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September 2018

What is a looped building?

By | Resources

The best way to treat your hearing loss is by wearing hearing aids that are personally fit for you and your hearing loss needs. They can effectively and easily transmit sound you would normally miss right into your ears, meaning you aren’t going to miss a moment.

Not every situation or place is designed for people with hearing loss. An airport, for example, could easily be overwhelming. With crowds and announcements over the loudspeakers, you could miss something important and not even know it. Wearing hearing aids should make it easier.

Now, buildings, arenas, auditoriums, and airports are making it easier. With something called a hearing loop, buildings everywhere (now called looped buildings), take sound and feed it directly into your hearing aids.

Let’s answer some of your questions you might have about what a hearing loop is and how to use it.

1. What exactly is a hearing loop?

A hearing loop is almost exactly what it sounds like. It is a wire loop that surrounds an audience that picks up sound from a sound system and transforms it into a magnetic signal that is sent out into the audience. The telecoil within your hearing aid receives the signal, allowing your hearing aid to become your own personal speaker.

2. Where is hearing loop located?

To identify where a hearing loop is located, you should see a hearing assistance sign with a “T” on it. This signals those with hearing aids that their telecoils when turned on within the device, will pick up the sound and transmit it straight to the ear through their devices.

In America, hearing loops are found in airports, movie theaters, churches, auditoriums, train and subway stations, taxis, and arenas all around the country.

3. How do I use a hearing loop?

Like we noted earlier, a hearing loop is easily identifiable with a hearing assistance sign. These should be located in easily viewable public areas and have a “T” on it.

Make sure your hearing aids are on, and the magnetic signal should be picked up by the telecoil within your devices. Not to mention, hearing loops don’t cost you anything to use.

Your hearing aids are working hard to give you the hearing experience you want. But even with your personalized devices, you might struggle to hear in larger spaces with more people around. That’s normal.

Looped buildings offer hearing assistance to those who need it in an inconspicuous way. You don’t need large headphones or obvious devices. Instead, simply make sure the telecoil on your devices is on, and whatever everyone else is hearing, you can hear too.

If you ever wonder what buildings have a hearing loop, ask! You might be able to experience more than you thought.

If you have hearing loss and wonder what life would be like with hearing aids, we can help. Our goal at Associates in Hearing is to make sure you have the hearing you want to live the life you love. We can provide you with the hearing devices you need to help you stay connected to the people and experiences around you.

Give us a call today, and we would love to help!

Don’t Let Hearing Loss Keep You From Enjoying New Cities

By | Resources

The bustling atmosphere of a big city can either draw you in or keep you away. It’s not for everyone, that’s for sure! Making a visit to a new city, especially one that is busy and exciting, can be a great getaway. Unless you have hearing loss. Exploring a new city could be altogether intimidating and uninviting.

You might be hesitant to visit a new city because you have hearing loss. Your sense of awareness has to be heightened to accommodate your inability to hear well. You’ll need to keep in mind the increase in traffic and when it’s safe to cross the street while being mindful of the crowds of people. Not to mention how easily you could get turned around walking through new streets.

Being a new city can be intimidating, but it isn’t impossible. Your hearing loss doesn’t have to keep you away. There’s still an adventure out there waiting for you!

Here’s how you can enjoy your next trip while embracing your hearing loss.

1. Take care of your hearing aids.

This is obvious, right? We don’t just mean you should keep them from breaking. Your hearing aids are a bridge to keep you connected to the world around you. Taking care of them is essential to your awareness, safety, and enjoyment.

You should always keep an extra set of batteries for your devices on hand. If they are rechargeable, have an extra charging station in your bag. The last thing you need is a set of unusable hearing aids because the battery died.

You should also routinely maintain your devices by keeping them clean and free of debris. It’s not always easy to do it yourself, which is why our audiologists are always willing to help you. We can look at your devices, send them out for maintenance if they’re under warranty, and clean them ourselves.

2. Plan ahead.

Having a plan might seem like it takes the spontaneity out of a trip to a new city, but you’ll be glad you did. You don’t necessarily need to plan every detail of your day, but you can create a plan that will keep you safe and allow you to enjoy yourself.

You should have a map of the city. This is essential for just about everyone, hearing loss or not! If you’re traveling in a group, designate a meeting place in the event that you split up. You should always be open and honest with the people you’re with, too. Telling them about your hearing loss is helpful, not harmful.

Planning for your trip means being prepared for anything. If you’re traveling alone, make sure someone back home knows you’re on a trip.

3. Communicate.

Untreated hearing loss causes many people to withdraw and cease communicating effectively. Embarrassment or frustration could be a key factor.

Traveling can be an incredible experience, and it is enhanced by communicating with the people around you. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling alone or with others, there is so much you can learn from the people who are native to the place you’re visiting.

Communicating with locals gives you the chance to learn new things. You can ask them for help, directions, or their recommendations. Communicating is one of the most important tools to a great trip, so use it to your advantage.

