Do you watch television with the volume louder than you used to? Do you have trouble understanding conversation when in a restaurant? Do you complain that people are always mumbling? These are common signs that indicate you may have a hearing loss.
The first step is to undergo a hearing evaluation by an audiologist. If the test shows that you have a hearing loss, a hearing aid is often recommended to help make communication easier and enjoyable again.
A quick search on the internet can lead to many results regarding which hearing aid is the best. It is easy to become overwhelmed and confused by all the marketing, sales and misinformation regarding hearing aids.
Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute is hosting a ‘Lunch & Learn’ event to help guide you through the hearing aid selection process and to provide you with the tools you need to succeed with hearing aids.
Come join Dr. Green and Dr. Aquilina on Wednesday March 20th for an informational session regarding hearing loss and how to get the most out of your hearing aids. Register now to reserve your spot!
Ever wondered what you would do if you suddenly lost your hearing? In this video Dr. Green explains a medical phenomenon called Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss. He describes the condition and explains what to do if this should ever happen to you or a loved one.
J. Douglas Green, Jr., M.D. is founder and president of the Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute. He has a certificate of added qualification in neurotology and is recognized both nationally and internationally in the treatment of ear disease, inner ear and skull-base surgery. Not only is Dr. Green known as an expert clinician, but he has been acknowledged as a leader in otological research. He has written eight clinical book chapters, and has had 36 scientific articles published in medical journals. Dr. Green has given nearly 65 oral presentations about his scientific research and work at peer-reviewed national and international meetings. He is currently participating in a number of clinical research trials involving hearing aids and prostheses for otologic surgery. Most recently Dr. Green has expanded the practice by opening The Hearing Center, a medically supervised Hearing Aid, Cochlear Implant and Implantable Hearing Device facility. This convenient and efficient location is just across the hall from the practice. As the former president of the American Neurotology Society, Dr. Green is at the forefront of his field. He was elected to the position by his peers last year, and leads the organization in its mission to provide continuing medical education and support research for its members. Dr. Green has been involved with international medical mission trips to Vietnam, Zambia and Nigeria, where he has treated patients and worked with local physicians in the most primitive circumstances. Because of his experiences, he has established a non-profit organization called Hearing Help for Africa to provide for short-term and long-term improvement of the delivery of health services.
Otolaryngology Diplomate October 1990
Neurotology Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) May 2004
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10475 Centurion Parkway N., Suite 303, Jacksonville, FL 32256
We opened The Hearing Center for several reasons. First, and probably most importantly, we needed more space. As our hearing aid, cochlear implant, and implantable hearing device programs continued to grow, so too did our need for more space and more efficient facilities. Secondly, we needed a more defined space where we could work closer together. At The Hearing Center, we have a repair lab, several consultation and fitting rooms, a sound booth, and plenty of room for all the necessary supplies that come along with a full-service Audiology practice within close proximity. Finally, we wanted a place where we could cater to the needs of our hearing aid and cochlear implant patients. At The Hearing Center, we’ve been able to accomplish just that: hearing aid and cochlear implant repair times are faster, patients are greeted by the same familiar faces, the office is set up to be compatible with hearing devices (come by and check our looped waiting room), and we’re working on creating a new hearing ‘store’, where we will have all sorts of hearing device supplies and accessories available.
That brings us to our new website – www.betterhearingjax.com. Like The Hearing Center, this website has been created to better serve those who have trusted us with their care. We hope this site will become a great resource for our patients, and for anyone who happens to stop by online. We have big plans for the site and are just getting started. We’ll soon have plenty of ‘how to’ videos available for patients and their families, an online store where items such as wax filters and hearing aid batteries can be purchased, an active blog with the latest news from the hearing care industry that will be maintained by our own Audiology staff, and a latest news section, where you can stay up to date on what’s going on at The Hearing Center.
Be sure to keep checking in. We have many exciting events planned for the Spring and Summer months, and you can be sure we’ll keep you posted at www.betterhearingjax.com.
Recently, Drs. J. Douglas Green Jr. and William Eblin Jr., both from Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute, were invited speakers at the 2013 Weidner Symposium in Callaway Gardens, GA. The Weidner Symposium is hosted annually by the Auburn University Chapters of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Associations and the Student Academy of Audiology. This year’s topic for the Audiology track was vestibular assessment. The audience of around sixty included audiologists from the Southeast region and students and faculty from the Auburn University Doctor of Audiology program. Dr. Green’s sessions included an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system and common pathological conditions of the vestibular system. Dr. Eblin presented on one of his specialty areas, vestibular assessment, and moderated a session of case study presentations.
