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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Akron OH

Local resource for noise-induced hearing loss treatment in Akron. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to hearing aids, ENT doctors, audiologists, hearing tests and hearing specialists, as well as advice and content on hearing loss treatments and resources.

University of Akron
(330) 752-6753
225 South Main Street Room 181
Akron, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Family Hearing and Balance Center.com
(330) 752-6743
2800 S Arlington Rd Ste 102
Akron, OH
Services
Audiological EvaluationsTinnitus Evaluation & TheraphyBalance TestingEar Molds: Swim molds & Custom-made noise protection earmoldsHearing AidsHearing Evaluations
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 PM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Kent State University
(888) 459-3711
1325 Theatre Drive Room A104 Music & Speech Bldg
Kent, OH
Services
The Speech and Hearing Clinic provides a broad range of services for people of all ages with hearing and language impairments. The full-service clinic diagnoses speech and hearing disorders, and provides therapy and treatment. The clinic also fits, distributes and repairs hearing aids.
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SundayClosed
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Ohio ENT Associates
(330) 357-5019
6693 N Chestnut St Ste 215
Ravenna, OH
Services
Allergies and hay fever, cholesteatoma, earaches, ear tubes, hearing loss, nosebleeds, perforated eardrum, swallowing disorders, swimmer''s ear, thyroid, tinnitus, tonsils and adenoids, sinusitis, sleep, snoring, sinus, voice, skin care.
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SundayClosed
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Hill Hear Better
(513) 437-0497
8250 Winton Rd Ste 300
Cincinnati, OH
Services
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance with OSHA guidelines.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Akron Ent Hearing Service
(330) 752-6740
395 E Market St
Akron, OH
Services
OUR SERVICESHearing Aids (Digital, Programmable, and Standard)Hearing Aid RepairHearing Aid CleaningBatteriesVestibular Rehabilitation TherapySwim PlugsMusician PlugsHearing ProtectionCustom products for cell phone useAssistive Listening DevicesTESTINGComprehensive Hearing EvaluationsBalance/Vestibular AssessmentBrainstem Evoked Response AudiometryCentral Auditory Processing AssessmentTinnitus Assessment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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S.J. Steinberger MD and Bruce Sterman MD
(330) 752-6736
2708 Crawfis Blvd
Fairlawn, OH
Services
Adult and pediatric ear, nose and throat. Facial plastic surgery. Hearing evaluations and hearing aid services
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Robinson Memorial Hospital
(330) 357-5017
6847 N Chestnut St
Ravenna, OH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hear Inc
(330) 409-4061
2416 Whipple Ave NW
Canton, OH
Services
* Audiometry: audiometric tests determine a patient''s hearing levels with the help of an audiometer, but may also measure ability to discriminate between different sound intensities, recognize pitch, or distinguish speech from background noise. Acoustic reflex and otoacostic emissions may also be measured. Results of audiometric tests are used to diagnose hearing loss or diseases of the ear.* Tympanomotry: is a test used to detect disorders of the middle ear by measuring your ear''s responses
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Miami University of Ohio
(513) 273-4653
301 S Patterson Ave Rm 2 Bachelor Hall
Oxford, OH
Services
SUMMER LANGUAGE GROUP FOR PRESCHOOLERS: A program designed to enhance children''s speech, language, and emergent literacy skills in a social context. Click on the underlined link for further information. 2010 Summer ProgramDiagnostic testing and treatment for communication disorders including:Speech and LanguageArticulation/Phonological Disorders – characterized by omitting a sound, substituting one sound for another, distorting a sound, or overall poor intelligibility of speechAcquired
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Loud Noise and Hard of Hearing People

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A hard of hearing person asked:

Is the noise damage threshold the same for me as it is for a person with normal hearing? Do I just add my decibel loss (by frequency) to the noise damage threshold for normal ears? [approximately 80 to 85 dB] If sustained noise at 90 dB is bad for a person with normal hearing, does my noise damage threshold start at 150 dB because I have a 60 dB hearing loss?

Excellent question. I used to wonder about this too. It sounds so plausible on the surface–hard of hearing people can stand far more noise than hearing people because of their underlying hearing loss.

Although this is generally true for people with conductive hearing losses, it certainly is not true for the vast majority of us since we have sensorineural hearing losses.

Here is why. Think about this logically. The mechanism of damage is the same whether we have normal hearing or are hard of hearing. Excessively loud sounds damage our ears by destroying both the minute hairs (cilia) on the hair cells, and the underlying hair cells themselves too. When this happens, that hair cell no longer sends a signal to our brains. As a result we end up with a hearing loss at the frequency of sound that hair cell was sensitive to.

At first, if we have normal hearing, the few destroyed hair cells would not produce noticeable hearing loss. But when enough hair cells are destroyed, the message being sent to our brains is riddled with “gaps” which we notice as hearing loss. The actual damage to our inner ears is the same whether we have near normal hearing or have a profound hearing loss.

However, if we have a severe or profound loss, we may not seem to lose much more hearing from being exposed to loud sounds. This is not because we have a higher tolerance for loud sounds, but because there are not many hair cells left to be destroyed! (I’ve seen pictures where whole banks of hair cells are completely missing. This is quite striking when compared to pictures with all the hair cells present.)

Therefore, in answer to your question, “No, you cannot add the amount of your hearing loss to the noise damage threshold to find the amount of noise you can stand without further damaging your hearing.” For example, it is absolutely wrong for me to think that since I have an 80 dB loss, I can stand noise at 90 dB plus the 80 dB I am missing for a total of 170 dB before I do any further damage to my ears. This loud a sound will definitely instantly destroy more of my remaining hearing.

Not only that, in actual fact, I will be writhing in pain long before I hear a sound that loud. Why? Most of us with severe or worse hearing losses usually have severe recruitment as well. As a result, our tolerance for loud ...

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Our Children

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

If you had to guess, what percentage of children between the ages of 6 and 19 years of age would you think have noise-induced hearing loss? (Note: this is not hearing loss from causes such as middle ear infections, heredity, etc., but just noise-induced hearing loss.)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the answer is 12.5%. This means that approximately 5,200,000 kids in the USA have permanent noise-induced hearing loss (1). It’s shocking to realize that on the average, 1 in every 8 children you meet each day has a significant hearing loss just from listening to sounds that are too loud.

There are two areas of concern.

First, it’s about time parents take an active interest in what their kids are listening to and at what volume. Safe sound levels are a maximum of 80 dB if they are going to listen for any length of time.

Second, teachers need to be aware that at the very minimum 1 out of every 8 of their students have trouble hearing them. Yet I hear so many teachers say they don’t know of any students in their classrooms that have hearing losses.

Now you know. They are there--3 or 4 in the average classroom-- in every classroom in the nation. Add to these, the many other children, especially in the lower grades, with hearing loss from ear infections, allergies, etc. One study showed that on any given day, 15% of the children in elementary schools have a significant hearing loss. ...

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