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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Des Moines IA

Local resource for noise-induced hearing loss treatment in Des Moines. 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.

Iowa Audiology & Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6471
3901 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
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The main office of Iowa Audiology and Hearing Aid Centers has been at the same location since it was founded in 1981. We offer a long list of exclusive services available only from professional audiologists with many years of education and experience in this increasingly technological field.# Hearing evaluation by Doctors of Audiology at all sites.# Diagnosis and audiologic management/treatment of hearing problems# Hearing aid prescription and fitting, using the latest digital hearing aid tech
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mercy E N T Clinic
(515) 657-6472
1601 NW 114th St Ste 230
Clive, IA
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Services offered are:-Family Practice - Care of the whole family & adult immunizationInternal Medicine - Primary care for adults. Specializing in chronic illness carePediatrics - Care & immunization for childrenSurgery - Bariatric Surgery and Mercy Weight Loss & Nutrition Center Breast Surgery and Katzmann Breast Clinic Colo-rectal Surgery General Surgery Surgical Oncology (Cancer Surgery) Trauma Surgery Gynecologic Oncology Surgery - Specializing in women'
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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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Dennis Porto M.D.
(515) 657-6675
6000 University Ave Ste 230
West Des Moines, IA
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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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Iowa Hearing Clinics
(319) 493-3257
2055 Kimball Ave Ste 300
Waterloo, IA
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The hearing products offered by Iowa Hearing Clinics represent an array of choices which means we can target the best technology to meet your need.
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Berry Hearing Aid & Audiology Centers
(888) 903-4460
9 N 18th St
Fort Dodge, IA
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Hearing Evaluations for infants through adults, hearing aid sales & service, aural habilitation, assistive listening devices, swim molds, custom sound protection molds, etc.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Outpatient Therapy Services
(515) 657-6470
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 308
Des Moines, IA
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ServicesIowa Methodist, Iowa Lutheran, Blank Children''s Hospital, and Methodist West Hospital are home to a wide variety of skilled and knowledgeable healthcare professionals in all areas of patient care. Explore Our Centers Of ExcellenceBlank Children''s HospitalWeight Loss SurgeryCardiac, Vascular & LungMaternity ServicesJohn Stoddard Cancer CenterOrthopaedic Services Explore Our ServicesTo search for a service, type the service you are looking for into the search box. The search box will dis
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Kayser Hearing Aid
(515) 657-6467
3529 E 26th St
Des Moines, IA
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The Iowa Clinic ENT PC
(515) 657-6469
5950 University Ave Ste 265
West Des Moines, IA
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* Allergy * Audiology * Cardiology * Diagnostic Breast Imaging * Ear, Nose & Throat * Endoscopy Center * Gastroenterology * General Surgery * Internal Medicine * Medical Imaging * Obstetrics & Gynecology * Oncology Consultations * Orthopaedics * Pain Management * Pathology * Physical Therapy * Plastic Surgery * Podiatry * Surgical Breast Care * Surgical Oncology * Vascular Surgery * Women''s CenterLaser Services Available at The Iow
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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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Jorgensen Hearing Center
(888) 484-1759
920 N Grand Ave
Spencer, IA
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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 ,Saturday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment
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Dubuque Otolaryngology
(888) 430-8029
310 N Grandview Ave
Dubuque, IA
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Allergy & sinus relief: complete & convenientSinus headaches, stuffy noses, allergy symptoms... most of us get them from time to time. But when sinus pain and pressure or serious allergy problems start interfering with your quality of life, it’s definitely time to see us. Our doctors, particularly Drs. Benda and White, offer the latest medical treatment and state-of-the-art surgical care to treat even the toughest sinus problems. Dr. Benda, our allergy specialist, and our allergy clinic te
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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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