This year has been a difficult one, as we’ve become disconnected from the things we love the most – family, friends, social events … and so much more. But the good news is that new information is being learned about the virus every day.
And now, from an audiological viewpoint, the latest development is quite important—if not somewhat alarming—that we feel we must share it with you.
A link between sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL) and COVID-19 has been made by experts at the Royal College London in the UK. Two cases have been documented, one in the US and one in the UK, where patients with COVID-19 have experienced SSHL soon after recovering from the virus. Neither had a hearing loss prior to becoming ill, leading experts to believe the virus was responsible for their sudden hearing loss.
You can learn more about SSHL and this newest development here. But most importantly, if you have had COVID-19, it would be beneficial to have your hearing assessed in order to detect any possible hearing loss early.
Our team would be delighted to check your hearing once the virus symptoms have cleared up and you have passed the recommended isolation period.
Just give us a call to arrange an appointment.
Updates from the Office
With a heavy heart, we recently said farewell to our wonderful office manager, Pam Moore Chambers, who is retiring after 16 years of fantastic service at Alabama Hearing Associates.
Pam took care of everyone who stepped through our doors – whether they were our patients, our front office staff, or Susan and Jan.
We will miss her wisdom, steady leadership, and faithful support. But after working so hard for so many years, we also hope she enjoys a fantastic retirement.
As the new year approaches, now is the time to see if your insurance coverage will change in 2021. You may discover that new benefits have been added to your plan.
If you need help determining what insurance benefits you are entitled to, this article is a great place to get started, or phone our office and a member of our team can contact your insurance on your behalf to find out the answers for you.
Our office will be closed for Thanksgiving on November 26 & 27. Everyone at Alabama Hearing Associates hopes you have a happy Thanksgiving!
Six Great Tips to Help Hearing Aid Users When Wearing Face Masks
Although face masks are helpful when it comes to controlling the spread of the virus, they are also creating some communication difficulties for those who wear hearing aids.
Consumer Reports recently published an article that suggests ways to improve communication skills during these challenging times.
If you wear hearing aids, these tips should make communicating so much easier. Be sure to:
- Ask people to slow down and speak clearly – this will produce better results than when someone raises their voice and fails to enunciate their sentences.
- Speak face to face – as long as you remain six feet apart, experts suggest that eye contact is important during conversations.
- Find the right mask – although clear face masks are useful for lip reading, research shows that cloth and surgical masks can make sounds easier to understand.
- Adjust your hearing aids – they can be programmed to help with these interactions; feel free to give us a call if you need assistance.
- Use a transcription app – smartphone apps, such as Dragon or Google Live, will reproduce speech that you can read back.
- Make meetings virtual – use your hearing aids as a tool to stream sounds via your smartphone, tablet, or computer, so you don’t lose touch with others.
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The Centers for Disease Control reports that hearing loss is the nation’s third most common chronic physical health problem. So, here’s how to preserve your hearing for many years to come…
What is Conductive Hearing Loss?
Unlike sensorineural hearing loss, conductive hearing loss can be cured in most cases.
In this article, we explain what some of its common causes are and how we can treat them…