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Happy Valentine's Day

 

 

Valentine's Day will be here soon. Whether you have an intimate date scheduled, have fun plans with friends and family or maybe you’re hoping for a quiet night at home, we’ve found some great articles to help you make the most out of your day.


Cupid’s Tips for a Healthy Hearing Valentine’s Day


Enjoying Valentine’s Day Even With Hearing Loss


Don’t Let Hearing Loss Break Your Heart This Valentine’s Day


Five Hearing Friendly Romantic Valentine’s Day Excursions

 

 

 

 

We LOVE caring for you! Your hearing and balance wellness are a top priority to us and we are grateful for the chance to serve you.


Happy Valentine’s Day - with LOVE - from Sound Solutions Hearing & Balance Centers



 

 

 

 

Holiday Sock Drive a Big Success!

Our COO Michael Miller and Dr. Stephens proudly display our donations.

 

Our 2014 Holiday Sock Drive was a huge success! We collected new socks in both our La Palma and Huntington Beach offices, and the response from our patients was overwhelming.  We had a desire to do something good for our community and were inspired by a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania called The Joy of Sox.  This organization encourages people all over the United States to hold sock drives to benefit the homeless. We are pleased that our donations will be distributed to the homeless in our community and will hopefully give them much needed warmth and comfort.

 

We look forward to sponsoring other charitable events in the future because we believe it's important to give back to our community and to lend a helping hand to those in need. Thank you to everyone who made our sock drive a success!

 

 

Announcing Our First Annual Sock Drive

 

We're excited to announce our first sock drive!  We will be collecting new socks for the homeless in our community, and donations may be made at both of our offices through January, 2, 2015.

When this drive began, we spoke to a representative from The Joy of Sox, and he stated that many charities give food to the homeless and because of this, gratefully, many homeless persons have access to nutritious food if needed.  Many other charities gather warm blankets and coats that are greatly needed as well.  What the representative shared with us is that many homeless need new, clean socks - a need that is often overlooked.  We know we appreciate clean, warm feet and we want to help those in need enjoy the same comfort.

We are grateful for the blessings in our lives and look forward to helping those in need in our community, if but in a small, yet important way.  Please stop by our offices, say hello, and donate new socks for our drive.  We hope it's a success and becomes an annual tradition!

 

 

 

Military Veterans and Hearing Loss

 

Military Veterans are a valued demographic in American society - regardless of one’s political views. Many Americans are Veterans or are honored to have a Veteran in their family. With the United States’ recent involvement in conflicts in the Middle East, much emphasis has been brought to the public’s attention about war-time injuries. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), missing limbs and brain and spine injuries are among the injuries that come to mind first. Many people are surprised to learn that the most common and significant war-time injury affecting our Veterans today is hearing loss and Tinnitus (ringing in the ears). In fact, many Veterans with multiple devastating injuries feel that their hearing problems are the most traumatic of their war-time injuries.

 

Imagine constantly standing by loud generators, having buzzing aircraft overhead, and hearing blasts of gunfire, yelling and explosions. These weapons aren’t called “bunker busters” for no reason, they’re also hearing busters. Without the proper hearing protection our servicemen and women are being exposed to extremely harmful levels of sound. Scott C. Forbes, Past-President of the Association of Veterans Administration Audiology says he believes "the signature injury” of returned Veterans is auditory injury.  A 2011 Government Accountability Office report supports his claim by stating the most common injury among Veterans is hearing related.

 

In fact, among Post 9/11 Veterans, 414,000 have returned with hearing loss and/or Tinnitus. Hearing maladies cost more than $1.4 Billion in Veterans’ disability payments per year. Government leaders are pleased that 99% of claims related to hearing loss are approved, but because of this, $216 Million a year are spent on hearing aids alone. It’s interesting to note that the Veterans Affairs Department purchases one in five hearing aids in the U.S. annually.

 

All hearing professionals agree that our active service members should be using hearing protection, but this isn’t always available to them when they need them most. Thankfully, our Veterans seem to be getting the care they need when they return home in regards to hearing problems – but so much of it can be prevented. The VA has issued a Veterans Health Initiative relating to hearing loss. It offers helpful tips for Veterans, their families and both VA and non-VA care providers. It can be found here: http://www.publichealth.va.gov/vethealthinitiative/hearing_impairment.asp

 

There are also other organizations created to help Veterans who have experienced hearing loss and hearing related maladies from combat. One of them is The Hearing Loss Association of America. (www.hearingloss.org) They offer education, support, free subscriptions to their products (a magazine and webinars) and financial assistance for hearing assistive devices. This is just one example of the many resources available to help our Veterans. An internet search or asking their hearing health professional for resources will also help Veterans find the services they need.

 

At Sound Solutions Hearing and Balance Centers, all of our patients are important to us, especially our Veterans. We want to say “Thank You” to all Veterans for their sacrifices. We are committed to helping them and all of our patients overcome any hearing and balance problems they may be experiencing. We are just a phone call away and love to help!

 

Contact:

(714) 523-4327


Resources:

www.publicintegrity.org

www.hearlingloss.org

www.publichealth.va.gov

 

 
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