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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Treatment Worcester MA

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

American Hearing Aids Inc.
(508) 859-4022
475 Pleasant St
Worcester, MA
Services
We provide hearing testing, hearing aid evaluations and fittings, hearing aid repairs, batteries, assistive listening devices, storage and cleaning products for hearing aids, custom-made swim plugs, earmolds and musician''s ear pieces.
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SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday09:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Better Hearing Solutions
(508) 859-4082
24 Park Ave
Worcester, MA
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SundayClosed
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Umass Memorial Rehab. Group
(508) 859-4023
15 Belmont St Ste 3
Worcester, MA
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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 - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Mass Audiology LLC
(508) 436-2116
23 Midstate Dr Rear Entrance , Ste 202
Auburn, MA
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MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayOpen by Appointment ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment
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McCracken
(508) 859-4081
91 McCracken Rd
Millbury, MA
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SundayClosed
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Susan Foley
(888) 577-5501
186 Fairmont Ave
Worcester, MA
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Associates In Otolaryngology
(508) 859-4269
48 Elm St
Worcester, MA
Services
Hearing & AudiologyOur audiology department provides diagnostic hearing evaluations and comprehensive hearing aid services.Pediatric EvaluationsHearing loss may affect a child''s ability to learn as well as speech and language development. Early detection and intervention is important in the successful treatment of hearing loss in children.Testing is available for all age levels and includes evaluation of hearing ability and range.Adult EvaluationsComprehensive evaluations allow us to determine
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New England Hearing Instrument
(508) 439-4487
24 Julio Dr Ste 101
Shrewsbury, MA
Services
We offer The following services:Hearing assessment for all agesHearing aid prescription and fitting of the full range of hearing aids including digital technologyCounseling and rehabilitation for patients and their familiesAssistive listening devices for telephone, television, and public areasSwim molds, ear molds, and noise protectorsEvaluation and treatment for tinnitus
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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 - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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The Hearing Aid Center At
(508) 859-4030
42 Southbridge St Receiving Department
Auburn, MA
Services
1. First we''ll consult with you on your lifestyle to determine your needs and expectations. The rhythms of your life, the environments you live in and your style of interaction will all figure into our recommendations.2. You will experience a free audiometric test*, including speech recognition in noise and loudness discomfort levels. The purpose of these procedures is to measure the degree of any possible impairment3. Once you complete your hearing assessment, you''ll know whether you have any
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Samina Khan DBA
(508) 859-4084
3 Garfield Drive
Westborough, MA
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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 - 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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