November is Diabetes Awareness Month

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Diabetes is the inability of a the body to process carbohydrates. 

This can be due to insulin resistance, (type 2 diabetes), or due to lack of insulin production, (type 1 diabetes).  When the body cannot remove sugar from the blood stream, it can cause damage to both the circulatory system and also the nervous system.  

As some of you may know, I have type 1 diabetes.  I live with the day to day, relentless toll that living with diabetes can play on both physical and emotional well being. 

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Diabetes is linked with an increased risk of hearing loss.

One of the less talked about side effects of diabetes is an increased risk for hearing loss, which has been verified in multiple studies.  You can read more about these studies here:

American Diabetes Association

Healthline

American Speech Language Hearing Association

How can you prevent hearing loss when you also deal with diabetes? 

Do you best to keep your blood sugars in a normal range.  Exercise, reduce carbohydrate intake, and stay hydrated.  Avoid loud noise.  Keep your regular appointments with your physician and follow their counsel.  GET YOUR HEARING CHECKED!!!  Along with annual eye examinations for nerve damage, you should also have annual hearing evaluations to determine if changes are occurring in your hearing.  

There is always hope.

Don't let diabetes break you down.  Be sure to visit with someone who knows what you are facing, and can be a listening ear.  Your local audiologist is someone who understands, and can help you communicate with your loved ones.  Although both diabetes and hearing loss don't have a "cure", they are manageable, and you can live a full life.  It takes patience with yourself, and a willingness to learn management skills.  

 

 

Fall in the air, reflection, and hope.

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Fall in the air...

Autumn is my favorite time of year.  The crisp morning air, the colors of the leaves changing, the warmth of the late autumn light make my heart peaceful.  I also love watching the busy harvest activities happening all around.  It's a time to enjoy the fruits of spring and summer's labor.  

Reflection...

It's also the time we prepare for the holidays.  November and December are coming fast.  Have you considered how your hearing may affect your enjoyment of holiday parties?  What about hearing important conversations?  Are you finding that you avoid activities you once enjoyed?

Hope!

Now is the time to have your hearing evaluated, and treatment options considered.  Hearing technology, assistive listening tools, and listening therapy are available and (better than ever) to help you navigate the holidays with confidence.  

Our clinic's thorough diagnostic and unique fitting protocols ensure a better experience than you may have had anywhere else.  Education and experience make a difference in your long term success.  

I hope you'll call today and take the first step to a happier holiday season!

Sounds of Summer Scavenger Hunt 2017

Our office is sponsoring a sound scavenger hunt this summer!  Drop in, and pick up your contest card.  Our hope is to encourage you to experience all that our beautiful area has to offer.  The rules are as follows:

Visit at least one county fair, one fine arts theatre event, one outdoor event, and one place of beauty.  Turn in your card, (along with proof of attendance such as a ticket stub, program copy or photo) for a chance to win.  

All entries must be returned to our office before September 30, 2017.  Winners will be announced on our Facebook page.  

Grand prize will be $500 off a pair of mid level or premium hearing aids.   There will be other prizes, including a date night for two!

We're grateful to be able to serve this beautiful community, and hope you'll get out there and enjoy it!  

New Year...focus on what matters most.

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With the beginning of a new year, many people set goals and think about what they want to accomplish.  However, by mid-January, many of those resolutions have already been broken.  

May I suggest that instead of hard to attain resolutions, you consider what matters most in your life.  For me, it is my family.  Some of you know that my father passed away in November of 2015.  I realized very quickly that things don't always work out the way you hope, and that time with loved ones is precious.  

What does this have to do with hearing?  Hearing is how we connect with our loved ones.  Hearing allows us to understand the nuances of language, not just the words, spoken, but the emotions behind them.  Our hearing and communicating with our loved ones is what keeps us connected as friends and family.  It is also the root of keeping our brains healthy.  In the final days with my dad, I had the privilege of calling him and recording his recollections and life story.  It is something that I will always treasure.  

Ask yourself how you can improve and enhance your relationships with loved ones in the coming year.  If hearing loss is becoming an issue, don't put it off.  Relationships can suffer when a loved one feels ignored or misunderstood.  If this is happening, and there is a reasonable solution...it's time to do something about it.  

 

 

Brain health and hearing health

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We recently found out my grandmother is in the beginning stages of memory loss.  It has really brought to home the difficulties that ensue when our brain is just not as healthy as it should be.  I have been urging both she and my grandpa to be more consistent and vigilant in her use of her hearing aids.   

Hearing health and brain health are inextricably linked.  Several studies by Dr. Lim at Johns Hopkins, and the recent study released last November by Dr. Amieva (whom I was privileged to hear lecture last year) show definitive links between hearing loss and cognitive decline.  Dr. Amieva's research showed for the first time that consistent use of hearing aids slows that decline in those with hearing loss.  

I guess you could say I am on a crusade.  I want people to know that hearing loss and its associated cognitive decline can be avoided.  Hearing aids can keep you socially engaged, reduce anxiety and depression, and keep vital information pathways in your brain open and useful.  

Hearing health and brain health keep you active, healthy, and in a position to get the most out of life.  If you would like more information, call our office today.  I'd be happy to discuss any questions you might have, and show you how hearing technology, properly fit, can make a huge difference in your life.  

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