We love giving back to our community! After all, the ability to allow someone to live a fuller life through improved hearing is very rewarding to us.
And with this past year being tough for everyone, and especially for the hard of hearing, we want to bring some extra festive joy to someone’s life.
So that’s why throughout November, we’re running a brand-new competition, “Hear for the Holidays,” where one deserving person will receive a complimentary pair of hearing aids in time for the holidays and beyond.
How Do You Enter?
You can participate in “Hear for the Holidays” by nominating someone who you feel could benefit from new technology.
It might be your friend, a loved one, or a co-worker who has a hearing challenge. This is the perfect opportunity to make a difference in their life if they are selected as our winner.
Simply head to our website and complete the short form. All we need are a few details about your nominee and why they deserve this fabulous prize.
The competition closes at the end of November. Soon after, we’ll contact the deserving person to let them know that they’ve won this life-changing opportunity.
Following a comprehensive hearing assessment, they will be fit with their new devices, so they’re ready for the holidays. Good luck!
Updates from The Office
Please note: We are closed on Thanksgiving Day and the day after. Thanksgiving is an inherently social holiday and helps to kick off the holiday season. Your hearing loss shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying it to the fullest! If you’d like to get your hearing aids checked out before the holiday season starts, please give Audiology Associates a call. We’d be happy to help.
The state has moved into Stage 3 and the numbers are remaining low and manageable in Maryland. Therefore, we will allow all patients in-office access with a few exceptions, MOST NOTABLY symptoms or positive COVID tests. We will still be screening all patients. Also, we will now see assisted living, nursing home, and group living patients in the office.
This month, we are happy to share with you this “wow” moment from one of our patients at our Carney location.
Patient Suzie Feldman said:
“This is me with my bike at Gettysburg Battlefield. I could hear clearly the traffic coming up behind me and, of course, the wind and all the nature sounds. No more muffled sound.”
5 Tips For Thanksgiving With Hearing Loss
1. Choose Your Spot Wisely – Placement around the table matters. A seat with a wall behind you can help to reduce the distraction of background noise. Try to sit somewhere that offers you the best visibility of the guests’ faces. Seating yourself centrally at the table improves the likelihood you’ll be able to engage in the conversation.
2. Wear Your Hearing Aids – This is one thing you absolutely should not forget this Thanksgiving. Make sure you wear your hearing aids, and bring along a spare set of batteries just in case.
3. Minimize Background Noise – Try to keep background noise to a minimum. Keep music or other media at a lower volume. If you’re visiting friends or family who traditionally like their music a little louder, don’t be embarrassed to ask them to turn it down.
4. Give Your Ears A Break – Focusing on conversation at social events can be mentally fatiguing. Give your brain and your ears a break by finding a quiet spot to rest for a few minutes. This will help re-energize you for the next round of social conversation.
5. Tell Your Friends And Family – You may be tempted to avoid mentioning your hearing loss. However, a gentle reminder for friends and family that you have difficulty hearing can make a world of difference. Politely ask them to speak up a little louder, and don’t be ashamed to ask someone to repeat something.
How Google is Making Life Safer for the Hard of Hearing
Google recently introduced a fantastic way to get more out of your hearing aids’ and smartphone’s streaming features.
They’ve launched an accessibility feature that notifies wearers of nearby sounds that might require their attention
So if your Google smartphone hears the sounds of running water, a dog barking, or someone knocking on your door, it will alert you with a noise, vibration, or camera flash.
Additionally, the software can be linked to one of the company’s smartwatches.
As a statement from Google explained, the software is “designed for the estimated 466 million people in the world with hearing loss.”
We are very impressed that a company like Google has developed a feature to assist the hard of hearing.
For information on how to link your smartphone to your hearing aids, get in touch with our team!
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