Category Archives: Hearing Loss

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.

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.