Summer greetings from Hearing & Audiology Services!
We are writing to introduce you to a new staff member that joined our team this past Spring. Isabelle Blick has joined Hearing & Audiology Services as a patient care coordinator. Some of you may have already had the pleasure of meeting Isabelle and know she will be there to greet you as well as to take all of your phone calls that come our way. Her passion is caring for patients and ensuring that your office visit is as comfortable as possible.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to Isabelle!
At Hearing and Audiology Services, we firmly believe that proper audiological care is an integral part of helping our patients live their best lives. As COVID-19 maintains its presence in our country and around the globe, we are continuing to do everything in our power to minimize the risk our patients take when they come into our office. Read on to learn some of the many safety precautions we are taking to keep our patients safe. Continue reading “COVID-19 Update – Welcome Back!”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual meetings have become an imperative part of our everyday work lives. Most people, regardless of their hearing ability, experienced new communication challenges while learning to navigate remote meetings. Unfortunately, people with hearing loss are at an unfair disadvantage and often experience an increase in difficulty communicating during virtual meetings with their co-workers. Continue reading “Virtual Meetings and Hearing Loss”
As more and more individuals return to restaurants, there is no better time to ensure your hearing aid is performing optimally. If you have ever been in a situation where you cannot hear the person you are dining with due to background noise, you know how frustrating it can be. Oftentimes, these changes occur over time so you can put off addressing the problem. Since many of us have not dined out in over a year, when you do venture back out, you may find that you are unable to follow conversations occurring in crowded spaces. Continue reading “Dining Out is Back – Are You Ready?”
Spring is here, the weather is beautiful, and there is no better time to get out and enjoy the outdoors! As you head outdoors for either a hike, a drive, or maybe even a meal with friends, modern technological improvements assure that the distraction of wind will not interfere with your conversations or enjoyment of nature sounds around you. Continue reading “Enjoying Spring and Our New Normal”
Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month (BHSM) provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and the role of ASHA members in providing life-altering treatment. For 2021, our theme is “Building Connections.” This year, Hearing and Audiology Services is focusing on the importance of early intervention for communication disorders. Continue reading “Better Hearing & Speech Month 2021”
Communicating with one another while wearing masks has proven to be challenging for people that are not suffering from hearing loss. For those who rely on lip-reading to enhance their understanding, face masks can prove to be particularly challenging. The Danish Association of the Hard of Hearing compiled tips to enhance communication with people with hearing impairment while wearing face masks. A few of the tips include being patient, attentive, and clearly visible to the person with whom you are communicating. Read on for the complete list. Continue reading “Tips for Communicating with People with Hearing Loss While Wearing Masks”
At Hearing & Audiology Services, we are doing everything in our power to minimize the risk our patients may take to receive the care they need. We understand that our patients must assume some risk every time they leave their homes, but we also understand that receiving proper audiological care is an integral part of living their best lives.
Here are just a few of the many precautions we are taking to keep you safe:
- Following all CDC guidelines
- Thoroughly cleaning the waiting room between each patient
- Scheduling blocks of cleaning time between each patient
- Eliminated walk-ins (appointment only)
- One patient in the office at a time
- Providing curbside visits for patients that do not wish to enter the office
- Providing Telecare or Telehealth option for programming most hearing aids
We found this bar chart from Texas Medical Association to be very useful in comparing and rating the various risks of getting the virus from daily activities. Click here to read the full article about minimizing risks.
Whether you wish to schedule an appointment via Telehealth, curbside, or in-office, you can trust we are doing everything we can to reduce the amount of risk you must take to receive proper audiological care. Contact us today to schedule your free hearing assessment.
In honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month 2020, we wanted to share some strategies for dealing with the additional difficulties adults living with hearing loss have while sheltering-in-place. For more information, read the full article by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
We hope you find these tips useful and are here to help you in any way that you can. Please don’t hesitate to contact us anytime to schedule your free consultation.
We are taking COVID-19 and your healthcare seriously. We will continue to follow CDC and other appropriate guidelines. The CDC is now recommending that all patients over 60 years old reschedule medical visits that can wait. We would ask that you follow those recommendations. If you choose to come in for your appointment, we will be there to see you. If you would like to reschedule, please call our office at (919) 834-4327. Further, if you are at high risk for coronavirus, either due to other health issues or to recent travel to high-risk areas, please call to reschedule. We are going to strive to remain open by appointment only and will continue to post updates as we navigate through this situation. Thank you for your continued support!