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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Woonsocket RI

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

Hear For You
(401) 312-4584
6 Blackstone Valley Pl Suite 307B
Lincoln, RI
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SundayClosed ,Monday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,Friday07:30 AM - 06:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Ent Specialists, Inc
(508) 809-7042
188 Washington St
Plainville, MA
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Tri-County ENT
(508) 966-7066
42 Cape Rd
Milford, MA
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Twin Rivers Hearing Health Inc
(401) 404-5053
151 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI
Services
Our goal is to provide quality, affordable, personal hearing health care and related service to pediatric, adult and geriatric clients with hearing problems. We diagnose the type and severity of your hearing loss, and recommend the best solution for your needs, activities and life style.If your hearing loss cannot be corrected medically, a hearing aid may be required which can be fitted in our office. All service is personal, customized and confidential. Let us show you why we''re the best audio
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 06:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Alliance ENT And Hearing Center
(401) 305-2018
845 N Main St Ste 2
Providence, RI
Services
We provide comprehensive hearing evaluations, auditory processing evaluations, balance testing, and complete hearing aid services. Alliance ENT and Hearing Center provides complete ear, nose and throat care. See our website for more information.Please call us for an appointment. We take pride in the personal attention and helpfulness of our staff.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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RI ENT Physicians, Inc.
(401) 312-4548
2138 Mendon Rd Suite 204
Cumberland, RI
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Diagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic hearing tests for ages 6 months and up including Tympanometric and acoustic reflex testing.Otoacoustic Emission (OAE), which are beneficial in the auditory evaluation of infants and the difficult to test population.Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR): which is a neurological assessment and auditory threshold determination.Videonystagmography (VNG): which is beneficial in diagnosing vestibular
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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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Mass Audiology And Hearing Aid
(508) 809-4771
425 E Washington St
North Attleboro, MA
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http://www.massaudiology.com/systems.html
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Mass Audiology LLC
(508) 244-4022
2 Cape Rd
Milford, MA
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Mass Audiology provides you with complete peace of mind. We begin by selecting hearing instrument consultants who can listen (really listen) to your hearing concerns and who have the integrity, knowledge, experience, and credentials to address and solve them. We are extremely proud of our consultants. You will find them to be absolutely top-notch. We also cover your investment in better hearing with a full range of comprehensive product and performance guarantees. You''ll enjoy the feeling of pe
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Rhode Island Ear Nose & Throat Physicians, Inc.
(401) 305-2237
333 School St Ste 210
Pawtucket, RI
Services
Diagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic and Hearing Aid Services ProvidedDiagnostic hearing tests for ages 6 months and up including Tympanometric and acoustic reflex testing.Otoacoustic Emission (OAE), which are beneficial in the auditory evaluation of infants and the difficult to test population.Auditory Brainstem Response Testing (ABR): which is a neurological assessment and auditory threshold determination.Videonystagmography (VNG): which is beneficial in diagnosing vestibular
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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University Otolaryngology
(401) 623-8060
130 Waterman St
Providence, RI
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•Head and Neck Medicine & Surgery•Neurotology – Otology – Skull Base Surgery •Two Board Certified Pediatric Otolaryngologists•Endoscopic Treatment of Sinus Disease •Head and Neck Tumor & Cancer Surgery•Allergy Testing and Treatment•Physical Therapy (Vestibular Rehabilitation) •Center for Vestibular & Balance Disorders•Evaluation and Treatment of Hearing Loss•Comprehensive Hearing Aid Services •On site CT Scan in our Dudley Street
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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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