Limit Exposure To Loud Noises

Limit Exposure To Loud Noises

We are born with around 16,000 hair cells in the ear.  These hair cells are what the brain uses to detect sound.  Hair cells do not regenerate, and by the time someone notices hearing loss, many hair cells have already vanished.

After attending loud events, one may temporarily lose the ability to hear things like whispers or leaves rustling in the wind.  Everything may sound muffled, and may be accompanied with a constant ringing of the ears.  It may take a few days for normal hearing capabilities to return.  Similar to a grassy field on a windy day, hair cells will bend on a noisy day.  Hair cells that have not been damaged will straighten again, if given time to recover.

If a vast amount of hair cells were damaged from loud noise, some of them will not recover, and die off.  Special consideration should be given to loud noise exposure, as repetitive occurrences are bound to destroy swaths of hair cells.  This results in a gradual reduction of our ability to understand speech in loud environments.  If changes are not made and overexposure continues, it will become hard to understand speech in any setting.  Our auditory capabilities greatly depend on the cumulative level of noise we have encountered throughout life.

Please schedule your hearing assessment / checkup today!  Learn more about the advancements in modern hearing aids.

Phone: 702.990.1568 • www.snaudiology.com

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Traveling This Holiday Season?

Traveling This Holiday Season?

Many airports, train stations, places of worship, theaters, auditoriums and more now feature hearing aid accessibility enhancements. Known as an induction loop system, a signal emits directly to hearing aids and cochlear implants. Even amidst heavy background noise, you will be able to hear with greater ease.

Anyone with hearing aids can connect to this service by switching them to the “T” or “telecoil” setting. Just look for the hearing loop sign, it is a blue symbol with an ear and a “T” to let you know if that establishment has it available.  If you are traveling outside the U.S. the sign may be a different color. 

If you are unsure of whether your hearing aids have telecoils schedule an appointment with Southern Nevada Audiology!

Learn more about the advancements in modern hearing aids.

Phone: 702.990.1568 • www.snaudiology.com

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Tips For Enjoying The Precious Moments

Tips For Enjoying The Precious Moments

With the holidays fast approaching you may engage in more frequent social gatherings.  Whether you suffer from hearing loss or have a family member who does, here are some tips for improving your precious time together.

Get their attention first

Say their name or gently touch them first before you start speaking – this gives them a chance to give you their full and complete attention.

Get closer and face them

In crowded situations, getting closer will help communication and overcome background noise.  Also, facing the person will help add non-verbal ques to reinforce your talking points.

Do not use one-word answers

One word responses are more difficult to hear.  Words such as “yes” and “no” can sound similar to someone with hearing issues.   This happens more often with background noises and if the listener cannot see the person’s face. 

Speak clearly not loudly

To help the person with hearing issues it would be more effective to speak clearer and enunciate each syllable versus just speaking louder.

Avoid repeating, rephrase instead

If someone with a hearing issue, ask you to repeat your conversation then you should rephrase your sentence instead of saying the exact same thing.

This Holiday enjoy each precious moment!  Hear well.  Stay social.  Enjoy life.

Please schedule your hearing assessment / checkup today!  Learn more about the advancements in modern hearing aids.

Phone: 702.990.1568 

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