Savannah Speech & Hearing Center

Did You Know? Diabetes and Routine Hearing Tests

What does your hearing have to do with a diabetes diagnosis? You may not know that according to the Better Hearing Institute, those with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing complications or develop hearing loss. What is even more shocking is that those under the age of 60 are almost 3 times more likely to develop hearing complications due to diabetes. In addition, hearing loss can be closely correlated to physical, emotional, and mental health conditions.

Professionals strongly recommended that those with diabetes include regular hearing tests with their diabetes management so as to prevent a decline in communication with their doctors.

Studies have shown that those who address hearing loss and take the necessary steps to improve the condition, report a better quality of life, from social interactions to self-esteem.

Here are 5 tips you can follow to create healthier hearing with diabetes:

  1. Be cognizant of signs of hearing loss and get routine hearing tests yearly. Just like you go to see doctors to insure the health of other parts of the body, make sure you are treating your hearing the same by seeking testing once a year. If you notice complications with your hearing on you own, share this information with your physician.
  2. If needed, use hearing aids. With the tremendous improvements in hearing aids, it is possible for people with needs across the board to find a hearing aid specific to their requirements.
  3. Continually keep your blood sugar under control. Take appropriate medicines to maintain blood sugar levels as blood sugar levels can affect your hearing ability.
  4. Maintain a healthy lifestyle. For those with or without diabetes, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to benefit your hearing health. Cut out the smoking and bring on the physical exercise!
  5. Use ear protection when needed. Those with diabetes are not the only ones at risk for hearing complication or hearing loss. By creating simple habits such as carrying disposable ear plugs and turning the volume down on electronics, you can help preserve your hearing.

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Help loved ones with hearing loss feel engaged

Edit: Despite the fact the holidays are over, these are really good tips to follow anytime!


The hustle and bustle of the winter holiday season is a joyous and busy time as we work hard to get it all done so we can spend time with friends and family.

However, for those experiencing hearing loss or difficulty hearing, holiday celebrations and family gatherings can be very overwhelming and often lead to feelings of withdrawal and sadness.

If you know anyone who may be dealing with the effects of lost hearing, the Better Hearing Institute offers some simple tips and suggestions to help keep the people you love feeling part of the celebration and conversation:

1. Be Attentive: If you notice a friend or family member is quiet at a holiday party or gathering, they could be having trouble hearing. This is a good opportunity to reach out and engage with them.

2. Turn Down the Volume: Loud background music or the roar of a TV can make it especially hard to hear each other speaking — even for someone without hearing loss. Consider keeping the volume at a lower level during your holiday party.

3. Light Up the Room: A well-lit room makes it substantially easier to see facial expressions and mouths move as people speak. It is not uncommon for those with hearing loss to be very good lip readers.

4. Speak Clearly: Do your best to speak slowly and at a comfortable volume without mumbling or slurring your words. Also avoid interrupting, which makes it harder to follow conversation.

5. Face the Person: Facing the person you are speaking with, as well as sitting or standing close, not only makes it easier to hear words but also to see your mouth and facial expressions. It’s also a good idea to get someone’s attention before speaking by saying their name or gently touching their hand, arm, or shoulder.

6. Rephrase: If someone did not hear what you said, consider rephrasing the sentence instead of repeating it verbatim. Doing this makes it easier for the individual with hearing loss to follow the conversation, as it may be a particular word or sound of speech they’re having trouble deciphering.

7. Seek Them Out: Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone who is having difficulty hearing is to seek them out and enjoy a one-on-one conversation in a quiet corner, a quiet room, or during a quiet walk.

8. Be A Patient Advocate: Some people are just good at being aware of others’ needs and empathizing. If someone you love is struggling with hearing loss, try to pair them at the dinner table with someone who will be proactive in making sure they’re following the conversation and patient if they need things repeated or rephrased.

It’s simple actions like this and being sensitive to others’ needs which will make this holiday season special for everyone!

Caroline Zuck, AuD, CCC-A, is an audiologist at Savannah Speech and Hearing Center. For more information, call 912-355-4601, email

Help us get a Grant from the KidCents Foundation!

We have some very exciting news! We have a chance to get another grant from the KidCents Foundation! As some of you may recall, last year we received a $10,000 grant from this foundation. This year, if we can get people to sign up with Rite Aid and designate SSHC as the charity of their choice, we may get a grant of up to $20,000. 10 designees alone will get us a grant of $5,000!

If you’re willing to help, please follow the directions below to enroll and tell all of your friends.

