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Here’s How Charlotte Broke Old Patterns

“I didn’t want to end up being isolated.”

We can certainly learn a lot from our loved ones.

Charlotte did just this after observing her grandmother’s hearing loss develop over time.

“My paternal grandmother had hearing problems, and I realized by watching her that she was unable to participate in, or understand, family conversations. She seemed so lonely. When I began to notice I wasn’t hearing everything or understanding everything people were saying, I didn’t want a repeat of my grandmother’s life.”

Charlotte made a very smart observation and realized she “didn’t want to end up being isolated.”
This encouraged her to take the admirable first step in addressing her hearing loss by visiting South Sound Audiology.

She explains, “Julie was very professional and competent.”

After receiving her new hearing aids, Charlotte’s life became a lot easier and more enjoyable.

“Being able to hear better makes it possible for me to participate in conversations easier.”

After her visit to South Sound Audiology, Charlotte says, “I highly recommend them.”

 

– Charlotte J. Barber

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Michael’s Top-Notch Hearing Advice

“All hearing-impaired people need is a knowledgeable person with a plan that can give you back a measure of hearing that makes your life better.”

“I suffered SNHL, sudden sensorineural hearing loss. Literally, one minute I could hear, the next I was virtually deaf in one ear, with partial loss in the other. I was scared beyond measure.”

When Michael first recognized his hearing loss, it was an extremely troubling experience. Unlike many others whose hearing loss happens gradually, the sudden hearing loss he suffered changed his life.

But also, unlike many others in his situation, he faced the challenge with optimism and hope.

“I was enthusiastic to visit SSA. A friend had seen Julie, was fitted for aids, and was highly complimentary.”

“Julie’s manner is soothing but very informative. She knows her stuff cold. She came up with a plan, and we put it in motion.”

Michael made a great decision to visit a professional about his hearing loss and was pleased with the service he received at South Sound Audiology.

Since his case was severe, he explains how his hearing aids have impacted his circumstances.

“Hearing is still a challenge. I do not hear everything I want to, and I can no longer use sound for direction purposes. But without my hearing aids, I would be far worse off. One of the best features is the white noise that helps minimize the effect of my tinnitus. They are a godsend for that alone.”

Michael’s enthusiasm upon seeking help for his hearing loss is one to be admired and makes it hard to understand why anyone would not address their hearing loss.

He advises, “Go see Julie, she is top-notch in her field, and she can help you. In the end, that’s all hearing-impaired people need is a knowledgeable person with a plan that can give you back a measure of hearing that makes your life better. It did for me!”

 

– Michael Highsmith

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Judy Had Nothing To Fear

“The aftercare was just as good as my first visit was with her.”

Unfortunately for Judy and many others who come to terms with their hearing loss, she felt like this was a sign of her getting old.

But at South Sound Audiology, we often say, “Hearing loss is a sign of a life well-lived” – be proud of the life that has gotten you this far.”

When it came to addressing her hearing loss, Judy’s main concern was making sure she got good hearing aids and a good professional that wasn’t going to sell her just any hearing aid.

And this is where Julie at South Sound Audiology came in.

Judy mentions, “I was very impressed with the care I received from Julie. She was thorough and took her time with me and was genuinely caring to provide the best service for my needs. There was no pressure, and she gave a lot of valuable information before I made my decision. The aftercare was just as good as my first visit was with her. Extremely satisfied with my care.”

When asked about how hearing aids have impacted her life, Judy says, “I can hear a whole lot better and don’t even notice I have them on. My fear has been I’ll lose one.”

But other than the fear of losing her devices, Judy’s advice to anyone who is yet to address their hearing loss is, “There is nothing to fear, and you will get extremely good care because Julie cares about providing good care to her patients. So glad I chose South Sound Audiology.”

 

– Judy Butler

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Kathy’s Evolution With Hearing Aids

“I was certain I was working with a well-trained audiologist and was made to feel welcome and comfortable by the receptionist.”

When Kathy visited South Sound Audiology, she already had a lifetime of hearing aid experience behind her.

“I knew I had a high-frequency loss by age 30, but at that time, hearing aids were not sufficiently developed for me to benefit from wearing them, and no well-trained audiologist would fit me with them.”

“Hearing aid technology improved significantly by the time I reached 50, and I was fitted with aids that helped me in noisy situations and allowed me to enjoy the high notes of music at symphony performances.”

