Monthly Archives: March 2016

NOW HEAR THIS: Educate Yourself and Make a Plan

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, slow down, take a breath, and know there are resources to help you at The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute. Research as much as you can on the Internet (go to www.JHBI.org and www.BetterHearingJax.com) and give yourself time to make a decision as to what you want your next step to be. Taking responsibility for your own hearing health is important. Give yourself a timeline to make a decision after you have learned more about exactly what is going on with your hearing and what options you have, such as hearing aids and devices.

If you decide to wait to make a purchase – understanding there are various financial ranges of costs – put a date down in your calendar for reconsidering and re-evaluating your next step. Research has proven that the sooner you treat hearing loss, the better it is for you and your quality of life.

For more information on hearing loss, take a free, quick, confidential and online hearing check to determine if you need a comprehensive hearing test by one of our board-certified Audiologists at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance’s The Hearing Center. Visit www.BetterHearing.org, follow BHI on Twitter @better_hearing, or like BHI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/betterhearinginstitute. You can “like” Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute’s The Hearing Center, too, on Facebook!

Let us know if we can help you in any way! Call the experts at The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute today. We are here for you!

NOW HEAR THIS: Navigating the Waters of Hearing Aid Purchasing

Once you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, it’s important to know we are here to help you make a purchase that meets the level of hearing loss you are experiencing. We have plenty of choices to choose from at The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute. Conveniently located at CenterOne just off JTB and by Town Center, our professionals are dedicated to ensuring you a good fit and an appropriate purchase for your aid or hearing device.

Our board-certified Audiologists are here to serve you. Also, you might want to visit “Hearing Aids Can Help” at www.BetterHearing.org. It’s easy – and you don’t have to leave home if you want to  check out online what is in the marketplace on that site. The most important thing to remember is that our professionals are here to make sure you buy one that makes sense for your level of hearing. The cheapest may save you dollars, but may not result in meeting your expectations to hear better. Be up-front with our professionals, if you are shopping elsewhere besides at our Hearing Center. Please take into consideration the education background and board certification, such as the level of professionalism our Audiologists offer, as part of the consideration. Also, if you purchase a hearing aid from us, we offer a free clinic to help you get used to it or need it recalibrated for any reason. Let our Audiologists know you are “ready” to learn about the best hearing aid technologies available for you and ask what they recommend. Also, our Audiologists will be happy to give you a demonstration on how they work. Remember, only purchase a hearing aid by a licensed hearing care professional.

True hearing aids are designed to treat hearing loss and are cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Once purchased, the hearing aid will need to be fitted, adjusted and tuned to your ears and specific needs, in addition to appropriate follow-up.

The professional Audiologists at The Hearing Center are here to help and show you how leading-edge hearing aids can be beneficial and add to your quality of life. Be sure when you are seeking information on hearing aids that you check out the credentials – a board -certified Audiologist, such as those professionals at The Hearing Center, are here to help you hear better – the first time!

NOW HEAR THIS: Gathering Information on Hearing Loss

Educating yourself on the importance of hearing loss diagnosis and treatment can help you to reach acceptance of that loss and help you obtain peace of mind. One good place to check out is www.BetterHearing.org where you can learn about the causes of hearing loss and what can be done about it. What you will find is that you are not the only person experiencing hearing loss. You are not alone!

It’s difficult to navigate the world of hearing aids. There are many vendors, styles and costs – cheapest may not be the best; the most expensive needs to be vetted to ensure it meets your specific need for diagnosis and needs. New sleek and stylish state-of-the-art hearing aids make it so much easier to manage hearing difficulty without a lot of fuss. Many of the new hearing aids now in the marketplace are virtually invisible – they sit “inside” the ear canal and are out of sight. Investigate the various styles that are available to you offered by The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute. There are many other “hearing devices” available, too, such as those for your phone, office or home.

Treating hearing loss is a balance. As you are looking for a hearing aid to increase your quality of life, it is important to look at your choices and depend on the guidance of your hearing aid professional. At The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, we are here for you. For more information, go to www.BetterHearingJax.com and www.JHBI.org.

NOW HEAR THIS: A Hearing Professional Should Be Part Of Your Personal Healthcare Team

Hearing care professionals include Audiologists, hearing aid specialists, and ENTs (Ear, Nose & Throat doctors or doctors of Otology, Otolaryngology or Neurotology). At The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, our board-certified Audiologists and audiology assistant are specially trained in all aspects of hearing aids and amplification. These highly trained professionals have years of specific training in hearing technology and are licensed by the State of Florida.

At The Hearing Center, we offer the most appropriate and accurate state-of-the-art equipment to give you a precise read on your current hearing level with a barrage of important tests to help diagnose the cause of your hearing loss.

Also, you can depend on our Audiologists to counsel you and/or your loved one or caregiver on treatment options and equipment.

More importantly, just as you make an appointment for an annual physical, you should take responsibility for your good health and include a hearing test as part of an annual regimen. Hearing care professionals are trained to help you along your journey as you navigate the world of hearing loss and what equipment is best suited to meet your specific needs.

The key is to find out whether or not there is any underlying medical issue behind your hearing loss. It should be identified and addressed. Simply put, a hearing care professional is your best safety net for proper diagnosis and treatment. It’s smart to address any sudden hearing loss IMMEDIATELY.

