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Sudden Hearing Loss Treatment Portland OR

Local resource for sudden hearing loss treatment in Portland. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to hearing aids, hearing loss implants, audiologists, ENT doctors and hearing specialists, as well as advice and content on hearing loss resources and treatments.

Portland Ear Testing Center
(503) 928-5731
921 NW 18th Ave
Portland, OR
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Digital Hearing DevicesEar MoldsCustomized Hearing AidsEar ImplantsCutting-Edge Testing Procedures We Offer Brand Names Such As Widex™Since 1978, clients from all over Portland and beyond have trusted Portland Ear Testing Center to pinpoint their hearing level of difficulty. Our certified and licensed audiologists will answer any question you have. We pride ourselves on offering our clients the comprehensive solutions they need so they can hear clearly again.
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Audiology Center NW LLC
(503) 821-7584
825 NE 20th Ave Ste 230
Portland, OR
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Portland State University
(503) 928-3735
724 SW Harrison St NH85 PO Box 751
Portland, OR
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Located on the Portland State University campus, the Speech, Language and Hearing Clinics provide services to individuals with communication disorders. The clinics are open to the university community as well as the general public, serving all age groups. Individuals with communication difficulties receive comprehensive evaluation and treatment of disorders related to speech, language and/or hearing. Referrals are accepted from various sources including self-referrals, parents, public school spe
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Able Hearing (ablehearing.com)
(503) 928-3748
3443 SE 39th Ave
Portland, OR
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Hearing frustrations relieved. Full service dispensing, fitting, evaluating, counseling. Full service repair. Ear molds. Parts,accessories and repairs. Otoscopy and tympanometry.
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Wesley Lewis MD LLC
(503) 928-3921
2222 NW Lovejoy St Ste 607
Portland, OR
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* What is Tinnitus? * Your Hearing System * Selectivity and Attention * Habituation * Anxiety, Tension, and Learning How to Relax * Relaxation Exercises * Sound Therapy * Recreation and Health * Hyperacusis * Earplugs * Temporary Deafness and Temporary Tinnitus * Further Information and Help
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Pacific Audiology Clinic
(888) 660-4148
5331 SW Macadam Ave Ste 395
Portland, OR
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We provide services such as hearing screenings, cleanings, minor repairs, otoscopic examinations and cerumen removal. This service allows the residents to receive this free service in the comfort of their own homes.
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SundayClosed ,MondayOpen by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,WednesdayOpen by Appointment ,ThursdayOpen by Appointment ,FridayOpen by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Audiology Associates
(503) 928-8255
1849 NW Kearney St Ste 200
Portland, OR
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Audiology Associates has been providing hearing healthcare services to the Portland area for over 40 years. We offer comprehensive hearing tests for adults and children. We dispense the latest technology in hearing aids and also provide custom hearing protection devices.
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R Sterling Hodgson MD
(503) 928-3778
1849 NW Kearney St Suite 200
Portland, OR
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Hearing Services from Audiology AssociatesAudiology Associates offers a variety of services related to your complete hearing healthcare. We provide you with state of the art hearing aid services including custom hearing aid programming and repairs, and complete diagnostic hearing tests. Visit our Products section for information on a variety of hearing aids, custom noise and swim plugs, and accessories and assistive listening devices for the hearing impaired person. Audiology Associates Services
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Pacific Audiology Clinic
(503) 928-3413
5010 NE 33rd Ave Ste A
Portland, OR
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Pacific Audiology Clinic is a women-owned and operated clinic. We are dedicated to your success in achieving better hearing. We pride ourselves in offering you high quality assessments and various treatment options for all of your hearing needs. We offer such services as, audiologic assessments, hearing aid evaluations, hearing aid fittings, hearing aid repairs and cleanings, and cerumen removal just to name a few. We are able to schedule visits for residents at Assisted Living Facilities, by ap
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SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,TuesdayClosed ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 12:00 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Center at MT Hood ENT
(503) 928-5763
10101 SE Main St Ste 2004
Portland, OR
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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 ,Friday09:30 AM - 11:30 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Sudden Hearing Loss

