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5 Sounds to Stream Through Your Hearing Aids for the Holidays

5 Sounds to Stream Through Your Hearing Aids for the Holidays

Bring the Festivities Right to Your Ears

Have you been putting off exploring your hearing technology’s streaming capabilities? We’ve got just the fix. Delve into the world of streaming this holiday season with our five picks. Before long, you’ll be wondering why you waited to channel old favorites and new sounds directly to your hearing aids. Let’s get started!

 

Holiday Podcasts

More than an estimated 2 million podcasts exist, but that doesn’t mean everybody’s listening. Here’s why you should: With tons of topics from poinsettias to politics at the ready, you’ll likely have no trouble settling on something interesting.

Try this: Search “holiday podcasts” on your favorite web browser for stories, songs, sermons, inspiration, motivation, conversations, and more among the many offerings you can download to your smartphone or computer for direct streaming to your hearing aids.

 

Must-see Classics

Got a favorite classic movie or television show that makes the holiday season extra special? Make it even more enjoyable by sending the audio directly to your hearing devices. The best part? You can enjoy it at the volume that sounds just right for you — without the setting changing for everyone else.

Try this: Check out a beloved holiday-themed DVD from your local library or use your preferred video-on-demand service, and experience the audio in a whole new way through Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids.

 

Virtual Reunions

Who’s on your mind that you haven’t seen or heard from in a long time? The holiday season can be perfect for getting the crew back together online to enjoy laughs and talk new-year plans. Streaming the conversation right to your hearing devices helps ensure you don’t miss a single word.

Try this: Choose your favorite video-chat platform — or try a new one — and invite five friends from near and far to join you on a fun virtual call.

 

DIY Fun

That skill you’ve been wanting to add to your repertoire? Don’t wait for the new year. Learn it now! And with billions of videos on popular sharing platform YouTube, someone’s bound to have a helpful tutorial or two on the topic you seek.

Try this: Find and explore DIY videos on your favorite subjects with a quick and easy keyword search in YouTube’s vast collection. Streaming the audio straight to your hearing aids and, if desired, turning on the captioning function can help make listening and learning a cinch.

 

Merry Music

When was the last time you put a holiday playlist together? Never? Gathering up your favorite tracks may take a little time, but it can pay off big with a go-to tailored list of tunes for streaming that keep you happily humming and rockin’ throughout the season.

Try this: Sites such as Soundcloud, Last.fm, YouTube, and Spotify can be a big help in discovering terrific holiday songs you didn’t even know existed. Keep that in mind while compiling tunes for your festive playlist.

 

Streaming 101

What is streaming?

Streaming essentially involves sending audio from a sound source — for example, your smartphone, TV, stereo, or computer, depending on compatibility — to your hearing device. With streaming, your hearing instruments essentially act as wireless headphones, providing an even more personalized experience.

 

How does streaming work with hearing aids?

Hearing aids facilitate streaming either directly or through a clip. In direct streaming, audio is transmitted right to your devices, without an accessory. The clip method uses a wireless accessory — a streamer — that clips to your clothing or may hang around your neck. Audio is transmitted to the clip, which then sends it to your hearing aids.

 

What makes this possible?

Through Bluetooth technology typically embedded in both the hearing aid and the smartphone, television, or other audio source, the electronics can be wirelessly paired, allowing streaming to happen. Our caring team can explain the specific steps and help ensure you have what you need.

 


 

Want to make sure your hearing devices are ready for holiday streaming? Contact us today to make an appointment or to get your questions answered. We’re here to help!

‘Hearable’ Holiday Gift Guide

Tech tailored to you, your lifestyle, and your goals

Looking to get yourself or your favorite tech-savvy, fitness-focused loved one a pair of hearables this season? Check out our helpful hearable gift guide that covers what they are, some of the different features, various brands, and the ordering process.

What ‘Hearables’ Are

The definition of a “hearable” is constantly evolving, like the technology. To attempt to encompass all the variations of this technology, a hearable is a wireless in-ear computational device. This mini-computer uses wireless/Bluetooth® technology to complement and enhance your sound experience. Fitness tracking is another key feature that sets these apart from wireless headphones.

These devices are transforming according to wearers’ ever-changing wants:

    • The ability to sync with wireless devices to stay connected to people, hobbies, and music
    • The technology to measure biometrics (like heart rate, calories burned, etc.)
    • Quality sound streaming

What to Look for in a Hearable

These little guys can do so much, so how do you know which one is for you? Check out some of these highlighted features:
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Resound-owned Jabra’s Elite Sport wireless earbuds (like Bragi’s The Dash Pro) feature nearly every benefit we’ve highlighted in our table, from audio transparency (so you can be more aware of your surroundings while still enjoying your tech) to high-quality sound and calls.

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Wireless earbud guide (click to enlarge)

Timeline for Fitting

Some hearables are customizable, such as the Bragi family of technology. In this case, the wearer would need an earmold impression created by a dispenser or audiologist (like us!). Any hearables that can be customized follow the same process. Contact our office about our policy.

The process for creating an earmold impression begins with the consumer getting an otoscopic evaluation from a professional to ensure an earmold impression can be taken. The actual earmold impression is created by inserting a block into the ear canal along with the earmold impression material. This cures for about 10 minutes, and then the earmold impression material — now a mold of the ear — is sent to the hearable manufacturer for customization.

Have questions? Would you like to get an earmold made? Give the gift of hearables this season with our help!

Sources:
everydayhearing.com

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It’s A Family Affair

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Make the most of your time together this holiday season by ensuring that you’re hearing your absolute best. If it’s been a while since you’ve had your hearing checked, call our office to make sure your hearing needs are being fully met by your hearing aids. In addition, check out the following tips to make sure you don’t miss a moment of your time together with your family!

Quick Tips for Better Holiday Hearing

  • Attending a family gathering or dinner? Ask to be seated where you’ll hear your best.
  • Are you traveling? Do you have an extra set of devices? A cleaning kit? Bring them along, just in case
  • Don’t hesitate to remind your loved ones about your hearing difficulty. Odds are, they’ll be more than happy to slow down and speak up in conversations.
  • Relax and have fun. The holidays come once a year. Enjoy them with the ones you love!

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Make sure you can hear it by scheduling a holiday clean and check today

The holidays are already upon us – is your hearing technology ready?

A simple clean and check of your devices—one that removes the dirt and oil that can build up on your devices through regular use—can help ensure your conversations this holiday season take less effort, delivering clarity and comfort with each interaction.

The holidays can be a pretty busy time for everyone, including our office, so be certain to make an appointment—we don’t want you to miss a thing this holiday season! You may even want to schedule an ear cleaning in addition to having your devices cleaned.

Does your technology have fresh batteries? It is never a bad idea to put new batteries in your devices before attending an important get-together. If you’re traveling for the holidays, we recommend you bring along a better-hearing supply kit: extra batteries, a hearing instrument cleaning brush, hearing instrument cleaning wipes, and—if you have them—an old set of devices, just in case.

Attending an important dinner? Dinner conversation can be noisy and full of distractions whether you have a hearing difficulty or not, so ask to sit in the seat that best suits your hearing needs for a more relaxed, conversation-filled evening.