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The Journey to the Best Hearing in the Classroom

Many of our Ponto users who are children have experienced positive change, particularly in the classroom. If you’re considering aiding your child with a hearing device it’s important to understand how louder environments, like classrooms or playgrounds, can affect a hearing device.

Melissa Tumblin, founder of Ear Community, whose daughter Ally is a Ponto user shares some great insight on setting your child up for success in the classroom.

Ally Tumblin wearing her Ponto Plus on a Softband

Ally has a severe hearing loss in her right ear (65dB-70dB). She was tested at a 65dB hearing
loss yesterday. Ally was tested while wearing her BAHS (Ponto Plus) made by Oticon Medical in the booth and her hearing with the hearing device is brought back up to the normal hearing range (between 15dB to 20dB)….which has been the norm for us over the years with her testing and Ponto.

However, this time the audiologist chose to include noise interference in the sound booth – lots of background noise to see how well Ally could hear and covered her mouth when saying words and sentences to Ally, asking her to repeat them back to her. Well, even when aided, her hearing dropped to 56% (when it was in the normal hearing range without background noise) because of all of the noise. But then, the audiologist added Ally’s FM system back in and also removed the card from her mouth so Ally could see her lips when she spoke to her and her hearing response went back up to 96%! (which is great!)

So, the lesson learned here for those of you who are considering aiding your child (or yourself) with a hearing device is that hearing devices help amplify sound and help make things louder, so you can hear better. When extra noise is added to your daily activities, it can still be difficult to hear everything. However, when you combine an FM system (such as to help your child hear better in the school classroom), and your child is being taught how to be a “visual” learner and be aware to always be looking, watching and reading lips, then together….all of these things help optimize your child’s maximum potential to hear his/her very best.

I see such a difference with her and her Ponto, every day! Thank you Oticon Medical! Thank you for helping my daughter hear her best with her Ponto Plus!

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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 Ponto User Ally Tumblin

Our next user video comes from Ally Tumblin and her mother Melissa, who talk about how the Ponto Plus has made a difference in school, at home, and on the playground.

“I’d call for her on the playground, and she would be looking all over for where my voice was coming from”

Listen to the full story below:

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Meet Ponto User Jack Herne

Happy Friday! Today we’d like to introduce you to Jack Herne who talks about how life has changed since he received his Oticon Medical Pontos.

“The air conditioning would just break up every single conversation. Now, thanks to my Ponto, I can actually hear people talking. There’s a lot less ‘can you repeat that again?’.

Listen to the full story below:

If you would like to know more about the Ponto system and speak to an audiologist, click the button below and we will connect you.

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Share Your World on Instagram This Summer!

This summer, we’re getting more active on Instagram, and you can too! We want you to share your story and experience the stories of others, so we’re offering some Instagram tech tips.

Instagram is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures. Snap a photo with your mobile phone, then choose a filter to transform the image into a memory to keep around forever.Screenshot_2016-07-05-23-27-08

1. Download and Register
First, download the Instagram App onto your smartphone. Once you’ve downloaded and open the app, you’ll be prompted to create an account. After you create your account, you’ll be directed to this screen.

2. Choose or Take Your Photo
To get started taking your first picture, hit the middle icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Or, you can select a photo from your photo library. Change the orientation of the photo from portrait or landscape by tapping the expand icon (two outward facing arrows) in the lower left hand corner before editing.

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Adam Shares His Journey with Hearing Loss and the Ponto Bone Anchored Hearing System (BAHS)

We are so lucky to be able to share Erin Wiggle’s heart-felt story about her husband, Adam. Adam serves in the Navy and has an Oticon Medical Bone Anchored Hearing System (BAHS), the Ponto.

Erin shares  Adam’s account of his ordeal of chronic ear infections and multiple surgeries throughout the years that finally led to permanent hearing loss of his right ear. In her post, she leads us through Adam’s journey to getting his Ponto. Adam adjusts his life well with his Ponto. However, he reveals that one of his adjustments is dealing with the insensitivity of strangers. Adam said, “The constant questioning from strangers has left me a little bitter.”

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Here’s How Ponto Users Show Their Advocacy with Today’s Top Online Tools (Plus: Meet the Winner of the Patient Advocacy Contest)

At our Patient Advocacy Workshop this year, we left our advocates with a challenge: utilize the tools we shared to create a designed social media post or video that expresses how you feel about your Ponto.

We were so incredibly impressed as the submissions rolled in. Here are some of the submissions from our incredibly creative community members—including the first place winning submission below!

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2015 Advocate Leadership Workshop Recap: Getting Together to Take Bone Anchored Hearing Advocacy to the Next Level

Each year, we ask our community members to bring their passion and ideas to the table for an in-person weekend of inspiration, connection and fun. This year, we got together to discuss and create an action plan around how we can collectively take our efforts to the next level.

Ponto users applied to attend the Advocate Leadership Workshop back in July, and for the weekend of September 18-20 we got together at the Oticon Medical U.S. headquarters in Somerset, New Jersey.

During the workshop, advocates had the opportunity to get more information on the most powerful bone anchored hearing technology and talk about addressing the challenges of bone conductive amplification with Tove Rosenbom, Oticon Medical’s senior director of clinical research and training, who came to the meeting all the way from Denmark.

To get the content that Tove covered, get our Informed Decisions guide here.

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Oticon Medical Outstanding Advocacy Moments Captured

We’ve seen just about everything come out of the amazing Oticon Medical and healthy hearing community. From Anthony Smith becoming Marvel’s Blue Ear superhero to YouTube videos with hundreds of thousands of views. There’s no doubt, this community is filled with champions.

Here, we’re collecting a living list of outstanding advocacy moments when the love for Ponto was taken to a whole new level!

Kristi Gardner's Sound Matters TattooKristi Gardner’s “Sound Matters” Tattoo

Kristi Gardner shows the world that sound matters with her brand new Ponto-inspired tattoo. “Sound Matters” is Oticon Medical’s tagline, and it’s truly why we do what we do every day.

“As I was waiting for my turn I HEARD an ice cream truck through the walls over the tattoo gun, so last minute change of plans. This is what it inspired. Thanks all to my Pontos!”

Kristi isn’t the only one in her family who loves her Pontos, her daughter Sarah also wears a Ponto Plus.

Also Read: Ponto Plus Users Share How They Use the Oticon Medical Streamer featuring Kristi’s daughter Sarah.

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Apply Now: Oticon Medical’s 2015 Advocate Leadership Workshop

It’s that time! We’re excited to open up applications for Oticon Medical’s 2015 Advocate Leadership Workshop. Starting today, you can apply or nominate a Ponto user you know to attend the workshop that will take place September 18-20, 2015 in Somerset, New Jersey at the Oticon Medical U.S. headquarters.

Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with other Ponto users, share their stories and provide real-time feedback to help influence the future of the hearing industry. Selected applicants will receive an all-expenses paid trip to New Jersey for the workshop.

Please note that this workshop is specific to Ponto users currently living in the United States. Applications must be received before Friday, July 3 at 5:00pm EST to be considered.

Here are just a few of the amazing memories we have from past workshops.

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