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

A man explained:

I am a 37 year old male who has experienced sudden hearing loss in my right ear. Unfortunately, the problem was not treated right away. Prednisone therapy, which didn’t help, was initiated 13 days after the loss. In hearing tests I could not understand any speech, though I hear tones and some low register sounds. I’m curious to know the possibility, if any, of the hearing returning. My MRI came out negative and I experienced very little, if any, vertigo. It has now been four weeks since the loss. If my hearing does not recover, does the ringing, at least, eventually die down? Do hearing aids assist in reducing the ringing?

Sudden hearing loss typically strikes without warning. The standard treatment is Prednisone. Beginning it as soon as possible after the sudden hearing loss gives the best chances of recovery. Just remember that sometimes Prednisone works and sometimes it doesn’t. Also, sometimes hearing comes back on its own without, or in spite of, any treatment.

In your case, it seems the Prednisone didn’t work. Even though you began it after 13 days, that is not necessarily too late—but the sooner you begin, typically the better results you have.

Unfortunately, it seems that neither the Prednisone, nor time, has restored your hearing. Typically, the worse the sudden loss, the less chance there is of full, or even any, recovery.

The way it usually works is that the hearing you have at the end of 30 days or so is what you will be left with—unless your hearing has been returning a bit at a time all along, in which case it could continue to improve after the 30 days. Since you haven’t had any significant hearing returning during this time, I think the chances that more will return are slim.

You ask, “If my hearing does not recover, does the ringing, at least, eventually die down?”

It may, or may not. In any case, you can learn to habituate to your tinnitus so it no longer bothers you—no matter how loud or soft it is. The thing to do is not dwell on, or focus on, your tinnitus. Totally ignore it, and act like it isn’t there. When you do this, you will notice that your tinnitus tends to fade into the background and not be so intrusive. Not easy to do, I know, but it does work for many people. I’ve had tinnitus for 40 plus years now, and although my ears are ringing away as I write this, I do not let my tinnitus bother me. It is just “there”. (Of course, if I had by “druthers”, I’d rather it wasn’t there at all!)

Conversely, if you dwell on your tinnitus, it will get even worse. That is w...

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Sudden Hearing Loss (SHL, SSHL)

Question: My mother suddenly lost her hearing. She never had any known ear illnesses before. What could cause this?—S. M.

Answer: Good question! Few things are so baffling (and scary) as waking up one day and finding your hearing is gone. Immediately you want to know what caused it, and more to the point, can anything be done to bring your hearing back.

Ear specialists tell us that sudden sensorineural (inner ear) hearing loss is one of the most perplexing and controversial unsolved mysteries about our ears. Since even they can't agree among themselves what causes it, nor how to treat it, no wonder you are baffled. Here's the latest on this subject.

There are two basic kinds of hearing loss. If the hearing loss occurs in the middle ear, we call it a conductive loss. If it occurs in the inner ear, auditory nerve or brain, we call it a sensorineural hearing loss. (The old term was "nerve deafness.")

Sudden Conductive Hearing Losses

Sudden conductive hearing losses are relatively easy to diagnose and fix. The most common example would be the ubiquitous head cold. It may result in fluid build up/infection in your middle ears. Because the little bones in your middle ears can't move freely in the fluid like they do in air, you don't hear as well. You likely also feel pressure in your ears or your ears feel "plugged up." This condition normally affects both ears at the same time. Fortunately, when this fluid drains out your Eustachian tubes (which may take up to several weeks), your hearing returns to normal. This kind of hearing loss is quite common, especially in younger children, but is not normally a serious problem and is certainly not a medical emergency.

More serious could be a blow to your head, or a sudden loud sound like an explosion that could dislocate/break the tiny bones in your middle ear. You need to go to your ear specialist at once. Your ear specialist can often repair this damage through surgery and your hearing returns to normal or near normal again.

Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SSHL).