Along with Drs. Green and Eblin, Ann Lienenwever, a physical therapist and the manager of Brooks Balance Center, spoke about Vestibular Rehabilitation.
This article appeared in the Health Section of the Florida Times Union newspaper in Jacksonville, FL, on March 6, 2012. Dr. J. Douglas Green, founder of Jacksonville Hearing and Balance Institute, comments on the potential causes of dizziness.
Dr. Green is quoted as saying:
“Dizziness is a common complaint experienced by millions of Americans every year.
You can have symptoms ranging from lightheadedness, where you feel you are about to pass out, to whirling vertigo, where the room spins uncontrollably. The cause may be a serious, life-threatening illness, or a minor problem. Evaluation by a medical professional is usually indicated, but, fortunately, effective treatment is available for most causes of dizziness.
Understanding the potential causes of dizziness requires a basic understanding of the balance system. The balance canals, or semicircular canals of the inner ear, are stimulated by turning movements of the head and send electric signals to the back of the brain at the brainstem.” said, Dr. Green.
Tinnitus, or ringing (also commonly described as buzzing/chirping sounds) in the ears, can be a very debilitating problem. Unfortunately, tinnitus treatments are often complex and costly. One of the best, most cost-effective tinnitus treatments involves the use of hearing aids. In many cases, hearing aids are a “kill two birds with one stone” approach, and are helpful in both the correction of hearing loss and the reduction of tinnitus.
Below is a summary of a retrospective review of 70 patients with hearing loss and chronic tinnitus, courtesy of the American Academy of Audiology. The authors found that hearing aids can be a very effective treatment for tinnitus, and we agree. In fact, some of our most successful hearing aid patients initially began using hearing aids as a tool to help their tinnitus, only to later discover the added advantage of better hearing.
Hearing Aids as Tinnitus Therapy
McNeill et al (2012) report that “hearing aids have become common therapeutic tools in the audiological management of tinnitus.” They note that hearing aids are used in tandem with counseling and hearing aids serve as an important part of treatments, such as Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (Jastreboff and Jastreboff, 2000).
McNeill and colleagues performed a retrospective study of 70 patients (48 males, 22 female, mean age 55 years). Each patient had hearing loss and a primary or secondary complaint of “bothersome chronic tinnitus.” Of note, while wearing hearing aids (Oticon, Phonak or Widex) 26 patients reported their tinnitus was totally masked, 28 reported partial masking (i.e., 77 percent, or 54 of 70 reported partial or total masking) and 16 reported no masking. Tinnitus pitch masking revealed (on average) a perceived pitch of 6900 Hz. Of note, for the group that did not achieve masking (n=16, see above)they reported a mean tinnitus pitch perceived at 8000 Hz (the average perceived tinnitus pitch for the partial masking group was 7,600 Hz and for the total masking group was 5,400 Hz). The authors note the patients who had the most tinnitus relief via their hearing aid fittings had tinnitus matching results within the frequency range of the hearing aids.
McNeill et al report that their results indicate hearing aid fittings may be useful in the management of tinnitus because hearing aids reduce the audibility of tinnitus and hearing aids improve the patient’s reaction to tinnitus. The authors recommend hearing aid fittings to treat tinnitus in patients with hearing loss. Further, they note the best results are obtained when the patient has good low-frequency hearing, a strong reaction to their tinnitus and when the tinnitus pitch is perceived to be (i.e., matched) within the fitting range of the hearing aid.
Living in Florida can get pretty humid, especially in the summer months. Hearing aid users are frequently worried about sweat, rain, and moisture accumulation in their new hearing aid. Well, now there is a solution! Siemens has introduced its first waterproof and dustproof hearing aid: The Aquaris. The device is capable of working as deep as three feet under water and can be connected to their Minitek Bluetooth system. This allows the user to listen to bluetooth-streamed music while swimming, showering, or exercising. JHBI is a provider of Siemens instruments. Give us a call to learn more about this new and exciting product.
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is urging people with diabetes to get their hearing tested, and is offering a free, quick, and confidential online hearing check at www.hearingcheck.org so anyone can determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional.