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UNDERSTANDING YOUR HEARING AID BENEFIT OR INSURANCE PROGRAMS

Understanding the complexities of your health insurance plan can challenging, especially for patients over 65 years’ old that may have recently received information about a new “hearing aid benefit.” There are also various programs, and levels of coverage for several different kinds of insurance or benefit programs through your employer that you may or may not know you even have. Whether you are trying to navigate a hearing aid insurance benefit program for yourself or a loved one, we are proud to offer a trusted resource, with 35+ years of experience with local insurance companies to help you understand your hearing health options. HES will be having a number of Insurance Benefit Seminars before and during the health insurance open enrollment period to help you better understand your options and make the right insurance selection for your hearing needs. If you are interested in attending one of our popular Insurance Benefit Seminars, please give us a call at 544-6210 and we will add you to the next invitation list. At HES, we believe in educating and empowering our patients to help them make informed and educated decisions about their hearing healthcare.

HES Honored by Quota International of Amherst

Amherst, NY - Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo was recently honored by Quota International of Amherst, at their Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 15, 2017 at Milo's Restaurant.  HES was one of five organizations to receive the 2017 honors, which recognizes community organizations that serve Western New York. Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo, Inc. is one of the only freestanding non-profit audiology practices in the country. Over the years, HES has provided quality hearing services at a variety of locations throughout Western New York (WNY) including downtown Buffalo, Amherst, Orchard Park, Tonawanda, and Williamsville. Quota of Amherst, an International organization, was founded in Buffalo in 1919 and is dedicated to assisting the hearing and speech impaired as well as disadvantaged women and children. Its current members reside in locations all over Western New York.   [caption id="attachment_3411" align="aligncenter" width="727"] Pictured above are L to R: Joy Higgins, St. Mary’s School for the Deaf ; Dr. Anne Orsene, Hearing Evaluation Services; Ronald Calandra, Hearts for the Homeless; Kathy Bucierka, Quota Club President; Gino Grasso and Tiffany Velado, Madonna of the Streets Inc. Buffalo.[/caption]

COLD WEATHER AND YOUR HEARING

Protecting and preserving your hearing health is always one of our top priorities at HES. Environmental factors play a major role in the hearing health of many of our patients throughout the year. As we enter the halfway point (hopefully) of winter in Western New York, it is a good time to remind you that cold air can also have an impact on your hearing as well. Here are three important things to look out for with the cold weather relative to your hearing:
  • Increased risk of ear infections:
    • Cold temperatures limit the circulation in your ear – which can play a major role in causing ear infections. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), chronic ear infections are one of the primary causes of hearing loss. Additionally, having the common cold (which means more fluid in the middle ear space) in conjunction with poor circulation is the perfect combination to affect your hearing! If you can’t differentiate between a decline in your hearing due to these factors versus a problem with your hearing aid, please call us and we can help get your problem taken care of sooner than later.
  • Risk of “Surfers Ear”:
    • Exostosis (commonly known as ‘Surfers Ear’) occurs when cold and wet environments cause abnormal bone outgrowth to form inside the ear canal, blocking the passage and impeding hearing. Early symptoms of exostosis include frequent ear infections, or trapped water inside the ear. If you or someone you know has a job that requires them to work outside a lot during the winter months – it is extra important to be aware of these symptoms.
  • Damage to Hearing Aids
    • If you wear a hearing aid that utilizes a battery, it is important to know that exposure to cold air can affect the battery life of your devices (just as it can affect the life of any device with batteries in the cold air). Additionally, condensation from wet and cold environments can cause breakdown and corrosion which could potentially damage the device.
The solution is simple. Protect your ears from the cold when you are outdoors! From hats, ear muffs, or other protective head gear. Additionally, never go without hearing protection, even if you think it is just for a short amount of time (We’re looking at you unlucky ones who have to run the snow blower after Lake Erie dumps snow on us!). If you think your hearing devices or hearing may have been affected by the cold weather, please contact our office for help on what to do.