Be assured, research shows that the majority of people who visit hearing care professionals say they are happy with the quality of service and the counseling they receive. Ask us about how we can better serve you. Check out our websites for further information: www.BetterHearingJax.com and www.JHBI.org.

NOW HEAR THIS: Online Hearing Check – Give it a try!

Just by answering a series of important questions truthfully, you may find that you are beginning to experience a level of hearing loss. The Better Hearing organization offers a free, quick and confidential Online Hearing Check. You can easily take the test in the privacy of your own home or even at work (share it, too).

Test results may indicate you need a more comprehensive hearing test by a hearing care professional – such as a board-certified Audiologist. At The Hearing Center located within Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, our Audiologists help you understand the facts and myths about hearing loss, so you can make your own decision as to what to do next.

Useful information on hearing loss and innovative hearing aid technologies are available on www.betterhearing.org, as well as on www.JHBI.org and www.BetterHearingJax.com. Instead of putting off recognizing and finding out a possible level of hearing loss, once you take the first step, you will likely find an increase in your quality of life.

Addressing any hearing loss early can make a difference in your life. Take the time to find out – you’ll find it worth the effort. It’s a known fact that some people take an average of seven years before they realize they have had a level of hearing loss. When there is mild hearing loss and it’s addressed, usually the person’s quality of life is enhanced. Even if hearing loss results in the need for a hearing aid, people get more pleasure out of life and doing things that are engaging once again.

So, “take the test” – see how you do, and if you need the professionals at The Hearing Center at JHBI, just give us a call. We’re here for you!

Hearing Help For Africa – Update for Northside Rotary

J. Douglas Green Jr., MD, FACS, presented a program to the members of Northside Rotary on his mission work with Hearing Help For Africa, a nonprofit based in Jacksonville, FL. Dr. Green has visited the 150-bed Evangel Hospital in Jos, Nigeria, multiple times throughout the past decade to provide medical and surgical care of patients with ear, nose and throat problems. Through this initial work, it was determined that special ear care was needed, as well as an upgrade to the existing medical facilities and more specialized equipment for the treatment of hearing loss. In fact, companies donate cochlear implants to be surgically inserted in patients at the Nigerian hospital. Subsequently, these implants can be programmed, along with hearing aids and implantable hearing devices, from Dr. Green’s Jacksonville office more than 5,900 miles away from Nigeria!

Hearing loss is extremely common in Africa and the developing world, with roughly double the incidence present in the United States. Patients with disabling hearing loss in Africa have no societal safety nets to help provide for their basic needs. Consequently, patients with hearing loss are generally unable to find gainful employment, and as a result, suffer extreme poverty, hopelessness and even death. Roughly half the patients suffering from hearing loss are the needless victims of a preventable type of hearing loss, only adding to the tragedy.

Sub-Saharan Africa makes up what is sometimes regarded as the “meningitis belt of Africa,” with surviving meningitis patients commonly left with a profound hearing loss. The common use of medications toxic to the inner ear (aminoglycoside antibiotics, antimalarial quinine and others) results in countless patients being hospitalized with a febrile illness and left totally deaf. Hearing loss from untreated infections of the ear is also commonly preventable.

Another focus of the successful nonprofit is to provide African medical professionals the education necessary to run the Temporal Bone Laboratory at the Jos hospital. Plans for a graduate level Audiology and Speech Pathology Program at Jos University Teaching Hospital are being developed and an Oral/Auditory School for the deaf is also in the planning stages.

You are invited to join the group of people who have given The Gift of Hearing through personal or corporate donations to Hearing Help for Africa. This tax-deductible donation provides priceless hearing healthcare for both children and adults. Just imagine a child hearing his or her mother for the very first time. Gifts also cover operational and website costs, travel, and medical and surgical equipment. Giving the gift of sound is a wonderful opportunity to change someone’s life. For further information, go to www.HearingHelpForAfrica.org.

I Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream in Support of Clarke Schools

On Saturday, March 6, the fourth annual Kilwin’s Ice Cream Run took place at St. Johns Town Center to benefit Clarke Schools-Jacksonville. The event was a sweet success! More than 500 friends, current families, staff and alumni of The Clarke Schools-Jacksonville participated and helped to raise more than $14,000 in funds to support their mission to provide for the greatest needs in teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing children how to listen and talk.

The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute (JHBI) was proud to have been a Silver Sponsor this year in support of the good work performed by the professionals at Clarke Schools. Dozens of children participated in the annual event. The Hearing Center and JHBI staff who attended included Lindsey, Ashley, Amanda, Megan, Shelly, Katie, Donna, Paul, and Dr. and Mrs. Green.

The kids who participated had a great time, especially in the fun and really cool Kiddie Dash. The beauty of the run/walk is that at the finish line, all participants received sweet and delicious ice cream by Kilwin’s.

This year, more than 500 walkers and runners came out in support of a great cause on an early Saturday morning. The Hearing Center was pleased to be part of this important community effort to bring about awareness of the Clarke Schools in this region.

Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech are located in Jacksonville, Boston, New York City, Northampton and Philadelphia. They impact the lives of children and adults through educational and early childhood programs, hearing services, mainstream services, research, curriculum development, and the. The teachers and professionals trained by Clarke take their special skills to all parts of the world. Providing children with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to success, deaf and hard-of-hearing children have needs of which are greater than ever before. The focus of the school is to ensure that each and every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. For information on the 2017 run/walk, please contact Clarke School’s Development Office at 904.880.0028 or go to https://www.clarkeschools.org/icecreamrun.