Hello again,

If you’re anything like us here at Scottsdale, then you’ll have enjoyed a bit more “TV time” throughout this pandemic.

If that’s the case, then more specifically again, you may have had to endure arguments over the volume!

Well, as hearing aid technology gets more advanced, it’s now starting to tackle such domestic problems like the above.

In particular, the introduction of the TV streamer has been a godsend for hearing aid wearers.

What is a TV streamer, and how can it help your hearing?

A TV streamer is a brilliant solution for those times where one person feels the sound is too loud, while the other feels it’s too low, as it gives the person with the hearing aid total control.

This is because the TV streamer sends a TV’s audio output directly to your hearing aids and gives you a personal set of controls to decide the amount of sound you want to hear.

All the major manufacturers – from NuEar to ReSound – offer their own TV streamers, and if you want to avoid arguments over volume, then we can help you there!

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.

Several of our patients have tried the TV streamer, and the response has been brilliant!

Updates of Interest From the Scottsdale Office

The biggest and best update we can give you is the feedback we receive from our patients, as this hopefully reassures you that when you come to see us, you know you’ll get the best service!

Here’s the latest review about our own Dr. MacKechnie:

“My first time in the office, all staff were courteous and professional. The demeanor of Dr. MacKechnie was wonderful; she explained every procedure and had a very calming way about her. I will recommend her and that office.” – Stephanie H.

How Hearing Treatment Can Prevent Dementia

Twenty-eight leading experts have suggested cases of dementia in America could be reduced by 40 percent if the general public addresses 12 key risk factors.

High on their list is encouraging people to protect their ears in high-stress environments and seeking treatments when someone first notices hearing loss symptoms.

Studies show that your hearing is crucial in how your brain processes information.

As a result, researchers believe that hearing loss stops your brain from functioning perfectly, reducing your overall cognitive capacity.

Social isolation, often a side effect of untreated hearing loss, may add to this problem.

If you know someone who has a concern, contact the team about a comprehensive hearing assessment – the best way to diagnose an issue.


Helpful Resources


Our concern for the hearing health of individuals in the Scottsdale area, regardless of age, motivates us to raise awareness concerning the prevention of hearing loss while people are young…

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Some of us choose to ignore the signs because we feel that it is a natural part of aging, and there is nothing we can do about it. But, Late treatment of hearing loss can be detrimental to your hearing health….

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Call us at (480) 684-1080.

Scottsdale Ear, Nose & Throat

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Dr. Kurt E. 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).
    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.