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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

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At Associates In Hearing our priority is always your wellness and safety as you conquer your hearing loss.

In the past month our nation has been in a constant state of change due to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19.) However, during this time of confusion we want to continue to do our part in making sure you have the resources you need to address your hearing.

Below you will find updates to how we are addressing COVID-19:

Beginning on Monday, March 23, we will be temporarily restricting patients from entering into our office unless of an emergency or if they are in an active Lyric Subscription.

We will have a hearing aid drop box set-up in the vestibule of our office for hearing aids in need of immediate servicing. Please call (215)855-4217 if you are interested in taking advantage of this offering.

Our staff is currently working to cancel or reschedule current appointments for the foreseeable future. Call our office at 215-855-4217 with any needs, and we will assess the situation and try to help you as best we can.

Batteries, Filters, & Domes

If you are in need of batteries, filters, or domes feel free to give our office a call at 215-855-4217, and we would be happy to mail them out to you.


We are working on setting up Telehealth for patients who have the capability. We are hoping to have availability for that service next week for patients who are in need of additional assistance. Otherwise, we are happy to assist you with issues over the telephone at 215-855-4217.

Resources for Hearing Aid Issues

Finally, we want to provide you with the tools to overcome as many issues as possible. By clicking the links button below you will have access to a plethora of resources regarding how to take care of your hearing aids, healthy habits to develop, and more.

Cleaning Your Hearing AidsHabits That Can Hurt Your HearingThe Successful Hearing Aid UserThings to Notice After Receiving Hearing AidsHelpful Hearing Videos

If issues persist, our team is ready to help you troubleshoot any issues your may have with your hearing aids through our online resources or over the phone at 215-855-4217.

In closing, we want to overemphasize the importance of being overly cautious during this time by encouraging you to wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, and staying home if you are feeling ill. 

We will always be committed to your safety and wellness. Thank you for helping us achieve this goal!

Giving Back to Zambia

By Humanitarian Trips

Your support is helping children in Zambia to hear – some for the first time in their lives.  

During the past two months the team at Associates in Hearing have reached out to our community and patients to build awareness of our local and global give-back programs. Your response has been amazing, and we want to thank you for your support.  

As a result of generous donations, two of our front office staff, Karen Fry and Mary Kay Mariano are currently in Africa volunteering their time and talent with a group of audiologists in a small, rural village. Zambia is a developing nation of almost 17 million people. It’s full of amazing wildlife and incredible cultures. However, with such a large population, it has only one audiologist. 

Since Mary Kay and Karen are vital to our patient care here in Lansdale, we know they will give loving care to those halfway around the globe. Trust me, we will all be reminded of just how much we depend on each of them while they are away! 

By allowing AIH to be your hearing health care resource, you are supporting our work both at home and around the globe. Our patients are our heroes! 

Stay tuned for stories about their African adventure.  

How You Can Make This Holiday Season the Best One Yet

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I t’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least, it’s supposed to be.

Your holiday season probably looks a lot like ours: holiday parties, reuniting with family, celebrations, and gifts. To put it simply, it’s the busiest time of the year. Hearing loss doesn’t make the craziness any easier.

To put it simply, it’s the busiest time of the year. Hearing loss doesn’t make the craziness any easier.

Being able to enjoy the holidays with those you love is important. As important as it is to give gifts and enjoy great company, it’s incredibly important to take care of yourself. That means paying attention to your hearing loss and managing it the best you can.

We want to help you have the best holiday season yet. We have a few tips that we think will make it possible.

  • Ask yourself if treating your hearing loss will make a difference.

  • Figure out what you can do to communicate better.

  • Check your devices.

  • Make sure you have batteries.

1. Ask yourself if treating your hearing loss will make a difference.

Maybe you hadn’t considered it before, but your hearing loss could be part of the reason you haven’t enjoyed holidays in the past. It’s pretty frustrating trying to have a conversation when you can’t hear everything the other person is saying.

Imagine how enjoyable it would be if your hearing loss didn’t stand in the way.

It doesn’t have to. The least you can do is make an appointment with an audiologist. They can help you determine if hearing aids will make a difference.

2. Figure out what you can do to communicate better.

Regardless if you have hearing aids, it’s possible to communicate well if you put in the effort. It might be helpful to tell the host of a party that loud music or other background noise makes it really difficult for you to hear conversations. When you voice what would be helpful for you, people will most likely try to accommodate you.

In the meantime, use these tips to work around a loud environment:

  • Turn your back to the majority of the noise so you can hear what’s happening in front of you.
  • Tell those you are with that they need to speak up and speak clearly.
  • Most importantly, try not to isolate yourself.

We can bet that the people you’re with will do their best to make you feel like you’re part of the conversation.

3. Check your devices.

We’re sure you check your hearing aids on a daily basis if you have them, especially if you remove them to sleep, shower, or exercise. But it’s easy to get out of the habit of making sure everything looks good.

Now is a great time to have your devices looked over. There might be a small repair you’ve been putting off or the device itself needs to be adjusted so you can hear even better. Take a look at your devices the next time you take them off. If something needs to be looked2 at, we’re always here to help you if you can’t fix it on your own.

