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Why do I need clEAR Auditory Brain Training?

 Are hearing and listening the same thing?

Surprisingly, they are not. Hearing allows you to receive acoustic information (speech) while listening requires your brain to attend to and interpret speech. For example, once a speech signal enters your ear, your brain must rapidly process each word and hold that string of words in memory long enough to comprehend and make sense of its meaning. Not only must your brain distinguish each word from all other possible words, but it must invoke mental skills such as auditory memory, auditory attention, and auditory processing speech in order for you to engage successfully in conversation. Read Full Article

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5 MYTHS ABOUT NOISE-INDUCED HEARING LOSS

Have you ever felt hard of hearing after a night at a concert? Do you have hearing loss after years of working in a noisy environment? Did a sudden loud noise make you lose your ability to hear out of one or two ears? If so, you may have Noise-induced hearing loss.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders.  Approximately 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 have hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to noise at work or in leisure activities.

While the root cause of this type of hearing loss may seem simple, there are many misconceptions about Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. It’s time to set the record straight.

MYTH: Noise-induced hearing loss is immediately noticeable – While many people may experience temporary hearing loss after a loud party or concert, a damaged ear may not be immediately noticeable. Often, Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the result of years of exposure to loud noise, and isn’t noticed until a family member points out common signs of hearing loss.

MYTH: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss isn’t permanent – While Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is often  one of few types of hearing loss that CAN go away over time, it is often permanent. Start by resting your ears and giving yourself about 16 hours to recover. If you still experience hearing loss after this time then it is important to see your  Audiologist. 

MYTH: Noise-Induced Hearing Loss only occurs if you are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis – A one single exposure to explosions, gun shots, loud concerts and other sudden loud noises can cause noise-induced hearing loss. It is important to wear hearing protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud noise, even if it is just for a short amount of time.

MYTH: Only loud music can cause hearing loss – Your profession may be just as risky as your hobbies when it comes to causing hearing loss. Industrial noise is a leading cause of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss.  A recent study by the United States Center for Disease Control showed that miners are the most likely people to have this type of hearing loss, due to acoustic trauma from daily noise exposure underground.

MYTH: Noise-induced hearing loss is not preventable – Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is the only type of hearing loss that is somewhat preventable. Make sure to wear proper ear protection if you anticipate being exposed to loud sounds, even if it is for only a short amount of time. Both custom and non-custom ear protection can be purchased.

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SUDDEN HEARING LOSS- DON’T WAIT!

 

Sudden hearing loss can be frightening and damaging if not treated immediately.  Some people suffer from this type of hearing loss and wait a few days or even weeks, hoping that it will recover on its own.  In some cases, this may occur but in many cases this does not happen; therefore, it should be given immediate attention for the best possible outcome. Read Full Article

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clEAR™ Offers a Customized Approach to Aural Rehabilitation

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LIVING WITH MILD HEARING LOSS

When it comes to health concerns, including hearing loss, people often wonder: how bad is too bad. How serious does a condition need to be before it goes from being an annoyance to something that requires medical attention? If you have mild hearing loss, you may think it’s not serious and can be ignored, at least for now. Read Full Article

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ENJOY THESE INTRERESTING FACTS ABOUT YOUR EARS AND HOW YOU HEAR

The human ear is an advanced and very sensitive organ of the human body. The ear’s function is to transmit and transduce sound to the brain through the parts of the ear: the outer ear, the middle ear and the inner ear. Here are some interesting facts about your ears and how we hear. Read Full Article

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JUST WHAT IS AN “AUDIOLOGIST?”…AND WHY SHOULD I MAKE THE TIME TO VISIT ONE?

An Audiologist is a highly-trained and educated health professional who evaluates, diagnoses, treats, and manages hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance disorders in patients seeking help. Through the application of their education and experience, Audiologists are able to help persons who experience these symptoms. Professional audiologists hold a Doctoral or Master’s Degree.

Often the solution to hearing problems involves the selection, fitting, and dispensing of devices, usually hearing aids, that help patients communicate better in a world where sound and speech often go often go hand-in-hand with understanding.

A complete audiological evaluation in a soundproof booth is necessary to assess one’s current ability to hear and process sound. A critical part of the evaluation is an otoscopic exam, where the Audiologist looks into the ears to examine them for the presence of ear wax, fluid, or infection. The next step is the performance of a thorough hearing examination. Not only are we evaluating how the patient’s ability to detect both soft and loud sounds, but we are evaluating just how clearly one may or may not hear, both in quiet and in noisy environments. This helps to assess the true ability to engage in essential communication.

The Audiologist will then take the time to speak with you about the hearing evaluation results and their professional recommendations along with what your expectations and goals may be with respect to the results and benefits that may be obtained with amplification. The decision for selecting the proper system will be based on many variables such as your hearing results, lifestyle and budget. The ultimate goal is to find the solution that will be the most beneficial for you. There is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” hearing aid.  Each patient has their own unique needs and with the support and expertise of an Audiologist, we will identify those needs and get you hearing, and communicating, as best as possible.

Although many of you may have possibly heard of other avenues for obtaining hearing aids—the internet, family member, friend, or drug store—our sense of hearing is very complicated and requires personalized care to end up with a successful hearing health care plan. It is critical to have a professional audiologist perform a thorough audiological evaluation and ensure that the hearing aids you have are appropriate for your hearing loss.

