Short Circuit Solution

Model change solves hearing device shut-down dilemma.

Phil Baker learned at an early age that sooner or later he would likely suffer from some degree of hearing difficulty. Hearing loss can be hereditary after all, and since his mother suffered from a hearing defect, it was inevitable that he would, too.

Photo by Jordan Pysz.

New hearing aids are helping Phil fine-tune his music.

What Phil didn’t expect was the struggle he had finding just the right hearing aid to correct the problem.
An electrician by trade, Phil, 51, can do just about anything in his field, from fixing a broken light switch to re-wiring a house. When it came to preventing his hearing aids from shorting out, however, he was at a loss.
“I work mostly outside, changing out ballasts and lamps in parking lots, and I tend to sweat a lot,” Phil explains. “The problem was that the moisture from the sweat caused my hearing aids to shut down.”

Like Mother, Like Son

Like his mother, Phil suffers from what is known as reverse-slope hearing loss. It’s a rare class in which the sufferer can clearly hear the high-pitch frequencies most hearing loss sufferers can’t, but cannot hear low-level frequencies.
Phil, for example, can hear a screw fall on the floor. Without his hearing aids, however, he can’t hear a person standing just a few feet away tell him that the screw fell on the floor. Because he sweats so much, Phil was without his hearing aids a lot.

“They set me up with Dr. Duran right away, and she took great care of me.” -Phil

“The last set of hearing aids I had, the distributor told me they were water-tight and that they wouldn’t shut down because of the perspiration,” Phil relates. “But that turned out to be a false claim. They were shutting down on me all the time.”
It was during one of his frequent visits to that distributor a few years ago that Phil read an article in Florida Health Care News about Gulf Coast Audiology and Drianis Duran, AuD. He wondered if he might finally find the solution to his problem there.
“I wasn’t sure they would see me regarding this issue,” Phil says. “But they set me up with Dr. Duran right away, and she took great care of me.”

Inside Move

Dr. Duran began by giving Phil an audiological evaluation to determine the severity of his hearing loss. She then made some programming adjustments to his behind-the-ear hearing aids to improve the sound quality.
The challenge came in preventing those hearing aids from shorting out. The solution, Dr. Duran discovered, lay in a pair of in-ear hearing instruments that are made of titanium, which is known for its strength and durability.
“Phil has had a lot of hearing loss, so we were looking for the smallest device possible with the most power,” says Dr. Duran, who recommended the Phonak B90 Titanium instruments for Phil.
“We chose the size and style that were going to prevent the perspiration issues so he could go to work confidently without feeling like his devices were going to short out. Now, he’s hearing well again without any other issues.”
With the device fitting snugly deep into his ear, Phil’s issue with his hearing aids shorting out has been taken care of. He’s hearing better and more consistently now than ever before, thanks to Dr. Duran.
“The research that Dr. Duran did for me has really paid off. I’ve been wearing these hearing aids for four months now, and they have not shut down once,” Phil raves. “Dr. Duran fixed everything. She is by far the best audiologist around. You’re not going to beat her for her service. She’s just the best.”

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