Some hearing facts

Who can hear the highest frequency?

“Porpoise

The winner for ability to hear the highest frequencies is the porpoise, which can hear up to 150,000Hz.

What is the smallest bone in the body?

Did you know that the body’s smallest bone is in the ear? It’s called the Stapes and resembles a tiny sitrrup. One of the three ossicles (bones) of the middle ear, it helps to transmit sound vibrations to the internal ear.

Around the World with hearing loss

Advocates for the Deaf and individuals with hearing loss in the United States will tell you we’ve made a lot of progress in the past decade. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped improve access, healthcare and awareness for our citizens with hearing loss.

Even though critics will tell you there’s still work to be done, for the most part we lead the way in hearing healthcare and accessibility for countries around the world. Studies by the World Health Organization indicate wealthy countries have significantly lower levels of hearing loss than their economically-challenge counterparts. Many of these countries said they either have more pressing health concerns to address or lack the funding for educational resources needed to educate hearing healthcare professionals and provide services for those with hearing loss. Continue reading

Newly Designed Communication Workshop

The Audiologists and Speech Pathologists at ESHC have joined forces to provide a NEW look at enhanced communication. This new workshop was designed to provide our patients the opportunity to share ideas, have concerns heard, and learn efficient ways to minimize the negative impacts of hearing loss; in a forum that is fun, entertaining, and respectful of your busy schedules.

Did you know that individuals with untreated hearing loss are 2-5x more likely to suffer memory loss and dementia than patients with normal hearing or treated hearing loss?1 At ESHC, we are committed to stopping the effects of hearing loss in its tracks. At our workshop, you will work with a small group of like minded individuals to explore more efficient ways to manage your day to day communication challenges. The groups are facilitated by our Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists, ensuring that the information you receive is current, relevant and accurate. These workshops, along with other aspects of our hearing rehabilitation program like as Auditory Training and careful verification/validation measures, we are moving our program beyond technology to ensure that our patients have the best possible outcomes.

Buying a hearing aid will make sounds louder. Treating a hearing loss requires the professional attention of a team committed to your long term health and well being. Thank you for allowing us to be YOUR team!

New Custom Bluetooth Headphones

What began as a Kick starter in 2013, became the world’s first “Hearable”, The Bragi. The Bragi has now partnered with hearing aid manufacturer Starkey to release the first ever custom in-ear computer. “The Bragi Dash Pro tailored by Starkey is the most intelligent device of its kind,” said Bragi Founder & CEO Nikolaj Hviid. “These magical devices have seamless Bluetooth pairing and connectivity, a longer-lasting battery life, and groundbreaking achievements – like real- time language translation powered by iTranslate, a 4D menu allowing users to go hands-free and integration with IBM Watson’s famed AI.” The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey will take this one step further, enabling athletes, musicians, content creators, technophiles, and other precision-based fields to see real benefits from having the ultimate fit and a truly personalized, customized audio device made just for them.

What can users do with The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey?

  • Listen to music, podcasts and more via seamless streaming Bluetooth audio
  • Store 1,000 songs/podcasts on 4GB internal storage.
  • Carry just The Dash Pro and leave the phone at home
  • Make or receive phone calls in noise with enhanced Versant™ advanced voice technology from Knowles
  • Leave the USB cord behind – up to five hours of battery life with 30 hours of standby
  • Carry on conversations in other languages. The DashPro tailored by Starkey is compatible with iTranslate.
  • Go hands-free – Virtual 4-D menu to access features with just head gestures and audio commands.
  • Enjoy a run, swim, or bike ride with auto activity tracking – no button to push.
  • Visualize your workouts from within the Bragi app
  • Get wet! The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey is waterproof (to three feet of fresh water).
  • Hear what you want to hear. Audio transparency lets you block outside sound, or let it all in.

         Call today, set up your custom impression and fitting appointment, and join this new revo

ESHC Happenings for Better Hearing and Speech month

Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) was founded in 1927, by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Since then, it has been observed by hundreds of organizations and millions of people all over the country and the world. While some groups put emphasis on either hearing or speech disorders, Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic approaches BHSM through the lens of collaboration. As a practice with hearing and speech services under one roof, we address all communication disorders through interconnected and comprehensive therapy programs in each department. We are proud to have a team so dedicated to bringing the best care to our patients and community!

