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3306 Delaware Ave Buffalo, NY 14217
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Information about ear wax!

  • Earwax is produced by glands in the ear canal.
  • The purpose of earwax is to trap dust and other small particles and prevent them from damaging or infecting the eardrum.
  • Normally, the wax falls out of the ear, along with any trapped dust or debris.
  • Everyone makes ear wax, but the amount and type are genetically determined.
  • Smaller ear canals make it difficult for wax to get out, leading to wax impaction.
  • Impaction also occurs when wax gets pushed deep within the ear canal.
  • Blockages affect about 6% of people and are one of the most common ear problems.
  • The most common cause of wax impaction is the insertion of cotton swabs or other objects in to the ear.
By |June 17th, 2015|Hearing Health|Comments Off on Information about ear wax!

The MP3 Generation: Headphones and Hearing Loss

Many people listen to their portable music player while commuting, working out, or waiting for an appointment.

What they may not realize, however, is that listening to music through headphones may damage hearing. According to headphones and hearing loss statistics, 17% of adults, along with 12.5% of children and adolescents, have hearing loss that may be caused by excessive exposure to noise.

How loud is too loud?

According to the Dangerous Decibels Campaign from the Oregon Health and Science University, the accepted standards for exposure to loud noise over a continuous time before hearing loss occurs is pegged at 8 hours for 85 dB. For every 3 dB increase above 85 dB, the permissible time of exposure is cut in half. Personal music players can reach up to 110 dB or more.

Most of the hearing loss caused by headphones may fall between 16 to 24 dB, or the volume amounting to a whisper. But if you use ear buds with the volume cranked up to 90%, even two hours a day can cause hearing loss of up to 40 dB over a period of time. It can cause problems when the background noise goes up and can really affect your ability to follow conversations and communicate with others.

Listening to music at a loud volume can set you on a fast track to permanent hearing damage. Habitually listening to music at as loud as 85 dB can permanently damage the microscopic hair cells in the inner ear.

Prolonged exposure to loud noise may cause hearing loss, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot use your music player.

What can you do to save your hearing?

Personal music players are great, and you don’t have to give them up to save your hearing. These practical tips will help you prevent headphone-related hearing loss.

  • Don’t increase the volume to more than 70% of the maximum limit. Never crank it up to the max.
  • If you absolutely must listen to loud music, do it only for a very short time. Give your ears a chance to recover between sessions.
  • If your device supports it, use the volume limit setting to prevent accidentally increasing the volume.
  • Use noise-canceling headphones, which will reduce the background noise, so you don’t have to increase the volume to hear the song.
  • Try not to use earbuds. Headphones that sit over the ear are a much better alternative than earbuds that are stuck deep inside the ear canal.
  • Use earplugs at music concerts, regardless of how far you are from the stage.
  • Have your hearing tested regularly to catch damage early
By |May 13th, 2015|Hearing Health, Hearing Loss|Comments Off on The MP3 Generation: Headphones and Hearing Loss

Better Hearing is the Key to Better Communication

Communication could be considered one of the most important factors in any successful relationship. Whether it is with your spouse, your children, or your friends, a relationship lacking communication can be detrimental to yourself as well as your loved ones.  A lack of communication can be the result of many factors, often not immediately recognized. Many people with hearing loss, along with their loved ones, face this major problem every single day. Not being able to hear someone can cause embarrassment for those experiencing the loss and annoyance for those trying to speak with them. One party may feel as if the other is not listening, or may grow weary of having to repeat themselves. Meanwhile, the person with the hearing loss is tired of saying, “What?”

Without addressing the severity of the hearing loss, many relationships struggle due to this lack of communication, leaving both parties exasperated. Moreover, many people in this situation have no clue as to why they are so frustrated. Too often, I have seen individuals withdraw from their daily lives and the things they love to do, because they struggle with communication.

 “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” —Tony Robbins

As the quote above states, in order to maintain effective communication, both parties must be willing to understand one another and see where the lack of communication is occurring. If you or a loved one has hearing loss, you probably understand the significance of communication in your relationships. Below are some tips on how to communicate when someone in the relationship is hard of hearing. Remember, hearing loss does not just impact those who have it but also their family members and friends.

Below are some helpful communication tips for both the person with hearing loss, as well as family members and friends of the hearing impaired.

For a person with hearing loss:

  • Watch the person you are speaking with to pick up visual clues.
  • Decrease the background noise as much as possible. Closing doors and windows may help.
  • When you cannot control background noise, position yourself so the noise is behind you and the person you are talking with is in front of you.
  • Ask people to rephrase and slow down rather than repeat; be specific about what you did not hear.
  • If you have hearing aids, use them consistently.
  • Paraphrase and repeat back important information to be sure you understood correctly.
  • Please be patient.

For family members and friends:

  • Speak slowly and clearly without exaggerating speech.
  • Face the person you are talking with so he or she can make use of visual cues.
  • You may speak in a slightly louder voice, but do not shout, as you will distort the way speech sounds and looks.
  • Do not talk with your hands or objects (such as mugs, newspapers, or pencils) in front of your face.
  • Keep all auditory and visual distractions to a minimum.
  • Be sure you are understood by asking the person to repeat back important information.
  • Rephrase rather than repeat when necessary.
  • Get the other person’s attention before speaking. Call their name, tap their shoulder, etc.
  • Please be patient. Communication is a two-way street.
By |April 15th, 2015|Hearing Health, Hearing Loss|Comments Off on Better Hearing is the Key to Better Communication