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A hearing aid is a small electronic device that is placed behind or inside the ear, where it amplifies sound, improves hearing and helps people with hearing loss to enjoy beautiful sounds again.

The choice of hearing aids depends on the degree of hearing loss and the daily life of the hearing impaired person.

The lifespan of a hearing aid depends on its use and especially on its proper maintenance. Typically, the life cycle of a hearing aid is four to six years. It is very important that you follow the maintenance and cleaning instructions given to you by your audiologist to ensure that they work properly.

A person wearing a hearing aid for the first time takes about 2-4 weeks to get used to it.

According to research, the use of two hearing aids in people with hearing loss in both ears (bilateral hearing loss) brings much better results, such as: superior sound quality, better speech clarification and understanding, pleasant and relaxing hearing, easy perception of sound direction, better and balanced hearing, relief from buzzing and the auditory nerve remains active. The specialists at DR GEORGE Hearing Centres can answer this question and offer you the most suitable solution for you after the examination, because every case is different.

Certainly, there is a solution. In-the-ear hearing aidsare fitted inside the ear canal and are almost invisible. However, the degree of hearing loss and the anatomy of the ear affect whether this solution is feasible.

The cost of a hearing aid varies depending on the type of hearing aid, its features and functions as well as the type and degree of hearing loss. In our Centres you have the opportunity to buy hearing aids with Repayment Facilities at no extra charge.

The "best" hearing aid is the one that best fits and fits you personally and satisfies your individual needs and personal wishes!

Usually the image we have of a hard of hearing person is that of a grandmother or grandfather, who, no matter how much their family calls them, cannot hear or can hardly hear. The statistics present a completely different picture.

Scientific estimates suggest that around 10% of the world's population has some degree of hearing loss. Specifically, of the world's population, 1 in 5 people over 60, 1 in 3 over 70 and 1 in 2 over 80 have hearing loss, which shows that as we get older we are more likely to experience hearing loss.

However, it is not only the elderly who may have a loss since according to research, 35% of people with hearing loss are under 65 years old. Further, 2-3 babies in 1000 are born with hearing loss and many more develop hearing loss in the first few years of life.

The latest research by the World Health Organization has shown that 1.1 billion adolescents and young adults are at risk of permanent hearing damage due to frequent exposure to harmful levels of noise (in entertainment venues) or due to poor, unsafe use of various audio and music players.

Notice if:

  • He finds it difficult to understand his interlocutors.
  • He repeatedly asks his interlocutors to repeat what they have said or to speak louder.
  • It is difficult to watch TV or listen to the radio at a normal volume.
  • He denies he has hearing loss and blames others for not speaking clearly.
  • It isolates and withdraws from social activities and conversations.
  • He/she tries to control the conversations by talking more.
  • He often feels tension, fatigue and headache because of the difficulty in hearing.

YES. Hearing loss can cause:

  • Difficulty communicating with family members and friends
  • Anxiety, nervousness and depression
  • Headache and increased blood pressure
  • Isolation, alienation and withdrawal
  • Work-related problems

The hearing test is painless and discreet. It is a simple but very important procedure to detect any hearing loss as soon as possible, as prevention is the best cure.

First of all, we should mention that an audiogram is a painless, non-invasive procedure during which our hearing is checked and takes only a few minutes. By emitting sounds at specific frequencies and different levels of intensity, we check to what extent the person is responding and enables us to assess hearing and determine, firstly, whether or not there is hearing loss and, if so, at what level it is. An audiogram is a graph that shows the level of our hearing and based on the results we can distinguish the degree and type of hearing loss a person has.

The first step to properly treating hearing loss is a valid and timely diagnosis. If there is no medical problem that can be treated with medication or surgery, then hearing restoration is done with hearing aids. With the use of hearing aids, hearing quality is maintained, and therefore confidence and self-confidence. Hearing aids can offer a better quality of life. Around 9 out of 10 hearing aid users report improved sound quality and therefore improved quality of life.

Hearing aids help the wearer to:

  • Improve his or her hearing ability
    • understand the other party more easily
    • hear the warning sounds that can even save his/her life, e.g. car sounds, horns, engine sounds, baby crying, telephone etc.
    • hears high-frequency sounds
  • return / redevelop social activities
  • prevent social isolation and withdrawal, anxiety, depression.
  • Restore self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve his and his family's quality of life.

Research from the US National Council on Aging has shown that people who follow a therapeutic treatment (through hearing aids and/or medical therapy) report improved mental and physical health, better family relationships, higher self-esteem and increased social activity.

