Hey there,

As we continue to navigate our way through this pandemic, it’s always good to be kept well informed on how best to tackle new challenges when they arise, especially if those challenges are ear, nose, or throat related.

The team here at Scottsdale is working hard to raise awareness about the importance of hearing health, and if you’re someone who has been particularly affected by hearing loss, or you know someone who has, then we’d love you to help us spread the word further.

Could You Help a Loved One?

The first thing you can do is to encourage a loved one to have a hearing assessment, just like you did.

By sharing the story of your journey, you’ll help your loved one to feel more confident about making the right decision.

Hearing loss awareness is only effective if people are made aware, so thank you in advance for all you do.

Updates of Interest From the Scottsdale Office

It’s certainly been a busy month here at Scottsdale.

First and foremost, we’d like to assure you that, as part of our response to the pandemic, you’ll find every staff member wearing a clear face shield at the clinic. This ensures easy lip reading during conversations while, of course, remaining safe.

In addition to this, our staff has been divided into two teams, red and blue. The red team is in the office providing care on Monday and Friday, while the blue team is in the office Tuesday and Thursday.

To make it even safer for our patients, we’ve even introduced a process that allows you to email your paperwork prior to your appointment (using a HIPAA secure platform).

Top Tips for Managing New Hearing Loss Challenges

We’ve all got together to pull our “top tips” for how to thrive in these new normal circumstances:

Face masks can easily dislodge your hearing aids. So download a handy “find my device” app to ensure you always know where they are!

1. If you’re struggling to hear your TV while at home, why not invest in a state-of-the-art “streamer.” This will allow you to stream sound directly to your hearing device and avoid those household arguments! Ask us for more information.

2. Your hearing may worsen if sounds don’t pass through your ears regularly. So make sure to wear your hearing aids every day –  even if you’re alone.

3. Clear face masks are essential for everyone with a hearing loss. If you’d like some supplies for daily use, let the team know!

4. Be extra careful when removing face masks, as the hearing aids can get caught and fall out. Make sure you have location services on the app set to “all the time,” so in the event you do lose a hearing aid, it can be easily relocated.

If you have any concerns or would like to share your tips with others, contact us. The team will be happy to have your input.

Helpful Resources


Now a mandatory accessory in public spaces, we explore the challenges people have encountered with them and how to overcome them…

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If you’re having trouble connecting or reconnecting your hearing aids with your iPhone, these instructions should help…!

Read Here…

Have a question or need help? Then we’re here for you.

Call us at (480) 684-1080.

Have a great August!

Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat

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Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Dr. Debra L. Hamila, Au.D., CCC/A

Debra Hamila received her master’s degree in audiology from Cleveland State University and her Au.D. from Arizona School of Health Sciences and has been a practicing audiologist for more than 33 years. She has worked in a variety of ENT offices, hospital and clinical settings.