You may have received a special invitation or will see in the Lowell Sun this week information about our Anniversary Special Event next week. This will be a great opportunity to come in and visit HearSmart Audiology and have a free consultation in a relaxed environment with a cup of coffee, if you wish. In addition to a risk free trial with the latest in hearing aid technology, special pricing is available for those who end up purchasing amplification. This week we will have home made St. Patrick's Day cupcakes as well! Don't put off your hearing any longer- communication is such an integral part of our lives.
Yesterday marks 1 year since HearSmart Audiology opened it's doors for the Grand Opening on March 2, 2013! Happy Anniversary! HearSmart Audiology is all of the following (and much more!):
- A local business
- A small business
- A start-up business
- A woman-owned business
- An American Dream come true
I first heard of Lebers Congenital Amaurosis (LCA) about 7 years ago when I treated a small patient- three years old at the time- who was diagnosed with the disease. We were evaluating her for hearing loss which appeared neural in nature and was coinciding with decreasing vision. During 16 years of working in health care, she was the only patient I had come across with LCA.
Realizing recently that we have many things in common including our home towns, I learned that a new friend in town has a daughter with LCA. However her particular strain, RDH12, is very rare. Researchers are working hard to find a cure for what will otherwise become a world of blindness for her daughter and others with RDH12. What gave me hope was learning that researchers have found a cure for other types of LCA and it is quite possible that they could find a cure for RDH12 during Finley's lifetime. But not without funding.
HearSmart Audiology gladly has donated to The RDH12 Fund for Sight today and I hope you will too. Click here for information on how to donate and make a difference. To read more about Finley's story, you can visit her website, Finley's Fighters.
Consider coming out on June 8, 2014 at 1PM for a 5K Run/Walk Family Picnic Fundraiser on the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in Chelmsford. From what I understand, last year's event was extremely fun. Give today and make a difference!
Ever wonder what it is like to have hearing loss? How do children with hearing loss cope with the noisy environment of a school classroom? The Vermont Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing put on a great video demonstrating what it might be like to listen through hearing aids with and without the help of an FM System. This could also apply to adults who are often in situations with background noise. Watch as Audiologist Jim Bombicino, MA, CCC-A explains: Hearing Aid FM Simulation Video
The Hearing Loss Association of America Cape Cod sent out information that could be beneficial to every person who is deaf and hard of hearing in the state!
If you apply by December 31st, a person who is deaf or hard of hearing can receive free fire safety equipment! Your local fire department will install the equipment.
Available are smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire-alarm bed-shakers.
For more information on how to receive your free equipment and to submit an application head to the HLAA Cape Cod website to download the application. You can submit it via mail, e-mail, or fax.
This year I have decided to "Bring back Thanksgiving." Back when I was a kid, before Black Friday existed, we were taught that Thanksgiving was a celebration of our country and peace between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims. Back then, you didn't put up a Christmas tree until days if not weeks after Thanksgiving and if you dared play Christmas music on Thanksgiving, people were appalled. Back then, Thanksgiving was it's own holiday to be celebrated for what it was and the reasons President Lincoln wanted us to recognize the day as a holiday. Now, Thanksgiving is clumped together with Christmas and retail related to spending money. The stores and malls link Thanksgiving with Christmas to get us to spend more money by playing Christmas music and decorating for Christmas, nowadays even before Thanksgiving. Many people think of Thanksgiving as a day that marks the "beginning of Christmas."
Let's allow Christmas to be Christmas and Thanksgiving to be Thanksgiving. Let's not forget the reason we are celebrating the peace and start of our beloved country. When two worlds sat down to break bread together, amazing things began to happen. The people of England and the Native Americans joined together to plant the seeds of the United States of America, to which I am grateful. Thanks to our country's forefathers and Native Americans, I was blessed with the freedom to receive an education for a profession that I love, and the liberty to start a woman-owned, small business where I can apply my skills to help others. It is about "thanks" and "giving" this year.
Access to sound isn't just about hearing the sounds you're missing due to a hearing loss; it's not just about having soft sounds amplified into your audible range through hearing aids. At HearSmart Audiology, "access to sound" also means local, professional help is right around the corner. It means great location within the community and free parking. No parking garages or large hospital corridors to navigate through, no long lines at a registration desk and no long waits in a crowded waiting room. HearSmart Audiology is proud to be able to offer local audiology services including hearing tests, hearing aids, cochlear implant mappings and custom ear molds to those living in the following towns: Littleton, Harvard, Ayer, Westford, Chelmsford, Concord, Carlisle, Shirley, Acton, Boxborough, Groton, Lancaster and Maynard. We've had patients travel from even farther but it is nice to be able to offer these services in an area where people would otherwise have to drive quite a distance to have access to great audiology care.
This is a great time to be an audiologist and witness how improvements in today's technology can positively impact people's lives. Last week I upgraded a patient's Advanced Bionics cochlear implant speech processor to the new Naida Q70 speech processor. I could tell before he even said anything as it was written all over his face and then he told me that speech sounded much more clear. I really love what I do- Audiology is the best profession!
If you've been wondering what hearing aids sound like these days but you're not quite ready to commit, our upcoming special event may be for you. On October 17 and 18th, HearSmart Audiology is holding a Special Event to allow people the chance to be fit with the latest premium hearing aid technology, risk-free for two weeks. At the end of the two week period, you can return the hearing aids at no cost to you! If you realize the benefit is well worth it, a special discount will be offered. If you're ready to try, give us a call and we'll be happy to book your reservation: 978-952-2500 You have nothing to lose! Reservations are going fast!