us to do,” says Michelle. Christa did well as a virtual school student, as she did not have to try as hard to hear. She could watch school videos with closed captions, and could focus solely on her studies without distractions.

“When you have a gut feeling that something’s not right, you have to push through it,” Michelle says. “You have to figure out what the problem is and how to get them back on track. I knew she was acting differently. But didn’t know why.”

Through the years, Robin had been testing Christa’s hearing, and at one point, it seemed the hearing improved. “We stopped going for regular appointments because I thought it had stabilized,” says Michelle. Then, recently, Michelle and Christa were experiencing an activity where Michelle noticed just how much Christa wasn’t hearing. “I asked her, ‘How did you get through school? How do you love the movies so much? How are you functioning when you’re missing so much?’”

When Christa cruised through her studies in virtual school, Michelle feels fortunate to have complied with Christa’s request

Christa had used a combination of hearing aids, self-taught lip reading, and ‘context clues,’ to get the point of a conversation.

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She went to an orientation in a large auditorium at Nova and could not hear because of the way sound was bouncing off the walls. Michelle realized they had to do something for Christa to help her adapt to college life and have a normal college experience. It was then that they visited Robin and were fitted with the new Siemens hearing aids. Christa told herself at a very early age, “There’s nothing I can’t do. And, I’m going to push myself to do everything possible. I made sure nothing was off limits.” Now, she enjoys public speaking. She performs at speaking engagements for the hospital and gives presentations in front of the class. “I don’t believe in saying ‘I can’t,’” says Christa. “All because we now have the technology and it has helped her be confident,” says Michelle. “Now she can soar like she’s supposed to.”


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n estimated one-third of people in the U.S. over the age of 65 have some hearing loss. Once the demographic hits 75, that number jumps to almost one-half of all people. The major takeaway from this is that hearing loss is a familiar part of aging. But that does not mean you should not fight back, especially if you begin noticing some of the early signs of hearing loss. Do you ever notice that speech sounds muffled or that you’re having trouble understanding what someone is saying, especially while in a crowd? That’s typically the first sign that you are losing some hearing. If you are finding yourself cranking up the volume on the TV, avoiding social situations because you can not hear, or staring at people’s lips in order to better understand what they are saying, those can also be signs of trouble. Since hearing loss can start at any age, the tips listed below are good to adopt early as a lifelong habit. But they are especially important if you are over 65 or already starting to notice some of the symptoms mentioned above.

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Turn Down the Volume: Even if you are having

trouble hearing, only turn up the volume on the TV as loud as you need to. If you wear earphones—stop. It is best to avoid any loud noises if possible. Further, if you are around loud vehicles or appliances, wear ear plugs to protect your hearing.

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The inner ear is delicate and needs special care. Little things like blowing your nose gently and remembering to pop your ears when you change elevation can go a long way in preventing hearing damage.

Stay Healthy: If you are a smoker, it is time to put it

out. Smoking makes hearing worse. Also, conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease need to be well managed. A lack of blood flow to the inner ear can cause ringing and serious damage to your hearing.

See a Doctor: If you have any of the conditions listed

above, talk to your doctor about keeping them under control. This is especially important if you have begun to notice any hearing loss. Do not hold off on seeing a professional; the best time to stop hearing loss is now, if you hope to reverse or manage it.

Check Your Meds: Did you know hearing loss can

be a side effect of some common medications? Your doctor does. Make sure to tell them what prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and supplements you take every day. It is possible your hearing loss is just an unwanted side effect of some medication, and your doctor may be able to offer you different combinations that eliminate this side effect.

Be Nice to Your Ears: Do not jam a cotton swab or

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Teens Lose Their Hearing, Too

by Garrett Chilson

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ccording to a study conducted by Siemens Hearing Instruments, teen hearing loss is on the rise, with an estimated 1 in 6 teenagers showing some signs of a diminished ability to hear certain pitches and sounds. Even more concerning is that most teens will not even realize they have a problem, while continuing to engage in activities that place their delicate inner ears at risk for further damage. Of those ranging from ages 13-19, around half report experiencing ringing and buzzing in their ears after being exposed to loud noise, which is a sign that the ear has had all it can handle. These practices include listening to loud music—especially with headphones—attending concerts without earplugs, loud movie theatres, and even everyday tasks like yardwork. Many teenagers report doing these activities on a regular basis and also experiencing associated symptoms, but few will seek treatment or change their habits. While it is likely that most people understand that loud music blasted through headphones is risky business, most young people seem unwilling to change their ways. The warnings of parents and teachers to turn down the volume isn’t enough to get them to turn the knob, likely because many teens don’t even realize there’s a problem. The hearing damage they experience is gradual enough where it can be measured by a hearing care

