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Headphones Can Easily Damage Your Hearing Permanently

Last month we told you how hearing loss is on the rise. One of the reasons for this is because of noise-induced hearing loss. Headphones and especially earbuds are used much more now than ever and when the music or entertainment you play using headphones is too loud, it can cause permanent damage to your hearing. Today, we have some information to help you ensure that you won’t look back on your time spent using headphones with regret.

Why Loud Headphones Can Damage Your Hearing

Tricia Ashby, the Director of Audiology at the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) explains, “Noise exposure is a common cause of hearing loss”. Noise-induced hearing loss isn’t only caused by listening to headphones but as it becomes a more common practice, it is a growing concern. Loud noise causes the fluid in your inner ear to move and that can damage the hair cells that help you hear by sending signals to the brain. You may not recognize hearing damage right away because hearing loss is often a gradual process; in addition to that the exposure is cumulative. Which means that the more often you are exposed to loud noises, the more of an impact it has on your hearing.

How Loud is Too Loud?

None of this means that you can’t listen to music through headphones, it just means you have to keep the volume down and limit the time you spend using headphones. The World Health Organization recommends limiting headphone time to one hour per day and keep the volume around 60%, or 60 decibels. It is also important to recognize the headphones are not all bad for your hearing health. In fact, according to Kathleen Campbell, professor at Southern Illinois School of Medicine who specializes in audiology explains how over-ear or noise-canceling headphones are the best choice because they encourage people to listen at a lower volume. Think about your future the next time you decide to turn up the volume on your headphones, it could mean losing the ability to hear through them in the future.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today. We have 6 convenient audiology clinic locations for you in Long Island, NY including: Babylon, Bayside, Bellmore, Great Neck, Jericho, and Rockville.

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Travel Tips for People With Hearing Loss

Whether you travel often or just take the occasional trip, it’s often a hectic race to get to the airport and arrive at your destination. Don’t let hearing loss get in the way of getting to where you need to go. Traveling when you have hearing loss may seem like a daunting proposition, but with proper planning, you will do just fine. Today we have tips to help you feel more confident about traveling with hearing loss or hearing aids.

Planning Ahead for Your Trip

Planning ahead is the key to make sure that everything goes smoothly the day of travel. Remember these tips are not just for leaving, but for your return flight too. When you are booking your flight, if available, opt in for text or email alerts regarding your flight. This way, if you miss an announcement in the crowded and noisy airport, you will still have the information sent to you directly. Arrive to the airport early so that you can be ready for any gate changes or delays. If you have to rush, it makes everything more difficult and you don’t need any extra stress. Also, you should plan ahead what you need to check with your luggage and what you should carry-on.

What to Pack and What to Carry-On

Make a checklist for everything you need to help you hear during your flight and the trip itself once you arrive at your destination.  If you can’t hear well, let your flight attendant know so that he or she can make sure that you heard and understood any important announcements. If you have hearing aids, you are allowed to (and should) wear them during the flight. This applies even if you have wireless hearing aids. Here is your checklist for what to carry-on if you have hearing aids (don’t check anything vital with your luggage just in case it gets lost):

  • Hearing aid case.
  • Spare hearing aid batteries.
  • All the accessories you use with your hearing aids.
  • Any connected devices you use in conjunction with your hearing aids to help you hear.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us  to schedule an appointment  with one of our hearing professionals today.

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Sudden Onset Hearing Loss – What Can You Do About It?

Sudden onset hearing loss is also called sudden deafness or sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSHL). It often happens as quickly as overnight or over the course of a few days. In most cases, sudden hearing loss is only present in one ear and is almost complete hearing loss in that ear. It can often be accompanied by ringing of ears (tinnitus) and dizziness or disorientation. We should mention that sudden onset hearing loss is not very common. If this happens to you, seek help right away and consider it an emergency.

What Causes Sudden Onset Hearing Loss?

