Monthly Archives: September 2011

What to Expect From a New Hearing Aid

Audiologists from JHBI recommend thorough research, consistent practice and patience

For those with hearing loss, the proper use of a hearing aid can allow easier participation in the most basic daily activities. Hearing aids do not restore totally normal hearing, but with patience and practice they can make communication much easier for you as well as for your friends and family.

Learning to wear a hearing aid requires a period of adjustment. The length of adjustment depends on a number of factors, including how long a you have had hearing loss, how much loss has occurred, and how willing you are to make the necessary effort in order to succeed.

Here are a few things to remember about a new hearing aid:

  • It’s ok to ask people to repeat themselves.
  • There might be some slight tenderness in the ear and/or ear canal at first. This should go away, but if any soreness, redness or scabbing persists, report it to your doctor.
  • Speak normally. It does not sound different to other people, even though it sounds amplified in your head.
  • Wear the hearing aid as much as is comfortable. Gradually increase the wearing time, and by the end of two or three weeks, the hearing aid should be wearable for eight to ten hours per day.

Find a trustworthy, knowledgeable person to fit and maintain a hearing aid that is a good brand, price and fit. New technology allows the hearing aid to monitor the environment and automatically adjust according to your hearing loss and listening needs. At Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute, our audiologists will ensure that you receive quality care and treatment.

And the Winner of Our Hearing Aids Contest Is…

…Sara Clark! Congratulations on winning a set of premium hearing aids!

Scarlett fever damaged her hearing at two years of age. Even though Sara Clark, 46, has been wearing hearing aids for over 30 years, the brand quality has never been strong enough to compensate for her hearing loss. So when Clark heard about JHBI’s hearing aid contest on WOKV radio in June, she called in right away. And as winner of the contest, Clark received a set of premium hearing aids.

“I am very excited about the wireless technology with these,” she said. “I am a project manager in an environment that is varied in noise levels. Being able to hear important details about my projects is critical.”

Clark also received a free hearing aid consultation, which was offered to all contest participants.

“People need to hear to work and function in life,” she said. “It’s the little things one doesn’t hear that can become very big things.”

Spotlight: Otosclerosis

What is otosclerosis?
Otosclerosis is a bone disorder that affects the ear. It is the most common cause of conductive hearing loss in adults.

How does otosclerosis cause hearing loss?
Otosclerosis causes stiffening of the stirrup bone (stapes) so that it does not move properly. In some circumstances, otosclerosis may cause damage to the inner ear, leading to nerve-related hearing loss.

What are the symptoms of otosclerosis?
Hearing loss is the most common symptom associated with otosclerosis. Additionally, some patients may experience tinnitus (head noise or ringing in the ears) and rarely, dizziness.

What treatments are available for otosclerosis?
Depending upon the severity of symptoms and the precise nature of the hearing loss, patients with otosclerosis may elect observation (no treatment), use of a hearing aid, or a surgical procedure to improve the hearing (stapedectomy/stapedotomy).

What is involved in a stapedectomy/stapedomoty procedure?
This outpatient procedure involves lifting up the eardrum and removing a portion of the stirrup bone. A prosthetic ear bone is used to reconnect the hearing mechanism and bypass the area of fixation.

The information and reference materials included on this website are intended solely for the general information and education purposes of the reader. They are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or to diagnose health problems. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to discuss the information presented here.

JHBI Staff to Cycle St. Augustine

Staff from Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute will be participating in the Endless Summer Watermelon Ride in St. Augustine, Fla., on Sunday, September 11. Come out and support our staff riding the 34 mile ride at 8:30 a.m.!

The ride is sponsored by the North Florida Bicycle Club. Ride distances are 34, 70 and 105 miles, starting and ending at the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village. The routes cover lightly traveled country roads along either the Atlantic Ocean or the St. Johns River. For directions or more information, or to register for the event, please visit NFBC.

Team JHBI at the 2011 Endless Summer Watermelon Ride!