Monthly Archives: June 2012

How to Measure Your Potential for Hearing Loss this Fourth of July

Noise is one of the most common occupational illnesses in the United States, and one of the most common causes of hearing loss. According to the Better Hearing Institute, 30 million Americans are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day, and 10 million people have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise. Because the damage often takes place gradually, the effects of noise on hearing are often underestimated.

This Fourth of July, Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute is urging Americans to protect their hearing by enjoying fireworks from a comfortable distance and wearing disposable earplugs, made of foam or silicone, which are usually available at local pharmacies.

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Excessive noise damages the delicate hair cells in the inner ear. Working in noisy occupations or participating in loud recreational activities can involve dangerous levels of noise. Beware of activities such as music concerts, shooting a gun, sporting events, motorcycles and fire crackers. Firefighters, police officers, factory workers, construction workers, musicians and military personnel are particularly at risk for hearing loss due to exposure to noise.

If you suspect that you or a loved one may be experiencing noise-induced hearing loss, contact our office at 904-399-0350 to schedule your evaluation.

 

 

 

 

 

“I got my hearing back immediately.”

“I’m a retired Navy and airline pilot, and I’d been losing my hearing for years. I was wearing a hearing aid and boom, one night my ear just quit. It was like being struck by lightning. The folks at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance recommended a cochlear implant and it changed my life. I got my hearing back immediately. I tell everybody to go see Dr. Green—he’s the best. Ears are all he does.”
—Jacksonville Hearing & Balance patient

“Two major surgeries…helped me bring some hearing back.”

“In 2004 I had a serious motorcycle accident, and even though I was wearing a helmet I had severe head trauma and barely survived. Among the injuries was a complete loss of hearing. I did some research and found that Dr. Green was the absolute best in his field. Two major surgeries later he helped me bring some hearing back to both of my ears.
Although I still wear a hearing aid, having the gift of being able to communicate with other people again is fantastic.”
—Jacksonville Hearing & Balance patient

National Men’s Health Month

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is promoting National Men’s Health Month by raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and a man’s overall wellbeing.

Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute along with the BHI is urging men across America to get their hearing checked. According to the BHI, more than half of the 34 million people with hearing loss in the United States are male.

Familes are encouraged to support the men in their lives by becoming more aware of preventable health problems. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to promote early detection and treatment of disease or injury among men and boys. Resources are available at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute to test for hearing loss and implement comprehensive treatment plans.

The whole month of June is National Men’s Health Month, so encourage the men in your life to consider how their hearing health is linked to other aspects of their lives. Hearing aids can benefit the majority of men with hearing loss, and improve the quality of their lives and relationships.

“Dad hadn’t known what he was missing.”

“Because of our dad’s hearing loss, he was becoming more and more of a recluse. We were all frustrated and exhausted from years of trying to communicate with him. Only by double-teaming with my sister were we able to get him to see an audiologist. You can’t imagine the look on his face the moment his hearing were aids programmed. He hadn’t known what he was missing. I think he’s very pleased and grateful; I know I am.”
—Jacksonville Hearing & Balance patient family member

“Having an audiologist…gives me confidence.”

“I know a thing or two about hearing aids since I’ve worn them for 15 years. Fortunately, they’ve gotten smaller and better over time as my hearing has gotten worse. But there are so many choices now that it’s easy to get confused about what will work best for my particular hearing loss. Having an audiologist with education and experience gives me confidence in her judgment. I know that she’ll make an unbiased selection because she has no financial stake in the decision. It’s the trust factor that is so valuable.”
—Jacksonville Hearing & Balance patient