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Advancements in Cochlear Implant Technology

An exciting new cochlear implant processor has been introduced by Cochlear Americas. A cochlear implant processor is the external component to a cochlear implant system. A cochlear implant is an implantable hearing device for individuals with significant hearing loss and reduced speech clarity. A cochlear implant can greatly improve your ability to communicate with friends and family and can lead to improved quality of life.

The new processor from Cochlear Americas, called the Kanso 2, is an off-the-ear unit that is:

  • Rechargeable
  • Able to directly connect to iPhone and Android smartphones for phone calls and music
  • Water resistant
  • Light-weight
Cochlear obtains FDA approval of Kanso 2 Sound Processor, first ...

This processor was recently FDA-approved and will be made available for newly implanted patients and current Cochlear patients eligible for upgrades starting this Fall. If you have hearing loss, poor speech clarity, and have been unsuccessful with hearing aids you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. Call Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute at 904-399-0350 for more information!

Upcoming Virtual Event: Innovative Treatment For Hearing Loss

WHEN:

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Learn what’s new in the world of hearing loss treatment.
Hearing aid REMOTE PROGRAMMING is here, too! Make an appointment for your summer discount now!

Dr. Green, accompanied by Kelly Eaton, Aud, CCC-A, Ryan Funderburk, Aud, CCC-A, & Mike Johnson, ReSound GN, will discuss where we’ve been, where we are now, & where the future is going regarding hearing, including gene splicing and DNA-driven clinical trials.

As we enter a brave new world in the treatment of hearing loss, JHBI pledges to remain on the cutting edge of new developments to improve or restore hearing.


A complimentary lunch gift card will be sent by WJCT to the first 100 online participants upon confirmation of your seminar attendance & completion of event survey. Don’t miss out! Reserve your virtual seat today by clicking the link below:

https://www.wjct.org/events/innovative-treatment-for-hearing-loss/

Remote Programming During The COVID-19 Pandemic

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the audiologists at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute would like our patients to know that we are taking all necessary precautions and are following CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus and to keep patients and staff as safe as possible. This includes offering remote programming services for select hearing aids and cochlear implants. During a remote programming session, the audiologist can program the hearing aid or cochlear implant without having the patient come into the office, thereby keeping high-risk individuals safe at home while still having access to hearing healthcare. Programming is done in real time, which allows patients to provide immediate feedback to the audiologist during the session.

To find out if your hearing aid or cochlear implant is eligible for remote programming, or if you are interested in learning more about this technology, call the clinic at 904-399-0350 to find out more.  

Preparation Tips for Hearing Aid and Cochlear Implant Users

We can’t always know when a natural disaster or other unexpected event will come our way but we can take steps to ensure that when something does happen, we are prepared.

It is normal to experience anxiety or apprehension during a natural disaster or crisis and this can be compounded by a hearing loss and the concern you may not hear announcements or alerts coming from community leaders.

It is important to prepare ahead of time to ensure your hearing aids and/or cochlear implants are in optimal condition. The following are tips to help you prepare for when the unexpected happens.

Check your battery supply.

  • Disposable batteries: it is important to have extra disposable batteries on hand in the event you cannot get to a store to purchase more. Be sure to regularly check the expiration dates especially if you purchase in bulk. Batteries have a shelf life of 2-3 years.
  • Rechargeable batteries: purchase a portable battery pack (and be sure to charge it) to be able to charge your batteries on the go or in the event the power goes out. Be sure you have more than one battery so you can always have fully charged battery on hand.

Review your equipment

  • Check the status of your equipment and ensure you have extra parts and pieces in the event your hearing aid or cochlear implant stops working and you can’t immediately get to your audiologist. Hearing aids users should take care to a supply of wax filters and domes at home to easily replace if needed. Utilize a de-humidifier to lower the risk of moisture damage. Cochlear implant users should ensure they have an extra coil and cable to swap out if necessary.

Enhance your communication

  • Utilize a captioned telephone to assist with understanding important information over the phone. Captioned applications are also available for smartphones.
  • Sign up for text or e-mail alerts when possible to ensure you receive and understand any announcements or alerts.

See your Audiologist

  • If you have enough notice, try to make an appointment with your audiologist for a clean and check of your equipment as well as re-programming to ensure you are able to hear your best.

Hear your best this holiday season!

Hear your best this holiday season with some helpful tips from Cochlear Americas.

Prepare yourself. Make sure you’re hearing your best before you gather with family and friends. Schedule an appointment with a hearing specialist to explore what hearing treatment options will work best for you or to fine-tune your current hearing device.

Plan ahead! Identify the best listening areas in a room, such as a quiet corner. If attending an event, take advantage of accessibility equipment offered. When sitting down for dinner, choose a seat that works best for your hearing, possibly away from background noise and against a wall.

Travel smart. If you currently use a hearing device, remember to bring extra batteries, chargers, remotes and accessories. You should not need to remove hearing devices for security checkpoints. Take advantage of visual alerts and hearing accessible accommodations. Pack any equipment you bring for your hearing device in carry-on luggage.

Educate your loved ones. It is important that your family and friends understand your hearing loss. They want you to take part in the conversation and have fun too! Share tips with your loved ones on how to best include those with hearing loss in the conversation including:

                Speaking at a slower rate and at a normal volume

                Getting your attention before they begin speaking

                Maintaining eye contact throughout a conversation to take advantage of visual cues

Exciting Connectivity Options for Cochlear Implants

A cochlear implant is a hearing device that is implanted in the inner ear to help restore volume and clarity of speech. They lead to better communication with friends and family when hearing aids no longer help. Recent advances in technology have even made it possible to listen on a cell phone through a cochlear implant with ease.

