Celebrities With Hearing Loss

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Hearing loss can happen to anyone, even celebrities.

How Your Ears Work

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Hearing Loss Affects All Generations

Hearing Loss Affects All Generations

This infographic is important!

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What Does Hearing Loss Sound Like?

You can’t recreate hearing loss simply by plugging your ears. A person with normal hearing can hear quiet, medium and loud sounds that vary from low pitch to high pitch with amazing clarity and definition.

When you have hearing loss, you often lose higher pitched sounds, like the sound of women’s and children’s voices or consonants like T, S and F. Even though you still may be able to hear strong vowel sounds such as A, E and I, speech becomes harder to comprehend.

Instructions:  Go to the following link: http://www.starkey.com/hearing-loss-simulator
Set the volume level of your computer to a comfortable level
Select a Sound
Select a hearing loss level

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For more information, or a customized hearing loss simulator, contact our office.

Outdoor Survival Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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If you love the outdoors but suffer from allergies, typical activities can become a sniffling, sneezing, miserable experience. Preseasonal allergy drops before the season begins, and year-round allergy drops to treat environmental allergies will help provide long-term relief, but a few short-term steps help make the most of sunny days ahead.

Exercise
The time of day that you exercise can have a huge impact on how you feel.
If you’re pollen allergic, wait until later in the day to exercise. The highest concentrations of pollen are emitted in the early morning hours.  But if you have mold allergies, early morning exercise is better.

Keeping allergens out
Running air conditioners and keeping windows closed can help to keep outdoor allergens from causing problems indoors. But if you spend time outdoors, you’re probably bringing pollen indoors.

After spending time exercising, farming or doing yard work outside, avoid bringing your outdoor clothing into your living space—especially your bedroom. Launder those items right away, and shower immediately to wash away the pollen. Hair can act as a pollen-collecting “dust mop,” making shampooing before bedtime especially important for keeping allergens away from your bedding.

As you look ahead, come in for an appointment to see if you’re a good candidate for preseasonal immunotherapy. This pre-seasonal treatment could help you build tolerance to those things that cause reactions more quickly before the season—and symptoms—begin.

 

 

Helmets Suggestions For Use With Hearing Aids

Helmets Suggestions For Use With Hearing Aids

Helmets & Hearing Aids / Processors

Children with hearing loss love sports just as much as any other child! The fact that they wear delicate electronic devices that are HARD in or around their heads makes it necessary to protect them during activities in which a child could come into contact with something or someone else. Families remain the BEST decision makers for how to keep their children safe!  The information contained on this page does NOT guarantee that a child will be harm-free when following these suggestions. (Supporting Success for Children with Hearing Loss will not be held liable for any damages or harm which may occur if any of the suggestions below are followed).                                                           Karen L. Anderson, Director

Helmet Suggestions

  • If you are searching for a helmet that is compatible with Cochlear Implants or hearing aids, look for things like “adjustable dial” or “rack-and-pinion system” in the list of helmet features and pay close attention to how the helmets’ fit system works!  Adjustability around the circumference of the child’s head as well as the height (up and down) is important.
  • Some people will put on a bandana or do-rag on first and then put the helmet on to absorb sweat.
  • Per Robert Fifer, PhD, the current research on helmet design suggests the padding around the ears should not be modified in any way for two reasons: First, altering the energy-absorption characteristics of the helmet would decrease protection against physical head trauma; second, the plastic case of the hearing aid was not designed to be used in traumatic impact situations. Impact may not only cause damage to the hearing aid but it possibly increases the risk to the skin and skull in the immediate area of the hearing aid.  Fifer, R. (2009, July 14). Head-to-Head With Helmets and Hearing Aids. The ASHA Leader

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Look for helmets that have inflatable padding as they provide the most flexible fit over hearing aids and CI processors
Example: Riddell Revolution

Soccer

Look for fully interchangeable padding; various straps that can be adjusted to the shape of the head, avoiding pressing on the hearing device
Example: Full 90 Select

