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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Eagle River AK

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Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
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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Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
Hours
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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Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Northern Hearing Services Inc
(888) 365-7025
4200 Lake Otis Pkwy Ste 302
Anchorage, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but: * History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surg
Hours
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
Payment
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Northern Hearing Services
(888) 838-5049
935 Westpoin Dr Ste 101
Wasilla, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but:History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surgeries
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
Payment
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Alaska Speech & Hearing Clinic
(866) 422-7265
2401 E 42nd Street Suite 101
Anchorage, AK
Services
Speech / Language EvaluationHearing EvaluationSpeech TherapyCochlear Implant TherapyOccupational TherapyIndividual and Group TherapyFeeding TherapyAuditory Processing Disorders Asberger SyndromeAutism Cleft and Repaired PaletesDown SyndromeDelayed SpeechLanguage DisordersVoice Output Device Consults Voice Output Device TrainingDiagnostic hearing evaluationsHearing device evaluations and dispensingHearing device repair/serviceHearing Aid supplies including batteries Assistive listening devices
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Visa,MasterCard,American Express,Discover,Cash,Check,Debit,Insurance

Northern Hearing Services
(888) 838-5049
935 Westpoin Dr Ste 101
Wasilla, AK
Services
Hearing Screening: A quick check to determine if a hearing loss may be present.Hearing Tests: A hearing test for the purpose of fitting a hearing aid.Audiological Evaluation: An evaluation of your hearing and auditory system to determine the cause and extent of the hearing loss. This includes not the hearing test but:History: Any conditions at birth or since that may have an impact, workplace, military, or other noise exposure, medications prescribed by another health provider, past surgeries
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayOpen by Appointment
Payment
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The Hearing Center
(888) 905-6463
9095 Glacier Hwy Ste 103
Juneau, AK
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing health-care services including hearing assessments, education, and hearing aid sales and service.
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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Anchorage Audiology Clinic
(888) 857-2903
3730 Rhone Cir Ste 104
Anchorage, AK
Services
Diagnostic EvaluationsHearing Aid EvaluationsHearing Aid Fittings, Repairs, Service and SuppliesCustome Earmolds, Swim Plugs, Hearing Protection
Hours
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
Payment
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Primary Care Associates
(907) 694-7223
10928 Eagle River Rd
Eagle River, AK
 

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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