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The Sound of Music – After 25 Years, a Ponto User Hears Again

Meet David Stewart, a writer, musician, and educator with conductive hearing loss who hasn’t heard out of his right ear in 25 years. David recently received a Ponto Plus Power and details his story through two in-depth and informative videos that we wanted to share with you.

In his first video, he dives into the details of his implant surgery, what an abutment looks like, and any physical changes that he experienced post surgery. David also shares some great information about his new processor as he unboxes his Ponto Plus Power.

Click below to watch part one of David’s journey.

Most recently, after fully recovering from his surgery and testing his Ponto Plus Power, David created a follow-up video detailing the overall effectiveness of the device and how it’s making a difference in his musical career.

“I’m able to hear things out of my right ear for the first time in about 25 years. I’m able to understand speech a lot better than I did before and my perception of speech is already a lot better. I’ve gone back and started to compose music again which is something I haven’t done in a number of years since I really started to go deaf.”

Click below to watch part two of David’s journey.

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What’s the Ponto 3? This Video Explains

The Ponto 3 is the world’s most powerful family of abutment-level sound processors. Powered by the advanced sound processing Inium Sense chip and supported by Direct Sound Transmission, the Ponto 3 makes listening in different situations easier.

Sound is sent straight to the bone, and on to the inner ear and the brain, without it having to travel through the skin which dampens sound.

But that’s not all. The Ponto 3 is also as discreet and reliable as it is powerful.

Watch this short video for a more detailed look at the Ponto 3.

If you’re interested in taking the next step in your hearing care journey to get the best sound quality possible, sign up to learn more about the Ponto 3.

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FM Systems in the Classroom

Happy back to school season! This time of year, we see many questions about FM systems in the classroom. Recently, a Ponto user and advocate sent this question our way. So, we wanted to take the opportunity to share an answer from one of our top audiologists.

Here’s the question: 

“Does anyone have any experience with FM systems? My son is in the first grade, and he has bilateral BAHAs. The school ordered the Amigo for him over the summer, at that time he had the slightly older model Ponto (the Pro I believe). He had surgery to place abutments over the summer and to our surprise we received two new hearing aids with the surgery. I also got a Streamer. The Amigo isn’t wireless and doesn’t seem to be as compatible with the Ponto Plus as the Streamer.

Does anyone have experience with the different FM systems especially in the classroom setting? I have been told in the past that when FM is on, the hearing aid only picks up sound transmitted to microphone and blocks all other surrounding sound and I have been told that isn’t true. Neither of these people used the FM themselves. Can anyone who has a BAHA share?”

Enter one of Oticon Medical’s top Audiologists, Laura Phelps. Here’s Laura’s answer:

Ponto Plus and Ponto Streamer banner 1The Amigo is an FM system and is wireless. It’s likely that the Amigo FM receiver that would be used with the Ponto Pro (the older device) is the Amigo R2BA, which has 3 pins of same length, and plugs into the DAI port on the Ponto processor. This is probably what was ordered by the school over the summer.  With the new Ponto Plus processor and the Ponto Streamer, the receiver used would be the Amigo R2, which has a longer Europin-middle pin. It plugs into the Ponto Streamer, not the processor.

So there are two options: 

A. They can use the Amigo R2BA receiver, which is likely what was ordered over the summer, with the older Ponto Pro processors at school and use the new Ponto Plus processor and Ponto Streamer at home.

B. The school can purchase one Amigo R2 receiver which would plug into the Ponto Streamer and just one receiver would transmit to both Ponto Plus processors.

Regarding the question about what the Ponto is picking up, surrounding noise versus what is being transmitted from the teacher’s microphone: 

For scenario A (above), the audiologist typically programs “Program 2″ as FM+M, meaning that the R2BA receiver on the Ponto receives the signal from the teacher’s mic and the Ponto microphones pick up the surrounding sounds.

For scenario B above, the Ponto Streamer settings default to receiving both the FM and M.

For either scenario A or B, the relative inputs from the FM Signal and the Mic signal can be adjusted if you want to change the “mix”. This is helpful if student reports that he or she is getting too much surrounding noise relative to the teacher’s voice, or vice versa.

I would recommend that the school Audiologists contact one of the Clinical Specialists through customer service for guidance, and the child’s Clinical Audiologist might need to get involved as well.  It is often the case that the school Audiologist defers to the Clinical Audiologist to make programming changes since they are the ones that fit the instrument.

So, there it is! We hope this answer helps as your student heads back to school. Do you have other questions regarding FM systems? Please let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter. We’re always here to help!

 

Meet Ponto User Brandon Floyd

Brandon Floyd shares her Ponto story today in our new user video. She explains how her Ponto increased clarity and helped with interaction, especially when talking to customers at work.

