Category Archives: In the News

Announcement: Acoustic Neuroma Association Meeting

The Jacksonville Acoustic Neuroma Association (ANA) support group will meet Saturday, October 13th at 1 PM at Mandarin United Methodist Church. For information, please contact Joan Vanderbilt, the Jacksonville chapter leader, at 904-287-8132 or by email at joanvanderbilt@gmail.com.

About the ANA:

The mission of ANA is to inform, educate and provide national and local support networks for those affected by acoustic neuromas, and to be an essential resource for health care professionals who treat acoustic neuroma patients. The Acoustic Neuroma Association provides information and support to patients who have been diagnosed with or experienced an acoustic neuroma or other benign problem affectine the cranial nerves. Patient founded in 1981, ANA is an incorporated, non-profit organization, recognized as such by the IRS, and is supported by contributions from its members. The association also furnishes information on patient rehabilitation to physicians and health care personnel, promotes research on acoustic neuroma, and educates the public regarding symptoms suggestive of acoustic neuroma, thus promoting early diagnosis and successful treatment.

JHBI Patient Authors Book About Experience with Acoustic Neuroma

Ericia Espenschied, a current patient and former medical assistant at JHBI, has published a book about her acoustic neuroma experience. An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor of the vestibular nerve, and is a condition that is commonly treated by JHBI staff.

The book is available on amazon.com (link below). Ericia offers the following description:

A young woman believes she is going in for a routine eye exam but finds herself launched on a hard journey of being diagnosed with a brain tumor. With fear eventually overwhelming her, she finds strength with faith and hope and within her family and friends.

Fact Sheet: Know the Power of Sound

Check out this interactive loudness scale, available through the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck surgery. Knowing the intensity of sounds you’re exposed to is critical in protecting your hearing.

http://www.entnet.org/HealthInformation/soundPower.cfm

At JHBI, we offer a wide assortment of hearing protection devices. Make sure you’re taking the proper to steps to protect your hearing!

What do Arnold Palmer, Ronald Reagan, and Mike Singletary have in common?

Answer: All of these well known people have hearing loss and wear hearing aids. In fact, a surprising number of celebrities wear hearing aids and have been very public about their decision to seek treatment with hearing aids.

Click below to see a list of celebrities with hearing loss and hearing aids who have supported the Better Hearing Institute (BHI).

http://www.betterhearing.org/about/celeb.cfm

Audiology Credentials…what do all those letters mean?!

Patients are often confused by the series of acronyms and abbreviations listed after their audiologist’s name. Listed below are common abbreviations used and a description of what they mean.

  • Au.D.: Au.D. is the abbreviation for Doctor of Audiology. Beginning in 2007, many states adopted the Au.D. as the entry level degree required to practice Audiology. Prior to the Au.D., a master’s degree was required for clinical practice. There are no longer any professional training programs offering a master’s degree in Audiology. To obtain an Au.D., you must obtain a bachelor’s degree and complete four years of graduate school.
  • CCC-A: CCC-A stands for Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology. This is a voluntary certificate issued by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Professionals who have been awarded the CCC-A have completed a rigorous academic program and a supervised clinical experience and have passed a national examination.
  • F-AAA: F-AAA is the abbreviation used to delineate those audiologists who are Fellows of the American Academy of Audiology. The American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by, and for audiologists. The active membership of more than 11,000 is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders.
  • ABA: If an audiologist uses the abbreviation “ABA” after their name, they have been awarded board certification in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology. To become board certified in audiology, one must maintain continuing education credits above and beyond what is simply required for clinical practice. ABA certification demonstrates a commitment to excellence through lifelong learning.

At JHBI, all of our audiologists have their CCC-A, are Fellows of the American Academy of Audiology, and are board certified in Audiology by the American Board of Audiology. When you visit our office Audiology care, rest assured that you will be seen by a professional with extensive training who has demonstrated a commitment to maintaining the highest levels of professional competency.

Hearing Loss: The Largest Disability in the Country?

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that about 37 million people in the United States have a hearing loss. According to a recent article by CNN’s Jen Christensen, if hearing loss were officially considered a disability, it would rank as the largest disability class in the country.

Though hearing aids are the most widely used treatment for hearing loss, only about 20% of people who need a hearing aid actually get one. One of the biggest obstacles to treatment with hearing aids is cost. Unfortunately, most private insurance plans do not include hearing aid benefits, so most patients are forced to pay for hearing aids out of pocket.

Read below for more information on hearing loss, the “invisible disability”, and the current status of hearing aids as they relate to insurance coverage.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/10/health/hearing-aid-insurance/index.html?hpt=hp_c2

 

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

How Can Bluetooth Technology Help You With Your Hearing Aids?

Did you know that some of the latest Bluetooth technology can be used with hearing aids? Learn how from one of our audiologists, Dr. Jacqueline Olson, who was featured recently in a live segment on First Coast Living in Jacksonville, Fla.

What Makes Us Different from Other Hearing Aid Companies?

Find out more from one of our audiologists, Dr. Jacqueline Olson, who was featured recently in a live segment on First Coast Living in Jacksonville, Fla.

 

National Men’s Health Month

The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is promoting National Men’s Health Month by raising awareness of the link between hearing loss and a man’s overall wellbeing.

Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute along with the BHI is urging men across America to get their hearing checked. According to the BHI, more than half of the 34 million people with hearing loss in the United States are male.

Familes are encouraged to support the men in their lives by becoming more aware of preventable health problems. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to promote early detection and treatment of disease or injury among men and boys. Resources are available at Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute to test for hearing loss and implement comprehensive treatment plans.

The whole month of June is National Men’s Health Month, so encourage the men in your life to consider how their hearing health is linked to other aspects of their lives. Hearing aids can benefit the majority of men with hearing loss, and improve the quality of their lives and relationships.