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"Giving you the confidence to make the decisions about the medical treatment of your hearing loss is the basic goal of this publication.”

-Christopher M. Sumer, NBC-HIS


"Giving you the confidence to make the decisions about the medical treatment of your hearing loss is the basic goal of this publication.”

-Christopher M. Sumer, NBC-HIS


How Are Hearing Loss and Dementia Related?

Hearing Loss impacts over 48 Million people in the U.S. and is listed by the Department of Health and Human Services as the 3rd most common chronic disorder affecting today’s seniors. Unfortunately, for most of us, age-related hearing loss is inevitable; impacting nearly 50% of seniors between the ages of 60-70, almost 2/3rd of people between the age of 70-80, and nearly 80% of individuals over the age of 80. Age-related hearing loss is characterized by the progressive loss of receptor (hair) cells in the ear, that consequently reduces the quantity, and quality, of neural connections from the ear to the brain. This slow-onset disease can have a significant impact on several key brain areas, including the memory, hearing, speech and language portions of cognition. Several key research studies have pointed to the potential links of hearing loss and Dementia, including the groundbreaking work from Dr. Lin and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center that indicate hearing loss can increase the risk of Dementia by 200-500% (see summary data in Figure 1).


Every 3-4 seconds another patient is diagnosed with Dementia. Rates of Dementia are estimated to triple in the next 30 years. Unlike some other diseases, with Dementia the physical body is estimated to outlive the individual’s mental capabilities by 10 or more years. There is no cure for this catastrophic disease, but there are treatments available, including several ways to decrease your risk of developing Dementia.


Recent research has found that hearing loss can increase the risk of developing Dementia by 200-500%. This report, from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and the National Institute on Aging found that individuals with hearing loss (when compared to participants with normal hearing) are at a significantly higher risk of developing Dementia over time. The more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease. “A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it’s such a slow and insidious process as we age,” Dr. Frank Lin (of Johns Hopkins Medical Center) says. “Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we’re showing that it may well be a more serious problem.”



How Are Hearing Loss and Dementia Related?

Hearing Loss impacts over 48 Million people in the U.S. and is listed by the Department of Health and Human Services as the 3rd most common chronic disorder affecting today’s seniors. Unfortunately, for most of us, age-related hearing loss is inevitable; impacting nearly 50% of seniors between the ages of 60-70, almost 2/3rd of people between the age of 70-80, and nearly 80% of individuals over the age of 80. Age-related hearing loss is characterized by the progressive loss of receptor (hair) cells in the ear, that consequently reduces the quantity, and quality, of neural connections from the ear to the brain. This slow-onset disease can have a significant impact on several key brain areas, including the memory, hearing, speech and language portions of cognition. Several key research studies have pointed to the potential links of hearing loss and Dementia, including the groundbreaking work from Dr. Lin and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins Medical Center that indicate hearing loss can increase the risk of Dementia by 200-500% (see summary data in Figure 1).


Every 3-4 seconds another patient is diagnosed with Dementia. Rates of Dementia are estimated to triple in the next 30 years. Unlike some other diseases, with Dementia the physical body is estimated to outlive the individual’s mental capabilities by 10 or more years. There is no cure for this catastrophic disease, but there are treatments available, including several ways to decrease your risk of developing Dementia.


Recent research has found that hearing loss can increase the risk of developing Dementia by 200-500%. This report, from researchers at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and the National Institute on Aging found that individuals with hearing loss (when compared to participants with normal hearing) are at a significantly higher risk of developing Dementia over time. The more hearing loss they had, the higher their likelihood of developing the memory-robbing disease. “A lot of people ignore hearing loss because it’s such a slow and insidious process as we age,” Dr. Frank Lin (of Johns Hopkins Medical Center) says. “Even if people feel as if they are not affected, we’re showing that it may well be a more serious problem.”


What is NeuroTechnology™?

NeuroTechnology™ is designed to treat hearing loss by using complex stimulation patterns to help replace diminished auditory input to the brain. Traditional hearing aids just make things louder, but with today’s new NeuroTechnology™ treatment options you can hear more clearly and more naturally, in all listening environments…. even in noisy restaurants!


Today’s NeuroTechnology™ includes the following features:


  • Enhanced Clarity – to help fill in the missing speech details
  • Noise-Cancellation Features – to help filter speech in noisy environments
  • Soft-Speech Booster – to help you hear the ‘soft-speakers’ in your life (i.e. children and grandchildren, your spouse)
  • Surround Sound Features
  • Bluetooth connectivity to your smart devices


We hear with our BRAINS, not with our ears. Today’s NeuroTechnology™ is the only proven hearing loss treatment options with a focus on enhancing brain function by providing enhanced clarity surround-sound with background-noise cancelling features


What is NeuroTechnology™?

