Dedicated to Excellence in Hearing Healthcare since 1994
The audiologists at the Hearing Associates of Northern Virginia possess the highest credentials and are among the country's most experienced hearing healthcare professionals. Our doctors provide personal and customized hearing solutions, including diagnostic testing and audiological evaluations, hearing aid fitting and support, and ongoing hearing rehabilitation.
We are usually first in line to appreciate all of the amazing sounds in the world, but it’s amazing what you can hear when all the background noise gets turned down....even if it’s because of a global pandemic!!
news.yahoo.com The silence is unprecedented. Scientists are stoked.
hearingassociatesofnova.com The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new trials and routines to many of us, as we learn to adapt to things like quarantine, physical distancing, and yes, face masks. Use of face masks has become increasingly common in public places, even required in many states, including Virginia, but face masks pose....
While it's still early, and scientists are exploring the link between a COVID-19 diagnosis and additional hearing loss and/or hearing related symptoms, there's enough smoke to suggest there may be some fire there.
forbes.com Here are what some scientific publications have indicated.
Helpful tips for keeping both you and your hearing aids safe!
Here’s your annual reminder to maintain “social distance” from your fireworks display! Fireworks have the potential to damage your hearing, so view them from a safe distance.
Our office will be closed on Friday, July 3. Happy Independence Day!
Many folks have expressed frustration at wearing masks that interfere or compete for space with hearing aids behind their ears. We love the suggestions in this article for alternatives to wearing ear loops for masks over the ears!
health.com The CDC recommends everyone wear cloth face masks in public, but they can cause painful ear irritation after continuous wear. Here’s how to stop it.
Stay connected to the outside world!
Having connectivity problems? Each hearing aid manufacturer has convenient helplines right call to help get you back on track!
GN Resound 1-888-735-4327
We know this is a year none of us will ever forget, but congratulations to all of the graduates of the epic year of 2020! Here’s hoping at least some of you intend to go into virology....or audiology!
Tips on working from home with a hearing loss:
healthyhearing.com Working from home presents special challenges for people with hearing loss, especially virtual meetings. Poor sound quality and a spotty internet connection can make the experience downright frustrating.
Please remember to practice kindness and patience during these unprecedented times. Fear and anxiety are at high levels, and difficulty with understanding speech may only compound that. Masks are hot and uncomfortable, but for many of us, are merely a nuisance. Those who have hearing loss may find that they make it significantly more difficult to communicate, making already challenging social situations nearly impossible.
nytimes.com Masks, enforced social distance and other public health measures intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus pose unique challenges to the 37 million American adults with impaired hearing.
Excellent article exploring the causation between progressive, gradual hearing loss (like due to aging) and cognitive loss. Research demonstrates the importance of regular hearing aid use!
digest.bps.org.uk By Emma Young. If processes are mirrored in humans, finding could help explain why hearing loss raises risk of Alzheimer’s.
Happy Better Speech and Hearing Month! If you’re ready to improve your communication with your friends and family, we are ready to help!
President Ronald Reagan declared May Better Hearing and Speech Month in 1981. Reagan was always very open about his hearing loss and the importance of hearing health. Here are a few photos from his visit to House Institute
We are opening carefully!
We’re pleased to announce we’ll be resuming with caution our face-to-face patient care in McLean beginning on June 1, 2020. We will continue to offer curbside visits and telehealth visits for patient care that do not require direct face-to-face contact. The safety of our patients and staff is paramount to us, and we have made a few changes to reflect that.
Here's what’s the same: The unparalleled level of care and attention you have come to expect from our knowledgeable and experienced staff.
Here’s what’s different:
• Our providers will be wearing surgical masks with a clear, communicator window, for ease of lip reading, and gloves changed after every visit. (Face shields and gowns will also be used during certain procedures.) We will ask you to wear masks during your visits with us as well.
• Providers wash hands before and after each patient visit, and during as needed.
• Improved and rigorous sanitation procedures following each visit.
• Staggered appointment times to prevent patient overlap.
• We ask patients to call us on arrival so that their arrival can be timed and they can be escorted directly into the care/exam rooms, not having to wait in the waiting room.
