Celebrating World Hearing Day on March 3 with the #happiestsound in the world

Celebrating World Hearing Day on March 3 with the #happiestsound in the world

The World Hearing Day is an annual advocacy event that fosters dialogue on ear care and prevention of hearing problems. In line with this year’s theme, “Action for hearing loss: make a sound investment”, Cochlear celebrates the World Hearing Day with an international campaign.

The importance of raising awareness on hearing impairment was first addressed in 2007 when the World Health Organization (WHO) and China Disabled Persons’ Federation (CDPF) partnered in an unprecedented initiative to voice the daily burden of some 360 million people affected by hearing disability. The World Hearing Day, formerly known as International Ear Care Day, resulted from the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment, jointly hosted by WHO and CDPF.

According to a 2012 WHO report, about 1 billion young people who are recreationally exposed to high sounds are at risk of developing long-term hearing problems. The same report points out that more than 60% of the childhood hearing loss cases can be prevented by taking specific measures. Coupled with the high incidence rate of hearing impairment in low and middle economies, these figures impose prompt action, and indicate a indicate a strong need to share knowledge and practices across territorial borders.

Awareness campaigns are therefore necessary, not only for spreading valuable information, but also to inspire and encourage people to get actively involved in promoting hearing health.

Cochlear is searching for the Happiest Sound in the World

The Happiest Sound in the World is a social media campaign that aims at raising worldwide awareness on hearing health. People from Sydney to Sao Paulo and London to Los Angeles are invited to share their #HappiestSound with the whole world. Participation is really simple and only takes a matter of minutes. Anyone can just share their happiest sound through video, audio, photograph or even write about it and then post it on social media using the hashtag #HappiestSound.

are invited to share the sounds that make them happiest by using the hashtag #happiestsound. The campaign runs through March 2, 2017, when the Happiest Sound in the World will be revealed.

picture1
(#happiestsound user posts from happiestsound.com)

Visit happiestsound.com to see all happiest sounds, get information about posting, and submit your contact details if you participate in the campaign.

International Cochlear Implant Day and World Hearing Day at the Science Museum in London

Cochlear Europe Ltd invites all Cochlear™ Nucleus® and Cochlear™ Baha® implant recipients and their families to  International Cochlear Implant Day and World Hearing Day, a free of charge event held at the Science Museum in London on February 25, 2017.

linn_friends_guitarParticipants will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations in hearing, meet other recipients, and interact with the Cochlear team. Access is also free for anyone who is considering a Cochlear or Baha implant.

Continue reading

The difference between Baha 4 and Baha 5

Question: I was wondering if you could tell me the difference between the Baha 4 Attract System and Baha 5 Attract System?

// Rahul

Answer: Hi Rahul and thank you for contacting us. The difference between the two systems is the sound processor. The Baha 5 generation of sound processors are the latest sound processors developed by Cochlear, following the Baha 4 generation. While the two generations have many common features (for example, connectivity with wireless accessories), there are differences in terms of design and hearing experience.

The Baha 5 Sound Processor (a 45 dB SNHL device) is the smallest bone conduction sound processor available today, and is about 20% smaller than the previous generation Baha 4. It is also the first sound processor that can stream sound directly from iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and can be controlled by a user-friendly Baha 5 Smart App.

The transducer in the Baha 5 Sound Processor, which is the core component of the sound processor, has also been redesigned and significantly reduced in size without losing any power. And with less distortion the sound quality has been improved to help make it easier and more enjoyable to hear.

The Baha 4 Sound Processor first introduced the ability to access wireless technology through a bone conduction implant system. Baha 5 continues this legacy, offering true wireless freedom to users. All of Cochlear’s wireless accessories – TV Streamer, Remote Control, Phone Clip, and the Mini Microphones are compatible with Baha 5.

In terms of design, the Baha 5 Sound Processor features an ergonomic shape with rounded corners, and a palette of colours matching different hair tones.

You can read more about the Baha 5 sound processors here.

All the best!

// The Baha Blog Team

Why is my sound processor picking up cell phone updates?

QuestionI have a new Baha 5 Power Sound Processor. It seems to pick up my cell phone updates and chimes twice every time I get an update. People in the room can hear the chimes and it is very frustrating. I have turned off the Bluetooth app on the phone and it still chimes. Please help me stop the continuing chimes. // Luke

Answer: Hi Luke, thanks for your question.

The reason your sound processor picks up chimes from your cell phone is that it is paired to your iPhone, and by default all audio (incl. phone calls, notifications and music) is streamed directly to your sound processor.

It is difficult to provide a specific solution but I will provide a general answer below:

You can adjust which sounds are streamed to your sound processor on a “global” or “local” level (i.e. you can decide whether all or none of the sounds should be streamed or you can specify which sounds should/should not be streamed).

Global: On your iPhone, go to Settings/General/Accessibility/Hearing Devices and tap ‘Audio Routing’ to adjust settings on a “global” level. Keep in mind that if you turn off for instance ‘Call Audio’ routing, phone or FaceTime calls will no longer be streamed either. Similarly, turning off ‘Media Audio’ prevents any music, video or game audio to be streamed.

Local: You can also set which, if any, sounds you want to use for updates by going to Settings/Sounds and scroll down to ‘SOUNDS AND VIBRATION PATTERNS’. By selecting ‘None’, there will be no chimes to stream to the sound processor.

If the chimes are related to specific apps, you may be able to adjust this if you go to Settings and scroll down to the app in question. The ability to change app notifications depends on the respective app developer and is not controlled by Cochlear.

I hope some of this will answer your question. Best of luck!

