Event Sept 6 – Discussion on Hearing Protection

Join us on Sept. 6, 2017 – 3:00pm – for a Discussion about Hearing Protection.

We will go over the various types of hearing protection available for different activities

noise exposure(concerts, bands, motor cycling, organized sports, mowing, shooting, etc.) and how to use them effectively.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP at 727-323-2471.

We look forward to seeing you. We will be serving light refreshments.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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Special September Promotion

Special Promotion for the Month of September

Oticon Opn OneWhen you Purchase a pair of Oticon Opn One Hearing Aids, you will receive one free accessory (choose from a TV Adapter 3.0, Remote Control 3.0, ConnectClip, Phone Adapter, or USB Adapter) – a $225.00 value.

Call 727-323-2471 for more information.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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How Can I Prevent Tinnitus?

Most people with tinnitus (noise in the ears) have hearing loss. Many people first notice tinnitus after attending a rock concert, loud sporting event or shooting. This is because the noise has overloaded the ears. (Just like too much sun leads to a bad sunburn). Other people develop tinnitus after working around loud noise without any hearing protection.

TinnitusThe single best thing you can do to prevent tinnitus is to wear hearing protection when you are exposed to loud noise. It is a good idea to carry a pair of disposable ear plugs in your purse or wallet, just in case.

There are apps available for smart phones that will monitor noise levels. These are helpful, if you aren’t sure how loud a venue is. Once you have an idea of how loud is too loud, it is easier to be aware of when you need hearing protection.

It is also important to remember that everyday sounds may be too loud. You should wear hearing protection when mowing the lawn or using any power tool. Using an MP3 player can also cause tinnitus. You should not use an MP3 player more than 1-2 hours per day and the volume should be set so that you can carry a conversation with the person next to you. You should never use an MP3 player to block out environmental sounds.

If you hunt, there are special devices that allow you to hear and close off when you fire your gun. If you shoot at a range, you should be wearing ear plugs and muffs.

Many people with tinnitus can be helped easily. A hearing check is the first step. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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Hearing and E-Cigarettes

Most people are under the impression that E-cigarettes are safer than traditional cigarettes. As far as hearing is concerned, this isn’t true.

e-cigarette and hearingThere are many chemicals in both E-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes that can lead to hearing loss. Nicotine is oto-toxic. This means that nicotine is toxic to the hair cells within the ear.

The hair cells transmit sound to the auditory (hearing) nerve. If they are damaged, you won’t hear well.

If you have chemical exposure (E-cigarettes or traditional cigarettes) and noise exposure, you are even more likely to suffer permanent changes to your hearing.

So, the best advice still stands: If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you do smoke, there are treatments available to help you quit smoking. E-cigarettes aren’t safe, so if you don’t smoke, don’t start using an E-cigarette.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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Buyer Beware: Hearing Aid Warranties Not Honored

It is easy to go online today and order hearing aids. The prices look great, but programming and service are not included in the price of the hearing aids.

hearing aidsMost hearing aid manufacturers do not want their products sold online. Hearing aids work best and provide the most benefit when they are fit by an audiologist.

To combat this practice, the manufacturers are voiding warranties on hearing aids purchased online. So, your bargain hearing aid is no great deal.

Hearing aid repairs on out of warranty aids are expensive and there is no guarantee that the manufacturer will agree to repair hearing aids that were not purchased through an authorized channel.

The ear is a very complex organ. Being fit with hearing aids is not like picking up a pair of reading glasses at the drugstore. Most successful hearing aid users require multiple visits for programming adjustments and counseling. Hearing aids are available in all price ranges, some are very inexpensive.

The key to doing well with any hearing aid, from basic to the most advanced is ongoing care.

We would be happy to help you, even if you have mail order hearing aids. My goal for all of my patients is that you hear the very best you can. Professional care is the most important aspect of hearing health.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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Hearing Aid Confusion

We are bombarded daily with newspaper ads, television ads, and even radio ads, about hearing aids.

elderly woman - hearing careIt is very confusing. How do you know what to believe?

If the ads look too good to be true, they are.

Reputable audiologists don’t generally talk about discounts and free stuff ( like televisions), when you purchase hearing aids. These are gimmicks to get you in the door, just like that obnoxious car salesman on TV uses.

