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The Holidays Are Coming

Nov 5, 2020

As crazy as 2020 has been, the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas, or perhaps Hannukah is upon us.

It is at this time of year that we typically spend the most time with family and friends. Sometimes there are friends or family members that we only get to visit with during the holiday season. Untreated hearing loss makes it difficult to fully enjoy those encounters because it makes the listener unable to hear or understand what loved ones are saying. Untreated hearing loss also affects the ability to enjoy Christmas music and movies fully. This is one of the most special times of the year for most people, and hearing difficulties can rob you of the full value of all that this season means.

Why would someone choose to let hearing loss prevent them from fully enjoying all that this season means? For some, the idea of hearing loss and/or hearing aids is a sign of getting older.

While this may be true in some cases, the same can be said of vision problems, joint pain, a few gray hairs, or any other problems that come as the years go by. It is not something to be embarrassed about. It is just a reality of the passage of time. If hearing aids are needed, like eyeglasses, a cane, or a new prescription medication, they are just a sign that you have had another holiday season to spend with your family and friends. I can assure you that those that love you would rather have you be a part of the conversation around the Thanksgiving table or Christmas tree than to feel embarrassed that you have hearing aids. Many years ago, I had a professor who would often say, “your hearing aids are never as noticeable as your hearing loss.”

For some people, the cost of treating their hearing loss prohibits them from getting the help that they need. Hearing aids and hearing care can be costly, like so many other things that become necessary in our lives. Many insurance companies cover a portion of the costs. Some insurance companies have partnered with discount programs to lower the cost of hearing care. Hearing aids also come in various price ranges depending upon what each person’s hearing needs are, and there are payment plans available. Over the past 24 years, I have found that there is almost always a solution if the cost is the prohibiting factor when someone wants to hear better.

Don’t choose to spend another Thanksgiving saying “huh” or “what”. Don’t choose to spend another Christmas feeling left out of the celebration.

Choose to live the best life you can live. Choose to get your hearing checked and see what can be done to help you to have a better Thanksgiving, a merrier Christmas, and a better quality of life.

Give us a call at 870-268-1488 or visit our website at

Dr. Craig

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