Carl Uvesten, Product Manager Connectivity, Cochlear Bone Anchored Solutions

Children’s language development: What your child should be able to say and hear at age two

Baha Softband child

What’s normal hearing for a one- or two-year old? Sometimes it can be difficult to assess where your child “should be” in terms of speech and hearing.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing-Association (ASHA), these are the general guidelines you should follow for your child’s development.

For example, a toddler should be able to put two words together (“more cookie,” “no juice,” “mommy book”), say more and more words every month, and point to pictures in a book when named.

What can you do to help their language development? For example:

  • Talk while doing things and going places. Point to familiar objects (cars, trees, birds) and say their names. “I see a dog. The dog says ‘woof.’ This is a big dog. This dog is brown.”
  • Use simple but grammatical speech that is easy for your child to imitate.
  • Expand on words. For example, if your child says “car,” you respond by saying, “You’re right! That is a big red car.”

If you suspect that your child may not be hearing properly, contact your local health care professional for a hearing assessment. The sooner you get the evaluation, the better.

Early intervention is the most important thing you can do for your child. Hearing is crucial to the development of their vital speech and language skills. Even minimal hearing loss can lead to learning and behavioural problems that can limit your child –both throughout school and beyond. The sooner your child can hear and use spoken language, the more likely they can overcome the disadvantages of hearing loss to realise their full academic and social potential.

Baha-5-Sound-processor-FM-radio-compatible

Read also: Has your child heard 30 million words by their fourth birthday?

Milan from Hungary loves football and his Baha 5 Sound Processor

baha-5-user-milan-juventus

Baha 5 user and football enthusiast Milan Szente shows off his Baha 5 shirt at a recent launch event in Budapest, Hungary.

Milan was born with conductive hearing loss on both ears and has been wearing a Baha solution since he was little. Recently he upgraded from the BP100 to the Baha 5 System, and shared his experiences at the event. It was his very first time talking in front of a big audience!baha-5-small-smart

“I like the new drop-like shape of the Baha 5 Sound Processor, it is very elegant. My friends and family sometimes forget that I wear one, because it is so small! The new technology and the quality of sound are simply great. The accessories for it are very useful and make my life easier.”

Milan revealed that he uses all the Cochlear wireless accessories:

“Currently my favorite is the TV Streamer. I always keep the Remote Control around because it is very important for me. I use the TV Streamer daily, the Mini Mic approximately once a week at school, and the Phone Clip from time to time. When I start University I will probably use the Mini Mic more often, and if I get a job in the future I will use the Phone Clip more frequently – probably while driving.”

Milan enjoys both to play and listen to music. This summer he participated for the second time at the Beats of Cochlea Festival in Poland, an international music festival for hearing impaired people from around the world. He performed on the piece “The beginning” on the e-guitar, his own composition. Something he wouldn’t have been able to do without his Baha solution.

beats_of_cochlea_milan

But what Milan loves most is football – namely Italian team Juventus. He was actually inspired by the Cochlear representative in Central Europe, Antonio Sportelli.

“I am a Juventus fan because I have been inspired by Antonio, since I have met him. Antonio gave me a new nickname, because my name was ‘Milan’ and his favorite club is Juve, so he started calling me ‘Juve’. I am very proud of it. I love the football club because it is very cool and they play very good football. I am also a big fan of my hometown’s club ‘Videoton’. I usually go to matches with my father and friends.”

And his biggest dreams in life?

“I would like to work for Cochlear one day as they “gave me back hearing”, so I can hear now and always! Once in my life I would really like to watch a Juventus match live. I do find the Baha sound processors very interesting, so I would like to visit the Cochlear building in Sweden where they’re made. I would like to become as good in German and Swedish as I am in English (I have a level C1 language certification in English). There’s really no limits to what I can do.”

Read more: The Baha 5 Sound Processor is a Red Dot award winner

 

In the news: study shows fewer people feel embarrassed wearing hearing aids

The stigma of hearing devices may finally be decreasing!

A new study shows that fewer and fewer feel embarrassed wearing hearing aids.

Concerns about embarrassment have long been a major reason why people with hearing loss choose not to wear hearing devices. Many people go untreated years longer than necessary.

At least it is never too late to get help. Malcolm Simon, USA, had hearing loss all his life and didn’t get his Baha sound processor until 80 years of age. And he’s happier than ever!

“It was totally ignored in those days,” says Malcolm. “While glasses were common, hearing aids were not. They weren’t acceptable and people would actually laugh at you. I’d say, ‘Listen, a person has to wear glasses if they can’t see, so what’s wrong with a person wearing hearing aids if they can’t hear?’ Nowadays, I think hearing aids are accepted by everybody. People wear stuff in their ears and over their heads for all sorts of reasons, so there’s no longer a stigma about wearing hearing aids.”

Read Malcolm’s story here

Now a study carried out in Europe in 2009, 2012 and 2015, shows a steady decline in the number of people with hearing loss who indicate they are embarrassed to wear hearing aids.

embarrassed-wearing-hearing-aids-2016-study

 

In the 2009 survey, 56% of people with hearing loss said that they felt embarrassed wearing hearing aids. In 2012, 52% felt embarrassed. In 2015 the figure had dropped to 42%.

”I’m very happy that fewer and fewer people with hearing loss will feel embarrassed to wear hearing aids”, says Secretary General Kim Ruberg, hear-it AISBL.

”But I still cannot understand why people will feel embarrassed about hearing aids. Hearing loss is quite common and nothing to be embarrassed about. And who would be embarrassed of wearing glasses if they have a problem with their vision? Hearing aids help people to hear just like glasses help people to see.  I really hope that within a few years no one will feel embarrassed to wear hearing aids.”

Read more about the survey results