Do you have difficulty hearing in a noisy environment? Are you constantly asking someone to repeat themselves? Is it increasingly harder for you to hear the TV without having to blast the volume? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time for you to look into some form of hearing assistance. Should you be lucky and able to rule out hearing loss by a hearing specialist, it may be time for you to look into a Personal Sound Amplification Product more commonly known as a “PSAP.”
Traditionally, hearing products [hearables] have been seen as something meant for older individuals, but diminishing hearing affects people of all ages. Soon everyone will be wearing some sort of earbuds or “hearables” in the near future, regardless of their hearing ability. PSAPs are classified under the broad term hearables.
If your hearing is still pretty good, but you just need a boost sometimes our Lucid Audio Enrich PSAP may be perfect for you. Like all other Lucid Audio products, our PSAPs help you “Hear Better.” And as the name suggests, our Lucid Audio Enrich PSAP amplifies sound. It is easy to use, inconspicuous, and comfortable enough to wear every day. It offers many benefits at a fraction of the cost of traditional hearing aids.
BELOW ARE FIVE (5) PSAP BENEFITS:
#1. Offers clear verbal communication which is essential for mental and physical health for people to stay connected to friends and love ones.
#2. Adapts continuously to changing environments while maintaining excellent sound quality. Unwanted feedback is suppressed and stopped without sacrificing sound quality or gain. Loud concerts or noisy public environments is modified as to not overwhelm the PSAP wearer.
#3. Produces a power boost when greater amplification is needed such as in large business meetings while listening to music in a quiet environment, or watching television.
#4. Provides low-level noise suppression for improved comfort in quiet environments. Noises such as air conditioning, refrigerator motors or internal microphone noise are all reduced by this system. This helps to keep quiet situations quiet.
#5. The device has a low (nearly invisible) profile, is easy to wear, and provides second-to-none powerful omnidirectional amplification.
ARE PSAPS REALLY “AFFORDABLE?”
Yes. If you have minimal hearing issues and are not ready or need a hearing aid, purchasing a PSAP is significantly less expensive compared to the typical $2,500 per ear for prescribed hearing aid devices not including the costs of a doctor visit. Our Lucid Audio PSAPs range from $95 – $150. And purchasing is easy. Lucid’s Enrich PSAPs are ready-to-wear right out of the box. They don’t require any testing or fitting.
It is important to note the FDA does not consider PSAPs to be medical devices to treat hearing loss. While PSAPs provide many of the same benefits of common hearing aids, they are classified as wearable electronic products for occasional, recreational use by consumers who are not hearing impaired.
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT PSAP BENEFITS:
“Hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) can both improve our ability to hear sounds,” says Eric Mann, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director of FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic, Neurological, And Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices. “They are both wearable, and some of their technology and function is similar.”
PSAPs can change the daily function and happiness in someone’s life suffering from mild-to-moderate hearing loss. In addition to enriching the communication with friends and loved ones, these products can help people stay on the job longer as they age, and continue to engage in the experiences and moments often missed with the mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
What do you need to hear? Can you imagine living without your 5 senses? Through touch, sight, sound, smell, and taste we are able to experience every emotion from euphoria to fear. Every one of our 5 senses creates a physical feeling sense in our body that might evoke a memory or a body sensation like tingling.
How does our hearing play a part in wellbeing? What do we humans need to hear? My first thought is the sound of a parents voice or perhaps just pure and simple communication.
According to Brene Brown, a social work research professor at the University of Houston, author and speaker of one of the top 5 TED talks in the world, belonging to a community where human interaction prevails, is the key to true happiness. We can start to build community in online social forums but until we move to a venue with human interaction and authentic communication we will not experience our own vulnerability. When we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, we can then emotionally connect and as a result, feel a sense of belonging or community.
Learning how to authentically communicate our gratitude for our loved ones is one way to deepen the roots of connection and love. My research reveals 5 things all humans need to hear:
- I Love You – Too often people just throw these words around. Take the time to feel it before you say it. Look the person in their eyes, and for a couple of seconds do nothing else but that. Feel the strong connection with them, feel the love, and only then say “I love you”.
- Thank You – Saying thank you is the simplest way to show gratitude. It doesn’t cost you anything and it means everything to the other person.
