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.
    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.