Monthly Archives: October 2012

BAHA: Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids

Watch this video as Mary Jo Schuh, Clinical Audiologist, explains the BAHA procedure and her patient, Karen Hott, gives her testimonial.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=it80ZgwahKo

Metro Kids Konnection Golf Tournament

Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute is sponsoring a hole in this local golf tournament where all proceeds go to support the many programs that Metro Kids Konnection offers to local children.  The Tournament is October 22nd at The Golf Club at South Hampton.  For more information on this wonderful charity, go to:

www.metrokids-jax.org

Metro Kids Konnection is a community-based program that intentionally creates caring personal relationships with at-risk children and youth in order to identify and address obstacles to healthy lifestyle choices in their community, families and school.

 

Coping With Hearing Loss

Does someone you love have a hearing loss? Are you frustrated with having to repeat things to him/her? Click here for helpful information on how to better cope with your loved one’s hearing loss.

Hearing Health Quick Test

Are you or a family member suffering from hearing loss? Click here to take the Hearing Health Quick Test, courtesy of the American Academy of Audiology.

A score of 3 or more may indicate that you have a hearing problem, and with a score of 6 or more, a hearing evaluation is strongly recommended.

October is National Audiology Awareness Month, and there is no better time than now to have your hearing checked!

Hearing Aid Stigma: An 8 Year Old’s Perspective

“I want the most discrete hearing aid possible so that I don’t look old.”  This is heard almost daily during our hearing aid consultations.  Despite the significant advancements in hearing aid size and technology, there is one thing that hasn’t changed: their stigma.  Although a hearing aid is much less noticeable than the hearing loss itself, people continue to shy away from being properly amplified due to the perceived negative impact that it may have on their daily lives. Well, a young girl named Samantha wants to change your perspective on hearing aid use.

“Sean (her brother) and I were born with hearing loss.  We both wear hearing aids.  It’s not that hard to get used to wearing hearing aids.  All you need to do is think of good things and then you put it in your ear and you hear better.  That’s all there is to it!”

Samantha, age 8,  has written a book about her experience with wearing hearing aids and an FM system at school.  The book, called “Samantha’s Fun FM Unit and Hearing Aid Book” was written to explain why she wore her hearing aids at school and to help other hearing aid users (adults and children alike) feel the positive impact of hearing aids.    The book not only examines Samantha’s perspective of hearing aids, but also teaches about daily use of the aids and FM system.

Read the full synopsis here, courtesy of CNN.com.

Swedish Medical Center Shares Cochlear Implant Surgery Online, in Real Time

Earlier this morning, Dr. Douglas Backous and his team at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA, offered a rare inside look at a cochlear implant surgery, from start to finish. We followed this with great interest, as the surgery generated significant discussion on social media. Thanks to those involved for sharing this experience with us. See below for information on the series from the Swedish Medical center website. Who knows, maybe this will inspire us to do something similar in Jacksonville!

What is it like to have hearing loss? And is there anything that can be done for those with hearing loss?

These are some of the many questions you may have if you know or love someone with hearing loss or deafness. Or, you may have hearing loss and be wondering if there is anything you can do about it.

To help raise awareness around options for those with hearing loss, Dr. Douglas Backous, medical director of the Center for Hearing and Skull Base Surgery at the Swedish Neuroscience Institute in Seattle, developed this video series to increase awareness of cochlear implant surgery as a treatment option for hearing loss. The series will culminate in a live-tweeted and Instagrammed cochlear implant surgery at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, followed by a live chat on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 10 a.m and 6 p.m. (Pacific Time) with leading hearing-loss experts.

This series was developed to increase awareness of cochlear implant surgery as a treatment option for hearing loss, to raise awareness of this life-changing surgery and to demonstrate that people who are deaf can have the ability to hear.

Two short videos discussing hearing loss and cochlear implant surgery will be released every week throughout September and early October on this page. (All videos have transcripts that can be viewed on the individual videos’ YouTube pages. Also, closed captioning is available for each video by pressing the CC button located on the video action bar after the video begins playing.)

Watch the slideshow/recap from the live-tweeted and Instagrammed surgery:

http://storify.com/swedish/live-tweeted-and-instagrammed-cochlear-implant-hea/slideshow

Over 36 Million American Adults Have Some Degree of Hearing Loss

That is over 4 times the amount of people who live in New York City!

The statistics are shocking and even more so knowing that over half of those 36 million Americans are under the age of 65.  Hearing loss is an increasing health concern in this nation that is often preventable.  Taking time to see an audiologist for regular hearing screenings and knowing the signs of hearing loss can protect your hearing. Make an appointment with an audiologist this October during National Audiology Awareness Month.

“Hearing loss can be caused by exposure to loud noises, ear infections, trauma, or ear disease; harm to the inner ear and ear drum, illness or certain medications, and deterioration due to the normal aging process,” explains Liz Pearson, Audiologist. The amount of noise Americans are exposed to today plays an important role in the recent increase of hearing loss across the nation. It is no longer just a health concern for seniors.

Have you stopped going to restaurants and social gatherings? Do you keep to yourself when in noisy environments? If you answered yes, you may have a hearing problem.  Some tell signs of hearing loss are: trouble hearing conversation in a noisy environment such as restaurants, difficulty or inability to hear people talking to you without looking at them, and/or a constant pain or ringing in your ears.

On average, most Americans don’t know how to recognize the first signs of hearing loss or which health professional is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition.  If you think you may have a hearing loss, you need to see an audiologist.

An audiologist is a licensed and clinically experienced health-care professional who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is to get your hearing evaluated by an audiologist. A hearing evaluation will determine the degree of hearing loss you have and what can be done. Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation.

In response to the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute has launched National Audiology Awareness Month this October.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact us at 904.399.0350.