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3 Cleaning Tips for Your Hearing Aids

By Resources

Do you remember the first time you wore your hearing aids? Do you remember how the world sounded better, clearer than ever before?

Your hearing aids changed your life, and they make lives better everyday for people everywhere. Finally, you can hear what you’ve been missing. You can participate in life, stay connected to those you love, and do things you love to do.

Your devices are wonderful, and they work best when you are keeping them clean. Remember how clear you could hear the first time you wore them?

You should hear like that all the time, and that starts with keeping your devices clean on a daily basis. If you’re unsure of where to start, we’ve made it easy for you. Here’s three tips to keep your devices clean and working just like they did the first day you wore them.

1. Regularly wipe clean and maintain your devices.

Think of your hearing aids like you would a pair of glasses. If your lenses are smudged or dirty, you take a cloth out and wipe them off. You wouldn’t leave a smudge on your lenses for days on end, allowing it to hinder your vision. You’d take care of it.

Cleaning your hearing aids should be a daily practice. Everyday, make sure your devices are wiped clean using a dry cloth or a soft toothbrush. Do this every night when you remove your devices as you get ready for bed.

2. Look out for earwax.

Your earwax is 100% normal, but it can be a little pesky when it comes to hearing aids. You might notice some on the earbud component of your device, and that’s to be expected. However, the wax can clog important components of your device, like the microphone and the earmold tube, so you need to inspect them carefully.

The best tools to remove earwax are a wax pick and brush, designed specifically for cleaning earwax off of hearing aids. Simply remove the earmold tube and gently clean it. If there’s wax stuck inside the tube, you can rinse it out with water.

Once you’ve cleaned the tube well, allow it to completely dry overnight before reassembling your hearing aid.

3. Avoid extreme heat, cold, and moisture.

A particularly humid environment can result in water getting into your hearing aid, which is not good! Water is damaging to your device, so if you’re going swimming, taking a shower, or using a sauna, remove your devices first.

Heat can also destroy a hearing device, so keep them away from space heaters, radiators, or other heat sources. Extreme cold can stop the batteries in your devices from working properly. That can be remedied by getting the batteries back to room temperature.

It’s important to your hearing that you keep your hearing devices clean, free of debris and earwax, and away from extreme elements. Incorporate hearing aid maintenance into your daily routine, and you’ll make sure that your devices are working like they did when you first got them.

We recommend that you get your devices professionally cleaned in our offices every three to six months. Simply bring your devices by Associates in Hearing, and we’ll be able to remove any stubborn earwax or debris and ensure that your hearing aids are working like they should.

How to Meet OSHA Requirements & Prevent Hearing Loss

By Resources

If you want to run a business, you want it to be successful, right? Your employees are an important part of that. When they are valued, they work hard and help your company meet your goals.

Part of your job as an employer is making sure your employees are safe. Depending on the work your company does, your employees could be at risk for occupational hearing loss, hearing loss caused by dangerous noise exposure in a work environment.

We want to help you and your employees stay safe. Here’s everything you need to know about hearing loss in the workplace and what you should do to protect your employees.

What causes hearing loss?

Occupational hearing loss is specifically caused by noise exposure in the workplace. There’s currently around 22 million people exposed to dangerous noise levels at their place of work. In most instances, this exposure is unavoidable. It is, however, up to you and your employees to stay protected so it doesn’t damage your hearing.

Noise exposure causes hearing loss when the noise registers at or above 85 decibels. In other words, if you can’t hear your coworkers next to you, you probably should be taking measures to protect your hearing.

What does OSHA say about noise-induced hearing loss?

If the place you work is a loud environment, you need to take steps to keep your hearing protected. Otherwise, you’ll experience hearing loss from noise exposure over extended periods of time.

OSHA, Occupational and Safety Health Association, is part of the Department of Labor, and sets standards that ensure working men and women work in safe and

healthy environments. According to their standards, you and your employees are legally allowed to be exposed to noise measuring 90 decibels for eight hours. In those situations, you need to wear earplugs or earmuffs.

Your workplace should also take measures to reduce the amount of noise and those exposed to it. Earmuffs and plugs can help, but noise controls should be your first line of defense. Noise controls take different forms: from safety glass over loud equipment to sound-absorbing materials surrounding equipment, noise can be absorbed and kept from reaching damaging levels.

Your workplace should also utilize engineering controls. These can be low-noise tools and machinery, maintaining and lubricating equipment, barriers between the noise source and employee, and enclosing loud equipment to reduce noise. All of these controls can help keep damaging noise exposure to a minimum.

What should you do?

Now that you know some of the requirements and what’s expected for your business or wherever you work, you need to take steps to make sure your workplace is compliant and your hearing is safe. We can help.

