Category Archives: Events

Unilateral Hearing Loss and CROS Hearing Aid

Some people experience unilateral hearing loss, or hearing loss in just one of their ears.  Dr. Jacqueline Olson and her patient Brian Register talk about the solutions with a CROS hearing aid on another segment of First Coast Living.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-wMCHsmr9Y

Grandfather’s Day

September 9th has been officially designated as Grandfather’s Day. For many of us, when we think of our grandfathers (or grandmothers!), we think of their hearing difficulties and our need to shout to be understood. While this is often a source of humor and family jokes, untreated hearing loss has been shown to cause significant social and emotional hardship.

The following article by Janice D’Arcy of the Washington Post highlights the large number of Americans over 50 with some degree of hearing loss. You’ll also see a recent survey by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA), and a video that is part of a new ASHA public service campaign promoting open family discussion of hearing loss.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-parenting/post/grandparents-day-is-coming-say-again/2012/09/05/1978a6a8-f23f-11e1-adc6-87dfa8eff430_blog.html

Ear Candling: Ineffective and Dangerous

Proper removal of cerumen (ear wax) is a topic that is frequently misunderstood by patients. One of the most dangerous techniques people employ to remove ear wax is known as ear candling. Ear candling is a dangerous and ineffective method of ear wax removal. For more information on ear candling, its myths, and proper ear wax removal techniques, please refer to the following article from the American Academy of Audiology.

http://www.audiology.org/news/Pages/20100622.aspx

Hears to Thursdays!

May is Better Hearing Month

May is Better Hearing Month

In an effort to raise public awareness for the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, May has been designated Better Hearing Month.

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 it. “Hearing loss can be caused by all kinds of things:  loud noises, ear infections or disease,  certain medications, and just normal aging,” explains Dr. J. Douglas Green, Jr.. founder  of Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute.   “It can affect patients of all ages—children, teens, adults, and the elderly.”

The first step in treatment of a hearing problem is a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. An audiologist is a highly educated and clinically experienced health-care professional who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. JHBI’s audiologists have areas of expertise that 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

You may need to see an audiologist if you have trouble hearing conversation in noisy environments, are unable to hear people talk without looking at them, or have constant ringing or pain in your ears.   Although most hearing loss is permanent, an audiologist can determine the best treatment, which may include hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and hearing rehabilitation.

Take advantage of our Free Hearing Screenings on Thursdays in May!  For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact us.

 

Acoustic Neuroma Support Group

Family members, caregivers, friends and anyone else who is interested are invited to attend the Acoustic Neuroma Association’s local support group meeting to learn about the latest treatment options, meet other acoustic neuroma patients and find encouragement and support. The topic will be “Caring & Sharing.”

Date:
Saturday, November 5, 2011

Time:
1 p.m.

Location:
Mandarin United Methodist Church, Room 304
11270 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32223
(Located 3/4 mile south of I-295 on San Jose Blvd.)

For More Information:
Joan Vanderbilt 904-287-8132 or joanvanderbilt@gmail.com
Johnny Diaz 904-738-5063 or johnny.diaz@yahoo.com