Cochlear
The N7 cochlear implant allows users to

  • Connect to iPhone and Android phones to wirelessly stream phone calls and music or videos.
  • Use an app to adjust volume and manipulate settings for better hearing in noisy environments.
  • Connect to the Apple Watch for seamless volume and program adjustments!


Advanced Bionics
The ‘Connect’ is a small receiver coupled to the battery of a Naida Q90 cochlear implant.

  • Connects to any Bluetooth enabled device (iPhone, Android, tablet etc) for easy, hands-free calling.
  • A button on the receiver allows the user to answer and hang up phone calls as well as start and stop music and videos.


Med El
The ‘AudioLink’ connects to the Sonnet and Rondo 2 cochlear implants.

  • Streams phone calls and music or videos from any Bluetooth enabled item.
  • Allows the user to make changes to their volume and programs for enhanced listening in various environments.


Cochlear implants can lead to better speech understanding for people who don’t benefit from hearing aids. Evolving technology allows cochlear implant users to further communicate with friends and family.

For more information regarding whether you are a cochlear implant candidate call JHBI at 904-399-0350.

Cochlear & Cookies!

You are invited to come by Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute to discuss cochlear implant and bone-anchored hearing aid solutions for hearing loss. Cookies and coffee will be served!


Dates: February 20th and March 6th
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm
Talk with experts about:
– Advanced implantable hearing technology
– The Cochlear™ Nucleus® and Cochlear BAHA® Systems
– Candidacy and coverage
– Assistive listening devices and more!


RSVP to Ralyn Jelus at rjelus@cochlear.com or 404-695-8612

What to Expect From a Cochlear Implant

A cochlear implant can be a life changing treatment for people with severe hearing loss who receive little benefit from hearing aids. An important component of the cochlear implant process is to approach the first several weeks after activation with realistic expectations, commitment and patience. A cochlear implant is designed to bypass the damaged hair cells of the hearing organ, the cochlea, and deliver sounds to the brain by directly stimulating the auditory nerve. The brain then interprets the sound as a meaningful message. This mechanism is very different than the way our natural hearing system is designed so right away the brain is unable to recognize the sounds delivered by the cochlear implant. The good news is that the brain is an amazing organ and capable of learning new things all the time. The brain will learn to recognize speech and environmental sounds with exposure, experience and practice.

 

Exposure: Once the cochlear implant is activated the brain needs to hear sound in order to begin to learn to adapt. Although conversation will likely sound strange and unclear at first the only way to make progress is to expose yourself to all kinds of sound; conversation, music, environmental sounds…anything!

 

Experience: A key part of cochlear implant process is experience; wearing the cochlear implant all day every day, allows speech and other sounds to become more pleasant and clear. Think of the adjustment to a cochlear implant as being a marathon rather than a sprint.

 

Practice: Finally practice, practice, practice! Similar to completing physical therapy exercises at home following a hip replacement surgery, listening therapy must be completed to teach the brain to listen with a cochlear implant. There are many types of listening exercises that can make practice enjoyable. These can be done on your own or with a partner.

 

Keep in mind everyone progresses at their own pace, have patience with the process and know that the benefits will be worth the journey.

 

Cochlear Americas Open House Event

Learning About Cochlear Implants

If you or a loved one has a severe hearing loss and have tried hearing aids without success you may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. A cochlear implant is an implantable device that works together with an externally worn processor to bypass the damaged portion of the inner ear to deliver sound to the brain. Due to damage to the organ of hearing, many people find that hearing aids simply amplify sound and do not provide clarity or understanding.

To learn more about cochlear implants and other implantable devices please join Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute as we partner with Cochlear Americas to host an Open House event on Wednesday, March 7th, 2018. Representatives from Cochlear Americas will be available from 8am-3pm to answer questions, discuss candidacy and show models of cochlear implants and other implantable devices. A cochlear implant audiologist from Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute will be available from 10-12pm and from 1-3pm to discuss the evaluation and follow up process.

Mark your calendars for this wonderful and informational event. Feel free to drop by at your convenience any time between 8am and 3pm.

Wednesday March, 7th 2018

Sheraton Jacksonville Hotel
10605 Deerwood Park Blvd
Jacksonville, Florida 32256

8am-3pm

To register, or for more information, contact Ralyn Jelus at rjelus@cochlear.com or by telephone/text at (404)695-8612. We hope to see you there!

Advanced Bionics: Meet-a-Mentor Event

PLEASE JOIN US!

Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, in partnership with Advanced Bionics, will host a Meet-a-Mentor informational session on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. This event will take place at our office from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is free to attend, but interested participants must RSVP. Speakers include representatives from Advanced Bionics, Dr. J. Douglas Green, Jr., and Elizabeth Selle, Au.D.

The Meet-a-Mentor event is apart of Advanced Bionics’ Bionic Ear Association (BEA). The mission of BEA is to improve the quality of life of individuals with severe-profound hearing loss by providing valuable information, education and awareness on cochlear implants. Recipients of Advanced Bionics’ cochlear implants, along with individuals who may be considering a cochlear implant for themselves or a loved one, are encouraged to attend the event. More information regarding the Bionic Ear Association can be found at: https://www.advancedbionics.com/au/en/get_connected/bea.html

What?

Information session to learn about:

  • Cochlear Implant services in Jacksonville
  • How a Cochlear Implant works
  • Advanced Bionics’ HiRes Ultra Cochlear Implant
  • Benefits of hearing better in noise

When?

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

5:30-7:30 pm

Where?

Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute

10475 Centurion Parkway N. Suite 303

Jacksonville, FL 32256

RSVP:

RSVP is required to attend the event

Please contact Karalee Needelman at (661) 348-2185 or KaraleeN@boinics.com