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Tuesday, 04 June 2013 16:50

15th Anniversary Special

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At Audio Help, we wish to say "thank you" to New York for allowing us to serve your hearing healthcare needs for the past 15 years!

In honor of our 15-year anniversary, we have some exciting limited-time specials to offer including:

  • Free Hearing Consultation
  • Free Otoscopic Evaluation
  • Free Hearing Screening
  • Free Technology Demonstration

Why choose us? Our experienced and caring staff provides great service, the most advanced technology in the industry, and a proven 15-year track record serving the residents of New York City and the surrounding areas.

We're also offering these fantastic savings opportunities:

  • Hearing devices start at $750/each
  • Save up to $1500 on any set of premier hearing aids
  • Lifetime hearing aid checks
  • Lifetime supply of batteries

Allow us to help you on the path to better hearing. Call us today at (888) 471-0544 to schedule your free hearing screening.

Audio Help Hearing Centers...Helping New York hear better, one sound at a time!

In an emergency, a call to 911 could save your life.

But what happens if you can’t hear the instructions a dispatcher gives you?

By next year, you may be able to text details of an emergency situation to a 911 dispatch center near you. That would mean the deaf or hearing impaired could easily communicate their needs and receive help using the same technology many already use to communicate with friends and family.

The ability to text would also be useful to those who cannot place a phone call for fear of being heard in a dangerous situation, as well as for dispatchers who could view photos and videos of the event sent to them via text messaging.

The move is part of the proposed Next Generation 911, which will allow for expanded methods of communication with providers of emergency services. Now available in a few test markets, 911 texting will become more widespread over the next year, and is set to be fully supported by the nation’s four largest wireless carriers by May 15, 2014.

Those who can effectively communicate through phone calls should still call 911. As anyone who’s had a lengthy text conversation knows, what can be said in seconds takes much longer to type. And in an emergency, seconds count.

But for anyone who depends on texts to communicate, the change could mean everything.

So, your hearing isn’t what it used to be. You’re missing important information in meetings and watching your colleagues’ lips closely when they talk so you can grasp what they’re saying.

Still, you’re not about to start wearing a hearing aid at work. You don’t want to look old.

But what if that choice cost you $30,000 a year?

A study by the nonprofit Better Hearing Institute suggests that untreated hearing loss can result in up to $30,000 in lost wages due to missed promotions and underemployment.

The research also found that hearing aids reduced the risk of lost income by 90 to 100 percent for those with mild hearing loss and by 65 to 70 percent for those with severe to moderate hearing loss.

Ask yourself this: is looking like you don’t have a hearing impairment better than not hearing well? And is that choice worth lost wages?

Luckily, with the new generation of smaller, less noticeable hearing aids, you no longer have to make that choice. You can hear your best at work, earn to your full potential and not look like you’re getting any extra help.

Check out the newer hearing aid models at one our five locations in the New York City area and start making what you’re really worth.

As bathing suit season approaches, you may be hitting the gym to look and feel better on the beach. But as you squeeze in your cardio and work your quads, you may be neglecting another, less obvious aspect of your health.

Improving your sprint times or fitting into a two-piece is great, but when’s the last time you checked your hearing health?

If you can’t remember, you may want to consider this: Neglecting the signs of hearing loss could mean more than just hearing aids and blasting the television when you’re older.

It could mean an increased risk of dementia.

A recent Johns Hopkins study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a potential link between hearing loss and dementia. The study, which followed 2,000 normally functioning seniors for five years, found that those who had significant hearing loss were more likely to suffer from cognitive impairments, including dementia.

Not only that, hearing loss may actually speed up dementia. The study found that the cognitive skills of people with hearing impairment declined 30 to 40 times faster than the seniors with normal hearing.

Cranking up the volume or asking your daughter to repeat her story for the third time may not seem like a big deal now, but how will you feel when you can’t figure out how the TV works, or even recognize who your daughter is?

Maybe it’s time to devote the same energy to your hearing as you do to the treadmill.

Schedule an appointment for an audiological assessment at one our five locations in the New York City area today.

Monday, 29 April 2013 16:42

Hearing Loss in the Workplace

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Hearing loss doesn’t just affect your personal life. It can also impact your job performance and prevent you from reaching your employment goals and ideal earning potential.

Some the major problems of untreated hearing loss in the workplace are:

  • Inability to hear coworkers and supervisors.
  • Inability to hear phone conversations and communicate effectively.
  • Missing crucial information during meetings and presentations.

Not only can untreated hearing loss make your job more difficult, it may potentially prevent you even from getting the job you want or keeping the job you have.

Don’t allow untreated hearing loss to negatively affect your career. Call us today to schedule an appointment. We have five offices conveniently located throughout the New York City area.

Friday, 26 April 2013 16:06

What Causes Hearing Loss?

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I am asked regularly by my patients, “What causes hearing loss?” While the question may seem simple enough, the answer isn’t as straightforward as you may think.

Jane Brody recently wrote a terrific article in the New York Times addressing this very topic.

