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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Knoxville TN

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

Bridgewater Speech & Hearing
(865) 512-6542
103 Suburban Rd Ste D
Knoxville, TN
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At Bridgewater Speech & Hearing, our goal is to help you or your loved one live life to its fullest. We all want to hear the beautiful sounds of nature, to clearly understand converstations, and to be able to communicate perfectly with those around us.Whether you are elderly and losing your hearing over time, or you have an infant who’s hearing ability concerns you, we are dedicated and able to help you to the best possible outcome.Diagnostic Hearing & Balance EvaluationsComprehensive Hear
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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 - 05:00 PM by Appointment
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Appalachian Audiology PLLC
(865) 686-6577
130 Mabry Hood Rd Ste 103
Knoxville, TN
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SundayClosed
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Hearing Services Of Nashville
(615) 800-6442
3443 Dickerson Pike Ste 320
Nashville, TN
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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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Brentwood Hearing & Hearing Aid Center
(615) 247-5289
5544 Franklin Pike Ste 100
Nashville, TN
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Hearing assessment for all ages Hearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technology Counseling and rehabilitation for patients and their families Assistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areas Swim molds, ear molds, and noise protectors
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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 - 02:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Elite Audiology and Hearing
(615) 800-6329
541 N Mt Juliet Rd Suite 2204
Mount Juliet, TN
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:30 AM ,SaturdayClosed
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Greater Knoxville ENT
(865) 329-6098
7557-A Dannaher Way Ste 210
Powell, TN
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* Allergy drops * Conventional therapyEar * Audiology * Balance Disorders * Ear Infections * Tinnitus * Ear SurgeryHearing Aids * Hearing Loss * RingingNose * Nosebleeds * Sinus Disorders * Nasal ObstructionThroat * Throat Disorders * Voice Disorders * Swallowing Disorders * Salivary Glands * Tonsils & AdenoidsSleep Disorders * Sleep Apnea * Snoring * Pillar ImplantsCancer of the Head & Neck * Oral Cancer * Laryngeal Cancer * Skin
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Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday01:30 PM - 03:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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HEAR Services
(865) 730-4332
800 Oak Ridge Tpke Ste C101
Oak Ridge, TN
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* Diagnostic audiological evaluations for all ages * Immittance testing for analyzing middle ear status * Otoacoustic Emission testing to establish cochlear status * Newborn hearing screenings * Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) * Canalith Repositioning for the “dizzy” patient suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) * Hearing aid evaluations and fitting * Service and repair of most makes and models of hearing aids
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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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Fairfield Glade Hearing Center
(931) 231-8075
126 Stonehenge Dr PO Box 1909
Crossville, TN
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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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Hearing Services of Franklin
(888) 370-6462
100 Covey Dr Suite 111
Franklin, TN
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Our Hearing Services Include:Comprehensive hearing testsBalance evaluations Musician hearing consultations Hearing protection to include swim plugs, noise plugs and musician monitors Tinnitus managementIf you experience a sense of vertigo or imbalance, you are not alone. Nearly 50% of dizziness is inner ear related. Hearing Services of Franklin can evaluate dizziness. A form of dizziness, called BPPV, affects many individuals and can be treated in the office. Do you hear chirping or ringing i
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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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East Tennessee Hearing Center
(888) 471-0278
1240 Fox Meadows Blvd Ste 5
Sevierville, TN
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Monday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Tuesday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Wednesday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Thursday12:00 AM - 12:00 AM ,Friday12:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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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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