Hearing Resolution for 2022 – Part 2 of 3

Q.  My parents have accused each other of not hearing well for the past 3 to 4 years.  Over Christmas my Mom said one of her 2022 resolutions was to get them both to hear better.  What steps should she take?

A.  Let’s address your question in three parts: 1) Personal Behaviors, 2) Hearing Evaluation, and 3) Family Support.

Hearing Evaluation:  Look up some well-reviewed Austin hearing centers near you.  Call them and find out what a new patient hearing evaluation involves.  Ask about these steps:

  Ear Check-Up and Cleaning: Before any hearing test, your ear canals must be inspected and, if needed, cleaned.  Some offices use a fiber optic camera and a large monitor so you see what your canals and ear drums look like.

  Hearing Test: This test indicates how well you detect sounds and understand words.  Make sure you get a copy of this test for your records, ideally at no charge.

  Hearing Aid Demo:  Some offices allow you to listen to hearing aids.  Ask.  Otherwise, how do you know how they fit, how they feel, what they sound like, and how they look?  Bring a friend or family member with you.  Can you hear them better?

Hearing Aid Trial: Some offices allow you to use hearing aids for a few days or up to a month without any obligation.  Ask.

  Ready to hear better?  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin 512-282-4327 for a free assessment, ear check-up and hearing test.  Listen to the newest Oticon More hearing aids and find out what better hearing sounds like.  We also provide 4-week, no-obligation trials.

  Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Since 2008, he has purchased a multitude of hearing aids for students at the Texas School for the Deaf.