Baseball/T-Ball

Look for a helmet with a dial fit adjustment; open it all the way, put helmet on and then tighten until it is snug but comfortable with the headpieces or hearing aids in place
Example: Adidas Incite Batting Helmet
 

 

Bicycling

Look for a helmet with a dial fit adjustment. When biking, be sure to use mirrors since your ability to hear will be compromised by the helmet and wind noise.
Example: Bell Trigger
 

 

Snowboarding/Skiing

Look for a helmet with a dial fit adjustment.
Example: Giro Helmets
 

 

Skateboard/Scooters

Look for a helmet that sits up higher on the head, not covering the hearing aid or CI processor.
Example: Skateboard Helmets
 

 

Hearing Aid Batteries: Important Information

How long should your hearing aid battery last?  What factors affect battery life?

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Call us at (919)-782-9003 to ask about our battery club.  And remember, batteries are toxic if swallowed, so keep them out of reach of pets and children.  Don’t know what to do with your batteries when they’re dead?  Bring them to our office, we’ll recycle them for you!

For more information, visit out clinic website.

Debunking Myths About Hearing Aids

Debunking Myths About Hearing Aids

This is a great write up by one of the major hearing aid manufacturers:

MYTH: Hearing loss only affects the elderly

REALITY: There are 48 million people, nearly 1 in 5, over the age of 12 with hearing loss severe enough to hinder communication. According to data from the Better Hearing Institute, the majority of people with hearing loss (65%)are under the age of 65.  Hearing loss is a challenge for individuals of all ages because it can adversely affect educational and occupational performance, social interactions, as well as personal safety.

MYTH: Hearing aids are noticeable and uncomfortable

REALITY: Hearing aids are small and weigh only a few ounces. Frequently asking someone to repeat themselves or responding inappropriately is much more noticeable than the hearing aids themselves.

MYTH: Buying a set of hearing aids online will save time and money

REALITY: Better hearing is an art guided by science and delivered through technology by hearing healthcare professionals. Unlike consumer electronics, hearing aids are medical devices. They should not be purchased off a shelf or online and worn right out of the box. Hearing aids should be selected and fit following a comprehensive audiologic evaluation by a licensed hearing healthcare professional. The licensed professional will provide fitting expertise and comprehensive follow up care as well as warranty and repair coverage.

MYTH: Hearing aids are too expensive

REALITY: Hearing aids are a long-term investment that improve your health. These medical devices are essential for improving quality of life, communicating with loved ones and fulfilling occupational requirements. The cost associate with hearing aids reflects research, manufacturing costs and professional service fees.

In order to gain a better understanding of the cost involved in purchasing a set of hearing aids, let’s assume you purchase your devices for the industry average, or $4,500. To keep the example simple we’ll use this average cost; you may spend a little more or less depending on the type of hearing aids you and your hearing care professional select. You will likely use those hearing aids for five years. If the cost of those hearing aids is broken down over five years, the hearing aids end up costing $900 annually or $75 per month. The $75 per month cost will also include:

  • A comprehensive hearing aid evaluation
  • Orientation and instruction on how to use your hearing aids
  • Ongoing follow-up care and office visits
  • Hearing aid warranty and repair coverage
  • Aural rehabilitative services to ensure you are maximizing your hearing potential

A Musical Odyssey

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Rock climbing film maker discusses his experience with hearing loss, and music. Truly an inspiring story!

Actress/Model Jessica-Jane Clement Discusses Her Hearing Loss

Actress/Model Jessics-Jane Clement discusses the process of losing her hearing in one ear, the emotions she felt, and how she determined not to let it hold her back. She currently wears a hearing aid in her right ear.

Getting your hearing checked is important…

Getting your hearing checked is important...

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5 Athletes with hearing loss

5 Athletes with hearing loss

This is a busy time for sports: the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the World Cup coming up, March Madness quickly approaching… you may be surprised to find that many athletes have hearing loss, and wear hearing aids.  Here are some examples!