“Can I get the smallest hearing aid? I see it in advertisements everywhere.”
At least once a week, I meet someone new in my office who asks me this question. No doubt, it’s a great question!
Coping with hearing loss and admitting you have hearing loss is not easy, so, naturally, most people ask this question. Many people tell me about how difficult it was to come to my office and they would like to keep their hearing loss a secret.
Hearing aid advertising has been filling...Read More
I was watching the movie the “Polar Express” with my two sons the other evening. It is a popular animated movie with Tom Hanks playing most of the characters. The main character is a little boy who is doubting his belief in Santa Claus. He takes a magical train ride to the North Pole and learns many lessons along the way. In the movie, the true test of your belief in Santa Claus is hearing Santa’s Jingle Bells. As an Audiologist, I find it interesting that the entire story...Read More
I am often asked this question. People see advertisements and the ads say they are “the best” and they have “the best hearing aids”, but do they? If you pay the same price, or a maybe even a little more, for hearing aids at a corporate owned franchise or store, it must be the same or better, right? WRONG.
I recently saw a new patient a few weeks ago because he was “fed up” with the hearing aid franchise he had been with for about a decade....Read More
Despite mailing an announcement regarding our move, posting with pictures on Facebook, as well as invitations to last week’s Open House, we are still hearing from patients and their families that they had no idea we moved!
Remember our quaint office, nestled among offices for counselors and therapists? Well, that served its purpose early on, but we have been growing and simply grew out of it. We have moved all the way to the suite next door! Suite 108 is our new home in the same 1010 Jorie...Read More
Large meeting areas, churches, and public transportation centers should be looped for the hearing impaired. In Europe, a large portion of public venues are looped. In NYC, even the subway is looped. In Chicago, a few theaters and a couple dozen churches are looped for the hearing impaired.
Sometimes hearing aids aren’t enough. There are hearing aid stores with hearing instrument dispensers who advertise that they have the smallest hearing aids and for the cheapest prices. We have...Read More
Many of the causes of senior citizens falling and injuring themselves are preventable.
Physicians routinely advise their older patients to exercise, have their vision checked, and monitor whether any medications may cause dizziness. In addition to these commonly known contributors to falls is untreated hearing loss, which has been linked in multiple studies to a significant increase in risk of falls. This information needs to be shared widely with patients over the age of 65, along with...Read More
Summer is here and some of us cherish the ability to find a nice, quiet place to curl up with a good book. Next time, pick-up an audiobook instead of the written kind because you could benefit from someone else telling you the story. Yes, you can enjoy something and it is actually good for you!
Your ears are directly connected to your brain and while listening to a good summer read, your brain can be doing a workout. One study showed that people who listened to audiobooks daily were better at...Read More
Hearing aids need batteries to work, but the cost can add up. The hearing aid batteries of today tend to be disposable, zinc-air batteries and come in varying sizes. In the past 2 years, more battery manufacturers began making “mercury-free” zinc-air batteries. These batteries are considered more environmentally-friendly because they can now be thrown away in the normal trash. As of July 1st, 2013, it is state law in...Read More
When you go to a large meeting place with high ceilings, lots of seats, and a person speaking twenty or more feet away, it can be difficult to hear and understand. Most places like this have invested in sound systems, use microphones, and place speakers in the ceiling, on the walls, and on pillars among the seats. These speakers are trying to decrease the distance between the person you are listening to and your ears. The farther the distance the sound needs to travel, the softer it will be when it...Read More