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The Importance of Efficient Listening Skills

The Importance of Efficient Listening Skills

Communication is a two-way street which consists of speaking AND listening. People mostly emphasize on the first part and completely ignore the latter, which is equally important in effective communication, if not more.

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Replacement of Hearing Devices

Replacement of Hearing Devices

Hearing aids are effective modes of treatment for hearing loss. Like any other device, over time the efficacy of your hearing aids may decline due to their daily wear and tear. Typically, hearing aids last up to 5-7 years or even longer in some cases. If you notice that your hearing aids no longer provide the quality of sound that they used to and you have attempted several costly repairs on them, it might be better to consider replacing them and getting new ones.

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Hearing Devices and the Holidays

Hearing Devices and the Holidays

Hearing loss can be even more challenging to deal with during the holiday season, when socializing is at a maximum. Even with hearing aids on, having a pleasant experience during the holidays depends on a few factors. Here are a few useful measures that can help you have a wonderful holiday experience, whether you are the host or a guest with hearing loss.

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Tinnitus and You

Tinnitus and You

Tinnitus is the discernment of sound in the absence of any external stimuli to cause such a sound, based on the definition provided by the American Tinnitus Association. People often perceive a ringing sensation within the ears, although it manifests itself in an assortment of sounds such as hissing, whistling, or buzzing sounds.

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Practicing Safe Earphone Use

Practicing Safe Earphone Use

Earphones are an immensely popular method of listening to music since they are convenient, user friendly, and portable. However, despite being a popular accessory, they can also result in severe hearing damage.

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Living With Parents Who Have Hearing Loss

Living With Parents Who Have Hearing Loss

When it comes to hearing loss, it can sometimes become difficult for us to admit that our parents might be going through it. They might miss out on hearing the occasional sentence and we tend to ignore this for the most part, but if they show continuous signs of missing bits and pieces of every conversation, they may need to get their hearing tested.

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Elderly Individuals who Drive with a Hearing Impairment

Elderly Individuals who Drive with a Hearing Impairment

With changes in modern technology, elderly Americans have various methods of maintaining an active life despite having hearing loss. One in three Americans over 65 years of age have some form of hearing loss, while half of the Americans aged above 75 years have hearing loss. Hearing loss is the third most common condition in America, listed after cardiovascular disease and arthritis.

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Wind Noise and Hearing Aids

Wind Noise and Hearing Aids

People often wait for the fall to enjoy the fall colors of the trees and the brisk, chilly breeze. However, this breeze can often lead to problems for those wearing hearing aids due to wind noise.

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Hearing Aid Use in Children

Hearing Aid Use in Children

Hearing loss has no age bar and can affect people of any age at any point in their lives. Some people are born with hearing loss while others develop it over time. Even though people often consider hearing loss to be a problem of the elderly, even children can become susceptible to hearing loss. Children with hearing loss have far more adverse effects due to which it is important to treat hearing loss in children effectively.

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Hearing Loss Due to Allergies

Hearing Loss Due to Allergies

Allergies are common and can be caused by food, medicine, or specific types of materials that negatively impact us in various ways. The body reacts to allergies through inflammation, irritation, and infection. In some cases allergies can even lead to hearing loss.

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Hearing Loss and Sports Venues

Hearing Loss and Sports Venues

Everyone enjoys the lively cheer during sporting events. Be it your favorite football team or baseball team, sports just isn’t sports without all the cheering. The unfortunate effect of being exposed to loud noises over a period of time is hearing loss.

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Musical Inspiration, Dopamine, and Hearing Loss

Musical Inspiration, Dopamine, and Hearing Loss

Researchers have recently explored the effects of listening to one’s favorite music. Music has a broad range of genres and each of these genres can subjectively induce an impressive emotional reaction from each person, depending on their preference. Although the music is the same, the reactions may be difference due to the discharge of the neurotransmitter known as dopamine within the brain.

