Tough Times Need Better Hearing

Q.  My parents are using the corona virus as the latest reason not to address their hearing loss.  With the news on all the time at their house, they get into even more disagreements because they mishear a lot of the news.  How can I get them to finally get some hearing aids?

A.  Though you have noticed your parents’ hearing loss for some time, they might not be as aware of it as you are.  More so, do not tell them to go get hearing aids.  Instead, talk with them about their increasing misunderstandings and repetitive questions.  When they have acknowledged those issues, encourage them to first get a hearing test and then to find out if hearing aids will help them.

  Offer to go with them to a hearing center.  Yes, hearing centers are in business to sell hearing aids.  Yet some will focus on thorough testing, patient education, and hearing aid evaluations before suggesting a particular hearing aid to buy.  Find a good, well-reviewed hearing center in Austin.  Call them and ask some questions.  If you feel confident in them, help your parents set up a hearing test appointment.

  If your parents decide to test out some hearing aids, they will likely experience a lot more clarity and calm with each other and when speaking with others.

  Call us at the Better Hearing Center of Austin.  We will take our time to answer all of your questions.  We order and program all models of Oticon and Phonak hearing aids.  Once the restrictions are lifted, come get your hearing tested and listen to the newest instruments.  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 KVUE’s 2020 award for 5 Who Care and 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 $178,000 in hearing aids to students at the Texas School for the Deaf.