Newsletter I N S I D E
Issue 2 May 2018
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Noise Induced Hearing Loss
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1342 Cameron Road Greerton, Tauranga 9am - 4pm Monday to Friday Phone: 07 578 6476 www.tauranga.hearing.org.nz Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OUR COMMITTEE: President: Carl McOnie Vice President: Jenny Cole Treasurer: Tony West Secretary: Jo Sykes Committee: Carey Wright Graeme Lane
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From the Presidents desk …
Again I would like to start by acknowledging the committee for volunteering their time to lead Hearing Support BOP. I also want to acknowledge the fantastic ongoing work of Jo, as she runs the day to day operations of the organisation. Finally, I wanted to thank all the volunteers who have helped out over the past few months as we have continued to provide advocacy, education and support for our hearing impaired community. The last few months have been extremely busy with some fantastic events. Thank you to those who attended the AGM, though short and to the point, we achieved the objectives for the day and all enjoyed Jo’s homemade biscuits and a catch-up. Other than the normal proceedings two resolutions were passed of interest: * It was resolved that the association formally apply to change the legal name to Hearing Support BOP Inc. * It was resolved that the committee shall undertake a legal and administrative review and update the constitution. The committee shall agree on any changes and report back at next AGM, noting that any substantive changes will be required to be tabled at the next AGM. Over the last few months, we have continued to meet our charter by running a number of events including the Tinnitus workshop, Dangerous Decibels, attending the regional and National AGM and working on a collaboration project with like-minded organizations around the Tauranga region. The shop continues to be run by Jo, and it’s always good to see it providing the much-needed support/supplies. Those who have not visited lately may not be aware it had a fresh coat of paint in March. Finally, thank you (our members) for allowing us all the opportunity to volunteer and support you and your families and give a little back to a cause we so very much believe in. I look forward to the rest of the year.
L eaving a L egacy Have you considered leaving a bequest or legacy in your Will? Tauranga (BOP) Hearing Association Inc. is a registered charity. We have been dedicated to helping those with hearing loss for over 60 years. By leaving a bequest or legacy you can help us to ensure that we can continue for generations to come. For information on leaving a legacy, call in and see us, or talk to your legal advisor.
Manager’s Report …
Autumn is upon us, but the temperatures still remain very mild. Good weather for getting our and about—but don’t forget, during the colder months, if you don’t feel like braving the weather—or perhaps you’re feeling a bit under the weather, you can give me a call to have your hearing aid batteries posted out to you. We can post up to 6 packets comfortably in a standard envelope and the postage is usually $2.00—cheaper than a car ride. The wetter weather can also mean wet hearing aids. You can bring your hearing aids in anytime to have them vacuum dried. This is a very effective way to ensure your hearing aids have no moisture in them and most people say their hearing aids sound a lot better after drying. Our AGM took place on 17 April. This ran very smoothly, and the whole thing was over in a under 10 minutes. Thank you to those who came along—your support is very much appreciated. Last year we hosted a Tinnitus workshop with guest speaker Dr Grant Searchfield. The response to this was overwhelming and a lot of people missed out. We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a second event to be held on Friday, 31 August. Please refer to the advert on the front of this newsletter for details. I hope you enjoy reading this newsletter. If there is anything you would like
covered in a future edition, please let me know.
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Only $20! Limited stock.
Oto-Ease makes wearing hearing aids easier and more comfortable. Oto-ease helps you insert earpieces such as custom ear plugs, hearing aids and ear molds. Oto-Ease is a sterile, unscented lubricant . The unique formula provides a non-greasy, water-soluble solution for hearing device wearers while also helping create an effective acoustic seal.
If you’re worried about moisture build-up in your hearing aids, bring them in to have them vacuum dried. Free of charge—No appointment necessary
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These items do not come with warranties. They are in as new condition. First-in first-served. (selling on behalf—cash only)
Ear Care Ltd
Safe and painless micro-suctioning method ACC and Veteran’s Affairs accredited At Hearing Support BOP 1342 Cameron Road, Greerton Call for an appointment 578 6476
Hearing aid batteries
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Noise Induced Hearing Loss No one’s immune Guitar legend Eric Clapton is the latest musician to admit he’s losing his hearing, after years of being exposed to loud music.
