Hey there,

With the new year just around the corner, we’re sure that you can’t wait to leave 2020 behind!

It certainly has been an unusual year to say the very least, and while it’s easy to focus on the negatives, there were also some positive moments to embrace.

If we have learned anything this year, it is how important clear communication is to our day-to-day lives. Whether it be a Zoom meeting for work, Zoom “coffee date” with friends, or FaceTime calls instead of physically visiting friends and family, communication and the ability to hear our co-workers, friends, and loved ones are vital to our sense of wellbeing. 

We have been so thankful to continue helping our patients hear the life they love. There is so much joy in listening to our patients share their stories with us! 

It is our greatest pleasure to serve our community and keep people connected to their lives!

Everyone at Alaska Hearing and Tinnitus Center wishes you a happy holiday season and an amazing 2021!

Updates from the Office

Just a reminder that our offices will be closed December 24 and 25 over the holiday period. If you would like to schedule an appointment near this time, don’t delay getting in touch.

Here’s something we bet you didn’t know about us: All of the AHTC team members give their pets Christmas gifts … oh, and we all enjoy eggnog, too!

Personally, my husband and I enjoy setting up our Christmas tree as a family, watching Bing Crosby’s A White Christmas, and enjoying a much slower paced holiday season! Typically, it is filled with lots of busy plans, parties, cookie exchanges, etc… However, this year we will use our “downtime” to enjoy the slow and special moments even more!

Happy Birthday!

Finally, last but not least, join us in wishing Alli, our fabulous audiology assistant, a happy birthday this month (December 17).

Hearing Loss and Diabetes

According to a study by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a hearing loss than people without diabetes.

Diabetes can lead to higher rates of hearing loss due to high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels are believed to damage the delicate cells within the inner ear. A steady flow of oxygenated blood is crucial to these cells, and changes in blood flow can easily damage them. Damaged or dead cells can’t send signals to the brain about incoming sounds. This malfunction results in hearing loss. 

If you have diabetes, it is crucial that your blood sugar levels are carefully monitored. Be sure to follow your treatment plan and schedule routine checkups with your doctor.

Other ways to protect your hearing include:

  • Keeping the music volume low when using earbuds or headphones.
  • Lowering the TV and car radio volume to prevent hearing loss.
  • Wearing earplugs at extremely loud events such as a rock concert or sports event.
  • Keeping to an exercise routine to promote healthy blood circulation throughout your body and your ears.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to benefit your cardiovascular health.
  • Scheduling regular hearing tests to monitor your hearing health and identify the early warning signs of hearing loss.

Struggling for a Holiday Gift?

Spending time with loved ones is the best part of the holiday season. But we have some great gift options for those with a hearing loss that are bound to warm their hearts as well.

A TV streamer is a popular choice that will let your loved one receive TV audio directly through their hearing aids. Or perhaps they would benefit from a multi mic, which makes hearing conversations in busy environments a breeze.

To learn more about this and other potential presents, please give us a call. The team can offer you expert advice!

Riddle me This

Everyone at Alaska Hearing and Tinnitus Center loves playing games over the holidays (who doesn’t?!). So, with this in mind, we’ve prepared a series of riddles for you to try and guess!

A) What is always in front of you but can’t be seen?

B) What goes up and down but doesn’t move?

C) What has hands but can’t clap?

Think you know the answers? Hit “reply” on this email and send us your guesses!

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Call us at (907) 522-4357.

The team at Alaska Audiology & Tinnitus Center 

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Dr. Emily McMahan

Dr. McMahan attended the University of Cincinnati where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2009. She furthered her professional education by obtaining her Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in Philadelphia in 2013. She completed her residency in Anchorage and has been applying her expertise to her patients in the Pacific Northwest for several years. Whether you need hearing testing, hearing aids, or assistance with managing tinnitus in your daily lives, Dr. McMahan is qualified to assist you!