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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Cambridge MA

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

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
(617) 505-1953
110 Francis St Ste 6E
Boston, MA
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Comprehensive Care Centers Cancer CenterCardioVascular InstituteDigestive Disease CenterSpine CenterTransplant Institute
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Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary
(617) 910-3058
243 Charles St
Boston, MA
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Eye CareOur ophthalmology services and specialties range from eye-care checkups to treating the most complex vision and eye-related issues.Ear, Nose, Throat,Head & Neck CareSpecialties in otolaryngology range from sinus care and sleep disorders to head and neck cancer, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and facial nerve reconstruction.Pediatric CareThere''s no such thing as routine, when it comes to your child''s healthcare. Our pediatric specialists and surgeons offer world-class, compassionate,
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Professional Hearing Aid
(617) 849-8801
1101 Beacon St Ste 8e
Brookline, MA
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Daniels Hearing Center
(617) 892-4196
830 Harrison Ave J Joseph Moakley Bldg
Roxbury, MA
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Assistive Listening Devices (ALDsAuditory Brainstem Response (ABR)Balance and Dizziness: Positional Vertigo and Epley ManeuverCentral Auditory Processing EvaluationsEar Molds: Custom-made noise protection earmoldsFirstSound Newborn Screening ProviderHearing Aids: Sales and ServiceHearing Evaluations: AdultsHearing Evaluations: ChildrenLoop Induction SystemsMusicians'' Custom Ear Plugs and MonitorsReal-ear measurementTinnitus Diagnostics
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Brookline Hearing Service Inc.
(617) 505-1952
1842 Beacon St Ste 403
Brookline, MA
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Brigham Womens Hospital
(617) 505-1956
45 Francis St
Boston, MA
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Cartilage RepairFace TransplantRobotic SurgeryHybrid ORPercutaneous Aortic Valve ReplacementDIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgery
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Northeastern University
(617) 580-3020
30 Leon Street 503 Behrakis Health Science Ct
Boston, MA
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Tobias And Battite Inc.
(617) 274-8001
16 Temple Place
Boston, MA
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Otoscopy - A visual inspection of your ear canal and eardrum Pure Tone Audiometry - Measuring the softest sounds you can hear at a variety of pitches Speech Reception Threshold - The softest level you can hear speech Speech Discrimination - Testing how accurately you hear speech at amplified levels Loudness and Tolerance measurements - Documentation of your personal loudness tolerance range to ensure that amplification is never uncomfortably loud Tympanometry - Measuring the movement of your ear
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Services Inc.
(617) 484-8700
90 Concord Ave Ste 4
Belmont, MA
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Audiometric Evaluations-Hearing Aid Sales and Service-Earmolds-LACE training-Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)-Audiology Services, Inc.
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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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Boston ENT Associates
(617) 553-4665
1153 Centre St Ste 52
Jamaica Plain, MA
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AUDIOLOGY SERVICESOur audiology team conducts comprehensive hearing evaluations which include tympanometry, air and bone conduction, as well as word recognition testing. If a patient is a hearing aid candidate and decides to pursue amplification the audiologist would proceed with a hearing aid evaluation, fitting and follow-up appointment. The audiologists work with a range of hearing aid manufacturers and a specific hearing aid is recommended based on a patient''s lifestyle and needs.At our Fa
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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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