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June 2018

3 Effective Ways to Protect Your Hearing This 4th of July

By | Resources

You probably have fun plans for this Fourth of July, right? Maybe a cookout with friends, swimming, and a fireworks show. What’s July 4th if you don’t celebrate with fireworks?

The thing is, you might be putting your hearing in danger this Fourth of July and not even realize it.

Noise-induced hearing loss is hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds that measure over 85 decibels. The sound could be brief, like an explosion or firework.

Or it could be long-lasting, like a concert or consistent use of earbuds at a dangerous volume. Whatever the case, noise-induced hearing loss is the only hearing loss that you can prevent.

We want you to enjoy whatever fireworks show you’re planning to attend this year, and we also want you to be safe. Here are three effective ways to keep noise-induced hearing loss at bay.

1. Wear earplugs.

You might think wearing earplugs means you won’t be able to hear anything. That’s not true! Earplugs fit snuggly into the ear canal, muffling loud noises and keeping them from damaging your ear. Wearing them doesn’t keep you from hearing. Wearing earplugs protects your ears from overpowering sounds by keeping them out.

Keep the earplugs in until the show is over, and you won’t regret it. You’ll still be able to participate and enjoy the fireworks. When you’re done, keep them in your car so you’ll always be able to protect your hearing when you need it.

2. Keep a safe distance.

We know you don’t want to miss a moment of the fireworks show. But, is it worth losing your hearing over? We don’t think so.

By keeping a safe distance away from fireworks, you give your hearing a better chance to remain undamaged. The closer you are, the worse the impact could be. Noises that are louder and more long-lasting will definitely have a negative impact on your hearing. When you stay far enough away, you’re doing your ears a favor.

Don’t forget to keep your earplugs in if you’re worried that you’re too close! The extra step to protecting your ears could make all the difference.

3. Know what’s too much for you.

Maybe you’re not sure if you’re far enough away from the fireworks. Maybe the people you’re with want to be close to the show, close enough that it seems just a little too loud for you. Maybe you’re worried you already have hearing loss, and fireworks just don’t seem worth the risk.

Only you know what’s too much for you and your hearing. If the fireworks are too loud, don’t be afraid to move to a safer distance or leave altogether. If your ears seem bothered, consider sitting in the car or wearing earplugs if you have them. If you think the fireworks you’re watching are hurting your ears, do something to protect yourself.

Once your hearing has been damaged from loud noises, you’ve lost that hearing for good. The only way to redeem it is by visiting an audiologist and getting fit with hearing devices that make up for it.

We want you to enjoy your Fourth of July without worrying about damaging your hearing. If you visit our offices before July 4th, we’ll give you and your family earplugs for FREE!

Don’t wait until the damage is already done to start protecting your hearing. You can start right now. Visit our office today to get your free earplugs!

3 Reasons You Should Lease Your Hearing Aids

By | Resources

You’ve received the news that your hearing loss is severe enough that you need hearing aids. Your audiologist gives you some devices to check out, but then you see the price! Maybe you were prepared to pay for your devices, but if you aren’t, you might find yourself a little overwhelmed.

At Associates in Hearing, we want to make it possible for you to receive the hearing healthcare you need and the devices that will make it possible for you to fully enjoy your life. If the cost of hearing aids is keeping you from treating your hearing loss, we think we have a solution.

Leasing your hearing aids is an affordable alternative to purchasing your devices outright. Here’s why you should look into it.

1. Affordability.

Your hearing aids are nearly invaluable when it comes to how you are able to live your life. But the initial investment might overwhelm you and your finances. Leasing is an affordable option.

When you lease your devices, you are able to pay a fixed monthly payment for 36 months ranging from $88 to $174.

Not only will you be able to afford your devices, you’ll also receive some of the best care available through your audiologist at Associates in Hearing. Unlike at a hearing aid retail outlet, when you lease from us, you can be guaranteed excellent care, diagnostic, and a follow-up from a doctor of audiology.

2. Always have the latest technology.

Hearing aid technology is constantly evolving. Devices can now be so small they are hard to detect, and some can even be used with your smartphone. Staying up-to-speed with the best hearing aids available means you can have the best hearing possible with the best devices available.