  • Hearing aids have not been accepted first by society and then by the hearing impaired person
  • Most people - wrongly - think of hearing loss as a disability
  • They don't know enough about this issue or there is misinformation or even misinformation.
  • Most people think that the headphones are too big (appearance and aesthetics)
  • They think they're ringing in the ear. Hearing aids today have sophisticated whistle management systems and DO NOT WHISTLE in the ear.

YES. There is government sponsorship which subsidizes:

For pensioners (over 65 years old), the plan sets out

  • A grant of up to €350 for the purchase of hearing aids every five years.

For congenital hearing loss, the plan determines:

  • A grant of up to €1,000 per hearing aid every four years until the age of 18 for children who are congenitally deaf or who develop deafness by the age of 10
  • A grant of up to €750 per hearing aid every five years for adults who are congenitally deaf or whose deafness developed by the age of 10
  • A grant of up to €340 per hearing aid for adults with practical deafness, for whom there is no benefit for speech development and who can use a super power hearing aid that helps with partial perception of environmental sounds rather than speech-communication perception. These headsets function mainly as warning aids for safety reasons

Also, there are grants from some other funds such as CYTA, AHK

All we need to do for our ears is to use a tissue or soft cloth to clean the wax that has been transferred outwards, towards the entrance of the ear. The wax (alveolus) is part of the human body's defence. It is produced by the skin glands in the ear canal and protects it from dust, dirt and germs, while its absence can lead to dry skin and itching. The ear is a self-cleaning organ and has a way of transporting the wax from the inside to the outside, the entrance of the ear, carrying away any dust or dirt.

You should not use cotton swabs, matches or other objects to clean the inside of the ear because it is possible to cause a build-up of wax inside the ear and other accidents, such as a perforated eardrum, cotton-wool blockage or injury to the ear canal. We don't put anything smaller than our finger in our ears! If more needs to be done, then a specialist can do it.

If a person's body produces excessive amounts of alveolar wax, then a visit to an otolaryngologist for ear washing/cleaning is recommended. The large amount of alveoli inside the ear can cause blockage of the ear canal, pain, buzzing and even temporary loss or reduction of hearing.

When a person uses hearing aids for the first time it will take about 2-4 weeks to get used to the new sounds coming back into their lives again. Your hearing aids will allow you to hear sounds that you haven't heard for a long time - this is amazing but at first they may seem annoying or you may not even recognise them when you've heard them hundreds of times before. There is no need to worry as your brain will learn quickly and after a short time some sounds will stop paying attention to them. So, the longer you wear your headphones, the more sounds you will notice and enjoy over time. Allow yourself a few days of "adjustment" and your hearing will be more relaxed and enjoyable.

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Maria Demetriou

Customer Service Representative

Maria comes from Aradippou and is a Customer Service Representative Officer out our Centers in Larnaca.

With more than 18 years of experience in the field of hearing aids, Maria is a key member of our team and is responsible for the smooth running of our center and the impeccable service of our customers in Larnaca. Some of her responsibilities include: maintaining and cleaning hearing aids, scheduling appointments, invoicing, processing payments, as well as receiving supplies and hearing aids.

Maria always tries to make people smile and feel comfortable while at the same time providing them with all the necessary information.

What makes Maria special is her kindness, her goodness and her authenticity.

She likes travelling and shopping.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? George Clooney
  • What is your favorite movie? Hachiko: The story of a dog
  • What’s your favorite meal? Pasta
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? The Caribbean
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Genuine

Elena Petrou

Office Manager

Elena was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus.

She had a fair for languages from a young age.

During her studies, she spent a semester in Andalucía where she fell in love with the Spanish language and culture.

She was introduced to the Cypriot sign language through a friend and subsequently joined a mixed choir of hearing and hard-of-hearing people.

Her day-to-day responsibilities entail greeting clients, scheduling appointments, handling private payments, helping clients with paperwork, ordering and receiving stock supplies, hearing aids and accessories, as well as performing clean and maintenance checks on patient’s hearing aids.

Outside of work, she enjoys exercising, doing arts and crafts and listening to podcasts.

Her favorite quote is “If you are tired of not getting any answers, change your questions!”

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Noam Chomsky
  • What is your favorite movie? The secret in their eyes (Argentina, 2009)
  • What’s your favorite meal? My mum’s “Gemista “ (stuffed vegetables with mince and rice)
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Latin America
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Responsible

Lucas Antoniadis

Sales and Marketing Officer

With roots from Limassol, he considers himself a Citizen of the World.

He is involved with various aspects of our centers, mainly with servicing customers at the front desk, monitoring performance, planning and executing marketing and market development activities, as well as developing the e-commerce of the company.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from TEI of Athens and an MBA from CIIM – UoL. He joined our centres in 2017 with more than 10 years of experience in Sales & Marketing as well as Management Factors.

