Here at Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology, our team of experienced Audiologists is here not only to provide high-quality hearing care but also to spread the message of hearing health.

As with many other health issues, diagnosing hearing problems early can have a positive affect on how well we are able to treat them. Get it early and we can find both the cause and work out a solution so you can carry on with your life with minimal disruption.

So let’s have a look at 5 signs of hearing loss that we should all look out for:


“Say what?”

Do you find it a constant struggle to hear others in conversations? Imagine you’re at a busy restaurant, and you’re surrounded by your friends. Do you find it easy to hear everyone, even those next to the noisy kitchen? How about those at the end of the table? Maybe even those sat right next to you?


“Can you repeat that?”

This might be one to ask friends and family, as you may have done it so many times, you don’t realize anymore.  If asking people to repeat themselves is a common recurrence for you, it could be a sign of a problem.


Worn-out volume button

Is the volume-up button on your remote control worn out from so much use? Are you always turning up the volume even though the people around you are complaining that it is perfectly loud already?


That buzz


Have you ever heard an ongoing buzz, whoosh or roar type sound that others don’t seem to be able to hear?


Consonants go quiet

People with hearing loss often have most trouble with consonants rather than vowels.  Listen out next time you’re speaking to someone, do the consonants seem less pronounced?


It can happen to anyone

Hearing loss can happen to any of us. If you, or someone close to you might be experiencing the first signs of hearing loss, it is better to be safe than sorry.  Our gentle, non-invasive tests will explore the possible causes before we sit and talk through the potential solutions.  We have a range of hearing aids to suit every style and budget. You would be surprised at the huge difference they can make to the life of someone with hearing loss.

Come and see us at Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology and our friendly staff will help you be one step closer to great hearing health.

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Dr. Joni A. Ruiz AuD

Dr. Joni Ruiz is the owner and doctor of audiology at Big Thicket Hearing Aids and Audiology. She earned her doctorate of audiology in 2009 from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Selected for a prestigious fourth-year externship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ruiz has more than ten years’ experience as an audiologist. She has a heart for patient-centered care. At her hearing care practice, she performs comprehensive diagnostic audiological evaluations, provides aural rehabilitation to her patients and their loved ones, dispenses state of the art hearing aids, and manages the care of said devices for their life. Dr. Ruiz is dedicated to patient education regarding hearing loss, hearing protection, and hearing aid selection.
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