Category Archives: Listening

Custom-Made Wireless Earphones

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“No more tangled wires. Experience listening freedom with true wireless earphones.”

Dash Pro Wireless Earphones

Wireless Earphones

Experience wireless earphones as a “hearable“.  Similar to the “wearable” you wear (such as a smart watch).  It offers both an enhanced hand-free listening experience and biometric data for heart-rate monitoring, fitness tracking, etc.

The Tailored Dash Pro features a custom shell for better retention and comfort along with enhanced sound.  Only available at select hearing centers – including Hearing Solutions in the Triangle! 

What does the Tailored Dash Pro offer?    

Dash Pro wireless earphones

Custom-made Wireless Earphones

  • Completely wireless and customized to your ear canal:  The Tailored Dash Pro connects to any Bluetooth device for crystal clear stereo and hands-free communication.  No more wires!
  • Automatic fitness tracking:  Running, swimming, cycling or walking, the Tailored Dash Pro can automatically identify your activity and track different aspects of your workout similar to other wearables (i.e.smart watch).
  • Smart phone optional:  Hands-free calling capabilities make communicating easy with a single tap to answer calls.
  • 4 GB of storage:  Store up to 1,000 songs and use as a stand-alone music player whenever you feel like leaving your smartphone at home.
  • Signature Sound:  Optimized by world-renowned acoustic engineers for elevated bass and EQ optimization.
  • Communicate in over 40 languages with the use of iTranslate app.
  • Waterproof up to 1 meter:  Rain is nothing for these earphones.  Feel free to dive into the water up to 1 meter worry free!

LISTEN.  TRACK.  COMMUNICATE.

The Tailored Dash Pro is designed just for you.  It makes a great gift as well!  Contact us to schedule your appointment if you’re interested in wireless freedom!

 

Accents and Hearing

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Why Can’t I Understand Accents?

Accents can affect hearing and understanding conversations.  Do you avoid conversations with someone who has an accent?  Do you struggle with understanding regional or foreign accents?  Many blame the accent but it may just be your hearing!!     

Accents and hearing

Accents and hearing

Miscommunication is easy within any region or language.  Especially with those who have a different manner of speaking.  Understanding accents is difficult for all but can be more problematic when you have even a mild hearing loss.  Your brain works harder to fill in the gaps because your ears are not sending complete information to the brain.

We all use our native, childhood language to help us “fill in the blank” for a missed word.  This includes intonation, cadence and grammar.  Typically, the conversation proceeds without a hitch!  But when you have even a slight hearing loss, accents send more gaps of unfamiliar information to your brain – and is unable to make sense of what you hear.

Someone who has an accent may be speaking your language but use different sentence structure.  The cadence and inflection may be different and unfamiliar.  As a result, your brain is unable to “decode” what is being said.  Add a slight hearing loss and this creates more gaps -making it more difficult to follow conversations.

Accents place additional stress on a weakened area of hearing.  You may have a reduced region of hearing that compounds the problem for your brain.

What to do?:

  1.  Verify and Clarify:  “Just to be clear, you said that I leave from gate #25?”
  2. Practice:  Listen to movies, podcasts, radio, TV that include accented speech.  This will help your brain acclimate to different intonation and grammar patterns.
  3. Don’t pretend to understand:  Say, “I am having trouble understanding you.  Please slow down a bit so I can get it correctly.”
  4. Don’t hurry the conversation so it will end quickly.  This is rude to the speaker.

Contact us for more suggestions or to schedule an appointment for your hearing check!

Listeners: 4 Types

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4 Types of Listeners:  What are you?

  1.  People-oriented:  Focus on feelings of others and the importance of relationships.  They enjoy humor and examples.
  2.  Action-oriented:  Focus on task as hand and what needs to happen.  They are problem solvers and focus on who, what, when and where it will get done.
  3.  Time-oriented:  Focus on efficiency and facts.  They just want the important details to make it clear and concise.
  4.  Content-oriented:  Focus carefully on content from different viewpoints.  They want evidence to back up the facts.

    What type of listener are you?

Listening allows you to correctly interpret what you hear.  Listening skills can degrade as your hearing declines.  Practice focused listening for short time intervals each day to strengthen these skills.  Good listening skills will help if you have reduced hearing!

BETTER LISTENING in 2017

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The Power of Listening

The beginning of 2017 is the perfect time to reflect on changes we would like to make in our lives.  Listening skills are a powerful tool that can benefit most anyone!  Improving these skills will make conversations easier and interactions more pleasant. Good listening skills are especially important for individuals with hearing concerns. Here are just a few of our recommended goals for 2017:

Focused listening

  1.  Become a better listener.  It will help build strong relationships, reduce confusion and missed opportunities.  Test your listening skills here:
  2.  Appreciate your hearing.  It is a vastly underrated sense.  It is our “alarm system” that keeps us safe and connected to others.  Protect your hearing – it is valuable to your well being.
  3.  Vow to actively FOCUS your attention on what you want to hear.   Notice how that focused attention makes for easier hearing.  Multi-tasking weakens the power to understand.  Concentrated focus allows your brain to behave like noise-cancelling headphones that tune out unimportant sights and sounds.
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    Actively listening

  4.  Learn the techniques of active listening to improve your overall understanding and interactions.  This is especially important for those with decreased hearing.
  5.  Find out what type of listener you are and if you need to modify HOW you listen.  Break old patterns of conversations and lack of interest.
  6.  Pay attention to any HEARING issues you may notice.  All relationships hinge on our ability to hear and listen.  Hearing poorly results in gaps of information and communication breaks down.  Find out if you are hearing your best with this short quiz.