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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Boca Raton FL

Local resource for noise-induced hearing loss treatment in Boca Raton. 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.

Royal Palm Hearing Aid Center
(561) 404-5812
7072 Beracasa Way
Boca Raton, FL
Hours
SundayClosed
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Boca RAton ENT Associates
(561) 404-5932
660 Glades Rd Ste 400
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Audiologic EvaluationAmplificationAssistive Listening DevicesABR/ECoGVNG testingBPPV treatment
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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Hearing Partners Of South Florida
(561) 404-1269
4731 W Atlantic Ave Ste B-20
Delray Beach, FL
Services
Comprehensive hearing evaluations for children and adults Hearing instrument selection and fittings Repairs of all makes of instruments Comprehensive Balance Evaluations (ENG, VNG) Comprehensive neurological evaluations (ABR) Assistive listening devices (such as amplified telephones and wireless TV headphones) Hearing protection devices including musicians’ ear plugs Custom made swim molds Tinnitus Evaluation Aural Rehabilitation
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 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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Coconut Creek Physicians
(954) 633-8656
3880 Coconut Creek Pkwy Ste 100
Coconut Creek, FL
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Bethesda Healthcare System
(561) 327-7024
2623 S Seacrest Blvd Lower Level #10
Boynton Beach, FL
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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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Neuro-Audiology Consultants
(561) 404-5811
7301A W Palmetto Park Rd Ste 305A
Boca Raton, FL
Services
hearing aid services,diagnostic testing services, auditory processing, tinnitus
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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Labyrinth Audiology
(561) 404-5769
1500 NW 10th Ave Suite 104
Boca Raton, FL
Services
Assistive equipment on hand for demonstration and trialAssistive listening devicesAural rehabilitaion servicesComplete line of hearing aidsCounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements: Which ear has a problem hearing?Evaluation by hearing specialistsEvoked PotentialsFollow-up CareOnce your hearing aids have been fitted to your
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Audiology Associates of
(954) 840-8012
5411 N University Dr Ste 102
Coral Springs, FL
Services
Diagnostic Services Pure Tone Audiometry (Standard Hearing Test)This test determines the level at which a person detects sound at different frequencies. Speech Discrimination TestingThis test determines how well speech is understood. This test is very helpful in determining if problems exist beyond the hearing nerve and gives insight as to how well hearing aids can help. Immittance TestingThis procedure evaluates middle ear function by assessing how well the eardrum and middle ear bones move. Th
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Audiology Consultants Of Boynton Beach (HearFlorida)
(561) 327-6343
7593 Boynton Beach Blvd Ste 160
Boynton Beach, FL
Services
At every HearFlorida Hearing Loss Center, we examine every aspect of your hearing loss and your listening environment to recommend the best style and technology of hearing device most appropriate for you. We offer a wide variety of the latest digital hearing aids and popular brands such as Siemens, Unitron, Starkey, Phonak, Widex, Vivatone, Lyric, Oticon, Rexton, and Resound. All hearing devices have a 75-day satisfaction period
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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George Georgakakis MD PA
(954) 828-2679
4801 N Federal Hwy Ste 302
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Tuesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Wednesday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Thursday08:45 AM - 04:45 PM ,Friday08:45 AM - 03:45 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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