- I am sorry – Too often we say “I’m sorry” for something when it is not necessary. Have you noticed how we don’t say “I’m sorry” when we really should? So yeah, we should be saying “I’m sorry” more often, but say in at the right moment. And mean it.
- You are enough – We continuously hear how we should be skinnier, or work harder, or do more, or dress better… There is so much social pressure that most of us have forgotten that, we are enough. So remind the ones you love that they are enough exactly as they are, right now.
- You can do it – As often as you can, encourage others. Saying “you can do it” can literally change a person’s perspective. You will help them set their mind to “I can,” so they will.
At Lucid Audio, in the spirit of expressing love and gratitude, we built a special booth and put a simple phrase on the door: “What Do You Need To Hear?” One-by-one, individuals walked inside the booth, put on our Hearing Headphones and, much to their surprise, listened to pre-recorded messages of love and adoration from their friends and loved ones around the world.
Watch the video to see how the recipients reacted to hearing how others feel about them. And as you watch, think about who in your life could use hearing your words of love, gratitude, and encouragement.
Lucid’s Hearing Headphones provide revolutionary AMPED technology that amplifies outside sound up to 9x its normal volume. Now you can LISTEN TO MUSIC, TAKE CALLS, AND HEAR SOUNDS AROUND YOU.
Ever wonder how loud is too loud?
We’re diving into the details when it comes to decibel levels.
It’s important to know the different decibels items in your home and outside your home make to protect your family. Children especially are at risk for hearing damage if exposed to dangerous decibel levels for a consistent amount of time. The risk for noise-induced hearing loss is influenced by the length of time you are exposed to the sound and the loudness of the sound.
Sounds that give off 0-70 decibels are safe to listen to for as long as you’d like. Things that fall into this range is moderate rainfall, typical conversation, an alarm clock.
Once you move into the above 85 decibels, like a kitchen blender or blow dryer, it begins to become less safe if listened to for more than 8 hours. In children, this time is reduced due to their smaller ear canals and the way the sound is transmitted.
A sound that is considered extremely loud and painful is anything above 90 decibels. The subway, for example, is 90 decibels, and firearms are 140 decibels. When there is prolonged exposure to loud noise it can cause injury to your hearing at this level. Even a single loud sound blast or explosion, known as impulse or impact noise can cause the same amount of damage as prolonged exposure.
How loud is too loud with your child’s toys?
Children’s toys can be categorized as extremely loud due to children placing them close to their ears and repeatedly playing the noise.
When certain toys, like squeaky rubber ones, are held directly to the ear, as children often do, they can actually expose the ear to as much as 120 decibels of sound. That is the equivalent of a jet plane taking off. Noise at this level can cause permanent damage to your child’s hearing. That is why it is important to evaluate all the noises in your home and the exposure your children have.
Make sure you take the steps to protect your ears.
You do not want to be fooled into thinking your ears can “tune it out” or are “tough enough”. This type of noise induced hearing loss is gradual and usually painless but is not reversible. Once destroyed, your ears cannot be repaired.
Children’s ears are sensitive, protecting them is imminent.
There are many places a parent already knows their child will need ear protection, like the big game or concert. But what about some others that aren’t so obvious, like your own home. We have compiled a list of ten places to protect your child’s ears from the harmful noise.
Ten places to pack ear protection for your little one:
- Malls / Shopping Centers
- Stadiums/ Gyms / Race Tracks
- Road Trip – Highway Noise
- City Apartment Living – Sirens / Construction
- Playroom – various toys when held close to the hear can reach unsafe decibels
- Family Entertainment Centers (i.e Chuck E Cheese)
- Restaurants – with live music or loud dining areas
- Amusement Parks
15 minutes of listening to noise over 100 decibels are considered extremely dangerous for your child.
All of these places listed have noise that could reach decibels that are dangerous to your child’s hearing and hearing development. The importance of hearing protection goes beyond just their ears, it can help reduce the stress of a child in a loud environment and make your experience as a parent just a little easier.
So next time you head to the mall, big game, or even just to your living room, remember to place ear protection on your little one.
The Importance of Baby Ear Protection
Remember the image that circled around after the 2010 Superbowl? The Saints had just won and Drew Brees is seen hoisting his then 1-year-old son. What caused all the buzz, were the earmuffs his son Baylen had on. Some people knew the importance of baby ear protection and others didn’t. That photo started a conversation.