She points out that noise, not age, is the most common cause of hearing loss. According to the National Institute of Health, 15% of people Americans between the ages of 20-69 have Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Brody goes on to say that, “The sad truth is that many of us are responsible for our own hearing loss.”

She's right. Because of the occupational risk of hearing loss, there are government regulations in place now that regulate exposure to loud noises. However, many people are exposed outside of work. Portable music devices, concerts, sirens, lawn mowers and leaf blowers, car alarms and even hair dryers can damage your hearing.

Sound is measured in decibels and exposure to sounds over 85 dB may lead to hearing loss.

Fortunately, NIHL can be prevented:

  • Become aware of which sounds in your environment can cause damage.
  • When using personal listening devices with earphones, limit the volume and duration of use.  Consider using earphones that block out background noise, which will allow you to listen at lower volumes for longer periods of time.
  • Use hearing protection devices (HPDs) such as earplugs, earmuffs or headphones when you’re going to be involved in activities that will expose you to loud sounds.

    Since there is no cure for noise-induced hearing loss, prevention is essential. We offer custom HPDs. Contact us to schedule an appointment at any of our 5 New York area locations.

    You can read the whole NYT article here: http://nyti.ms/14i2Lk1
Monday, 22 April 2013 14:47

Green Hearing Health

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Happy Earth Day!

Earth Day is one of the largest civic events in the world and is celebrated around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities. More than a billion people participate in “green” activities every year to honor Mother Earth.

Wondering how you can get involved? You can always reduce, recycle, renew, reuse. But did you know that there are ways, specific to those with hearing loss, to go green? Here are some suggestions: 
 
  • Take care of your hearing aids- proper cleaning and care of your hearing devices will prevent you from having to replace them more often than every three to five years. 
  • Purchase custom hearing protection- Instead of the disposable ear plugs that can be purchased at your local pharmacy, invest in custom ear plugs that will fit well and last a long a time.
  • Donate or sell your old devices- instead of throwing them in the trash, you may be able to find someone else who could use your old hearing aids. Find out more by reading our previous post about this.
  • Hearing devices and their batteries often come packaged in boxes with cardboard backing, shrink wrap, plastic shields, etc. Make sure you dispose of the recyclable materials properly.

    Every day can be Earth Day. Commit to protecting our beautiful planet year-round.

We're excited to announce that our Audio Help Hearing Center in Scarsdale is moving and expanding to better serve the hearing needs of the residents of Westchester County and the surrounding communities.

Led by experienced Doctors of Audiology, including Dr. Ed Bravo, Dr. James Rubas and Dr. Renee Angelo, we specialize in providing comprehensive, individualized hearing health care in a friendly, patient-focused atmosphere.

At Audio Help, our services include hearing screenings and evaluations, and aural rehabilitation. We also carry the latest advancements in hearing aid technology, including the new invisible hearing devices. All hearing aids come with a 45 day money back guarantee and the Complete Hearing Health Care Program, which provides you with routine cleanings and check-ups, maintenance, adjustments, ongoing consultation and more.

Our new spacious Scarsdale office is handicap accessible and offers two fully equipped hearing testing units.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday, from 9am – 5 pm, with weekend appointments available upon request. We accept all major credit cards and offer interest free financing.

For the best, individualized hearing health care in Westchester County, call on Audio Help!

Every year, the industry breaks new ground in hearing aid technology. 2013 is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Digital hearing aids have been around since the 1980s, but they weren’t very effective or popular until more recently. 

Developments this year have the latest and greatest digital technology.  Some  are designed to be water resistant or even waterproof (to a certain depth), and some are able to play music through a wireless connection to a computer, cell phone or a personal audio device. Aside from these specific functions, most hearing aids are sleek and powerful with clean, crisp reception. It’s only been in the last five to ten years that digital hearing aids have become so superior to their analog cousins.

To learn more and find out which device is right for you, schedule your appointment at any of our locations in the New York City area.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 16:59

Damaging Sounds of the City

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The hustle and bustle of Manhattan is one of the things that draws visitors to New York City. It may be exhilarating for out-of -towners, but the noise can be damaging to those exposed to it every day.

Research shows that, throughout the busier parts of the city, the noise exceeds 70 decibels. Being subjected to that level of sound on an everyday basis can cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) over time. People exposed to high levels of noise on the job are at an even higher risk for hearing loss. But NIHL isn’t just a 9-to-5 issue.

Outside of work, people in large cities face exposure to deafening decibels such as ear-piercing subway trains, blasting car horns, screaming sirens and car alarms. If these sounds don’t cause hearing loss, they may lead to other problems like higher stress levels, increased risk for heart problems, tinnitus and trouble sleeping.

Here are some tips to help prevent hearing loss:

  • When watching TV, listening to the radio or to your MP3 player, if you think it sounds too loud, it probably is. Turn down the volume and limit the amount of time you listen.
  • Use noise-cancelling headphones when listening to music.
  • Wear hearing protection when you know you’ll be exposed to loud sounds.

Just remember, hearing loss is permanent, but it can easily be prevented. If you suspect you may have hearing loss, schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations throughout the New York City area.

 

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