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Growing Up With Hearing Loss: Trey’s Story

Trey, a Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center patient for over 20 years, shares his experience of growing up with hearing loss and explains how digital hearing aids have improved his social life and education.

Q: Trey shares his experience as a JSHC patient for 20+ years

Trey: My name is Trey and I am a client of the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. I’ve been going there since I was 2 years old and I’m 26 years old now. I’ve gone through their speech therapy, I’ve gotten hearing aids from them and they are all excellent. I enjoy going there. Dr. Mattson, my current audiologist at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, is excellent. She actually had given me my most current set of hearing aids. They work excellent, the hearing aids I have now. With this (Bluetooth) I can answer the phone through that.

Q: Trey explains how hearing aid technology helped him as a student.

Trey: The first set of hearing aids I had were analog, and now the ones I have are digital. The digital ones seem to be a little bit better. Now, with these hearing aids, they actually have Bluetooth I can connect to my cellphone or a microphone. With the microphone, if I’m in school, the teacher or the instructor can wear the microphone, and it helps me to hear the instructor better. There is a device that I can connect to the TV so I can hear the TV better. If anyone has that type of hearing loss, it’s very helpful.

Q: Trey explains how speech therapy and hearing aids have improved his life.

Trey: When I first started going there I was going through speech therapy. It has really helped me out. Now I can hear better, I can speak better, and with the hearing aids they gave me, I can hear better. As the years went on, I can speak better. That really helped me out quite a bit.

Q: A father shares his thoughts on parenting a child with hearing loss.

Trey’s Father: Trey has been going to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center since he was 2 years old. A lot of you may be asking why we decided to take him to speech and hearing. We noticed in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, there was not a lot of attentiveness. He wasn’t paying attention and even though we would speak to him, he wouldn’t respond. We decided to go on and have his hearing tested.

Obviously as a parent what you need to do is watch your child, make sure that when you are speaking to them they are actually responding to you, and they are responding not only with their eyes, but with their ears. They are turning and those kinds of things.

It is not a stigmatism to take your child to get hearing aids, it’s no different than taking them to get glasses. You need to pay attention to your child at an early age to make sure they get the attention and the help they need early on because it not only affects their hearing, it affects their speech. Their speech, obviously, is everything to them, especially when they get older, With Trey, we just noticed it early on and as a parent, you need to stay focused on your child.

Q: How having hearing tests and services on-site under one building provides convenience.

Trey: That is very helpful to me because that way I don’t have to drive to multiple places to get the testing done. They have their own closed booth for hearing tests and that is very helpful to me because I don’t like having to go all over town just to get that done.

Q: What digital hearing aid technology is important.

Trey: With digital technology, they can take the hearing aid and connect them to the computer to fine tune the hearing aids to match someone’s hearing loss a lot better than the analog ones. The analog ones take a lot of work to fine tune them but with the digital ones, it is a lot faster, better, and more accurate.

Q: Young people and hearing aids.

Trey: If someone has hearing aids, it is good to always be positive and not let other people bother you. Having hearing aids is just like having glasses. People wear glasses, some wear hearing aids, and there is nothing wrong with that.

Q: Having your ear mold and technicians on-site at JSHC provides convenience.

Trey: It is always good to have a technician right there at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center because then you don’t have to go all over town to have it done. You don’t necessarily need to see your audiologist for your ear mold, but since there is always a technician available at the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, if there is something wrong with the ear mold or the tubing, you can just have them fix it, sometimes in just 15 minutes.

If you have further questions about our audiologists, services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us online or call (904) 355-3403‎. If you would like to WATCH Trey’s interview, visit our YouTube channel.
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Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center – Give & Go Program

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is participating in the Jaguars Give & Go Ticket Offer campaign in order to help raise money for the center. When you purchase tickets for Jaguars games through our individual page, JSHC will receive a percentage from each ticket sold. These are great deals on Jaguars tickets offering great prices! So, you save money on game day PLUS you support the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. It’s a WIN WIN!