Every 36 months, you can either choose to buy your current hearing aids at a discounted rate, or you can opt to get new devices with updated technology. Your devices will always be working for you.

You also have the option to donate your hearing devices after the 36 month period through our non-profit alliance. Your old devices will be refurbished and given to someone in need.

3. Comprehensive care package to eliminate your worries.

The maintenance of your hearing aids is important if you want to continue hearing well. We make it easy to take care of your devices and eliminate any of your concerns.

Your care package will be included in your lease and guarantees that your devices are always working their best. It includes complimentary reprogramming, cleaning, routine maintenance, and in-office repairs. You will also have a full manufacturer’s warranty for the duration of your lease and a full manufacturer loss and damage replacement warranty.

If your devices aren’t working the way you’d hoped, you also have 30 days to return them and receive a refund.

Are you still on the fence about getting hearing devices? Don’t let the price keep you from the taking the leap. Leasing your hearing aids is an affordable, valuable option, and when you lease with Associates in Hearing, we’ll make sure your hearing and your devices are under the best possible care.

We’d love to get you the devices you need. Call us today to learn more about our leasing option, available devices, and how you can start enjoying your life again.

10 Questions with Dr. David Flynn

By | Resources

Providing you with great hearing healthcare is an important mission for us at Associates in Hearing. We want to serve you so that you can stay connected to those you care about and live a life doing the things you love most. Caring about you is of utmost importance.

Today we want you to get to know one of our important team members. He brings a passion for audiology and an unmatched compassion for people. We interviewed Dr. David Flynn to learn more about him, why he is passionate about audiology, and how he’s hoping to make a difference.

 

  1. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child, I can remember having dreams of being a professional basketball player because I have always loved playing and watching sports. But also, when I was in kindergarten our teacher asked us this same question and I wrote I wanted to be a doctor so I could help people. I guess I had a pretty good idea of where I would end up even at age six.

 

  1. If you could have dinner with any person, alive or dead, who would it be?

I would want to have dinner with Jesus. To me, he is the most influential, humble, and powerful person to ever walk the earth and it would be pretty amazing to share a meal with him.

  1. Have you ever done something that not many people have done? If so, what?

The first thing that comes to my mind is that I met my wife, proposed, got married, and my wife got pregnant all in less than 1 year. I wouldn’t change a thing!

  1. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Since I am Irish, I’ve always hoped to go to Ireland one day. Most of my family is from the county of Mayo and I would love to see where they lived as well as other parts of the country.

 

  1. Why did you decide to study audiology?

When I was in high school and trying to decide what I wanted to do in life, I thought about my strengths and my passions. My passion was to help people in some way and my strengths included science and math. When I came across audiology after talking to my neighbor who was a speech language pathologist, I realized I found a career that encompasses my interests as well as my desire to help other people. It became the perfect fit for me.

 

  1. What do you enjoy most about being an audiologist?

In addition to getting to know my patients and seeing their quality of life improve through the benefit of hearing aids and communication strategies, one of my favorite parts of being an audiologist is going over the results with my patients and educating them on their hearing loss, why they have hearing loss, and ways to potentially improve it. I love the teaching aspect of our job because I feel it is important that each patient understand what is going on in their ears.

 

  1. What is your favorite part about working at Associates in Hearing?

My favorite part about working at Associates in Hearing is the people. I am fortunate to work with great people and wonderful patients. I am thankful to work at a private practice that allows the audiologist the freedom to take the proper time and energy needed to appropriately recommend, fit, and follow-up with each patient.

  1. Outside of audiology, what else are you passionate about?

Outside of audiology, my passions include my faith, family, and sports. My faith is the foundation of my life and my family is what matters most to me. For fun, my other passion in life is watching all the Philadelphia sports teams especially the Eagles and Sixers, as well as playing basketball, tennis, and golf.

  1. If you could binge watch one show, what would you pick?

If I could binge watch one show, I would watch “The Office”.  I love to laugh and this show definitely provides that for me.

