Lockdowns across the world have placed a significant strain on relationships by making communication that much harder. Having to use the telephone and video calling, represents an even greater challenge to individuals with a hearing loss.

Isolation raises the risk of mental health issues as well as reducing the quality of life.

As an audiologist, I have witnessed how hearing aids provide wearers with some major benefits, transforming lives, preserving emotional health, and helping to maintain relationships through improved communication.

Hear What You Were Missing

One thing the lockdowns have taught us is the value of the little things we have taken for granted.

Those with hearing loss understand this all too well when hearing aids allow them to hear sounds they didn’t know they were missing, like the trickling of a stream, the songs of birds, children playing, or a breeze moving through the trees. With hearing aids, you are able to hear all that you were missing.

Restoring Your Social Life

Loneliness and depression are a symptom of isolation, something ubiquitous among those with a hearing loss because it takes so much effort to communicate when you can’t hear well.

Hearing aids help restore your social life by allowing you to be able to hear and keep up with conversations.

Besides, the digital technology of modern hearing aids provides the capacity to block out annoying background noises, concentrating sound clarity on conversations so you can enjoy gatherings again.

Enhanced Interaction with Technology

Because telephone, teleconferencing, and various forms of media have been the primary means of communication during lockdowns, it has become more difficult for those with hearing loss to keep up.

Thanks to digital technology and a variety of apps, wearers can easily link their hearing aids up with all kinds of electronic devices like cellphones, televisions, computers, and other media, which produces greater clarity of sound so you don’t miss out on what’s going on around you.

Remote Assistance and Telemedicine

Lockdowns have limited access to hearing and medical care providers for a lot of people. However, hearing aid wearers still have access to the critical care and technical support necessary to maintain their instruments using remote assistance apps and teleconferencing.

You can receive critical adjustments and upgrades to your hearing aids as well as keep your regular appointments from your home, the office, your cabin by the lake, or wherever you are. Another little bonus of these apps is the capacity to find your hearing aids if you happen to misplace them.

Get the Most Benefit from Hearing Aids with Scottsdale ENT

Lockdowns and separation from family and friends should not prevent you from maintaining relationships through regular communication, and neither should a hearing loss. Due to digital technology, hearing aid wearers can continue to enjoy the best things in life.

The team and I at Scottsdale ENT want you to get the most benefit from your hearing aids.

To achieve that objective, we provide remote assistance and teleconferencing so you don’t miss out on any of the critical hearing care you have come to expect from us. Call us at (480) 684-1080 or contact us for remote assistance, or to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Natacia N. Howard

Natacia is from a small village in northern Wisconsin. She obtained her Doctorate of Audiology (Au.D.) from A.T. Still University – Arizona School of Health Sciences in 2013. She joined Scottsdale Ear, Nose and Throat in 2016 and specializes in vestibular diagnostic and hearing aid fittings. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband, family and friends, cuddle her kitties and play softball.