Make hearing appointments a family affair

Image of man having his hearing evaluated with his wife by his side.

Hearing loss affects not only the person having trouble with sounds – it can have a significant impact on family members as well.

Consider these ways having relatives at your appointment could prove beneficial to all parties.

Better insight into the problem

A relative can point out that you have increasingly been turning up the volume on the television, for example. You may not be conscious of this tendency, but knowing this information can help your audiologist assess what environments cause the most problems and adjust your treatment accordingly.

Maybe you’re missing more communication with your family than you realize. Your loved one can explain these difficulties to the audiologist, making it easier for them to do their job.

This dialogue can help you better hear the TV and conversations, your family being more comfortable while watching and communicating with you and your audiologist providing better service to you as a result of more fully understanding your hearing loss.

Support system

Medical appointments can seem overwhelming due to the amount of information provided. Having a family member there can help not only soothe your nerves, but help you retain the suggestions made for you by the audiologist.

A team approach to decisions

If you’re a candidate for hearing aids, a loved one can help you process the information provided by the hearing healthcare professional and help you decide which devices are right for you.

Contact Audiology & Hearing Aid Center Arizona to schedule an appointment at one of our three Scottsdale locations or learn more about our services.

Eat Healthy, Hear Healthy

Your diet can affect your hearing, and your hearing can affect your diet.  Really!  Foods that are high I folic acid, magnesium, and zinc can help promote healthy hearing and prevent hearing loss.  Great foods include any dark leafy green – spinach, kale and brussel sprouts.

Magnesium

Magnesium improves the oxygen flow throughout blood vessels, and assists in inner ear functions.  Patients with a high magnesium diet expressed decreased tinnitus symptoms than those who consumed less in a recent study.

Folic Acid

Folic Acid is essential for cell regeneration and improving circulation, both of which are necessary for hearing functions.  Studies have shown connections between poor vitamin B-12 and folate intake and age-related with auditory issues.

Zinc

Did you know: Zinc has been known to strengthen the immune system and increase healthy cell production.  The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of zinc have been found to lessen tinnitus symptoms.

How does it all circle back? There is a nerve in your ear that actually connects to the taste buds in your tongue.  If you have some damage to your ear, it can, in fact, affect the way you perceive certain tastes!  So even if you’re not a huge fan of greens, eat them now so you can taste the foods you really enjoy longer!

Schedule an appointment with the understanding professionals at Audiology & Hearing Aid Center to learn more about your personal hearing health needs

Causes of Tinnitus

Do you spend your weekends going to sporting events or listening to live music?   The loudspeakers at these events can exceed 120 decibels. At that level, you can increase the risk of hearing loss and Tinnitus in less than a minute.  Tinnitus is the frequent ringing in the ears, and if you do experience it, you’re not alone – 50 million people in the United States are affected by it.

How To Prevent Tinnitus

A great way to deter the damages from the loud venues is to wear earplugs.  However, not all earplugs are created equal.  If your weekend hobbies include live music or sporting events, let us know.   Audiology & Hearing Aid Center can help you find the right ear protection to meet your needs to enjoy these events more safely.

We encourage everyone to get a baseline hearing assessment, whether you think you have hearing loss or not.  If you do find that you start to develop any hearing issues, you’ll have received information to help you identify it. With that information, you can be proactive with issues if/when they develop.

Schedule an appointment with the professionals at Audiology & Hearing Aid Center to learn more about your personal hearing health needs.

Living In A Noisy World

The world we live in is a noisy place.  It’s hard to get away from the sounds of car horns, emergency sirens, loud conversations at restaurants and activity in your own home.  When we struggle to hear, it affects how we communicate.  When communication is compromised, we miscommunicate.  With difficulty understanding, people tend to isolate themselves, which can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression.

How do you adapt to the sounds around you?

Hearing loss is the third most common health issue in America, with over one million people experiencing it in Arizona alone.  It is common, and many treatment options are available.  Statistics show many people wait seven years before finally talking to someone about their hearing challenges.

There is no quick fix for hearing loss. At Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, we provide you with information and technology to help you communicate and enjoy those around you.

We encourage everyone to get a baseline hearing exam, at least by the age of 50.  If you have a family history or are experiencing any issues now, getting the baseline done before any issues come up will provide a clearer to how your hearing changes over time.

Schedule an appointment with the understanding professionals at Audiology & Hearing Aid Center to learn more about your personal hearing health needs.