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Can Hearing Be Restored?


Can Hearing Be Restored With so many medical advances in the 21st century, individuals with hearing loss yearn to know…can hearing be restored?  It is tempting to feel left-behind if you are hearing impaired.  The weight loss industry is rife with a dizzying number of commercials, books and advertisements Read more

Severity of Tinnitus Related to Emotional Sounds


Severity of Tinnitus Related to Emotional Sounds A research study out of the University of Illinois has suggested that the severity of tinnitus related to emotional sounds.  Not only do those with severe tinnitus process emotions differenty in the brain compared to those who report the severe tinnitus but also Read more

Rechargeable Hearing Aids


Rechargeable Hearing Aids Wouldn’t it be great if instead of replacing batteries every week in hearing devices, there were rechargeable hearing aids ?  Well, that is exactly what is available today.While hearing aid technology markets advances and exciting new features and capabilities every year that more often than fall Read more

Hearing Loss a risk factor for Dementia


Hearing Loss a risk factor for Dementia A new report  by the Lancet Commissions on Dementia Prevention, Intervention and Care suggests hearing loss a risk factor for dementia. The good news is the report suggests that managing hearing loss may be one way  to help lower the risk of Read more

Hearing Test near Daly City

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Hearing Test near Daly City

If you are seeking a hearing test near Daly City, consider Peninsula Hearing Services in Burlingame.  Owned and operated by a California licensed Doctor of Audiology, a comprehensive hearing test is an important part of managing good health.  Most hearing loss occurs so gradually an individual is not aware of it until it has progressed to a more advanced stage.  If hearing loss is ignored and untreated, it can get worse.

If hearing loss is suspected, the only way to know for sure is to have a hearing test performed.  Hearing evaluations, often referred to as a hearing test, are performed by audiologists or other licensed hearing healthcare providers.

How is a Hearing Test Performed ? 

A hearing test is very similar in nature to what a vision test is to the eyes.   Like a vision test that measures how well one can see various sized letters on a chart, a hearing test measures how well one can “hear” different tones/pitches and understand speech.  The test is quick, painless and non-invasive and the results will be available immediately.

The hearing professional will perform the following:

  • Case History: patient interview regarding ear and hearing history/concerns.
  • Otoscopy: examination of the ear canals with a type of ear magnifier named an   This is performed to determine health of the eardrum and ear canal itself and if there is any blockage of the ear canal.
  • Hearing Test: different pitched tones are presented to one ear at a time using headphones.  The purpose of the test is to measure how softly one can detect each of the different tones measured against a baseline of normal hearing.  The ability to understand speech is then measured for each ear.  The responses are recorded on a graph called an audiogram.
  • Other Tests:Other tests include how well your middle ear, the space between the ear drum and hearing nerve, is functioning.  Middle ear testing is performed using a special headphone named a bone oscillator.  If middle ear dysfunction is suspected,  a second test named tympanometry may be administered which measures air pressure behind the ear drum and how well the ear drum moves.

 

Similar to vision/eyesight well exams, hearing should be evaluated every 3-5 years; sooner if a change in hearing is noticed.  If you suspect hearing loss, it is important you seek a thorough hearing evaluation as soon as possible. Conveniently located off Peninsula Ave and Hwy 101, Peninsula Hearing Services provides professional services for a hearing test near Daly.

Further Reading

How to Interpret a Hearing Test

Better Hearing Institute:  The Signs of Hearing Loss

Does Hearing Loss Get Worse over Time


Top Five Occupations Causing Hearing Loss

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Could your  job be one of the occupations causing hearing loss?  If you work in certain fields, the answer is probably yes. Although no occupation is 100 percent safe when it comes to hearing, there are certain jobs that increase the risk factor. The fact is that according to the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, more than 22 million Americans will be exposed to damaging levels of noise as a result of their occupation this year alone. We’ll explore five of the top offending occupations causing hearing loss that could put you at risk, and let you know how these industries are doing when it comes to addressing the problem.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, four million workers head off to work each day in an environment which exposes them to harmful decibel levels. Occupations causing hearing loss might not just be about long term noise levels, though, as it can actually develop as a result of a number of factors. Although long-term exposure to harmful noise levels is most commonly thought of when one thinks of job-related hearing loss, hearing loss on the job can also come from a single instance of high decibel noise exposure as well as exposure to ototoxic chemicals. No matter what the source, however, even these occupations that come with a high risk of noise related hearing loss can be made safer with proper precautions.

1. Manufacturing

The cliché of the noisy manufacturing floor is unfortunately all too true. The loud machinery, compressed air and clanking of manufactured goods all combine to make hearing loss the most common occupation causing hearing loss in the manufacturing industry. Statistics say that as many as eight out of 10 of those in manufacturing have noise related hearing loss. As a matter of fact, the majority of job-related hearing loss happens within the first 10 years of employment in manufacturing.  And since noise related hearing loss is a gradual progression, the damage often isn’t noticed until it is too late.

Many companies do provide hearing protection, but the problem is that some workers choose not to wear it because they feel like it hinders their job performance and causes safety risks. Companies can help by soundproofing the work place, keeping machinery up to date and providing high grade hearing protection that enhances sounds workers want to hear while blocking harmful decibel levels.

