We receive daily phone calls from people who are concerned about their own hearing or that of a loved one. Most have a lot of questions, and some aren’t sure about what to do.

Many have little or no experience dealing with hearing loss or hearing aids and don’t have anyone to turn to for help. Though we provide professional guidance and advice, they want someone among their peers who has gone through the same experience.

In response to their concerns, we’ve asked several of our existing patients to share their stories and experiences at Scottsdale ENT. They were eager to be involved in helping others find the answers they’re seeking and the help they need for their hearing challenges.

Stories From Our Patients  

Here are a few of the responses we received from our patients:  

Patricia Was About to Give Up on Her Hearing 

“I’ve had ear problems since I was a child that have left me deaf in my left ear. In saying that, I’ve had problems with my ear for a long time, I’ve been to lots and lots of ear doctors and none have understood my problem.

So I was at a point that I said I’ll give one more doctor a chance to help me. I made an appointment with Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat. Let me tell you that they not only found the root of my problem, but they also gave me the solution to help prevent it from happening so often.”  

Lorraine Is Among Our Hearing Aid Wearers 

“I was fitted with hearing aids several years ago and chose the top-of-the-line rechargeable ReSound brand and have been very happy with them and the service and care I receive.  

I also receive excellent care from Dr. Heiland who put tubes in my ears two different times, which saved me from further hearing loss. I highly recommend all the caring, professional staff at the De Commercio Street facility.”  

– Lorraine  

Jim Had Multiple Challenges to Overcome 

“Easy and quick to schedule a comprehensive exam or an evaluation with a professional audiologist for any ear, nose, or throat issue … they all may be interrelated.”  

– Jim   

These are just three of many stories of local people who finally made the decision to get help for their hearing challenges, and then discovered that our hearing care professionals were able to give them each a new lease on life. 

You can find more patient stories by clicking here.  


Two Common Stumbling Blocks

One of the most tragic statistics in the field of hearing care is the fact that most people wait up to seven years after first experiencing symptoms of hearing loss before they seek treatment. However, if you ask anybody who has successfully achieved better hearing, they’ll all tell you that they wish they had acted much sooner.  

When hearing loss is left untreated, it only gets worse and leads to several negative mental and physical health consequences, not to mention the frustration of poor communication and strained relationships.  

What you’ve lost can never be recovered naturally, but we can provide treatment that helps prevent further damage to your hearing and limit the impact of hearing loss on your quality of life.  

There are two common reasons people with hearing loss put off getting the help they need.  

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#1They don’t want to be seen as a hearing aid wearer 

Nobody grows up dreaming of the day they’ll become a hearing aid wearer. At this point in time, hearing aids are the most effective way to reconnect with others through better hearing. 

Hearing aids won’t appear to be so bad if you consider that unaddressed hearing loss can lead to depression and anxiety, cognitive decline and dementia, and poor balance and an increased risk of accidentsall of which can be helped by wearing hearing aids.  

Modern hearing aids are significantly different from what hearing aids were a few decades past. They are smaller, lighter, and more discreet; have greater processing power and noise-canceling technology; come with recharging options; can connect with your smartphone and other digital devices; and so much more.  

In fact, many of our patients who have been fitted with hearing aids have told us that their family, friends, and colleagues have never even noticed them!  Today, there’s no reason for the stigma of becoming a hearing aid wearer to continue to be a stumbling block on the road to better hearing.   

Find out more. You will be surprised at the difference!   

#2The Financial Investment 

We won’t try to pull the wool over your eyes. Quality hearing care and advanced hearing care technology require an investment.   

Your investment in better hearing is not only linked to the purchase of expertly crafted, long-lasting premium hearing technology, but also to the dedication of our hearing care professionals to ensure that you get the most out of your device.  

Stacked up against the potential costs of mental health and physical health bills you might have to pay if your hearing is left to deteriorate, your investment into better hearing, enhanced overall health, and an improved quality of life is a bargain.  

Keep in mind that not all your investment has to be out of pocket. Options like financing and payment plans as well as contributions from some health insurance policies can give you a boost.  

The most important thing is to start a conversation about your needs and unique circumstances with one of our hearing care professionals before you dismiss out of hand getting the help you need.  

Your Next Steps  

If you have read the above stories and you feel ready to get the help you need for your hearing challenges, rest assured that your future self will thank you. Your next step on the road to better hearing is to schedule a hearing assessment so we can assess your hearing and have an honest discussion about your options.  

Schedule a consultation, or call us at (480) 684-1080.  

Our team will help find a convenient day/time for you to visit us, and we’ll help answer your questions and concerns.  

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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.