Dr. Lyndon Ear here, with the August edition of your newsletter…
Now, no doubt the pandemic has thrown up a few challenges for you, and if you consider yourself hard of hearing, then these challenges have been, let’s just say, interesting!
The biggest challenge we’ve noticed is how difficult it is to understand someone who’s wearing a face mask, as it’s nigh-on impossible to lip read if the mask isn’t transparent.
Well, we’re making an extra effort to help our patients and the wider community with such challenges and have such produced this newsletter by way of a useful guide for you.
But we can’t do it alone, and we’d love you to help us spread the word about the help that’s out there for the hard of hearing.
NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES (unless you want to!)
We truly hope you are not one of these people who have struggled with the challenges associated with hearing loss, but if you are, or if you know someone who has, then you can help others like yourself right now.
The first thing you can do is to encourage a loved one to have a hearing assessment, just like you did.
Next up, the team at PHC is on the lookout for people who would like to share their hearing loss story with the world.
By sharing the story of your journey, you’ll help others in our community to feel more confident about making the right decision.
If this is something you’d like to participate in, please respond to this email, and we’ll be in touch right away with more information.
Hearing loss awareness is only effective if enough information is shared, so thank you in advance for all you do.
UPDATES OF INTEREST FROM THE PHC OFFICE
We’ve been very busy lately and are pleased to say we have a lot to share with you!
First and foremost, we’d like to assure you that, as part of PHC’s response to the pandemic, you’ll find every staff member wearing a mask. This ensures easy lip reading during conversations while, of course, remaining safe.
As an extra precaution, our PHC staff knows not to interact with patients or other employees without this measure.
OUR NEW EXPRESS PATIENT CARE SERVICE IS PROVING A HUGE SUCCESS!
For patients who require immediate attention from the comfort of their own car, this “pit-stop” service makes it easier than ever to get the care you need most conveniently.
Running between 1-3 pm Monday to Thursday, you can find out all the information here.
Finally, and last but certainly not least, we are happy to announce we’ve welcomed a new 4th-year doctoral student for 2020-21. Teresa Russell is a student from the University of Tennessee, and we are beyond excited to have her on the team. A warm welcome to you, Teresa!
Top Tips for Managing New
Hearing Loss Challenges
We’ve all got together to pull our “top tips” for how to thrive in these new normal circumstances:
1. Face masks can easily dislodge your hearing aids. So download a handy “find my device” app to ensure you always know where they are!
2. If you’re struggling to hear your TV while at home, why not invest in a state-of-the-art “streamer.” This will allow you to stream sound directly to your hearing device and avoid those household arguments! Ask us for more information.
3. Your hearing may worsen if sounds don’t pass through your ears consistently. So make sure to wear your hearing aids every day – even if you’re alone.
4. Be extra careful when removing face masks, as the hearing aids can get caught and fall out. Make sure you have location services on the app set to “all the time,” so in the event you do lose a hearing aid, it can be easily relocated.
If you have any concerns or would like to share your tips with others, contact the office. The team will be happy to have your input.
From remote assistance to on-the-spot hearing aid battery deliveries, we’ve worked non-stop to ensure our community gets the help they deserve…