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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Bellingham WA

Local resource for noise-induced hearing loss treatment in Bellingham. 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.

Spencer Audiology Clinic Inc
(360) 312-4772
1000 McKenzie Ave Ste 12
Bellingham, WA
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SundayClosed
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All About Hearing Inc
(360) 419-4486
218 E. Rio Vista
Burlington, WA
Services
FREE Demonstration of Oticon Agil hearing aids!Free Hearing Test and ConsultationFree Listening Demo - Try aids at home and work with no risk. Complete line of hearing devicesSpecialty earmolds - I-Pod, Noisebrakers, Sleep plugs0% financing availableL&I claims started and servicedMost major insurances accepted
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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South Sound Audiology
(360) 464-2498
420 Lilly Rd NE Ste 102
Olympia, WA
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.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss
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SundayClosed
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Virginia Mason South
(253) 336-4546
33501 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA
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Anesthesiology, Anticoagulation Clinic, Asthma/Allergy, Audiology, Bariatric (Obesity) Surgery, Bone Density Scanning, Brain Cancer, Breast Cancer, CT Scans, Cardiology, Cochlear Implants, Cosmetic Surgery, Dermatology, Diabetes Care, Endocrinology, Eye Care, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, General Internal Medicine, Gynecology, Head & Neck Surgery, Headache Clinic, Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention, Laboratory facilities, Lung Cancer, MRI, Mammography, Nephrology, Neurology, Nutrition Servi
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:30 PM
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Bellevue ENT
(425) 533-9375
1135 116th Ave NE Ste 165
Bellevue, WA
Services
# State of the Art office treatment for snoring# Comprehensive allergy screening and treatment# Voice evaluation with videostroboscopy# Comprehensive evaluation and surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea# Surgical treatment of the thyroid and parathyroid glands# Pediatric otolaryngology# Comprehensive ear care and audiology services# State of the art, image guided sinus surgery# Facial plastic surgery consultations# Botox injections for treatment of facial wrinkles# Surgical treatments fo
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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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Advanced Audiology LLC
(360) 312-7261
902 N State St Ste 102
Bellingham, WA
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Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, September 15, 1993 by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Try to have your hearing evaluated by an Audiologist. Audiologists generally are the most knowledgeable of the practioners that evaluate and fit hearing aids. -Testimony to the Special Senate Committee on Aging, Se
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Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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The Hearing Advantage
(360) 930-3322
22180 Olympic College Way St 205
Poulsbo, WA
Services
Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs): FM SystemsAudiometric evaluations for Children and AdultsBattery salesEar Molds & Swim MoldsHearing aid fittings and evaluationsOtoacoustic EmissionsReal-ear measurement
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Clinic
(360) 450-2508
505 Ne 87th Ave Ste 150
Vancouver, WA
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 to OSHA guidelines.Diagnostic TestingIf a hearing loss i
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Multicare Clinic Covington
(253) 237-1480
17700 Se 272nd St Ste 200
Kent, WA
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SundayClosed
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Audiology/Hear Center
(253) 777-3204
5821 Sprague Court
Tacoma, WA
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:15 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:15 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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