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Cochlear Implants Presentation at WJCT

If you or someone you love has a severe hearing loss you probably know the impact it can have on your relationships with friends and family and overall quality of life. Many people with severe hearing loss have tried hearing aids with little success and continue to struggle with understanding conversation. The good news is that there is an effective treatment that is designed to help provide clarity when traditional hearing aids cannot. Click on the link below to view a presentation by Jacksonville Hearing and Balance, together with Cochlear Americas, about cochlear implants and how they can lead improved speech clarity and a better quality of life.

What is severe hearing loss?

What is severe hearing loss?If you think you have severe hearing loss, please consider seeing a specialist. The type of hearing loss depends on which part of the ear is damaged. Please visit Cochlear.com for more important information regarding hearing loss:

  • Sensoineural – can occur as you get older or at birth. Most people say they are able to hear, but don’t always understand what people are saying. This is due to damage of the inner ear. Depending on the amount of hearing loss, a cochlear implant can be very beneficial.
  • Conductive – when hearing loss is due to problems with the outer ear or middle ear
  • Mixed – refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss
  • Single-sided Deafness – Refers to no hearing or very little hearing in only one ear and normal hearing in the other ear. This type of hearing loss can be treated with a cochlear implant or a bone conduction implant.

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A Cochlear Implant – Improved Severe Hearing Loss & Became Life Changing

St. Augustine resident, Harry Zemon, experienced severe hearing loss from two major factors in his life. First, he was in the meat business and that meant dealing with high intensity noises coming from band saws, patty makers and grinders. Pair that with a genetic defect, hearing loss for him at age 70 turned into severe hearing loss – and hearing aids were no longer helpful.

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My Hearing Aids No longer Work – Is a Hearing Implant Right for Me?

Is a Hearing Implant Right for Me?

Is a Hearing Implant Right for Me?

The first step is seeking treatment for your hearing loss is recognizing that you may not be able to hear your friends and family as well as you used to. You may find yourself missing out on fun social events or meaningful conversations. A hearing implant is a very successful hearing loss treatment that provides the ability to hear when hearing aids no longer work for you. 

Whether your hearing loss is caused by noise exposure through work or recreation, or simply genetics, a hearing implant allows speech to be not only louder but clearer.

A hearing implant is a device that is surgically implanted under the skin behind the ear and works together with an external device to collect and transmit sound to the brain. Continue reading

JHBI’s mission work through its nonprofit Hearing Help For Africa opens Cochlear Implant Training Center in Jos, Nigeria

Dr. Green and his assistant, Shelly, care for a patient at the hearing clinic in Jos, Nigeria.

Through his mission work for Hearing Help for Africa, J. Douglas Green Jr., MD, founder of Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute (JHBI)/The Hearing Center, has been instrumental in developing the West Africa Training Centre for Cochlear Implants along with the West Africa Post-Graduate College of Surgeons located at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH). The Centre is designated for the training of doctors on cochlear implants.

People who face severe or profound hearing loss now have an option to possibly restore hearing – sometimes for the first time – with a Cochlear implant. A representative from Cochlear Americas, a leading international vendor for cochlear implants, provided a representative, Brandy Harvey, to join along with JHBI staff and Dr. and Mrs. Green on this latest trip to Jos.

Understanding there is no cure for hearing loss, these implants are internationally and nationally recognized as an established treatment for patients with this diagnosis. Continue reading

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: 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.