“I’ve worn aids for the last 30+ years and have benefited greatly from them as technology continues to advance. I wear my aids all day every day and would be lost without them.”

From her past experiences, Kathy was pleased when she visited South Sound Audiology and said, “I was certain I was working with a well-trained audiologist and was made to feel welcome and comfortable by the receptionist.”

Since being fit with more advanced technology, Kathy explains, “I’m able to communicate easily with others, understanding what is being said. I’m aware when someone is speaking to me in noisy situations and follow conversations in small groups.”

With so much appreciation for hearing aids and how they have helped her, Kathy wanted to share some words of wisdom for anyone considering seeking help for their hearing loss.

“Call for an appointment today. You’ll be well cared for and fitted appropriately if your hearing loss can be helped by wearing aids.”

 

– Kathy Prehm

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Charlie’s Sound Advice For Anyone Considering Hearing Aids

“Wearing the aids has made my life much better.”

Before Charlie came to South Sound Audiology to address his hearing challenges, he had become tired of not being able to hear people talking and having to ask them to repeat themselves.

It’s extremely common for people to notice hearing challenges way before they address them, usually because hearing loss occurs gradually, and people develop coping mechanisms to live with the hearing loss.

Charlie mentions he was concerned about “having to wear hearing aids and having them on the side of my head.”

This misconception of how hearing aids look and feel is one of the main reasons people avoid seeking treatment. But here’s why Charlie stood out.

He made the decision to visit South Sound Audiology and mentioned that upon his visit that “The staff made me feel at ease.”

Following his successful hearing aid fitting, he says, “Wearing the aids has made my life much better. Now I can hear well.”

For anyone deciding whether to address their hearing loss, Charlie says, “Go for it. With the new aids, it’s a breeze.”

 

– Charlie Clark

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How Nancy Is Happier Than Ever With Her New Hearing Aids

“It’s nice to know it doesn’t end when you put in your new hearing aids.”

Hearing loss often affects our loved ones just as much, if not more, than ourselves before we recognize the symptoms.

This was definitely the case for Nancy, as she explains, “I was outside with my husband working on the garden. He was frustrated that I couldn’t hear him. I didn’t realize how much I relied on watching someone speak to pick up on what they were saying. He was turned away from me. This was the first time I realized how frustrated he was and had been. I was only in my 40s, so it wasn’t even on my radar.”

When Nancy came to the realization that she needed to seek help for her hearing challenges, she was hesitant due to the stigma still attached to hearing aids.

“I wasn’t very excited about a big plastic blob in my ear…vanity! This was before the beautiful and really invisible models out today.”

Nancy soon realized that today’s hearing technology has advanced leaps and bounds since she first remembers them as the clunky and “big plastic blobs” they once were.

The thought of today’s sleek and modern devices encouraged her to address her hearing loss at South Sound Audiology.

Here’s what Nancy thought when she first visited Julie.

“I remember the office visit clearly. Julie was so caring and understanding. She was able to give me such clear step-by-step information on what she was testing for and how it would impact both my life, but also how your brain gradually adjusts to sound.”

Nancy goes on to explain what made her decide to get hearing aids and what impact they have had on her quality of life.

“I decided early on, even with the big plastic blob! I wanted to be present for my family and not miss out on life. For me, it’s really about quality of life, and my husband has a clear understanding of my limitations now that I have done everything I can do to improve my hearing. I love the new hearing aids.”

“They not only look and feel like nothing is there; they can connect to my cell phone, my TV has a box I can connect to if need be, and I have so many options for adjusting sound if I am in restaurants or large groups. I am happy to hear to the best of my ability, and to be honest, most people are surprised I even have hearing aids.”

From Nancy’s story of her journey to better hearing, it’s hard to understand why anyone would delay treatment, but here’s what she has to say for anyone considering the first step toward healthy hearing and a better life.

“Just do it!!! You will be happier than ever when you aren’t missing out on conversations. Julie is South Sound Audiology. I have followed her for 20 years and wouldn’t go anywhere else. She is genuine and is up to date on the latest in the technical/brain interactions and how it all works. Sometimes, I like the science of it all!

“You can be assured she will take care of you, with compassion, the latest knowledge, and the very important follow-through. It’s nice to know it doesn’t end when you put in your new hearing aids. Follow-up is crucial…”

 

– Nancy LaGasa

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How Ron Overcame His Biggest Challenge

“Get things checked out and get some help. What do you have to lose?”

