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Don’t Cut Your Hearing Short

Summer is now in full swing which often means more time outside, maybe even spending your Saturday doing yard work. While a chore like mowing the lawn may seem common and harmless, the loud sounds produced by a lawn mower can be dangerous to your ears and should not be taken lightly.

Sound is measured in decibels. Anything over 85 dB (like heavy traffic) can cause damage after eight hours. Sounds over 100 dB (like a motorcycle or loud speakers) can cause damage after 15 minutes. And sounds over 120 dB (a jackhammer) can cause immediate damage.

A gas-powered lawn mower clocks in around 100 dB. If you use this tool for longer than 15 minutes without any hearing protection, you could permanently damage your hearing. While it would be easy to let your grass grow out of control, or pay for a lawn mowing service, there is a very simple solution. Earplugs.

Disposable earplugs made of foam or silicone are readily available and can help you block the potentially damaging loud sounds. Custom ear protection crafted from ear-molds will perfectly fit the unique contours of your ears, guaranteeing a snug, proper fit and dependable protection. If you plan to keep up your curb appeal and mow your lawn regularly, be sure to protect your ears to ensure you hear every compliment your lawn attracts.

For more information on how to protect yourself from potentially harmful sound this summer, visit HearMDllc.com or call us at 856-602-4200.

Head Phone Misuse: Protecting Your Children’s Hearing This Summer

School is out for the summer. That means kids have three months with lots of spare time.  With an increase in downtime comes binge watching and music listening, often times with the use of headphones.

While headphones can keep your kids quiet and spare you from getting the latest Taylor Swift song stuck in your head, there are risks to you children’s hearing health that come with the misuse of headphones.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Personal music players are often linked with noise-induced hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is caused by exposure to loud noises and is unfortunately permanent.

In order to prevent this type of hearing loss, it is important to understand when a sound is too loud. Sound is measured in decibels. Anything over 85 dB (heavy New jersey traffic) can cause damage after eight hours. Sounds over 100 dB (motorcycle) can cause damage after 15 minutes. And finally, sounds over 120 dB (jackhammer) can cause immediate damage.

Researchers have been studying how personal music players relate to hearing loss. A 2010 study found that a pair of standard earbuds paired with an iPod set to its maximum volume produces an average sound level of 96 dB. This is higher than what is legally allowed in a workplace.

One study found that 25 percent of those who use personal music players are exposed to daily noise that is loud enough to cause damage. Another study found that 90 percent of all adolescents listen to music using earbuds; almost half listen at a high-volume setting.

How to Protect Yourself

The best way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss is to simply turn the volume down.

Experts suggest implementing the 60/60 rule. This rule states that you should listen to music at 60 percent of the volume for 60 minutes a day. Researchers have concluded that this volume for this length of time will not cause any harm to your hearing.

Below is a list of suggestions to help you protect your children from noise-induced hearing loss:

  • Replace in-ear, bud-style headphones with over-the-ear models.
  • Set a sound limit. Many new music players allow parents to set a listening limit which is password protected.
  • Purchase kid-safe headphones. These headphones are designed especially for children and have a lower-than-normal maximum volume level.

For more about protecting you children’s ears this summer or other related information, visit HearMD.com or call (856) 602-400 to schedule an appointment.

Protect Your Hearing for a Lifetime

May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month

HearMD Offers Simple Steps To Protect Your

Hearing for a Lifetime

With more than half of Americans who experience noise-induced hearing loss not working in noisy jobs, the spotlight turns to what Americans are doing in their leisure time. May 1st marks the beginning of Better Hearing & Speech Month—a time to assess lifestyle habits that may be contributing to hearing loss as well as schedule a hearing evaluation for anyone with concerns about their hearing.

About 40 million U.S. adults aged 20–69 years have noise-induced hearing loss, a form of hearing damage that results from exposure to loud noise. This could be cumulative harm that developed from exposure over time, or it could occur from one severe episode. Although completely preventable, once it occurs, it is irreversible. Far from simply being an annoyance, hearing loss can affect almost all aspects of life, including physical health, mental health, employment status and success, social functioning and satisfaction, and much more. Hearing loss can be treated through various technologies and techniques under the care of a certified audiologist, but hearing is never fully restored.

In addition to the dangers posed by listening to ear buds or headphones at too-loud volumes and for too long, noisy settings are commonplace in today’s society.  Many restaurants are specifically designed to elevate noise levels to make establishments feel more energetic. Similarly, some sports stadiums have been built with sound elevation in mind, thought to improve the fan experience and serve as a home-team advantage. Coffee shops, fitness classes, and more all make modern society a collectively loud place.

