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Exposing your ears to loud noise over time can kill off the tiny hair cells in your ear that transmit sound signals to your brain. When enough of these cells die, you end up with a hearing problem.
It’s true that today’s smartphones, MP3 players, and other portable listening devices can’t be cranked up as loud as those of the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s (think Sony Walkmans), notes Brian Fligor, Ph.D., an audiologist and chief development officer of Lantos Technologies, a Massachusetts firm that custom-fits earbuds and earplugs. But, he says, “they’re worse because way more people use the devices, and for longer periods of time.”
In addition, experts say, more of us are using personal listening devices and headphones in noisier environments—on trains and in airplanes, for instance—where we may turn up the volume to potentially dangerous levels.
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A hearing aid is a battery-powered, electronic device that makes listening easier for people with a hearing loss. A hearing aid consists of a microphone, an amplifier and a receiver. The microphone picks up sounds in your acoustic environment and turns them into electronic signals. The amplifier selectively amplifies the acoustic electronic signals. The receiver is a very small speaker that changes the electric signals back to sounds and delivers the sound to the ear.
Hearing aid technology is becoming more sophisticated everyday. Today’s digital hearing instruments amplify soft sounds to make them audible just like hearing aids of the past but they are able to provide many advantages over past hearing aids. These improvements include features that protect your ears to ensure that sudden loud sounds like a door slamming are not too loud, sound classifiers that will automatically adjust the characteristics of the hearing aid based on the sounds around you and even features that allow you to wirelessly talk on your mobile phone and have the sound amplified to meet your listening needs.
Hearing aids are amazing little devises that can change your world.
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Most people never think that they will have a need for an audiologist and many could not even tell you what an audiologist does. But if you have ever experienced hearing loss or dizziness, then you should consider a visit to Saline Audiology.
Audiologists work with people who have hearing, balance, and related ear problems. They examine individuals of all ages and identify those with the symptoms of hearing loss and other auditory, balance, and related sensory and neural problems. They then access the nature and extent of the problems and help the individuals manage them.
Saline Audiology 8 N. East Street Benton, Ar. 72015 501-778-3868 or 110 Este Way, Suite 2 Hot Springs Village, Ar. 71909 501-922-0053