It’s a new year, which means we can all up our game in many ways. Innovations in hearing and sound technology allow for new ways to hear that can really change the game in 2019. Lucid Audio provides options for better sound, better protection and better hearing, all of which can help you up your game in a new year!
Lucid Audio’s Hearbands™ are neckband headphones that amplify outside sound up to 9x! Take your Hearbands™ on your next jog or hike or bus commute to take in the outside sounds to maintain safety while also listening to your favorite podcasts, music, or even taking a phone call for work! The options are truly endless, and you have full control. You can amplify outside sound from 0 to 9x–it’s up to you! The design is sleek and snazzy and the device will allow you to experience better sound this year. Check out Lucid Audio’s pathways for better sound here.
Protecting our hearing is important, as our ears are one of the ways that we interact with the world. Lucid Audio offers advanced hearing protection for children, ranging from infants to 10 year olds. Lucid Audio’s HearMuffs include soothing sounds including: Lullaby, Babbling Creek, White Noise, and Heartbeat. HearMuffs will protect your child’s hearing while also soothing them at places like restaurants, sporting events, concerts, or even in your own home. It’s never too early to start protecting your child’s hearing, so make 2019 the year of hearing protection! Check out Lucid Audio’s pathways for better hearing protection here.
Lucid Audio is working hard to make better hearing accessible to everyone. Lucid Audio’s Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) provide a hearing boost and are affordable. PSAPs are perfect for those who are not yet ready for hearing aids, but still need some help with hearing. Make muffled hearing a thing of the past this year and check out the Lucid Audio PSAPs! Check out Lucid Audio’s pathways for better hearing here.
It’s a new year and there are so many new ways to hear!
Are you still looking for a New Year’s resolution in 2019? Here’s one New Year’s resolution that everyone can benefit from: being a better listener. Listening is the foundation of healthy relationships of all types because it allows us to connect and to understand each other’s needs and desires. Listening helps us feel cared for and about, and to show our care for others more deeply.
So how can we be better listeners in 2019? Here are some resolutions that you can use to become a better listener in 2019:
- Resolve to listen more actively. Active listening is different from passive listening because it shows the speaker that you’re taking an interest in what they are saying. You can be a more active listener by repeating important parts of what the speaker is saying in your head while the speaker is speaking. For example, names and dates can be easy to forget, but if you repeat them in your mind when you hear them, then you’ll be more likely to remember them and you can use these names in your follow-up questions to the speaker to show that you were really listening and taking an active interest in their words. In addition, making eye contact and nodding while a person is speaking can help them feel heard. Put that phone away and peel your eyes away from the TV while others are talking to you to show that people come before electronics. It seems like a small gesture, but it can mean a lot in our hyper-connected world.
- Resolve to listen to body language. Sometimes, listening isn’t about hearing words. Listening can be about noticing a person’s unspoken communications. Try to notice if those you’re speaking with seem tired or sad. Noticing emotions and predicting the needs that accompany those emotions allow you to be one step ahead in responding.
- Resolve to listen more empathetically. When you listen, try to listen first without responding. Listen deeply and really allow the person you’re speaking with to share fully, instead of interrupting. It can be helpful to ask questions to show you are truly listening and that you care, but in many situations just listening can be enough. Remember that people are usually the experts of their own lives, so try to refrain from providing suggestions unless the person you’re speaking with asks for your advice. When you’re listening, try to really imagine what the person is feeling and try to be a warm presence for them.
We can all strive to be better listeners in 2019. Does your New Year’s resolution involve listening? How might listening more actively or intuitively or empathetically affect your life? Let’s make 2019 the year of listening!
At Lucid Audio, we make it a practice to share our gratitude with each other regularly. Sharing about what we’re grateful for makes us closer and more effective as a team and allows us to form a strong internal community so we can successfully address the needs of the broader community.
Our team is wonderful, and we’re truly so grateful for every member of the Lucid Audio team. Our team works tirelessly to innovate hearing solutions and design products that address the real needs of real people.
At Lucid Audio, we spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to “listen.” Of course there’s the physical process of listening which is the result of a vibration moving through the ear. However, true “listening” involves more than just the ossicles and the cochlea. True listening requires compassion, empathy, patience, and curiosity. We try to practice truly listening to each other at all times.
What does “true listening” look like? It looks like this:
- Acknowledging each other’s needs
- Making eye contact while someone is talking instead of letting distractions get in the way
- Validating each other’s feelings
- Checking in with each other and following up on unfinished conversations
We are so grateful for a team that is thoughtful, compassionate, kind, and filled with some of the best listeners out there. What are the ways that you truly listen and show gratitude?
We’ve shared what we’re grateful for, and now we’d love to hear from you in the comments!