• Intake paperwork can (and should) be completed online, resulting in less contact in the office.
• Invoices may be paid in a contactless fashion through our patient portal (please contact our office for registration code)
• Screening questions and temperature screenings for each visit, in accordance with CDC guidelines. Our patients will be asked if they have traveled in the last 21 days, if they have had a fever, cough or shortness of breath, and if they have had a positive COVID test or have been in direct contact with someone who has in the past 14 days. If the answer to any of the questions is ”yes,” or if they have a fever of over 99.9, we are asking our patients to kindly reschedule their appointments.
For our patients at Greenspring, Riderwood, and Ashby Ponds, we plan to resume our weekly visits to your communities as soon as restrictions are lifted at your community level. In the meantime, we are doing regular pickups and drop-offs of hearing devices in need of cleaning and repair. Please contact us if you require our services.
We have missed you, and look forward to seeing you soon, safely.
Dr. Crovato, Dr. Yunes, and Dr. Trinka
It seems like masks aren't going away anytime soon. Now more than ever, it's vital to be cognizant of your speech habits.
healthtalk.unchealthcare.org Masks help slow the spread of COVID-19 but can require some adjustments to the way we talk to each other.
Home of the free, because of the brave.
To those who sacrificed all, we honor you. Today and every day.
We are listening!
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month! The virus probably highlighted, for many of us, the importance of effective communication! Better hearing means improved quality of life! Contact your local audiologist today to start your journey! #thinkaudiology
[05/18/20] We are currently OPEN for curbside and telehealth appointments, and plan to resume in-office appointments with precautions on June 1. Please call us at (703) 748-3300 to let us help you with your hearing healthcare needs.
This is SO IMPORTANT to understand. Please take three minutes to read this. These masks, while necessary, add an unfortunate level of risk to our hard of hearing friends and family members.
slate.com I don't want to feel ashamed to check out at the grocery store.
Many health care facilities, ours included, will be or already have implemented new infection control screening procedures, including temperature screenings. This may be conducted with a forehead device or an ear temperature screener. For patients with any style of in-the-ear hearing aids or BTEs with occluding earmolds they may find that a temperature reading right when they remove their hearing aids will be high.
A study by Mogensen et al (2018) suggests leaving the hearing aid/earmold out for at least 5 minutes in order to get an accurate temperature screening.
This information may help patients prepare for entering health centers (removing their hearing aids and waiting 5 minutes before screening) and will be valuable to directors of these screening programs so screeners will know to wait a few minutes before the screening to avoid false positives.
It is disconcerting to have a high temperature reading when you are trying to access health care and this may result in you being sent away so this information may help you avoid unneeded stress.
Suggestion: When attending medical appointments, leave your hearing aids in to answer the screener’s questions, and then ask to wait five minutes before the temperature screen, removing your hearing aids. You may have to wait in the hall.
Mogensen, C. B., Vilhelmsen, M. B., Jepsen, J., Boye, L. K., Persson, M. H., & Skyum, F. (2018). Ear measurement of temperature is only useful for screening for fever in an adult emergency department. BMC emergency medicine, 18(1), 51.
Be Mindful of your Mask
We have already processed some loss claims for hearing aids that were dislodged during the adjustment or donning of masks. It seems face masks in public will be part of our new normal, at least for a while, so here are some things to consider.
Consider choosing to purchase or make at home masks that tie in the back, instead of the ones that loop over the ears. If you must choose ones that have ear loops, they may “compete” for space behind your ears with your hearing aids. There are products you can make or buy that take the pressure off of your ears and still allow your face mask to fit snugly and correctly, even finding items around your house to work in a pinch, like the lady in picture four. Creativity can be more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
Great article on masks for the deaf and hard of hearing, with a clear lip panel to aid in lip reading.
We have acquired the Communicator masks from Safe N Clear for our practice. They are designed to be single use and disposable and are made here in the USA. They are mentioned in this article if you’re interested in learning more!
hearinglikeme.com As the world deals with coronavirus, masks are a hot commodity. Clear masks for people with hearing loss could be real lifesavers.