Why was he wearing protective earmuffs? To protect from potentially life-altering hearing loss due to the roaring crowds. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says that more than 15 min of exposure to over 100 decibels is unsafe. The norm for a football stadium ranges anywhere from 100 to 130 decibels.
The importance of baby ear protection is due to the fact that children’s ear canals are smaller than adults. So the pressure of the noise entering the ear is greater and has a shorter distance to travel. All of this causes dangerous noise levels to increase in higher frequencies, which are especially important in language development.
Conversations about baby ear protection mostly go by the wayside.
Why? Because hearing loss accumulates over time, slowly, and is not painful so it goes unnoticed. Also, many parents are unaware of the sound levels that simple things like snowmobiles or firework shows cause on their children. Finally, it is sometimes difficult to get your child to wear earplugs without taking them out.
That’s where earmuffs come in. LucidAudio HearMuffs are designed to protect and soothe your child in situations of high-level noise. The HearMuffs Soothe allow you to use a touch of a button to communicate with your child so there is no need to remove the earmuffs. And if you child needs a calming sound to help them sleep, HearMuffs Sounds offers four different variations so there is no need to miss a nap.
Protecting your children goes beyond just sunscreen.
When was the last time you listened? Like really, really listened?
There are so many sounds in our world that can go unnoticed. The chirping of the quietest bird in the nest, the soft swaying of tall grass, the pitter-patter of some afternoon drizzle.
Lucid Audio technology brings attention to the soft sounds that might otherwise go missed, bringing a magical quality to everyday experiences. Listening to the sounds that might go unnoticed can spark creativity. Poetry is powerful when it sheds new light on everyday experiences.
Poets throughout history have drawn inspiration from the sounds that others miss. We thought we would share some of these poems that celebrate sound with you!
Here are 3 of our favorite poems that celebrate sound:
In this poem, Robert Frost observes: “I wonder about the trees./ Why do we wish to bear/ Forever the noise of these/ More than another noise/ So close to our dwelling place?”
Frost takes note of the sound of wind blowing through the trees, and observes that though trees make noise as they sway, they do not truly move away since they are so deeply grounded.
Take Action: Put on a pair of Lucid Audio Hearphones, sit below a tree (or by a window), and listen to the sound of wind blowing through the trees. What do you notice?
Bradley notes, “If you listen closely some morning, when the sun swells/ Over the horizon and the world is still and still asleep/ You might hear it, a faint noise so far inside your mind/ That it must come from somewhere, from light rushing to darkness/ Energy burning toward entropy, toward a peaceful solution/ Burning brilliantly, spontaneously, in the middle of nowhere.”
In this poem, Bradley observes the power of the sun, and observes that you can hear the sun if you listen very closely. Do you think the sun makes a noise? Can you imagine that it does?
Take Action: Lie in bed with a pair of Lucid Audio HearBands. Turn up the Sound Amplification and observe what you can hear. Do the objects around you that seem silent make noise? Maybe the springs on your bed bounce when you move, or maybe, just maybe you’ll hear the moon climbing into the sky in the evening. Notice the sounds that you make. What does your breath sound like? What does it sound like when you sigh or run your fingers through your hair? Maybe you’ll feel inspired to write a poem about something unexpected that makes sound!
Minnie Bruce Pratt writes: “While I wait, I can hear the random clink of one fork/ against a plate. The woman next door is eating supper/ alone. She is sixty, perhaps, and for many years/ she has eaten by herself the tomatoes, the corn/ and okra that she grows in her backyard garden./ Her small metallic sound persists, as quiet almost/ as the windless silence, persists like the steady/ random clink of a redbird cracking a few/ more seeds before the sun gets too low.”
The sound of one fork against a plate sparks an inquiry around loneliness, self-sufficiency, routine, and resilience. Even the softest, most ordinary sounds can tell rich, moving stories.
Take Action: Think about an ordinary sound in your life that often goes ignored. Does this sound tell a story? Spend a day wearing a Lucid Audio product of your choice and “collecting sounds” in your memory that tell stories. We’re curious about what you find, so please share with us in the comments section!
We hope you enjoyed reading through these poems that celebrate sound. Lucid Audio products help you notice sounds that can easily go missed. We hope the sounds you hear will spark your creativity!
What’s all the buzz about PSAPs?
