Did you know?

Did you know that May is Better Hearing Month? Did you hear that? The entire month is dedicated to the journey towards better hearing. You may be asking yourself, “Why would this be the case?” I mean, National Cat Day only lasts for 24 hours. Why does bettershutterstock_405201250 hearing get 31 glorious days?

The answer lies in the beautiful melodies of the bird songs on a sunny Spring morning. In the laughter and the soft whisper of “I love you” from a child. In the clinking of glasses and the engaging conversation around a dinner table in a crowded restaurant. In the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd at the local nine’s baseball game. Hearing connects people to the world and to others. It provides opportunities for social engagement, fulfillment, and enjoyment.

As hearing diminishes over time, these events may not seem as enjoyable anymore. Gradual hearing loss can slowly isolate people from friends and loved ones, which can result in a lack of participation in activities that were once loved. Even worse, untreated hearing loss can lead to depression as well a earlier development of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Our practice prides itself on helping people reengage their world again through the gift of sound. Our passion is helping our patients along their personal journey towards better hearing. If you or a loved one is ready to start the journey, or have questions regarding hearing loss, please contact us to set up an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!

Repairing Your Hearing Aid

Just like a phone or computer, hearing aids are sophisticated devices that can provide years of benefit when cared for properly.  Because of their everyday use, even with every precaution taken, they are susceptible to the elements along with other variables life may throw your way.  If your dog used your hearing aid as a chew toy, or your hearing aid has a simple malfunction, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few simple reminders about caring for your hearing aids if you do run into a problem:

  • Never attempt to repair your hearing aids yourself. While do-it-yourself projects around the house may save you money, do-it-yourself repairs usually cause more damage than good to your hearing technology. If you run into a situation where you need a repair, report the problem immediately to your local provider’s office.
  • Never wear your hearing instruments in the shower or while swimming.
  • If your hearing instruments do get wet, never try any “quick drying” methods such as microwaves, hair dryers, or ovens. Consult with your provider if your instruments are inoperable due to moisture.
  • Always place hearing instruments in a safe place out of reach of pets or children.
  • If your hearing instruments sound distorted or unclear, they may be in need of repair and you should consult with your provider immediately.
  • Visit your provider at least twice a year for follow-up care and routine service. Hearing loss is dynamic, we recommend that you having your hearing tested at least once a year to make sure you are receiving the maximum benefit from your hearing instruments.

If you experience issues with your hearing instruments during your warranty period, simply bring them to our office.  In many cases, we’re able to fix the issue and find an immediate solution which saves you time and money.

If your hearing aids are experiencing a more complex problem, we may need to send them to the repair lab.  Because hearing aids become such an essential part of your life, we understand that even going a day without them can be disappointing and frustrating. Because of this, we work with our hearing aid factory for repairs, who prioritizes and realizes the value of quick turn-around time as much as we do.

You may be wondering, how much is this going to cost to fix? The cost of repair depends on 3 factors of whether or not the hearing aid is still under warranty, the extent of damage to the hearing aid, and the cost of replacement parts for you hearing aid.

If you purchased your hearing aids from us and they are still under warranty, your hearing aid repair cost will most likely be very small, or maybe even free! Old, or out-of-warranty, hearing aids may have a repair cost associated with them which depends on whether or not their broken parts can be repaired or replaced.

What happens if you didn’t purchase your hearing aids from us? We are committed to better hearing regardless of who you purchased your hearing aids from.  That being said, we provide repairs for major brands such as Audibel, Phonak, GN Resound, Siemens, Miracle Ear, Costco Kirkland, Unitron, Oticon and many more.

Whether you have a pair of hearing aids sitting in your desk drawer that have been broken for quite some time, or a hearing aid that you think may not be working like it used to, contact us today to help evaluate your options.  Your hearing is our number one priority!

Hearing Aid Myths Exposed

shutterstock_150884087Sometimes we love to mislead ourselves by believing what we want to believe or believing what others tell us to believe.  As Dr. H. Gustav Mueller once said, “You have to hear what you don’t want to hear to know what you don’t want to hear.”  For example, did you know that Thomas Edison didn’t invent the light bulb? Or did you know that cracking your knuckles really doesn’t lead to arthritis and that Thomas Crapper didn’t really invent the toilet?  There are a lot of examples of beliefs that we assume to be accurate, but it’s good every now and then to reevaluate what we think we know.

So how is your hearing knowledge? For many of us, it’s time to learn about some of the misconceptions about hearing loss and hearing aids.