Traveling and seeing new cities is an amazing experience! You can see the world even if you have hearing loss.

We want to help you enjoy your next trip. If you suspect you have hearing loss, we can evaluate if hearing aids would be right for you. If your hearing devices haven’t been serviced in a while, we can help with that too! Give us a call at 215-855-4217.

Happy travels!

Changing Lives Through Hearing Healthcare: Our Trip to Alaska

By | Humanitarian Trips

This past August, Dr. Patricia Reiff traveled to Alaska to provide the gift of hearing. Travelling across the world to countries in need has been incredible, but this time, Dr. Reiff wanted to give back in a place that we might overlook. Providing hearing healthcare is essential for connection and survival in a place where sunlight is scarce in the winter.

We asked Dr. Reiff about her experience the effects this trip had on her and the people she served.

Why were you in Alaska?

I was there for a conference and a mission trip to the more remote part of Alaska where limited or no hearing care services are available.

How did you end up providing care to the community?

It was arranged by a hearing aid manufacturer to provide hearing care services to native Alaskans. I wanted to volunteer to help the citizens of our country since my last two mission trips have been abroad.

What type of problems are people facing in Alaska?

A lot of people there have hearing loss due to noise exposure from hunting, target shooting, and oil rig work. Because the areas where these people live is so remote, getting hearing healthcare is next to impossible. Sometimes flying a plane is the only means to get to a neighboring town. If you are in an underprivileged area, hearing care is far from an option.

How does hearing loss affect these people emotionally, and how does it impact their community?

It makes you feel more isolated and depressed. Alaska can feel very lonely, and when you are around people, you value the connections. In the winter months, the sun is barely visible for eight hours a day. It can become overwhelming. For survival, being able to hear animals approaching and being able to hear animals for hunting is necessary to survive in the region.

What kind of work was done? How did it make you feel to provide this care?

We provided many aspects of hearing care, intake case history, hearing testing, wax removal, ENT referrals, hearing aid programming, assessments, and fittings. We were able to provide full hearing healthcare services and also began to train people on how to take care of themselves in between visits.

What type of impact made? What will they be able to experience now?

A big impact was made to improve their quality of life. Now they are able to work, socialize, enjoy music, enjoy television and be better providers for their families that depend so much on them.

What was your favorite moment of the trip?

My favorite moment was with a 90 year old man who felt he could finally hear his children again. He was a musician and played over eight instruments. Now he could hear what he was playing with better definition. His eyes began to water, which only made me run up to him and give him a hug.

Trips like these are possible because of generous people like you. When you donate your old hearing aids or provide a monetary donation, you are helping people everywhere receive the hearing healthcare they need to live a fulfilling life.

Want to learn more? You can partner with us today. Learn more here!

We Love First Fridays in Lansdale! Here’s Why You Should Too.

By | Resources

For over 30 years, we’ve been serving downtown Landsdale as the premier audiology practice. We love our city! The highlight of our location is continually seeing our patients thrive in their lives and in our community.

We care about Landsdale and our incredible community. When we asked for donated hearing aids, our patients delivered, bringing in used devices to be donated to people in need across the world. Being able to serve you and your families is a privilege to us!

This fall, downtown Landsdale is coming to life with events called First Fridays. First Fridays are events meant to bring you downtown and enjoy our city for all its worth. We’ll be right in the middle of it, and we want to see you there!

Here are a few reasons you should join us:

1. Bring our community together.

Life is more fun when we do life together, don’t you think? First Fridays are the perfect opportunity to get together with friends and family and enjoy our community in new and exciting ways. Each First Friday will have a different theme, so there’s something for everyone!

We think bringing our community together allows to learn about and care for one another in important ways. Imagine how fulfilling life would be if we cared about our neighbors! Coming together as a community is an opportunity to join one another in life.

2. Bring business to downtown Landsdale.

As a business right in the heart of downtown Landsdale, we know how important this is! At a First Friday event, there’s more than just downtown businesses. Local vendors, entertainment, and food will be available for you to enjoy.

Giving the local and small businesses in our community a platform to succeed is a highlight of First Fridays events. There might be a business in our city that you’ve never heard of and could use your business. Come out to First Fridays, and you can learn more about our city and the people who live here.

3. Provide a safe and fun environment for your family.

Being able to share our community with you and your kids is important to us. Having a fun and safe event is about serving our community the best way we can.

Every First Friday event is held in downtown Landsdale on the first Friday of the month from 6-9 PM. If you’re an adult, feel free to stay later! There will be lots of fun for you and your kids, like attractions, car shows, and music. There’s something for everyone!

We’ve loved Landsdale for the past 30 years, and we think it’s only going to get better. We’ll be at the next First Friday event on September 3. The theme is The Eagles (of course!). Make sure to stop by and enter our contest for FREE Eagles gear! Will we see you there?

Here are some of the themes for upcoming First Fridays:

  • Oct. 5: Harvest
  • Nov. 2: Zombie Walk
  • Nov. 30: Charity and Holidays