When Ron’s wife pointed out that he was not understanding what she said, he began wondering whether hearing aids were right for him.
By chance, his father-in-law wore hearing aids after many years in a paper-making job, and the devices had become available to him. He was told that either he would get some use from them, or they would go to someone else.

When it came to deciding on the devices, Ron says, “My biggest concern in taking the hearing aids was what if I really needed them?”

To help with his decision, he visited Julie at South Sound Audiology, where he had further preconceived fears before visiting.

Ron wondered how hearing aids would improve his life. He was particularly concerned with how much hearing aids cost, as he had heard that they were expensive.

When Ron visited South Sound Audiology, he was impressed with how professional and easy to talk to they were. He mentions they “answered my questions and how my father-in-law’s hearing aids could help me. A hearing test showed that I really needed them.”

Since his initial hearing aid fitting with South Sound Audiology, he says, “I am able to understand people, hear the TV, and listen to music clearly. It has helped me be aware of what is happening in group situations.”

What is Ron’s advice to anyone considering visiting South Sound Audiology?

“Get things checked out and get some help. What do you have to lose? If you want a better, fuller, and more enjoyable life, make an appointment and get yourself checked out.”

 

– Ron Brown

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Jeffery Faced His Challenges Head On And Won

“I have complete confidence in Julie’s analyzing competence and the equipment she recommends.”

When it comes to Tom’s story about his journey to better hearing, it’s one that will resonate with most.

Thinking back to when he first discovered he had challenges with his hearing, Tom mentions, “I could hear my wife speaking in the next room but couldn’t make out what she was saying.”

He realized that he was missing things and was not aware of it – which is where his drive to address his hearing loss stemmed from.

Tom reached out to Julie at South Sound Audiology, and his first impressions of the office were “welcoming and comfortable.”

After Tom’s assessment, he made the decision to treat his hearing loss with hearing aids. Since receiving them, he says they have had a huge impact.

“I use my hearing aids throughout every day. They make it much easier on those who I’m conversing with.”

When reflecting on his experience, he says, “South Sound Audiology gets my highest recommendation for anyone with hearing problems. I have complete confidence in Julie’s analyzing competence and the equipment she recommends.”

– Tom Hackstadt

How Glenn Overcame His Preconceived Fears Over Hearing Aids
“What are you waiting for?”

When Glenn first recognized he had hearing challenges, he had a few concerns which may sound familiar to most.

The cost of hearing devices was the first thing that sprung to Glenn’s mind when considering addressing his hearing loss. He was also concerned whether he would be able to work the hearing aids and if they were the right thing for him.

Like many others, he was worried about what they would look like, too.

Although he had initial preconceived fears and concerns about addressing his hearing loss, he made an appointment at South Sound Audiology and said this about his experience.

“Julie was very careful when giving the hearing test, making sure that it was done correctly and that I was comfortable. Very nice people there.”

Since his professional hearing aid fitting, he explained the impact his new devices have had on his life.

“Well, now I can be part of the conversation. I can hear when somebody calls from behind me. I don’t have to try to read lips. I don’t have to keep saying ‘what’ all the time because I can hear them better with hearing aids. Wish that I would have done this a lot sooner.”

Glenn asks a very important question to anyone who is considering taking the first step to better hearing.

“What are you waiting for?”

 

– Jeffery Hurst

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Tom Can Hear His Wife Again!

“I have complete confidence in Julie’s analyzing competence and the equipment she recommends.”

When it comes to Tom’s story about his journey to better hearing, it’s one that will resonate with most.

Thinking back to when he first discovered he had challenges with his hearing, Tom mentions, “I could hear my wife speaking in the next room but couldn’t make out what she was saying.”

He realized that he was missing things and was not aware of it – which is where his drive to address his hearing loss stemmed from.

Tom reached out to Julie at South Sound Audiology, and his first impressions of the office were “welcoming and comfortable.”

After Tom’s assessment, he made the decision to treat his hearing loss with hearing aids. Since receiving them, he says they have had a huge impact.

“I use my hearing aids throughout every day. They make it much easier on those who I’m conversing with.”

When reflecting on his experience, he says, “South Sound Audiology gets my highest recommendation for anyone with hearing problems. I have complete confidence in Julie’s analyzing competence and the equipment she recommends.”

