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Don’t Let Hearing Problems Weigh You Down in 2013

New Year, New Ears

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We all make resolutions when the New Year rolls around. And usually, our resolutions are chosen to improve ourselves in some way. Do we want to eat better? Lose weight? Exercise more? Find ways to lessen stress?

If you, or any of your loved ones, have been struggling with hearing problems, perhaps 2013 is the time to resolve to hear BETTER!

But, like our resolutions, it’s best to set realistic expectations. Personally, I don’t think I’ll ever make it back into that two piece bathing suit. I can’t see myself doing a marathon, or, for that matter, a mini-marathon. But maybe I CAN feel better in my clothing. Or, perhaps I CAN commit to walking four days week.

What is realistic for using hearing aids? Although it’s different for everyone, there are some basic wisdoms to know when entering the world of hearing aids for the first time.

  • They are expensive, and they are not typically covered by insurance plans.
  • They CAN be trialed first, although do expect that the time and work put into the trial period will have a price. ASK for the terms of your trial period.
  • They do NOT restore normal hearing!
  • They DO make listening easier!
  • They do NOT make background noise disappear, but they DO help you hear easier in its presence.
  • They DO require care and maintenance to continue working properly.

Why wait? Resolve that 2013 will be the year you take care of ALL the health concerns you might be facing. Eat better, exercise more, de-stress, and get some new ears.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Learn more about the audiology clinic at Hebrew SeniorLife by clicking here.

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Clinical Supervisor, Audiology at Hebrew SeniorLife

Audiologist Leesa Burke, MA, FAAA, is a Fellow in the American Academy of Audiology and a member of the Massachusetts Speech, Language and Hearing Association. Her special areas of interest include rehabilitative audiology, assistive listening devices and counseling for the hearing impaired and their families. Ms. Burke has been featured in the Boston Globe's Senior Set on hearing loss.

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