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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Ithaca NY

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

Franziska Racker Centers Inc.
(607) 216-4147
1001 W Seneca St Ste 100
Ithaca, NY
Services
Audiology ClinicAutism TrainingEarly Childhood ServicesSchool Age ServicesAdult ServicesResources for Family
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SundayClosed ,MondayClosed ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayClosed ,ThursdayClosed ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Consultants
(888) 759-0131
9 Church St
Cortland, NY
Services
Quality Services Hearing Evaluations Counseling for Hearing Loss Hearing Aid Fitting Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) Audiology Services for Infants and Children Educational Audiology Programs for Students Auditory ProcessingEvaluations (CAP Evaluations) Hearing Aid Repair
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Health Associates, PC
(718) 475-6952
4205 Francis Lewis Blvd
Flushing, NY
Services
Complete Audiological Evaluations Tympanometry and Acoustic Reflex Testing Hearing Aid Evaluations Advanced Ear Mold Selection Skills Swim Plugs, Musician Plugs, etc. Wide Selection of Hearing Aids Hearing Aid Accessories Assistive Listening Devices Amplified Telephones Complete Hearing Health Care for Hearing Aids Quarterly Cleanings and Hearing Aid Checks Hearing Aid Repair, Loss/Damage and Loaner Services Batteries Provided for the Life of the Hearing Aid (5yrs max) Yearly Evaluations Compute
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SundayClosed
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Plaza East Audio Service
(718) 475-6961
34 Plaza St E Rm 106
Brooklyn, NY
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* Audiologic Evaluation of senior citizens, adults and children as well as people with disabilities. * Hearing Aid Evaluation and Dispensing of 100% Digital and Programmable hearing aids. * Authorized dispensers of high quality hearing aids such as:oticon, Phonak, and others. * Hearing Aid Maintenance and Repairs. * Hearing Protection Devices (HPDs) * Custom Swim Plugs * Musician Ear Plugs * Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)
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SundayClosed ,Monday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday03:30 PM - 08:00 PM ,Thursday11:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
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Long Island E N T Assoc. PC
(516) 342-7534
875 Old Country Rd Ste 200
Plainview, NY
Services
Services & ProceduresWe offer evaluation and treatment for the following:EarHearing LossVertigo & balance disordersRinging in ears (tinnitus)Fluid/recurrent infectionsEar tubesEar drum perforationsDisorders of the hearing bonesCongenital deformities (lop ear, pits )Cysts and tumorsSkin cancersEar waxExternal ear canal problemsNose and SinusNasal allergiesRecurrent sinus infectionsBalloon Sinuplasty™Nasal obstructionNasal polypsNosebleedsCosmetic nasal surgeryThroatRecurrent sore throatsTon
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 09:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 09:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
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Cortland Hearing Aids
(888) 790-0230
64 Pomeroy St
Cortland, NY
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Provides diagnostic audiological testing which includes comprehensive hearing evaluations, auditory brainstem response testing, otoacoustic emission testing, electronystagmography testing, and vestibular rehabilitation.
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SundayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Center
(516) 629-5182
1163 Willis Ave
Albertson, NY
Services
Advanced Hearing Center''s experienced and caring professionals are dedicated to helping you hear well. We are a modern NY audiologist office with an old-fashioned commitment to quality care and personalized service. Our focus is on improving the quality of life of those with hearing loss and those around them. We understand the frustration, anger, and fear that a hearing loss can cause and we can help.
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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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ENT & Allergy Associates
(914) 214-4502
2649 Strang Blvd
Yorktown Heights, NY
Services
Health Information Diseases and disorders of the ears, nose, throat, head, and neck negatively impact the lives of millions around the world. Our health information, created by our member physicians, provides a basic overview of diagnoses and treatment for many of these conditions.EarsConditions that impair ear function can be as minor as wax buildup or as serious as congenital deafness. This section contains valuable information about how to protect your hearing, how to recognize indications of
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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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Solomon Shotland Audiology & Hearing Care Associates
(914) 368-7601
785 Mamaroneck Ave Bldg 4 3rd Floor
White Plains, NY
Services
Our services include:Comprehensive hearing evaluationsHearing Aid ConsultationsTinnitus Retraining TherapyBalance & Vestibular TestingCerumen managementAssistive Listening Devices
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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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Hearing Evaluation Services of Buffalo
(716) 462-5087
4600 Main St Ste 201
Buffalo, NY
Services
The appointment for a comprehensive hearing evaluation begins with a complete hearing health history. The audiologist will then examine your ear canals to ensure they are clear of debris. Using either traditional headphones or insert earphones, the audiologist will perform testing to determine your level or threshold of hearing over a wide frequency range. A bone vibrator will then be placed behind your ear to help determine if any loss of hearing is due to a problem with the outer or middle ear
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 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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