Get the best deal on Jaguars tickets while supporting the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center! For every ticket purchased, JSHC will receive a donation of up to $30.

CLICK HERE to use our personalized link, which ensures that JSHC will receive a donation for every ticket purchased!

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A Veteran’s Experience with Tinnitus and Hyperacusis

sergeant veteranA sergeant of the U.S. Army Reserve was recently interviewed for his experience living with tinnitus and hyperacusis as well as getting treatment at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. The sergeant shares his recommendations as well as information for anyone dealing with tinnitus and hyperacusis, including his fellow Veterans.

Q: Advice for Veterans that think they may have tinnitus and hyperacusis.

Sergeant: The first thing is to go to a medical professional that understands what you are going through. For me, that is Dr. Mattson of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. Secondly, stay away from loud noise. The ear condition isn’t going to get better. You can only keep it the way it is or make it worse. I strongly suggest to stay away from loud noise and use masking devices that JSHC provides, and change your lifestyle to utilize the resources you have, such as medical professionals, family, and your own personal fortitude. Life is different now. Medical science can not fix it yet, but you can make sure it’s not downgraded to a lower state.

Q: What was your experience at JSHC like?

Sergeant: As you may know, the VA wait time is about a month to a month and a half to see an audiologist. With this clinic, it’s just a few days and you can see your audiologist. When I met with Dr. Mattson, she truly understood what I was going through. To me, when an audiologist understands what I’m going through and I’m in safe hands. If a doctor says, “Just live with it”, as I’ve been told by other doctors, even VA audiologists, I have to motivate myself to overcome this condition.

With Dr. Mattson explained to me what I’m going through. She explained to me what can be done to normalize the situation. You cannot fix it completely, but you can make your quality of life improve. She fought to order resources for me. I have resources like musician earplugs to a special hearing aid and a request to my VA so I can use it for my daily life. She got this for me. She made the phone calls. She said “This Veteran needs this”. Lastly, her husband is a combat Veteran, and like I said earlier, she not only helps patients in her professional life but also in her personal life. She understands where the Vets come from and that is what would bring me back here again.

“I enjoy being an advocate for my patients that are veterans. To me, it’s about helping them get their life back on track. There is nothing greater than giving back to someone needing the same help. Usually, they are working towards getting back to work and feeling comfortable with being in public again. It’s a hard struggle for veterans with Post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. These veterans often times have hidden injuries that they feel trapped with. Having the right support makes all the difference. “

Fenja Mattson, AuD, CCC-A
Doctor of Audiology
Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

Q: Would you recommend JSHC to other veterans dealing with tinnitus and hyperacusis issues?

Sergeant: Through all my experiences with different doctors, audiologists, and ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor) I believe strongly for the Vet: Army, Navy, or whatever branch of military you served, the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is your best option and the best treatment that you will get, comparing to the Jacksonville VA, Gainesville, or civilians in Duval County.

I would ask for Dr. Mattson. She truly cares about Vets. There is no cure for our condition but there are things she can do for you and explain to you and give you that you can use daily to improve your quality of life. That’s what matters. The doctor cares. They know what you are going through. They can help you with what you are going through, and with that, I believe this is the best place for Vets to get treatment.

tinnitus hyperacusis jacksonville veteransQ: What caused you to seek treatment at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center?

Sergeant: Since being discharged from active duty, Duval County is my home. I went to a few audiologists and I went to the VA, and most of the responses I got was “Live with it”. At that time, it was 2008-2009, and the technology wasn’t there for me to have it, but overall my experience with audiologists and ENTs (Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors) in Duval county was totally negative.

A year ago, I continued researching online to find which is the best clinic or who is the doctor that specializes in and understands tinnitus and hyperacusis. I came to a couple of audiologists in Duval County and I used a few of them. I found Dr. Mattson of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center and saw that she specializes in hearing. At that time I came and met her. She doesn’t only have professional experience but a personal one since her husband is a combat Vet. I truly am blessed to be here and have her as an audiologist who can understand what I’m going through.

