Not So Sweet

The month of November is American Diabetes Month.  This month is dedicated to raise awareness of the possible ramifications of this silent, but wicked disease.  Diabetes can cause a plethora of physical complications.  Elevated glucose levels can wreak havoc on the endocrine system; adversely affecting numerous areas of the body; which may contribute to poor circulation, neuropathy, blindness, hearing loss, sexual dysfunction, possible internal organ damage, and amputation.

Some of these maladies can be treated effectively; however some afflictions have to be dealt with for the rest of their lives.

Those individuals that suffer from hearing loss can usually successfully be fit with hearing instruments.  Digital technology now allows hearing devices to be custom-fitted to each person’s prescription.  Changes in vision require buying a new prescription.  Unlike your vision, when a person hearing gets worse, purchasing new instruments is not usually necessary.  Digital technology now allows the hearing devices to be re-programmed on a computer, to compensate for any additional hearing loss.

Directional microphones now allow the instrument wearer to pick up sounds in front of them, but not amplify ambient noises from behind; improving speech understanding in noise.  Automatic telephone response allows wearers to put the telephone up to their ear with no more annoying “squeal”.  In addition, multi-memory allows the user to change the program of their devices with the simple push of a button; depending on what kind of listening environment they are in.  Instruments can be turned up for ease of listening from a distance at church, or for watching television, to keep the volume of the T.V. at “normal” listening levels.  This way, the television doesn’t have to be “blasting” everyone else out of the room.

Another program can be set to turn down the devices, in case a person encounters an environment that is excessively noisy.  The ambient noise is not as pronounced, providing a more pleasant overall listening experience.

The most important thing an individual can do is address the issue as soon as possible.  Early detection many times is the key to be fitted successfully with hearing instrument; by keeping the auditory portion of the brain stimulated “properly”, which will help a person stay sharp mentally over time.

Contact Us

Leonardi Hearing Center
16251 N. Cleveland Ave. #8
Corner of Littleton Road
North Fort Myers, FL 33903

Phone: 239-997-8288

Toll-Free: 866-332-0566

Fax: 239-997-8084

Email: leonardihearingcenter


Monday thru Thursday
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Friday and Saturday by Appointment

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