Monday, November 15, 2021

Don’t Let Hearing Loss Ruin Thanksgiving

Did you used to love Thanksgiving?

But now dread it due to your hearing loss?

Family toasting | Audiology test near St. Johns, MI

Thanksgiving is for spending time with family, but that can be hard when you can’t hear them. Here are steps you can take to improve your Thanksgiving experience:

  • Wear your hearing aids — If you wear hearing aids, make sure to wear them on Thanksgiving! According to the International Journal of Audiology, up to 25% of people who have hearing aids don’t wear them. Your hearing aids serve the important purpose of amplifying sounds, such as your family’s voices, making them easier to hear. You may sometimes get tired of the amplification, so you can turn them off and take a break if needed. Make sure to replace the hearing aid batteries on the day of, or bring some extras if traveling. 
  • Be honest — Don’t pretend that you can hear when you can’t. You aren’t being a burden by asking people to repeat themselves or asking your hearing helper questions. Your family loves you and wants you to be included. They can’t properly accommodate to your hearing ability if you aren’t being honest.

Get an Audiology Test Near St. Johns, MI

Perhaps the most important thing you can do prior to Thanksgiving is to get an audiology test. This test will gauge your hearing loss and what level of hearing ability you have left. From there, CMMC Hearing Care can determine the treatment option that’s right for you, whether it be hearing aids, hearing coaching, or a hearing aid adjustment.

Prepare for a great Thanksgiving by receiving an audiology test near St. Johns, MI!

Contact CCMC Hearing Care today!

Monday, November 1, 2021

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hearing Loss

Are you excited to spend time with loved ones this Thanksgiving?

Want to create a plan for your hearing loss?

A family enjoying a meal | Audiology test near St. Johns, MI

Thanksgiving is a time to connect with family, but you may find it hard to connect with loved ones when you can’t hear them. This makes conversation difficult and can leave you feeling left out. Here are some tips to help you enjoy Thanksgiving with hearing loss: 

  • Pick the right seat — When gathering around the table, choose a seat where you can see everyone’s faces. This can help you read lips and understand exactly who is talking. You can also sit beside the people you are going to talk to the most. 
  • Have a helper — Ask someone to be your hearing helper. Someone who can tell you if you’re being spoken to or fill you in on any information you may have missed.
  • Limit background noise — If you are hosting the event, make sure background sounds or music are kept low. They could drown out people’s voices if too loud. If you are a guest, ask the host beforehand to limit background noise.

Get an Audiology Test Near St. Johns, MI

Perhaps the most important thing you can do prior to Thanksgiving is to get an audiology test. This test will gauge your hearing loss and what level of hearing ability you have left. From there, CMMC Hearing Care can determine the treatment option that’s right for you, whether it be hearing aids, hearing coaching, or a hearing aid adjustment.

Prepare for a great Thanksgiving by receiving an audiology test near St. Johns, MI!

Contact CCMC Hearing Care today!

Friday, October 15, 2021

Adjust Your Hearing Aids for Spooky Fun This Halloween!

Are you a horror movie fan?

Looking forward to Halloween movie marathons?

a person eating popcorn | Hearing aid near Alma MI
Horror movies can be filled with screams and other loud sounds, so you’ll want to make sure your hearing aids are adjusted to your volume limit. Hearing aids amplify noise, but not all sounds at the same level. You can decide at which volume your hearing aids will amplify the loudest sounds before they become painful. If you’re not sure of your limit or want to be safe, you can lower the overall hearing aid volume in anticipation of louder sounds.

Make sure you can still hear your doorbell for trick or treaters!

Learn other ways to celebrate Halloween with hearing aids.

CCMC Hearing Care Provides Hearing Aids Near Alma, MI

Don’t miss the next “trick or treat!” 

Not sure if you need hearing aids?

At CCMC Hearing Care, you’ll receive an audiological screening to find your level of hearing loss, and if a hearing aid is right for you, you’ll be fitted for the type of hearing aid that suits your lifestyle. 

To get fitted for a hearing aid near Alma, MI, call CCMC Hearing Care today at 989-292-3572.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Tips for Trick or Treating with Hearing Aids

Are you spending Halloween with loved ones?

Plan on trick or treating with your grandchildren?

