Healthy Hearing and Healthy Families - Family Hearing Aid Center Big Island
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Family Owned And Operated Since 1980

Hilo

Kailua-Kona

family hearing aid center logo

Family Owned And Operated Since 1980

Hilo

Kailua-Kona

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Family Owned And Operated Since 1980

Hilo

Kailua-Kona

It may be obvious from our name: here at Family Hearing Aid Center of Hawaii, we care about families. In this month of May, we are celebrating Better Speech and Hearing Month, organized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Better Speech and Hearing Month hopes to raise awareness about communication disorders and hearing loss and encourages people to seek treatment. This year, ASHA has chosen to focus on communication, with the theme “Communication: The Key to Connection.”

We understand that healthy hearing is fundamental to our most important relationships, from our spouses to our grandchildren.

Communication and Healthy Relationships

Healthy communication is the foundation of healthy relationships. We share ourselves with each other through conversation, jokes, and storytelling. We provide support and love through communication.

Maintaining a healthy relationship is an on-going process. We must check in and make sure that our lines of communication are always open. A breakdown in communication leads to unhealthy relationships, in which people become frustrated and isolated. In some instances, poor communication happens due to hearing loss.

Hearing loss makes speech recognition difficult. If you or your partner exhibit early signs of hearing loss, you may have experienced some of the challenges of communicating. Miscommunication often occurs because people with hearing loss explain that while they can hear, they find it difficult to understand. The consequences of untreated hearing loss extend beyond just simple miscommunication, however.

Consequences Untreated Hearing Loss

Untreated hearing loss brings a number of consequences: an increased risk of dementia, falls, and hospitalizations; lower earning power than colleagues with normal hearing; and a detrimental effect on one’s social life, with increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Eventually, hearing loss could lead to isolation and loneliness.

By getting a hearing test and treating hearing loss, people return to their normal lives, empowered with amplification and are able to engage socially, partake in activities they enjoy, and participate in social situations with confidence.

Signs that Your Family Member May Be Experiencing Hearing Loss

Your family member may be less interested in socializing with friends or family. They may be less inclined to accept invitations for parties and events, or they may avoid speaking on the phone.

Over time, your conversations and everyday banter have decreased in length and content. Conversations may prove particularly difficult in louder spaces, with a lot of background noise, such as a restaurant. At the same time, you may have noticed an increase in volume on the TV, radio, and phone.

If your family member asks you to repeat yourself often, or if you find that you are no longer able to talk from different rooms or floors of your home, it could be hearing loss. Your family member may complain often that other people are mumbling. They may also have difficulty hearing people with higher frequency voices, such as women and children.

If you identify any of these signs in your family member, take the time to discuss hearing loss with them.

How to Talk to Your Family Member about Hearing Loss

Discussing hearing loss is a sensitive topic. Before you talk to your loved one about hearing loss, research the signs of hearing loss, hearing exams, and the many options available to treat hearing loss.

Choose a calm time and a quiet place to have this conversation with your loved one. Chances are, your loved one is already aware and anxious about the changes in their hearing. Opening up channels of communication will allow you both to discuss your frustrations and fears, and also to set a course of action together.

Good communication is fundamental in any strong relationship, from friends to colleagues to family – and especially in marriages. When communication breaks down, fissures begin to form in the relationship. Restoring one’s hearing with hearing aids is the best way to ensure that communication is clear and relationships remain intact.

Family Hearing Aid Center of Hawaii

Family Hearing Aid Center of Hawaii is an independent, locally-and-family owned business, with seven offices on three islands: Oahu (Honolulu, Kahala, Pearl City, and Kaneohe); Maui (Kahului); Hawaii (Hilo and Kailua-Kona). We provide comprehensive hearing screenings and hearing aid fittings. There’s no reason to live with untreated hearing loss! Contact us at one of our locations today to schedule a hearing test, during Better Speech and Hearing Month.

YOUR TOP RATED & NEW FAVORITE HEARING SPECIALIST IN HILO AND KAILUA-KONA, HI...

I was very impressed by the quality of the care and the exemplary service that I and my family received! I highly recommend them! They use a variety of tests and spend the time to explain everything to you and they answer your questions very patiently! Mahalo!!! - Barony barony hawaii 5 star review

Came in yesterday for my mother due to an ad invite for a new hearing device and instead got more than we came for, a thorough ear/hearing tests and insurance options expert advice without sales pitch hint. Dr. Wesley Nakamura's patience and knowledge made us feel comfortable and he genuinely wants to help us, putting our best interest first. Neat and clean office with super friendly staff! Too bad Yelp only got 5 stars when I could easily give it a 10! Thank you Wes and the staff !!! Aloha! - Andy andy hawaii 5 star review

I took a hearing test there and had the best experience ever! Dr. Nakamura is really generous, friendly, and heartwarming. He made sure if I felt comfortable when I am in the small room for the hearing test. He knows well with hearing aids and he fixed feedback of my hearing aid like in 5 minutes. The feedback bothered me for a long time but it got so much better. He speaks Japanese very well, too. I would definitely come back to here if I ever get a problem with my hearing aids. Thank you so much!! - Manae mane hawaii 5 star review

*The reviews listed are from actual patients of our Audiology office. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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Our Hilo Office
417 Kilauea Ave. Suite B-7
Hilo HI 96720

Phone: 808.219.0657

Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm

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Our Kailua-Kona Office
75-169 Hualalai Rd. Suite 302
Kailua-Kona HI 96740

Phone: 808.201.6884

Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm

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