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October 2018

7 Questions with Sean Reiff

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Our team at Associates in Hearing is dedicated to serving our patients with high-quality personalized care. We love helping people like you discover just how amazing life can be with great hearing. It’s a privilege to serve our patients every day.

Since September of 2013, Sean Reiff has been working at Associates in Hearing and serves as our Business Manager. He helps us with business, marketing, and IT, keeping us up-to-date to make sure we’re serving each patient the best we can.

Next time you visit our offices, say hi to Sean! He’s essential to how we care for our patients, and we think everyone our team deserves to know they’re appreciated.

Here are a few facts about Sean:

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

Growing up I always wanted to be involved in sports. It was my entire world and my giant imagination as a kid kept me focused on some aspect of athletics. As time went on and I matured, I saw more of a future in business. Then after working at a hospital for a year in Boston, I knew I wanted a career in healthcare, too. Working at Associates in Hearing allows me to combine both of my passions.

2. Where did you go to college?

I went to West Virginia University for undergrad. I am currently attending Temple University for my MBA, and I am projected to graduate in the Fall of 2019.

3. What are your hobbies?

I am a sports nut, so anything involving that gets me interested. Whether it is participating in local games, watching as a fan, or playing fantasy football, sports has always been a passion of mine. On top of that, I enjoy cooking, listening to music, and traveling. My goal is to someday visit all 50 states.

4. What is your favorite food or meal to eat?

Nothing gets me more excited than a quality pizza. But I am open to trying all foods, and one of my favorite things about traveling is trying the local cuisine.

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

My favorite part is the indirect way I impact people’s lives. Although my job doesn’t always entail a direct connection with our patients, I know that what I do has an impact on their quality of life. Facilitating the audiologists to treat patients and help improve their hearing gives me great joy.

I also am very proud of being part of Entheos and being able to help people all over the world with their hearing and giving them opportunities in life they otherwise wouldn’t have.

6. What is one of your favorite memories from your childhood?

Some of my fondest memories as a child are running around my mother’s hearing practice as she waited to finish her work day. I never saw myself working here, but I remember being in awe of the people she touched and the services she performed. I am proud to now be a part of that practice and to help contribute to our goal of helping people rediscover their hearing.

7. Why is hearing important?

Hearing is important because it connects you to people. I hear people brush off hearing as a convenience and that they can get by without it. I believe people say that because they can’t see the gradual affect hearing loss has on their personality and relationships. I challenge any person with suspected hearing loss to at least get tested and try hearing devices. With the complimentary demos we offer, you have nothing to lose. I am confident you will notice a difference in yourself and the people in your life.

3 Myths & Truths of Hearing Loss

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We all know someone who has experienced hearing loss. Most of us don’t think about it happening to us.

Just like you go to an optometrist to get glasses, you should see an audiologist to treat hearing loss. Hearing loss is currently the third most common health problem in the United States. It’s more common than you think.

October is Audiology Awareness Month, and we want to take the time to make sure you know the important facts about hearing loss. It’s not scary, and you don’t have to live with it. You can treat it, and we can help.

MYTH 1: Hearing loss only happens to older people.

Hearing loss is often a natural development that comes with aging. In fact, that’s one of the most common causes of hearing loss.

But that’s not the only cause. Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Noise-induced hearing loss, which is caused by noise that exceeds a safe sound level. If you frequent rock concerts or work in a loud factory without using hearing protection, you’re exposing yourself to the risk of hearing loss.

Hearing loss can also be caused by other underlying health issues, like chemotherapy, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, as well as others.

Frankly, hearing loss can happen to anyone regardless of age.

Myth 2: Hearing loss doesn’t affect any other aspects of your health.

It would be great if hearing loss didn’t affect other aspects of your health, but when it’s left untreated, your overall health will experience side effects.

Hearing loss has been proven to significantly affect the health of your brain. When hearing loss is left untreated, the brain is working harder than it should. This often causes the brain itself to shrink due to overuse (called brain atrophy). Research shows that these effects are directly related to dementia and the development of Alzheimer’s.

It’s also important to note that hearing loss can have a negative effect on your mental health. People who continue living life without treatment find themselves detached from the people and the things they care about, causing social isolation, anxiety, and loneliness.

Myth 3: You can wait to get hearing aids.

You find out you have hearing loss, but you assume getting hearing aids is not essential. Depending on the severity of your hearing loss, hearing aids are probably the best solution. The longer you wait, the worse your hearing loss can become.

Hearing aids are incredible. They can give you back the hearing you lost. Waiting should not be an option.

Not only will you be able to hear the TV, you’ll be able to participate in the most important things of life. You can reconnect with the people you care about. You can enjoy hobbies. You can be an active participant in your life, not just a bystander.

The longer you wait, the greater the negative impact your hearing loss will have on your life.

Knowing the truth about hearing loss is important! When you understand the effects and challenges of leaving it untreated, you can take action early and help others do the same.

We’re hosting a Brain Hearing Presentation that will provide you with even more valuable information on the effects of hearing loss.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: Brain Hearing Presentation

When: Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11 AM

Where: Generations of Indian Valley 259 North Second Street Souderton, PA 18964

4 Tips for Eating Out

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Eating out is a great way to enjoy time with the people you love and experience a wonderful meal. But if you have hearing loss, you might find yourself easily overwhelmed by the amount of noise in a restaurant.

So many factors come into play: the kitchen, the other guests, the background music. How are you supposed to enjoy a nice meal when you know you won’t be able to hear the conversation at your own table?

Don’t let this predicament stress you out. It’s true–restaurants can be a hub for noise. Young people don’t mind it much, and depending on what city you’re in, a loud restaurant could simply be the norm. Hearing loss can make it hard to dine out and enjoy the people you’re with.

