With this year being, let’s just say, a challenge, you’re probably ready to kick back for a few days and enjoy some quality time over Thanksgiving with your family and friends. You deserve it.
Just to let you know, we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving and will reopen again on Monday, November 30.
To ensure that you or a loved one still gets the help you need, we advise that if you’re having any issues with your hearing or hearing aids right now, to book an appointment as soon as possible.
Contact one of our offices and let us take care of you.
Updates from the Office
We’d like to remind you that our curbside appointments are still available should you not wish to come to the office for your check-up or treatment. Options include hearing aid clean and checks, hearing loss screenings, and remote programming sessions, all provided without physical contact.
Get in touch if you’re interested in taking advantage of these contact-free services!
Six Helpful Ways to Support Hearing Aid Users When Wearing Face Masks
Although face masks are helping to stop the spread of the virus, they’re certainly causing a few problems for the hard of hearing.
Help is at hand, however, as Consumer Reports recently published a fantastic article, where they offer advice for those looking to improve their ability to talk with others.
They suggest that hearing aid wearers:
1. Ask people to speak slowly and clearly – this is far more effective than when someone raises their voice and fails to enunciate their sentences.
2. Stand face to face when talking – as long as you remain six feet apart, experts suggest eye contact can make a big difference during conversations.
3. Find the right mask – clear face masks are useful for lip reading, but research has also shown that cloth and surgical masks can make sounds easier to interpret.
4. Adjust your devices – hearing aids can be altered to help with these interactions; feel free to give us a call at the office if you want assistance with this!
5. Try out a transcription app – these days, there are smartphone apps, such as Dragon or Google Live, that will reproduce speech for you to read back.
6. Make meetings virtual – many hearing aids let you stream sounds via your smartphone, tablet, or computer, so this is a great way to stay in touch with others.
No doubt you’re excited for your loved one to enjoy a better quality of life with their new hearing aids, but just be prepared for a few adjustments that you might need to make through the transition period…
What is Tinnitus and What Can I Do About It?
While in some cases it can go away by itself, with the right hearing aid specialist, there is a lot that can be done to improve your condition and, ultimately, the quality of your life…