professional, but not immediately severe enough that they will notice an issue in their daily lives. However, this does not mean that teenage hearing loss isn’t a problem. The obvious concern is that later in life, as the gradual damage from aging starts to hit, a person with damaged hearing in their younger years will have even more severe problems as an adult. For now, all of the problems seem as though they are down the road—out of sight, out of mind—but this is not necessarily the case. Hearing loss due to noise exposure can be severe enough to manifest quickly, leading to trouble understanding speech at home or in school. During the teenage years of life, the brain is still developing. If a brain—even a young brain—has to expend energy just to hear properly, it could mean diminished development. Further, trouble hearing can lead to lower grades and difficulty socializing, even for teens experiencing an unknown, relatively low level of hearing loss. If you know any young person who continues to engage in risky activity related to their hearing, telling them to stop may not be enough. A little bit of education to the risks of hearing loss and changing up habits even slightly can lead to healthier hearing later in life.

Encourage teens to take the following steps to improve their hearing health and cut down on noise-induced damage:

» Don’t Use Earbuds – You can still use

headphones, but avoid any device that goes into the ear canal. Not only does this cut down on direct noise, ear buds also push wax where it is not wanted and can cause blockages that diminish hearing.

» Wear Protection – Concerts, loud

movies, and fireworks shows are fun. But if you are going to be exposed for a long period of time, wear earplugs. You will still be able to enjoy what you love, but the earplugs will assure that hearing is protected. You can even have earplugs custom made to maximize comfort and effectiveness.

» Tell Teens to Speak Out – Encourage

teens to tell their friends to turn the music down. Hearing can be damaged from the passenger seat. Positive peer pressure is a great way to change bad habits.

» Change Your Location – If you are

heading to a show or to the movies, don’t stick yourself near speakers. If it is a seated venue in a theatre, try to sit toward the middle to avoid a direct hit from a loud amplifier.

» Good Diet and Lots of Sleep – Your

hearing also heals while you sleep. A proper diet improves bloodflow and good sleep gives the body some down time, both of which are important factors when healing damage. It is impossible to always avoid loud noises. Luckily, ears can heal. Get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well to encourage proper healing.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Hearing Loss by Roseann Haslett

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t is the little things that count: Specks of sand fused together make stained-glass windows; tiny ocean krill feed giant whales; and little hairs determine your hearing. That may be one of 10 things you didn’t know about hearing loss.

1. Yes, it is the little hairs. A series of events allows a person to

hear: Sound vibrations move from the eardrum through bones in the middle ear to the cochlea. These vibrations then cause the fluid and tiny hair cells inside the cochlea to move, and this hair movement creates neural signals, which are picked up by the auditory nerve and sent to the brain. The way your brain interprets these signals determines how well you hear. As you age, your ability to hear high frequencies deteriorates. Why? Those cochlear hair cells near the outer ear begin to break down, which results in hearing loss. Since these hair cells do not regenerate once they are gone, any associated hearing loss is permanent.

2. About 800 million people around the world are affected by

hearing loss. Almost 50 million Americans have hearing loss in at least one ear, including one in five teenagers.

3. Turn that music down! It might cost you your hearing. Approxi-

mately 15 percent of Americans (over 30 million people) between the ages of 20 and 69 have high-frequency hearing loss due to exposure to noise at work or during leisure activities. Some causes are: Listening to loud music at home or entertainment venues, handling power tools or being around construction, carpentry, and home improvement centers, leaf blowers and other heavy equipment. Other loud venues, such as bars, restaurants or arcades can also cause hearing damage.

4. Approximately 37 percent of children with only minimal hearing

loss fail at least one grade. Without getting tested by a hearing care professional, hearing loss can go unnoticed or untreated for decades.