Our professional team of Audiologists and Audiology Assistants will help you to learn how to properly care for your hearing aids and maintain them by seeing you every six months. This ensures that your hearing aids remain in tip-top shape!

At Audiological Consultants of Atlanta, we take a very personalized and comprehensive approach to serving your hearing healthcare needs. We perform detailed examinations, use objective measures to make sure your hearing aids are set appropriately and comfortably, and enjoy working with our patients to ensure each of them is enjoying all the things important in their lives!

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The Top 10 Reasons to Get a Hearing Test

May is Better Speech and Hearing month and we encourage you to be proactive about your hearing health. Read Full Article

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Communication Strategies

Do you know of someone who wears hearing aids and yet you still find that it is difficult to communicate with them? Read Full Article

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Top 10 Myths about Tinnitus by Lisa Packer, staff writer, Healthy Hearing

If you are one of the millions of people in the world that has tinnitus, you know it can impact everything from your work to your family and social life. That constant ringing in the ears can also lead to stress and depression.

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual sound is present. For many, tinnitus is characterized by ringing in the ears, but it can also manifest itself in different sounds such as whistling, buzzing or hissing. 

Knowing tinnitus facts is a great way to get on a path towards relief. 

According to the American Tinnitus Association, tinnitus sufferers in the United States number in the millions, with the CDC estimating that almost 15 percent of people have tinnitus to some degree. And with so many people suffering from tinnitus, it is more important than ever to be able to distinguish fact from fiction. Knowing the truth about tinnitus can give you the best chance to effectively approach the condition and reduce the symptoms in order to improve your quality of life. 

Myth: Tinnitus is an incurable disease 

This is not completely true. Tinnitus is not a disease in itself, but is sometimes the result of any number of underlying medical conditions. Loud noise, neurological damage, vascular disease, or even traumatic brain injury are just some examples of health issues that can contribute to tinnitus. Tinnitus can also develop as a reaction to certain medications. And while it is true that there is no “cure,” there are treatments available that will lessen the symptoms and make tinnitus easier to live with. 

Myth: I can just change my diet and my tinnitus will go away 

While some feel that certain additives and foods such as alcohol, sodium and caffeine can aggravate tinnitus, they are not usually the root cause. It is always important to overall health to eat a balanced diet and maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise, but tinnitus needs to be addressed separately. Tinnitus management strategies can include dietary and lifestyle changes, but these alone won’t “cure” tinnitus. 

Myth: There is nothing I can do about tinnitus 

There is something you can do! Research into tinnitus is ongoing, and treatments are constantly evolving and improving. Whether your tinnitus is mild, moderate or severe, an audiologist can offer solutions and treatments to help lessen the symptoms and make your condition more manageable. In addition, other healthcare professionals may be able to diagnose and address the health issues that might be causing the tinnitus in the first place. 

Myth: Only those with hearing loss get tinnitus 

Yes, those with hearing loss can also get tinnitus, and they are often related. But it is also possible to get tinnitus without having hearing loss. If you are exposed to very loud noise, such as a rock concert or an explosion, you might experience temporary ringing in the ears. And certain other medical conditions or use of medications can cause tinnitus as well. Even if you don’t think you have hearing loss, it is still worth getting checked out by an audiologist. 

Myth: Everyone with tinnitus eventually goes deaf 

Tinnitus and hearing loss can coexist but are separate conditions. Just because you have tinnitus doesn’t mean you have hearing loss, and even if you have hearing loss, it doesn’t mean you are going deaf. Hearing aids are a great solution hearing loss and can often manage tinnitus symptoms at the same time. 

Myth: Tinnitus is always a ringing in the ears 

The truth is that tinnitus sounds are not the same for everyone. Ringing is most common, but so is buzzing, whooshing or humming. Tinnitus sounds can even vary per individual from day to day. 

Myth: Hearing aids won’t help with tinnitus. 

The truth is that is that new developments in hearing aid technology can address both hearing loss and symptoms of tinnitus by increasing the sounds of external noise, thereby masking the internal sounds of tinnitus. 

Myth: There are pills you can take to make tinnitus go away 

Unfortunately there is no “magic pill” that you can take to cure tinnitus. But there are ways to manage tinnitus that can lessen the symptoms and make them manageable. Advances have been made in sound therapy with great success, for example. Other ways to manage the symptoms include hearing aids, meditation, stress management techniques and changes in diet and exercise. 

Myth: Tinnitus is only from listening to loud music or using earbuds 

While listening to dangerously loud music, or any excessive noise for that matter, can result in tinnitus, there can be many different causes. People of different ages, races, health statuses and socioeconomic backgrounds get tinnitus, and quite often there is no obvious reason. In other words, just because you don’t listen to loud music or use earbuds doesn’t mean you are immune. 

Myth: Tinnitus is all in your head 

Just because others can’t “see” your tinnitus, and there are no test results that will show the presence of it, doesn’t mean it isn’t all too real. Millions of people worldwide suffer from tinnitus, and it can vary from mild to debilitating. Don’t suffer in silence. There are experts that can help you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

KATHERINE POLLARD, AU.D., ONE OF OUR AUDIOLOGISTS AND OUR TINNITUS SPECIALISTS IS AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR TINNITUS.

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