Your first step is to call us at Associates in Hearing, and we will schedule an appointment so our team can come out to your workplace and measure the noise levels. We will be able to identify the severity of the noise level and if you and your

employees need hearing protection. We will even be able to screen your employees for potential noise-induced hearing loss.

After we’ve screened and tested, we will make sure you and your employees are educated on what can be done to keep their hearing protected in the future. Our team will also come back every year to make sure your workplace remains within OSHA’s regulations and screen your employees for hearing loss.

A successful business should have employees that know they are cared for. Start caring for the safety of your employees and your workplace by making sure the noise levels are safe and your team is healthy. Call us today!

5 Tips for Traveling This Summer

By Resources

Summer is the perfect time to take a vacation. Time to relax, rejuvenate, and explore new places are some of the best medicine for the mind and for the body. But if you have hearing loss, traveling can easily become more stressful than it is enjoyable.

Traveling with hearing loss is possible! Don’t be intimidated by it. Here are five tips that encourage you to get out there and see the world.

Plan ahead.

There is nothing worse than arriving in a new place and not have a plan once you get there. It might be fun for a while, but it could quickly become frustrating if you struggle to communicate effectively because of your hearing loss. What if you’re in a crowded city and hearing someone when they give you directions is almost impossible?

Print off directions and itineraries and write down the addresses of places you’re visiting. Plan ahead for what you’re going to do each day, figure out directions, and decide what you’d like to do before it becomes too complicated and frustrating to figure out. You’ll be thankful you did.

Arrive early.

The last thing you want is to miss your flight or your train because you couldn’t hear. Arriving early will give you the chance to find the right terminal or platform well before it’s time for boarding. It will also give you the chance to familiarize yourself with your surroundings and where helpful kiosks are located.

Notify others.

Letting others know that you have hearing loss could alleviate unnecessary stress when it comes to communication. Don’t be afraid to tell those you are with and those who are there to help that you can’t hear well. This not only makes it easier for you, it could also be instrumental in your safety while traveling.

It’s important that those around you are able to help you as you’re traveling. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. It will give you and everyone you’re with a more enjoyable experience.

Use visual information.

Signs exist for everyone and anyone! If you aren’t sure where you are or where to go, look up and around and see if you can use visual information to figure out what you need to know.

Traveling, especially to an unfamiliar place or even a foreign country, can be intimidating. Use signs to your advantage whenever you find yourself somewhere new. They are a valuable resource when you need to know where you’re located, where help might be found, or directions for where you need to go.

Wear hearing aids.

Hearing aids can be the best tool available to you when you’re traveling. It’s frustrating enough trying to navigate a new place with hearing loss. If you wear hearing aids, it could be much easier to communicate with others, find your way around, and stay safe while having fun.

If you do have hearing aids, be prepared for anything while you’re traveling. Bring extra sets of batteries and tubing in case you need them, or if you have rechargeable devices, make sure you pack your charging station.

Traveling this summer can be a wonderful experience if you take the time to prepare. Plan ahead, arrive early, and tell those you’re traveling with that you have a hearing impairment. If you’re flying, let your flight attendant know, and feel free to ask for assistance if you need it. Don’t forget to pay attention to signs and other visual information if you’re not sure where to go or where you’re located. And if you have hearing aids, don’t leave home without them.

We hope you enjoy your vacation this summer! If you want to learn more about hearing aids and how they could help you, give us a call today at (215)855-4217, and we’ll help you hear like you were meant to.

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!

3 Reasons You Need Rechargeable Hearing Aids

By Resources

Do you remember what it was like before you had your hearing aids? It was difficult to hear someone in a crowded room. Listening to music wasn’t as enjoyable as you wanted it to be. Talking to someone on the phone was frustrating.

And then you were fit for hearing aids. It was life-changing, wasn’t it?

As the technology around hearing aids continues to grow, so do your device options. You can choose the color, the style, the size. You can even buy hearing aids that are nearly invisible to the naked eye.

Taking care of your devices is of utmost importance. Keeping them clean means you will have high-quality sound. Replacing your batteries when needed means you won’t have to go without your hearing aids.

What if we told you there are now devices that don’t need new batteries every few days? What if you could just recharge them?

Rechargeable hearing aids are now available, and we think their breakthrough technology could make a world of difference. You need these hearing aids. Here’s why:

1. No more worrying about replacement batteries.

Have you ever run out of replacement batteries for your devices? It’s not fun. Running to the store or making the trip to your audiologist’s office is not ideal when you have things to do. Being able to hear is important, and you don’t have time for batteries that need replaced often.

Phonak, a hearing aid company, has created rechargeable devices that make your life easier. They have a built-in lithium-ion battery that is fully charged when it’s plugged in for 3 hours–meaning you get 24 hours of use. Whenever the battery gets low, you plug them in, no matter where you are. Simple as that!

2. You have more options.

What if you forget to plug your devices in before bed? You’re left with a predicament, and it’s no different than if you had batteries that needed replaced frequently.

