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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Harrisburg PA

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

Pinnacle Health Systems
(717) 910-4046
3001 N 7th St
Harrisburg, PA
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Emergency DepartmentsEmergency Medical Services (EMS)Medical ServicesCancer CareDiabetes CareHeart CareImaging (Radiology)Lung CareNeurological Care (Brain & Nervous System Conditions)Primary and Specialty CareToxicology CenterSpecialized ServicesChildren''s HealthCommunity and Corporate WellnessHolistic TherapiesHome Care and HospiceLaboratory Services Men''s HealthMental/Behavorial Health Nutrition and Weight ManagementPain Management Palliative CareRehabilitative and Physical TherapySenior He
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ENT Surgery Group
(717) 910-4248
890 Poplar Church Rd Ste 300
Camp Hill, PA
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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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Hershey Medical Center
(717) 312-4120
500 University Dr PO Box 850
Hershey, PA
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday07:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Cathy Young Ma Ccc-A
(717) 589-4053
270 Old State Rd
Shermans Dale, PA
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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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The Hearing Place LLC
(570) 218-4591
120 Rear E 3rd Street
Berwick, PA
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Free Hearing ScreeningsSpecialize in State of the Art Digital Hearing AidsFree Batteries for life with purchase of Hearing AidsIndustrial Hearing ScreeningsEarmolds for hearing protection, swimplugs, iPods, cell phones, etc.Amplified telephones, alarm clocks, smoke detectors, 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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A.O.P.
(717) 910-4005
880 Poplar Church Rd
Camp Hill, PA
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Audiology & Hearing AidsChildren''s ServicesEar ProblemsCochlear and Bone Anchored (BAHA) ImplantsSinusitisSinusitisVoice DisordersThroat and Swallowing ProblemsThyroid and Other Endocrine AbnormalitiesHead and Neck CancerAllergyVertigo, Dizziness, and Balance Disorders
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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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Duncan-Nulph
(717) 502-4082
5020 Ritter Rd Ste 106
Mechanicsburg, PA
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* Comprehensive Hearing Testing including air conduction, bone conduction, and speech reception/discrimination testing * Tympanometry to assess middle ear function * Hearing Aid Consultation * Hearing Aid Fitting focusing on the latest available hearing aid technology * Hearing Aid Service on most makes and models * Hearing Aid Verification using AudioScan. This high-tech test allows us to objectively determine if your hearing aids are providing adequate amplification and allows u
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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 - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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A.O.P.
(717) 312-4852
34 Northeast Drive 3rd Floor
Hershey, PA
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A & E Audiology Inc
(717) 207-8719
226 Willow Valley Lakes Dr Ste D
Willow Street, PA
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Hearing AidsAdvancements in digital technology have revolutionized what hearing aids can do. Each person''s hearing loss and listening needs are unique and one hearing aid is not appropriate for everyone. As audiologists we work with you to find the best solution for your hearing loss. We are proud to be one of the select offices in the United States to offer Lyric Hearing to its patients.Lyric is the first and only extended wear hearing device that is 100% invisible. Lyric is comfortably placed
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Clearfield Jefferson
(814) 299-4761
871 Beaver Dr PO Box 308
Du Bois, PA
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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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