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With so many major event cancellations throughout Huntsville and beyond, a relaxing evening under the stars is a likely pastime this summer.

This could be good for your ears, though. After all, you know what it’s like after a concert or fireworks – there’s tinnitus, not to mention the long-term effects on your hearing.

Just ask rock legend Huey Lewis (Huey Lewis and the News).

After having a hearing loss in his right ear for several decades, his hearing challenges intensified in 2018 following a Meniere’s disease diagnosis in his “good” left ear.

The additional symptoms, which include hearing loss, vertigo, and tinnitus, forced the band to cancel their tour and reassess their position in the music industry.

But in a recent NPR interview, Huey said, “I’m hoping to recover my hearing so we can get the band back together and play live,” after undergoing treatment for his condition.

Huey Lewis isn’t the only celebrity to speak publicly about hearing loss, though.

Halle Berry, Barbra Streisand, Rob Lowe, and Robert Redford have publicly shared their hearing struggles.

And it’s not just celebrities talking – companies are also addressing hearing loss through their products. American Girl introduced a doll who wears a hearing aid, shining the spotlight on children’s hearing loss.

Discussing hearing loss used to be a rare occurrence, but as more celebrities share their personal stories, it’s gained mainstream status, with the taboos quickly dissipating.

Now, more people are talking openly about their hearing loss and scheduling hearing tests.

You should be proud that you sought help for your hearing loss, so why not share the good news about hearing care with others?

Your words of wisdom will be music to their ears!

 

How Can You Help?

Celebrity testimonials can inspire millions. But raising community awareness through its residents is even more powerful.

It’s not only people who have lived long, fulfilling lives that develop a hearing loss. Younger generations are also affected.

The more you discuss your symptoms, the more others will feel able to confront their conditions and access the care they need.

Knowing hearing loss symptoms and seeking early treatment can lead to a brighter future – something you’ll know if you’ve already found the courage to seek help.

A hearing test is the first step towards a life with improved hearing. If you are concerned or know someone else who is, contact the team to find out how they can provide expert assistance.

Useful Resources 

Can You Have Hearing Loss In One Ear?

We’ve heard it from Huey Lewis himself… if this sounds like something you’ve experienced, read our blog to discover the causes and treatments for unilateral hearing loss.

Learn more…

What You Need to Know Ahead of an Appointment

With your safety in mind, we have changed the way we operate.

Learn about the changes to in-person appointments and come prepared….

Learn more…

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

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    $6,790

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    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)

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    • Unlimited teleaudiology appointments

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