Wondering what all the buzz is about PSAPs, the acronym for Personal Sound Amplification Products? You’ve come to the right place!
Personal Sound Amplification Amplification Products (PSAPs) are wearable electronic products that amplify sounds, allowing for enhanced hearing. PSAPs look like this:
PSAPs are placed behind the ear and amplify sounds to give the wearer access to enhanced hearing. Though Personal Sound Amplification Products aren’t an alternative to hearing loss for those who need the full technological support that hearing aids provide, they do improve the listening experience at an affordable price. PSAPs are a fraction of the cost of hearing aids, starting at Lucid Audio for just $99.
PSAPs are not just more accessible; they’re often the right choice for those who need a little bit of help hearing, but don’t quite need hearing aids yet. In addition, Personal Sound Amplification Products can help support your hobbies, ranging from bird watching to attending symphonies.
So how do Personal Sound Amplification Products work? The answer is in the name! PSAPs function by amplifying sounds, making them louder and easier for your ears to pick up. Personal Sound Amplification Products use technology that is simple to understand and highly sophisticated in implementation. The ability to hear well can enhance everyday activities and experiences, facilitating connection with others and with the world that surrounds us.
The ability to hear with clarity and nuance shouldn’t be a privilege limited only to those who can afford it. Personal Sound Amplification Products re-democratize the experience of hearing with ease. With Personal Sound Amplification Products, especially the Enrich and Enrich PRO PSAPs offered by Lucid Audio, you’ll be able to Hear Better.
Lucid Audio’s Enrich and Enrich PRO PSAPs are easy and convenient to wear and use. The devices are comfortable and come with a variety of comfort dome fitting tips, so you can wear them with ease daily. Whether you’re a college student
having trouble hearing your professor’s voice in a large lecture hall, or a grandparent having trouble hearing your young grandchild’s voice, Lucid Audio’s Enrich PSAPs have a solution.
We hope this gave you a little more insight on PSAPs, yet another acronym to remember! But if you forget, just remember:
P.S. Check out PSAPs, ASAP! 😉
The Landscape of Hearing Technology
The Guardian recently published a feature in the technology section of their paper titled, “10 Most Influential Headphones” detailing the progression of influential headphones over time.
You probably won’t recognize the first headphone on the Guardian’s list, an in-ear device built in 1891. However, you might remember the Walkman Headphones from 1979, or the Apple Earbuds back in 2001.
All of the headphones on the list were innovative and influential when they were produced. Most were seen as status symbols promising access to an enhanced listening experience. So, tune in and learn more about the newest innovations in headphone technology.
Building on the Legacy
Lucid Audio’s products expand on this legacy of innovation in hearing technology. These products, ranging from the Hearband to the Bluetooth Wireless Hearing Headphones to the Enrich Personal Sound Amplification Products, all add to the history of hearing-related products.
Here’s what makes Lucid Audio’s innovations historic: Lucid Audio helps integrate one’s inner world with the outer world. The Hearband and the Hearing Headphones allow you to create your own world by streaming your choice of audio directly into your ears. With these products, you can lose yourself in the soothing melodies of jazz music, or in your favorite podcast. However, what makes Lucid Audio’s products truly innovative is the ability to tune into the sounds beyond your headphones with added clarity. This is a feature that these other headphones just don’t have.
While listening to your choice of audio within your headphones, you can turn up the sound on the outside world and tune in to the sounds around you. You can merge the beat of hip hop with the city sounds around you. You can merge your favorite classical tunes with the sounds of birds chirping in your garden. The possibilities for unification are endless, and you’ll have access to all of the sounds in the world, without missing a beat.
The Enrich Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) are also quite historic. These products aim to make hearing enhancement more accessible to people of all income levels and backgrounds. PSAPs amplify outside noises, granting enhanced hearing to people who are experiencing difficulty hearing at an affordable price. The Enrich PSAPs start at only $99! This type of hearing accessibility is truly historic.
A Historic Opportunity
So, be a part of history today and check out our products here. Lucid Auido’s headphones (and other products) are changing the landscape of hearing products. You don’t want to miss out.
Many people do not have the ability to go visit a museum by themselves, so the Smithsonian is starting something cool. On January 5th 2017, NPR ran a story on the Smithsonian museum’s tours for the blind people in our community. On these tours, the artwork or sculptures are described in vast detail so that one can imagine what the art looks like in their mind. In addition to being described, sometimes the museum will allow people on these tours to actually touch the sculptures and get a feel for the artwork that way. The importance of these tours shows that a person’s hearing is key to their enjoyment of the world.