Although many people report concern about noisy environments, not nearly enough take protective steps.  Here are some simple ways that everyone can take charge of their hearing health—this month and always:

  • Wear hearing protection. Earplugs and earmuffs are cheap, portable, and (with a good fit) offer excellent hearing protection. Bring them along when you know you’ll be in a noisy setting. Better yet, keep them on you at all times!
  • Reduce exposure. Take steps to reduce your exposure to noisy settings. Visit noisy establishments during off times, consider quieter settings, and talk to managers if you find the noise level uncomfortable.
  • See a certified audiologist for a hearing evaluation. A recent government report stated that 1 in 4 U.S. adults who report excellent to good hearing already have hearing damage. Many adults don’t routinely get their hearing checked, and even those who are concerned often delay treatment for years. Postponing treatment can have serious medical and mental health repercussions in addition to reducing a person’s quality of life, so visit one of the hearing health professionals at HearMD if you have any concerns.

This advice about hearing protection goes for just about everyone, from the youngest of children to older adults, from those with excellent hearing who want to maintain it, to those who already have some hearing loss and don’t want to make it worse.  As a society, everyone needs to prioritize hearing protection.

If you would like to schedule a hearing evaluation or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HearMD at 856-602-4200 to make an appointment at one of our 8 area locations or visit www.hearmdllc.com for more information.  Remember – better hearing for better living.

 

*Source of above Article – ASHA, Press Release: Leisure Activities Rife with Noise.  Retrieved May 3, 2017 from http://www.asha.org/bhsm/

May Is Better Hearing & Speech Month

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

With more than half of Americans who experience noise-induced hearing loss not working in noisy jobs, the spotlight turns to what Americans are doing in their leisure time. May 1st marks the beginning of Better Hearing & Speech Month—a time to assess lifestyle habits that may be contributing to hearing loss as well as schedule a hearing evaluation for anyone with concerns about their hearing.

To help build awareness and celebrate Better Hearing & Speech Month, Advanced ENT & HearMD have other special #BHSM offerings throughout the month of May:

  • Extended Warranties (1 additional year to current warranty) on all hearing devices purchased during Better Hearing & Speech Month.
  • FREE Hearing Screenings will be held at select offices from 10:00am to 12:00pm on May 5, May 12 and May 19. NO APPOINTMENT necessary (must be at least 6 years old). Everyone who comes in for a free screening during these times will receive an Advanced ENT/HearMD gift bag.

Social Media Contest

For 2017, the theme is “Communication: The Key to Connection.” In order to help spread the word, we will be holding a #BHSM Social Media Contest with a $100 gift card prize.

  • Here are the rules:
    • MUST Follow Advanced ENT & HearMD on Facebook and Twitter.
    • In a post, explain how Communication is a Key part of some activity or hobby you participate in (Example: As a physician, COMMUNICATING health issues & treatment options to patients is a KEY to ensure the patient can take the right steps to recover or improve their health.)
    • Use the hashtag #BHSM
    • You MUST Tag or mention Advanced ENT & HearMD in your post to be eligible to win.
    • At the end of May, we will select a winner. The more posts, the better your chances.

If you would like to schedule a hearing evaluation, contact Advanced ENT or HearMD by calling (856) 602-40

How Hearing Loss Affects Your Physical and Social Well Being

Join Advanced ENT and HearMD for a complimentary informational event about how hearing loss affects your physical and social well being.

Linda Goldstein, Au.D and an Advanced ENT physician will speak about the importance of hearing health and the impact it has on your quality of life.

RSVP by calling (856) 602-4200 or completing the form below.

April 6, 2017
10:00am – Noon

Cherry Hill Library
1100 Kings Hwy N
Cherry Hill, NJ
08034

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Hosted by Hear MD and Advanced ENT.

This event is completely complimentary. It is an informational event. There is no requirement to make an in-office appointment or a purchase.


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Diabetes Increases Risk For Hearing Loss

Did you know that there are approximately 30 million people in the United States that are living with diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that is characterized by high-blood sugar levels. Most diabetics (about 95%) have Type 2 diabetes and when their blood sugar levels are not well controlled, the risk of developing hearing loss increases.  Studies show that diabetics are twice as likely to develop hearing loss as people who do not have the disease.  Diabetes is becoming more common and though the global prevalence of diabetes is presently around 9 percent among adults, the incidence is rising. It is becoming an extremely common disease, making it a large contributor to hearing loss.