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) the causes of sudden onset hearing loss can include:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Trauma, such as a head injury
  • Autoimmune diseases such as Cogan’s syndrome
  • Ototoxic drugs (drugs that harm the sensory cells in the inner ear)
  • Blood circulation problems
  • A tumor on the nerve that connects the ear to the brain
  • Neurologic diseases and disorders, such as multiple sclerosis
  • Disorders of the inner ear, such as Ménière’s disease

Sudden onset hearing loss can be diagnosed by a doctor or audiologist with a hearing assessment. You should help them recount your hearing loss and bring a list of all medications and medical history with you. Only a medical professional can determine the cause and outline a treatment plan to help you. In some cases, a blood analysis will be necessary to help with the diagnosis.

Treatment for Sudden Onset Hearing Loss

For the most part and depending on the cause, sudden onset hearing loss can be treated and have a good prognosis to recover some hearing. Getting treatment as soon as possible helps improve the chances of recovery. As with any ailment, the treatment depends on the cause. The most common treatment is corticosteroids which reduce inflammation and help your body fight off illness. Antibiotics would be the treatment if the sudden hearing loss is caused by an infection. You should discuss your individual situation with your doctor or audiologist.

Hearing Help Associates, Helping New Yorkers Hear Well Again

At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you through all aspects of your hearing health. If you have any questions about hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing professionals today.

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What To Do When Your Hearing Aid Gets Wet

Although most hearing aids now a days offer moisture protection, it is still important to keep them away from water. Whether you lead an active lifestyle or just simply forgot to remove your hearing aid before taking a shower, accidents do happen. Below are some tips and other helpful advice on what to do when your hearing aid gets wet.

STEP 1: Turn Off Your Hearing Aid & Remove the Battery

It is recommended that if your hearing aid gets wet, you should immediately turn it off and take out the battery. Dry the battery meticulously with a dry cloth, and gently shake the hearing aid to remove all possible water. (NOTE: Before shaking it, make sure that the battery compartment is open.) Doing this will help you avoid causing more damage to your hearing aid device.

STEP 2: Dry Your Hearing Aid

Using a Hair Dryer or Fan

Unfortunately, hand-drying your hearing aids won’t remove all of the moisture, so it’s a good idea to use either a fan or a hairdryer to remove excess water. (NOTE: When using a hair dryer, make sure its on a cool setting and held about 10 – 12 inches from your hearing aid when drying.) Once you are done, lay your hearing aid on a newspaper and let it dry as much as possible.

Using a Dry Jar

You can use a dry jar which will help remove excess moisture and prolong the components of your hearing device. It’s compact size makes it ideal for home, office, or travel. Ask your hearing care provider for more information on using this product.

And Guess What?

At Hearing Help Associates, you receive a dry jar with every hearing aid purchase.

Using a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a very useful device for the maintenance and care of hearing aids. This hearing aid accessory helps remove all humidity from the hearing aid as well as help eliminate the bad smell and bacteria. When using a dehumidifier, following these steps below:

  • Open the battery compartment and take out the battery, leave the battery compartment open.
  • Dry the hearing aid and the battery with a dry cloth.
  • Place your hearing aid and battery in an appropriate dehumidifying system.
  • Keep your hearing aid in the dehumidifier for 24 hours, or 3-4 drying cycles.

If Your Hearing Aid Get Wets with Salty or Dirty Water

If your hearing aid gets wet with salty or dirty water, the same procedure is still correct, but you should rinse your hearing aid device immediately with fresh water before being placed into the dehumidifier.

STEP 3: Replace Hearing Aid Battery

Insert a new battery into the hearing aid and check if it works. You might find that your hearing aid is working, but there may be some noticeable damage. In either case, it’s a good idea to schedule a follow up visit with your hearing care provider so that they may check your hearing aid and recommend any necessary hearing aid repairs.

If You Still Need Help, Contact Your Hearing Care Provider

If you have followed these tips and tricks and your hearing aid is still not working, take it to your hearing aid provider to see if repairs are needed. At Hearing Help Associates, we are always here to help you. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing professionals, please contact us today.

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