Today, we’re delighted to share this great timeline from Ross Wiseman through his own social media posts.
It’s his journey in deciding on and getting the Oticon Medical Ponto Plus Power bone anchored hearing system (BAHS). Through responses from the community and his own evaluation, Ross is happy and hearing great with the Ponto Plus.
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.
Below 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.
Today, we’d like to put a spotlight on a few companies that put an emphasis on improving experiences for their hearing impaired customers and employees. While we believe this should be the norm, these businesses offering technology and take into account considerations that many others are not.
Uber Offers Equality in Work Opportunities
The first such company is Uber, the technology startup that has disrupted the taxi industry. Uber offers customers a Smartphone App to call for car rides. At the same time, it offers work opportunities for many who otherwise may never be able to work as a cab driver. With their App, a hearing impaired driver has the chance to choose the communication method they’d prefer which will keep them from missing the work that Uber brings. Steve Claridge, who’s hearing impaired himself, praised Uber’s efforts in a recent post here.
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.
In the healthy hearing community, there are so many great organizations and passionate people who make it their personal mission to better the hearing of others and to bring light to the hearing systems that can help change lives. Today, we’re putting a spotlight on some of the non-profit organizations we know and love. Check out the list below, and if you have additions please let us know in the comments section below. We’ll add your suggestions; we’d love to see the list continue to grow!
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.”
The winter and holiday season is usually full of fun, family and friends. Today, we’re sharing tips collected from our community to make sure Bone Anchored Hearing System (BAHS) users get the most joy out of winter. From dealing with the noise of large group gatherings to unique winter hats, gear and gifts for family members with hearing loss, here’s what our community had to share.
In her post, “Holiday Madness, Seven Tips to Better Communication” Arlene Romoff shares a great reminder: “Realize that large social groups, especially around a large dining room table, are one of the most difficult environments for a person with a hearing loss.” Penny Feltham took to Twitter to share a great idea about reducing those unnecessary clunks that add to the noise.
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!
We always say our community is the backbone of Oticon Medical. Part of what makes our backbone strong are the inspirational stories of the community members—stories like Anthony Smith’s life as a superhero, and Luca Brooks growing up with the Ponto Plus Power. Adding to the inspiration is Dee Inman. In January 2013, Dee had a stuffy nose that wouldn’t go away, which led to her finding out she had cancer. Among many things, the cancer affected her hearing. Almost three years later, Dee is a proud cancer survivor, and Ponto wearer. Her story is truly incredible and we’re excited to share it with you today.
Dee attended our Patient Advocacy Workshop, and we got the opportunity to hear her full story in person. Here’s her retelling.
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.