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Could You Have Hearing Loss?

  • Do you often feel that people are mumbling or not speaking clearly and have to ask them to speak up or repeat?
  • Do you find it difficult to follow conversation in a noisy restaurant or crowded room?
  • Do you experience ringing noises in your ears?
  • Do you hear better with one ear than with the other?
  • Have you been exposed regularly to loud noise at work, during recreation or in military service?
  • Do people tell you that you play the TV or radio too loudly?
  • Do you sometimes fail to hear your doorbell or telephone?
  • Do you find it difficult to understand a speaker at a public meeting or religious service?

If you answered YES to two or more of the above questions, you may have some hearing loss. Please call for an appointment 904.399.0350 if you suspect that you or a family member may be experiencing some loss of hearing.

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Association Between Alzheimer’s Disease & Hearing Health

According to the Better Hearing Institute, older adults with hearing loss also appear more likely to develop dementia. As hearing loss becomes more severe, their risk increases. Researchers who conducted a study published in the Archives of Neurology found that the risk of developing Alzheimer’s particularly increased with hearing loss.

“There is strong evidence that hearing impairment contributes to the progression of cognitive dysfunction in older adults,” says Sergei Kochkin, PhD, Better Hearing Institute’s Executive Director. “Unmanaged hearing loss can interrupt the cognitive processing of spoken language and sound, exhaust cognitive reserve, and lead to social isolation—regardless of other coexisting conditions. But when an individual has both Alzheimer’s and hearing loss, many of the symptoms of hearing loss can interact with those common to Alzheimer’s, making the disease more difficult than it might be if the hearing loss had been addressed.”

Research has also shown that using hearing aids in addition to other appropriate rehabilitation treatments can help reduce symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

“A comprehensive hearing assessment should be part of any Alzheimer’s diagnosis and any hearing loss should be addressed,” says Kochkin. “Most hearing loss can be managed with hearing aids. By addressing hearing loss, we can help improve quality-of-life for people with Alzheimer’s so they can live as fully as possible. These individual’s—and their families and caregivers—face many challenges. Untreated hearing loss shouldn’t have to be one of them.”

If you would like to schedule an appointment at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute to discuss your hearing health, please call 904-399-0350.

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.