The 72-year-old, who is most famous for his hits “Wonderful Tonight” and “Tears in Heaven,” told the BBC that he is struggling to hear the strums of his guitar because of his Noise Induced Hearing Loss. Last year, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson was forced to cancel a tour because of his hearing loss. Other musicians have also reported noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus as a result of constant exposure to loud noise, including the WHO’s Pete Townshend, The Antlers’ Peter Silberman, Ozzy Osbourne and Sting. AC/DC was once named among the 10 loudest rock bands of all time, and now the lead singer may be paying for it, with his hearing. AC/DC announced on their website, that they were forced to reschedule 10 upcoming “Rock or Bust” World Tour dates, under a doctor’s recommendation that current lead singer Brian Johnson “stop touring or risk total hearing loss.” Just two minutes at a concert with 110 dB of sound can damage your hearing,. An AC/DC concert in the early ‘80s once measured at a deafening 130 dB. A 130 dB level is the equivalent of being 50 feet from a Military jet aircraft take-off from aircraft carrier with afterburner, and ranks as a painful experience, just below eardrum rupture. Since that iconic concert, AC/DC has toned the volume down, but the rockers are still known for their noise.
The Who’s Roger Daltrey admits he’s deaf, encourages fans to wear earplugs at gigs Legendary singer Roger Daltrey, from British rock band ‘The Who’ has confessed that decades of loud music has left him with a hearing loss. According to The Mirror, Daltrey spoke out to the crowd at a solo show at the Hard Rock Resort in Las Vegas, first revealing he is deaf and then offering advice to his fans. “The trouble with these ear things that I wear is that I am very, very deaf,” Daltrey said. “And I advise you all – all you rock-and-roll fans – take your f***ing earplugs to the gigs. If only we had known when we were young … we are lip-reading.”
The way Daltrey performs with his hearing loss now is much different than back in the day. When performing live, he uses a combination of in-ear monitors and lip-reading to help follow the music.
The good news is, you can still enjoy music without damaging your hearing ... In situations such as concerts, it is important to use earplugs and maintain an adequate distance from the source of the noise to avoid damage to hearing.
Pre-shaped attenuated ear plugs Pre shaped ear plugs are intended for repeated use and can be inserted without prior shaping, furthermore they are available for different ear canal dimensions, and with flanges of different softness levels. These are attenuated ear plugs that have special filters in them that allow you to hear everything clearly, but with the harmful decibel levels reduced. Great for concerts. These earplugs are available from Hearing Support BOP for $32 (special) Product life: Several months
Expanding foam ear plugs Expanding foam ear plugs are an economical way of protecting your hearing. They can be easily inserted and removed at all times. For optimal sound insulation you should roll and compress the tapered end of the ear plugs with your fingers before inserting them into your ear canal. Product life: One day to one week
What is Bluetooth? Developed through collaboration of leading technology firms, Bluetooth is a wireless communication platform that allows for the transfer of data between two or more electronic devices. The technology uses radio waves set to a high frequency to transmit data without interference or security risks. A wide variety of products incorporating Bluetooth connectivity have been developed, including mobile phones, music players, computers, tablets and televisions.
Bluetooth in hearing aids Hearing aids of the past often limited the wearer’s access to many personal audio devices such as mobile phones and music players. For example, in order to use a music player while jogging, you would have had to remove your hearing aids to accommodate a pair of earbuds. However, today’s sophisticated wireless hearing aids use Bluetooth technology to make it possible to connect with personal electronic devices and stream signals directly to hearing aids. A full implementation of the Bluetooth standard requires a greater power supply than can be generated within the small footprint of a hearing aid battery, so actual “Bluetooth hearing aids” are not currently on the market. However, manufacturers of wireless hearing aids long ago created a clever solution for accessing this prevalent wireless standard. Wireless hearing aids can use compatible assistive listening devices, often called streamers, to provide a communication link between the wireless technology in the hearing aids and any Bluetooth-enabled device. More recently, Apple has patented a specific Bluetooth connectivity with hearing aids so that certain hearing aids can communicate directly with the iOS platform that runs iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. This technology is designed to allow the devices direct connection without extreme stress on the battery power. Several hearing aid manufacturers have released hearing aids that implement this Bluetooth technology, marketed as Made for iPhone™.
How does Bluetooth work with wireless hearing aids? During the initial consultation about hearing aids with a hearing care provider, you should discuss your needs for wireless connectivity. If you need or want to connect with an iOS or Android mobile phone, tablet, computer, music player or other Bluetooth-enabled device, the hearing care provider will recommend a set of wireless hearing aids and if appropriate, a compatible streamer. The wireless hearing aids can either be paired directly to an Apple device (if labeled as Made for iPhone™) or be paired with the streamer, and then the streamer can be paired with external devices. When it’s all set up, the streamer will pick up the Bluetooth signal from your phone, for example, and send it to your hearing aid via an FM signal or electromagnetic field, depending on the manufacturer’s design. Usually the streamer is worn around the neck or placed in a pocket for hands-free operation.