With so many choices out there today, it can be challenging to choose the right hearing device for you, so it's always best to consult with your professional. One thing that we wish we could add to this list, given our current situation, some hearing aids these days can be programmed remotely by your hearing healthcare provider! To find out if you are eligible for remote programming, contact your audiologist!
This isn’t the way we ever thought we would be delivering care to patients, but we are adapting and doing the best we can with our situation! Said a patient today after her curbside visit, via email: “Everything perfect and comfortable! Another marriage saved!! I appreciated the curbside service.”
How can we help you? Call us or email us today at [email protected]. We are here to help!
Dr. Crovato models the new “communicator” face masks. We know how critical it is for you to hear and understand your health care providers, and we know many people read lips as a way of improving their understanding. At Hearing Associates of Northern Virginia, we understand how, especially now, good communication is vital. We hear you. Now, we just want you to hear us!
The Trouble With Masks
With everyone wearing masks lately, it's important to talk about a few things.
One: Someone wearing a mask will automatically be harder to hear and understand. If we can't see your lips, it reduces our ability to use our eyes to aid in our understanding. We can't read lips if they are masked. If you're wearing a mask, make sure to speak as clearly as possible, and make sure to repeat yourself if you think it's possible you haven't been understood.
Two: Fumbling with the earhooks on a mask can sometimes cause hearing aids to dislodge off the back of your ears. Make sure to carefully loop the ear loops over your ears, ensuring that your hearing aids stay in place. When you remove the mask, make sure your hearing aids stay put.
Happy Passover and Happy Easter from us at Hearing Associates! Remember when organizing family or group virtual meetings, there are forums like Skype and Google Meet that offer live transcriptions for those who struggle with hearing in those situations. Some, like Zoom, require the “host” to enable live transcriptions. (Don’t be afraid to ask!) Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. And for those of you with hard of hearing friends or family members, reach out to them by text or email!
support.skype.com Live captions & subtitles in Skype let you read the words that are spoken during an audio or video call. Live captions & subtitles are available in Skype on Android (6.0+), Android tablet, iPhone, iPad, Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, and Skype for Windows 10 (version 14). To turn live captions & subtitle...
We are hard at work creating new ways to deliver care to you. That's the key word here: CARE. We miss you, and are looking forward to seeing you again. In the meantime, we're working on solutions to help us provide care in less traditional ways including:
*Our new online patient portal
*Supplies shipped on demand to your door
*Remote hearing aid programming (available in certain models only)
We didn't ask for this global pandemic to shut the whole world down.....but we're taking this speedbump as an opportunity to improve the way we care for you and your hearing. We promise, we'll be better than ever when we can safely reopen our doors. In the meantime, reach out to us if you need something. We are here to help!
[04/07/20] Friends, if you’ve decided to tackle some home improvement projects with some newfound free time, remember that many people aged 40-65 acquire hearing loss from noise exposure. If you’re using power tools or noisy, outdoor equipment, please use hearing protection. Don’t have any? Call us. We can send you some disposable earplugs. 🙉
Connecting our Patients, Connecting our Community
Attention ALL parents of kiddos! We are starting a community art sharing project to help combat the neurobiology of loneliness and need your help! As you know, we work with patients of all ages, from pediatrics to geriatrics and everything in between. Hearing loss can be an isolating condition, but match it with social distancing and a little COVID-19 quarantine, and the result can be beyond lonesome.
Good news! YOU can help!
We are asking parents of children to have them draw or color a piece of artwork (or as many pieces as they want) to be given to a senior patient who is home and a little lonely during this stay-at-home order.
After your kiddo creates their masterpiece, please mail it to our office (address below in this post.) We will then in turn mail it to our older patients, some who are home alone and many who have very little outside contact. Feel free to have your child write (or you may want to help scribe for them) a little note or message as well. Be sure they sign it, just like every artist should!
We are so grateful for all of you and your willingness to help. Please share with any friends or family who have young children and who would like to participate in the sharing and receiving of some love at this time!
Physical distancing does not have to be socially isolating!
Please mail all masterpieces to:
Hearing Associates of Northern Virginia
ATTN: Spread the Love Art Project
6862 Elm St.
McLean, VA 22101
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