Break out your hats, scarves, gloves and big, fluffy coats; winter weather has officially arrived! We all love fun activities associated with winter weather, but for those with hearing aids, colder temperatures combined with higher levels of moisture in the air can keep your hearing aids from working properly. Blount Hearing and Speech Services located in Maryville, Tennessee offers three simple tips to help you care for your hearing aids during the winter months.
Protecting your hearing aids from damage through the chilly months is a lot easier than you may think. If you take the right preventative measures, your hearing aids will continue working properly.
1.) Keep your hearing aids covered!
The best way to protect your hearing aids from the frigid winter weather is to cover them from the elements. Wearing hats, scarves, or earmuffs will help to shield your hearing aids from weather conditions and act as your first level of protection.
2.) Be aware of moisture.
Winter’s cold temperatures will be the least of your worries this season when it comes to protecting your hearing aid. The biggest problem you’ll face is the increased exposure to moisture. The various elements of fog, snow, rain and potential condensation can cause damage to hearing aids. When transitioning from cold to warm temperatures, moisture can build up in the hearing aid. To prevent moisture buildup, wear breathable material, such as a sweatband, and invest in a hearing aid dehumidifier to help keep your hearing aids dry throughout the season. A few signs of moisture damage to be aware of include:
- The hearing aid cuts out during loud noises
- Sounds come in with static
- Sounds are unclear or warped
3.) Protect your batteries
The batteries in your hearing aid are also susceptible to extreme winter temperatures, so the same preventative measures taken to protect your hearing aids should be taken to protect the batteries. In order to successfully protect your batteries from damage keep them out of extremely high or low temperatures and keep them dry. When your hearing aids start to cause problems, the first thing to check is the batteries.
Now go bundle up and enjoy this winter weather without worrying about your hearing aids! If you experience a problem with your hearing aid this winter, Blount Hearing and Speech Services offers extensive hearing aid repair and cleanings to keep them working properly. Contact our office today to learn more about repair and cleaning services or to schedule an appointment at (865) 982-8557.
Do you hear what I hear? The sounds of the holiday season are ones that bring joy, laughter and remind us of sweet memories. Unfortunately, some won’t be unable to enjoy all the holiday sounds that make up the season. Cheery greetings, bells ringing, and Santa saying “Ho-Ho-Ho” will be missed by young and old.
If you’ve been questioning your own or a loved one’s hearing lately don’t go into the New Year without definite answers. There’s no better gift to give this holiday season than the gift of sound. Contact Blount Hearing and Speech for hearing aids or evaluations in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The smiles that appear on you or loved one face as they hear jingle bells is why we’re in business. Our team of audiologists and other staff members who remain dedicated to extending excellence in hearing health care in Maryville, Tennessee and surrounding areas.
Whether you are doing the giving or being given the opportunity to hear, listen, and learn it’s an indescribable value that will last a lifetime. Call Blount Hearing and Speech at (865)982-8557 today to schedule a comprehensive hearing evaluation. Don’t let yourself or loved one miss out on the joyous sounds of the holiday season again. Wishing you a Happy Holidays!
The impact of hearing loss on our communities is growing in numbers. It’s a time now where we have to find more innovative ways to communicate with those who have lost their ability to hear. Forty-eight million Americans have reported some degree of hearing loss. This means that twenty percent of the American population is unable to actively listen and engage in conversations with friends and family. Growing up many of people learn that in order to be a good communicator you have to first be a good listener. That can change when a person starts to lose their hearing. Blount Hearing and Speech Services want you to know about a great new advance in technology called Caption Call.
Caption Call is providing a free way for those who suffer from hearing impairment can still communicate with loved ones by phone. Doctor Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D. led a recent study at Johns Hopkins University that revealed that 57% of people with hearing loss have deep episodes of depression, stress or bad moods. It further revealed that 36% are more likely to have prolonged stretches of illness or injury. The findings of the study added to a growing list of undocumented health consequences associated with hearing loss. A correlation of untreated hearing loss has shown that it plays a significant role for those who suffer to stay connected. The loss of connectivity to the world through communication has affected their overall health. Restoring the ability for those with hearing loss to stay connected with family and friends will essentially allow them not to suffer from isolation and loneliness – the precursors for many serious health risks. Studies have shown that those who are able to stay socially connected live longer, happier and healthier lives.
“Life is Calling” the Caption Call slogan says it all, because life is truly calling again for those who’ve lost their hearing. Caption Call eliminates the frustration that is often endured when using the phone. The developers of the Caption Call phone takes advance technology and communication assistants to help the hearing impaired connect again. This amplified telephone displays written captions of what callers are saying on a large, easy to read display screen, so that you no longer miss a word. Staying connected with those you love has never been easier. The Caption Call phone combines free captioning service and the full red-carpet service (free delivery, installation, in-home training, and ongoing customer support) to help people use the phone again with confidence.
Caption Call provides a simple, no-cost solution that is restoring confidence and independence of those who have hearing loss. This wonderful phone is provided to anyone who has trouble hearing on the phone and has had their hearing loss diagnosed by a hearing care or healthcare professional. Although the Caption Call phone is free, the Federal Communications Commission requires that each person receiving a phone meets these requirements:
- A professional certification form completed by a qualified professional certifying your hearing loss and need for captioned telephone service.