Ιn his free time, he loves spending time with his family and dogs. He also enjoys spending time by the seaside.

He consistently tries to be the best version of himself every day.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Family & friends
  • What is your favorite movie? Hachiko: A dog’s tale
  • What’s your favorite meal? Tomato Beef Stew with Spaghetti
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? French Polynesia
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Hard worker & team player

Despina Stavri

Operations and Advertising Manager

Despina was born and raised in Sotira, Famagusta, and is currently a permanent resident of Larnaca.

He studied in the United States of America where she obtained two master’s degrees in Mathematics & Statistics and Applied Mathematics from the Murray State University and the University of Tennessee respectively.

Despina joined our team in 2011 as an Operations and Advertising Manager. She oversees the smooth operation of our centers, solves any issues that may arise daily, and implements our advertising campaigns. She also caters to the individual needs of our patients.

She enjoys attending seminars on marketing, business management, and self-improvement. She spends her free time with her family. She loves books, good company, and a glass of nice red wine.

Her favourite expressions are the following: “Health is the most valuable of all earthly possessions; without it all the rest are worth nothing” and “Common sense is not so common.”

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Keanu Reeves
  • What is your favorite movie? The Matrix
  • What’s your favorite meal? Whatever my mom makes!!!!
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Cruise to Alaska
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Honest

Vanya Agathokleous

H.A.D., B.Sc.
Hearing Aid Dispenser

Vanya Agathokleous was born in Limassol and grew up in Pissouri. She holds a degree in Speech Therapy from the European University of Cyprus. She joined our Centers in 2021 after accumulating experience as a Speech Therapist for five years. She is a highly trained Hearing Instrument Specialist who sees customers at our Centers in Limassol and Larnaca.

She is constantly updated on the latest methods for selecting, fitting and adjusting hearing aids as well as hearing rehabilitation by attending seminars and conferences.

One of the main reasons she loves her job is the gratification she gets from helping people welcome back sounds they had not heard in a while. She caters to the individual needs of each customer recommending the most optimal hearing aids not only for better hearing but also for improved quality of life. As she explains, seeing the smile on their face when they realize that they can hear the beautiful sounds of life again fills her with satisfaction and joy.

In her free time, Vania unwinds by going horse riding. On weekends she indulges in shopping therapy.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Hippocrates
  • What’s your favorite movie? Prison Break
  • What’s your favorite meal? Seafood pasta
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Maldives
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Cheerful

Harry Antoniou

H.A.D, B.Sc.
Hearing Aid Dispenser

Charis was born and raised in Ypsonas, Limassol. He studied in Nicosia and currently lives in Arediou, Nicosia, with his wife and young son.

As a hearing aid specialist, he has attended various seminars and conferences in Cyprus as well as overseas.

His job entails selecting, adjusting and fitting hearing aids, as well as providing our customers with audiological support in accordance with the International scientific protocols followed by Dr George Hearing Centers.

According to him, the best part of his job is helping people. His favorite quote is, “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.”

He likes to spend his free time with his family, doing martial arts and other sports as well as reading self-improvement books. Additionally, he loves watching documentaries and listening to podcasts.

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Bruce Lee.
  • What is your favorite movie? ROCKY
  • What’s your favorite meal? Pork kebab with sieftalies (traditional Cypriot sausages) and pickles.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Japan, Okinawa
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Honest

Dr George Panayiotou

Clinical Audiologist,
Managing Director

Dr George Panayiotou was born and raised in Kiti, Larnaca.

He is a highly accomplished Clinical Audiologist with over 20 years of experience in treating people with hearing loss of all ages. After completing his training and qualifications in the US, he returned to Cyprus to establish DR GEORGE Hearing Centers, one of the largest networks of private audiology clinics. Under his leadership, the three clinics operating under the brand name DR GEORGE Hearing Centers, gained a stellar reputation for providing premium hearing health services with branded hearing aids.

Dr. George holds a doctorate degree in Clinical Audiology from the East Tennessee State University, United States of America.

He holds a professional degree from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

He is also a member of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the Royal Public Health Association (RSPH) of Great Britain.

Dr. George has been trained and worked at the Presbyterian Ear Institute, Ear Associated Neurological Clinic, Mountain Home Veterinary Hospital, Watauga ENT and Greenville ENT Otolaryngology Clinics in the United States.

Although his free time is quite limited, he loves spending time with his family and beloved son. He is fond of fitness and especially cycling. He also enjoys carpentry and listening to podcasts.

His favorite quote is, “Only the strong survive”

  • If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Steve Jobs
  • What is your favorite movie? The Matrix
  • What’s your favorite meal? Souvlakia (kebab)
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Alaska
  • If your colleagues could choose one word to describe you, what would it be? Reliable