couples eating 300x150Do you love dining out with family and friends, but hate how noisy restaurants can ruin the meal and conversation?

Hearing loss can make the restaurant scene frustrating, even for those of us with hearing aids. Fortunately, Physicians Hearing Center’s team in Dothan, Alabama knows there are some techniques to try when dining out that can make your listening experience as pleasant as possible.

Go Small or Go Home

The larger the group at your table, the more difficult it may be to follow the conversation. Try to keep your party a more manageable size, so you can maintain eye contact and not have to strain to hear someone at the other end of the table.

Read more: Make Hearing a Main Course at Noisy Restaurants

Julie Ann with contest winner 300x200Putting on hearing aids is harder than it looks, especially for first-timers.

Eyeglasses can get in the way. Larger fingers can make grasping the devices difficult. Moving a piece of hair might yank a device out if it’s not fully inserted. And once you get the hearing aids in, there’s the unexpected loudness of every noise.

The winners of the 2018 hearing aid contest held by Physicians Hearing Center and the Dothan Eagle experienced it all.

Forty-eight people were nominated for this year’s contest. Five people received free hearing aids. The winners included Willie Carter, Howard Culley, Leonard Eldridge, Robin Howard and Lorena Leger.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages and is caused by a number of things from illness and medications to repeated exposure to loud noises. Many people go years after noticing a hearing loss before getting hearing aids, mostly because of the cost.

Read more: Hearing Aid Winners Look Forward to Life Hearing Clearly

Family playing cards 300x200Hearing loss can feel like an isolating issue, but it’s important to remember you’re not alone in your treatment of it.

Friends and family are invested in you addressing the situation as well – after all, they rely on your hearing abilities to be able to communicate with you. May is Better Hearing Month – now is the time to ask a family member to accompany you to an appointment at Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama and the tri-state area. 

This “family-centered care” approach with one of our team members can prove beneficial to all parties: you, your family and your audiologist.

Read more: Take the ‘Family-Centered Care’ Approach to Hearing loss

Image of woman with tissueThe arrival of spring can prove to be problematic for your ears and hearing aids.

How allergies make hearing difficult

Seasonal allergies affect 30 percent of U.S. adults. A symptom of allergies can be ear pressure. The presence of allergens such as pollen can also cause the immune system to create histamine, an inflammatory substance that boosts the production of mucus.

Allergic reactions can cause swelling of the ear’s Eustachian tubes, which can become clogged with fluid and wax, affecting hearing in many individuals.

Read more: Can Allergies Cause Hearing Loss?

OpnDevicehandPhysicians Hearing Center and the Dothan Eagle are holding the annual hearing aid contest, providing the winner with a set of free hearing devices.

To Enter:  Write a short essay explaining why you or someone you know needs a set of hearing aids.  Deadline for entries is Friday, April 27.  Please include the name and telephone number for the contestant or a point of contact with the essay.

To Qualify: Only Wiregrass residents can win the devices, and contestants must be available and willing to come to Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan for a free hearing test to determine the level of hearing loss.

To Submit: Send essays to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or mail to

Peggy Ussery
Dothan Eagle
227 N. Oates St.,
Dothan AL 36303

Read more: 2018 Essay Contest - Win Free Hearing Aids

Healthy Meal blog sizeIn honor of National Nutrition Month, the team at Physicians Hearing would like to share which foods promote healthy hearing and vestibular systems, and foods you should avoid.

Healthy Hearing

Studies have shown that a deficiency in nutrients – such as B12, magnesium and folic acid – can impair hearing by as much as 39%. Increasing the consumption of these key nutrients can strengthen the hair follicles in your inner ear up to 20%.

Read more: Nutrition and Healthy Hearing

hearing aid heartThe American Heart Association has designated February as American Heart Month. This disease is one of the most serious health issues in the United States. The side effects of heart disease can lead to many other health issues, including hearing loss. 

Studies have shown that hearing loss is found 50% more often in individuals who also have heart disease. The reason for this is that plaque buildup narrows arteries. This interrupts the blood flow to the inner ear, which decreases your hearing. The nerves in your inner ear are so delicate, that some researchers believe that problems in this part of the body can be an early warning for the disease.

Read more: The Hearing Loss Link to Heart Disease

StressEven with the latest hearing technology, there still may be times when hearing loss is an issue.  

For example, imagine attending a presentation. You’re trying to focus on the keynote speaker, but the people sitting around you are having their own conversations. With the conflict of sound, this can become frustrating and stressful.

There are other times – such as when you go to bed – when you don’t wear your hearing aids. These times can be stressful because worry about missing an alert or hearing your children get up in the middle of the night.

Luckily, there are ways to better manage your hearing loss and stress level.

 

Read more: Hearing Loss and Stress

hearing aid from behind earAt the end of the year, between holiday meals and gift giving, many are looking to expand their budget for gifts and charitable giving. One area people commonly overlook is their medical needs, and the funds in their Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts.

 

Read more: Use Your Health Savings Account For Hearing Aids

older man- playing chess on bench- lonelyMore than five million individuals in America are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.  Recent studies have shown that verbal skills and healing loss have had a direct correlation with the cognitive decline in older adults.  While not all forms of dementia can be prevented or delayed, studies have shown that there are some risk factors that can come from hearing loss.

One of the primary concerns of hearing related dementia is the isolation that some individuals enter into while experiencing hearing loss. By avoiding conversations and socialization, the strain that is then put on the brain when in a noisy setting can, over time, lead to cognitive disorders. 

 

Read more: Hearing Loss and How it Affects Dementia – Know the Risks

huntersHunting Season is upon us, and the staff at Physician’s Hearing want to help you and/or those hunters in your life enjoy the hobby safely.

Hearing loss can occur in under a minute with sounds over 120 decibels. The average firearm starts at 140 decibels. If you are out shooting with others, without proper ear protection, damage can occur quickly.

Read more: Hunter Hearing Safety

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