Wintertime is a wonderful time for a trip with your family. Whether you’re looking to embrace the winter wonderland and go for a ski trip, or to escape the cold and go somewhere warm, or just to create a vacation at home, there’s truly something for every family! Below are three of our favorite winter destinations that we think make great winter family trips.
This one is intuitive, but we had to put it first on our list because Colorado is such a gorgeous place to go during the winter and there are lots of places within Colorado that make for great winter family trips! Pagosa Springs, near the southern border of Colorado and very close to New Mexico, is a quaint Colorado town. It is known for and named after the sulfur springs that are located there. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the hot springs, which is a nice twist on a typical winter vacation! If you’re looking for a more traditional skiing adventure, we can’t recommend Breckenridge enough. Breckenridge is truly so beautiful in the winter and the town features a number of winter activities including: downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. And the town has ample opportunities for some lovely après ski, too!
We wouldn’t be able to make a list of great winter family trips without including Florida on the list. Florida boasts many opportunities for a warm winter vacation, including: Siesta Key, Daytona Beach, Palm Beach, Key West, and Orlando. Florida has something for every member of the family, from the rides and magic of Orlando, to scenic beaches along the coast. If you’re looking for a warm spot this summer, Florida has your back!
3. The Coziness of Your Own City (or Town)
Okay, okay, we know: your home isn’t a travel destination; however, there are often reasons for why we aren’t able to travel far for the winter. There’s no reason you can’t simulate a “trip” in your own city, though! Winter is a wonderful time to see your city or town in a new way by going on new hikes or even going camping somewhere near you! Bring supplies for a campfire and lots of warm socks, sweatshirts, and sweatpants and you’re all set!
Wherever you decide to go, don’t forget to pack a pair (or two, or three) of HearMuffs for the kids in your life! HearMuffs offer advanced hearing and ear protection, and you never know when you might need that on your winter vacation! (And maybe pack some regular ear muffs too, you know, to keep your ears warm!)
The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is already here! It’s not unlikely for individuals to notice that they’re experiencing hearing loss around the holiday season when they’re surrounded by the voices of lots of people to whom they want to listen attentively.
Here are the signs to notice and make note of if you think you’re experiencing hearing loss.
1. Voices start sounding like buzzing or blurs.
If you’re in a crowded setting and voices all start blurring together, preventing you from discerning which voices is whose and what the individual voices are saying you might be experiencing hearing loss.
2. Asking to repeat.
If you notice that you’re having to ask the people you’re talking with to repeat what they are saying multiple times, even when you’re straining your ears to try to understand what they are saying, you might be experiencing hearing loss.
3. If you feel overwhelmed in social environments because you have a hard time jumping into conversations.
Hearing loss can make it feel harder to participate actively in conversations, since you’re having to strain your ears to make out each word that is said. As such, you might have a delay in understanding the information that has already been said, which can make it harder to jump into conversations or participate actively within them.
4. If you notice yourself feeling tempted to increase the volume on the TV or radio, even though everyone else seems fine with the volume.
A shift in the volume at which you typically listen to things can be a sign of hearing loss. See if others in your life feel like the TV is “too loud” when you haven’t been able to hear it clearly or loudly enough.
If you’re looking for an alternative to straining your ears and missing out on conversations with your community, Lucid Audio recommends the PSAP (the Personal Sound Amplification Product), which can improve your hearing in a non-invasive and cost-effective way. Losing your hearing over the holidays can feel stressful and overwhelming, but there are clear steps and products to hearing better!
Kids are creative, and they’re super skilled at finding innovative uses for our products that we hadn’t even considered! We decided to check in with some kids who use Kids HearMuffs to ask them about the ways they’re using their Kids HearMuffs. Maybe these ideas will serve as inspiration for the kids in your life. If you have other innovative uses for your Kids HearMuffs, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section!
Kids’ Creative Uses for Kids HearMuffs:
1. Focusing on their Favorite Hobbies
Kids reported that HearMuffs help them concentrate on their favorite hobbies. Whether they enjoy painting or fishing, kids appreciated that they were able to tune out sound in the outside world when they needed to, and to hone in on that sound at other times.
2. Blocking out their Siblings
We truly wouldn’t have thought of this use for HearMuffs! Kids reported that HearMuffs are helpful for when a sibling is being particularly “annoying” or when they want a little bit of cool-down time without their sibling. Having a little bit of time and space to oneself is important, even for kids, and HearMuffs give children the opportunity to tune out their surroundings and tune into themselves and their own thoughts and emotions.
3. As a Fashion Accessory
We tried to make HearMuffs look as stylish as possible, but we really didn’t think wearing them would make kids feel “cool!” Turns out, HearMuffs are quite a fashion accessory, and it doesn’t hurt that they come in four fun colors (pastel blue, spa green, pastel pink, and white).
