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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Boise ID

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

Treasure Valley Hearing &
(208) 350-6272
1084 N Cole Rd
Boise, ID
Services
We provide hearing evaluations for all ages. Tinnitus evaluations and solutions, batteries, custom hearing protection and molds for MP3 players, swimming, hunting, etc. We clean and check all brands of hearing aids. We sell batteries, amplified telephones and anything else necessary for your ears!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Pocatello Hearing Zone
(208) 904-0459
4155 Yellowstone Ave Pine Ridge Mall
Pocatello, ID
Services
What We Do We are committed to excellence in service. At Hearing Zone, you will be treated with kindness and respect. You will receive the most excellent technical service available from some of the most experienced and caring professionsals in the country. You will also be offered competitive pricing made possible by our three state buying power. We look forward to helping you hear better soon!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Saturday09:00 AM - 02:00 PM by Appointment
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Hearing Aid Counselors
(208) 944-2564
1239 Poleline Rd E Ste 314C
Twin Falls, ID
Services
•  Comprehensive Hearing Testing •  Hearing Aid Demonstration •  Speech Discrimination Testing •  Insurance Assistance •  Hearing Educational Seminars •  Aural Rehabilitation •  Extended Warranties •  Special Financing OAC* •  Free Hearing Screenings •  Tympanometry •  Hearing Aid Sales •  Coping Strategies •  Referral Programs •  Assistive Devi
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Regional Hearing And
(208) 643-0848
3345 Merlin Dr Ste 200
Idaho Falls, ID
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and BoneSpeech threshold Discriminat Tympanograms ReflexReflex dec Screen: Pure tone air only Central Auditory ProcessingComprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batterySpeech in noise comprehension testing HINT (Used by some government agencies) SPRINT (MilitaQuick SIN Aided threshold Pediatric Hearing Newborn (Standard Protocol, p
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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 ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Aid Counselers
(208) 650-4081
1534 Overland Ave
Burley, ID
Services
• Free Hearing Screenings• Tympanometry• Hearing Aid Sales• Coping Strategies• Referral Programs• Assistive Device Sales• Offsite Assistance• Battery Club• Comprehensive Hearing Testing• Hearing Aid Demonstration• Speech Discrimination Testing• Insurance Assistance• Hearing Educational Seminars• Aural Rehabilitation• Extended Warranties• Special Financing OAC
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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Treasure Valley Hrg &
(208) 546-0415
1463 Caldwell Blvd Ste 54
Nampa, ID
Services
The Friends & Family Better Hearing Program extends to employees, their friends and family, an exclusive hearing health benefit offering free testing and discounted hearing products. It provides you access to a relationship with the most experienced professionals in the industry, top quality patient care and and access to exceptional technology
Hours
SundayClosed
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Regional Hearing & Balance
(208) 881-9505
32 Madison Professional Park
Rexburg, ID
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy) Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol): Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold Discrimination Tympanograms Reflexes Reflex decay Screen: Pure tone air only
Hours
SundayClosed
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Treasure Valley Hrg &
(208) 546-0415
1463 Caldwell Blvd Ste 54
Nampa, ID
Services
The Friends & Family Better Hearing Program extends to employees, their friends and family, an exclusive hearing health benefit offering free testing and discounted hearing products. It provides you access to a relationship with the most experienced professionals in the industry, top quality patient care and and access to exceptional technology
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Treasure Valley Hearing &
(208) 350-6272
1084 N Cole Rd
Boise, ID
Services
We provide hearing evaluations for all ages. Tinnitus evaluations and solutions, batteries, custom hearing protection and molds for MP3 players, swimming, hunting, etc. We clean and check all brands of hearing aids. We sell batteries, amplified telephones and anything else necessary for your ears!
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Valley E N T Group P A
(208) 816-4083
330 Warner Dr
Lewiston, ID
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 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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