May Is Better Hearing Month!

May Is Better Hearing Month: Spring Into It With Less Noise, More Joy

Ahhh, spring! As power tools whir, ball games bloom, and concerts sprout, are your ears protected from the louder sounds of the season?

Some noises pack a bigger punch than your ears should take, so for Better Hearing Month this May, we’re sharing three quick tips to keep harmful volumes at bay.

TURN DOWN THE SOUND

Planning a hearty run in the fresh air with favorite tunes in your ears? It’s tempting to crank up the beats, but MP3 players can reach an ear-splitting 105 decibels. Better bet: Enjoy the sounds but turn them down to 50 percent maximum volume or lower.

GUARD YOUR EARS

Cutting that spring grass can feel so satisfying, but the noise of a gas mower can blow past the danger threshold of 85 decibels. Hearing protection such as earplugs or earmuffs help soften loud sounds and can be customized to your ears, …

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Hearing Technology Summit

Technology in the world is changing so fast. Telephones went from party lines and rotary dial to small, portable, handheld cell phones/minicomputers within 35 years. Hearing aids are no exception.

I have been around hearing aids my entire life. When my father first received his hearing aids, they truly changed his life. However, his hearing aids were also very large and they squealed A LOT. I am happy to say that hearing aids have improved significantly. Hearing technology has gotten smaller, has better sound quality, directional microphones, and can now communicate with other devices. Imagine effortlessly hearing others at Sunday dinner! I personally invite you to experience better hearing at our annual TECH SUMMIT on May 3 at CASI. There will be food, prizes, and it is free to the public.

Here are a few cool features this year:

Connectivity: No more neck-worn devices. Many folks are saddled with …

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10 Telltale Signs of Hearing Loss

10 Telltale Signs of Hearing Loss

These signs and symptoms of hearing loss may surprise you. A hearing impairment can lead to more than just having to turn up the volume. From depression and anxiety to cognitive decline, a hearing loss can cause psychological, emotional, physical, and social side effects that can permanently impact your overall quality of life.

Prevention and protection are key in helping to preserve your or your loved ones’ quality of life. Here are our helpful tips to see if someone you love is suffering from hearing loss:

1. Watch to see if their balance is off.

Responsible for our body’s balance, the vestibular system in the inner ear could be causing hearing problems as well as stability issues.

2. Does the person switch which direction they lean in during conversation?

One ear could be affected over the other, causing them to attempt to …

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10 Celebrities With Hearing Loss

10 Celebrities With Hearing Loss

What You and Rob Lowe Might Have in Common

Hearing loss affects everyone — even the rich and famous. The hearing loss issues of these celebrities shine a light on the different ways you can lose your hearing and how to overcome it.

Rob Lowe

Lowe lost his hearing to undiagnosed mumps when he was a baby. Mumps is a viral infection that frequently causes hearing loss by inflicting damage to the cochlea (inner-ear organ of hearing). “Really loud restaurants drive me ballistic,” Lowe told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I live in a mono world. I wish I could [hear in] stereo.’’

Some hearing aid styles offer directional sound for 360° hearing, feedback cancellation, and enhanced noise reduction for noisy or windy environments to help you enjoy your restaurant experience.

Stephen Colbert

Though there’s nothing funny about hearing loss, Colbert is able to accept and even make …

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Occupational Hearing Loss

10 Jobs That Can Cause Hearing Loss | Davenport, IA

10 Jobs That Can Cause Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss does work on your hearing — this is your guide to America’s loudest jobs.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses in the United States. Twenty-two million workers are exposed to potentially damaging noise each year. Many people don’t realize they have a hearing loss until it’s too late. Even then, you might not realize that your hearing has gotten markedly worse because you no longer have a reference point to understand what healthy hearing is — and you don’t know what you’re not hearing.

The jobs that can put you at risk for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) aren’t always obvious. Does your job put you at risk (normal conversation = 60 decibels)?

