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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Bethlehem PA

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

Janet Westlund Au.D
(610) 628-3006
2571 Baglyos Cir Ste B33
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Full diagnostic hearing and hearing aid evaluations . Hearing Aid fittings with the latest technology. Doctor of audiology credentials. Over 25 years of experience. Latest technology available for all hearing loss needs.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 01:30 PM by Appointment
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Deborah Muhleisen, M.S.
(610) 628-3018
2571 Baglyos Cir Ste B33
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Hearing testing for children and adultsHearing aid evaluation and fittingsHearing aid repairs and resettingsTinnitus evaluationsNoise, swim and musician plugsAssistive listening devices
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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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St. Luke''s North Audiology
(610) 628-0521
153 Brodhead Rd
Bethlehem, PA
Services
St. Luke''s Audiology services include a broad range of comprehensive hearing evaluations for newborns, infants, children, adolescents and adults. Specialized diagnostic evaluations include: videonystagmography and electronystagmography for dizziness, verifit real ear measurments and hearing aid analyzer, brainstem auditory evoked response for neurology and hearing, otoacoustic emissions for hearing and other procedures.St. Luke''s offers evaluations, dispensing and repair of a full range of hea
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Aid Services
(610) 628-3946
1575 Pond Rd Ste 203
Allentown, PA
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SundayClosed
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Total Hearing Care - Phillipsburg
(908) 760-4141
21 Union Square
Phillipsburg, NJ
Services
Authorized sales and service of major digital hearing aid brandsHearing Tests and EvaluationsHearing Aid Cleanings and AdjustmentsHearing Aid Battery SalesSales of Assisted Listening DevicesMedicaid Provider
Hours
SundayClosed ,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 ,SaturdayClosed
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David A. Prager MD
(610) 628-0495
2851 Baglyos Cir Ste 201
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Medical diagnostics and treatment of ear-related pathologies, including hearing loss and balance problems; dispensing Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), products designed to help individuals with hearing loss hear better in specific situations; and certified Audiologists who are trained to fit advanced hearing instruments from all of the major manufacturers.
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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Bethlehem Audiology Associates
(610) 628-0437
3445 High Point Blvd Ste 400
Bethlehem, PA
Services
Services Audiometry – standard and high frequencyVisual reinforcement audiometry – pediatric testingTympanometryAcoustic reflexesOtoacoustic emissionsHearing protection – musician and noise earplugsAssistive listening devicesHearing aid evaluation and fittingTinnitus evaluation and treatment
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 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 ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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G. T. Kleckner Audiology
(610) 628-4163
1259 S Cedar Crest Blvd Ste 322
Allentown, PA
Services
Kleckner Audiology provides you with a comprehensive array of hearing services to help you confirm a hearing problem correct it monitor its progress and even help prevent hearing loss in the first place. Hearing exams by a licensed audiologist, Proper fitting and tuning of your hearing aid including a 60-day trial (30-45 days is the industry standard)Counseling with family members,checkups and cleanings. In-house repairs,Custom ear protection for swimmers, musicians, hunters and more
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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East Penn Hearing Center
(610) 628-1299
903 Chestnut Street
Emmaus, PA
Services
Audiologic evaluationsHearing aid and Assistive Listening Device servicesCustom earmolds, specialty earplugs
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday01:00 PM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,ThursdayClosed ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Warren Hospital
(908) 760-6024
185 Roseberry St
Phillipsburg, NJ
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 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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