Working in an office environment poses specific obstacles when you have hearing loss. Telephone communication, deciphering conversation from background noise, and missing out on important information during meetings are just a few of the challenges.

Here are a few tips to help you succeed on the job.

  • Be open and honest with your supervisors and colleagues about your hearing loss.
  • Help your co-workers communicate with you by providing suggestions, such as making eye contact with you before beginning to speak; not covering their mouths with their hands when speaking so that you can read their lips, etc.
  • Find an ally. Develop a friendship with one or two associates who will make sure you don’t miss out on anything important.
  • Ask for help when you need it.

Stay on top of your hearing loss with follow-up visits to your audiologist and routine maintenance of your hearing aids. And don't forget that the staff at Hearing Associates is here to help with your communication needs.

William Shatner battled alien threats during his long career on Star Trek, but the actor has been battling a real life threat, tinnitus, for years.

Tinnitus manifests itself as ringing or noise in the ears or head. Although most of us have experienced that sensation, usually after concerts or other loud event, some people suffer from ongoing tinnitus. The condition affects sleep, stress, and quality of life.

Shatner’s tinnitus is the result of filming a scene for Star Trek. The actor was too close to one of the on-set explosions and has been struggling with tinnitus ever since. After receiving help from the American Tinnitus Association, Shatner now regularly speaks out about his condition and urges others to seek treatment for tinnitus.

Don’t let tinnitus rule your life: schedule a hearing evaluation today to get the help you need and deserve.

Although hearing loss affects individuals of all ages and from vastly different walks of life, there’s one group in particular with an alarmingly high risk of developing the condition: military personnel.

The noise of loud equipment and vehicles, gunfire and roadside bombs are taking their toll on members of our armed forces, with over one million suffering from tinnitus and over 50,000 with hearing loss. While it’s important for active duty military personnel to practice hearing conservation, it’s also crucial for us to take care of these individuals and help them regain their hearing to show our appreciation of their sacrifice.

Hearing loss takes the joy out of conversation and makes it difficult to maintain relationships and careers. It takes the joy out of conversation and social activities, but it could be taking even more than that.

Studies have shown that untreated hearing loss can cost an individual up to $12,000 a year. The cost increases as time goes on through lost wages, promotions and opportunities as a result of an individual’s hearing loss.

Take back your hearing and protect your wallet by scheduling a hearing screening today.