During Football Season, Local Audiologist Makes Noise About Hearing Protection

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October 19, 2017

During Football Season, Local Audiologist Makes Noise About Hearing Protection

Bartlesville, OK — This October is the American Academy of Audiology’s National Audiology Awareness Month, a time dedicated to raising awareness about audiology and the importance of hearing protection. Making this topic relevant and timely to the community, Advanced Hearing Care reminds football fans (and arena-sports fans alike) that the best offense against hearing loss is a good defense.

“Your hearing is a key element to fully enjoying your time at the game. Ironically, the things we love — from cheering and jeering to the halftime performance — are all things that could hurt our hearing. The better you protect your hearing, the longer you’ll be able to experience the things you love,” says Stephanie Moore, Audiologist, of Advanced Hearing Care

Loud stadiums have become a source of pride for fans and teams across the country, but with stadium noise exceeding safe decibel (sound pressure) levels, it’s also a source of hearing loss. Cheering fans can push decibel (dB) levels well into the hundreds. At these levels, it only takes 1 to 15 minutes for the sound to damage your ears.

“Cheering while the away team is in a huddle gives football fans the opportunity to get in on the action, but football isn’t the only sport that puts fans at risk. From vuvuzelas to referee whistles and fireworks, loud noise at sporting events is something all spectators should be aware of,” says Dr. Moore. “The more awareness we raise about noise-induced hearing loss [NIHL], the more people we can help.”

NIHL is damage done to the ears by exposure to loud noise; the amount of damage is dependent upon the decibel level and the length of time you’re exposed. Repeated exposure to sound levels above 85 dB can cause permanent hearing loss. Rather than not being able to hear at all, high-frequency sounds are usually the first to go, meaning you may be unable to hear s, f, sh, ch, h, or soft c sounds.

National Audiology Awareness Month encourages regular hearing checkups combined with hearing protection to preserve hearing health. The focus includes helping those living with untreated hearing loss by offering educational pieces around technological advances in hearing aids.

Press Contact:
Stephanie Moore, AuD
Advanced Hearing Care
918-333-9992
info@drstephaniemoore.com, www.drstephaniemoore.com
About Advanced Hearing Care- Advanced Hearing Care is a full-service audiology practice proud to be bringing better hearing to the people of Bartlesville for 11 years. From Bartlesville our AudigyCertified™ hearing care practice has helped thousands of patients with their hearing, tinnitus, and balance disorders — and offers state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and expert fitting of hearing technology.

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New Rechargable Hearing Aid Batteries

ZPower is a manufacturer of new silver-zinc miniature hearing aid batteries that has partnered with several of our hearing aid Manufacturer’s to offer a new rechargeable option. The batteries should last approximately a year. The batteries should run a 12-14 hour day on a full charge. However, if the hearing aid user is utilizing Bluetooth streaming, then the hours per day would shorten if much streaming is involved. Ask about the rechargeable option when you come in for your next hearing aid check up.

Ringing in the Ears

If you suffer from Tinnitus

Tinnitus or otherwise known as ringing in the ears. Many patients describe ringing, buzzing, humming, crickets and I have also heard, choirs of angels in their ears. Typically hearing loss is associated with tinnitus. Many patients with mild loss will complain of mild ringing in their ears. Those patients with more severe losses often complain of more severe levels of ringing.

So if you are suffering from tinnitus, contact our office for an appointment.

Hearing protection is vital

The most common cause of hearing loss that we see in our clinic is noise induced hearing loss. Many people do not realize how hazardous the levels of the lawn mower, weed eaters and leaf blowers are and they are doing yard work weekly. Don’t forget that power tools, such as saws and drills can reach dangerous levels. Many people assume just shooting guns for hunting or target shooting are bad, but concerts and iPod can also reach high decibel levels too.

We also specialize in hearing protection, so please contact our office for help and guidance in protecting your hearing.

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New Technologies

New hearing aid technology is allowing many patients to upgrade to better devices and hear significantly better than with their old devices. Microphone directionality has improved and so has the quality of the overall microphones. Music listening has changed dramatically and the hearing devices have a much more higher fidelity than they have had in previous years. Noise filters has improved to help patients hear more speech through noise than in past years.

Accidents Happen…

Sometimes it is best to NOT wear your hearing aids. Try not to wear them while swimming or bathing. When mowing the yard, or doing hot, sweaty jobs it is recommended to NOT wear your hearing devices. Hair spray is bad for hearing aids as well and can cause damage to hearing aids. I often tell my patients to treat their hearing aids, like they would their eye glasses. Sometimes it is just best to take off your valuables and protect them.

Surrounded by Sound

Have you ever thought about why you love the sound of rain, while your friend can’t stand it? Ever notice how your heart races when you hear a siren? These physiological, cognitive, psychological, and behavioral responses can be summarized as the psychology of sound.

Physiologically

Sound can a ect our hormone secretions, breathing, heart rate, and brain waves. Our response to sound depends on its characteristics — intensity, frequency, predictability, complexity, and length of exposure, as well as our interpretation of the meaning of the noise. Noise is different than sound. Noise pollution, as de ned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is “unwanted or disturbing sound” and can diminish quality of life.
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), the nonauditory effects of noise are:

Cognitively

Our ability to process sound is actually pretty low, which makes it hard to hear in background noise or while two people are talking at once. For example, sound consultant Julian Treasure claims that open-plan o ce spaces can reduce productivity by 66 percent.

n a study published in the British Journal of Psychology in 1998, researchers found that employers were incredibly distracted when they could hear others talking around them, and they were less able to perform their duties. Noise in the o ce is also associated with increased stress hormone levels and a lower willingness to participate with others.

e Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Twenty-two million workers are exposed
to potentially damaging noise each year. Many people don’t realize they have a hearing loss until it’s too late. Even then, you might not realize your hearing has gotten worse because you no longer have a reference point for understanding what healthy hearing is.

