Family Hearing Center eNews

December 2015

Season's Greetings from the staff of TLC's Family Hearing Center.  We hope you all enjoy the holiday season and wish you a new year full of peace, joy and good health.  We thank you for your trust, the referrals you send to us and for your generosity to our Help Others Hear Program.  The busy holiday season can often be a challenge to those of us with hearing loss. Please call us to schedule a complimentary appointment to have your hearing aids cleaned and checked throughout the month of December. Link to tips for coping with hearing loss during the holidays.

Happy Holidays!

Susan Yaffe-Oziel, Director of The Family Hearing Center
The Shame of Wearing Hearing Aids

Youth and vitality is what we often hope for even into our late years.  The shame in wearing hearing aids is something we often see and hear from patients who are in need of hearing help.  It is a barrier to seeking treatment for hearing problems especially if it means wearing hearing aids.  Fifty one to sixty seven percent of seniors polled said they were afraid of being perceived as feeble or old which is why they don't wear hearing aids yet they said they wouldn't judge others who wear them. Many of these individuals said this attitude and being afraid of being labeled contributed to a delay in seeking treatment. The bottom line is that although shame in wearing hearing aids is responsible for delaying treatment , delaying treatment can contribute to many other problems including cognitive health and further embarrassment.  Nothing ages a person more than continuously saying, "what?" and having to ask people to repeat themselves.  It is proven that hearing aids help people stay active both socially and in their careers.  

Better Hearing for Your Life
Thursday, January 14
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Q & A session led by Certified Audiologist Susan Yaffe-Oziel, M.M.S., CCC-A

Learn about improving your hearing health and available listening devices, while enjoying a complimentary lunch. Invite your family and friends!

R.S.V.P. to Cindy Alonso, 301.738.1415,


*Reservations are required. Space is limited. All attendees are eligible to receive a complimentary hearing consultation.  
Help Others Hear For The Holidays

Looking for the perfect gift for the holiday?  Why not consider a contribution to our Help Others Hear program to honor a friend or special member of your family.  A great way to show someone you care. All contributions can be claimed as a tax deduction. Watch Jessica's video and learn how your generosity can help others.

Learn more here or Contact Teresa Witt,, ext. 155
New Drugs for Hearing Loss Expected in 5 Years
From The Hearing Review, April 20, 2015.
According to the 2015 Hearing Progress Report from the non-profit Action on Hearing Loss (formerly RNID), the first drugs to treat or prevent hearing conditions could be available in 5 years. Five drugs are now in the final stages of clinical testing and another 13 drugs are in the early stages of clinical development. Action on Hearing Loss says the new hearing loss drugs, some of which were previously reported in a January 13, 2015 article in The Hearing Review, are expected to be approved and on the market by 2020.

  Link to full article.