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3 Effective Ways to Protect Your Hearing This 4th of July

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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

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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

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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 Reasons You Need Rechargeable Hearing Aids

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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

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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?

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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.

The Stories of Syria: Art & Hearing Loss

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In April 2017, Entheos sent a group of audiologists and volunteers to Jordan to help those in need of hearing healthcare. Equipped with donated hearing aids, expertise, and enthusiasm, the group served men, women, and children who had experienced traumatic hearing loss from their war-torn country. Some of our own audiologists were there to help.

While they were helping those with hearing loss, Maggie Conroy, the director of programs at Entheos and an art therapist, found a stack of paintings hidden under a table.

“They were gorgeous paintings,” she says. “And they were done on the back of tent canvas.”

Maggie knows that art, especially for those who have experienced trauma, can help communicate feelings and emotions that might otherwise remain internalized. When children came to the healthcare clinic in Jordan, she provided art as therapy.

“We’re giving them an opportunity to play with these supplies while getting medical treatments,” Maggie explains. “Doing hearing aid impressions can be scary. Art serves as a reward and a safe place.”

This short-term therapy allows the children to be children, which is so essential at a time when war, grief, and pure survival have been paramount. While a child waits to be seen by an audiologist, Maggie and other volunteers spend their time keeping the children at ease. She remembers one boy in particular whose drawings made the group laugh.

“He drew all these kids with gigantic ears!” she remembers. “He was letting his mother know he wanted a little brother.”

The young boy experienced hearing loss and was treated by an audiologist. Through art and hearing healthcare, the team was able to help the boy communicate in ways he was never able to before.

Our own Dr. Patricia Reiff, who also went on the trip to Jordan, remembers a man she fit with hearing aids. While waiting, he spent his time creating art with the children. Although he had arrived discouraged and unable to communicate, he left with a thumbs up and smile on his face.

“The artwork helped him express himself, and his hearing aid helped him communicate,” Dr. Reiff says.

The art created by these Syrian children and adults has left a lasting impact on the group, who visited nearly a year ago. The drawings and the paintings tell their story. From losing their hearing because of a bomb going off in their village to watching their families die right before their eyes, these people have seen and experienced unimaginable things. Art has allowed them to say what words cannot do justice.

For almost two decades, Associates in Hearing has held a yearly seminar that allows us to communicate and share with our patients important information about hearing loss, hearing aids, and all things audiology. As partners with Entheos, we have a heart for seeing those without access to hearing healthcare receive the care they need so they can live a fulfilling, impactful life.

On Tuesday, May 15, from 1-4 PM, we will be hosting an art show featuring paintings by Syrian children. You’ll be able to learn about these young artists, the stories of their paintings, and even buy prints. Every dollar benefits the children and their families. Our doctors of audiology will be there too, ready to answer any of your questions and get to know you better.

We want to invite you to join us in our efforts to change the world.

Here’s how you can help:

1. Attend the art show, and bring a friend: We care about the world, and you can join us in making a difference simply by showing up.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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!

RSVP by Monday, May 7th

  • Call: 215-855-4217
  • Or fill out the form below

Space is limited so RSVP today!

What is an Audiologist?

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You’ve finally decided that enough is enough.

Your kids are tired of hearing you complain about not being able to hear them when they call you. Your spouse wants you to enjoy spending time at social gatherings, but you never want to join because it’s hard to hear the conversation. You want to live the life you always thought you would be living, until hearing loss stood in the way.

But, what are you supposed to do about it? There’s a hearing aid dispenser close to your house. That seems like a straightforward approach. You know about your local audiologist, but what’s the difference? A hearing aid is a hearing aid, right?

An audiologist is your best place to start when it comes to your hearing loss, and we’re not just saying that because that’s who we are. If you want the best for your hearing, you should see a certified Doctor of Audiology.