4. Make sure you have batteries.

If your devices require replaceable batteries, it’s pretty easy to get new ones. We have a plethora of batteries to fit every hearing aid, and we’d like to make sure you have what you need so you can hear everything at your next holiday party.

Since not all devices need their batteries replaced, you should also have your devices checked to make sure their built-in battery power is sufficient.

The holidays can be the most wonderful time of the year. We’d love to help you make that possible. Whether it’s through an initial appointment to check your hearing loss or adjusting your current hearing aids, together, we can manage your hearing loss so it doesn’t keep you from enjoying this incredible season of giving and cheer.

We’d love to get you in our offices before the end of the year. Give us a call at (215)855-4217!

10 Questions with Mary Kay Mariano

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Serving our patients with the best care starts with a passionate, cohesive team. Our people care about you, and we are grateful they are part of our mission.

For over 10 years, Mary Kay Mariano has been an essential part of everything we do at Associates in Hearing. As the Patient Care Coordinator, Mary Kay assists the audiologists, cares for walk-in patients, performs various office tasks, and handles special projects. She makes it possible for us to serve our patients with high-quality care!

We want you to get to know Mary Kay as we do. We asked her 10 questions to get to know her better. Here are her answers:

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

When I was a child, I always wanted to be a nurse. I was always the nurse when we played Army in the yard with all the kids in the neighborhood, and I would use the dog’s water to wipe their faces.

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

I think I would love to have dinner with my grandparents on both sides. I was very young when they passed. What better way to have a good laugh or a serious conversation than with your grandparents around the dinner table!

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

I would definitely travel to Ireland to research my ancestry and to tour the beauty of the land.

Describe yourself in three words.

I describe myself as compassionate, dedicated and funny. I love making people laugh, understanding their concerns, and doing what I do.

What is your favorite food or meal to eat?

Favorite food is any type of seafood. My favorite is lobster with lots of butter.

What are your hobbies?

I love to workout at the gym, and I absolutely love being with my grandkids.

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

My favorite part about working with Associates in Hearing is my coworkers. We have a real connection. I love working with our clients. There is always a story.

Why is hearing important?

I think hearing is important for two reasons: our well being and our safety. Hearing connects you to people and your surroundings.

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

I would definitely binge watch This Is Us. So many real-life situations

What is one of your favorite memories from your childhood?

One of my favorite memories as a child was Sunday Dinner Night. We would have dinner early, go to our cousins’ house and then hit O’Boyles Ice Cream Restaurant for a wonderful ice cream treat and laughing together with my family.

What is Entheos?

By Humanitarian Trips

If you’ve been around Associates in Hearing long enough, you’ll hear about our desire to see people all across the world receiving the hearing healthcare they need. Some of our staff have gone on humanitarian trips across the world so people everywhere can receive the care they need.

The reason we do this is simple: we believe hearing healthcare can uplift individuals and entire communities. The poorest and under-privileged can become pillars within their community if we give them the gift of hearing.

Hearing loss is more common than you might think. There are 466 million people worldwide with disabling hearing loss, and 38 million of those are children. Not everyone has access to the hearing healthcare they need, so instead of treating hearing loss, people and children are left with disabling hearing loss that leaves them unable to communicate, learn, and contribute to their communities.

Our audiology practice is part of a hearing collective called Entheos. Partnering with Entheos allows us to give back here at home and across the world so people everywhere can receive the hearing healthcare they need to thrive.

What is Entheos?

As a hearing cooperative, Entheos helps us work with like-minded audiology practice across the country so we are serving our patients and people in need with high-quality hearing healthcare that makes a difference. As a member, we can join humanitarian trips led by Entheos so hearing healthcare reaches every corner of the world.

Why does Entheos exist?

Hearing healthcare is a privilege. As providers, we want people to receive the care they need so they can thrive in whatever they do. Through Entheos, we can give back in more ways than one.

At Associates in Hearing, we love what we do. Serving those in need allows us to better serve our patients at home. It reinvigorates us to excel in all that we do.

What can I do?

As we strive to serve those in need, we need your help. If we could fund every penny of our humanitarian trips, we would! When you partner with us and help us reach people in need, we can do more than we imagined was possible.

You can join us as we serve here and across the world. Because we partner with Entheos, you can give back knowing exactly what your dollars or old hearing aids are going to.

Here’s how you can help:


  1. Give to Entheos.


Entheos is a non-profit, so raising funds to send teams on humanitarian trips is essential. Every dollar helps, and your giving can make a difference in someone’s life.

Giving is easy, and whatever you can donate is tax deductible. Give here.


  1. Donate your old hearing aids.


You probably have an old set of hearing devices sitting in a drawer somewhere collecting dust.

When you donate your old hearing aids, the devices can be refurbished so someone in need can use them. Those old devices are of no use to you. But to someone else, they can mean the world.

Treating your hearing loss will let you hear and enjoy every aspect of the game. But more than that, it will let you enjoy the game with those you love and care about most.

You can drop off your old devices at our offices at Associates in Hearing. If you’d like more information or have any questions, give us a call at 215-855-4217.

Together, we can make a difference in the world.

Donate to Entheos or bring in your old hearing aids today. Your generosity will make a difference!

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.

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