So how does diabetes relate to a higher risk of hearing loss? There is no definitive answer but research has suggested that hearing loss in diabetics might be due to poor circulation. When glucose levels are not managed, it may cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear which doesn’t have a “backup” blood supply. Hearing loss may then occur because of permanent damage done to the blood vessels of the inner ear.  Also, according to a theory by the American Diabetes Association, a person with a higher A1c (percentage of glycated hemoglobin in the blood) possesses a greater risk of developing future hearing loss. That is one of the many reasons why it so very important to manage your blood sugar if you have diabetes. In addition, because you are at increased risk of hearing loss, it is important to get your hearing tested annually, especially if you are not hearing as well as you used to. Some common signs of hearing loss include frequently asking people to repeat themselves, thinking that others are “mumbling” when you cannot hear them clearly, trouble following conversations (especially in groups/background noise) and turning up the TV or radio louder.

If a hearing loss is noticed, please do not hesitate to get a complete hearing evaluation. Hearing loss that is not treated can lead to an entire host of other problems including increased risk for dementia, depression, social isolation and decreased quality of life. Please call us at (856) 602-4200 if you have questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our hearing healthcare professionals or physicians.

*Information obtained from American Diabetes Association Website

Community Hearing Event – March 22

Join Advanced ENT and HearMD for a complimentary informational event! Linda Goldstein, Au.D and an Advanced ENT physician will speak about the importance of hearing health and the impact it has on your quality of life.

RSVP by calling (856) 602-4200 or completing the form below.

March 22, 2017
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Camden County Library
203 Laurel Rd
Voorhees Township, NJ
08043

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Hosted by Hear MD and Advanced ENT.

This event is completely complimentary. It is an informational event. There is no requirement to make an in-office appointment or a purchase.


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Real Cost of Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is the 3rd most prevalent health issue in older adults, after arthritis and heart disease. Please join with us in celebrating World Hearing Day on March 3rd and spread awareness of hearing loss and it’s affects. Don’t delay- improve your quality of life through better hearing by calling us for an appointment.

Hearing and Heart Health

Did you know that decades of research suggest a link between hearing and heart health? The auditory system needs an oxygen-rich blood supply to function properly and if cardiovascular health is decreased, this may negatively affect the way you hear sounds and understand speech.  Some research also suggests that hearing loss may even be a sign of early cardiovascular disease (Raymond H. Hull and Stacy R. Kerschen, “The Influence of Cardiovascular Health on Peripheral and Central Auditory Function in Adults: A Research Review”, American Journal of Audiology, June 2010, Vol. 19, 9-16).

Here’s a list taken directly from www.betterhearing.org “Your Heart and Ears Have a Lot in Common. Love Them Both During American Heart Month”.

5 Random Things Your Heart and Hearing Have in Common:

  1. Someone with heart disease is at a higher risk of depression—and someone with unaddressed hearing loss is at a higher risk of depression. But BHI research shows that people with hearing loss who use hearing aids are more likely to be optimistic and feel engaged in life.
  2. Exercise is good for your heart—and exercise is good for your ears. One study found that a higher level of physical activity is associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.
  3. Smoking hurts your heart—and it’s really bad for your ears too. Research shows that both smokers and passive smokers are more likely to suffer hearing loss.
  4. Your heart and ears love omega-3 fatty acids. Research found that regular fish consumption and higher intake of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are associated with a lower risk of hearing loss in women.
  5. Obesity puts people at risk for heart disease—and it affects hearing function. A number of studies show a link between obesity and hearing loss. One looked at women (18 to 40 years old) and found a link. Another uncovered a connection between higher BMI and a larger waist circumference, and hearing loss in women.

So take both your heart health and your hearing health seriously.  If you have any hearing health questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Community Hearing Event – February 22

Join Advanced ENT and HearMD for a complimentary informational event! Linda Goldstein, Au.D and an Advanced ENT physician will speak about the importance of hearing health and the impact it has on your quality of life.

RSVP by calling (856) 602-4200 or completing the form below.

Cherry Hill Public Library
1100 Kings Hwy N
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Click here for a map.

Hosted by Hear MD and Advanced ENT.

This event is completely complimentary. It is an informational event. There is no requirement to make an in-office appointment or a purchase.


RSVP To The Community Hearing Event On February 22, 2017