1. Flight crew

Members of flight crews experience up to …

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Tinnitu: Common, Constant, Treatable, and Manageable

4 Types of Tinnitus | Parker Audiology, PC

The 4 Different Types of Tinnitus

Tinnitus: Common, Constant, Treatable, and Manageable

Tinnitus sounds different to everyone, so it makes sense that there are four different types: subjective, objective, neurological, and somatic. Tinnitus is a fairly common medical malady that presents in a variety of ways. Simply defined, it is a phantom ringing, whooshing, or buzzing noise in your ear that only you can hear.

Hearing Things? No, You’re Not Crazy. People experience tinnitus in a variety of ways: in some, a simple head shake will make the annoyance vanish; others, however, describe the condition as debilitating. Though research is ongoing, currently there is no cure. But relief can comes from a variety of treatments.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Typically the cause of tinnitus is uncertain. If there is no damage to the auditory system, your provider will look into these possible causes:

Jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ) Chronic neck muscle …

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Hearing Aids: Cost Factors vs. Value (Is it worth it?)

Yikes! The cost of hearing aids continues to go up! The current cost for each hearing aid is $1000-$4000 in the Quad Cities. How could this be? Especially when I can get something from a magazine for $400!! Dr. Parker, “What Gives?!”

I frequently get asked why someone should choose seeing an Audiologist instead of just getting mail-order hearing aids. Many people look at the bottom line ($$) and make decisions from there. More sophisticated shoppers realize the difference between the value and the investment. This holiday season, take notice of what you are missing out and observe how much better you could be doing if you had exceptional care and professional judgement. Did you get your value from your current devices? Would it make sense to get a second opinion?

Cheap hearing devices are…. cheap!

The look and feel of the casing, the battery door, the …

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Sensory-Integration-Disorder

Sensory Integration Disorder | Davenport, IA | Parker Audiology

The Hidden Disorder: Sensory Integration Disorder

Making Sense of Sensory Processing Disorders in Children

Every time you touch, smell, hear, taste, or see something, that’s your sensory-processing system in action. Sensory processing is a term that refers to the way your nervous system collects messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate physical and behavioral responses. When a child has a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or a sensory integration disorder, their system is unable to properly process the sensations they experience, which can lead to daily challenges that will affect them for the rest of their life.

Children with SPD often have problems with motor skills and other abilities needed for success in school and childhood accomplishments. This often leads to social isolation, low self-esteem, and other social/emotional issues. Knowing the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for sensory integration disorders is essential in helping ensure your child has …

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Shoot! Bang!……Ouch! My Ears are Ringing!!!

Noise exposure is well documented to cause hearing loss. Guns, power tools, motorcycles and football crowds are uncomfortable and they often fall in the 90-140 dB range. What is available to help you hear and yet, still protect your hearing?

There are many products to protect against noise exposure. These products can range from foam plugs, custom noise plugs, to high tech electronic custom molded devices for the serious shooter. The investment to protecting hearing can range from a few dollars up to $1000+. While there are many products on the market, it is the professional component that is often most important: monitoring hearing, exactly which type of device to use, and how to use and care for your system. Audiologists can help!

Pro Defend. ($500-$1200/Pair). These are a true investment for the frequent shooter and dedicated wood worker. Reports are extremely positive, because they allow you to hear and …

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Untreated hearing loss, Lost Opportunities and Depression

Depression is serious and increasingly, is found to be linked to hearing loss. Shared symptoms between hearing loss and depression can include irritability, frustration, trouble sleeping, restlessness and loss in interest or pleasure in personal activities. If you notice depression and/or hearing loss, these symptoms should be discussed with your physician. If warranted, your physician can refer you to a local audiologist for an evaluation of your hearing loss.

The effects of hearing loss is often noticed by family members. The outcomes of untreated hearing loss range from “faking it” to complete isolation from all activities and people. Hearing technology is so small and easy; it is not the big to-do it was even 5-10 years ago. Invisible technology, open technology, remotes, rechargeable batteries, etc. is all available to make your life easy and connected.

Obviously there are practical considerations for hearing loss, such as not hearing the doorbell. But …

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