This year the ESHC staff have hosted and attended a multitude of events ranging from Hearing Health Forums to the Kirkland Mother’s Day Half Marathon and 5K. We kicked off Better Hearing and Speech Month with a celebration of Voice Day in late April in collaboration with Dr. Wm. Gregory Young, otolaryngologist. Together we welcomed singers and performers at our Kirkland clinic to discuss voice hygiene and practice healthy voice exercises.

The UW Hearing Health Forum took place on April 26th and involved Audiology students from the University of Washington. While the future audiologists had an opportunity to present what they have learned, our patients enjoyed presentations on brain hearing, listening effort, and hearing in social settings.

UW students with our ESHC Staff

As a community-conscious clinic, we assembled more than 2000 earplug kits to promote hearing protection for our patients and friends.

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Cooking at Tent City

Additionally, we taught a Speech Reading courses at the Emerald Heights Retirement Center in Redmond. One of our biggest community events this year was cooking and serving dinner to residents of Camp Unity at St. Jude’s Church in Redmond. The ESHC staff was humbled and thankful for everyone who participated and brought donations to this Tent City organization. Our staff also participated in a series of Boot Camp sessions with a wellness trainer, preparing for the Kirkland Mother’s Day 5K run. During this event the clinic staff spread the word on hearing health and educated the community about Better Hearing and Speech Month.

ESHC staff at the 5K run

Following tradition, Evergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic hosted a special hearing event, from May 16-18. During this event the ESHC audiologists introduced rechargeable hearing aids to everyone who is curious about hearing technology. This event further pushed ESHC to provide the best patient care possible, with the clinic audiologists helping patients of all ages to find solutions to their communication needs. Other events included a stuttering support group for families, and a special lecture for our employees on living with dyslexia by John Curley.

Are you protecting your hearing?

Hearing is a sense that many of us take for granted. Throughout our lives, we subject our ears to loud sounds–music, power tools, lawn mowers, air travel–without using ear protection. Regrettably, this can cause hearing loss. Additionally, the natural aging process generally results in hearing loss. Even certain illnesses and medications can adversely affect our hearing. Unfortunately, hearing loss that occurs from such causes is permanent.

The good news is, even if you already have a little hearing loss, it’s never too late to preserve your hearing for the years ahead. Continue reading

Fall Contest: Win FREE Hearing Aids

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Would you like to win FREE Hearing Aids from Oticon? Now is your chance!

We are teaming up with Oticon to give you a free set of hearing aids! All you have to do is tell us how Evergreen Speech & Hearing Clinic has changed your life in 300 words. Whether it is being able to converse more easily with your grandchildren or seeing your baby smile at the sound of your voice, your story is special and we want to hear it! We will also feature it in our Winter Newsletter.

Please submit your story below by November 21st. If your story is a winner, we will contact you after December 1st. The winner will be evaluated by our team to determine the best fit and model of hearing aid.

We are so excited to read your stories!

New Online Payment Information: PatientPay

PatientPay LogoEvergreen Speech and Hearing Clinic has teamed up with PatientPay to provide you with online statements and bill payment so you can easily manage your medical expenses. Now you can access all your bills and payments online, no paperwork required!

PatientPay is an innovative, web-based service offered by our practice to ease the burden of paying your outstanding balance.

Benefits of using PatientPay:

  • It is absolutely free
  • You receive paperless statements
  • You can pay bills with one easy click
  • It maintains records for you to keep track of your payments
  • It helps you see exactly what you are being charged, your insurance benefits and any outstanding payments

How does it work?

  • Once you provide our clinic with your preferred email address (that’s all it takes!), you will begin receiving reminders that a bill is due. By simply clicking the link in the email you will get access to PatientPay’s secure site
  • You’ll need to register for the service which will only require your name, email and date of birth
  • Once you are registered, your statements will come directly to your email inbox.
  • You’ll be able to see all the charges from the practice and always have access to your statements as well.

 

Please feel free to ask any questions regarding PatientPay services and learn how to sign up in any of our offices or by watching PatientPay’s introduction video.