Healthy Hearing Tips
Federal guidelines suggest that individuals from 25-60 years old receive a hearing screening test every five years. If a hearing loss is suspected, a visit to a qualified audiologist or hearing specialist is suggested immediately.
For individuals over age 60, federal guidelines stipulate that hearing screenings be scheduled every year, regardless of hearing health.
All McGuire's patients should receive annual hearing screenings.
The Facts on Wax
For most people, earwax is nothing more than a nuisance. In rare instances, however, earwax buildup can hamper hearing. McGuire's experts do not recommend using cotton swabs. To minimize wax, we do recommend the use of a washcloth to remove wax just inside the ear canal.
McGuire's can help by using an "otoscope" to visualize inside the ear canals to check for the presence of wax. If wax is visualized, McGuire's staff members can remove it from the ear canal.
Office Visit Tip
We're often asked why we strongly suggest that patients bring a family member. Quite simply, a large body of research (and our own experience!) has shown us that patients will remember about 50% of the information they receive. Only half of that 50% will be recalled correctly. So quite simply, most patients will return home and recall correctly only 1/4 of the information we provided them. When a family member accompanies a patient, much more of the information is retained, and the patient tends to be less anxious, less stressed and more satisfied with the visit.
Patients scheduled for an office visit to McGuire's should bring a list of currently used prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, and herbal remedies. The staff at McGuire's is trained to recognize the effects on hearing caused by specific medicines and remedies.
Helping the Hearing Impaired Communicate
Here are a few tips that may help when communicating with someone who's hearing impaired:
- Do not shout, especially if the person is wearing hearing aids.
- Get the person's attention before you begin speaking.
- Look directly at the listener and converse where the lighting is adequate.
- Do not speak with a cigar, cigarette or food in your mouth.
- Speak slowly, but naturally.
- If the listener doesn't understand what you have said, REPHRASE, don't repeat.
- Be patient and considerate.
"Healthy Hearing Tips" is content prepared and reviewed by McGuire's hearing professionals. This content is for informational purposes only. "Healthy Hearing Tips" is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.