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Holiday Hearing Hints

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Socialize more with less effort this holiday season

Hearing in background noise that includes holiday music, children playing, glasses clinking and more can be especially hard when you have hearing loss. Ask the host to lower the volume on the holiday music and make sure the room is well lit, so you can better see facial expressions.

Stay connected during holiday fun

On the go with a full schedule of holiday activities? Put in fresh hearing aid batteries before leaving the house when holiday shopping or traveling, to ensure you never lose power. Also, make sure that your hearing aids are cleaned and performing optimally.

Share and hear during holiday traditions

Make meaningful connections with your grandchildren this holiday season. Share a favorite holiday story, bake cookies, decorate the house – whatever makes the holidays special for your family. Help your grandchildren understand that hearing loss can sometimes make it difficult for you to hear them. Simple tips, such as asking them to get your attention first or to turn off the TV, can make communication easier. Also, if sitting at a table, try sitting across from them or at a round table to make communication easier.

A healthy hearing Holiday resolution

Make regular hearing checks part of your Holiday resolutions. A hearing evaluation performed by a Doctor of Audiology is quick, painless and an easy way to invest in your long-term health. Untreated hearing loss can have a negative impact on speech understanding, comprehension and other cognitive activities. Actively wearing hearing aids prescribed by a Doctor of Audiology helps keep you mentally fit by reducing the risk of cognitive decline.

Begin your Holiday resolution by calling our office to schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation, (570) 724-4042

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Hearing the Sounds of Autumn

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Here are our favorite sounds of Autumn that we don’t want you to miss!
Walking through the leaves ~ Seeing the various colors of the leaves on a tree is a beautiful sight, but the sounds of the leaves crunching under your feet is a beautiful sound.  Are you missing this sound?
Wind ~ The sound of the wind flowing through the woods, leaves and branches on the trees makes for a peaceful and serene sound from Mother Nature.  Can you hear the wind?
Fall Showers ~ The sound of rain drops on the leaves, in puddles and on rooftops is a soothing, calming sound.  Are you hearing the rain drops.
Bonfires ~ The sounds of the flames crackling bringing back memories of our childhood, roosting marshmallows over the open flame.  Can you hear the crackling?
The sounds of Autumn are beautiful, put on your sneakers and go for a walk in the woods and enjoy what Mother Nature and God has given us.  Before you know it Old Man Winter will be upon us!
Happy Fall!
 

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Summertime and Hearing Aid Care

Summer is in full swing and so are the activities that make people crave to be outside to take advantage of the hot days and cool nights. For those who have hearing aids, there are some challenges presented that can leave you at risk for damaging them. With the hot temperatures outside and the abundance of water related activities, it’s easy for your hearing aids to become permanently damaged if you don’t take precautions beforehand. Here are a few ways to help protect your hearing aids during summertime activities:
1. If you exercise outside, remove your hearing aids if there is inclement weather or if it is extremely hot outside.
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2. If you live in a humid area, open the battery door to let air pass through the aid to dry it overnight.
3. When you are not wearing your hearing aids, always store them in a dry case and away from direct sunlight.
4. Do not store your hearing aids in places where heat and moisture can build up such as bathrooms, glove boxes, and some handbags.
5. If you are going to be outside all day and need to apply sunscreen, remove your hearing aids before applying. The oils from sunscreens can damage the delicate electronics inside, so always make sure to fully rub in your sunscreen or lotion so that it dries and doesn’t damage your hearing aids when you put them back in.
6. Always remove hearing aids before any activity that involves water or getting wet such as swimming or showering.
For even more tips and methods to help protect your hearing aids, consult with an audiologist as to what you can do to properly take care of your hearing aids. If you’re continually having issues with your hearing aids, be sure to schedule an appointment with a hearing health care provider as soon as possible.

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How Do Audiologists Diaganose Hearing Loss?

Your audiologist will begin by obtaining a detailed history.  In doing so, he or she will learn more about the type of problems you are having as well as relevant background health information.  The audiologist will then likely perform several types of hearing tests.  These will provide more detailed information about your specific hearing abilities by measuring how well you respond to various frequencies, and how you can hear and understand speech.  The hearing test will also help your audiologist determine if your hearing loss is something medically or surgically treatable, or whether it is a problem purely in the inner ear.

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COVID-19 OFFICE UPDATE

We are OPEN
As we continue to monitor news and information surrounding the coronavirus, our highest priority remains supporting the patients and staff of Dr. Richard J. Stauch. Our thoughts are with all those impacted, as well as those caring for others. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns with your hearing!
HOURS
We are here! Our office will remain open to serve our loyal patients and their needs, our office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday.
TOP PRIORITIES
Your health and safety are our top priority. We closely follow local health and safety guidelines to ensure that every protocol is followed to maintain a safe and clean facility for our patients and staff. If you need to be seen for hearing concerns or hearing aid repairs, please call or email our office to determine how we may quickly and safely assist you!
CONCERNED about your HEARING
Do you currently have hearing concerns? Please do not hesitate to contact us for a hearing evaluation, hearing technology, adjustments, hearing aid repairs or if you are in need of supplies.  Please call us at (570) 724-4042

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North Central Hearing Associates is Proud to Support the Hearing Health Foundation

As the holiday season ends, we’re reminded of all the things we’re thankful for. Not only are we grateful to support our patients with their hearing concerns, but we appreciate the opportunity to help others in need. It’s not just the immediate people around us that can benefit from generosity; you can make a difference in the world no matter where you are.
At North Central Hearing Associates, we are a proud supporter of a variety of charities and noteworthy causes. This winter, we’ve extended our reach to support the Hearing Health Foundation. We’re committed to the welfare of others and are grateful that we can encourage this fantastic organization and the important work they’re doing.
Our staff thanks you for the gift you give us daily – being able to help you with your hearing needs. It’s what makes our job truly special.
Season’s greetings!

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North Central Hearing Associates is Happy to Support the Hearing Health Foundation

As the holiday season ends, we’re reminded of all the things we’re thankful for. Not only are we grateful to support our patients with their hearing concerns, but we appreciate the opportunity to help others in need. It’s not just the immediate people around us that can benefit from generosity; you can make a difference in the world no matter where you are.
At North Central Hearing Associates, we are a proud supporter of a variety of charities and noteworthy causes. This winter, we’ve extended our reach to support the Hearing Health Foundation. We’re committed to the welfare of others and are grateful that we can encourage this fantastic organization and the important work they’re doing.
Our staff thanks you for the gift you give us daily – being able to help you with your hearing needs. It’s what makes our job truly special.
Season’s greetings!