Is That The Phone… or are your ears ringing?

Man-blocking-his-ears-because-of-noise-1847214By, Jennifer Ramos
for Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology

Audiologists like Nola Aronson, M.A. can answer that question and help with all types of hearing issues. Nola’s main goal is to help her patients bring the communication back in so they can lead fuller social lives.

In addition to helping people amplify & fine tune their hearing, Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology can help with many conditions such as tinnitus.  You know that feeling when your ears keep buzzing after being exposed to loud noise? For most of us that goes away pretty quickly and does not come back. For some people, it’s like there’s a symphony going on in their head (only it’s not a pleasant musical).  It could be a whooshing, hissing, or buzzing sound that ranges from barely to very noticeable.  Tinnitus can develop in the outer, inner or middle ear, and can also stem from a brain abnormality. Some possible causes might be fluid infection of the middle ear bones or ear drum (tympanic membrane), Damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear, Loud noise exposure, Medications (as simple as aspirin), Meniere’s syndrome. In very rare cases, tinnitus could be a symptom of serious problems such as a brain aneurysm or acoustic nerve tumor.  It’s one of those things that’s probably nothing harmful but it’s a good idea to get it checked out.

When you arrive you will be greeted with a smile at the check-in desk, and will soon discover that you are treated like family, complete with a waiting room stocked with coffee and munchies.  Your hearing care professional will run some simple tests and let you know if Advanced Audiology has a solution that might help you. With tinnitus, the bad news is there is no cure. The good news is at Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology, we carry devices such as Starkey’s XINO Tinnitus that are designed to help alleviate the symptoms. It’s just a matter of you giving us a call to answer a few questions. We can help you out with a FREE screening, and if needed, a *no-obligation trial to hear for yourself how Nola Aronson’s Advanced Audiology can help you live your life free from concern about hearing.

Nola Aronson of Advanced Audiology has been helping SCV hear better since 1987. Advanced Audiology is located at 23822 Valencia Blvd., Suite 103 in Valencia, California. For more information or to see if you qualify for a free screening, please call (661) 253-EARS (3277).

*a 100% fully refundable deposit is required for the trial.

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How Much Do Summer Noises Impact your Hearing?

Nola Aronson, M.A., CCC-A, FAAA

Summer is one of the noisiest seasons. Fireworks, trains, concerts and target practice can all be harmful to your hearing. Once hearing is damaged, it cannot be repaired.

One in 10 Americans has hearing loss that affects their ability to understand normal speech. Aging is the most common cause. However, exposure to excessive noise can damage hearing in higher pitches.

Hearing loss due to excessive noise is totally preventable, unlike hearing loss due to old age or a medical condition.

Music to my Ears, or Just Plain Noise?

I recommend using hearing protection devices for those who are exposed to excessive, loud noises and musician’s earplugs, which simply attenuate the intensity/loudness without altering frequency response.

The use of ear buds by teenagers in your life may be saving your ears from their music, but it could be damaging their ears.  The rule of thumb is, if you can hear what they’re listening to it’s too loud.

Loud Noise Permanently Kills Ear Nerve Endings

Three small bones in the middle ear help transfer sound vibrations to the inner ear where they become nerve impulses that the brain interprets as sound.

When noise is too loud, it begins to kill the hair cells and nerve endings in the inner ear. The louder a noise, the longer the exposure, and the closer you are to the source, the more damaging it is doing to your nerve endings. As the number of nerve endings decrease due to damage, so does your hearing. Nerve endings cannot be healed or regenerated and the damage is permanent.

Here are a few summertime tips:

  • Cover your ears: Generic, over-the-counter earplugs are inexpensive and can be found at any drugstore. They can be custom-made for comfort and durability. Buy earplugs and keep them handy in wallets, backpacks, briefcases and purses so you can pop them in when noise is loud and continuous.
  • Swimmer’s ear and cotton swabs: Swimmer’s ear is caused by painful membrane swelling due to trapped moisture in the outer ear. Customized plugs for swimming are available and a good investment to avoid painful ear infections. After swimming, tilt your head to drain the water from each ear and gently wipe the outer ear with a towel. Do not use swabs, they can actually do more damage than good
  • The plane truth: Many travelers complain about ear discomfort when the plane is taking off or landing. Yawning, swallowing or chewing gum can be effective in unplugging the ears. If yawning and swallowing are not effective, pinch the nostrils shut, take a mouthful of air, and direct the air into the back of the nose as if trying to blow the nose gently. This may have to be repeated several times during the plane’s descent.

Registered Levels for Common Sounds

Normal Conversation/Typing

60 db

Noise from highway traffic

70 db

Earplugs recommended after                        85 db
Lawnmower, power tools

90 db

Loud rock concert, car horn

115 db

Fireworks, jet engine take-off

150 db

Sound of a shotgun

170 db

Information provided by American Academy of Otolaryngology

 

Nola Aronson has been helping Santa Clarita hear better for over 26 years.  For more information or to schedule an appointment to have your hearing screened give us a call at 661-253-EARS (3277). Advanced Audiology is located at 23822 Valencia Blvd #103 in the Owen Patterson building across from AAA.