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5 Reasons to Get a Clinical Diagnostic Hearing Evaluation

A man holding up a hearing aid and smiling in Anchorage, AK

People with mild to moderate hearing loss will soon—most likely in 2022—be able to get over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids in Anchorage and throughout the U.S. without a medical exam or a fitting by an audiologist. The change is the result of new FDA guidelines that are designed to boost hearing aid use by people with hearing loss. We certainly agree with the goal of encouraging more people with hearing loss to wear hearing aids. According to the FDA, approximately 15% of American adults (37.5 million) age 18 and over report some trouble hearing. Unfortunately, only about 20% of those who … Continue reading »

Improving Communication in the Era of Face Masks

Four people talking with masks on

Wearing face masks helps prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but for people with hearing loss, they pose communications challenges. This includes muffled speech, the inability to read lips, and difficulty wearing masks for people who use behind-the-ear hearing aids. At our Anchorage, Alaska, practice, patients with hearing loss often describe these challenges in addition to others associated with wearing masks. In this blog post, we’ll provide some tips that you can share with family and friends to help bridge these unique communication challenges. How Has the Pandemic Affected Communication? Even though people with hearing loss are most affected by … Continue reading »

Virtual Consultations Available at ACENT

Group of doctors and team in blue scrubs

When Covid-19 hit, we immediately realized that we had to operate differently. We needed to continue to provide care to our patients but needed to keep our patients and staff safe and do all we could to prevent spread of the virus. Telemedicine had been a consideration for us for some time; it seemed like a perfect way to reach patients in more distant regions of the state. Covid-19 made telemedicine an urgent priority. Our staff did an incredible job of standing up a working videoteleconference (VTC) platform in a matter of days. It took a total team effort, as … Continue reading »