Noise Induced Hearing Loss
Exposure to loud noises is a common cause of hearing loss among the population. Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is characterized by a “gradual, progressive loss of high frequency hearing sensitivity that usually presents as a “notch” that occurs at or around 4000 Hz.” For more information on noise induced hearing loss, visit http://american-hearing.org/disorders/noise-induced-hearing-loss/ .
How can you protect your hearing?
There are many ways to prevent NIHL, such as:
- Avoid or limit exposure to dangerously loud sounds
- Decrease the volume of music systems
- Move away from loud sound sources when possible
- If you must be around loud sounds, use appropriate hearing protection
What kind of hearing protection devices are available?
At The Hearing Center, we offer a variety of hearing protection devices. Common devices include:
- Swim plugs are designed to prevent moisture from entering the ear canal during swimming, showering and water sports
- Shooter’s protection is designed to protect hunters/shooters from impulse noises up to 160 dB peak SPL. These devices can be made with special acoustic filters that allow for awareness of conversation and the ability to track animals.
- Industrial noise protection- Some work places require workers to wear custom hearing protection due to exposure to dangerous sound levels. Employees who work in industrial factories, construction sites and around aircraft equipment are likely to be required to wear hearing protection. Specialized devices can be made that can connect to radios for those who work in jobs that require radio use.
- Musician earpieces provide hearing protection for musicians who practice and perform in a variety of settings. Depending on the source and location of the sound, different levels of attenuators can be used in the earpieces to allow for optimal hearing protection.
- Motorcyclist’s protection is designed to help eliminate wind noise under a helmet.
- Custom sleep plugs can be used to promote interrupted sleep.
- Custom fit ear tips for mp3 players or other headphones are designed to have standard earphones fit into a custom fit ear tip. These earplugs help block excessive environmental noise and allow the listener to turn down the music volume.
If you believe you have a noise induced hearing loss, or at risk of one, make an appointment with your JHBI audiologist to discuss a custom hearing protection option that is suitable for your needs!
PLEASE JOIN US!
Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, in partnership with Advanced Bionics, will host a Meet-a-Mentor informational session on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017. This event will take place at our office from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is free to attend, but interested participants must RSVP. Speakers include representatives from Advanced Bionics, Dr. J. Douglas Green, Jr., and Elizabeth Selle, Au.D.
The Meet-a-Mentor event is apart of Advanced Bionics’ Bionic Ear Association (BEA). The mission of BEA is to improve the quality of life of individuals with severe-profound hearing loss by providing valuable information, education and awareness on cochlear implants. Recipients of Advanced Bionics’ cochlear implants, along with individuals who may be considering a cochlear implant for themselves or a loved one, are encouraged to attend the event. More information regarding the Bionic Ear Association can be found at: https://www.advancedbionics.com/au/en/get_connected/bea.html
Information session to learn about:
- Cochlear Implant services in Jacksonville
- How a Cochlear Implant works
- Advanced Bionics’ HiRes Ultra Cochlear Implant
- Benefits of hearing better in noise
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute
10475 Centurion Parkway N. Suite 303
Jacksonville, FL 32256
RSVP is required to attend the event
Please contact Karalee Needelman at (661) 348-2185 or KaraleeN@boinics.com
Happy World Hearing Day!
Every March 3rd for the past ten years, we have celebrated World Hearing Day as it is recognized by the World Health Organization. World Hearing Day is designed to promote hearing healthcare and hearing loss advocacy for those who need it most. Consider this: In the U.S., 7 out of 10 individuals who say they have trouble hearing don’t use hearing aids, according to a Better Hearing Institute (BHI) survey. Unfortunately, there are still quite a few negative stereotypes surrounding hearing aids that are likely the reason that adoption is so low for these devices. Many people have the idea that amplification continues to be bulky, poor quality, out-of-date with technology and prone to feedback, but this is no longer the case! Today’s hearing aids are smaller and smarter than ever, incorporating automatic programming, noise adaptation, Bluetooth technology and wireless programming. In fact, another BHI study recently showed that over 90% of individuals who have purchased hearing aids are happy they did.
So today, March 3rd, is all about getting the word out. As hearing healthcare providers, we at JHBI want you to know that there are options to treat your hearing loss. Come in for a consult and we can talk about not only what is available, but also about what your fears and concerns are with trying hearing aids. If you currently use amplification, today is also a great day to start a conversation with family and friends about it, too. If you are a happy hearing aid user, encourage a loved one that seems to be struggling to get his or her hearing checked by sharing your success story. So often, potential hearing aid users only hear negative reviews that scare them away from even trying to improve their hearing. On the other hand, if you aren’t happy with your amplification- don’t give up! Today is a great day to get back in the game and see an audiologist about reprogramming and refitting your current devices to make you more satisfied with them.
For more information from BHI on today’s hearing aid technologies, check out this link: http://www.betterhearing.org/news/hearing-aid-technologies-easier-living