MYTH: Hearing loss affects only “old people” and is merely a sign of aging.
TRUTH: Actually, it is the reverse of what most people think. 65% of people with hearing loss are younger than age 65. There are more than six million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss, and nearly one and a half million are school age. Hearing loss affects all age groups.

MYTH: If I had a hearing loss, my family doctor would have told me.
TRUTH: Only 13% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical. Since most people with hearing impairments hear well in quiet environments, like a doctor’s office or examining room, it can be virtually impossible for your physician to recognize the extent of your problem. Without special training and an understanding of the nature of hearing loss, it may be, and can be, very difficult for your doctor to even realize you have a hearing problem.

MYTH: My hearing loss is normal for my age.
TRUTH: Although it may be more common for loss at your age, it is not necessarily normal. But…isn’t it strange how we look at things? It happens to be “NORMAL” for overweight people to have high blood pressure. That doesn’t mean they should not receive treatment for the problem.

MYTH: I can wait until my hearing gets a lot worse before I have to do something about it.
The longer a person waits to take care of their hearing, the less a hearing aid will do for them in the future. You may suffer auditory deprivation, a possible speech impediment, and remember- untreated hearing loss carries the same symptoms as Alzheimer’s disease. 

MYTH: My hearing loss is not that big of a deal. I can live with it.
TRUTH: According to the National Center for Health Statistics, hearing loss is listed as the third leading cause of health problems in individuals over the age of 50. Arthritis and Hypertension are one and two.

MYTH: My hearing loss does not affect anyone except me.
TRUTH: Your hearing affects everyone around you, including the ones who love you the most. 

MYTH: Hearing aids are too expensive.
TRUTH: Some flat screen televisions sell for $8,000 or more, but this doesn’t make us say,  “All TVs are too expensive.” Just like TVs, hearing aids range in cost depending on features and performance. You can almost always  find hearing aids that fit your budget and lifestyle. The value of better hearing and a better life is almost always well worth the cost.

MYTH: You can save money buying hearing aids online.
You wouldn’t purchase a pair of prescription glasses on the internet without consulting your eye doctor, because your glasses need to fit your vision loss. Buying hearing aids is the same. Sure, visiting a hearing specialist may be more costly, but take into account what you get for the price.  You can be confident that you get the right hearing aid with the right fitting and settings, along with follow-up care, adjustments, cleanings, instructions, repair services, and more. It’s well worth it.

MYTH: I have friends that wear hearing aids and it does not seem to help them.
TRUTH: It is true that some people do not do as well as others with hearing aids. Just remember this:  we all do not get the same eyesight clarity with glasses, but we still do not want to be without them. The longer you wait to correct your hearing; the less you will get in return. You have one set of ears –  take care of them.

If you feel you have a hearing loss, you’re not alone. What keeps you alone is not finding the help that is needed to correct the situation. Help is just a phone call away. If you or someone you know is suffering from this debilitating problem, please contact us today for a hearing exam. We can guide you in the direction you need to go for proper hearing care.

For confirmation of the information provided above and any additional facts see: http://list25.com/25-popular-myths-debunked/5/ and www.betterhearing.org.

Hear Better This Valentine’s Day

It’s hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! It’s that magical time when retailers fill their stores with chocolates and flowers and, in turn, hope that you fill the air with love. But there is one aspect of Valentine’s Day that many couples are Audibel February Blogchallenged by each year – and that is hearing loss. You won’t see it mentioned in heart-filled cards, and you won’t hear about it in romantic movies. None-the-less, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, hearing loss affects 48 million Americans.

If you or your loved one are experiencing hearing loss, here are a few quick tips to help make your Valentine’s Day plans more seamless:

  • Wear your hearing aids (if you own them). Always keep a package of batteries and wax guards in your purse or pocket to avoid any last-minute issues. Please contact us if you are running low on these supplies or if you need to schedule an appointment to clean and check your hearing aids to ensure that they are performing properly.
  • If you are going out to dinner, try to pick a quiet restaurant. Also, when making your reservation, try asking for a quiet table, possibly in a corner.
  • If you plan on going to a movie or a theater, try to pick seats that are towards the front and in the center. Some theaters let you select your seats ahead of time while others are first-come, first-serve. To avoid a frustrating situation, try to show up early to allow for plenty of time. Additionally, ask the theater ahead of time if they have any type of induction loop system. If they do, this system can help broadcast the sound into telecoil-equipped hearing aids.

Hopefully these quick tips will help make this a special Valentine’s Day. Being able to hear your loved one is key to a successful date night!