Let’s answer your questions:

1. What is an audiologist?

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines an audiologist as someone who treats individuals with impaired hearing. What’s so important about your hearing and why do doctors specialize in this field?

Our hearing serves many different purposes. It allows us to communicate with other people, giving us opportunities to create friendships and relationships. It serves as a way to protect us; if we hear a fire alarm going off, we know that there’s a fire somewhere close. Our hearing helps us learn, grow, enjoy, and experience life.

Without our hearing, we struggle in more areas than one. We withdraw from people. We can’t enjoy comforting music or be alerted by an alarm. We struggle to learn and experience the life we have.

An audiologist specializes in treating your hearing loss. Not only can they fit you with hearing aids, they know all about the ear and the three small bones within it. (They’re the smallest in the human body!) Not only can they treat you, they can treat infants, kids, and the elderly.

2. What does an audiologist do?

Because an audiologist has received a license to practice clinical audiology, they can conduct evaluations and tests to treat hearing loss.

A hearing evaluation will test the health of your eardrum, the bones in the ear, how well your brain processes information, and speech discrimination. This type of evaluation can only be performed by an audiologist.

A hearing screening, on the other hand, simply tests how well you’re hearing without figuring out the cause of your hearing loss. It’s a great way to begin treatment, but it doesn’t give definitive answers or show the best course of treatment.

An audiologist can also fit you with individualized hearing aids, making sure you are able to hear comfortably and clearly.

3. Why does audiology matter?

These days, seeing someone with a set of hearing devices is normal. We’ve come a long way since the 1940s, when audiology finally became a professional field. Decades ago we were limited to hearing aids that were ridiculous in size and didn’t work very well. Now, we have hearing aids that can be virtually invisible.

Audiology has always been about how well you can hear and how it affects your communication with others. Now, audiology includes everything that has to do with the ears and even your brain. Recent studies have shown the links between hearing loss and brain health.

It’s amazing just how intricately the human body works.

Audiology matters. Practicing audiology matters. Your hearing health matters because it’s connected to every part of your well-being.

Our audiologists at Associates in Hearing don’t just want to get you a set of hearing aids and send you out the door. We care about you and how well you live your life.

Seeing an audiologist will dissolve your worries about your hearing loss. We can perform the tests needed to get to the bottom of your hearing loss and create a treatment plan that’s suited just for you. We can fit you with hearing aids that fit your needs, not to fit our quota.

See an audiologist today. Better yet? Give us a call. We’d love to serve you and show you just how much we care.

3 Ways to Enjoy Your Next Baseball Game

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Baseball. It’s always been America’s favorite past time. Can you imagine trying to enjoy a game when you can hardly hear it? It might be bearable, but certainly not the experience you’re looking for. The food, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”, cheering on your favorite players, trying to catch a foul ball. It’s all about the experience, isn’t it? It’s much easier to experience baseball as a whole when you can hear it, too.

Baseball season is among us, and we want you to enjoy every bit of it. Here are three ways to make sure your next baseball game is all the fun you’re hoping for:

  1. Bring some earplugs.

You might be surprised with how loud a baseball game can get. With the loudspeakers and the crowd, the sound could be more damaging than you might expect.

Any sound louder than 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. That baseball game? It could easily exceed that! A normal conversation is around 60 decibels, so if you’re having a hard time hearing the person next to you, it’s probably too loud.

Earplugs are a great tool used to protect your hearing. They can even be specially molded to fit your ears so they can efficiently and effectively filter noise. Keep a pair in your car or purse, and you’ll always have the hearing protection you need.

  1. Bring someone with you.

Baseball is not just a game. It’s a whole experience. Sharing it with someone else is part of the fun!

But, hearing loss can make it harder to enjoy things. You might struggle to keep up with what’s going on around you. You could miss an important play or even feel like you can’t enjoy the entertainment because you can’t hear it.

