Pat Wins Hidden Hearing Competition

Congratulations to Pat McDonagh who took part in our Hearing Action Week survey and won a Sheridan 10″ Flared Bowl from Waterford Crystal. Keep an eye out for future competitions in our eNewsletter you can sign up on our website or click here.

We also have a Facebook page and you can follow us to keep up to date with all the latest developments in the world of Hidden Hearing. We also keep you posted on all the competitions and special offers and services that we run.

“Hard-Of-Hearing” is the proper term for hearing loss… and other revelations

Digital Hearing Solutions from Hidden Hearing

“Hard-of-hearing” is the proper term for hearing loss now – heard from experts who spoke about everythng from new technology to musicians and hearing loss at the Victoria Conference Centre at the recent Healthy Hearing Show.

We also learned that the average onset of hearing loss occurs at age 62 – six years before most people seek help for it.

Participants received basic hearing tests and saw demonstrations of state-of-the-art hearing aids, including a stethoscope-like instrument coupled with a tiny device that connects users to television via Bluetooth.

Hearing loss program assistant Dale Rolston showed off hot pink noise cancelling devices that were a big hit at the opening Royals game they cosponsored.

“Why are hearing aids so expensive?” was the question Oticon audiologist Andrew Towers was asked most often.

“It’s important to realize the sophistication of the technology and how much money goes into research and development,” he said.

“People will say ‘An iPad can do all this but costs so much less.’ I tell them: ‘A lot more people buy iPads.’ ”

Unitron’s Colleen Manuel reminded us hearing aids are “tiny computers” with ever-changing technology that doesn’t come cheap.

“Understanding is knowledge,” she said, adding many people have a difficult time accepting hearing loss.

“It takes seven to 10 years usually before they do something about actually getting a hearing aid.”

If you have any questions about Hearing Loss or Hearing Aids contact Hidden Hearing.

Source Times Colonist > Read more:

Pitch perfect composer whose hearing loss informs her music

Stories pour out of Gabriela Lena Frank like music. Sitting on an old brown leather chair in her little house, where she lives with her grand piano, books and black Labrador retriever, she is describing her upbringing and musical education with passion and joy and not a note of calculation.

The composer has electric-black curly hair and a mind as alive as morning light. Before she finishes her cup of tea, she has described, like a magical character in a Gabriel García Márquez novel, the influence on her music of her father, a Jewish Mark Twain scholar who grew up in the Bronx; her mother, a Peruvian whose Chinese grandfather sold shovels to miners in the 1800s; her congenital hearing loss;Graves’ disease, which has diminished her eyesight; bodybuilders and Andes Mountain Indian runners; and her perfect pitch, which Frank’s piano teacher discovered when Frank was 10, after Frank informed her that a harp recording of Bach’s Prelude in C was really in the key of F.

Actually, she’s not totally deaf; she just hears things, without her hearing aids, “like your stereo is turned down,” she says. It’s her music, ranging from piano sonatas to chamber works to tone poems for orchestra, say critics, that “bursts with color and fresh individuality,” and makes “for vivid and bracing aural adventures.” She strives to make her music both complex and simple — a lesson, she says, she learned from Twain. “He writes in vernacular, in everyday speech, but he can talk about the most profound things that you will mull over for the rest of your life. That’s what I want my music to be like.”

Frank admits her hearing loss has also informed her music, made her more sensitive to inner sounds; she sometimes plays the piano and composes without her hearing aids. Graves’ disease, a disorder of the body’s immune system, has perhaps, she says, deepened her humanity. When she was first struck by Graves’, more than 10 years ago, Frank says, “It would take three hours before my vision kicked in after I slept. So to get my eyesight back meant much more than to get a string quartet to write for somebody.”

If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids contact Hidden Hearing.

Osmonds pull out all the stops for Hearing Fund

File photo by Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune Justin, Merrill and Shane Osmond will be producing the inaugural Youth Pioneer Pageant in West Jordan around Pioneer Day weekend.

George Virl Osmond, Jr. and Tom Osmond. the two oldest brothers of Utah’s most famous performing family, were born deaf.

In the late 1950s, they watched their younger brothers Alan, Merrill, Jay and Donny sing. On one occasion, Tom told his mother Olive that he wished Virl and Tom “had some talent.”

The next day, Olive enrolled Tom and Virl in a dance class, becoming the first boys in a class of 14 girls.

