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Phonak MarvelPhonak Marvel hearing aids shown in their case

Featuring cutting-edge technology, the Phonak Marvel allows you to connect directly to smart phones, TV and more. Designed to effortlessly connect to Android and iOS smart phones and a variety of everyday electronics. Enjoy TV, music, e-books, podcasts and more. Learn more about Phonak Marvel.

How to pair your Phonak Marvel Hearing Aids

Oticon OPNTM

Combines breakthrough technologies proven to enable people with hearing loss to experience 20% less listening effort, remember 20% more and enjoy 30% better speech understanding. It manages multiple speech and noise sources, even in complex listening situations. Learn more.

How to pair your Oticon OPN Hearing Aids

ReSound Linx Quattro

This hearing aid has rechargeable options and has direct streaming to Apple products (iPhone®, iPad® or iPod Touch®) Learn more about ReSound LinxQuattro.

How to pair your ReSound Hearing Aids


 

Distance Doesn't Mean Distant

When it comes to communication, strategizing new ways to shorten the distance is a life-long pursuit. Now more than ever before, we’re dedicated to keeping you connected to the wonderful world of sound.

At Billings Clinic, we are here for you through crisis, recovery and eventually normal, daily life to help you HEAR. Below are three ways your hearing aids can improve your connection.

Wireless Hearing Aids

Bluetooth-enabled hearing aids offer convenience and improved functionality. By streaming signals from other electronic devices directly to your hearing aids, you can stay connected more easily.

You can stream the audio signals to either one or both hearing aids, helpful in situations where you need to be able to hear other sounds, such as when you are talking on the phone. You can use your hearing aids as wireless earbuds when listening to music or watching television. Most hearing aids allow you to adjust the volume and built-in programs easily. You can also switch between electronic devices with just a push of a button.

TV Listening Devices

With everyone spending more time at home these days, many of us are finding ourselves watching more TV, both for entertainment and to keep current on the latest news. If you're struggling to hear your TV, the Phonak TV Connector may be the right solution! This device makes it possible for you to enjoy stereo-streamed sound quality from any TV or stereo system. These devices are available for nearly all hearing devices.

Remote Programming

Some of today's new hearing devices allow for remote programming adjustments. Depending on your hearing aid model, we can perform adjustments to frequency, loudness, and other settings during a telemedicine visit.

CaptionCall

CaptionCall is a federally funded ADA program designed to help individuals with hearing loss communicate better.  The phone acts a lot like a captioned television! You can hear and read what the other person is saying.  CaptionCall phone displays big, easy-to-read text that automatically scrolls in real-time during your conversation.  It dials, rings and works just like a regular phone!

To qualify for CaptionCall, you'll need the following: 

  • Certification of hearing loss
  • Standard home phone line
  • Internet connection

**ASK IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A NO-COST CAPTIONCALL PHONE TODAY!

Contact us at 406-238-2440 to find out if your hearing aid model supports these features or to learn more about improving your communication.

 



New Study Reveals Hearing Aids Slow Cognitive Decline

A new study published this year in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society further supports existing evidence that wearing hearing aids can help slow cognitive decline in elderly patients.

Hearing and Cognition

There are generally two schools of thought when it comes to the relationship between hearing and cognition:

  • The common cause hypothesis states that hearing loss and cognitive decline both involve age-related problems, such as tissue degeneration of the central nervous system.
  • The cascade hypothesis theorizes that over time, untreated hearing loss results in inadequate brain stimulation, leading to cognitive decline.

The Hearing Aid Study

The study involved 2,040 hearing aid users who self-reported symptoms over 18 years. Results showed that while episodic memory did decline with age for most users, the rate of cognitive decline was slower for patients who used hearing devices. These results were adjusted by researches to account for overall health, socioeconomic status and other demographic characteristics.

The results of this study support the cascade hypothesis; researchers state that hearing aids provide individuals with improved auditory input, which delays cognitive decline “by preventing the adverse effects of auditory deprivation or facilitating lower levels of depression symptoms, greater social engagement and higher self-efficacy.”

The key takeaways of the study include the following:

  • While hearing aids do not prevent cognitive decline, mounting evidence suggests that they can slow it down.
  • Patients who wear hearing aids are less likely to be depressed and more likely to be socially engaged and self-confident in their communication abilities. Social engagement and physical activity help stave off cognitive decline and dementia.
  • Hearing aids fitted by an expert audiologist is recommended for patients even in the early stages of hearing loss.

 


 

Questions? Need an Appointment?

If you have questions about hearing aids, hearing loss or would like to make an appointment with one of our Audiologists, please call us.

406-238-2440

800-332-7156, ext. 2440

Or, send us a secure message through MyBillingsClinic. If you are not enrolled in MyBillingsClinic, our patient portal, you can now enroll online here.

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