Hey there,

It’s Dr. Joni Ruiz here — welcome to the October newsletter.

This month is Audiology Awareness Month and as audiologists, we’re thrilled to have all eyes and ears on us.

Did you know that more than 36 million American adults have some degree of hearing loss? And you may be surprised to learn that half of them are under the age of 65.

This is an alarming fact and one of the reasons I take my job so seriously. As an audiologist, you can count on me to be with you for every step of your better hearing journey. For audiology isn’t only about hearing well right now, but it’s also about your ongoing hearing health.

So be sure to drop by our Facebook page – we’ll be sharing lots of hearing news and facts this month. Feel free to “Like” and “Share” away. Help us spread the news and raise awareness.

It’s never too early to come and see me, and no question is too big or small for me to answer. Don’t hesitate to call me at
(409) 227-0284 to book an appointment today.

Read on for more invaluable audiology news …

Patient Resources

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What Is The Difference Between An Audiologist And A Hearing Instrument Dispenser?

Here’s a breakdown of both roles to help you make the best decision for yourself.

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Three Ways to Get a Loved One to Consider Hearing Aids

Admitting you have a hearing loss can be a big step to take. Here are a few ways to convince your loved one that it’s time they seek help.

Read more…

Hearing Health Tip

Father and young daughter brushing their teeth at the sink

Brush your teeth well – it’s good for the ears! That’s right, good oral hygiene can ward off cavities and this might in turn ward off hearing loss.

That’s because nerve cells in the inner ear rely on a good circulation of blood and nutrients to convert noise gathered in the outer ear to sound signals in the brain.

Harmful bacteria in your mouth, due to cavities or gum disease, can enter your bloodstream and cause the blood vessels in your ears to narrow and swell, therefore disrupting circulation.

Inadequate blood flow can damage and eventually destroy the hair cells inside the ear leading to sensorineural hearing loss.

So be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day, and floss at least once a day. Shiny teeth and good hearing – now that’s something to smile about!


bees collecting pollen from flower

We know that some animals can hear in some pretty amazing ways, but what about plants? Can they hear?

Well, the answer is yes!

So, what are their ears? Their flowers!

Based on a study involving some evening primrose plants, it was discovered that within minutes of sensing the sound waves of nearby bee wings through the flower petals, the concentration of the sugar in the plants’ nectar rose by 20 percent.

It was also noted that flowers could tune out irrelevant background sounds such as the wind. It is believed that this ability could give some plants an evolutionary advantage, maximizing their chances to spread pollen.

How Did We Do?

We love seeing our patients, and we love reading your positive feedback even more.

So, help spread the word about Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology. If you’ve been to see us recently, please don’t hesitate to share your experience with the world! Your kind words just might inspire someone to get their hearing seen to.

And That’s a Wrap!

Thank you for taking the time to read this far – I hope this newsletter has been useful to you.

As a reminder, Big Thicket Hearing Aids & Audiology is on your side. If you have any concerns about your family’s hearing health, book an appointment by calling (409) 227-0284, or by clicking the button below.

Until next month,

Dr. Joni Ruiz

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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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