Q.  Our grandchildren in Austin love it when we give them their ‘Santa and Mrs. Claus’ presents.   In the past 2-3 years, Santa’s hearing has declined noticeably.  He will ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’ year-round when he doesn’t know-know-know what one of the grandkids just said.  Is it time for Mrs. Claus to get some hearing aids for him?

A.  Has your Santa come to terms with his hearing troubles?  He needs to be the one to make the decision to help his hearing loss – and a good, thorough hearing test and a hearing aid demonstration are the first steps.  An appointment does not mean he must get hearing aids.  It means he recognizes there is an issue and wants to know more about it. Plus, he does not need to go all the way to the North Pole for good hearing healthcare.  Come with him to his appointment, too.  He will benefit from hearing your voice better during the aid demonstration.

  Kind, positive encouragement from you and your family can go a long way to help your husband realize he is missing out – and that he is being missed as well.  Once he hears better, his ‘Ho-Ho-Ho’ might be more enlightened and conversational.

  Need 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 new 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.