Help and Support for Hearing Loss

and other ear conditions such as tinnitus, Meniere’s disease and hyperacusis. Information on causes of hearing loss. Assistive devices for hearing impaired people.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Billings MT

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

Billings Hearing Aid Service, Inc.
(406) 545-4718
1500 Poly Dr Ste 102
Billings, MT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Diners Club,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Highland Hearing Center
(406) 565-4129
1369 Harrison Ave
Butte, MT
Services
Hearing tests, evaluations, hearing aid repair fitting and evaluation.VA EvaluationsConsultations and Rehabilitation Services
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Idealics DBA The Hearing Place
(406) 564-1043
1301 11th Ave S Ste 3 - Evergreen Mall
Great Falls, MT
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Treasure State Hearing
(406) 551-6519
1165 N 14th Ave Ste 1
Bozeman, MT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Comprehensive Hearing Service
(406) 558-4616
2626 Winne Ave
Helena, MT
Services
At Comprehensive Hearing Services we provide a full range of audiological and hearing aid dispensing services to meet the needs of our patients. These services include:Free Initial Hearing ScreeningWax RemovalComprehensive Hearing EvaluationsOtoacoustic EmissionsNewborn Hearing ScreeningHearing Aid EvaluationsDispensing of Digital Hearing Aids from Leading ManufacturersFM Systems and Assistive Listening DevicesWireless communication to cell phones, TV, through the hearing aidsCustom Molds for Hu
Hours
SundayClosed ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Laurel Hearing Aid
(406) 628-0114
109 W Main St
Laurel, MT
Services
Hearing TestsHearing Aid Sales & ServiceHOUSECALLS AVAILABLE!
Hours
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Laurel Hearing Aid
(406) 628-0114
109 W Main St
Laurel, MT
Services
Hearing TestsHearing Aid Sales & ServiceHOUSECALLS AVAILABLE!
Hours
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Insurance

Vibrant Sound Works Inc Dba
(406) 203-4494
601 S Orange St
Missoula, MT
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.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Friday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Helton Hearing Care
(406) 551-6462
1008 N 7th Ave Ste H
Bozeman, MT
Services
Our Services- Hearing screenings for self-referred individuals- Hearing screenings for industry- Complete diagnostic evaluations for hearing loss- Tinnitus evaluation- Evaluation and consultation for assistive devices for TV, telephone, etc.- Hearing aid consultations and sales- In-house and factory hearing aid repairs- Custom earmolds for iPods and other personal listening devices- Custom swim plugs and hearing protectionWe provide services for numerous individuals and agencies including: - Phy
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 - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Moore Hearing
(406) 571-7048
10 Three Mile Dr
Kalispell, MT
Services
Hearing Aids, Hearing Testing, Tinnitus, Dizziness, Vertigo, Balance, Ringing in the Ears, Audiologists, Hearing Loss Treatment, Hearing Care, Ear Doctors, Ear Plugs, Hearing Protection, Custom Earplugs
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
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

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 ...

Click here to read more from The Center for Hearing Loss Help

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. ...

Click here to read more from The Center for Hearing Loss Help