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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Burlington VT

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

University of Vermont, Eleanor M. Luse Center, Audiology Clinic
(802) 656-3861
489 Main St
Burlington, VT
Services
Hearing EvaluationAuditory Processing EvaluationHearing Aid Selection and FittingEvaluation of Hearing Aid EffectivenessAssistive Listening Devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 318-4159
327 Holly Ct
Williston, VT
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Robert Jauch, M.D.
(802) 227-0188
714 Breezy Hill Rd
Saint Johnsbury, VT
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Fletcher Allen Health Care
(802) 318-4159
327 Holly Ct
Williston, VT
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Center For Audiological Svcs
(802) 275-4068
130 Austine Dr Ste 210
Brattleboro, VT
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Sonotone Of Burlington
(802) 735-1812
1233 Shelburne Rd Lakewood Commons Suite D5
South Burlington, VT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sonotone Of Burlington
(802) 735-1812
1233 Shelburne Rd Lakewood Commons Suite D5
South Burlington, VT
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University of Vermont, Eleanor M. Luse Center, Audiology Clinic
(802) 656-3861
489 Main St
Burlington, VT
Services
Hearing EvaluationAuditory Processing EvaluationHearing Aid Selection and FittingEvaluation of Hearing Aid EffectivenessAssistive Listening Devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mid-Vermont ENT
(802) 549-4098
51 A Tennis Way
East Dorset, VT
Services
diagnose and treat: diseases of the ear, including infections, hearing and balance problems, and ringing in the ears; disorders of the nose and sinuses, such as infections, problems with stuffy nose, bleeding from the nose, snoring and sleep apnea and loss of smell; disorders of the throat, including voice and swallowing problems, sore throat and reflux disease; cancerous and non-cancerous tumors of the head and neck, including the thyroid and parathyroid; treatment of nasal and sinus allergy; f
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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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MID-VERMONT ENT, P.C.
(802) 282-4967
69 Allen St Ste 1
Rutland, VT
Services
Mid-Vermont ENT offers evaluation, treatment, and management of nasal and sinus allergy. Twenty percent of the population suffers from some form of allergy, an altered exaggerated response to something in the environment called an allergen. Common inhalant allergens include dust mites, molds, pollen, and animal dander. These allergies can be tested for and treated in our office.Allergy Testing Evaluation of Air Passages Treatment Evaluation Loss of Smell Nasal Blockage and Obstruction Nose Bleed
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,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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