Hello-ho-ho-ho there,

It’s officially the holiday season! Where has the time gone this year?

We have a fun and festive newsletter for you this month, but first of all, we’d like to share with you a few exciting things that have been happening at Scottsdale ENT.

Firstly, we have a new physician assistant who’s joined the team, and she’s rather looking forward to meeting you. So, if you or a loved one has been suffering with some hearing difficulties lately, then this could be the perfect time to schedule an appointment for that all-important check-up.

And, just to follow up on that, did you know that December is the best time to check and make use of your deductible hearing aid benefits?

Well, you do now, and, what’s more, we’ll help you check them! As a lot of policies reset in January, come in and see us and let us help you make the most of your benefits before they expire.

Holiday Opening Hours

We will be closing our office from noon on Tuesday, December 24  Wednesday, December 25. Our office hours will resume as usual on Thursday, December 26.


Latest News & Resources

10 Tips For Preserving Your Hearing

From the seemingly obvious to the rather bizarre, following these tips will ensure you keep your hearing in ship shape for as long as possible…

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What To Do If You Think Your Child Has An Ear Infection?

An ear infection is neither pleasant for your child, or you, so knowing how to deal with one when it arises is paramount to help ensure everyone gets a good night’s sleep!

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Provider Spotlight:

Dr. Kurt E Heiland

Well, well, well, it looks like the spotlight’s on me this month!

I specialize in treating ear, nose, and throat issues with comprehensive pediatric and adult medical and surgical procedures, including head and neck surgery. I am also qualified to treat balance problems and I am member of VEDA (Vestibular Disorders Association).

My hobbies include working on the yard, enjoying the great outdoors, and classic cars and I am passionate about giving back to the community and the work I do with St. Vincent de Paul.

A Kind Gift To Us?

We’re always so happy when a patient tells us they’ve had a great experience with us.

If you’ve recently had a positive experience with us, then we’d love it if you could pop over to our website and leave us a review – you might encourage someone else to get their hearing checked, too!

And That’s All For Now

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter – we hope it’s been useful to you.

As a reminder, Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat specialists are on your side. If you have any concerns about your family’s ear, nose & throat health, book an appointment by calling us at (480) 684-1080.

Until next month,

From all of us here, we wish you and your family a happy holiday!

The Scottsdale ENT team

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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.
    You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again – Regina’s Story

    Regina has suffered from hearing problems since she was an infant, recognized as regular chronic ear infections. And, as with unfortunate events, she has experienced a multitude of audiology catastrophes.

    It was many years before Regina crossed paths with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat; where her lifetime of hearing problems was addressed effectively and treated with the delicate care that she desperately required.

    Regina’s journey began when she was taken to a regular paediatrician by her mother from a young age. Her ears were, what we describe as an audiologists recipe for disaster, ‘flushed out’.

    This dangerous procedure caused a nasty infection, which spread to her mastoid bone and, at the age of 15, she underwent a tympanoplasty mastoidectomy to stop the infection spreading. This only forbade her future struggles with hearing loss. 

    As with poor diagnosis, Regina was faced with another canaloplasty which didn’t work. Soon after, she received a BAHA, which is a cochlear implant in her skull that acts as a sound processor that detects sound and transforms it into vibrations. 

    However, suffering from a history of poor hearing care, she was unaware of the former issues her ear presented.

    By now, this would be described as any audiologists nightmare. But, we’re proud to have helped Regina on her road to optimum hearing and reconnect her to her loved ones.

    When she arrived at Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat it was evident that she was losing hearing on her right side. At this point, she was fitted with a ReSound hearing device, which provided the catalyst to a new and improved hearing.

    The first thing Regina noticed was the indefinite sound she had been making whilst emptying the dishwasher, completely unaware of the noise she was making!

    “I mean, the detail that I can hear now it’s like, Whoa, I didn’t realize I was making that much noise. I need to be quieter!”

    Treated with professional care, Regina received a comprehensive hearing assessment with Dr. Debra Hamila.

    “I just love, love, love Dr. Hamila, she is such a professional and loving person. I was so impressed with the office and what she did with the ReSound, I just love her.”

    Like many others, it takes years for people to realize they have a hearing problem. Regina described this moment as life-changing.

    “You don’t realise you’re walking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again. Especially now I’m a full-time Grammy Nanny, I can hear so much more and it has enriched my life incredibly.”

    What advice would you give to someone who is deliberating on taking the first step towards better hearing?

    “My advice to them would be to have a hearing test. Especially as we age our hearing goes down. It’s really unfortunate that people carry their pride and are not willing to learn to walk with the rock in their shoe. You don’t realise you’re waking with a rock in your shoe until you’re able to hear again.”

    Regina is one of many patients who has been impacted by our audiological services and we are proud to have been able to provide the tool towards better hearing and a lifetime of many more memories.