2. Construction/carpentry/mining

Although construction, carpentry and mining are drastically different occupations, they share an unpleasant side effect: noise related hearing loss. The tools used tend to be well-over the recommended limit of 85 decibels (dB), with equipment such as the hammer drill sometimes reaching levels as high as 115 dB. As a matter of fact the mining industry has a higher percentage of workers exposed to harmful noise than any other industry in the U.S. Due to the overall lack of hearing protection oversight, the large number of contract employees and the seasonal nature of employees in the construction industry, the construction industry in particular has had trouble putting any meaningful hearing conservation practices into place.

3. Entertainment/nightlife

When you are out at a loud nightclub, do you ever stop to consider how your hearing is affected? Probably not. Unfortunately, neither have many of those who are employed in the entertainment or nightlife sector, including DJs, musicians, bartenders, wait staff and security. That thumping bass frequency exposure night after night, often at levels reaching over 100 dB, can wreak havoc on hearing, causing noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus. And most nightclubs regularly exceed the level at which employers are required to provide hearing protection for their employees; the question is,even if hearing protection was provided, would it actually be worn?

Nick Cageao, head of audio at Saint Vitus bar in Brooklyn, agrees that hearing protection is important. The noise level of a show at Saint Vitus typically reaches at least 98 dB, and has been known to reach 115 dB. He owns a pair of hi-definition ear plugs, but more often than not simply forgets to wear them.

The problem with dangerous volume in nightclubs isn’t likely to change any time soon, as club-goers and musicians alike tend to prefer the ear splitting music. And though there have been attempts to set limits on maximum volume allowed, that maximum volume is already set dangerously high.

4. Military

Hearing loss among military veterans has become an epidemic. Between gunfire, explosions and the roar of ship or aircraft engines, hearing quickly becomes vulnerable. A study by the Hearing Health Foundation, formerly the Deafness Research Foundation, showed that more than 60 percent of returning combat troops from Iraq  and Afghanistan suffer from noise induced hearing loss or tinnitus, and hearing loss is the most common service related disability.

In response, the created the department of defense Hearing Center of Excellence, or HCE to address the growing problem of hearing related injuries and their associated costs. Better hearing protection is also being developed, as the existing equipment is unable to withstand explosive noise levels that can reach up to 180 dB.

5. Agriculture/farming

Over one third of the farmers in the U.S. have hearing loss, according to Gordon Hughes, director of clinical programs for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Daily exposure to harmful noise starts at a young age, with the sounds of livestock, tractors, combines and other noisy equipment. However, federal agencies as well as local groups are making an effort to educate the younger generation about the dangers of excessive noise levels and the importance of hearing protection. In addition, there is a push for equipment manufacturers to continue to improve equipment in order to reduce the noise level.

Although more effort to reduce the risk of hearing loss in the workplace is needed, positive steps toward that goal are being taken every day across a broad spectrum of industries. “Looking at hearing loss trends across all industries over a long period of time can provide a better understanding of what still needs to be done for the protection of workers,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Noise control in the workplace is directly linked to the prevention of hearing loss among workers in all industries and can positively impact workers on the job and at home.”  If you are employed in one of the  top five occupations causing hearing loss addressed in this article, take appropriate steps to protect your hearing using hearing protections, frequent breaks from the loud noise and having your hearing tested regularly to monitor for shifts of declining hearing.

SOURCE:  Contributed by Lisa Packer, staff writer, www.HealthyHearing.com | Thursday, April 21st, 2016 (this article has been edited from its original posting)


Hearing Test near Pacifica

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Hearing Test near Pacifica

If you are seeking a hearing test near Pacifica, consider Peninsula Hearing Services in Burlingame.  Owned and operated by a California licensed Doctor of Audiology, a comprehensive hearing test is an important part of managing good health.  Most hearing loss occurs so gradually an individual is not aware of it until it has progressed to a more advanced stage.  If hearing loss is ignored and untreated, it can get worse.

If hearing loss is suspected, the only way to know for sure is to have a hearing test performed.  Hearing evaluations, often referred to as a hearing test, are performed by audiologists or other licensed hearing healthcare providers.

How is a Hearing Test Performed ? 

A hearing test is very similar in nature to what a vision test is to the eyes.   Like a vision test that measures how well one can see various sized letters on a chart, a hearing test measures how well one can “hear” different tones/pitches and understand speech.  The test is quick, painless and non-invasive and the results will be available immediately.

The hearing professional will perform the following:

  • Case History: patient interview regarding ear and hearing history/concerns.
  • Otoscopy: examination of the ear canals with a type of ear magnifier named an   This is performed to determine health of the eardrum and ear canal itself and if there is any blockage of the ear canal.
  • Hearing Test: different pitched tones are presented to one ear at a time using headphones.  The purpose of the test is to measure how softly one can detect each of the different tones measured against a baseline of normal hearing.  The ability to understand speech is then measured for each ear.  The responses are recorded on a graph called an audiogram.
  • Other Tests:Other tests include how well your middle ear, the space between the ear drum and hearing nerve, is functioning.  Middle ear testing is performed using a special headphone named a bone oscillator.  If middle ear dysfunction is suspected,  a second test named tympanometry may be administered which measures air pressure behind the ear drum and how well the ear drum moves.

 

Similar to vision/eyesight well exams, hearing should be evaluated every 3-5 years; sooner if a change in hearing is noticed.  If you suspect hearing loss, it is important you seek a thorough hearing evaluation as soon as possible. Conveniently located off Peninsula Ave and Hwy 101, Peninsula Hearing Services provides professional services for a hearing test near Pacifica.

Further Reading

How to Interpret a Hearing Test

Better Hearing Institute:  The Signs of Hearing Loss

Does Hearing Loss Get Worse over Time