What are the benefits of streaming via Bluetooth? Although you often must carry an additional device in order to access your mobile phone or music player, a streamer provides many opportunities that were previously unavailable.
Personalized listening experience The audio signal can usually be set to stream to one or both hearing aids and the streamed signal can be amplified and shaped to match the hearing aid’s personalized settings. The volume of the stream may be controlled by the streamer or the hearing aids, depending on the manufacturer’s design. For music, your hearing aids can become a set of wireless ear buds. For an iOS or Android phone, it may be desirous to stream the signal to just one hearing aid so as to keep the other one accessing the other sounds in the room. This hands-free solution sure beats trying to position the mobile phone receiver close to the hearing aid microphone!
Multiple connections Multiple devices can usually be paired to one streamer, so you can easily switch between different devices. For example, you can be connected to your mobile phone while you’re streaming a movie from your tablet. The streamer is able to interrupt or pause the audio from your tablet in order to bring you the audio signal from an incoming phone call.
Eighty is the Worst Age ... Three nursing home residents were talking about aging outside of their nursing home. The 60 year old resident said “60 is the worst age to be. You constantly feel like you have to pee but most of the time nothing happens.” The 70 year old resident responds “That's nothing compared to being 70. You can't take a crap anymore. You eat all of the bran and take all the laxatives you can and still nothing happens.” The 80 year old said, “You're both wrong. 80 is actually the worst.” The 60 year old asked the 80 year old, “Do you have trouble peeing too?” He responded, “No. I go at 6 every morning. I have no problem at all.” The 70 year old asked him, “Do you have trouble taking a crap?” “No, I go at 6:30 each morning” the 80 year old responded. The 60 year old said “Let me understand you clearly. You go #1 every morning at 6am and #2 every morning half an hour later. What's so hard about being 80?” The 80 year old concluded, “All of those things are true, but I don't wake up until 10am.”
Brain training games may help older adults with hearing loss Hearing-impaired adults who play computer games designed to improve audio skills may have an easier time understanding conversations in a noisy room, a small experiment suggests. Researchers asked 24 elderly adults who used hearing aids to spend 3.5 hours a week for eight weeks playing computer games. Half of the participants were randomly assigned to play games designed to help improve their ability to follow conversations, while the other half played games focused on memory that weren’t intended to help their hearing skills. People playing memory games didn’t improve their ability to make out words during conversations. But participants in the other group did improve, correctly identifying 25 percent more words in spoken sentences after playing the games. “The use of auditory perceptual training is fairly well established in training individuals to cope with tinnitus and to assist hearing impaired patients (especially the elderly) to hear and process speech more efficiently in noisy situations,” said Dr. Allen Senne, an audiologist at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles who wasn’t involved in the study. “The training is based on the theory of neural plasticity and the ability to train or ‘remap’ the neural connections in the brain to deal with either tinnitus, or background noise,” Senne said by email. For many people with hearing challenges, trying to follow a conversation in a crowded restaurant or other noisy venue is a major struggle, even with hearing aids. Study participants were 70 years old on average and had been using hearing aids for around seven years. All of the computer games they played required them to construct jigsaw puzzles using a touchscreen tablet. People in the memory group had to use word recall to assemble the puzzles, while individuals in the other group had to rely on subtle changes in sounds to complete the puzzles. Participants didn’t know which group they had been assigned to, and neither did researchers evaluating their listening comprehension skills after they played the games.
Simple Biscuit Recipe Ingredients: 125 g butter softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence 1 whole egg 2 cups plain flour 1 tsp baking powder Method: 1. Cream butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy 2. Add egg, beating well. 3. Sift flour and baking powder together and mix into creamed mixture. 4. Roll heaped teaspoonsful of mixture into balls and place on oven tray 5. Flatten slightly with a fork. 6. Bake at 190 C for about 12 minutes until golden. Add lemon zest, cocoa, orange zest, mixed spice or sultanas for varying flavours
A bus driver was driving a whole tour bus of elderly men and women down a highway. As he was driving one of the little old ladies tapped him on the shoulder to offer him a handful of peanuts that he gratefully accepted. 15 minutes pass and she comes back with another handful of peanuts. This happens about five more times. The bus driver finally decides to ask her, “Why don't you eat the peanuts yourself?” She replied and said “We have no teeth so we aren't able to chew them.” Confused, he asks, “If you can't chew them, why do you buy them?” She replied “We get them just for the chocolate around them. We love it!”