Well, would you look at that…

We literally blinked for a second and now we’re in a brand-new decade!

Anyway, I hope you’ve had a wonderful holiday break and are ready to get started with those ambitious resolutions you’ve set for 2020.

We’ve all enjoyed some (not so restful) rest and are really happy to be back in the office, especially as our PA, Bridget, is joining our team! She’s finished her credentials and is excited about getting to know all of our delightful patients. 

Anyway, speaking of resolutions, and 2020 for that matter, have you heard all this talk about “2020 Vision?” It’s like it’s now the world’s best pun! (And the opticians are loving it.)

Well, as much as we advocate looking after your eyes, we’re obviously way more enthused about your ears (nose & throat) so, in the same spirit, we’d like to be the first to wish you:

Happy New Ear! 

And dedicate this newsletter to helping you keep to good resolutions that benefit your hearing health. 

That said, if over the holidays you’ve felt any changes to your hearing or balance, then now would be the best time to come in and see how we can help. 

We get pretty busy throughout January and February, so, to ensure we make you a priority, schedule an appointment with us now. It’ll be the best New Year’s resolution you’ve ever kept!

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January’s Hearing Health Tip

Speaking of 2020 vision, it still amazes me how many people wear sunglasses to protect their eyes, but don’t consider ear plugs to protect their ears.

Well, in the spirit of Happy New Ear, let’s change that and make this year all about the ears!

So… if you’re heading somewhere noisy, make sure you’ve packed your plugs!

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.

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Dr. Kurt E. Heiland, MD

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