I wrote down what she did for me at that time, “Out of all the audiologists and ENT doctors in Duval County, including the VA, she is the primary person I would like to recommend you come and get treatment from. That’s the reason I chose this place.”

Q: What caused your tinnitus and hyperacusis?

Sergeant: My first assignment in the military was infantry. In infantry, we are front line troops and you use your auditory system to survive in combat. Your auditory system is being used not just 12 hours a day, but 24 hours a day. You may sleep, but your auditory system is working in the background to make sure you’re not getting attacked. This is the condition for 11 months in a combat zone. Your auditory system is used and abused and if it doesn’t recover, there will be consequences to it. What happened to me by the end of deployment was that everything was loud to me. Everything was bright and then the ringing came. It would go on for 10-15 seconds and I couldn’t really figure out where it came from.

If you have further questions about Tinnitus, Hyperacusis, or our services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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Jacksonville Magazine Article on Hearing Loss and Technology

“Can You Hear Me Now?”

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Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center in June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine, published by Jacksonville Magazine.

In the June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine published by Jacksonville Magazine, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is spotlighted in an article titled “Can You Hear Me Now?”

The article focuses on how important technology can be in overcoming hearing loss. In it, two professional communicators explain how hearing loss has impacted their careers and work and the role of technology in helping them overcome the associated challenges.

We are so proud to share this spotlight moment with our supporters and to share this story on hearing loss and technology! Please check out the June 2015 issue of 904 Magazine. We’re on page 20&21.

 

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Swimmer’s Ear: What Moms Need to Know About Swimming & Ear Issues

This summer, kids will spend lots of time in the pool and playing in the ocean. If you’re a parent, you may be all too familiar with the pain and discomfort in your child’s ears after a long weekend of swimming. Depending on your child’s age, the symptoms they exhibit may vary, but the result is the same: pain, inflammation and even infection can set in. By being informed of the causes, prevention and treatment options, you can hopefully reduce the chance of having to deal with swimmer’s ear.

Swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is a painful inflammation and infection of the ear canal. While anyone can get otitis externa from a variety of causes, it is most often seen in children and caused by water getting in the ear from activities such as swimming- hence the name. Unfortunately, once someone has had swimmer’s ear, they are likely to get it again.

Signs and Symptoms

The main symptom of swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is ear pain. It can be quite severe and usually gets worse when the outer part of the ear is pulled or pressed; it may also be painful when chewing. For children, swelling of the ear canal might make them complain of a full feeling or discomfort in the ear. The outer part of the ear may become red or swollen, and the lymph nodes around the ear could become large and possibly tender. There could also be drainage of clear, odorless fluid.

If left untreated symptoms could get worse, resulting in temporary hearing loss. This is caused by pus and debris or swelling of the canal which blocks the passage of sound into the ear.

Causes of Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear can occur when water, sand, dirt, or other common debris gets inside the ear canal. Other possible causes include:

  • A very narrow or hairy ear canal
  • Bubble baths, soaps, and shampoos that get in the ear canal
  • Earwax stuck in the ear canal (impacted) due to use of cotton swabs that may push the earwax deeper into the ear canal
  • Exostoses, or bony overgrowths in the ear canal
  • Headphones or hearing aids inserted into the ear
  • Scratching the ear canal with a cotton swab, bobby pin, fingernail, or other sharp object
  • Skin problems, such as eczema, psoriasis, or seborrhea
  • Sweating

Preventing Swimmer’s Ear

Follow these suggestions to prevent swimmer’s ear.

  • Always dry the ears well, tilting the head to both sides to drain water from the ear canal after water activities such as swimming or bath time.
  • Use over-the-counter ear drops that contain acetic acid or alcohol, which help prevent infection when used after swimming. Only use if the eardrums are still intact.
  • Do not put objects into ears or attempt to clean them, including cotton-tipped swabs.

