Our Mission is to Keep You Safe

We are all tired of waiting this pandemic out. We’ve done our best to social distance, to don masks, to maintain a Covid-free zone while we on-line teach our children and Zoom call our friends and family. Bottom line, we have endured. But that doesn’t mean we let our guard down. The Covid-19 virus continues to ravage our community. With that in mind, we want all our patients to know the extra measures we take daily to safeguard their health. What to Expect When You Arrive Before you step inside our office, your temperature will be checked with a no-contact…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Audiology, Blog, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hand Surgery, News & Events, Plastic Surgery, Skincare & Laser

Noisy Toys of 2020: Hearing Protection May Be Required!

Does your child own any of the toys on this year's Annual Noisy Toy List from the Sight & Hearing Association? If so, you may want to take some precautions in order to protect your child's hearing. Out of the 24 toys tested this year, 14 tested above 85 dB which is the level set by the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety for mandatory hearing protection and may pose a threat to your child's hearing. Earning the top spot as the loudest toy on the list is The Learning Journey Intl. Little Baby Bongo Drums which produced a…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

October is National Audiology Awareness Month—The American Academy of Audiology Reminds the Public to Protect Their Hearing and Get it Checked Untreated hearing loss is a risk factor for falls and dementia October is National Audiology Awareness Month and the American Academy of Audiology is urging the public to be aware of the importance of good hearing health. The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders states that approximately 28.8 million Americans could benefit from the use of hearing aids. While age is often cited as a factor, there are growing numbers of younger people…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat

How long will it take to get used to new hearing aids?

One thing that we often hear from our audiology and hearing aid patients is, "How long will it take to get used to my new hearing aids?" The short answer is between 30 and 45 days. The state of Connecticut actually requires that we give patients at least 30 days to "trial" their hearing aids before you keep them and at Advanced Specialty Care, we actually go beyond that. Our policy is a 45-day trial period and the reason we give you that additional two weeks is because it can really take a month and half to acclimate to the…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hearing Aid, Jocelyn Dore, Au.D.

Dr. Jocelyn Dore: Audiologist and Neighbor

As an audiologist at Advanced Specialty Care for the past 16 years, I have seen thousands of patients; I also live in the same city as our primary Danbury location. I love living where I work. When there is a big storm, my patients and I experience similar problems. When we have a week-long power outage, I worry about how my patients with rechargeable hearing aids are getting along. I also love living where I work because I recognize so many street names. Hearing aid patients came in several times a year for check-ups so I tend to associate patients…
Dr. Jocelyn Dore: Audiology & Hearing Aid Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care
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Topics: Audiology, Blog

Meet the Provider: Olivia Mitchell, Audiologist

Get to know Audiologist, Olivia Mitchell, Au.D.! Dr. Mitchell, Audiology and Hearing Aid Specialist at Advanced Specialty Care, shares what inspired to her pursue a career as an Audiologist and the reward that comes from helping her patients. 1. How did you get into the field of audiology? Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to work in the medical field. I was introduced to audiology during my undergrad studies and instantly fell in love. Helping people communicate with their loved ones quickly became my passion and I am so excited to start my career doing this at…
Audiologist at Advanced Specialty Care in Connecticut: Olivia Mitchell, Au.D.
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Topics: Audiology, Blog, Ear, Nose & Throat, News & Events

9 Things to Know When Buying Hearing Aids

Are you struggling with hearing loss or are you unsure of what to expect when using hearing aids for the first time? When you invest in hearing aids, you're also investing in yourself and your ability to connect, understand conversations and live life to the fullest. Here are 9 things to expect when buying and using hearing aids for the first time: A hearing problem is more noticeable than hearing aids. A hearing problem is more than just hearing loss; it impacts your ability to connect, communicate and understand conversations. Hearing problems usually develop slowly and subtly and may be…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog

Healthy Hearing Tips for Working & Learning From Home

Do you find yourself reaching for a pair of headphones for your Zoom meeting? Or maybe your kids are using headphones for their distance learning lessons? Even though you may be using headphones for work instead of listening to music, safe listening to protect your hearing still applies especially when using headphones for prolonged periods of time or listening at high volumes. In fact, many people are unaware that earbuds can reach 105 dB at full volume - the same as a running lawnmower! At this level, ears should not be exposed to this amount of sound without hearing protection…
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Topics: Audiology, Blog

ASC's COVID-19 Practice & Patient Safety Measures

Advanced Specialty Care's COVID-19 Practice & Patient Safety Measures The coronavirus crisis has touched upon most everyone in our world and at Advanced Specialty Care we have both been monitoring recommendations and proactively implementing protective measures for our patients and our staff. Your well being is our top priority and we are dedicated to ensuring you have access to specialty healthcare services including including ENT, Allergy, Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Audiology care when you need them. We have remained open to continue to service our community and to help reduce the strain on hospitals and Emergency Rooms during…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Audiology, Blog, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hand Surgery, News & Events, Plastic Surgery, Skincare & Laser

Hand Washing 101

Hand Washing 101 Hand washing is one of the most important and effective steps you can take to reduce your chances of getting sick and to reduce the spread of germs to others. Here's a brief refresher on proper hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, courtesy of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Germs can get into the body through our eyes, nose, and mouth and make us sick. Hand washing with soap removes germs from hands and helps prevent sickness. Studies have shown that hand washing can prevent 1 in 5 respiratory infections, such as…
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Topics: Allergy & Asthma, Audiology, Blog, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Hand Surgery, News & Events, Plastic Surgery, Skincare & Laser
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