Hey there,

Welcome back. It’s Dr. Kurt here, ready to deliver some more wisdom to keep your ears, nose, and throat health in top condition.

We’re going to focus on your ears today, as we’re delighted to announce…

National Audiology Awareness Month!

As ear, nose, and throat specialists, you know we love nothing more than giving you advice on all 3 of these, however, as it’s NAAM, we couldn’t let this opportunity to enlighten you on your ears pass us by!

Throughout the month, we’ll be sharing some interesting content on how to keep your ears healthy, starting with this newsletter!

And always remember that, if at any time you feel your ears, nose, or throat isn’t feeling great, we’re always here to help you, so schedule an appointment and let us take care of it.

Latest News & Resources

Three Reasons to Choose an Audiologist

As it’s NAAM, what better time to tell you why you’re much better off coming to see an audiologist for your hearing troubles…

Read more… 

What Are the Different Degrees & Types of Hearing Loss?

Here we take you through everything you need to know about hearing loss, as, after all, knowledge is power!

Read more…

October’s Hearing Health Tip

In the spirit of National Audiology Awareness Month, we thought we’d keep our health tip nice and simple for you, as part of raising awareness is going back to basics!

So, here are 3 ways you can protect your hearing:

1.     Walk away from loud noise.

2.     Just turn the volume down!

3.     Wear ear protection in noisy environments such as sports games, concerts, or even when mowing the lawn! 

It’s Time For Another….

You know your ears are small, but did you know your ears are host to the tiniest bones in your entire body?

Yep, the “ossicles,” which collectively are 3 little bones and are smaller than a penny, are responsible for transmitting sounds into the inner ear.

Provider Spotlight:

Dr. Kurt 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).

Patient Feedback

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

Take a look at this recent review from one of our patients:

“I went and had a balance test due to complications with a car accident. My appointment was on time, and I didn’t wait. The three people who helped me take the 90 min. test were all very nice and professional.”

– Kris Daubs

Have you had a positive experience with us that you would like to share? If so, we would love it if you could click here and help us spread the positive word! Your review could be featured in next month’s newsletter!

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. 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.