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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Lowell MA

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

Andover Hearing Center, LLC
(978) 289-4203
11 Chestnut St
Andover, MA
Services
Whether your hearing needs call for state-of-the-art technology, or simply the best product for your budget, Andover Hearing Center can provide you with the services and instruments you need to improve your hearing. We take the time to evaluate your needs and make recommendations to help address your individual requirements. Satisfaction with your instrument is our number one priority and we will work hard to see that you are satisfied with your new hearing aid.Hearing EvaluationsWe take time
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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 - 12:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Atlantic Audiology, Inc.
(978) 253-4267
500 Salem St Route 62
Wilmington, MA
Services
Audiology ServicesComprehensive Hearing EvaluationsSaturday hours only on second Saturday of every month in the Wakefield Office.Complete Line of Hearing Aids (including ALL sizes and Digital instruments)Hearing Aid repairs for most makes and modelsHearing Aid AccessoriesIndustrial Hearing Evaluations (OSHA compliant)Ear Protection DevicesAffordable Prices and Accepting most credit cards or other payment plansVerizon applications for amplified telephone equipment
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Advanced Hearing Center LLC
(603) 769-3101
166 Kinsley St Ste 304
Nashua, NH
Services
* Endoscopic sinus surgery * Laser surgery of the head and neck * Facial plastic surgery, both cosmetic and reconstructive * Allergy testing and treatment * Skin cancers and moles involving the face and neck * Oral and throat cancer treatment * Complete audiology service including hearing testing, brain stem evoked response audiometry, hearing aid fitting and repair
Hours
SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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SNHMC
(603) 505-8189
10 Prospect St Ste 401
Nashua, NH
Hours
SundayClosed
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Dr Woods Hearing Center, LLC
(603) 889-7434
76 Allds St
Nashua, NH
Services
Dr. Woods will conduct a diagnostic hearing evaluation and provide results and recommendations regarding the type of hearing loss and treatment options available. She also conducts tinnitus (ringing in the ears) evaluations and treatment options, hearing aid fittings and hearing protection.
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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Holy Family Hospital
(978) 208-2436
70 East St
Methuen, MA
Services
Getting Hearing AidsOnce you have told us your history 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 is most suitable for you: analog, digitally programmable or fully digital?Do you want to regulate the volume of the hearing aid yourself, or would you prefer a hearing aid that adjusts automatically to any hearing si
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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 ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Andover ENT Center, Inc.
(978) 710-0655
198 Massachusetts Ave
North Andover, MA
Services
The Andover Ear, Nose & Throat Center offers specialized care in diseases of the ear, nose and throat as well as for most complaints related to the head and neck. We care for all age groups ranging from infants and children to adults and senior citizens. If you someone you know have any of the following listed problems, you may need an evaluation by one of our specialists. * Nasal Congestion * Allergies * Sinus Problems * Sore Throat * Nosebleeds * Cough * Swallowing Problem
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SundayClosed
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Lahey Clinic
(781) 328-9172
41 Mall Rd
Burlington, MA
Hours
SundayClosed
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FAMILY HEARING CENTER
(603) 769-3103
159 Main Dunstable Rd Ste 207
Nashua, NH
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 03:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Solutions New England
(603) 769-3372
3 Allds St
Nashua, NH
Services
Your experience with our practice will include:Diagnosis and treatment by audiologists with over 50 years combined experience diagnosing hearing loss and dispensing hearing aidsOur audiologists will analyze all of your diagnostic testing, reports and recommend treatment. They will also fit you with the hearing aids, if hearing aids are appropriate for your condition.
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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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