May is Better Speech and Hearing Month
I am happy to report that the drops I saw at my convention do work if you follow the instructions. I have wax in my right ear that can be problematic so I spent an evening cleaning my ear and am happy to say that when done correctly, the drops did clear out my ear better than hydrogen peroxide or Debrox. I have ordered a supply and they will be available at the office for $25.00 per bottle which includes the syringe to flush the ear out.
I can also report that the pillow arrived and while I’ve only had it a few days, the sounds and music it generates is very relaxing and has been helpful in the middle of the night when I normally cannot get back to sleep. The pillow is very comfortable which was another concern I had and the controller is very easy to use.
Another item that we’ve had for a while but haven’t talked much about and is more of a gift than anything else is an item called Decibullz. These are molded earbuds for listening to music from your cell phone. I cannot wear the traditional earbuds that come with iPhones – they tend to fall out of my ears. I like listening to podcasts when I walk the dogs at night and was looking for something I could wear comfortably. They come in two versions: wired and Bluetooth/wireless. They make a great graduation gift for that teen that you have no idea what to buy for them!
There are exciting things happening with hearing aid technology and sometimes we concentrate too much on features and technology. I need to remind everyone that as wonderful as the technology is, hearing aids cannot restore normal hearing function. For that reason, there will always be situations and people that are a challenge. I can’t say it strongly enough: even people with normal hearing cannot hear and understand everything all the time. Some simple but powerful strategies include always looking at the person speaking to you and never talk to one another from another room. The link below is a humorous way of explaining to a loved one how – and how not – to communicate with a person with hearing loss:
I often post interesting videos and articles on our Facebook page, so visit the page and “like” us and you’ll see more!
As winter winds down, community health fairs also wind down. If you are interested in helping your community organize a health fair in the Fall, please contact either myself or Fred and we can get you in touch with the woman that arranges most of the health fairs we attend. She does a great job and people go away with beneficial information.
We have now begun distributing phones in the Miami area. FTRI has been working on getting an agency in the Miami area to help distribute phones but decided that Fred does such a good job here in Palm Beach County, that they convinced him to expand to Miami. We have two people solely dedicated to the Miami area: Silvia Garcia and Elda Paredes. If you have friends or family in the Miami area that would benefit from a telephone, have them call 1-786-523-6664 to set up an appointment. Silvia is fluent in both Spanish and English.
One last “housekeeping” item: Connie Beckett, our part-time receptionist and “Gal Friday” will be moving to Pennsylvania at the end of the month. Her son, daughterin-law and 5 grandchildren have been asking her to move up there for some time and she decided the time is right. We wish her all the best and will miss her terribly. At the same time, we are fortunate that we have a new part-time “Guy Friday” – Kevin Foley. He is from the Boston area and a recent transplant to the area. Please welcome him to the “family.”
Audiology with a Heart
Encourage friends and family to schedule a hearing test during the month of May!