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E-Newsletter: September 2022

“New” Over the Counter Hearing Aids – Nothing “New!”

There’s been a lot of news lately about over the counter (OTC) hearing aids as approved by the federal government, and what a “good thing” this is for consumers.

But like the old saying, the devil is in the details. OTC hearing aids have been around for about 20 years. President Trump signed the OTC bill over 5 years ago, now the FDA is just “finalizing” the details under the Biden Administration. So, what affect will this have on you, a current hearing aid user- probably none. Why? OTC devices are like “peeper glasses” to help with the first signs of needing help. They are not made for people with significant hearing loss, rather they are to encourage people to get started with hearing help. OTC aids are purchased in stores which require:

  1. Self-referral
  2. Self-diagnosis
  3. Self-selection
  4. Self-fitting
  5. Self-adjustment
  6. Self-maintenance

Unfortunately, most people under diagnosis their hearing condition. By the time they investigate OTC devices, they are out of their fitting range.

The best place to start is with a comprehensive hearing test from a licensed audiologist. With 6-8 years of education in hearing science, our audiologists can correctly assess and prescribe the correct treatment for your hearing condition. Call us today at 949-667-9818 for a baseline evaluation.

September is Healthy Aging Month

For the past twenty years, September has been recognized as Healthy Aging Month, an annual occurrence to raise awareness about the positive aspects of growing older. Now is a good time to get started on better health practices in observance of Healthy Aging Month!

A key part of healthy aging is taking care of your physical, mental, and hearing health. These three aspects play a large role in your overall well-being and promote a healthy lifestyle.

How to Practice Healthy Aging

No matter what your age is, try these tips for healthy aging!

  • Promote good physical health by staying active and socially engaged
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Get regular check-ups and physicals
  • Have your hearing tested on an annual basis
  • Surround yourself with people who make you happy
  • Research your family tree and talk with your physician about your family history
  • Protect your hearing from loud sounds by wearing hearing protection

These tips are all great ways to promote healthy aging and will ensure you continue to live an active and fulfilling life. Staying engaged with your family and friends is the best way you can stay connected to the world around you.

And don't forget that’s always a great time to recycle. Amazing Hearing continues to raise funds to help build water wells for children and families in Uganda, Africa through our non-profit. CTM. Please drop off to the office your plastic water bottles and aluminum cans that are marked CA CRV. You can make a difference half a world away. Bottles and cans save lives.

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