OK, a bit of trivia for you: Did you know that the first hearing instrument was hollowed-out animal horns, and the first hearing aid was pioneered in the early 1900s?

Over a century later, it’s frankly astonishing how far technology has advanced, and it’s still advancing, with full digitization and smartphone connectivity.

But manufacturers are always pushing boundaries, and in September (just gone), it’s believed that the most significant development in hearing aid technology was made: The ReSound ONE.

(And we’re quite excited about it; here’s why…)

Why should we be excited about this?

Without baffling you with technical jargon, the biggest reason this new device is touted to be the best is that, quite simply, its Ultra Focus design, which carefully mimics an actual ear, allows for much clearer sounds…or so it claims.

This said, the team here at Scottsdale ENT is all about putting such claims to the test, as we’ll accept nothing short of brilliant for our patients.

Right now, we have a team of people who are testing the new ReSound ONE, and we’ve got to say, so far, the feedback has been really positive.

From what we’re hearing, the patients are reporting much-improved clarity of sound, and that annoying “unnatural” sound you can often get with hearing aids has disappeared!

We’ll be keeping a good eye (and ear) on this over the next few weeks, and we’ll share more details with you next month.

If, however, you’d like to give the new ReSound ONE a try, then you’re welcome to trial it out. Just give us a call at (480) 360-7995, and we’ll happily tell you all you need to know and get you set up.   

Updates of Interest From the Scottsdale Office

We have a jam-packed October with lots to share.

Along with National Audiology Awareness Month, National Physical Therapy Month, and Medical Assistant Recognition Day, we’re also celebrating our very own Megan’s birthday – Dr. Heiland’s wife. She keeps us all nicely organized by working in our front/back office!

Happy Birthday, Megan!

How One Deaf Filmmaker Achieved His Dreams

When you receive a hearing loss diagnosis, it can feel like a huge burden. But you don’t have to give up on your dreams, as demonstrated by deaf filmmaker Chase Burton.

Working with California tech company Not Impossible Labs, he wore a specially designed suit on set that let him “feel” different sounds.

To do this, it was equipped with twenty-four vibrating points, which let him know the intensity of various noises in his local environment.

Chase believes this could be a real game-changer.

“I see [this] technology as a real opportunity to bring deaf and hearing audiences together and create a new kind of experience,” he told CNN.

Inspirational stories like this show how a hearing loss doesn’t have to be a hindrance. When you have the right mindset and specialist assistance, anything is possible!

Find the full story here.

Helpful Resources

WHY DOES SUDDEN HEARING LOSS HAPPEN AND WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Our hope is to raise awareness of the causes and treatment options available for sudden hearing loss…

Read More…

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF WEARING HEARING AIDS?

From lockdown (mis)communication to general chit-chat with friends, the benefits of wearing hearing aids stretch far and wide. Here are some of the main ones…

Read Here…

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

Call us at (480) 684-1080.

Have a great October!

Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat

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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.