“I was lucky enough to be able to try the Ponto for a week and I am in love! I am a cashier at a grocery store and it is imperative that I be able to hear what my customers are saying. With the Ponto I could answer their questions with enthusiasm.” 

Watch the full story below and #ChooseSound #ChoosePonto.

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Meet Dr. Lawrence Lustig, Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians

This post is part of a clinic feature series, where we highlight doctors and clinics who offer the Oticon Medical Bone Anchored Hearing System, the Ponto.

Dr. Lawrence Lustig, MD,  is one of the nation’s leading experts in hearing loss

Dr. Lawrence Lustig, Otolaryngologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Dr. Lustig is the chair of the Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and otolaryngologist-in-chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Today, Dr. Lustig’s mission at New York City at Columbia University Medical Center & New York Presbyterian Hospital is to build a practice of the very best otolaryngology clinicians and research scientists.

He treats the full spectrum of ear disorders in adults and children, as well as skull base disease. His specialties include skull base surgery, Bone Anchored Hearing Systems (BAHS), cochlear implants, the genetics of hearing loss, cochlear gene therapy, surgery for chronic otitis media, balance disorders, and hair cell physiology.

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Ready to Upgrade Your Bone Anchored Hearing System to a Ponto Plus? A Checklist to Help You Decide

Maybe you’ve heard from those who have made the switch from a different bone anchored hearing system to a Ponto. Maybe you’ve seen the data on how the Ponto Plus offers the best Bone Anchored Hearing System (BAHS) sound quality possible, and you’ve been thinking of upgrading your Ponto for a while.

Upgrade to the Ponto PlusYou’ve been thinking about it, now what’s next?

First, it’s important that you have access to all of the information that will help you decide. Below, we’ve created a list of upgrade information that will equip you with what you need to know about leveling-up to the Ponto Plus—whether it’s from a different bone anchored hearing system, or you’re moving from an older Ponto model on up. You’ll find user stories about experiences upgrading, more about the upgrade process, Ponto product and accessory information and more. 

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Study: Teenage Bone Anchored Hearing System (BAHS) Users Benefit From Wireless Technology

What can help increase social engagement, improve listening, confidence and increase well-being? A recent study shows how wireless technologies are making that impact on young people with bone anchored hearing systems.

Imran Mulla, Research Scientist at the Ear Foundation shares his findings from the study, which looks at the benefits of teenager’s use of wireless technology with their bone anchored hearing systems. The qualitative study was conducted with young people who use Oticon Medical’s Ponto Plus and the Oticon Medical Streamer with the Oticon ConnectLine microphone/streaming devices.

Below, you’ll meet James Guppy, one of the research participants. He explains how he uses the Streamer with the Oticon ConnectLine microphone and streaming devices. He uses the Streamer with his phone, to watch TV and for playing games on the computer. He uses the microphone system at home with his family and in school where he’s just completed his training to become a mechanic.

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What’s the Ponto Plus? Here’s A Four Minute Video That Will Get You In The Know

There’s nothing more powerful than a concise and complete overview of a product—including bone anchored hearing systems. That’s why we put together this four minute video that offers a summary of the benefits and features of the Ponto Plus, the most powerful family of wireless sound processors.

Whether you’re just starting to learn about bone anchored hearing systems, you’re in the process of deciding which device is right for you, or you want others to understand what your Ponto Plus is, this video is a quick and easy tool.

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A Wireless System for Remote Access and Control of Your Bone Anchored Hearing System

Have you picked up the new Oticon Medical Streamer and downloaded the new ConnectLine App for your Ponto Plus?

These two innovations create a wireless system that brings quality sound from your other devices into your world. The Oticon Medical Streamer and ConnectLine App connects your Ponto Plus to devices like your iPhone®, IPad®, iPod touch® and Android™.

With the Oticon Medical Streamer and ConnectLine App you get:

  • Remote control of sound processors via the Oticon Medical Streamer
  • Easy adjustment of the volume and change of programs
  • Easy selection and customization of ConnectLine sources

Different audio sources like phone calls, music, video chats, TV and live performances can be streamed into your sound processor via the Oticon Medical Streamer. Now, all this can also be controlled with the ConnectLine App for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android smartphones and tablets. The ConnectLine App lets you adjust the volume, change programs on your sound processor and switch between the sound sources discreetly and easily.

Watch this short video to get the full details on the new Oticon Medical Streamer and ConnectLine App:

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An Inside Look at Oticon Medical at Work

Today, we’re sharing an inside look at Oticon Medical at work. This is one of our sound studios in the Oticon Medical headquarters in Kongebakken, Denmark. It’s a silent room that can create any acoustical environment to test products with real patients.

This is just one of the many tests Pontos go through before they make their way to you.

Oticon Medical at Work

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