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.

 

Interview With A Super Bowl Champion On Overcoming Obstacles and Tackling Global Hearing Loss

NPIN2627-00-EE-ST - Coleman Newspaper Insert 4pg_Resized_HR_Page_1Derrick Coleman’s journey through life, and ultimately the same one that led him to the NFL, becoming a Super Bowl champion, and now an inspirational figure on a global stage, is truly the apotheosis of the possibilities that can manifest when facing adversity with relentless perseverance. A fascinating story that most became familiar with last January in the weeks leading up to the Seattle Seahawks’ quest for a Super Bowl, Derrick and his family found out that he was deaf at the young age of three. Twenty years and a lifetime worth of determination later, Derrick has found himself as an integral symbol of hope to millions of people across the world.

CLICK HERE to read this inspiring article in its entirety at Next Impulse Sports.

Not your grandfather’s hearing aids

iStock_000033156226SmallWatch a person who has trouble hearing try to cope without help from a hearing aid and you’ll see how hard it is to navigate life when this vital sense starts to weaken. Cupping hands behind the ears only goes so far when it’s hard to understand the normal volume of conversations, television shows and the sounds of nature.

About 36 million American adults report some degree of hearing loss, with more men likely to be affected than women. But only one in five people who could be helped by wearing a hearing aid actually wears one.

TODAY’s Matt Lauer pointed out most people still think of a hearing aid as the large device that sits on top of the ear, but the technology has come a long way since the design you saw your grandfather wearing. So Audiologist Neil DiSarno showed off the new generation of “hip” hearing aids and personal sound amplification products in the studio on Wednesday, with some completely hidden in the ear canal and others made to look like wireless phone receivers.

CLICK HERE to read the full article, and see a breakdown of the latest, technologically-advanced hearing aids!

“Made-for-iPhone” Hearing Technology at ESHC!

Did you miss our 3-Day Hearing Technology Event last week? You can still make an appointment to experience Starkey’s major breakthrough in hearing technology: the New HALO – Made-for-iPhone Hearing Aid! Simply call one of our conveniently located offices on the eastside to make your exclusive appointment. You don’t want to miss this revolutionary, brand new technology!

Bellevue Office: 425-454-1883
Redmond Office: 425-882-4347
Kirkland Office: 425-899-5050

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“Made-for-iPhone” Hearing Technology Event: 5/27, 5/28 & 5/29

Technology Event Flier for Blogvfffff 2014Join us next week for an exciting three-day event to showcase Starkey’s major breakthrough in hearing technology: the New HALO – Made-for-iPhone Hearing Aid! We are pleased to welcome nationally recognized researcher and Audiologist Dr. Dennis Van Vliet during this event to share behind the scene stories and patient successes experienced.

You won’t want to miss the revolutionary, brand new technology we’ll be demonstrating! Call the office nearest to you to sign up now!

Tuesday, May 27th – Bellevue Office: 425-454-1883
Wednesday, May 28th – Redmond Office: 425-882-4347
Thursday, May 29th – Kirkland Office: 425-899-5050

E-Games: A Cause for Concern with Children?

iStock_000035005534SmallElectronic games (e-games) are widely used by children as part of their daily life. Up to 50% of all children use e-games in their bedroom, and children are estimated to accumulate more than 10 hours of exposure to electronic media daily. With the emergent electronic use, parents and health professionals have also raised concerns regarding children’s screen time.

Previous studies have pointed to children becoming more sedentary and falling behind in academics due to high e-game usage. Researchers have also found correlations between children’s gaming time to increased BMI and sleep deprivation. However, it’s not all bad news regarding e-game usage.

 

A recent study, published in Ergonomics, explored the more positive impacts of e-games, particularly active (or exergames) e-games, on child development. Active e-games that combine movement and learning were shown to enhance motor skills and positively influence academic learning, self-esteem, and social skills. Implemented and used correctly, active e-games can be a tool for health, physical education, and of course, entertainment.

ead the full article here: http://neuronetlearning.com/blog/are-egames-for-children-a-cause-for-concern/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-egames-for-children-a-cause-for-concern

American Hearing Aid company receives two Product Awards

Hearing aid pioneer Starkey Hearing Technologies was recently honored with two product awards. Winners were judged by a panel of more than 3,000 peers, including business executives, past winners, academics and leaders in the fields of product development, design, engineering, science and medicine

In March, Halo™ was awarded a red dot award for product design. This is the fourth consecutive year Starkey Hearing Technologies has won this award, having been recognized last year for Xino™ Tinnitus, in 2012 for AMP® and in 2011 for SoundLens®. The red dot design award is one of the most renowned international product competitions in the world. This year, the 40-member expert panel discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries.

In April, Xino Tinnitus was awarded an Edison Award-Bronze in the Assistive Devices Category. The Edison Awards recognize and honor some of the most innovative products in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

We are excited to hearing instruments revolutionized through the amazing technological advances in our industry, and are looking forward to even more innovative products in the years to come!