 

– Tom Hacks

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How Glenn Overcame His Preconceived Fears Over Hearing Aids

“What are you waiting for?”

When Glenn first recognized he had hearing challenges, he had a few concerns which may sound familiar to most.

The cost of hearing devices was the first thing that sprung to Glenn’s mind when considering addressing his hearing loss. He was also concerned whether he would be able to work the hearing aids and if they were the right thing for him.

Like many others, he was worried about what they would look like, too.

Although he had initial preconceived fears and concerns about addressing his hearing loss, he made an appointment at South Sound Audiology and said this about his experience.

“Julie was very careful when giving the hearing test, making sure that it was done correctly and that I was comfortable. Very nice people there.”

Since his professional hearing aid fitting, he explained the impact his new devices have had on his life.

“Well, now I can be part of the conversation. I can hear when somebody calls from behind me. I don’t have to try to read lips. I don’t have to keep saying ‘what’ all the time because I can hear them better with hearing aids. Wish that I would have done this a lot sooner.”

Glenn asks a very important question to anyone who is considering taking the first step to better hearing.

“What are you waiting for?”

 

– Glenn Blevens

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How Lee’s Faith In Hearing Healthcare Was Restored

“I found South Sound Audiology, and EVERYTHING THEY DID made my success with hearing aids possible.”

Like most people, Lee did not realize the extent of her hearing loss before visiting South Sound Audiology.

“I only got tested because my husband was getting out of the service, and I needed to do whatever was necessary before we lost that benefit. I hated finding it out because the very thought of wearing hearing aids made me feel…old! I was in my early 50s at the time.”

Not only did Lee have this huge stigma of hearing aids creating a barrier between her and getting the help she needed, but she also had a poor experience with hearing aids in the past.

“Previous experiences with getting hearing aids was a dismal failure. I did not get enough support in learning how to wear them, or what I was to expect, or how to adjust to them, or the need to go back to have them recalibrated as I got used to them.”

“So, the first time I got hearing aids, NONE of that happened for me, and I quit wearing them after 2 weeks and never wore them again.”

“I found South Sound Audiology, and EVERYTHING THEY DID made my success with hearing aids possible.”

Lee’s faith in hearing healthcare was restored after visiting Julie. She describes the office as quite caring and professional.

“I truly needed hearing help (didn’t know how much until she showed me what I was missing in my day-to-day life!), but I knew the failures of trying the first time. Julie did almost everything differently than had been done before because after she listened to me. She KNEW what had failed the first time and told me why…”

“From that moment on, I knew hearing aids would work this time for me.”

Since the hearing aid fitting with Julie at South Sound Audiology, Lee realizes the true value of her hearing aids – not the cost of the devices but the ability to effectively communicate with her loved ones.

“I realize I cannot hear enough to understand what people are saying sometimes. It isolates me from my grandchildren, my family, and friends. I hate it when I can’t hear them! I have returned home to get them when I’ve forgotten to put them in and I’m on my way to a meeting or something. I KNOW I will miss much of what is said if I don’t have them in. Not worth going without them!”

Lee also expresses a very important point that not many people realize until they visit a hearing care professional for a hearing assessment. Her advice to anyone currently considering hearing treatment is to “Go… you literally do not know what it is you are unable to hear and how much you are missing in your day-to-day living, not to mention how hard it makes it for someone around you to deal with your hearing loss.”

 

– Lee Gentemann

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Daryl’s Admirable Decision

“Best thing you can do for yourself and the people around you.”

Sometimes, it’s the simplest things in life that fulfill us – this was true for Daryl, who was pleased to finally participate in group conversations with his new hearing ability following his visit with Julie at South Sound Audiology.

“I had difficulty hearing a person talking to me while in a crowd.”

Daryl’s first recognition of his hearing loss began like many others like him – difficulty hearing when there’s a lot of background noise present is a common first sign of hearing loss.

What Daryl did next was admirable.

He took the time to visit Julie at South Sound Audiology to address his hearing challenges, which is the ultimate first step in any journey to healthy hearing.

Believe it or not – not many people reach this stage!

When Daryl met Julie, he had a very good first impression and said, “Julie listened and understood my hearing difficulties.”

After regaining hearing clarity, Daryl has some advice for those who might be torn in their decision to address their hearing loss.

He advises, “Do it now. Best thing you can do for yourself and the people around you.”

 

– Daryl Rush

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