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Patient Testimonial: BAHA treatment for former NJ policeman

It was mid-morning when a former New Jersey policeman found himself being dragged by his left arm through a window of a car down a narrow street. He was simply trying to ticket the driver; instead, he found himself fighting for his arm and his life.

This incident, along with a history of multiple ear infections, led to mixed hearing loss and severe damage to his ears. After five years of numerous surgeries in various hospitals across the country, Gilsenan, 63, now has an osseointegrated sound processor (bone anchored hearing aid or BAHA) in both ears and can finally hear again. He credits it all to JHBI.

“Dr. Green is a unique man. He is dedicated to people. He takes his time. His mannerism is so gentle, yet his knowledge is so massive,” Gilsenan said.

Gilsenan, of East Orange, NJ, was one of the first patients in Jacksonville to receive the BAHA treatment, which Gilsenan said seems to stop the effects of tinnitus. The BAHA system uses the body’s natural ability to conduct sound through bone. The BAHA sound processors are implanted through osseointegration, which is the process of the bone growing up to the implant surface (similar to a dental implant).

“I’ve never met a doctor who so greatly wanted to help people,” Gilsenan said. “He finds a way. I just know he’s going to take care of me because of the principles he carries.”

JHBI is pleased to offer the BAHA implant to treat hearing loss. Our professional staff is experienced in the medical and surgical treatment of auditory problems.

Siemens Aquaris: The First Waterproof Hearing Aid

Here at JHBI, we only work with hearing aid manufacturers that have proven dependability and feature the most up-to-date technology. When you come to our office for a hearing aid consultation, our certified audiologists will provide you with important information as you consider purchasing a hearing aid. We are here to help you every step of the way.

The Siemens brand has proven its innovative technology with Aquaris, the first dust-proof, waterproof and shock-resistant hearing aid. It is useful for people whose daily life includes water contact and physical activity.

We fit a 13-year-old competitive swimmer with the Aquaris hearing aids, and now the young girl is able to hear the buzzer from the starting block, dive in the water and swim her way to victory with the new ability to hear as she swims.

Aquaris is perfect for golfers sweating all day in the Florida heat or for gardeners weeding around grass and dirt. It’s the solution for runners waiting to hear the starting buzzer before sprinting to the finish line. No matter the sport or activity, Aquaris features the technology necessary for success.

We proudly use and service the Siemens Aquaris here at JHBI.

JHBI Welcomes Dr. Liz Pearson to the Family

Dr. Pearson is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she received her Bachelor of Art degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She earned her Master of Science degree from the University of South Florida and was later awarded her Doctor of Audiology degree from A.T. Still University.

She earned her Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech- Language-Hearing Association and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology. Dr. Pearson has worked in the field of audiology for 19 years and her specialties include diagnostic audiology and hearing aids, with a special interest in electrophysiological testing.

JHBI Urges You to Protect Your Ears this 4th of July

Just one loud bang of a nearby firecracker can permanently damage your hearing. But by following a few simple precautions, you can enjoy your Independence Day festivities while still protecting your hearing.

According to the Better Hearing Institute, fireworks should be left to the professionals and enjoyed from a comfortable distance, where spectators can enjoy the flashes of color without the overwhelming explosions of sound. It’s a good idea to wear disposable earplugs, made of foam or silicone, which are usually available at local pharmacies.

Ten million Americans have already experienced irreversible hearing damage from noise, which is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Here are some warning signs for hearing loss:

  • After leaving a noisy area, you have pain in your ears.
  • After exposure to noise, you hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears.
  • After exposure to noise, you can hear people talking but can’t understand them.

Don’t let all the noise interfere with your family’s activities. Hearing loss prevention is critical, especially for children. So let the professionals handle the fireworks, pack the earplugs and enjoy the show from a comfortable distance away.

JHBI pleased to offer Panasonic’s award-winning hearing instrument

Panasonic Corporation has received the prestigious Good Housekeeping Seal for the company’s JZ Series digital hearing instruments, after evaluation by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute.  [Read the full press release.] The newly designed hearing instrument resembles an MP3 player, is palm-sized and features an LCD screen and an earphone with microphones.  It was specifically created for increased usability and comfort, ideal for individuals with dexterity challenges, impaired vision and situational hearing loss, like when watching TV.

Since 1909, the Seal has been granted to products that have been submitted to and evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute. As part of Good Housekeeping’s policy, if a product receiving the Seal proves to be defective within two years from the date it was first sold to a consumer by an authorized retailer, Good Housekeeping will replace the product or refund the purchase price.

JHBI is pleased to offer this product as one of many available solutions to hearing loss.

Cochlear Million Ear Challenge Almost at its Goal

May is Better Hearing Month; and while 1 in 10 people in the United States have hearing loss, many don’t realize their options!  Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that provides customized treatment plans and rehabilitative options for our patients with hearing loss conditions.

So take a moment, and join the Cochlear Million Ear Challenge – tell your story, and help spread the word about hearing loss solutions!

Coming up, Better Hearing Month!

May is Better Hearing Month

Hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans today, and is the third most common health problem in the United States. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with advanced age, more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players (MP3s) and earbuds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing.

On average, most Americans consider hearing loss a condition that is simply associated with aging, and don’t know how to recognize the condition or who is qualified to diagnose and treat the condition. In an effort to raise public awareness for the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute (JHBI) is celebrating Better Hearing Month this May.

“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 normal aging process,” explains Dr. J. Douglas Green, Founder and President of Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute.

An audiologist is a highly educated and clinically experienced health-care professional who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. Hearing loss can affect patients of all ages—children, teens, adults, and the elderly.

You may have a problem with your hearing and need to see an audiologist, if you have trouble hearing conversation in a noisy environment such as a restaurant, are unable to hear people talk to you without looking at them, or have a constant ringing or pain in your ears.

The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. JHBI’s audiologists have areas of expertise which include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing hearing evaluations
  • Prescribing and fitting hearing aids
  • Conducting cochlear implant programming and counseling
  • Providing hearing rehabilitation training such as:
    • Auditory training
    • Speech reading
    • Listening skills improvement
    • Assistive listening device fitting and dispensing

Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us.

God, if I can just hear pitch again…

Dr. Green gives God all the credit for Barry Blazs’ miraculous recovery in this 700 Club featured story. Expected not to survive a serious motorcycle accident in 2004, Barry, a worship leader and musician, is able to rejoice.

What do Neurotologists/Otologists/Skull Base Surgeons actually treat?

The human ear is located within the temporal bone, a large and complex bone that makes up the side of the skull. As a result, Neurotologists are trained to treat a variety of disorders that affect structures located in and around the ear and temporal bone. Disorders of hearing, balance, and facial nerve function as well as diseases of the temporal bone comprise the majority of ailments treated by Neurotologists. For a complete list of disorders that we treat, please see Medical Services and Surgical Services.

Are Neurotologists different than Neurologists?

Yes. Neurologists are medical physicians (not surgeons) that treat problems of the nervous system. (These include problems of the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nervous system).