Here are two tips for trick or treating with hearing aids:

Make sure you’ve changed your hearing aid batteries or recharged them. You wouldn’t want to lose your hearing in the middle of the neighborhood at night! There are multiple types of hearing aid batteries that last for different time periods:

A parent trick or treating with a kid | Hearing aid near Alma MI

  • Size 10 — 3-7 days 
  • Size 312 — 3-10 days 
  • Size 13 — 6-14 days
  • Size 675 — 9-20 days

You may also want to use a hearing aid clip and cord to keep track of your hearing aids. If hearing aids aren’t fitted correctly, they could fall out and get damaged. If your hearing aids feel loose, CCMC Hearing Care can help fit them to your ear.

Learn more about hearing aids and Halloween on our website!

CCMC Hearing Care Provides Hearing Aids Near Alma, MI

Don’t miss the next “trick or treat!” 

To get fitted for a hearing aid near Alma, MI, call CCMC Hearing Care today at 989-292-3572.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

How Loud Are Sporting Events?

Are you a sports fanatic?

Excited for football season?

Football players entering the field | Hearing test near St. Johns MI
While sporting events can be fun, they can also be loud.

According to a CDC study, at least 10 million adults under 70 experience hearing loss in one or both ears after exposure to loud noises. 

Hearing damage can occur if sounds are 85 decibels or higher:

  • Sporting events ‒ 94-110 dB 
  • Fireworks ‒ 140-160 dB 
  • Air horns ‒ 129 dB

Sporting events usually span multiple hours, so hearing these sounds for that extended amount of time could really affect your hearing.

These loud sounds can also rupture your ear drums. A ruptured ear drum can lead to hearing loss, infections, tinnitus, and vertigo. While these symptoms are usually temporary until the ear drum repairs itself, it may not heal naturally and require surgery.

See other ways loud sporting event sounds can hurt your hearing.

Hearing Tests Near St. Johns, MI

Keep hearing the sounds of sports! 

At CCMC Hearing Care, our hearing tests can determine the quality of your hearing and help us create a treatment plan for you. Before the test, we’ll also check to see if you have ear drum damage. Our hearing specialists can keep you hearing the sounds you love!

For hearing tests near St. Johns, MI, call CCMC Hearing Care today at 989-292-3572.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Are the Sounds of Sports Damaging Your Hearing?

Are you a grandparent who goes to your grandchildren’s games?

Are you protecting your ears?

Fall might be the most popular season for sports in America due to football alone, but there are many other sports that go on during this time too, such as soccer, field hockey, and volleyball. Attending these games can be fun and exciting, but they can also be loud!

Cheerleader at football game | hearing test near St. Johns MI

Make Some Noise!

At sporting events, you might hear:

  • The cheering crowd 
  • Cheerleaders 
  • The marching band 
  • Noisemakers: airhorns, megaphones, and cowbells
  • Fireworks

These loud sounds can cause noise-induced hearing loss and can even rupture your ear drum.

Noise-induced hearing loss can occur when you hear extremely loud sounds for a short time, or hear loud sounds over an extended period of time. As a result, the hair cells in your ears that turn sound vibrations into electrical signals to send to your brain will be damaged or could die. These hair cells do not regenerate.

Learn more about sporting event hearing loss on our website!

Hearing Tests Near St. Johns, MI

Keep hearing the sounds of sports! 

At CCMC Hearing Care, our hearing tests can determine the quality of your hearing and help us create a treatment plan for you. Before the test, we’ll also check to see if you have ear drum damage. Our hearing specialists can keep you hearing the sounds you love!

For hearing tests near St. Johns, MI, call CCMC Hearing Care today at 989-292-3572.


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Should You Get Your Ears Checked for Tinnitus?



Do you have a hard time falling asleep because of “noise” that doesn’t seem to have a source? 

If you hear a constant sound that those around you don’t, you may have tinnitus — an audiological and neurological condition that makes you experience a perception of sound when there isn’t actually an external source for the sound. 

You’re not alone! The American Tinnitus Association estimates that almost 50 million Americans experience tinnitus.

Most people think of tinnitus as a constant ringing in both ears, but it differs from person to person. It can affect one ear or both, can be constant or pulsing, and can sound like different types of noises, including ringing, whooshing, and clicking!

Whatever the sound — it can be annoying or disruptive. For some, it’s quiet enough that it’s barely noticeable. For others, it can be so loud it disrupts their sleep, concentration, or ability to hear other sounds. 

If you think you have tinnitus, call to have your ears checked in our Alma or St. Johns office. We’ve helped many people like you manage their tinnitus. 

Visit our website to learn more or to schedule an appointment.