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

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?

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

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