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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Hagerstown MD

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

Hearing Care Center
(888) 343-9035
11110 Medical Campus Rd Ste 128
Hagerstown, MD
Services
Since 1978, the Hearing Care Center has offered comprehensive audiology and hearing aid services to both children and adults. You will work with Peg or Jennifer, one of our certified audiologists, and talk about your symptoms, your concerns and your unique situation. Then we will begin your comprehensive hearing evaluation to ensure the most complete, accurate assessment available. Only after our audiologists have determined the degree of your hearing loss can we make a forthright recommendation
Hours
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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Audiology Hearing Care Service
(304) 707-0058
1316 Rock Cliff Dr
Martinsburg, WV
Services
Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations are completed by our certified Audiologists.Evaluations include: * measures of hearing sensitivity for air and bone conducted sounds * measures of speech reception and discrimination * assessment of the middle ear function (impedance audiometry)
Hours
MondayOpen 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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Hearing Aid Associates
(410) 881-0145
2002 Medical Pkwy Ste 230
Annapolis, MD
Services
* Hearing Aid Evaluations * Digital and Conventional Hearing Aids * Hearing Aid Fittings, adjustments and follow-up care * On-site repairs * FM Systems * Assistive Listening DevicesOther Services * Custom hearing protection * Custom musician’s plugs * Custom musician in-ear-monitors * Hearing care supplies
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Johns Hopkins University
(443) 552-3280
601 N Caroline St JHOC-6021
Baltimore, MD
Hours
SundayClosed
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Preferred Hearing Center
(301) 658-7713
18109 Prince Philip Dr Ste 300
Olney, MD
Services
In order to adjust your hearing aid to your individual requirements, we first determine your personal hearing profile, or audiogram. This is done by testing your ability to hear a variety of speech and environmental sounds.CounsellingOnce you have told us your problems and your personal expectations with regard to your hearing, we provide you with detailed advice on the most appropriate products and facilities to meet your requirements:Which ear has a problem hearing? Which style of hearing aid
Hours
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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Mid Maryland E N T Specialists
(301) 703-2316
75 Thomas Johnson Dr Ste A
Frederick, MD
Hours
SundayClosed ,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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The Audiology Center of Hagerstown
(240) 329-4401
1800 Dual Hwy
Hagerstown, MD
Specialty
Hearing Aid Sales and Fitting, Diagnostic Hearing Tests, Tinnitus Treatment, Custom Ear Protection, Ear Wax Removal

Sound Advice Hearing Aid Centers
(410) 713-4548
1118 E Main St
Salisbury, MD
Services
We offer these services to all our patients: The only practice on the Eastern Shore to offer Live Speech Mapping (scientific fitting verification) Free hearing evaluations for adults; Comprehensive hearing aid fittings; adjustments; 30 day trial period; Hearing aid repair; programming; Assistive listening devices; Access to the most technologically advanced instruments available
Hours
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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions Audiology Center
(410) 774-0874
1413 Annapolis Rd Ste 104
Odenton, MD
Services
ADVANCED HEARING HEALTHCARE WITH A PERSONAL TOUCH.Hearing tests and hearing aids for all ages. Same Day Treatment Options Available. We determine the best hearing insturments for you based on results from your audiological evaluation, as well as your listening needs and your amplification goals. Give us the oppotunity to impress you.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,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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Johns Hopkins University
(410) 698-4779
10751 Falls Rd Falls Concourse / Ste 408
Lutherville Timonium, MD
Services
Johns Hopkins also has a campus near Rockville in Montgomery County, Md., and has academic facilities in Nanjing, China, and in Bologna, Italy. It maintains a network of continuing education facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, including centers in downtown Baltimore, in downtown Washington and in Columbia.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday09:00 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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