5. When a deaf person talks to you and mispronounces a word, do you correct him? This is one of the many social faux pas the hearing impaired encounters regularly. Why? Because with small 12

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and sophisticated hearing devices sometimes out of view, the hearing person “forgets” that the hearing impaired listener cannot hear, sometimes at all. The correction is blurted out without thought, and the hearing impaired is left feeling insulted. Don’t laugh when a deaf person sings or look away when a hearing impaired person is talking to you. These, and many more slips do not escape those with hearing impairment. Above all, when a person who has trouble hearing asks you to repeat what you said, don’t tell them to “forget about it”—it makes them feel like they don't matter.

6. Do you know someone age 70 or older who denies hearing loss? They may be one in three people (30 percent) who could benefit from hearing aids but has never used them.

7. Did you know that 60 percent of veterans returning from

Iraq and Afghanistan come home with hearing loss and tinnitus? Hearing impairment is the number one war wound, though the deafness of veterans is an overlooked issue.

8. Men are more likely than women to report having problems with their hearing.

9. An autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, does

not affect the ear directly. However, auto immune diseases may cause intermittent hearing problems, since these diseases attack the body’s nervous system.

10. A study at the University of Antwerp found a link between overeating and hearing loss. Overeating leads to obesity and cardiovascular disease, both of which decrease blood circulation. Hair cells die when deprived of oxygen circulating the blood, and toxic free radicals do not get transported away fast enough. Little hairs make a big difference.

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Binaural Hearing

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magine two people sitting in a theater. The person on the left says something to the one on his right. The left sound waves deliver sound quickly and directly to the receiving person’s left ear, as in monaural hearing. At the same time, those sound waves delivered to the listener’s right ear lose intensity and are delayed by scattering around the head, as if echoing off walls and other objects. That is what it is like to be a person who is hearing impaired in one ear; when the scattering of sound causes confusion and frustration as it hits one eardrum but not the other. When one ear hears but not the other, it can be especially difficult to determine the original location of a sound. Even using a hearing aid in that ear may not produce the best hearing results, since it is still difficult to balance both ears. Binaural hearing is the perception of sound by stimulation in two ears. A pair of sound signals is sent to the brain where they are interpreted. That interpretation creates a central perception. The brain data identifies sound location, loudness, separates a voice or individual sound from background noise, enhances clarity, and allows the listener to concentrate on speech. Thus, regardless of whether a person suffers from hearing impairment in one ear or both, many hearing care providers and audiologists highly recommend wearing hearing aids in both ears to simulate the experience of normal binaural hearing.

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Spatial awareness. Since our heads are round and ears are

placed on opposite sides, sound from any place will hit our ears at different times, and at varying levels and intensities. Binaural hearing allows our brain to precisely pinpoint a sound source, whether it is from the side, way off in the distance behind us, or farther up front. Two hearing aids amplify the world, helping the brain locate the source of a sound more accurately.

Signal-to-noise ratio. Two ears help the brain distinguish

signal-to-noise ratio, singling out the one voice who is addressing the listener, from other voices and noises around. When the brain suppresses outside stimulus, this “squelch effect” allows the person to hear speech in noisy situations and gives it more prominence for better speech understanding. Two hearing aids help zero in on the conversation.

Understanding speech. Binaural hearing allows us to

distinguish human speech better, and as a consequence, improves quality of dialogue between one person or a group of people. Two hearing aids lessen the need to read lips; they catch the nuances and natural flow of conversation.

Binaural hearing helps us navigate through life in a hearing world. Double hearing aids enhance binaural hearing, and give those with hearing loss confidence.


Chicken Pepper Stir Fry

Ingredients 1 large red bell pepper 1 medium onion, slivered 4 tablespoons olive oil 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breast halves, cubed 3/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 tablespoon honey mustard 1 teaspoon soy sauce 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (Hot cooked rice, optional)

Directions In a large skillet, stir-fry peppers and onion in 2 tablespoons oil until crisptender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, stir-fry chicken and Cajun seasoning in remaining oil until no longer pink. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cornstarch, water, lemon juice, mustard, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce; pour over chicken. Return pepper mixture to the pan; cook and stir for 1 minute. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 3-4 servings.

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