Author Archives: Audiological Consultants of Atlanta
George can’t hear worth a flying fig, so I embarked upon a program to interest him in audio enhancement.
The first step: ask him to get an audiologist referral from his doctor. Worked beautifully. He brought the page back to me.
Step two was a YouTube audiologist. I don’t remember how he happened into our recommended list, but the first video was short and informative. The second was friendly and informative. The third was interesting and informative. We were learning about hearing support together. Of course. . . I was doing this for George. Read Full Article
We are happy to announce that our Elsie Matthews and her husband Paul are the proud new parents of John Mason Matthews, born May 4, 2019!
It’s Saturday night. We’re at a restaurant on Tybee Island. A party of nine is at the next table. Five children on one side, four adults on the other.
Three adults sitting in a row can have a conversation. Four not so much. Before long the guy on one end is looking at his phone.
Same with the kids. The boys bookending the kids’ side are on their phones. They’re about the same age, could be joking with each other, but since they aren’t sitting together they can’t interact. The three kids in the middle are having a good time. Nine people: one-third on their screens. Read Full Article
Here at ACA, we know that what you, the patient, thinks and experiences is an important part of your hearing healthcare. For that reason, we are collecting stories from patients – like you! If you’d like to share your hearing journey with our readers, please click here to send us an email. Meanwhile, please enjoy this perspective from a long-time hearing aid user.
I’ve been wearing hearing aids for more years than I can remember. This move was prompted by family and friends getting on my case, since I was always asking them to repeat themselves or saying, “Huh?” a lot! Although the technology was nowhere near as advanced as it is today, and my first aids were bulky and noticeable, I was immediately thankful that I’d gotten over my reluctance (vanity). Read Full Article
We are thrilled to share that Audiological Consultants of Atlanta is the winner of the 2018 Consumers’ Choice Award! We could not have accomplished this great achievement without the support of our wonderful and loyal patients.
Thank you for voting for Audiological Consultants!
What happens when you try to stand on one foot for 5 seconds? Well, most of us would be able to easily balance for 5 seconds without a wobble. But, what if you tried again with your eyes closed? Most of us will feel a bit less steady.
We all have heard that we eat with our eyes. But, do we balance with our eyes, too? And what about our ears? Can our hearing help prevent us from falling?
Over the past 10 years, hearing loss has been connected to numerous other health conditions, including the increased risk of falls. Research has shown that falls are the leading cause of accidental death in adults over 65.* Furthermore, when hearing loss is a factor, it has been demonstrated that even mild hearing loss is associated with a 3x greater risk of falling. **
It is estimated that half of children born with hearing loss have a genetic cause.1 Genes make up DNA -units of heredity that are passed from parents to children. If a gene does not form normally, it is called a mutation. Some of these mutations cause hearing loss.
What is Listening Fatigue?
Hearing loss leads to communication difficulties. To maintain optimal understanding, listeners with hearing loss must allocate more cognitive resources, or brain power, to listening than do listeners without hearing loss. This increase in cognitive resources required to listen to speech has been referred to as an increase in listening effort. Cognitive resources are not unlimited; using additional cognitive resources to listen leaves fewer resources available for other tasks. For example, to maintain optimal understanding in a challenging situation, persons with hearing loss may need to shift more resources from other ongoing cognitive tasks (e.g., visual processing or memory rehearsal) than individuals without hearing loss, potentially impacting ease of communication (Hornsby, 2013).
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.
According to the American Hearing Research Foundation, sudden hearing loss (SHL) is defined as greater than 30 dB hearing reduction, over at least three contiguous frequencies, occurring over a period of 72 hours or less. Most patients report the hearing loss in the morning or as a rapid decline over a period of hours or days. It can occur in one or both ears and may also be associated with symptoms of tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vertigo (dizziness).
Evaluation consists of a thorough case history and physical examination to rule out infectious causes such as otitis media, systemic diseases and exposure to known ototoxic medications. An audiogram (hearing test) is required to document the decline in hearing and blood tests may be performed by your physician to determine any causes like Lyme disease, metabolic, autoimmune, and circulatory disorders. An MRI may be recommended to rule out an acoustic neuroma. As you can see, there are many potential causes of SHL; however, it can remain unknown for many patients.
Due to the various causes of SHL, there are different treatments available. Some of these treatments used by physicians may include systemic steroids, antiviral medications, vasodilators, carbogen therapy either (alone or in combination) or no treatment at all. Whichever treatment is chosen, the crucial step is getting to the physician and audiologist as soon as possible to figure out the proper course of action. The earlier the treatment is started, the better the prognosis.
Finally, if a SHL remains permanent, amplification is usually the best solution. If this is the outcome, it is best to seek treatment from your audiologist.