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Greetings from MaryAnn's Family Hearing!

We hope this article finds you well! For those of you who may not know, I am so happy to say that I am back at the office! Although I appreciated the extra time that I had with my husband and son, I truly missed my work family and patients. My time away made me realize even more so just how big a part of my life all of you are. Being your audiologist is a privilege, and I am so grateful to be back!

Currently, I am at the office Wednesdays and Fridays, while MaryAnn is here Mondays and Thursdays. As time goes on we will hopefully be picking up more days!

 

What is Streaming?

When we talk about streaming to hearing aids, we are essentially referring to transmitting sound from an external source to your hearing aids through which you hear the audio being played.

Although many things have slowed down over the past few months due to COVID-19, the ability to communicate and connect with other’s remotely has not! For instance, Zoom meetings and “gatherings” have been one of the most popular ways people have stayed in touch with each other. However, I’ve learned from my own personal Zooming experience, that being able to hear the conversation can be pretty challenging with hearing loss, especially when it’s with a larger group of people. That was until I started streaming the meeting from my iPhone directly to my hearing aids. What a difference!! The conversation became so much clearer and easier for me to follow, and not to mention more fun and enjoyable!

Streaming is ideal for those with hearing loss because the sound is going directly from your aids to your ears, so there is a very small distance the sound has travel before it reaches your eardrum resulting in a much clearer, less distorted sound. Additionally, your hearing aids are programmed specifically for your hearing loss, so you will hear the sounds that you need to hear better to understand speech. Lastly, your hearing aids can reduce outside environmental sounds that might distract you or overpower what you are trying to listen to.

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If you are wondering if your hearing aids have streaming capability, or you need help with streaming, please ask me at your next appointment! I guarantee you will love it!

 

Behind-the-Scenes at MAFH

Rest assured we are still taking every possible precaution to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at our office and following CDC guidelines. For the time being we are limiting the number of patient’s in the office to 1 at a time, and masks are mandatory for all who enter.

For the time being we are still offering curbside services for hearing aid maintenance and repair. For services that require you to come inside, again we ask that you wear a mask. We have masks available if you do not have one. We also ask that you take your temperature prior to coming in that day. We have a touch-less thermometer at the office if you do not have one. If you have any of the following symptoms please call us to reschedule your appointment.

Fever or chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue, Muscle or body aches, Headache, New loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea We have also placed a drop box outside for your convenience for hearing aids in need of repair. Please call us to notify us if you drop your aids off.

Procedures will continue to be modified as necessary to keep everyone safe and healthy!

 

Time to Vote!

If you have a few minutes to spare we would greatly appreciate you voting for us as the News-Heralds “Best of the Best” audiology practice in Lake County! The contest runs now through July 10th.

 

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Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,

Amanda Barbur, Au.D - Doctor of Audiology

Amanda

Amanda Barbur Au.D.
Audiologist
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