With some form of hearing loss, people might not experience the beauty of the museum at all. Hearing is truly important to people who cannot see so that they can experience the full beauty of the visual world. The ability to hear does not only help with the visual world, but it also helps the emotional stability of a person. Once people start to lose their hearing, they also lose part of their life. People who are hard of hearing stay inside more, and not experience things. When people lose their hearing, they also lose other enjoyable things in life.
Not only does the ability to hear help at museums, but it is also necessary for activities like going to a symphony or a musical. At a symphony, the audience has an opportunity to close their eyes and create an image and experience the beauty of what the music means to them. While during quiet sections of musicals, people with some hearing loss might miss key points. Powered by Lucid could help people who are experiencing some stage of hearing loss have the ability to hear these events. People who have some form of hearing loss no longer are able to hear their favorite music again. Lucid Audio could help people hear the music clearer and therefore create a clearer picture in their mind.
The Smithsonian Museum is not the only place that takes people with hearing difficulties into account. The Alamo Drafthouse and other movie theaters also have visual aids for people who might have some form of hearing loss. With the increase of people in Austin, Texas for South By Southwest, the Alamo Drafthouse’s visual aids were receiving plenty of use. With the use of Powered by Lucid, those starting to lose their hearing could still continue to experience the beauty of the many films and music that debuted over the week.
In addition to during musicals or films, there are quite sounds that compose the wonderful parts of life. With Lucid Audio’s HearBands and Hearing Headphones, these sounds do not have to be missed anymore. This technology can increase the ambient sounds around you, while not taking away from the conversation you are engaged in.
With Lucid Audio’s HearBands, people are given an opportunity to get an earful of a musical or orchestra like they might not have been able to in years.
A person’s hearing effects more than just their knowledge of sounds, it effects their enjoyment of public events. Lucid Audio’s HearBands and Hearing Headphones can help with amplifying the sounds around the wearer, so they can experience things in their intended forms.
According to a recent study, over 15% of the Hispanic population in the United States suffers some degree of hearing loss.
Hearing Loss in Hispanic Communities
Researchers examined 16,415 men and women of Hispanic/Latino descent. Participants ranged from 18 to 74 years of age and represented a diverse sampling of educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. Their findings are important clues to uncovering the causes of Hispanic hearing loss.
- 15.6% of participants showed signs of hearing loss in at least one ear
- 8.24% had bilateral hearing impairment (loss of ability in both ears)
Some groups were shown to have higher risks of hearing loss.
- Adults over 45 years old
- Less education and/or lower income
- Those with diabetes or prediabetes
Results also show participants of Puerto Rican descent were more likely to experience impairment when compared to their Mexican counterparts.
Your Family, Your World
Researchers noted a positive correlation between hearing impairment and lower quality of life. They also noted that most hearing loss is undiagnosed and untreated. This is especially true in communities that traditionally lack access to modern healthcare.
Many of us have family members who suffer from hearing loss. Some of them refuse to get medical attention because they think it’s just part of getting older.
Looking for a way to help? You might have thought about getting an old hearing aid for a loved one to try out. The thing to remember is that hearing aids are like prescription glasses. Only a medical professional can adjust them properly, as they are customized to the user’s specific needs.
Personal Sound Amplifiers – Control, Convenience, Cost-Effective
The Enrich Personal Sound Amplifier from Lucid Audio can help your loved one hear better.
- Comfortable, behind-the-ear design improves your hearing without compromising your style.
- Omni-directional microphones and volume control let you focus on what you want to hear.
- Low-level noise reduction gives you the power to reduce distracting background noises.
- Digital sound processing delivers stereo quality sound with crystal clarity
While the Personal Sound Amplifier is not a replacement for medical grade devices, it can positively impact the daily lives of most hearing loss sufferers. Regain control of your auditory environment with this comfortable and affordable hearing solution!
Not sure if you’re ready for a device? Click here to schedule your FREE HEARING TEST http://lucidhearing.com/schedule-free-hearing-test/ or call us at or call us at 888-420-2207. Get your hearing tested then check out Lucid Audio’s personal sound amplifiers. We have the answer to your hearing needs!