Sudden sensorineural hearing losses (SSHL) are medical emergencies. You need to see your ear specialist (preferably an otologist or neurotologist) immediately (not your family doctor—he is not qualified and it wastes precious time you don't have).

By definition, you have SSHL if you have a hearing loss that occurs within three days (often within minutes or an hour or two) and your hearing loss is greater than 30 dB over three adjacent octaves (test frequencies) as shown on your audiogram.

About one-third of the people with SSHL discover their hearing loss when they wake up in the morning. They go to bed with normal hearing, and in the morning they realize they are deaf in one or both ears! Fortunately, SSHL only affects both ears about 2-4% of the time. Other people discover the...

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Sudden Hearing Loss And Strokes

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

The Washington Post (June 26, 2008) ran a piece entitled “Sudden Hearing Loss May Portend Stroke” The first three paragraphs read:

Sudden hearing loss may foreshadow a stroke by as much as two years,” say Taiwanese researchers.

The researchers analyzed five years of follow-up data on 1,423 patients hospitalized for an acute episode of sudden hearing loss and found they were more than 1.5 times more likely to suffer a stroke than a control group of 5,692 patients hospitalized for an appendectomy.

The findings, published in the current issue of Stroke, haven’t been duplicated in other research and should be interpreted with caution.

The article then goes on to muddy the waters and reaches no clear conclusions.

What the researchers don’t seem to realize is that this can make sense. if a person has a build-up of “gunk” in their arteries (to use a fancy medical term), and if that gunk should travel to one of the arteries in (or leading to) the inner ear and block blood flow there, the result is sudden and drastic hearing loss.

If the same gunk had traveled to the brain and blocked an artery there, the result would have been a stroke. Same condition—just a different location.

Now, since the arteries in the inner ear are among the smallest in the body, it doesn’t take much to block them. Thus such episodes of sudden hearing loss truly may indicate an underlying problem that, if not fixed, may lead to strokes and heart attacks if bigger pieces of gunk lodge in the brain or heart respectively. Thus it behooves us to heed warnings such as sudden hearing loss of vascular origin.

Having said that, there are lots of causes of sudden hearing loss that have nothing at all to do with vascular issue..

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Sudden Hearing Loss–Medical Emergency or Just a Cold?

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

You have a cold and now you notice you can’t hear well out of one or both ears. It/they feel plugged up and you can’t hear well. Now comes the million dollar question. Is this hearing loss just because you have a cold (resulting in fluid in your middle ear) and will resolve itself in a week or two as your cold goes away? Or is this sudden hearing loss caused by a virus attacking your inner ear–in which case this is a medical emergency and needs to be treated now?

For years, most primary care physicians have assumed that it was the former case and told their patients to come back in a couple of weeks if their hearing had not returned. As a result, those people that actually had a viral attack wasted their precious golden hours when treatment could be successful and now are tragically left with a permanent hearing loss.

Fortunately for us, Dr. Jeffery Harris, chief of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center has recently come up with a quick test to separate the two conditions.

Here is all you need to do, assuming that only one ear is “blocked.” Hum out loud. If you hear your voice louder in the blocked ear, the problem is congestion (fluid in the middle ear) and is probably temporary until your cold goes away and your ear clears.

However, if you hear your voice louder in your good ear, this probably indicates a viral attack causing permanent hearing loss if left untreated. If this is your case, seek treatment immediately. This is a true medical emergency and needs to be treated now if you want a chance of getting your hearing back. According to Dr. Harris, your chances of getting your hearing back with immediate treatment are greater than 50%.

If both ears are blocked equally, this little test isn’t going to work (unless you can remember how loud humming sounded before you got the cold–and then apply the above rules). Thus, it is better to err on the side of caution if you have reduced hearing in both ears and seek competent medical help now.

Read my articles “ Sudden Hearing Loss Is a Medical Emergency ” and “ Finding the Right Doctor for Sudden Hearing Loss and Other Ear Problems .” These articles will help you make informed decisions on what you should do next...

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