Psychologically

Music has the strongest emotional impact of any type of sound for two reasons: It’s easily recognizable and easy to associate. However, it’s not
the only kind of sound that a ects emotional state. Birds chirping is an example: In our primitive days, birdsong was generally a reassuring sound. When the forest became quiet, that’s when it was time to worry. About 48 million people in the United States alone have signi cant hearing loss. ose who seek treatment often see improvement in their overall health.

New hearing aid users experience less anxiety after starting hearing aid use.

Hearing aid users experience a reduction in depression,
as measured by a geriatric depression scale.

Hearing aid use is shown to improve generic and hearing-related quality of life.

Behaviorally

Sounds — whether they are pleasant, intense, or annoying — can change our behavior. A re alarm gets your attention and makes you want to get away from the sound. Contrast that with what you do when you hear your favorite singer live in concert (hopefully you’re dancing!).
Ever wondered why some people have a strong reaction to sounds? It’s called misophonia. is condition is de ned as the hatred of sound; however, “a person with misophonia does not simply hate all sound. People with misophonia have specific symptoms and triggers and are sensitive only to certain sounds (and occasionally to visual triggers). Any sound can become a problem to a person with misophonia, but most [often the troubling sounds] are some kind of background noise.”
These sounds can trigger people to have an instant, emotional response. When someone’s trigger set (the sounds that set them o ) is heard, the person can have a wide variety of reactions from annoyance to panic or anger. is kind of response is like a siren or an alarm to the person with misophonia, and they may urgently try to distance themselves or become agitated.

Visit us today to take control of the sound around you.

Wireless Technology!

A patient asked me today that she had read about wireless technology and she wondered what that meant. It can mean a variety of things in regards to new technology hearing aids. For some hearing instruments, it can mean that a pair of hearing aids on a person’s ears can wirelessly communicate with each other. For example, microphones listen in the same direction, or noise filters engaging with both the right and left hearing aids together. Another example of wireless technology is pairing a Bluetooth phone to the hearing aids or using a streaming device to help pair a phone to the hearing aids. This allows phone calls to go into the hearing aids directly wirelessly. There is also the ability to stream television acoustics into hearing aids wirelessly. For more information, contact our office for an appointment.

Hearing aids and earwax. Patient’s ask everyday about how to clean hearing aids. Ears produce wax and unfortunately, it gets on and into hearing aids. Check your hearing aids nightly to see if they need cleaning. First wipe them off with a soft dry tissue or cloth. If wax seems to penetrate the sound openings of the hearing aids, then your hearing specialist should have provided you with small wax cleaning tools (loop) and possibly wax filters that keep the wax from penetrating the devices too deeply. Try not to get hearing aids wet with soap or water. For more information, please contact our office.

Do I have to have a smart phone for the new technology hearing aids? No absolutely not. There is lots of new amazing technology being introduced into the market that works great without a smart phone. The phones (certain makes and models only) allow patients to use their phones as remotes and some for streaming audio. Flip phones that have Bluetooth can also stream audio but require a streaming device to assist them. For more information, please contact our office.

Better Hearing and Speech Month: 5 Tips to Step Up Your Hearing Game

Did you know? About 360 million children and adults — more than ve percent of the global population — have disabling hearing loss, according to the World Health Organization.

The good news? Not only can most hearing loss be helped with state-of-the-art hearing technology or other options, but simple steps can help you prevent some types of hearing impairment altogether. With the 90th celebration of Better Hearing Month just around the corner in May, here are ve tips to help you and your loved ones take charge for better hearing every day.

Know the Signs
Frequently asking people to repeat themselves, turning up the TV, having di culty understanding phone conversations, complaining about noise or earaches — these
and other signs point to potential hearing loss. Detecting it early can reduce the risk of academic, social, physical, and other problems.

Curb Noise Exposure
More than 31 million Americans ages 6 to 69 have permanent hearing damage due to noise, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Reducing exposure to sounds above 85 decibels, curbing use of MP3 players, and wearing earplugs even when mowing or using leaf blowers, snowblowers, and weed wackers can go a long way.

Partner With Your School
Teachers and administrators are critical to helping kids hear their best during the school day, with classroom seating arrangements, loop and FM systems, closed captioning, and other supportive options. They can also identify possible signs of hearing loss, such as decreased engagement and changes in grades or behaviors.

Keep Hearing Aids in Top Shape
If you or your loved ones are already hearing better through today’s advanced hearing technology, help keep the devices in their best shape with a professional clean and check. Also, keep extra batteries on hand at home and on the go.

Get a Hearing Checkup
Take the whole family for professional hearing evaluations at least once a year, just as you would for their eyes or teeth. Timing the visits before summer camp or the new school year, for example, can help you catch any hearing di culties before they a ect your child’s learning and development.

Our audiology experts are here to help you and your loved ones hear your best. For more tips on taking charge of your hearing health or to schedule a hearing evaluation, call our o ce today.