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We want to thank all of our patients for your continual support over the past 20+ years.  Your referral of a friend, family member or co-worker is one of the greatest compliments we can receive.  Some of our best patients come from our wonderful existing patients!! If you are happy with us, we encourage you to tell all of your friends, family and co-workers about Associates in Hearing HealthCare.  We welcome them to become a part of our practice.  As a way to say thank you, we will automatically enroll you in our Patient Referral Reward Program.

This is a tricky question. The short answer is every 4-5 years. The long answer is it depends. There are a number of factors which should be considered when replacing hearing aids. If your hearing has changed, new hearing aids may be more appropriate than your current ones. Similarly, if your communicative demands have changed, newer technology may be necessary to meet your new demands. Even if both your hearing and communicative demands have changed minimally, newer technology may be worth considering.

Wellness is the new “buzzword” in health care. References to wellness are commonplace, from television advertising to newsletters from health insurance providers, hospitals and physicians. Implicit within the concept of wellness is the idea that individuals are interested in developing and maintaining optimal health. We are all interested in living rich and fulfilling lives and recognize that good health is integral to achieving this goal. We strive to eat well, exercise routinely, and get our blood pressure, sugar, vision and teeth checked on a regular basis. Yet, few people think to have their hearing checked, even though it is the third most common medical problem in people over 55. This is most likely due to the very nature of hearing loss. It typically has a very gradual onset and slowly worsens over time. The person with the hearing problem simply adapts to it. That is why a confirmed hearing loss often comes as a surprise.

 We are pleased to announce that we are now a Cochlear Network Provider.  This is a new service we offer in collaboration with the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physicians at the Hospital of the University Of Pennsylvania and Cochlear Corporation. We are honored to be the first site in southern New Jersey offering this service.

We have always recommended cochlear implants when hearing aids are not sufficiently beneficial. In some individuals, as hearing loss progresses, the high frequency sounds necessary for good speech understanding become inaudible, even when using the most sophisticated hearing aids. The person with the hearing loss will “hear” speech but will not be able to understand speech. For these folks, amplified speech from a hearing aid lacks speech clarity. For many of these individuals, cochlear implants offer the best opportunity to hear much better than they can with their hearing aids.

Residents of South Jersey are familiar with the Courier Post’s annual “Best of…. “ rankings. We are pleased to have been voted the Best in South Jersey for hearing aid centers. Thanks to all of you who voted us. We are excited to have won this honor and want to express our thanks for all your votes.  We will work hard to continue providing the best care possible. If you have suggestions as to how we can improve, please share them with us.

Better Hearing Month promotes awareness of hearing health, prevention of hearing loss and rehabilitation for people with hearing loss. Hearing well allows us to live well. The World Health Organization recognizes hearing loss as a leading public healthcare concern. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to memory loss, reduced revenue in the workforce and increased isolation from family, friends and social activities.

When you received your hearing aids, whether from us or another provider, you were probably instructed to return on a regular basis for a “Routine Cleaning.”  Lots of people we work with wonder why we make that recommendation, since they keep their hearing aids in good condition.

The recommendation for routine cleaning is not a negative commentary on your personal cleaning abilities. With very few exceptions (for example, folks with significant vision problems) most people take excellent care of their hearing aids.  The routine cleanings add an extra level of care.

Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit recently reported some interesting results in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. They found that a substance found in red grapes and red wine, Resveratrol, may act as a protection from hearing loss and cognitive decline.

They looked at rats that were exposed to loud noise and found that those who had been given resveratrol before hearing the noise suffered less damage than those not given any resveratrol.

The study lead author Michael D. Seidman, director of the Division of Otologic/Neurotologic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital stated “Our latest study focuses on resveratrol and its effect on bioinflammation, the body’s response to injury and something that is believed to be the cause of many health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, aging, and hearing loss.” He also noted “Resveratrol is a very powerful chemical that seems to protect against the body’s inflammatory process as it relates to aging, cognition, and hearing loss.”

One of the most frequent concerns that our patients discuss with us is how to hear better in noise, especially in restaurants. This is a very complex topic and has been the theme of many textbooks!!

Here are some of the fundamentals of acoustics that will affect how anyone is able to function in noise, even those with normal or near normal hearing:

• If the speech you are listening to is louder than the background noise, you will likely understand the speech.
• If the speech you are listening to is the same loudness as the background noise, your ability to understand the speech decreases significantly.
• If the speech you are listening to is softer than the background noise, you will NOT hear the speech.