Keep your community safe and your ears safer…

policecarI know some of you want me to talk about Starkey’s Made for iPhone hearing aid event we’re having May 6th – 8th… Maybe I’ll go into more detail about that next week.

For now, I’m here to share about Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology employees springing into action to help a patient above and beyond his hearing. We do get patients here of all ages, with our main audience being the senior crowd.  Without mentioning any names, we had a 97 year old man who suddenly felt dizzy and lost his balance in our lobby, he looked pale and nearly fell over.  His wife advised Carolina, our office manager that they had just come from the cardiologist. Without any doubt, question or panic Carolina dialed 911 and we sat him down to let him sip water while we waited.  Less than 15 minutes passed by and we had a lobby full of firemen & paramedics. The gentleman who had taken ill was a retired CHP who commented that he hated to be “the one causing all the trouble.” It reminded me that the reason he is our patient probably has nothing to do with old age, but due to the career he chose exposing him to gunshots and other loud noises. I started thinking about how our firemen, police officers and paramedics are out there trying to keep us safe while they hear sirens all day.  I hope they’re wearing earplugs whenever possible, even the inexpensive kind from the pharmacy are better than nothing.  If you are looking for serious protection, we offer custom ear plugs that allow only a certain level of noise in to help protect your ears from future damage.

Back to the story now, he of course refused to be transported to the hospital so we  insisted to at least drive him, his wife and his car home.  At Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology we treat you like family, so much so, that sometimes we might insist on driving you home.  If your career path is leading you through a noisy environment please call 661-253-EARS (3277) and let’s see if we can get you in here for a free screening. 

 

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Why should I bring my wife with me for a hearing screening?

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Here’s a question I am asked several times a day.  “I’m an adult and I make my own decisions, why do you want me to bring in a loved one for my hearing screening?”

First of all, people with hearing loss are not the only ones affected by it. How frustrating is it to have a conversation with your significant other when they can’t hear you or when you can’t hear them?  I know first-hand that it causes a rift in any relationship when there’s a breakdown in communication.    In some situations, your Advanced Audiology Hearing Care Professional will help educate your significant other on communication strategies that will help you both be heard.

The providers will also use the familiar voice during the consultation to demonstrate how you are hearing them with and without hearing aids.

If loss is indicated during your testing process, the Hearing Care Professional will have you try on the latest digital hearing devices in our office.  At this point, your friend or family member’s voice would be used to help the doctor adjust the sound quality on the aids for your exact needs.  I recall a patient leaving here elated because his wife sounded like his young bride all over again after years of not being able to hear her voice well.

As you can see, hearing loss is a family matter and it’s a good idea to bring a friend or family member for moral support, to cheer you on through the process, and to help you remember all the information you will be given during your visit.