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November 2018

Top tips for a successful Thanksgiving

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As Thanksgiving is coming up, you might be filled with dread. Hearing loss can make social gatherings complicated and frustrating. You might be tempted to skip out.

Hearing loss is complicated and frustrating, but it doesn’t have to keep you from enjoying family and friends (or delicious food). In fact, it shouldn’t! We think we can help.

Here a few tips to help you navigate Thanksgiving this year.

1. Avoid background music.

Music is great to avoid awkward silences and keep conversations going. But for people with hearing loss, it only makes it more difficult to hear conversations around you.

If you’re the host, it’s pretty simple: don’t play any music. If someone else is hosting, maybe suggest they turn the music off. Don’t be afraid to explain your reasoning and that you can hear better without it. There might be someone else who thinks the same but is afraid to speak up.

2. Be aware of where you’re sitting in the room or at the table.

Finding yourself in a noisy situation can be frustrating. If conversations are happening loudly all around you, you might just want to sneak out to get away.

Instead of being in the middle of everything, try finding a seat at the table toward the end, where there is less noise and a better chance for you to hear the conversation. If you’re in a crowded room, consider positioning yourself with your back to the noise. Your hearing aids can work better when the conversation you want to hear is right in front of you.

Whatever you do, try not to seclude yourself from the festivities. Just be aware of where you are in a room or with a crowd of people, and take every effort to make it work to your advantage.

3. Communicate with those you’re with.

Hearing loss might not be your favorite thing to talk about, but letting people know it’s something you experience could be incredibly helpful.

If someone else is hosting Thanksgiving this year, let them know where you’d like to sit at the table so you can hear best. Advise them on how distracting and frustrating background music can be for you.

The people you call family and friends are typically the ones who care about you most. Don’t be afraid to tell them what would be helpful for you.

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it. Use these three tips to help you enjoy your holiday with those you love.

If you think that you need to do more to treat your hearing loss, we would love to help. We want to see every person thrive, and treating hearing loss is one step in the right direction. You can call us at 215-855-4217. Feel free to ask us any questions and discuss making an appointment. We would love to hear from you!

Things to Notice After Receiving Hearing Aids

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Hearing loss can cause you to miss the most important moments. When you can’t hear well, it’s easy to miss what matters.

Deciding to treat your hearing loss is one of the best things you can do for yourself. For the first time in a long time, you can experience the sounds you didn’t know you were missing, carry on important conversations without missing a beat, and enjoy your life the way you’d like.

When you receive your hearing aids, your life is going to change.

Here’s what you can look for:

1. Specific sounds.

Life with hearing loss causes you to adapt. You get used to missing ordinary sounds, and you don’t notice that you’re missing something.

As you get used to wearing your new hearing aids, you might notice sounds you haven’t heard for years. It might surprise you! The sounds of birds chirping in the trees, the ticking clock hanging on your wall, and the sounds of your newborn baby niece will make the world come alive in a new way.

You might remember life before hearing loss and how it plagued you. With hearing aids, you can get your life back.

2. Improved joy.

Untreated hearing loss is proven to be linked to depression and loneliness. When you can’t participate in life, hear the world around you, or engage socially, it’s difficult to find joy in life.

Your hearing aids make it possible to enjoy life again. Hearing loss doesn’t have to be a wall between you and the things you love. When you use hearing aids, you can join conversations, hear what’s happening around you, enjoy your hobbies, and find joy in life.

3. Reconnect with family.

One of the most effective ways to stay healthy and age well is to stay socially engaged. Hearing aids make that possible.

Hearing loss can make you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. Instead of easily communicating, you find yourself missing important parts of a conversation and frequently asking others to repeat themselves. But when you treat your hearing loss and use hearing aids, you’re able to stay connected to the ones you love.

When you are able to actively engage in the lives of the ones you love, you can enjoy relationships, stay healthy, and even prolong your life.

4. Lifestyle

When you treat your hearing loss, your life will become dramatically different. Before, when hearing loss affected your day-to-day life, your lifestyle revolved around being able to hear.

When you wear hearing aids, being able to hear is something you don’t have to worry about. You can go about your life without constantly wondering if you’re missing something. You can engage in an active, healthy lifestyle that nurtures your relationships, hobbies, and joys.

Receiving hearing aids can be a life-changing experience. The world around you comes alive, the people you love are easier to communicate with, and you find joy in the places you used to find frustration.

We believe treating your hearing loss is instrumental in living a healthy, joyful life. At Associates in Hearing, we love helping people like you rediscover the life you love. We can help you treat your hearing loss through the right treatment. Give us a call at 215-855-4217, and let’s start you on the path to your best life yet.

3 Facts You Need to Know About Staying Active with Hearing Loss

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We all want to age gracefully, and staying active, both physically and socially, plays a key role in how we enjoy our life.

Statistics show that the older we get, the higher our risk of hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss is normal and treatable. But leaving it untreated could have negative effects on your health and your social life.

Treating your hearing loss is the key to staying healthy and potentially elongating your life!

Here are some facts about hearing loss that could help you stay active as you age.

1. Untreated hearing loss can cause isolation.

If you have hearing loss, it might be difficult to remember how much fun it is to enjoy a night out with friends. Hearing loss causes us to retreat from the things we enjoy because we often feel frustrated in situations where we struggle to participate.

A leading study out of John Hopkins University discovered that there is a direct correlation between hearing loss and dementia. Dementia is caused by a myriad of factors, but a notable one is social isolation. This is only compounded by untreated hearing loss, which causes you to withdraw from social situations because you can’t hear well.

2. Staying physically active is easier when hearing loss isn’t standing in the way.

When your hearing loss is left untreated, it serves as a barrier between you and your best self. You might be surprised to learn that in some cases, hearing loss is actually a side effect of an underlying health issue.

Health issues like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes are just a few problems that could potentially cause hearing loss. An audiologist could help rule out any of those underlying issues, meaning you have a more comprehensive idea of your overall health.

Treating your hearing loss is an essential part of keeping an active lifestyle. If you want to stay healthy, see an audiologist!

3. Staying active keeps you young.

Aging is inevitable, but you don’t have to succumb to an inactive lifestyle just because you’re getting older. An active lifestyle is beneficial and worth the effort.

Exercising regularly will have a clear positive effect on your physical health, and it can even increase your brain volume. Just three hours of exercise a week increases your lifespan by five years! That’s worth it, wouldn’t you say?

A key to staying active is making sure your hearing loss is in check. Stay up-to-date with your audiologist and make sure your hearing loss is not getting worse. If your hearing aids aren’t working as well, let your audiologist know. When you’re hearing well, you’re able to focus on the things that matter and able to exercise regularly without worry.

Untreated hearing loss can and will keep you from living a healthy life. You don’t have to let that happen. Treating your hearing loss is the key to living a healthy life and allows you to stay actively engaged both socially and physically.

Unsure if you have hearing loss? We can help. Give us a call at Associates in Hearing, and we’ll help you evaluate if you have hearing loss and what you can do about it. Call us today at 215-855-4217.