Join us: Advanced Communication Workshop!

iStock_000013906070SmallJoin us on Thursday, May 15th at 6:30pm for our Advanced Communication Workshop, which covers a wide range of informative and helpful topics to assist those managing hearing and speech challenges.

The workshop is put together in partnership with the University of Washington’s Audiology Department, bringing the latest in research and education to the rooms of ESHC. Students from the UW will pair with our doctors to introduce you to the newest techniques for improved communication!

Topics covered are:
*Advanced Technology: Made-for-iPhone and wireless Hearing Aids
*The Anatomy of Hearing
*Understanding your Audiogram
*Lip Reading vs. Speech Reading
*Communication Strategies & Tips
*Session Q&A with students and Audiologists

To join, please RSVP to our Redmond office at 425-882-4347 or at info@everhear.com. We look forward to learning together!

Made-for-iPhone hearing aids better than normal hearing?

New York Times tech writer Farhad Manjoo explores the future of bionic hearing in his recent piece about Made-for-iPhone hearing aids, finding that even those with ‘normal’ hearing will be awestruck by the capabilities of these highly advanced listening devices. Read more NPAD2684-00-EE-ST - XF STAY_CONNECTED - Light - NEW_RETAIL_R8below.

Original Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/24/technology/personaltech/app-controlled-hearing-aid-improves-even-normal-hearing.html?src=twrhp&_r=0

Digital hearing aids pair with apps

628x471New hearing aids made for Apple products – that can be personalized and are discreet – could make wearing the devices more appealing.

New on the market this spring are high-tech hearing aids that are compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. They arose from collaborations with Apple, the Cupertino personal computing giant that has shown interest in medical devices.

Audiologists and manufacturers, such as Starkey Hearing Technologies and GN ReSound, hope the devices will appeal to Baby Boomers whose hearing isn’t what it used to be. The technology comes at a perfect time, said Thomas Gunderson, a senior health care analyst for Piper Jaffray and Co.

“Everybody’s walking around with more computer power than they need in their smartphones,” Gunderson said. “We’ve got a market where 10,000 Baby Boomers are turning 65 every day. We finally have cracked the battery problem. I think it all comes together, and it makes sense that Apple is a leader here.”

More than 36 million adults in the United States have some hearing loss, but only 1 out of 5 people who need a hearing aid have one, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Industry analysts attribute the gap to hearing aids’ decades-old reputation of being large, obvious and bad at filtering out background noise.

That perception has improved in recent years, starting with the first digital hearing aids that became commercially available in the mid-1990s. The devices have increasingly become smaller and more sophisticated.

On Monday, Starkey will release its hearing aid, Halo, which connects to an app available in the App Store. Conversations, music, movies, phone calls and other audio are streamed to the small earpiece, and users can control the volume to precise degrees. In a recent test of the device, conversations unfolding in the next room went from undetectable to slightly audible.

Starkey’s app also uses GPS to “remember” the volume settings for up to 20 locations – everything from a crowded cafe to a peaceful library – and automatically adjusts the noise level when the user is in a car.

‘Convenience aspect’

The app can also turn an Apple device into a microphone, and includes a feature that helps forgetful users track down misplaced hearing aids.

“We think the convenience aspect of this brings the same hearing function to people with hearing loss as their normal-hearing counterparts,” said David Fabry, vice president of audiology and professional relations of Starkey in Minnesota.

Getting your hearing back isn’t cheap. The average price of a digital hearing aid is about $1,500, according to the National Institutes of Health. In contrast, a single Halo ranges in price from $1,900 to $2,800, and most people wear two aids at a time.

Meanwhile, a single hearing aid from Denmark competitor GN ReSound, released earlier this year, costs around $3,000. That device, the LiNX, also syncs with an app and has many features similar to the Halo’s. Starkey says the Halo has a longer-lasting battery and can remember more geo-tagged locations.

Dr. Kenneth Smith, an audiologist at the Hearing Center of Castro Valley, hasn’t tried the Halo but said he believes the LiNX has the most advanced technology in the industry.

“One of our questions was, ‘Was the hearing aid a stand-alone without looking at the Apple part of it?’ The answer was an unqualified yes,” said Smith, who also does consulting for ReSound and tested the company’s product on his patients.

Working with Apple

Both ReSound and Starkey developed their hearing aids in partnership with Apple, a move that fits with the company’s slow entry into medical devices. Apple is exploring ways to predict heart attacks by studying the sound blood makes as it flows through arteries, as The Chronicle reported last month. Other news outlets have said Apple is working on an app that will allow people to closely track health, fitness and activity information.

It wouldn’t be surprising if hearing aids and apps for Android phones came out within a year, Gunderson said. The demand will still be there.

“The Boomers lived through a huge renaissance of rock-and-roll, and it was all part of their young 20 and 30s, but it also might have accelerated their hearing impairment,” he said. “At the same time, they still love their music and they want to hear it.”

Original Article: http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Digital-hearing-aids-pair-with-apps-5361719.php