If you have Oticon OPN hearing devices, you now have the option to go rechargeable. The battery drawer in your devices can be removed and replaced with ZPower rechargeable batteries. What’s even better, if you ever forget to recharge, simply replace them with the regular batteries that you used before.

3. You’ll be more efficient than ever.

Replacing your batteries frequently means two things: you’re throwing away old batteries often, and you’re spending money to buy new batteries. Going rechargeable will make a positive impact on the environment and your budget.

The ZPower batteries, specifically used with Oticon OPN devices, are fully-recyclable batteries and mercury-free. Better yet, they can be recharged hundreds of times before they start losing any significant energy.

Phonak Rechargeable hearing aids are tested to last for 6 years and are more reliable than batteries you need to replace more frequently.

Your hearing aids changed your life once, and now they can change your life again. Making the change to rechargeable batteries will make your life so much easier.

Contact us at Associates in Hearing to learn more about these devices and batteries so you can stop worrying and start living. Give us a call today!

The Stories of Syria RECAP: Art & Hearing Loss

By Resources

In March 2011 an estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes due to the outbreak of the civil war. Now, in the sixth year of war, 13.5 million are in need of humanitarian assistance within the country. On May 15th we hosted an Art Show at the Indian Valley Country Club displaying art pieces created by Syrian Refugee children. The purpose of this show, which will be moved to the Associates in Hearing office for at least the next month was to raise awareness about the refugees and to raise funds for future trips.

In case you missed the show here are three ways you can still make an impact:

1. Spread the word!: Treating hearing healthcare in places where it’s uncommon is not easy. Through donations and support, we can change lives everywhere, and that’s possible when people know about it.

2. Buy a print or make a donation: Every dollar raised goes to a good cause. Whether it’s directly to the Syrian children and their families or helping fund our mission trips across the world, your money helps people receive the care they need.

3. Donate your old hearing aids: Old devices may not be useful for you, but through Entheos, we can refurbish old devices so people with hearing loss can be properly treated. Bring them with you to the show or drop them off at our office anytime!

Check out the photos from the art show below!

How Do You Stop the Ringing in Your Ears?

By Resources

Do you hear it? The ringing, whooshing, buzzing, ever-constant noise in your ears? You’re not alone. Nearly 50 million Americans experience some form of tinnitus.

But, if you do experience some sort of ringing in your ears, it’s no walk in the park. It’s certainly not fun to hear a noise in your ears when you don’t want to. Let’s explore exactly what tinnitus is, what causes it, and how you can stop it.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a sound heard in your ears that is not caused by any external noise. “It appears sometimes randomly,” Dr. Patricia Reiff says, one of our audiologists at Associates in Hearing. “It can be frightening when you first experience it because you’re not sure where it came from or why it started.”

One of the characteristics of this affliction is how the sound heard in one’s ears can vary from person to person. It can be a ringing, buzzing, whooshing, hissing, or clicking sound. It can vary in pitch, how frequently in occurs, and it can be temporary or ongoing.

What Causes It?

The sound in your ears could be caused by a number of things. You might experience it if you have sudden, traumatic hearing loss, like being exposed to a loud speaker. It could be a gradual symptom of hearing loss. It could even be a result of an underlying medical issue.

When you visit our offices for your tinnitus, we make sure to rule out any serious causes. “We evaluate the patient, see if there’s hearing loss, and test the outer and middle ear system. Once we rule out any medical issues that would need attention, we can treat the tinnitus,” Dr. Reiff explains.

In most cases, tinnitus can be treated so that it is not a major, debilitating issue.

How Do You Stop It?

Well, the bad news is, sometimes you can’t stop the ringing. Sometimes tinnitus is just something you have to live with. The good news is there are measures you can take to keep tinnitus from causing you frustration.

Once you’ve been evaluated in our office, and we’ve been able to pinpoint what’s causing the noise in your ears, we can move forward in two ways: counseling and useful techniques to live comfortably with tinnitus.

Dr. Reiff explains how these two steps can be helpful: “Through counseling, we can assure there’s nothing to worry about, and any kind of lifestyle changes can be helpful. If they have hearing loss, hearing aids can help mask tinnitus or at least make it less noticeable. In a lot of cases, we can enhance residual hearing (giving the patient more hearing in their spectrum of sound) so ringing isn’t as noticeable.”

A comfortable, happy life is possible with tinnitus! When you take the time to have your hearing evaluated by an audiologist, you can receive treatment that will reduce the impact tinnitus has on your everyday life. Through professional treatment, you can eventually become less and less aware of that ringing and get back to enjoying your life.

Don’t let that ringing in your ears keep you from doing all the things you love. If you’d like help treating your tinnitus, give us a call today. Our audiologists would love to help you get back to living your life and living it to the fullest.