NeuroTechnology™ is designed to treat hearing loss by using complex stimulation patterns to help replace diminished auditory input to the brain. Traditional hearing aids just make things louder, but with today’s new NeuroTechnology™ treatment options you can hear more clearly and more naturally, in all listening environments…. even in noisy restaurants!


Today’s NeuroTechnology™ includes the following features:


  • Enhanced Clarity – to help fill in the missing speech details
  • Noise-Cancellation Features – to help filter speech in noisy environments
  • Soft-Speech Booster – to help you hear the ‘soft-speakers’ in your life (i.e. children and grandchildren, your spouse)
  • Surround Sound Features
  • Bluetooth connectivity to your smart devices


We hear with our BRAINS, not with our ears. Today’s NeuroTechnology™ is the only proven hearing loss treatment options with a focus on enhancing brain function by providing enhanced clarity surround-sound with background-noise cancelling features


How Do I Take Care of My NeuroTechnology™?

Take care of your NeuroTechnology™ and it will take care of you! Regular maintenance and care of your NeuroTechnology™ is critical to the success of the devices and for success in treating your hearing loss.


  • Daily Care: be sure to use the provided lint-free cloth to wipe down your technology at the end of each day. This regiment will insure that oils from the skin, cerumen (ear wax), dandruff, etc., will not build on the unit and prevent proper stimulation of the auditory system. You may also find that the provided pick/brush can be helpful at removing cerumen embedded in the domes.


  • Weekly Maintenance: Your NeuroTechnology™ must be provided an ample supply of power to run properly. Your batteries will be expected to last between 4-7 days, depending on your use, connectivity to devices (i.e. Bluetooth connectivity to your phone, tablet, home TV,) etc. When you hear the audible battery warning tone, be sure to change batteries in both units at the same time. For those patients with rechargeable batteries, be sure to properly place the units in the charging station every evening to obtain a full charge.


  • Monthly Care: It is important that both the domes and the wax filters be changed on a monthly basis (it is possible that for some patients this be done on a more regular basis depending on the amount of cerumen build-up). Domes: The dome on your NeuroTechnology™ speaker plays a critical role in the acoustic performance of your units and is specifically calculated in to the prescriptive acoustic settings. Wax Baskets: These filters have been specifically designed to prevent cerumen from entering the speaker and causing damage to the units. As cerumen builds in the basket, it can intermittently (or permanently) prevent sound stimulation from the units.


NOTE: In the rare case that your NeuroTechnology™ is malfunctioning and not providing ample stimulation please follow these 2 steps before calling the office: 1) change the batteries, and 2) change the wax basket. These are the cause of 98% of all hearing aid emergency appointments and can help save you time and travel! As always, you are welcome to call the office if you are uncomfortable with either of these and would like help.


How Do I Take Care of My NeuroTechnology™?

Take care of your NeuroTechnology™ and it will take care of you! Regular maintenance and care of your NeuroTechnology™ is critical to the success of the devices and for success in treating your hearing loss.


  • Daily Care: be sure to use the provided lint-free cloth to wipe down your technology at the end of each day. This regiment will insure that oils from the skin, cerumen (ear wax), dandruff, etc., will not build on the unit and prevent proper stimulation of the auditory system. You may also find that the provided pick/brush can be helpful at removing cerumen embedded in the domes.


  • Weekly Maintenance: Your NeuroTechnology™ must be provided an ample supply of power to run properly. Your batteries will be expected to last between 4-7 days, depending on your use, connectivity to devices (i.e. Bluetooth connectivity to your phone, tablet, home TV,) etc. When you hear the audible battery warning tone, be sure to change batteries in both units at the same time. For those patients with rechargeable batteries, be sure to properly place the units in the charging station every evening to obtain a full charge.


  • Monthly Care: It is important that both the domes and the wax filters be changed on a monthly basis (it is possible that for some patients this be done on a more regular basis depending on the amount of cerumen build-up). Domes: The dome on your NeuroTechnology™ speaker plays a critical role in the acoustic performance of your units and is specifically calculated in to the prescriptive acoustic settings. Wax Baskets: These filters have been specifically designed to prevent cerumen from entering the speaker and causing damage to the units. As cerumen builds in the basket, it can intermittently (or permanently) prevent sound stimulation from the units.


NOTE: In the rare case that your NeuroTechnology™ is malfunctioning and not providing ample stimulation please follow these 2 steps before calling the office: 1) change the batteries, and 2) change the wax basket. These are the cause of 98% of all hearing aid emergency appointments and can help save you time and travel! As always, you are welcome to call the office if you are uncomfortable with either of these and would like help.


