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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Washington DC

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

Gallaudet University, MTB
(202) 683-7240
800 Florida Ave NE SLCC RM 2200
Washington, DC
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Gallaudet University faculty, staff and students currently receive services for hearing aid evaluations, fittings and adjustments free of charge and also receive a discount on the cost of all new hearing aids and earmolds.Alumni and IMMEDIATE family members (spouses/partners, parents, children) of faculty, full-time staff and students also receive a discount on the cost of new hearing aids (digital technology only).
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Medical Faculty Associates Inc
(202) 684-7951
2021 K St NW Ste 312
Washington, DC
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Washington Hospital Center
(202) 683-7256
110 Irving St NW Rm GA102
Washington, DC
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Clinical ServicesAnesthesiology Center for Breast Health Cancer Cardiology Colorectal Cancer and Surgery Dermatology Ear Nose and Throat Specialists Gastroenterology Geriatrics and Long-Term Care General Internal Medicine Hearing & Speech Endocrinology Heart Services Hematology Oncology Infectious Diseases Interventional Radiology Medical Imaging Melanoma Center Nephrology Neuroscience Institute Nuclear Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Ophthalmology Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Orthodontics
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Georgetown University Hospital
(202) 470-1267
2115 Wisconsin Ave Second Floor
Washington, DC
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At Georgetown University Hospital, we know that not all heart cases are textbook. The challenges of managing complex heart failure, arrhythmia and recurring coronary artery disease require advanced knowledge and expertise that are difficult to maintain.
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V. Patrick Mahat, MD PC
(202) 609-7950
3301 New Mexico Ave NW Ste 310
Washington, DC
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GWU Speech & Hearing Center
(202) 470-1697
2115 G St NW Ste B 01 Corner G & 21st St
Washington, DC
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Comprehensive hearing evaluationsHearing Aid Demo''s, Sales, ServiceALD/FM Demo''s, Sales, ServiceAural Rehabilitation for hearing aid usersAuditory Training Rehabilitation for cochlear implanteesCochlear Implant mapping (Cochlear Nucleus products)
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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 - 03:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT Medical Grp Of Washington
(202) 683-7277
2021 K St NW Ste 210
Washington, DC
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DC Audiology
(202) 470-3873
2440 M St NW Ste 606
Washington, DC
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Patient privacy and record confidentiality are high-priorities at DC Audiology. Implementing a digital office required addressing security and privacy issues from the onset. Our equipment and network, including Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, was designed around two requirements--reliability and security. Redundant servers and backup along with constantly updated and monitored security measures have proven successful. We have had no loss or corruption of patient information and no
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Advanced Hearing Health Care, P.L.C.
(703) 539-5036
611 S Carlin Springs Rd Ste 106
Arlington, VA
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Assistive Listening Devices (ALD''s) DemonstrationsAural RehabilitationComprehensive Audiological TestingHearing aid AccessoriesHearing Aid Checks/CleaningsHearing Aid ConsultationsHearing Aid Repairs/RemakesHearing Protection DevicesHigh Frequency AudiometryTo monitor ototoxicityImmittance TestingOtoacoustic
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:30 PM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:30 AM - 05:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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University Of Maryland
(301) 850-1212
Le Frak Hall Room 0100
College Park, MD
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The Department''s Speech and Hearing Clinic provides speech, language, and hearing services for individuals with communication disorders. Individuals can be of any age. The clinic includes a Language-Learning Early-Advantage Program (LEAP), which offers communication enrichment for children between the ages of three and five and especially welcomes children with speech and/or language delays only or children learning English as a second language.
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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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