Hey there,

You may have seen from our website blogs, social media posts, and in-office materials that August is “Hearing Health Awareness Month” at Duncan Hearing Healthcare.

This is always a crucial time of year. But at the moment, it’s more important than ever.

Face masks are making communication difficult for a range of people. Without the ability to lip read, many are suddenly finding out they have a hearing loss.

When it comes to confronting a condition, not everyone is as brave as you.

But “Hearing Health Awareness Month” offers a chance to educate and support those who might feel uncertain, allowing more to embark on their journey to better hearing.

How Can You Help?

To start, think about who among your friends and loved ones might be suffering from a hearing challenge at the moment.

Word of mouth is an important tool in spreading awareness. So let them know their first step to better hearing begins with an assessment, just as you did.

In addition, the team would like to speak to those who are willing to share their hearing journeys with the world – from their initial loss to successful treatment.

By doing this, you’ll be laying the foundations for others to follow in your footsteps. Please let the team know if you’re ready, and they’ll send you more information.

We appreciate all you do.

What’s New at Duncan Hearing?

Duncan Hearing can now send your paperwork to you ahead of your appointment via email. There’s a blog available on our website to show you how simple this process is and why this could save you time and effort.

The team can supply “ear savers” for those experiencing issues with the standard straps on face masks. Ear savers fit around the back of your head, meaning your hearing aids will be unaffected.

You’ll also find every member of staff wearing a clear face mask. This means you won’t have a problem communicating with them at our offices.

The Curbside Appointments service continues to receive great feedback from patients. If you would like to benefit from this, it’s available at all the clinics. Contact the team to book an appointment.

Top Tips for Managing New Challenges

The team at Duncan Hearing Healthcare knows that the pandemic has made life more difficult for people within our communities – and especially the hard of hearing.

So they’ve created a list of four “top tips” for how you can make the best of these new normal circumstances.

1.     Face masks can easily harm or dislodge hearing aids. Why not download a handy “find my device” app to ensure you always know where they are?

2.     Many people struggle to hear their TV while at home. Now is a good time to invest in a state-of-the-art “streamer,” which sends sounds directly to your hearing device. It also avoids those recurrent household arguments! Ask us for more information.

3.     Your hearing could worsen if sounds don’t pass through your ears consistently. So make sure you keep your hearing aids in every day – even if you’re alone.

4.     We now know clear face masks are essential items. If you’d like some supplies for daily use, let the team know!

If you have any worries or would like to share your tips with others, contact the office. The Duncan Hearing Healthcare team would be happy to have your input.

Useful Resources

Musicians Earplugs: How Do They Work?

As a musician, you need earplugs that block out harsh sounds while still allowing you to hear the music you’re performing. So, how does that work?

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How Do ‘Curbside Appointments’ Work?

During the pandemic, the decision was made to introduce a unique way for patients to continue receiving the care they need without contact…

Read more…

Have a question or need help? We’re here for you!

Call us at (508) 674-3334.

The Team at Duncan Hearing Healthcare

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Nancy Duncan, Au.D.

Nancy Duncan, Au.D.

Dr. Duncan’s Southcoast roots run deep, establishing a special connection to the community where she practices. A homegrown product, she graduated from Somerset High, just across the Taunton from Fall River, and received her B.S. in communication disorders and psychology from Worcester State College. Her master of science in audiology was awarded at the University of Arkansas in 1997, after which she worked for several private audiology practices in Arkansas, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.