Hello there!

These last few months have been difficult for everyone, especially for those with a hearing loss.

For many, communication has proven challenging due to face masks, making lip reading impossible. This has put some folks in a difficult situation as they come to terms with their hearing challenges. They may be wondering how to get by … or what to do next.

Perhaps you’ve experienced a similar degree of uncertainty before you sought help. And yet, through your own treatment, you’ve learned that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Professional hearing healthcare makes a world of difference and dramatically improves lives!

If you know someone who is struggling with their hearing, now is the perfect time to guide them through these challenging times. Become an advocate for hearing healthcare and help build their confidence to seek treatment.

Remember, you’re doing this as a loved one, a good friend, or as a compassionate co-worker. Talk to them about your own experience and encourage them to book a comprehensive hearing test at Alabama Hearing Associates – this first step to better hearing will put them on a life-changing journey.

We all need some kindness and positivity now more than ever – so what are you waiting for? Get talking to them today and share the love!

Updates from The Office

 
Team AHA and a patient with face masks outside our office

A gentle reminder – be sure your hearing aids are working properly!

With face masks covering up people’s mouths and hiding facial expressions, communication can prove difficult if your devices aren’t in prime condition.

Try our new scheduled drop-off service for quick repairs and better hearing. 

At Alabama Hearing Associates, we want you to have a hassle-free, convenient experience from the moment you book your appointment.

And it’s the little things that really make a big difference, such as the ability to complete all of your paperwork by using a digital online format.

Our receptionist will be more than happy to get you started on this quick and easy process.

Two happy patients and a team member of AHA with a face mark inside our office

Top Tips for Managing New Challenges

The team at Alabama Hearing Associates knows that the pandemic has brought tough challenges for the community – and especially the hard of hearing.

Here are our five “top tips” for thriving in these new normal circumstances.

1.     Face masks can easily dislodge your hearing aids. Download a handy “find my device” app and always know where they are!

2.     If hearing the TV at home is challenging, then invest in a state-of-the-art “streamer.” This way, you can stream sound directly to your hearing device. Ask us for more information.

3.     Make sure you wear your hearing aids at all times – even when you’re alone. Hearing aids stimulate the auditory structures in your brain, improving your ability to remember and listen!

4.     Take inventory of your batteries. Make sure you have enough batteries to keep your devices functioning for at least eight weeks. If you are limiting your time outside of the home, you can replenish your supplies online, ask your pharmacy or supermarket to deliver some to you, or contact us for assistance.

Useful Resources 

Continued support during the spring 2020 shut down

How We Continued to Support our Patients During the Spring 2020 Shut Down

Here are some of the ways we’ve been busy keeping our patients at the heart of everything we do…

Learn more…

Why Face Masks are a Problem for People with Hearing Loss

We take a look at some of the challenges you or your loved ones might face when trying to communicate with someone wearing a face mask…

Learn more…

Why face masks are a problem for people with hearing loss

Have a question or need help? Then we’re here for you.
Call us at (256) 319-4327.

Have a great August!
The team at Alabama Hearing Associates

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Dr. Susan Sheehy

Dr. Sheehy earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in audiology at the University of Alabama before beginning her career as a clinical audiologist in Huntsville. In 2005, she received her doctorate in audiology from Salus University. Dr. Sheehy is one of a specialized subset of audiologists certified in tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT). By appointment from the governor, she has served as a member and chairperson of the Alabama Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.
    Basic Hearing Test

    A basic hearing test begins with an air conduction test. You will be seated in a soundproof booth and single-use, foam earphones will be inserted into your ear canals. The Audiologist will ask you to push a button or raise your hand when you barely hear a series of beeps (tones) presented at various frequencies (pitches) to obtain your air conduction thresholds.

    To determine whether your hearing loss is a conductive (mechanical) loss, sensorineural (permanent) loss or combination of the two, we perform a bone conduction test.  

    For this test, a head band is place on the bone behind one of the ears to obtain your bone conduction thresholds. This process provides a different form of sound transmission using vibration, which bypasses the eardrum and the middle ear bones and directly stimulates the auditory nerve. When you hear the beeps/tones, you will push a button or raise your hand.

    If bone conduction thresholds are better than air conduction thresholds (through the foam inserts), you have a conductive hearing loss. This suggests a problem with the mechanical structures (moving parts) of the ears.

    Conductive hearing loss is often a medically treatable condition for which we will provide you with a referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician. However, if bone and air conduction thresholds match, it indicates a sensorineural hearing loss (permanent), and the treatment will likely involve hearing aids.

