Hey there,

If you follow our social media pages, you may have noticed a few mentions of “Hearing Health Awareness Month” since the start of August.

But why a month dedicated to hearing awareness? And why now?

Because, right now, there has never been a more important time to shine the light on hearing health.

Face masks have created a new set of challenges for those with a hearing loss, and many folks are only now coming to terms with their difficulties.

The inability to lip read or depend on facial cues due to the masks has caused many people to reevaluate how they communicate.

“Hearing Health Awareness Month” aims to help educate and support our community to make the positive step changes required to achieve better hearing.

Do You Think You Can Help?

Have you noticed any loved ones or friends that have shown signs of hearing loss recently?

Now is the perfect time to approach the topic and for them to begin their journey to better hearing.

And where do they start? By booking a comprehensive hearing assessment, just like you did.

The team is also looking for people to share their hearing loss journey with the world. 

This is your chance to boost confidence in others within our community to make the right decision. If you can help, please reply to this email, and we’ll send over some information.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

What’s Been Happening at Our Office?

We’ve recently received our new custom masks and have distributed them to staff, patients, and the community. An online form is available for patients to request masks, and we will mail masks to them.

We now have electronic forms that are emailed ahead of appointments to allow folks to complete prior to the visit to help speed up the check-in process.

If you don’t have an email, forms can be completed electronically upon your arrival with or without assistance.

Also new is our Access Audiology Patient Portal, where patients can access the forms electronically online once they are set up, complete forms online, and access test results, recommendations, and schedule appointments.

Useful video tutorials will also be added at a later date, so be sure to keep a lookout!

Tara Schmidt, Au.D., joins our team this month. She is from Yakima Valley, WA. She earned her doctorate in audiology from Idaho State University. Tara completed her 4th-year residency at Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center.

We are delighted to have her joining our team to help meet the needs of our local veterans

Last but not least, some refreshing news … we are sure you’ll be pleased to learn that our Drive-In Clinic is moving into full swing with our new drinks menu for the summer months. Enjoy!

Why Young People Are at Risk?

Hearing loss is often associated with the elderly or as something that those with long, exciting lives encounter.

But new research conducted among 18 to 27-year-olds has found that those who often attend live music events without protection risked permanent hearing damage.

Early signs include sensitivity to loud sounds or experiencing a ringing sensation that doesn’t go away.

A World Health Organization study reveals that 1.1 billion people under 35 are at risk of hearing loss due to noise exposure in recreational settings.

Don’t forget – hearing loss prevention can start at any time. Lifelong awareness of your hearing is key to ongoing protection. 

We live in a rural community, where hunting, farming, and wood cutting are a way of life. Many people don’t think of these activities as dangerously noisy for themselves and their children. But it’s never too early to start thinking about hearing protection. 

If you know someone who experiences sensitivity to loud sounds or ringing in the ears, ask them to book an assessment with Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates – the best way to get crucial advice and care moving forward.

Useful Resources

Why People With A Hearing Loss Struggle With Face Masks

Learn about the challenges you or your loved ones might face when trying to communicate with someone wearing a face mask…

Learn more…

What is Tinnitus And What Can You Do About It?

Tinnitus can often be a hearing loss symptom in teens and young adults.

Here you can learn more about it and the types of treatment that are available…

Read more…

Have a question or need help? Then we’re here for you.

Call us at (541) 612-7555.

Have a great August!

The team at Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates

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Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare CCC-A

Erika Shakespeare, CCC-A, specializes in pediatric and adult diagnostics and amplification. Working with adults to help manage tinnitus and hearing loss since 2002, she is an expert in both of these areas. Additionally, she is a pediatric audiology mentor and educator for pediatric audiologists across the country and is one of the most respected experts on pediatric audiology.