Hey There,

Before we get started with this month, everyone at Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates hopes you had a fabulous holiday season despite any changes to your traditional plans.

A new year provides an opportunity for reflection and projection. In the last two years, we have had a lot of changes, including:

  • We moved out of our 8×10 office space into our own building.
  • We have expanded from seeing patients one day a week to five days a week.
  • We have added a new audiologist, hired a full-time audiology assistant, and two full-time front office staff.
  • We have an answering service to help grab missed calls and respond to after-hour concerns.

Now that we are fully staffed, we are looking forward to increased access to patient care and more time to focus on taking care of people and joining them in their journey to better hearing.

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We are also looking forward to our continued relationship with the Veteran’s Administration and the Lion’s Club, two programs that partner with local providers to increase access to hearing healthcare services.

Furthermore, we are looking forward to reaching more people in our community that are ready to commit to better hearing healthcare.

2020 turned everyone’s world upside down, and 2021 is not going to be the magic panacea to right that topsy turvy roller coaster. However, we stand committed to continuing to do what we do best.

We will continue to welcome patients on their journey to better hearing through our unique approach to learning to hear, listen, and connect to their family, friends, and community. We will also continue to expand our better hearing journey journaling program by adding a tinnitus component and an extension for cochlear implant recipients.

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Additionally, we will continue to uphold the highest standards of safe access to care, including the availability of telehealth services, remote hearing aid programming, and our drive-in clinic.

We are also pleased to introduce our Hearing Aid Repair service. We fix hundreds of hearing aids each year and regularly try to minimize how long hearing aids are “out for repair.” We offer a loaner program for anyone whose hearing aids will be in for repair for more than a few days. We work with ReSound, Starkey, Oticon, Signia, Phonak, Widex, and Cochlear Americas. You can expect expert support and assistance at a fraction of what manufacturers charge.

As a result, there are now more ways to get specialist hearing care solutions than ever before.

If you would like to book an appointment or find out more about how we can assist you, call our friendly team at (541) 612-7555.

What’s Been Happening at Our Office?

Erika will be teaching an online course for professionals that work with children with a hearing loss as part of the EHDI National Conference.

EHDI is the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention programs that ensure that all babies are screened for hearing loss at birth, diagnosed with hearing loss by 3 months of age, and enrolled in early intervention by 6 months of age for the best outcomes in language development and academic readiness.

A Breakthrough for Tinnitus Sufferers?

New research, reported in Science Daily, suggests that when specialists combine sound and electrical stimulation of someone’s tongue, it can reduce their tinnitus symptoms!

This is one of the many ways that experts are doing all they can to improve the lives of those with this common hearing condition.

The American Tinnitus Association shows that nearly 50 million Americans suffer from the condition.

On top of this, instances of tinnitus have risen during the pandemic, with studies showing that more people are finding problems now than ever before.

Any breakthrough is fantastic for those with conditions, and we look forward to implementing any new treatment techniques in the future.

But the good news is that there are many ways to address tinnitus now, and our audiologists use incredibly advanced procedures to help people every day!

If you have any concerns about tinnitus or have recently noticed a problem, please don’t hesitate to call our team, and we’ll help you move forward.

Useful Resources

What is Tinnitus and What Can You Do About It?

Through close examination, we can help improve your awareness and understanding of what it is, as well as provide some advice on what you can do about it…

Learn more…

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Are iPhone Updates Ruining Your Listening Experience?

iPhone users who pair their phones with their hearing aids report difficulties in what used to be a seamless pairing process. We are here to help explain possible issues and how to resolve them…

Read more…

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

Call us at (541) 612-7555.

The team at Audiology and Hearing Aid Associates

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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.