The determination to not have her older sons feel deficient in any way led to the future creation of the Olive Osmond Perpetual Hearing Fund, which will receive the proceeds from the inaugural Youth Pioneer Pageant at the West Jordan Arena on Pioneer Day weekend.

Merrill and his sons Justin and Shane Osmond held a press conference Friday afternoon to announce more details about the pageant, which will be held on four nights this summer: July 20, 21, 23 and 24.

“Children may have hearing loss, but hearing loss doesn’t have them,” said Justin, who was also born deaf.

The Osmond family came out in force at the conference, with Virl making a relatively rare public appearance to speak about hearing loss and the pageant, as well as Nathan Osmond (son of Alan) delivering an emotional, warm rendition of a song he wrote about hearing loss called “Music To Your Ears.”

And despite being in England for an Osmonds Brothers tour that includes 50 shows in 60 days, Merill spoke to the crowd through Skype to thank them for supporting the pageant and the cause.


Spring Garden Competition*

*Ireland Only Addresses Apply. We can only ship to addresses in Ireland at this time.

To get you on your way in the garden this year Hidden Hearing has teamed up with The Irish Garden magazine, Ireland’s best-selling garden magazine and the only Irish-published magazine written by Irish gardeners for Irish gardeners.

We have not one, not two but three annual subscriptions up for grabs, if you would like to be in with a chance of winning just click the link below and answer the question. Don’t forget to add your contact so we can make sure you get your winnings!
Spring Garden Competition


And that’s not all, we also have this runners up prize of a mini gardening hamper for you to spruce up your garden.





The World of Digital Assistive Hearing Aid Devices

Having the chance to listen to clearly makes all the big difference in nearly every scenario inside way of life. However, specific situations, like speaking for the phone, remain challenging to deal with * even with the very best electronic assistive assistive hearing devices. But now, along with huge developments inside assistive hearing aid devices, not merely which makes them smaller sized and much more light and portable but in addition driving them to befitting mobile devices, Television’s and also songs listening gadgets.

Several top Audiologist manufacturers now assistance mobile devices and also electronic devices as an example Phonak’s and Oticon assistive assistive hearing aid devices.

Oticon have recently introduced the actual ConnectLine(TM) string assisting to hyperlink the Oticon Epoq along with Double tools to be able to electric connection. That is a huge breakthrough for all hearing instrument wearers while offering to them not merely remarkable hearing and also lucidity associated with appear yet extra simplicity of having the capacity to utilize mobile phone easily using a assistive assistive hearing aid device.

Playing the telly has additionally be considered a complete pleasure yet again for many who use a great Epoq or even Oticon Two as it gives the particular audio directly into their own hearing. This specific not simply allows you enhance their very own comprehension and entertainment through the audio but also really helps to minimise the worries in which other people frequently have to cope with when the Television quantity is simply too substantial.

Your Oticon ConnectLine option allows the actual storage bins wearer to dicuss on the telephone, view tv as well as take note of music along with full relieve.

In a related approach Phonak’s fresh electronic digital assistive hearing aid household: Exelia Fine art, Versata, Certena as well as Audeo Indeed almost all possess on the web connectivity to be able to cellphones, Televisions and also other tools.

Phonak runs on the clever device known as iCom, this is a wireless interaction interface in which integrates quickly phonak assistive assistive hearing aids.

This process links wirelessly through Bluetooth to televisions, phones, Mp3′s, computers and also other audio solutions by using a basic effect of your mouse.

So the idea is always that while using most up-to-date advances in hearing solutions, anyone fighting awnings for decks damage must not be put aside, really some may well point out they have got a benefit.

Assistive hearing devices which connect with cellular phones, Video’s as well as other merchandise is some thing into the long term as well as stand for an unbelievable step of progress for many users.

Pick up conversation more plainly, the telly straight into your hearing, get the product about the contact of your mouse and also speak instantly, also pay attention to your favourite music. And also the most sensible thing is basically that you might do this in the past, using a straightforward click on to share with your listening to system everything you desire to engage.

Posted by Patricia G. Wheeler

Read More >

Congratulations Michael our €1000 Fota Resort Prize Winner!

Michael Wins Our €1000 Fota Island Resort Prize!

Well done Michael from County Dublin who won our Fota Island Resort Weekend Break Away Competition worth €1000. Fota will no doubt hand out they 5 star treatment and give lucky Michael the treat of a lifetime. Lets hope the current run of good weather holds out for whenever Michael decides take his trip. Stay tuned for further competitions and giveaways at and and like us on Facebook to keep in touch with all upcoming events.