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We’re Celebrating National Microtia Awareness Day

November 9th is dedicated to spreading hope and knowledge around a congenital birth defect, Microtia, microtia-national-awareness-daywhich occurs when the ear has not been fully developed in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Often affecting one or both ears, Microtia is diagnosed at birth, but there is no understanding as to why it occurs. A Microtia ear is smaller in size, can have a peanut shaped appearance, and is often accompanied by Atresia. Atresia, also known as aural atresia, is the absence or closure of the external auditory ear canal.

Microtia occurs in 1 of every 6,000 to 12,000 births, and in some regions, the condition is rare enough that it can be difficult to find relevant information and support. At Oticon Medical, we’re proud to say that our Bone Anchored Hearing System (BAHS) has helped people affected by Microtia and Atresia. As we celebrate Microtia Awareness Day today, we hope to promote public awareness and hope for future generations.

To learn more about Microtia and Atresia and explore helpful resources please visit the Ear Community.
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Superhero Praise for the Ponto 3 SuperPower

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We first met Shannon and her son Davin after she posted a video of him wearing his Ponto Pluses on abutments for the first time.

It was so loud and I loved it! – Davin

 

 

 

At the Oticon Medical Patient Advocacy Workshop Davin was able to try our upcoming product, the Ponto 3 SuperPower. His mom said, “He didn’t want to give it back,” and in the video below, Davin shares his experience with his dad:

 

Shannon also shared the experience she and Davin had attending the Oticon Medical Patient Advocacy Workshop:

Over 8 1/2 years ago Davin was born, a day that was supposed to be one of the happiest days of my life…wasn’t, it was the scariest….as some of you know, we had such a traumatic delivery and as a result, he was born unconscious. After he finally started to cry they brought him to us. We were told he didn’t have ears or ear canals, he was deaf and would NEVER hear, he would be a “deaf mute” and NEVER talk, he had a cleft palate….oh then a few hours after he was born we were told “I’m sorry but Davin’s skull was fractured during delivery and he needs surgery to lift his skull off of his brain because it is pressing on his brain and hemorrhaging”. Who would’ve thought that the scariest day of my life would bring me such joy over the years.

Because of Davin, over the last 8 1/2 years I have met some of the most amazing people that I never would have ever had the privilege of meeting. This past weekend was one of those times. We were invited to the Oticon Medical Patient Advocacy Workshop. What an experience. I learned a whole lot, was finally able to meet some of my friends and part of my support system in person, along with making new friends who get it. Davin had the opportunity to try out the newest device that’s not even available yet. He was able to meet and hang out with other people, of all ages, who wear the same hearing devices as him, making new friends. The smile on his face and joy he expressed was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It was such an amazing experience for him…and me. I cried many tears, laughed a lot and had such a great time.

All of this was possible because of the company the makes Davin’s hearing aids. Oticon Medical truly cares!! They are top notch in customer service and are like family. So thankful to have met so many from Oticon and to put faces to names. I am truly blessed and so thankful for this opportunity. Thank you Oticon Medical! You have fans, friends, and family for life here! Love my Ponto Family! 

-Shannon Gordon

Looking to try a Ponto for the first time? Sign up to get more information about the SuperPower here.

Do you already have a Ponto and are interested in upgrading? Here’s where you can learn about our special offer here.

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 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:

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Meet Ponto User Winslow Pipes!

We asked Ponto users to share their experience with us about what life is like with their Oticon Medical Ponto. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing their responses and hope it inspires you to choose sound, choose Ponto.

This weeks user video comes from Ann and Winslow Pipes who share their journey of selecting the Ponto Pro Power.

“We didn’t notice any feedback at all and the TV wasn’t getting turned up as loud anymore. Once he (Winslow) had it implanted, he was so pleased with the clarity and volume we decided to implant his left side as well as his right”

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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“Whoa!” is Davin’s Response to His Ponto Pluses

We met Shannon Gordon when she posted a video of her son, Davin, trying his Pontos on abutments for the first time. Shannon shared Davin’s story with us, and now we’d like to share with you too.

“Davin was born bilateral microtia and atresia. He has had bilateral canaloplasty, and Medpor. Davin received his first bone anchored hearing system (BAHS) at 7 weeks old. Two years ago we upgraded to bilateral Ponto Pluses. What an amazing transformation! On February 5, 2016, he had the surgery at U of M hospital. This video is of him receiving his Pontos on the abutments for the first time, 3 months after surgery. He loves them! Thank you Oticon for an amazing product and allowing my son to have the best hearing option out there!”

The video below captured his reaction to wearing his Ponto Pluses on abutments for the first time—3 months after his surgery.

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The Mission of Providing Hopeful and Helpful Solutions for Hearing Loss

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.

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Dr. James Benecke, Chief of Otolaryngology at Missouri Baptist Medical Center

James E. Benecke, MD, FACS is an otologist/neurotologist with Midwest Ear Specialists, part of the BJC Medical Group of Missouri.  He is Chief of Otolaryngology at Missouri Baptist Medical Center and Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery at St. Louis University School of Medicine.

As a specialist in the ear, Dr. Benecke is consistently recognized on “The Best Doctors in America” list.  He and his team offer a full array of diagnostic evaluations for hearing and vestibular (balance) disorders.  They provide medical and surgical care of pediatric and adult patients with ear diseases, dizziness & balance disorders, as well as issues with the temporal bone, skull base, and related structures.

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Ideas Worth Spreading: Best TED Talks on Sound

As you may have heard, “sound matters” is what we believe most.  It’s great to hear so many people feel the same. Today, we wanted to share some of the best  TED talks that focus on—you guessed it—sound.

TEDBelow you’ll see inspiring talks from three amazing individuals. Bernie Krause devoted almost a lifetime to recording sounds in the wild. He feels that the sounds around us can provide evidence of the health of the land and its habitat. Daniel Kish takes advantage of sound to see and is training others to do the same. And Meklit Hadero lets ordinary everyday sounds inspire her to create beautiful music.

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YuXi Receives The Gift of Hearing for the New Year

YuXi Sun Todd is a seven-year-old girl who was born in Beijing, China, and is now a citizen living in the United States. YuXi was born with bilateral Microtia and Atresia and lived in an orphanage in China since she was three months old.

In May of 2015, YuXi was adopted by Lynn and Barbara Todd. Lynn and Barbara were on an adoption list for nearly 10 years before finally receiving the call about YuXi. By the time that call came, they were retired and didn’t have the income they had when they originally set out to adopt. So, they took out a loan and used savings and retirement to make it happen.

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