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Hearing Research

Hearing Research If you suffer from hearing loss, you are likely to wonder what  hearing research is being done by medical science.   And how is hearing research being conducted?The hearing organ and complex nerves that allow one to hear are located deep inside the brain.  While imaging techniques such Read more

Hearing Aid Batteries

Hearing Aid Batteries Hearing devices can be life-changing, but they can’t help you if the hearing aid batteries are dead. Hearing device users know when they hear that little beeping noise, they’d better have a spare pack of batteries handy. Hearing aid batteries typically last between 3-7 days, depending on factors like:The type Read more

Can Hearing Be Restored?

Can Hearing Be Restored With so many medical advances in the 21st century, individuals with hearing loss yearn to know…can hearing be restored?  It is tempting to feel left-behind if you are hearing impaired.  The weight loss industry is rife with a dizzying number of commercials, books and advertisements Read more

Severity of Tinnitus Related to Emotional Sounds

Severity of Tinnitus Related to Emotional Sounds A research study out of the University of Illinois has suggested that the severity of tinnitus related to emotional sounds.  Not only do those with severe tinnitus process emotions differenty in the brain compared to those who report the severe tinnitus but also Read more

Starkey Halo Hearing Aid Review

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Starkey Halo Hearing aid review

Starkey Halo Hearing Aid Review

Starkey, one of the 6 major hearing  aid manufacturers, released their new iPhone compatible hearing device named “Halo” in late March, 2014.The following is a Starkey Halo Hearing Aid review.

Compatible with Apple devices iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone4s, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini with Retina display, iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), the Halo hearing aids connect to these devices with wireless bluetooth technology using the Apple app named “TruLink”.

TruLink allows the user to enjoy phone conversations, music and videos through the hearing aids as if they were personal headphones.  The app also allows the user to make minor adjustments to the sound quality of the Halo devices to suit their personal preferences.  Additional features include:

  • Up to 16 sound settings (TruLink Memories) that can be saved to to match locations you frequent and customize the listening settings of your Halo hearing devices automatically  upon your arrival.  The phone uses satellite “geotag” settings so that when you are within 100 meters of those locations, the customized settings automatically adjust to that location.
  • Live Microphone:  allows the user to record, play back and email audio as it happens.
  • Find My Hearing Aids:  easily find a lost Halo hearing aid.  A signal detector sends a signal based on how close one is to located the Halo  products.


To learn more and review the Starkey Halo hearing aid, please click the following link  (learn more about Halo).

Please visit our website and select the hearing aid pricing tab under the ABOUT menu to find pricing for the Halo hearing device at Peninsula Hearing Services.  To learn more about Halo, select the hearing aids tab under the PRODUCTS menu and click on the “Starkey” logo.

At Peninsula Hearing Services, we provide demonstrations of products from the major manufacturers in our office for customers to listen for themselves..  We welcome your inquiries at (650) 373.2081.  You may also email us at [email protected] for questions.

What is the BEST hearing aid?

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What is the Best hearing aid?

What is the Best hearing aid?

What is the BEST hearing aid? Whether speaking to a group about hearing devices or with a customer in our clinic, I am frequently asked this question.   This is a good question, as there are numerous hearing aid manufacturers, numerous models and  numerous styles and shapes of hearing devices.  Also thrown into the mix are self reports by those who wear devices…….some rave about how great their devices perform for them and how much improved the hearing quality of their life is while others are more lukewarm about their hearing device.  Lots of variability from person to person exists.

Generally speaking, there is no BEST hearing aid as of this writing (June 2014).  Most hearing devices from the 6 major hearing manufacturer’s are of high quality and quite comparable with one another  in price, performance and styles available, although each each manufacturer lists unique features specific to their hearing aid. Secondly, a premium hearing device may not perform  well if it is not customized and fitted appropriately by an experienced hearing healthcare provider using state-of-the-art equipment  in the office.

The 6 largest hearing aid manufacturer’s in the world are Oticon, Phonak , Siemens, Starkey, Resound and Widex.  As stated above, my professional opinion is that they all design good hearing devices.  Furthermore, each manufacturer invests upwards of 50 million dollars annually in the design of newer technology hearing devices in an effort to bring newer hearing solutions to its customers.

Although the devices are  similar in price and performance between the manufacturers, the perception of sound between the devices can be perceived differently by each individual.  Because of that, at Peninsula Hearing Services  provides demonstrations of products from the major manufacturers in our office for customers to listen for themselves. You may also visit our website and click on the hearing aid pricing tab under the ABOUT menu or click on the hearing aids tab under the PRODUCTS menu to learn more about the various hearing device products.

We welcome your inquiries at (650) 373.2081 or you may email us at [email protected] for questions.

What is a Cochlear Implant

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Every few months or so an individual with modest hearing impairment asks my professional opinion if they would “qualify” for the cochlear implant surgery they have heard about which has helped profoundly hearing impaired or persons deaf hear better.

Initially, I am usually taken aback by this question, mostly I guess, because I view surgery as a “last resort”.  I would never even consider undergoing a medically invasive procedure unless all other less drastic options failed and my health was in serious jeopardy.  But in retrospect, that is a bit unfair to the person who asked me the question.

Even though I work with hearing impaired persons and see firsthand the effects hearing loss can have on the quality of one’s life, I have good hearing and don’t experience the effects of hearing impairment. Secondly, I have 4 years of advanced training and education in hearing healthcare along with 14 years experience in the field  of audiology, and  thus know firsthand what a cochlear implant is and who benefits from it.

What is a Cochlear Implant?

So what is a cochlear implant?  Described here simplistically and in general terms, it is an electronic medical device, a probe actually, that is inserted deep into the skull using a surgical drill, that stimulates the tiny hearing receptors in the hearing organ called the cochlea.  The probe communicates with a magnet that is anchored to the inside of the head.  That magnet communicates with another magnet resting on the outside of the head which then connects  to a fairly large Behind-The-Ear hearing aid that captures sound and transfers it  through the magnets to the electrode where sound is processed along the hearing nerve to be interpreted by the brain (a video and more complete description of this process can be found at the following link from Cochlear, one of the manufacturer’s of a  cochlear implant (CLICK HERE).

Who Benefits from a Cochlear Implant?

Cochlear implants were first designed in the early 1980’s and initially were only given FDA approval for profoundly/deafened hearing impaired persons.  The technology has flourished since then and continues to improve.  However, due to the invasiveness of the surgery and the limitations of the technology, cochlear implants will only help those who:

  • Have severe to profound hearing loss in both ears
  • Receive little to no benefit from hearing aids based on a battery of hearing evaluations by hearing healthcare professional
  • Score poorly on word testing in both ears with hearing devices
  • Meet other specific medical criteria regarding candidacy for the implant process


Like any medical treatment, the benefit from a cochlear implant is different for different individuals.  If the surgery is not successful, the inner ear is essentially “dead” and the individual is left with no hearing, which is why candidacy is so selective.

According to the NIDCD, as of 2012, approximately 324,000 persons worldwide have received cochlear implants.  In the United States, approximately 58,000 adults and 38,000 children have received them.

To learn more about cochlear implants, please click on the links below:


Food and Drug Administration

Hearing Loss Association of America

Advanced Bionics