    ALL INCLUSIVE PLAN

    $6,790

    Comprehensive 5-Year treatment plan with premium technology

    If you want premium “out of this world” technology and the highest level of service and expert support, our All-Inclusive treatment plan is the right investment for you.

    The All-Inclusive treatment plan offers long-term value for your on-the-go lifestyle, providing everything you need to connect with family and friends for years to come.

    Includes:

    • Stellar hearing devices from top manufacturer (rechargeable option available)

    • Wireless accessory included at no charge

    • Comprehensive Annual Visit including hearing assessment, hearing device adjustment, and 19-Point preventative maintenance valutaion

    • Bi-annual hearing aid software update and reprogramming

    • Same day diagnosis and in-office repair during weekdays for devices dropped off before 3:00 p.m.

    • 5-Year full-service repair warranty

    • Unlimited remote hearing aid adjustments

    • 100% moisture removal by Redux and cleaning

    • Hearing aid supplies (stock receivers, batteries, domes and filters)

    • $1000 contribution towards purchase of upgraded technology within 48 months

    • 3-Year replacement warranty for loss or damage (no deductible)

    • Dedicated team of hearing care experts at your service

    • Unlimited teleaudiology appointments

    • Access to our “speed of light” repair specialists

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    Choose Your Level of Technology

    A Comprehensive12-Step Functional Hearing Assessment

    If you struggle to understand conversations in social situations, restaurants, or other noisy environments, you do not need to schedule a basic hearing test. You certainly don’t need to schedule a “free” hearing screening or online hearing test.

    You need to schedule a “Connect 365” Functional Hearing Assessment at Alabama Hearing Associates!

    Hearing Technology with a Methodical Plan

    Our community understands better than most what can be achieved when you combine technology with human intelligence and persistence. It is much the same with hearing technology.

    The latest hearing aid technology is incredibly powerful, offering stellar sound quality and performance. Wireless connections allow phone calls, music and television to stream directly to your hearing aids for exceptional clarity.

    But hearing aids do not fit and program themselves! For best outcomes, you also need the human touch and expertise provided by our Doctors of Audiology.

    How do I know my new hearing aids are working properly?

    Without verifying that the hearing aid is working correctly from the start, all of the other steps in the hearing aid fitting process are useless. The most sensitive quality control measure is something called Electroacoustic Analysis. We complete EAA on every new set of hearing aids, before delivery of repaired devices, and on an annual basis.

    What Is Real-Ear Measurement?

    Real-ear measurement (REM) is how an audiologist knows that hearing aids are working the way they should in each patient’s ears.

    Ears are as unique as a fingerprint. Because of this, every ear will collect sounds differently.

    Even if I had two patients with the exact same hearing loss and hearing aids, there’s almost no chance the hearing aids would be programmed the same way.

    Orientation, Counseling, and Follow-up

    Dr. Cliff (the creator of the Best Practice Pro Network) said it best:

    “Having a detailed orientation can dramatically improve how much success you have with hearing treatment.  Counseling & Follow-up care can also ensure that you have success for years to come.  Regular visits to a hearing care provider who spends the time to discuss treatment related information and who will maintain your devices is extremely important.”

    During the orientation, your provider will give you the tools you need to be a successful hearing aid user. Everyone has different learning styles and we want to make sure whatever works best for you is what’s used. After the 75 day adjustment period, routine checkups are necessary to maintain the hearing aids and to ensure optimal hearing healthcare. 

    Real World Adjustments

    Your hearing loss didn't occur overnight, so it will take some time to adjust to the hearing aids. Your patience and persistence will be well worth it.

    Wireless Connections

    Most hearing aids automatically come with wireless streaming from smartphones and it has been a lifesaver for those that are working remotely and spending hours on teleconferences. As for other wireless accessories, the two most popular solutions are a small microphone used in less-than-ideal listening environments and a TV streamer that streams the TV’s sound directly into your ears—which can be a lifesaver when watching British TV shows or during football season. If your audiologist believes they would be beneficial for you, they will discuss your options and demonstrate the device in the office.

    Assessing Outcomes

    To ensure the most success with your hearing devices, we measure the benefits of amplification at the end of your adjustment period—some of the surveys and tests included in the “Connect 365” Functional Hearing Assessment will be repeated to evaluate progress, quality of life, and patient satisfaction with the hearing aids.