Know a kid in your life between the ages of 5 and 10? They’ll love a pair of HearMuffs! Kids love that HearMuffs allow them to have some control over their environment, and we know they’ll continue finding more and more creative uses for their HearMuffs! Check out Kids HearMuffs here!
Kid Tested Extreme!
We recently produced a video in which two wonderful kids tested our Kids HearMuffs! For this blog, we interviewed the two kids featured in the video (Maudejanei and Patrick) to get a behind-the-scenes look at the ideation and filming process.
“It actually reduces sound!”
Maudejanei is 11 years old and starred in the video. She shared that her favorite part of the filming process was arriving on set and seeing the scenery and how beautiful the house was.
The production team even incorporated Maudejanei’s ideas into the video. She shared her ideas during the idea development process and the scene with the magnifying glass was entirely her idea!
Maudejanei’s favorite scene was the one in which her co-star, Patrick, was dressed up with eyelashes. We thought that was a great scene, as well!
She shares that she likes the Kids HearMuffs because “it actually reduces the sound and that’s pretty cool.” For example, she shared that Kids HearMuffs would be a good choice if you “go to a concert and you don’t want to hear as much noise.” We’re glad Maudejanei is serious about protecting her hearing! She is a wonderful role model for other kids!
During the filming process, Maudejanei enjoyed testing out the Kids HearMuffs in different scenes. Her favorite was the leaf-blower scene! (And it was actually effective!)
Other features of the Kids HearMuffs that Maudejanei liked was that “You can put it in conversation mode and you can turn it off when you don’t want it.” She also likes all of the colors HearMuffs come in, with blue being her favorite. She says “I think the product is really good,” and she shared that she would recommend it to friends.
Maudejanei has acted in two plays before, and enjoyed recording this video so much that she’d like to keep doing similar work going forward. We are so impressed by Maudejanei’s talent and know she’ll be successful in the future with whatever she chooses to do!
“I still use my Kids HearMuffs today!”
Patrick, Maudejanei’s co-star, is 13-years-old. Besides acting, his other main hobby is fishing. He likes Kids HearMuffs because he can see how helpful they are with fishing! He said, “When you’re fishing, you have to concentrate on one thing, you can use the Kids HearMuffs to block out all of the sound. And, if you want, you can listen to all of your favorite music.”
Patrick also enjoyed the leafblower scene, and he was surprised that the Kids HearMuffs could block out the leaf blower! Like Maudejanei, Patrick’s ideas were considered in the video development process. He’s the one who suggested the needle during the balloon popping scene, for example.
If Patrick were telling his friends about HearMuffs, he would say: “You can listen to music and you can block out your little brothers and your little sisters.”
Patrick’s favorite Kids HearMuffs color is white.
When reflecting on the video, Patrick shared that “It was really fun recording the process of how it blocked everything out, including the leafblower and other things. It actually blocks things out! And, you can choose to turn up conversations, too.”
At the end of our interview, Patrick shared: “I still use my Kids HearMuffs today!”
Finally, one of the producers of the video shared: “I’m glad that the kids got this opportunity. The whole group writing, the background, everything was really cool. And the people were all so nice! The kids deserve their own show and it’s such a good concept. It’s a good idea to test a product out with real kids.”
Thanks again, Maudejanei and Patrick for testing out our product and helping with this video! Your futures are so bright!
Do you remember what it was like to take a test in elementary school classroom? Here’s a hint: it’s not always quiet in there. Even “quiet time” in elementary school classrooms involves hearing children fidget, whisper to themselves, drop objects and scramble to pick them up, tap their hands against the desk, and call out for the teacher’s attention. For a child who has a difficult time focusing in class, these noises can be added distractions.
If you’re looking at ways for helping your child focus in the classroom despite the noises around them, it can be difficult to find good strategies. After all, how much control does your child really have in the classroom? You might feel powerless with the task of helping your child focus, but there’s hope!
Here are three strategies for helping your child focus in the classroom, whether during a test, a lecture, or another activity:
1. Try Kids HearMuffs
The most efficient way to correct for the issue of a noisy classroom is to invest in a pair of Kids HearMuffs for your child. Kids HearMuffs come with an industry-leading 22 Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), which might help your child reduce some of the noisiness in their classroom. In addition, just putting these HearMuffs on might help your child feel more focused because it will feel like they are in their own world, separate from the noises that are occurring around them. These might be good for helping your child focus in the classroom, during tests or other times when loud (or soft) noises are preventing them from fully focusing.
2. Talk to Your Child’s Teacher
Talk to your child’s teacher to see if your child might be able to take his or her tests in another room where there are fewer distractions. Your goal is helping your child focus, and sometimes it’s important to really be their advocate!
