Hello again,

I’m sure you’d agree that with this year being, shall we say, a challenge, you’re probably ready to kick back for a few days and enjoy some quality time over Thanksgiving with your family and friends. You deserve it.

Just to let you know, we’ll be closed on Thanksgiving and will reopen again on Monday the 30th.

To ensure you or a loved one still gets the help you need, we advise that if you’re having any issues with your ears, nose, or throat right now, you should book an appointment as soon as possible. Contact our office and let us take care of you. 

Let Us Check Your Insurance Plan For You

Now is a great time to see if your insurance coverage will change in 2021, as you never know what benefits might be added to your plan, including hearing aids!

With different insurance companies offering different policies, it can be confusing to know exactly what you’re covered for and what you’re not.

That’s why, at Scottsdale Ear, Nose, and Throat, we save you the confusion by checking your insurance benefits on your behalf.

Our insurance specialists will contact your insurance provider with your information to find out exactly what you’re entitled to and ensure that you’re maximizing your insurance benefits.

We will then contact you to share the news and invite you for a no-obligation appointment to help you use your benefits to treat your hearing health.

To get started, simply complete the form on this page, we’ll contact your insurance provider on your behalf, and contact you to share the news.

How Google is Making Life Safer for the Hard of Hearing

One of the most impressive developments in hearing aid technology is its ability to sync with a range of smartphones. However, Google has just taken this one step further.

They’re now offering an accessibility feature that notifies wearers when there are sounds nearby that might need their attention.

So if your Google smartphone hears the sounds of running water, a dog barking, or someone knocking on your door, it will alert you with a noise, vibration, or camera flash.

The software can also be linked to one of the company’s smartwatches.

As a statement from Google explained, the feature is “designed for the estimated 466 million people in the world with hearing loss.”

We think it’s fantastic that a company like Google has taken these steps to assist the hard of hearing.

If you want any further insights about how to link your smartphone to your hearing aids, get in touch with our team!

Helpful Resources

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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.
    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.