Is there a way I can help a loved one who has hearing loss?

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Is there a way I can help a loved one who has hearing loss?

We know that left untreated, hearing loss can negatively affect our quality of life. Studies link untreated hearing loss to stress, depression, social isolation, and even dementia. Untreated hearing loss also increases the risk of falling, putting personal safety at risk. The person with hearing loss isn’t the only person affected by it. Hearing loss impacts spouses, family members, and friends. Repeating things over and over during conversation can be exhausting and frustrating. It can also be heartbreaking for family and friends to watch a loved one retreat, avoiding social situations they once enjoyed.

Don’t enable their denial
Encouraging a loved one to seek help for hearing loss is the right thing to do, even when it’s hard to know how to help. It’s important to speak with your loved one directly about their hearing loss. Gently remind them every time you need to repeat or rephrase parts of conversations they miss. Without realizing it, well-intended ways we try to help can delay treatment. Repeating or rephrasing conversations may prevent our loved ones from realizing how much they are missing. Make sure your well-intended efforts aren’t preventing your loved one from realizing how hearing loss is impacting their life.

Schedule a hearing check-up for them
Offer to schedule and attend your loved one’s first appointment with a hearing professional. You could also offer to compile helpful information by visiting a few websites about hearing aids and hearing loss. Doing so will help your loved one feel at ease and prepared for their appointment. Bring any questions you have with you to your appointment with your hearing professional. Your hearing professional will discuss the results of your loved one’s hearing test, discuss the best treatment, and answer any other questions you may have.

The sooner they seek help, the happier everyone will be
Don’t be surprised if your loved one is hesitant to seek help for their hearing loss. Be gentle and consistent. On average, hearing aid wearers wait 5-7 years to seek treatment. This means, your loved one is probably aware of their hearing problem, but might need a little push of encouragement and support to treat it. Remind your loved one that they have nothing to lose and so much to gain. Being patient and supportive will help your loved one get the hearing help you will both benefit from.

Schedule an appointment today for your loved ones! Call 864-232-3999

How to properly clean your ears.

How to properly clean your ears.

How to properly clean your ears

Knowing how to properly clean your ears is essential for maintaining ear health and preventing complications. Cerumen, commonly known as earwax, is key to a healthy ear. It collects dirt, debris, and bacteria, preventing unwanted foreign bodies from entering the ear. It has lubrication properties to keep the ears from getting dry and itchy. In addition, it acts as an antifungal and antibacterial, helping to fight infections in and around our ears. 
But, let’s face it, earwax is also kind of blech, and an unpleasant obstacle to keeping your ears clean. That said, there are right ways and wrong ways to clean your ears, so let’s, umm, dive in. 

Your ears clean themselves…mostly
Typically, earwax will work its way out of the ears naturally through normal jaw motions, such as talking and chewing. Most people rarely or never have to clean their ears above and beyond their normal bathing routine. After showering, simply wipe away excess water and any possible wax from your outer ear with a towel or washcloth. That’s the right way.

Do NOT use cotton swabs to clean your ears 
The wrong way to clean the inside of your ears is with cotton swabs. Cotton swabs can push the earwax deeper into the ear, causing impaction and preventing the eardrum from vibrating properly. People who use cotton swabs to clean their ears frequently make earwax worse, not better. The impaction can lead to bigger problems. Even brands such as Q-tips® warn on their package against inserting them into the ear canal.

Earwax buildup happens
Because everyone’s ear is uniquely shaped, normal cleaning methods are not always effective, and earwax can build up in certain individuals. People who wear hearing aids may be more susceptible to earwax buildup, as having a device in the ear can prevent earwax from escaping on its own. Also, earwax buildup is more common among older adults because the consistency of earwax changes with age. How might you know if your earwax didn’t work its way out on its own?

Symptoms of excess earwax include:
• Difficulty hearing
• Fullness or ringing in the ears
• Pain in the ear
• An odor coming from the ear
• Dizziness

What to do about excess earwax
If you think you have excess earwax, the safest thing to do is to visit your doctor or hearing professional. They can look in your ears to examine the earwax and determine if it should be removed. If it does, they can use water irrigation, suction, or a curette to scoop it out. They’ll probably recommend you return regularly as a preventative measure against earwax buildup.

Safe, at-home earwax removal methods
If you do choose to remove the earwax yourself, there are a few safe methods that can be used. Pharmacies and certain retail stores sell earwax removal kits and over-the-counter drops that soften earwax. You can ask your hearing professional, doctor, or pharmacist to recommend one. Mineral oil, baby oil, and hydrogen peroxide also do a nice job of softening earwax, but you need to be careful how much you apply. 

Your hearing professional can always help
The best recommendation is to consult with a hearing professional if you are concerned about earwax. It’s important to note that people who have diabetes, who are prone to ear infections, who might have a perforation in the eardrum, who have tubes, or who have compromised immune systems should exercise additional caution and consult with a professional before trying any treatment at home.

Find out what noises you may be missing! Schedule an appointment today for a hearing consultation. Call 864-232-3999

Hear all the best moments in 2024

Hear all the best moments in 2024.

Hearing Health Blog

Happy New Year to you and all those you care about!
Like many of us, you’ve probably just finished unwinding from a whirlwind month. That time of year when you put others first — your family, friends, colleagues, community. And good for you. It’s what the holidays are about, right?

But now it’s your turn.
As you begin this brand-new year and prepare for what’s ahead, permit yourself to make changes that put you first. Changes that make you happier and healthier. It’s the greatest gift you can give yourself and the people around you. Because when you’re happy and healthy, you can experience every moment to the fullest.

What better way to start this year than to give yourself the power to live every moment: The moment your loved one’s name is called at graduation. The moment your confidence peaks as you greet your friend at that pizza place you’ve been dying to try. The moment your favorite four-year-old tells you who their #1 superhero is. (Psst, it’s you.)

And who even knew crows could sound like that?

The best way to get started is so easy — in fact, it’s something you can do right now: Schedule an appointment to get your hearing checked and treat any hearing loss you have. That’s right — a whole year full of new moments and discoveries. And better hearing helps ensure you don’t miss a single one of them. 

Don’t wait. Seize this moment and contact us for a FREE hearing test and consultation. If it turns out hearing aids can help, we can walk you through your options and help you find the best hearing solution for your unique needs.

Or if you’ve been wearing hearing aids for a while, make 2024 The Year of the Upgrade. You’d be amazed by today’s technology that not only makes hearing effortless, but also gives you the ability to stream audio, translate different languages, customize your programs, and more.

Plus, you deserve it, right?

May this moment in time bring you the change of a lifetime. Schedule an appointment today for a free hearing test!  864-232-3999

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