3. Practice, Practice, Practice
Focusing can be hard, even as adults, but as adults we have more experience with focusing in spite of distractions. Try to simulate a class or test environment for your child at home where there are some distractions. See whether your child can develop any of their own strategies for mitigating these distractions and staying focused on a task.
Helping your child focus despite noises in the classroom might be challenging, but working with your child to develop strategies to cope will be helpful in the long term.
Our world is filled with a cacophony of loud noises that flood our ordinary, everyday lives. As adults, it can be easy to forget how loud the sounds we are exposed to are, but baby’s have ears that are much more sensitive than adult ears. Those “ordinary sounds” you hear might be damaging your baby’s ears! One common rule of thumb with babies is that if you can easily talk through the noise, then it is fine for your baby. But let’s take a second to think about the ordinary sounds that we encounter that we can’t talk though. Here are just a few:
If you live in a big city, then you know that construction is almost always happening. The sounds of trucks dropping rocks from one place to another, or the grinding noises that are common are noises that can be too loud for your baby. Whether there is construction happening right outside your house, on your daily walk around the neighborhood, or outside your car when it’s stopped, it’s important to protect your baby’s ear’s from those noises. These ordinary noises may be damaging your baby’s ears!
We get it. Parenting is hard and sometimes you just want to jam to some tunes to put you at ease. Remember, though, that your car stereo or your in-home speakers system can easily go up to volumes that are too loud for your baby. Be mindful of this and turn your music down!
The television is an ordinary household fixture, but the sounds that come from it might be damaging your baby’s ears. Remember to keep your baby far away from the television when it is on. If your baby is too close to the TV, the sound might get too loud for them, even if it doesn’t sound too loud to you from further away. Always try to monitor your baby’s activity around technology. It might feel like even your infant is more tech-savvy than you (kids these days…), but it’s still your job to protect their ears!
Conversations, whether they’re heated arguments or impassioned dialogues, can be too loud for your baby and can end up damaging your baby’s ears. When you’re talking to others near your baby, be mindful about the volume at which you are speaking. You might not notice when you get too loud, so try your best to self-monitor, and remind the person you’re talking to that you have to be careful about avoiding damaging your baby’s ears.
Other Children’s Voices
If you have older children at home (or if you’re at the park with your baby), remember that children have not always mastered the art of the “indoor voice.” Remind older children that your baby’s ears are sensitive and that it’s not okay to yell into the baby’s ears.
Though there are lots of ways to protect your baby’s ears, you can’t always predict when an ordinary noise will be loud enough to damage your baby’s ears. As such, we suggest Hearmuffs for your baby. These Hearmuffs are a reliable way to protect your baby’s hearing because they’ll stay on your baby in a large range of situations, so you’ll know your baby’s ears are protected and that ordinary sounds won’t be damaging to your baby’s ears. With Hearmuffs, you’ll be able to enjoy ordinary activities without worrying about damaging your baby’s ears.
It’s fall, and that means football season is officially here! Whether you’re headed to the stadium or hosting a watch party at home, odds are things are going to get a little loud. Sports are a family activity, and it’s important to include the kids in America’s favorite pastime so they can develop an affinity for your favorite team while they’re still young. However, all sporting events can be harsh on your kid’s ears, so it’s important to protect your kid’s ears during football season!
What are the ways to protect your kid’s ears during football season? Here are three good options:
1. Turn down the sound or head outside!
If you’re watching the game on TV with a lot of vocal fans, try to do what you can to control the noise. Turn the volume on the TV down (always a good idea, no matter what you’re watching). Another good option is to put up a projector (if you can) and host your party outdoors. Sound will diffuse more outside and your child will have more space to move away from the loud noises while still being part of the game-watching activities!
2. Pull on a Pair of Kids HearMuffs
Whether you’re watching the game at home or at the stadium, one great way to protect your kid’s ears during football season is to hand them a pair of Kids HearMuffs by Lucid Audio. These Kids HearMuffs won a 2018 Family Choice Award and protect your child’s ears from damaging sounds. They come with an industry-leading 22 Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), so you know they’re good! The HearMuffs will fit your child snugly and comfortably, and they come in lots of colors that are sure to appeal to your child. See, protecting your hearing can be fun! The Kids HearMuffs come in Pastel Blue, Spa Green, Pastel Pink, and White–do they match your favorite team’s colors?
3. Ears > Embarrassment
Reassure your child that it’s always okay for them to cover their ears if the cheering (or booing) from the game becomes too loud. Their hearing is important, and it’s helpful to emphasize to your child that (s)he should do everything (s)he can to protect those eardrums from damage, even if it might feel embarrassing to do so.