Treating Swimmer’s Ear

Since otitis externa is an infection in a hard to reach and delicate place, it should be treated by a doctor. Place a warm washcloth or heating pad against the affected ear and use Acetaminophen or ibuprofen to ease discomfort until seeing the doctor. Wear a shower cap while showering or bathing to prevent more water getting in the ear. Your doctor may also recommend earplugs for water activities.

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center wants to make sure you get the facts about swimmer’s ear so you and your family can have a safe and healthy summer. Swimmer’s ear can be very painful, and sometimes even serious. If you suspect swimmer’s ear, get it checked out and treated by a doctor.

If you have further questions about our services, events or volunteer opportunities, please reach out to us or call (904) 355-3403‎.

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May Is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center wants to remind Jacksonville residents that communication disorders are treatable by raising awareness that May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Founded in 1949, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center provides speech pathology and audiology evaluations and treatments including hearing aid fittings for children, adults and seniors from its office at 1128 N. Laura St.

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“Our staff of seasoned professionals has decades of experience in the areas of speech pathology and audiology,” said Mike Howland, President and CEO of Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. “We work with everyone whether they have insurance or not to provide quality, affordable care.”

Hearing loss can affect children and adults.

Signs for parents to watch for with a child’s hearing loss is:

  • lack of attention to sounds,
  • does not follow simple directions,
  • delays in speech and language development,
  • and pulls or scratches his/her ears. 

In adults, hearing loss signs can include:

  • buzzing or ringing in ears,
  • muffled hearing,
  • increasing the volume on the television or radio,
  • constant frustration hearing speech and other sounds.

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center offers a variety of hearing aids including in the canal and behind the ear.  Unlike many hearing aid centers, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center works with a number of hearing aid manufacturers including Widex, Oticon, Siemens, Resound, Phonax and Unitron. This feature insures that the patient receives the type of hearing aid that will best help their particular hearing loss.

“Over 40 million Americans experience some kind of hearing loss,” said Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center audiologist Dr. Fenja Mattson. “Research has shown that addressing hearing loss can positively impact all aspects of a person’s life – personally, professionally and financially. I know we make it possible for people to continue to participate in the work force by wearing hearing aids.”

On the speech pathology side of the Center’s work, speech pathologists work with children and adults evaluating and treating language skills. Failure to assist children who have trouble with developing vocabulary or auditory processing can lead to problems in school. Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center can also work with children who are on the autism spectrum to help them improve their speech and adults who may have suffered speech impairment due to stroke.

“We have identified through pre-kindergarten screenings several preschoolers who have difficulty with articulation or stuttering disorders,” said Dorothy Train-Marsh, Speech Pathologist at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.  “These youngsters have now successfully exited the program with age appropriate skills that will give them a solid foundation for school.”

As part of its celebration of Better Hearing and Speech Month, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is celebrating its fourth annual FinFest on Saturday, May 30 at Timaquana Country Club. FinFest 2015: A Return to the River uses an island/beach theme to raise funds and awareness for patients of the Center who cannot afford treatment.

For ticket information visit http://www.eventbrite.com/e/finfest-2015-return-to-the-river-tickets-15203737789?aff=eventful/r/eventful  or contact Kristen Dietzen at 904-355-3403, email kdietzen@shcjax.org.

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Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Completes Screening of 2385 Children

speech and hearing jacksonvilleThe Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center, through grants funded by The Chartrand Family Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, The Florida Blue Foundation and Medtronic has completed the screening of 2385 children ages 2 – 5 and provided 1765 speech and language therapy sessions to 79 children who were identified as at risk for communications disorders.  The announcement was made by Mike Howland, President and CEO of the nonprofit.

The purpose of the grants was to provide speech-language pathology screenings, evaluations, and therapy to underserved and under/uninsured pre-kindergarten children located at daycare centers and preschools throughout Duval County.  It is vital to catch and treat speech and hearing disorders at an early age so children will not fall behind in school.

“Young children with speech and language disorders are at increased risk for difficulty with academic performance later in life,” said Dorothy Train-Marsh, a speech pathologist at Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center. “Speech sound production is key to letter-sound relationships necessary for reading and writing.”

