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Best of Wiregrass 2017

It’s that time of year again – the Best of Wiregrass 2017 is in full swing! Why should you choose Physicians Hearing Center as the BEST audiology provider in the region? We’ve compiled a list of the top 7 reasons to vote for us in 2017:

  1. We’ve been providing top-notch hearing healthcare to the Dothan, Alabama, area since 1977. 
  2. Our extensive hearing aid selection, including the award-winning rechargeable OPN!
  3. We offer a 60-day risk free trial on your new hearing aids.
  4. Dr. Gracie Herndon and Dr. Julie Ann Rikard. We love of our practice, our patients, and their hearing wellness.
  5. We make sure you see an improvement in your hearing!
  6. Just watch our testimonials on Facebook!
  7. We take the crown year after year!

Voting ends July 11, 2017, at 11:59 PM – so hurry! To cast your vote for Physicians Hearing Center, simply click the “HEALTH & BEAUTY” category. Then, choose “Best Hearing Aid Provider” from the dropdown menu and click the “Vote” button next to Physicians Hearing Center.

Read more: Reasons to Vote for Physicians Hearing Center Best of the Wiregrass

Dothan Eagle

 by Peggy Ussery    May 20, 2017

Physicians Hearing Center at ENTcareRules for hearing aids are fairly simple. Don’t step on them. Don’t wear them while swimming or showering. And, don’t let a dog or cat chew on them.

That last rule also goes for toddler grandbabies.

Annie McNair has been without hearing aids for three years, ever since her 2-year-old grandson decided to remove the beeping devices from his grandmother’s ears while she napped.

“He was curious about that sound they were making,” McNair, 55, said. “I went to sleep and when I woke up, they were everywhere in the bed. He had just chewed them up. He didn’t swallow them; he just chewed them to pieces.”

McNair, however, has a brand new set of hearing aids as one of four winners in the 2017 hearing aid contest held by Physicians Hearing Center at ENTcare and the Dothan Eagle. Twenty people were nominated for the contest, which was started 17 years ago.

Along with McNair, winners were Raymond Lawson, Rodney Chambliss, and Brenda Lewis. Cost is the leading factor in why many people delay getting hearing aids or replacing their devices once they’re damaged or no longer work. The cost of devices can range from $2,000 to $7,000 for both ears.

Read more: Contest Winners Receive New Hearing Aids

Hearing Aid Essay ContestFor the last 17 years, Physicians Hearing Center has partnered with the Dothan Eagle for the annual hearing aid essay contest held during May, Better Hearing and Speech Month. To help promote hearing loss awareness, Physicians Hearing teamed up with the Dothan Eagle to give away a free set of hearing aids.

“Better Hearing month is important because we get to celebrate hearing health. We are having our annual hearing aid giveaway contest this month which is so exciting,” said Dr. Julie Ann Rikard of Physicians Hearing Center. “It’s fun to give hearing aids away and provide someone in need with better hearing for FREE! We can’t wait to give away these sets of hearing aids.”

The 2017 submissions are now being reviewed. To qualify, Wiregrass residents had to submit a short essay explaining the need for a set of hearing aids. Entrants must be available to come in for a free hearing test to determine the extent and the severity of hearing loss and need of the nominees.

Read more: 2017 Hearing Aid Essay Contest

Spring HearingMay is Better Hearing Month, which is the perfect time to raise awareness of the importance of having your hearing checked.

Hearing loss can lead to more than just missing out on conversations. It has also been linked to causing Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, anxiety, and depression. A person’s balance can also be affected by hearing loss.

“Keeping a patient’s ability to hear helps to avoid these systems and prevent cognitive decline,” said Dr. Julie Ann Rikard of Physicians Hearing. “We hear with our brains so once a patient losses that comprehension, the rest of their life will be negatively impacted.”

Some common factors that can lead to hearing loss are being around tractors, gunfire, heavy equipment, and genetics. Dr. Rikard suggests having your hearing checked when you are 40 since hearing loss tends to occur as you age, but you should come in sooner if you experience symptoms of hearing loss before then.

Read more: Better Hearing for Better Hearing Month

Family HearingAs Easter approaches, this can be a great time for families to get together and visit one another. But for people with hearing loss, holidays can be a stressful time, even with hearing aids.

While everyone else is enjoying group conversations, people with hearing loss may be having a difficult time following conversations and hearing what everyone is saying.

If you are hosting a holiday get together this year, here are some tips for accommodating a loved one with hearing loss:

Read more: How to Accommodate Guests with Hearing Loss