 

  1. When you’re 75 and able to look back on your life, what do you hope to have accomplished?

I recently came across a song called “Dream Small” and one of the lines says, “But dream small, don’t bother like you’ve gotta do it all.” I feel that when I am 75, I hope that I have accomplished the little things like having a loving family, helping friends when they need it, and just providing a smile and a light to others wherever I am. The big dreams are nice and still worth having, but when I am older I hope to have touched the lives of others by doing the little things, which may in fact end up impacting people in a big way.

We’re excited to have Dr. Flynn on our team, and we’d love for you to meet him! If you’d like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Flynn, call our office today!

3 Answers for Why We Give the Gift of Hearing

By | Humanitarian Trips

Turks and Caicos is a place most of us have heard of–a beautiful, tropical getaway location with idyllic beaches and all-inclusive resorts. It’s a paradise vacation of your dreams. But behind the paradise lies a territory of people who don’t have access to hearing healthcare.

“Behind every beautiful island, there’s a group of people trying to survive,” Dr. Patricia Reiff tells us.

It’s not something you think about, is it? In our minds, these tropical islands are a dream. But reality isn’t quite as kind. There isn’t an audiologist on any of the islands to help treat hearing loss.

Dr. Reiff, an audiologist at Associates in Hearing, joined a team of other audiologists and volunteers to provide the gift of hearing to those in need. For 10 days, they removed wax build up, performed hearing evaluations, fit people with hearing aids, and even removed a few seashells from a few ears.

But why Turks and Caicos? Why is it so important to go on these humanitarian trips to help those in need?

1. It Brings People Together

The trip to Turks and Caicos is one of many trips each year through Entheos, a hearing cooperative made up of audiologists who want to give back to their community and world. Each trip is made up of hearing healthcare professionals and volunteers from all over the country.

Once the group arrives to the location they’re serving, they can see hundreds of people in a day who need treatment. When these people receive the care they need, like a set of hearing aids, they can reconnect to the place they live and the people they love.

On the Grand Turk island, a gentleman who received a set of hearing aids saw the immediate positive effect of restored hearing. His job is to take care of all the animals on the island, work seven days a week, and receive multiple phone calls a day about animals that need his attention. Now fit with the proper hearing aids he needs, he can keep doing his job well and even dream bigger.

“I told him, ‘You should become a vet!” He told me, ‘Maybe now I will!’” Dr. Reiff says.

Another woman, named Grace, received new hearing devices as well. After she was fit and the hearing aids were turned on, Dr. Reiff and another volunteer played the song “Amazing Grace” for her. To their surprise, she sang along and knew every word!

Entheos not only connects the professionals at home; the people they serve are connected to each other through the gift of hearing.

2. Empower a Community and a Country

This trip helped the people living on these islands reconnect to themselves and each other. The effects of the gift of hearing will continue even though the group of audiologists have left the island.

“The more you can give people to make them more capable of giving to others, the better they’ll be able to do their work, relate to other people, and how they feel about themselves,” Dr. Reiff recalls. “It’s a snowball effect.”

Now that these people are reconnected to their people and their community, they don’t have to feel like a burden. They can have a positive outlook on their life and what’s to come.

It’s also empowering for those who are already making a difference. Pediatricians and nurses from the islands took time to observe how the audiologists removed ear wax and material from the ear, meaning that whenever these situations come up, they are now empowered to deal with them.

3. Give Meaning to the Work Done at Home

A humanitarian trip like this one is a way to serve the world. But it also serves the audiologists and volunteers who are giving their time, money, and resources to make it happen.

“When you interact with other healthcare professionals, you work better together,” Dr. Reiff explains. “You learn new ways to do things.” When a group comes together to work together, they are given the unique opportunity to learn from each other. Often when a group returns stateside, they find themselves inspired to do meaningful work here at home, too.

Dr. Reiff describes it as an honor: “It gives so much to us because we’re able to do something like this and not worry about the transaction cost. We’re just helping people because we can and because we’re capable and trained.”

So, are you wondering what you can do and how you can make a difference, too?

These trips are possible because of your generosity. Here are a few ways you can help us give the gift of hearing:

  1. Donate your old hearing aids.
  2. Send a monetary donation to go directly to a trip, our non-profit, or Entheos.
  3. Spread the word about why giving the gift of hearing is important.

We want to do meaningful work here in Landsdale and all over the world, and we want you to join us. Visit Giving Back Page to learn more!