How Do I Pay for Treatment?

We are proud to offer our patients the most affordable hearing health care EVER!


We believe that the treatment of hearing loss, a progressive degenerative disorder, should NEVER be limited by finances. Our program provides affordable, high-level, hearing health care to all.


The benefits of treating your hearing loss with our exclusive TreatmentFi™ process is exceptional and unlike any other treatment plans available to patients! Each of our patients that begins treatment of their hearing loss can expect the following benefits:


  • A pair of adaptive NeuroTechnology™ designed to address the cognitive aspects of hearing loss.
  • Lifetime hearing loss coverage with affordable fixed monthly treatment plan costs.
  • Lifetime Warranty.
  • Automatic technology upgrades every 48 months (or less).
  • Access to discounted technology accessories, including rechargeable batteries, smartphone, and TV adapter.
  • All office visits included.
  • Hearing technology supplies included (batteries, cleaning accessories, etc)


The standard cost of our treatment program is $188 per month. However, customizable treatment plans are available depending on hearing and cognitive needs, insurance benefits, and financial situation. Your treatment team will help develop a plan that is right for you!


How Do I Pay for Treatment?

We are proud to offer our patients the most affordable hearing health care EVER!


We believe that the treatment of hearing loss, a progressive degenerative disorder, should NEVER be limited by finances. Our program provides affordable, high-level, hearing health care to all.


The benefits of treating your hearing loss with our exclusive TreatmentFi™ process is exceptional and unlike any other treatment plans available to patients! Each of our patients that begins treatment of their hearing loss can expect the following benefits:


  • A pair of adaptive NeuroTechnology™ designed to address the cognitive aspects of hearing loss.
  • Lifetime hearing loss coverage with affordable fixed monthly treatment plan costs.
  • Lifetime Warranty.
  • Automatic technology upgrades every 48 months (or less).
  • Access to discounted technology accessories, including rechargeable batteries, smartphone, and TV adapter.
  • All office visits included.
  • Hearing technology supplies included (batteries, cleaning accessories, etc)


The standard cost of our treatment program is $188 per month. However, customizable treatment plans are available depending on hearing and cognitive needs, insurance benefits, and financial situation. Your treatment team will help develop a plan that is right for you!


When is the Best Time to Start Treatment?

Simple answer: if you are over 50 you should have your hearing evaluated. And if it is determined that you have a hearing loss, early treatment is the key to success with NeuroTechnology™.


A More Detailed Answer: I always stress the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss to each of my patients.


The American Speech Language Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the American Medical Association have all considered the recommendation of including ‘hearing evaluation / screening’ between the age of 50-60 years young. I often use the catch phrase ‘Ears and Rears’ as my way of getting people to remember to have their hearing checked when they turn 50 (and of course, have a colonoscopy too!).


Similar to going to your primary care physician every year, obtaining a baseline hearing test can help to better serve you and your clinician to guide the medical recommendation at current or future appointments. Obtaining a baseline of normal hearing never hurt anyone!


Regardless of age, if you are noticing any of the symptoms of hearing loss, e.g. difficulty hearing in noisy situations, difficulty hearing the TV (compared to others), if your family is suggesting you get a hearing test, or if you have ringing in your ears (defined as Tinnitus).


Unfortunately waiting too long can significantly impact the expectations and outcome of treatment, and sadly every Audiologist I know has a patient they have had to tell they waited too long and the benefits of treatment will be minimal.


When is the Best Time to Start Treatment?

Simple answer: if you are over 50 you should have your hearing evaluated. And if it is determined that you have a hearing loss, early treatment is the key to success with NeuroTechnology™.


A More Detailed Answer: I always stress the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss to each of my patients.


The American Speech Language Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the American Medical Association have all considered the recommendation of including ‘hearing evaluation / screening’ between the age of 50-60 years young. I often use the catch phrase ‘Ears and Rears’ as my way of getting people to remember to have their hearing checked when they turn 50 (and of course, have a colonoscopy too!).


Similar to going to your primary care physician every year, obtaining a baseline hearing test can help to better serve you and your clinician to guide the medical recommendation at current or future appointments. Obtaining a baseline of normal hearing never hurt anyone!


Regardless of age, if you are noticing any of the symptoms of hearing loss, e.g. difficulty hearing in noisy situations, difficulty hearing the TV (compared to others), if your family is suggesting you get a hearing test, or if you have ringing in your ears (defined as Tinnitus).


Unfortunately waiting too long can significantly impact the expectations and outcome of treatment, and sadly every Audiologist I know has a patient they have had to tell they waited too long and the benefits of treatment will be minimal.


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