The deadline is January 31st.

Here’s how you can enroll in the KidCents program and round-up to our charity:

Step 1: Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti (Skip to Step 2 if you are already a wellness+ with Plenti member)

  • Visit and click ‘Sign In’ on the left
  • Click the box on the right to ‘Enroll in wellness+ with Plenti
  • Complete registration process for wellness+ with Plenti
  • Click through to finish signing up in Plenti
  • When finished with both processes, you will be directed to

Step 2: Enroll in the KidCents Round-Up Program

  • Visit
  • You should see your account logged in on the left. If not, sign in with the account information.
  • Click ‘Start rounding up today!’ dial on the left

Step 3: Designate Your Charity

  • Click ‘Select a Charity’ on the left
  • Type Savannah Speech and Hearing Center and click ‘Select This Charity’

It’s really that simple. Now, go shopping at Rite Aid and round up your change!

Thank you so much for your help!

A Sound Start Christmas

Christmas is upon us and the kids are so excited for all the festivities we have planned for them! Today we took the Sound Start group on a field trip to Savannah Speech and Hearing Center for Christmas caroling. The members and staff could not get enough of the children and the kids loved getting into the spirit. But the day did not end there…

We swept the kids away to Bass Pro Shop to take pictures with Santa! The kids eagerly took pictures with Santa as they “read” him their wish lists. In order to get the kids acquainted with St. Nick, we made sure to take the kids for a “practice run” so they would feel more comfortable around the man in the red suit before today.

Parents joined in on the fun, watching their children ride the train at the mall and experience the festivities of Christmas! What a great day for for all!

Fueling The Community at PARKER’S

Add Code 1700 to your Parker’s Gas Card for Sound Start!

Parker’s PumpPal Gas Cards at Parker’s Convenience Store/Gas Stations has a new program called “Fueling the Community”.  The program donates one cent from every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of every month at Parker’s locations throughout the area.  If you don’t already have a Parker’s card, you can pick one up at any location – the following link has more info:

Once you get your card, you can designate Sound Start to be your preferred recipient of charitable donations.  Our 4 digit code from Parker’s is 1700 !

               A Letter from Greg Parker:      


Did you ever wish your favorite local school could

receive additional funding to benefit students and enhance learning?

The new Fueling  the Community program at Parker’s donates one cent from every gallon of gas

sold on the first Wednesday of every month at Parker’s locations throughout  the area.

As a PumpPal member, you can designate a specific public or private school as your

   preferred recipient of charitable donations. Just click the link below to add

your favorite school’s code number to your PumpPal profile:

Plus, remember

that every time you buy gas at Parker’s on the first Wednesday of the month,

you will help your school of choice.

Thank you for your

support and for making a difference in local schools!

Gregory M.   Parker  

The Parker Companies

Savannah, GA 31401

SSHC Dinner & Auction 2015

Hello Friends of Savannah Speech & Hearing Center!

Each year, we have the good fortune to have a benefit for Savannah Speech and Hearing Center’s Sound Start School (A school for the deaf and hard of hearing) hosted by the  Hammond for Hope Foundation.  This year’s benefit will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015.  The Hammond for Hope Foundation invites friends and business associates of Savannah Speech & Hearing Center and the Savannah Community to gather for a dinner and auction that evening.  The proceeds of the auction benefit Savannah Speech and Hearing Center’s Sound Start. Sound Start is the only auditory/oral school for the deaf and hard of hearing in the low country.

The following day, Monday, September 30th, friends and business associates participate in a wonderfully competitive golf tournament.

We would ask that the Savannah Community and supporters of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community donate items for the auction.  In return, we can offer a great opportunity to advertise your products and services by posting your donation item and thus advertising your business on our website.  We will feature items of local, regional and nationwide interest for silent bidding with a few select items for a live auction. We will display your literature and business cards with your donation.  We also offer hole sponsorship at the golf tournament.

Last year’s Dinner/Auction and Golf Tournament was a tremendous success in part thanks to the generosity of numerous local Savannah business and benefactors.  As a result of their kindness and those who so excitedly bid for those donations, we have seen the Sound Start School thrive.  Please help us keep the momentum moving in such a positive direction by donating this year.

To ensure we have time to publicize your business on our website, receipt of your donation by September 15th, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your support of a great service in Savannah!  Please call our auction chairman, Ann Curry, at (912) 355-4601 with any questions.

On behalf of Savannah Speech and Hearing Center, thank you for your support.

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