Missing the News and Conversations

Q.  I’m lost.  When people say ‘virus’ it sounds like ‘dry rust’.  They say ‘wear a mask’ and I hear ‘where’s the flask’.  When I listed to the weather forecast is sounds like gobbledy gook. ‘Thunder storms’ sound more like ‘crumbly corns’.  How could hearing aids help?

A.  Chances are you might have some hearing loss.  Many people expect hearing loss to be like vision loss where everything we see at a specific distance is clear or unclear to an equal degree.  Hearing loss is more complex than that. 

  With most types of hearing loss, you can hear some sounds better than others.  This means some parts of speech are clearer than others.  This is why you mis-hear some words and phrases, and why certain types of voices (often high pitched ones) are harder to understand.

Find a well-reviewed Austin area hearing center and ask them a few questions over the phone. 

  Do they check and clean ear wax?  Do they explain your hearing test and give you a copy to take with you?  Will you listen to hearing aids right after your test?  Do they give you a few weeks to test out hearing aids?  Do they provide follow-up care and service?  Do you have to buy new hearing aids every 2-3 years, or will they suggest hearing aids you can use for 4-6 years?  Call a few hearing centers and see what they have to say. 

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin.  We are making appointments for new patients on a selective basis.  Get your hearing tested and listen to some hearing aids afterwards.  We provide coaching and adjustments during a 4-week hearing aid trial for patients to fully test out hearing aids before they make a final purchase. 

Saleem Assaf (BA – Rice, MBA – UT) is a native Dallas, Texan and a recipient of the Texas Hearing Aid Association’s 2018 Dispenser of the Year award.  Outside his practice, Saleem volunteers for hearing healthcare in Austin and abroad.  Since 2008, he has provided over $160,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.