So, bring someone with you! If you miss something, don’t be afraid to ask what’s going on. If you aren’t sure if you heard something right, ask whoever you’re with to repeat it. Another set of ears could be just what you need to make it worthwhile.

  1. Plan ahead.

Let’s say you get to the game late. Your tickets are general admission, so you’re trying to find a good spot that will allow you to see and hear the game the way you want to. But all that’s left are seats next to the giant speakers, or seats too far from all the important action.

Before the day of the big game, plan ahead! Purchase tickets for the seats you want or get there early if you can’t reserve the spot you would like. Pay attention to your surroundings. You know what will keep you from hearing the game, so plan to steer clear of overpowering loudspeakers or seats that are too far away to hear any of the action.

Planning ahead could save you the frustration of being unable to hear the game and have fun.

Next time you’re planning your trip to a baseball game, use these helpful tips to make sure you can experience baseball how it was meant to! You deserve to enjoy the game even if you have hearing loss.

Associates in Hearing is giving away a pair of tickets to the Phillies vs. Braves game on April 29. We want you to win! Here are three ways you can enter:

  1. Enter at associatesinhearing.com/MLB.
  2. Call us at (215) 855-4217 and mention the contest.
  3. Visit our office and fill out a card.

We’re accepting entries until April 20. Don’t miss out sign up today! Enter for your chance to win today. Winner will be announced April 23.

12 Questions with Dr. Aubrey Marley

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Meet Dr. Aubrey Marley

As audiologists, we don’t just care about your hearing. We care about how well you live your life! The people we love, our passions, and the things that bring us joy are what matter most, and a life with treated hearing loss makes all the difference.

Meet Dr. Aubrey Marley. As a Doctor of Audiology, she has been a valuable asset to our team since May of 2016. She brings a passion for seeing hearing loss treated, something we value most at Associates in Hearing.

Next time you’re in the office for an appointment, introduce yourself to Dr. Marley! We asked her 12 questions so you can get to know her:

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

Any of our big family Christmas parties are great memories for me. Every year, we have tons of food and sing 12 Days of Christmas.

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

My maternal grandparents, who passed away before I was born. During the Great Depression, they immigrated to America from Ireland. I would love to hear their stories firsthand and learn what it was like to settle into an unfamiliar country.

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

Cadbury Mini Eggs

  1. Describe yourself in three words.

Honest, patient, and determined.

  1. Have you ever done something that not many people have done? If so, what?

I was an Irish Dancer from elementary school up until high school. I tried to pick it back up by joining an Irish dancing club in college, but I realized my efforts were better spent focusing on my speech language and hearing degree.

  1. Where did you go to college?

Temple University

  1. What made you decide to become a doctor of audiology?

My older brother has hearing loss, and when I was young, I would tag along with him to his audiology appointments at Associates in Hearing. I always knew I wanted to help people, and after attending some of his appointments, I thought audiology would be the perfect fit. I never expected to end up at the very place that introduced me to audiology, but here I am!

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

I’m working in the same community that I grew up in, so I often feel I have a lot in common with my patients and can really relate to them.

  1.  What do you enjoy most about being an audiologist?

I love helping patients communicate better with their friends and families and watching them become more social because they can hear again. I also love seeing my patients light up when they realize they are hearing things they haven’t heard in years.

  1.  Why is hearing important?

I believe staying engaged and communicating with our friends and family is so important when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle and maintaining relationships. Without hearing, it can be difficult to participate in conversation and can often lead to social isolation.

  1. Outside of audiology, what are you passionate about?

Reading. I always have a book with me to read during my lunch breaks.

  1.  When you’re 75 and able to look back on your life, what do you hope to have accomplished?

When I graduated high school I told myself I just wanted to make sure I helped others in some way. I hope to stay true to that goal and somehow make a positive difference in the lives around me.

If you’d like to start your journey to better hearing, give us a call today and set up an appointment with Dr. Marley. She would love you help you achieve the hearing you’ve always wanted.