What is severe hearing loss?

What is severe hearing loss?If you think you have severe hearing loss, please consider seeing a specialist. The type of hearing loss depends on which part of the ear is damaged. Please visit Cochlear.com for more important information regarding hearing loss:

  • Sensoineural – can occur as you get older or at birth. Most people say they are able to hear, but don’t always understand what people are saying. This is due to damage of the inner ear. Depending on the amount of hearing loss, a cochlear implant can be very beneficial.
  • Conductive – when hearing loss is due to problems with the outer ear or middle ear
  • Mixed – refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss
  • Single-sided Deafness – Refers to no hearing or very little hearing in only one ear and normal hearing in the other ear. This type of hearing loss can be treated with a cochlear implant or a bone conduction implant.

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A Cochlear Implant – Improved Severe Hearing Loss & Became Life Changing

St. Augustine resident, Harry Zemon, experienced severe hearing loss from two major factors in his life. First, he was in the meat business and that meant dealing with high intensity noises coming from band saws, patty makers and grinders. Pair that with a genetic defect, hearing loss for him at age 70 turned into severe hearing loss – and hearing aids were no longer helpful.

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My Hearing Aids No longer Work – Is a Hearing Implant Right for Me?

Is a Hearing Implant Right for Me?

Is a Hearing Implant Right for Me?

The first step is seeking treatment for your hearing loss is recognizing that you may not be able to hear your friends and family as well as you used to. You may find yourself missing out on fun social events or meaningful conversations. A hearing implant is a very successful hearing loss treatment that provides the ability to hear when hearing aids no longer work for you. 

Whether your hearing loss is caused by noise exposure through work or recreation, or simply genetics, a hearing implant allows speech to be not only louder but clearer.

A hearing implant is a device that is surgically implanted under the skin behind the ear and works together with an external device to collect and transmit sound to the brain. Continue reading

Tinnitus Management Strategies – WJCT Speaker Series

Tinnitus Management Strategies at WJCT Speaker Series presented by J. Douglas Green, Jr., M.D. & Janelle Kelley, Au.D., CCC-A on March 23, 2018

JHBI’s mission work through its nonprofit Hearing Help For Africa opens Cochlear Implant Training Center in Jos, Nigeria

Dr. Green and his assistant, Shelly, care for a patient at the hearing clinic in Jos, Nigeria.

Through his mission work for Hearing Help for Africa, J. Douglas Green Jr., MD, founder of Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute (JHBI)/The Hearing Center, has been instrumental in developing the West Africa Training Centre for Cochlear Implants along with the West Africa Post-Graduate College of Surgeons located at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH). The Centre is designated for the training of doctors on cochlear implants.

People who face severe or profound hearing loss now have an option to possibly restore hearing – sometimes for the first time – with a Cochlear implant. A representative from Cochlear Americas, a leading international vendor for cochlear implants, provided a representative, Brandy Harvey, to join along with JHBI staff and Dr. and Mrs. Green on this latest trip to Jos.

Understanding there is no cure for hearing loss, these implants are internationally and nationally recognized as an established treatment for patients with this diagnosis. Continue reading

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JHBI Employees Staff Walk4Hearing

The Hearing Center in the community supporting the 2016 Walk4Hearing event.

The Hearing Center in the community supporting the 2016 Walk4Hearing event.

The Hearing Center at JHBI was pleased to be a sponsor the 2016 Jacksonville Walk4Hearing event for the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) at Metropolitan Park on November 12. Audiologists staffed the expo booth to help increase public awareness about hearing loss, help eradicate the stigma associated with it and raise funds for the HLAA’s programs and services.

As the largest walk of its kind in America, children, families and friends came out to walk on a beautiful Saturday morning and raise needed funds for HLAA. The Hearing Center staff knows how important it is to support this community event because hearing loss is a pubic health issue of which affects children and adults and is directly related to quality of life.

It’s a fact that 20% of Americans have some form of hearing loss; 60% of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. Did you know that 80% of people with hearing loss who could benefit from a hearing aid do not wear one?

You can find relevant information on this website. Feel free to learn more on www.jhbi.org or www.betterhearingjax.com.

FREE HEARING SEMINAR – Book Now!

You are invited to a FREE Hearing Health Seminar presented by J. Douglas Green Jr., MD, on WED., NOV. 2, 2016 at Maggiano’s Little Italy St. Johns Town Center (10367 Mid Town Pkwy., J, 32246). You will learn how you can reconnect to the life you love with a CochlearTM hearing implant. Unlike hearing aids, hearing implants may be covered by your insurance plan, including Medicare and Medicaid. These implantable solutions are easy to use and designed to help you hear better in all settings – from quiet conversations to noisy situations like restaurants and even on the telephone. Rediscover the sounds, the people and the life you love! SESSION #1: 11 am – 1 pm (Brunch provided) OR SESSION #2: 6 pm to 8 pm (Dinner provided). Reservations required, seating limited – 877.482.7344.

To make a reservation go to www.HearingHealthSeminar.com

An 8-Station Temporal Bone Lab furthers medical education in Jos, Nigeria

In May the first temporal bone lab opened at Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) in Jos, Nigeria. Originally located at Swedish Hospital (Denver, CO) and used by the Cochlear Corporation to train U.S. surgeons in cochlear implant surgery, the eight-station refurbished lab was installed and is now used by otolaryngology residents and surgeons from all parts of Africa, as provided by the West African College of Surgeons. Continue reading

NOW HEAR THIS: Educate Yourself and Make a Plan

If you have been diagnosed with hearing loss, slow down, take a breath, and know there are resources to help you at The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute. Research as much as you can on the Internet (go to www.JHBI.org and www.BetterHearingJax.com) and give yourself time to make a decision as to what you want your next step to be. Taking responsibility for your own hearing health is important. Give yourself a timeline to make a decision after you have learned more about exactly what is going on with your hearing and what options you have, such as hearing aids and devices.

If you decide to wait to make a purchase – understanding there are various financial ranges of costs – put a date down in your calendar for reconsidering and re-evaluating your next step. Research has proven that the sooner you treat hearing loss, the better it is for you and your quality of life.

For more information on hearing loss, take a free, quick, confidential and online hearing check to determine if you need a comprehensive hearing test by one of our board-certified Audiologists at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance’s The Hearing Center. Visit www.BetterHearing.org, follow BHI on Twitter @better_hearing, or like BHI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/betterhearinginstitute. You can “like” Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute’s The Hearing Center, too, on Facebook!

Let us know if we can help you in any way! Call the experts at The Hearing Center at Jacksonville Hearing & Balance Institute today. We are here for you!