Parents should note the number of words their child uses by pre-kindergarten as well as the ability to string together four to five words in a sentence.  Certain phonological sounds such as saying the letter “v” or “f” should be present around the age of three.

Screenings were provided by ASHA Certified Speech-Language pathologists at over 75 Duval County preschools.speech and hearing jacksonville  Evaluations and therapy were provided to children with Medicaid, uninsured children and underinsured children at more than 35 preschools in Duval County.

“We are grateful to our grantors for helping us to provide this much needed service,” said Howland.  “The Chartrand Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation and Medtronic understand that children need to be ready to learn and communication skills are an important skill set for school.”

The Jacksonville Speech and Hearing Center was founded in 1949 by the Junior League of Jacksonville.  Today this nonprofit, located at 1128 N. Laura St., serves children, adults and seniors providing screenings, evaluations and treatments in the areas of speech pathology and audiology.  Most major insurances are accepted.

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Why Buy Hearing Aids from Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center?

If you or your loved one is in the market for hearing aids, rest assured the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center is your best resource for hearing aids in North Florida. Today’s hearing aids are highly programmable with customized settings for your individual hearing needs. We have licensed doctoral level audiologists to assist you, a wide variety of hearing aid types and styles and we offer ongoing support and assistance since getting hearing aids is just the first step in the process of improved hearing. Read on to learn the many other reasons why to buy Hearing Aids from Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.

Why Buy Hearing Aids from Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center?

We offer a broad range of hearing aids including a variety of both In-The-Ear and Behind-The-Ear styles.

JSHC has qualified and experienced audiologists on staff. Our audiologists will select the best style of hearing aid for the specific hearing loss you have, keeping in mind any cosmetic and lifestyle concerns you may have.

We treat our patients with care, and not just as customers. At the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center, we put you and your family first. We know that treatment for speech, language or hearing disorders is not just about the individual; it is about enabling families to connect, communicate and care for one another.

We accept all major insurance plans. 

We offer many hearing aid services such as adjustments and repairs.

All hearing aids have a 30-day trial period.

Want to learn more? Check out our latest patient testimonial on YouTube: Amy R. shares insight into being diagnosed with hearing loss, her experience getting hearing aids and helpful tips for living with hearing aids. CLICK HERE TO VIEW.

Hearing Aids: Helpful Tips & What to Expect

Deaf woman takes a hearing testWe recently spoke with Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center patient Amy R. and asked her to share her experience with hearing loss diagnosis and with wearing hearing aids. Amy offers some helpful suggestions and insight.

 

How do I adjust to hearing aids?

A lot of people worry that when they get hearing aids they’re going to have problems adjusting. While I didn’t have a lot of issues, I know some people do. What I would say to them is go to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center to have them identify what’s going on. Since hearing aids are now digital, when you go through the hearing test, they simply plug your hearing aid into the computer. This way they can determine where you lack the ability to hear. For me, high-pitched sounds are increased as opposed to the low pitch. There is no reason you have to suffer if you feel like you can’t adjust. I know the people at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center can help you.

 

What are the benefits of hearing aids?

I know what it is like to struggle with hearing loss. Even with hearing aids my hearing isn’t perfect. I would encourage people to seek answers because there are so many wonderful things in life to hear like children or grandchildren, music, or maybe your work. When I put my hearing aids in in the morning and I hear my cat snore and I hear the birds tweet outside, then I know this is something I would miss out on if I didn’t have the tools to hear.

 

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My hearing aids were so helpful to me that I convinced my husband to go have his hearing tested. Initially I thought he was just ignoring me as some husbands will playfully. I did think part of that was because he couldn’t hear me. Sure enough, he went and got tested, and he needed hearing aids as well. Now when he doesn’t hear me, I know it’s not about the hearing, it is about the topic! His hearing loss is different than mine, so having that special test with an audiologist who has decades of experience helped define what kind of hearing aid he needed to wear as opposed to what kind of hearing aid I wear.

 

Does family history play a role in needing hearing aids?

I come from a family that has a lot of hearing problems, but I still thought it would never happen to me. Then one day I found myself in the ear nose and throat doctor’s office and they told me I probably needed to get hearing aids. It was a very scary experience. My doctor recommended I go to the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. Even though I had lived in Jacksonville a long time, I didn’t really know them. I was thrilled when I got there to meet Dr. Mattson. Dr. Mattson is a young woman who grew up wearing hearing aids so she knew exactly what to tell me about the process. I didn’t want to appear like an old lady. I didn’t want to have all the feedback my grandmother had with her hearing aids, but most of all I wanted to be able to do my job. As a public relations professional, if you can’t communicate, which includes listening to clients, listening to media, and listening to coworkers, you cannot be a good public relations professional. Dr. Mattson walked me through the process, got me fitted with my first pair of hearing aids. When I totally freaked out when I was hearing all the sounds I hadn’t heard in a long time, she helped me with that too. It was great to have someone who understood what I was going through and could react to that. That was seven or eight years ago. I’m on my second pair of hearing aids now, and frankly, I could not have a conversation without me having hearing aids since I have lost all the higher registers. I can’t hear certain voices, especially female voices since they tend to be higher registers. It has changed my life. I am so grateful to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. As a nonprofit, I know they think about me the patient, and that they are going to recommend something that works especially for me as opposed to something that may be “on special” at another company. Nice people, convenient location, people who know what I am going through, it’s a win-win.

 

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When I started to lose my hearing, I didn’t want to face reality. My children said to me “Mom, you’re not hearing.” and I would say “No, no, no.”  In the office when I was meeting with clients, it was like all of the sudden I lost the ability to understand what I was doing there because I could not hear. When you can’t hear, your cognition and your understanding of your environment just goes down the tubes. So I finally got up the nerve to go to the ear nose and throat doctor who said I had to go to Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center. Don’t go to a place that only sells one type of hearing aid because you only get what they have, not necessarily what you need.

 

What tools are there for living with hearing aids?

If you are suffering from hearing loss and you are thinking about getting hearing aids, there are a number of tools that work with hearing aids that could make your life even easier. There is a streamer which is a Bluetooth enabled piece of equipment. It enables you to pair your Bluetooth smart phone with your hearing aid. For example, if you’re driving in your car and you get a call, it will ring through your hearing aids. You press the button on the streamer and you can just talk, you don’t have to hold the phone, and you can hear the conversation perfectly because it is coming right into your ears. There is also equipment you can add to your home phone or your home television that will enable the sounds to go directly to your hearing aids. They can be a godsend, particularly with television shows that have a lot of dialogue or when they have young actors who mumble or talk to the floor and you can’t see their face.

 

How can hearing aids change the impact of hearing loss on business?

Getting hearing aids meant the world to my business because as I mentioned, I couldn’t hear clients, or I couldn’t hear conversations on the phone, or couldn’t talk to my co-workers. If you’re struggling to hear at work, or if you work with someone who is struggling to hear, be compassionate. Explain to them that you know there is an answer there. You can get some help. There is someone who has gone through what they are going through. Try to be understanding when they go through the process of getting hearing aids. Getting hearing aids does not automatically mean you can hear a pin drop. Tell people “Please don’t talk to the floor” or “Please look at me when you talk” or “Don’t mumble, learn to project”. Don’t be embarrassed to say “I didn’t catch that”. Lots of times with clients now, I’m not embarrassed about hearing aids, I’ll tell them upfront that I’m wearing hearing aids which means sometimes I might miss something. I tell them if it looks like I don’t understand or that I haven’t heard them, it’s okay to say to me “Did you hear that?”  I won’t feel bad about it.

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a very common condition. It is a noise heard in the head or ears. Tinnitus affects people differently and can be described as low pitched, high pitched, constant, or intermittent. It can come across as ringing, roaring, buzzing, whistling, or humming. WATCH to learn more about tinnitus in this informative interview.

What is Tinnitus?