How Hearing Helps You Achieve Your Resolutions

Let me guess: you made a New Year’s resolution this year. Over 40% of Americans make New Year resolutions each year and the number is steadily growing. A resolution can be anything from wanting to travel NewYears2016.jpgmore, losing weight, spending more time with family or even learning to paint.  If you didn’t make a resolution this year, maybe there is something that you want to accomplish in the New Year.

Your resolution could be a dream you had when you were a little boy or girl or something that you recently learned about when scrolling through your Facebook feed. It doesn’t matter the inspiration, it’s now time for perspiration. The experts at Forbes recommend the following tips to see your resolution or goal until the end.

  1. Keep it simple

Although some of us would love to visit the moon or visit every country next year, those goals sound glamorous but are going to be very difficult to achieve. The experts recommend simple and attainable goals.

  1. Make it tangible

The purpose is to break down your larger goal into more manageable and attainable goals. You also want to be very specific with your goals.

  1. Make it obvious

You will need a way to track and monitor your goals. You can write them on a to-do list, put them on your calendar or put a post-it note on your fridge.

  1. Keep motivated

One of the best ways is to tell your family and friends about your goal. You can post it on your Facebook wall, tell your best friend or tell your neighbor. It’s doesn’t matter who you tell just tell somebody. They can help keep you motivated.

At Audibel, we recommend adding one more to the list.

  1. Get your hearing checked

Hearing is directly involved in our ability to learn and interact with others. If you want to learn to paint, it is going to be easier if you can hear the instructions from the teacher. If you want spend more time with your family, you are going to enjoy it more, if you can hear your grandkids giggle and laugh.

One of the most overlooked elements of New Year’s resolutions is hearing.  It’s doesn’t matter your resolution or goal, we offer hearing evaluations to ensure that your hearing won’t get in the way. Contact us today to schedule your appointment

Hopefully these tips will help you accomplish your resolutions this year.

Is Better Hearing Part Of Your Retirement Plan?

You know the drill. You sit down with your financial advisor and discuss your income, savings, spending and everything in between. You have questions for your advisor and they have questions for you, but the most important one on your mind is “will I have enough money set aside to have a fulfilling retirement?”

When you think of your ideal retirement, does it include memorable experiences with your friends and loved ones? How about trying new restaurants with your friends, traveling, or spending time with grandchildren? These occasions, and retirement in general, will be far less satisfying if you have hearing loss and aren’t able to hear your friends and family. This is why we feel that retirement financial planning is missing an important component!

The statistics are surprising. At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss. In addition, there are 28 million people living with hearing loss in the United States alone and only 22 million have gotten the help they need by investing in hearing aids. Getting help is often put off because, once retired, people are living on a fixed income, which doesn’t allow for expensive purchases.

When you turn 65, United States citizens are eligible for Medicare. What isn’t widely known is that, in most cases, Medicare does not pay anything towards the cost of hearing aids. Depending on technology, hearing aids can range from a couple hundred to a few thousand dollars each, and they need to be replaced every 4-5 years (with proper care and maintenance). Hearing aids are an investment, but they are an important one.

As Helen Keller said, “blindness separates people from things, deafness separates people from people.” When planning for retirement, chances are that buying hearing aids is not top-of-mind. We encourage you to make sure hearing healthcare is included in your financial planning so that you are sure to have a fulfilling retirement.

We are happy to check your insurance benefits during your free hearing consultation appointment, so contact us today.

Say Cheers to our New UK Mates!

Bubbler, crisps, lift and hearing aid technology. Well, at least we share the same Audibel UKphrase for one of those things with our British friends for hearing aid technology. Add to that now one more synonymous term, Audibel! We are excited to be announcing the expansion of Audibel into the United Kingdom. This international network already includes our partners in Canada and Italy to complement our several hundred locations in the United States. Now we add in our friends across the pond.

What does this mean for you as an Audibel wearer or one considering our hearing aid technology in your town? Firstly, you can have the assurance that if you are ever in any of those countries listed, and have any need to see an Audibel specialist, that you will be covered. Our promise of being in warranty with one Audibel location equals being in warranty at all locations is still true in these international countries. Don’t think you’ll ever travel there? There is still benefit to you as the growth of Audibel allows for us to share more learning on patient preferences for hearing care and technology, which is generally universal across the globe.

We are excited to expand the Audibel network with new offices in the U.S. and also now in the U.K. We know this will help us to create greater patient outcomes and serve more in gaining better hearing through our hearing aid technology. To get started, simply find your nearest provider on our website locator and request your free consultation.