We can help. Let’s look at a few ways to make your dining experience more enjoyable.

1. Do your research and choose a restaurant that meets your needs.

Did you know that you can use the internet to research the noise levels at certain restaurants? The information isn’t always guaranteed, but if you visit the website Yelp and search for the restaurant you’re hoping to visit, a review of the noise level is usually provided. This will give you an idea of what to expect.

This is an especially helpful tool if you’re visiting a new city. Before going to a new restaurant, you can research the noise level and choose what will work best for you.

Researching beforehand can eliminate your frustration, and prevent you from feeling disappointed.

2. Once you’ve picked your restaurant, let the host/hostess know what kind of table you’d like to sit at.

When you’re going out to eat, you want to enjoy the experience. Hearing loss, however, can make that more difficult. We encourage you to speak up! By voicing what you need, you can have a more comfortable experience at a table that allows you to hear those you’re with.

Whether you’re planning ahead with a reservation or asking the host or hostess for a table, ask for a booth. The higher bench seats will block out some of the environmental noise, making it easier for you to filter out the conversation right in front of you. When you sit down, choose to sit with your back to the noise. This allows your hearing aids to catch the conversation right in front of you, keeping the extra noises out of range.

You should also try to avoid a table that is near the kitchen. With all the foot traffic and noise, you’re better off sitting somewhere else.

3. Be honest with the people you’re dining with.

Hearing loss shouldn’t make you feel embarrassed. About 48 million Americans have some form of it, so you’re not alone!

If you’re dining out with friends, family, or coworkers, it is helpful to ask them to speak up or mention that you have hearing aids. It makes it easier to enjoy your meal and the company of those you’re with.

Don’t be afraid to let them know where you’d like to sit so you can be part of the conversation. Give them an idea of the type of restaurant you’d prefer to go to that isn’t too loud, and speak up if you know the place you’re going will make you feel like the odd one out.

4. Go out to eat at an earlier time.

A typical restaurant experiences a dinner rush around 6 PM. This means more people and more noise.

By going to a restaurant before the dinner rush, you avoid the hassle of a full restaurant. Not only will you be guaranteed a table, but you’ll also be able to hear those around you with ease.

If going out to eat at an earlier time isn’t possible, don’t worry. The steps we already listed can make it possible for you to enjoy yourself. Do what you can to plan ahead, and eating a restaurant will be an enjoyable experience.

Eating out doesn’t have to intimidate you! Using these tips, you can enjoy your meal, hear what’s happening around you, and avoid feeling overwhelmed.

If you think hearing aids might be helpful for you in situations like these, give us a call. We’d love to help you get back out there enjoying your life. Call us today at 215-855-4217.

Associates in Hearing vs. Costco: What is the true cost?

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When you’re looking into getting a new set of hearing aids, it’s reasonable for you to shop around and explore your options. Not every audiologist has the same hearing aids! When you’re looking at your options, you might notice that big box stores like Costco could cost you significantly less when purchasing a set of hearing aids.

But before you go running to a big box store to get a new pair of hearing aids, let’s discuss why Costco could cost you more in the long run.

1. The cause for your hearing loss could be more complex.

Most commonly, hearing loss is caused by noise exposure or natural aging. It’s normal for hearing loss to be brought on by exposure to a loud noise abruptly or over long periods of time. It’s also common for most people as they age to experience some form of hearing loss.

There are, however, instances where hearing loss is a result of another underlying issue. Some chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes are shown to be significantly related and even cause hearing loss in adults.

A hearing aid specialist at Costco may not be able to identify these possible causes at a hearing evaluation. With an audiologist at Associates in Hearing, we can rule out any underlying causes of your hearing loss and even refer you to the right specialist if needed.

By seeing an audiologist, you save yourself the costly expense of leaving an underlying issue potentially undiagnosed.

2. Hearing healthcare is more than a hearing test and hearing aids.

Having your hearing tested and properly evaluated is essential to discovering the right hearing aids for you. A big box store can do just that.

But what they can’t do is just as important. You can have your hearing aids serviced at the store you bought them, but that’s just about it. At Associates in Hearing, for example, we prioritize your needs. Caring for your hearing is not just servicing a number. We make sure your devices are always working properly, schedule your appointments in appropriate time intervals so you’re always taken care of, and continually keep track of your hearing loss.

A store like Costco won’t be able to provide you with the personal care you deserve. At Associates in Hearing, we pledge to make it a priority. By seeing an audiologist at AIH, you’ll be saving your valuable time and money by getting the right care the first time.

3. You matter. Making a sale doesn’t.

The advantage of seeing an audiologist or visiting Costco is that we don’t work on commission. That means we aren’t just trying to get you out the door with an expensive set of hearing aids.

At Costco, that’s about as far as it goes. They want to be helpful, but they can’t provide you with unmatched service, care, and support. At AIH, we can save you the headache of wondering if you’re truly treating your hearing loss or just masking it with ill-fit hearing aids.

At Associates in Hearing, our priority is to treat your hearing loss in a way that fits your lifestyle, addresses any underlying issues, and walking with you every step of the way. The last thing we want is to send you out the door with hearing aid technology that cost you more than you could afford. Our goal is to make sure you can hear your life and enjoy it the way you want.

Costco is a great place to buy hearing aids, but it will cost you more, in the long run, to purchase devices from a big box store. By seeing an audiologist at Associates in Hearing, we can save you more money by:

  1. Treating your hearing loss and recognizing any underlying causes.
  2. Providing personalized care that is attentive to your needs.
  3. Saving you time and money through attentive care and consistent follow-up appointments.

Are you ready to make the next step towards treating your hearing loss? We can help. Give us a call today to make an appointment.