- Must self-certify a medically recognized hearing loss that necessitates use of captioned telephone service
- High-speed internet connection and landline telephone is required to use the service
If you or someone you know has experience hearing loss or has trouble using the phone, we urge you take advantage of the Caption Call phone. Here at Blount Hearing and Speech Services are staff includes three audiologists that are ready to assist you in hearing evaluations and testing to get you reconnected to the world. To learn more about how we can help you with your hearing loss or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (865)982-8557.
Did you know? It has been reported that 60 percent of Americans with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. A lot more people experience noise-induced hearing loss than from aging. Hearing loss cannot just be generalized to just senior citizens. An estimated 30 school children out per 1,000 have some form of hearing loss. Blount Hearing and Speech Services want to help you recognize seven signs of hearing loss at any age.
Understanding the different causes of hearing loss that can experience is important in order to make adjustments. Aged-related hearing loss typically begins with an inability to hear high-pitched noises. Often those who have age-related hearing loss can have difficulty hearing others speak, particularly women and children. One in three people over the age of 65 years will experience age-related hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss is caused from constant exposure to loud noises, such as: music, gunfire, power tools, explosions, and night club music. People who work in loud work environments, such as: construction sites are at a high risk to experience noise-induced hearing loss.
Whether you experience age-related or noise-induced hearing loss there are several common signs of hearing loss.
- Difficulty understanding words, especially if there’s background noise.
- Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly, loudly or to repeat statements.
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Adjusts the volume on the television or radio to higher settings
- Think that others sound muffled or they are mumbling
- Reading lips or become more focused on people’s faces when they speak
- Answers or responds inappropriately in conversations with others.
Some signs of hearing loss will appear very subtle and others will come about very suddenly. Either way, these common signs of hearing loss should be taken seriously.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of hearing loss, the staff at Blount Hearing and Speech Services in Maryville, Tennessee is ready to help you. To learn more about how they can help with your hearing loss or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (865) 982-8557. Let’s get you back in the conversation of life.
How long have you been wearing your hearing aid? If it’s been weeks or even months, you need to bring it into Blount Hearing and Speech Services for cleaning, repair or to have your battery replaced. You have a superior hearing aid cleaning and repair shop right here in Knoxville, Tennessee! We’ll replace your batteries, and clean or repair your products to nearly new condition and all done cheerfully with prompt, professional service.
You can extend the value and life of your hearing aid by daily cleaning it yourself with a soft cloth, and by bringing it in to Blount Hearing and Speech for regular service. Proper cleaning and routine checks keep your hearing aid in good condition, ensuring quality performance.
Measure the malfunction of your hearing aid by these suggestions:
- Are you getting an increasing amount of static, whistling or feedback?
- Does the volume on your hearing aid fluctuate?
- Is the fit less than perfect?
- Have you noticed a crack or hole in your hearing aid?
- Has it been in contact with water?
- Has your hearing aid been dropped or stepped on?
You may not be getting peak performance from your hearing aid due to any one or a combination of these causes. Your hearing aid is an incredible piece of technology and is actually quite durable, but an inspection and general maintenance is a good idea after a few years of use even when you’re not experiencing problems.
Blount Hearing and Speech Services is dedicated to helping you hear better. Bring your hearing aid in today for an evaluation, cleaning or repair. Repairs are made right here in our Knoxville, TN repair lab for your convenience. For genuine care, advanced technology or an appointment with our audiologist, call 865-982-8557 today.
We all have a voice, right? What if you couldn’t voice your thoughts clearly? It would be horrible to never be able to express “I love you” verbally to that special someone. Did you know that 40 million Americans have some form of communication disorders? There are only about 5% of children who have noticeable speech disorders by the time they reach the 1st grade. That leaves the burning question of, how many of those children with speech disorders go unnoticed? Blount Hearing and Speech wants to help not only parents, but everyone recognize the signs of speech disorders to help your loved ones have their right to free speech.
Understanding what a speech disorder is will help you recognize the signs of the disorder. A speech disorder occurs when a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently; or has a problem with their voice.
Recognizing the signs in children will differ from adults in determining if there is a speech disorder. With children the primary detection age for speech disorders is from birth to the age of 4.
- Doesn’t interact with other children (birth and older)
- Doesn’t smile (birth and older)
- Only makes gestures-like pointing or sounds (7 to 12 mos.)
- Not putting words together to make sentences (1.5 to 3 yrs.)
- Speech is unclear, even to familiar people (2 to 3 yrs.)
- Pauses a lot while speaking (2.5 to 3 yrs.)
- Stretches out the sounding of words — “s-s-s-sand-d” for “sand” (2.5 to 3 yrs.)
- Trouble saying sounds or words
- Repeats words or parts of words
- Struggles with the use and understanding of words
- Slurring of speech
- Uses words in the wrong order
- Mumbling of words, often with slow or rapid rate of speech
It’s important to keep in mind that recognizing these signs in children from birth to 4 years of age, will be challenging, because this is a time of early development. Not all the signs listed will attribute to a speech disorder and could be just a late development issue. Sometimes environment and physical problems could be the cause of the disorder.
If you or someone you love is showing signs of a speech disorder, the wonderful staff at Blount Hearing and Speech in Maryville, Tennessee is ready to help. For questions on how they can help with you or your child’s speech or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (865) 982-8557. Get your right to free speech back.