The key to success with hearing aids is an ongoing relationship with your audiologist. It doesn’t matter how much the hearing aids cost, if you don’t see someone who knows what they are doing, you won’t be successful.

As an audiologist, I have the training and expertise to help you hear your best. My goal for all of my patients is that they can hear the best they possibly can. Hearing will never be perfect, just significantly better.

Don’t fall for gimmicks, or really inexpensive hearing aids in advertisements. We have hearing aids to meet your budget and allow you to hear your best.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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My Hearing Aids Got Wet – Help!

At least once a week one of my patients comes in and tells me that they got in the shower with their hearing aids on.

shower pictureIt isn’t the problem that it used to be. Most hearing aids are nano coated to prevent moisture damage.

So, if you accidentally get into the shower with your hearing aids on, don’t panic. Hop right back out, and there shouldn’t be any damage.

Wipe off the hearing aid. Open the battery door and throw out the battery. Let the hearing aid dry out and insert a new battery. The hearing aid should work.

If you are still having problems with your hearing aids, call us as soon as possible.

I almost never need to send a hearing aid in for repair if it gets wet. So don’t panic. Prevention is always best. If you can make it part of your routine to tap your ears before you get into the shower or jump into the pool, you will never have a problems.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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Hearing and Listening are not the same

The cartoon says it all. “I can improve his hearing, but there is nothing I can do about his listening.” by Roy Delgado

ListeningI can help my patients hear the best they can. That does not mean that they will become better listeners.

That also means that even with the best hearing technology, no one will hear everything.

I can help my patients become better listeners with techniques to improve listening skills and work with the family to help them understand how to enhance communication.

Hearing aids are only part of the answer. We are here to help you hear and understand the very best you can.

If you would like more information, give us a call at 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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May is Better Hearing Month

As part of Better Hearing Month, Broadwater Hearing Care is encouraging consumers to be more aware of their hearing health.

I like to think of it as hearing loss prevention month. By adopting good hearing health care habits, you can protect your hearing and push back the need for hearing aids for many years.

ear“Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises, ear infections, trauma, or ear disease: harm to the inner ear and ear drum; illness or certain medications; and deterioration due to the normal aging process,” explains Susan E. Terry, AuD, Doctor of Audiology.
 
 
 

Hearing Loss Is the Third Most Common Health Problem in the United States

Press Release: http://www.tampabaynewswire.com/2017/05/05/hearing-loss-is-the-third-most-common-health-problem-in-the-united-states-57379

Hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing impaired persons are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players (MP3 players) and earbuds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing.

On average, most Americans consider hearing loss a condition that is simply associated with aging and don’t know how to recognize the condition or who is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition. In an effort to raise public awareness for the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with Broadwater Hearing Care is celebrating Better Hearing Month this May.

An audiologist is a highly educated and clinically experienced health care professional specializing in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages – from birth on.

If you have trouble hearing conversation, ringing in the ear, or would like to learn how to prevent hearing loss, it is important to see an audiologist.

“Broadwater Hearing Care has been providing hearing healthcare to St. Petersburg since 1988. Our goal has always been to help our patients hear the very best that they can,” stated Susan E. Terry, AuD, F-NAP, F-AAA.

Broadwater Hearing Care’s audiologist has specialties including:
*Diagnostic hearing evaluations
*Prescribing and fitting hearing aids
*Tinnitus diagnostic evaluation and treatment
*Hearing rehabilitation training
*Hearing protection devices

Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment.

It is a good idea to have a baseline hearing check-up. I like to discuss ways to protect hearing and prevent hearing loss during your appointment. Nothing makes me happier than telling my patients that they have normal hearing and I want to help you keep it that way.

Hearing healthcare is part of your overall healthcare and hearing loss can lead to many other problems. Prevention is the key.

Give us a call today to schedule your hearing check-up – 727-323-2471.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA, F-NAP
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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Apple Watch Promotion – Extended to June 1st

The Apple Watch Promotion has been Extended from May 1st to June 1st!

a Free Apple Watch (valued at $369) Apple Watch

or a Free Hearing Aid Accessory

with the purchase of a pair of Opn One Hearing Aids.
Opn One Hearing Aids

Give us a call at 727-323-2471

and schedule your appointment with Dr. Susan Terry at Broadwater Hearing Care.

Susan E. Terry, Au.D., F-AAA
Doctor of Audiology
Board Certified

P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.

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