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Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults - A Growing National Epidemic

Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults

The statistics are alarming. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 36 million Americans have a hearing loss—this includes 17% of our adult population. The incidence of hearing loss increases with age. Approximately one third of Americans between ages 65 and 74 and nearly half of those over age 75 have hearing loss (NIDCD, 2010).

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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Every day, we experience sound in our environment, such as the sounds from television and radio, household appliances, and traffic. Normally, these sounds are at safe levels that don’t damage our hearing. But sounds can be harmful when they are too loud, even for a brief time, or when they are both loud and long-lasting. These sounds can damage sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).

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Visit our New Patient Portal

Be Online Over On The Line

Be Online Over On The Line

At The ENT Center, AMC, our goal is to provide our patients with the best experience possible when interacting with our practice. That’s why we’re pleased to offer our secure and interactive patient portal. From your portal account, you can communicate with us from your home or office. Call the office at (318) 226-9441 to set up your portal account today!

With our patient portal, you can easily and securely:
  • Request appointments
  • Send secure messages
  • View visit summary
  • Read health education
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Hearing Loss can Affect Your Enjoyment of the Holidays

Hearing Loss can Affect Your Enjoyment of the Holidays

The holidays can always be stressful with all the shopping to find the perfect present, followed by visits to numerous food shops with stressed out shoppers fighting over the last turkey!

However for those suffering from hearing loss, the real challenge is entertaining family and friends who come over for the holidays. For individuals with hearing loss the festive season can be a very isolating time, even if you have a house full of guests.

A hearing exam can help you determine whether your hearing is keeping you from fully interacting with those around you. If you feel that you have difficulty hearing or have to ask those around you to repeat themselves often, you may benefit from a hearing exam to find out the cause. At The ENT Center, AMC we will conduct a thorough hearing exam and we will give you the best options so you can remain fully engaged this holiday season.

Hearing Loss - Effects on An Active Lifestyle

Hearing Loss - Effects on An Active Lifestyle

Our hearing is instrumental in allowing us to enjoy an active lifestyle. Whether it is participating in a lively discussion, traveling, or practicing our favorite outdoor activity or sport, healthy hearing allows us to be engaged with those around us.

Loss of Hearing: A Hearing Aid Can Help Avoid Withdrawal From Social Activities

Loss of Hearing: A Hearing Aid Can Help Avoid Withdrawal From Social Activities

Weakening sight – no problem, we do not hesitate at the idea of getting glasses. Most of us even see it as an opportunity to develop a personal style. But damage to hearing apparently has some kind of stigma attached to it. So many of us choose to suffer hearing loss in silence. But diminished hearing can cause so many embarrassing situations for us including misunderstandings and eventual withdrawal from social situations. We start avoiding friends and family and opportunities to meet new people. This is why individuals with hearing loss tend to experience sadness and depression. They reduce their social activities and eventually become emotionally withdrawn.

If you feel that you may be experiencing a hearing loss it is recommended that you have a hearing exam to determine the extent of the problem. Obtaining a hearing aid can remove this barrier to communication and you will be eager to resume your regular social activities with family and friends.

Effects of Diminished Hearing and the Workplace

Effects of Diminished Hearing and the Workplace

The workplace can be a competitive environment. Hearing loss has been proven to affect an individual's job performance. It can lead to passed up promotions, lower salary and overall stress and disatisfaction.

Many working age individuals suffer from hearing loss and are hesitant to do something about it due to the stigma associated with wearing a hearing aid. New and innovative technology has made hearing aids much more discreet and also much more useful in noisy environments in which a person interacts with several individuals at the same time.

Phone Conversation Recommendations for the Hearing Impaired

Phone Conversation Recommendations for the Hearing Impaired

Hearing loss does not need to get in the way of having meaningful conversations over the phone. The following tips can help you adjust your approach to help you get the most out of every phone call.

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Hearing Loss in Obese Teenagers

Hearing Loss in Obese Teenagers

The two common causes that lead to hearing loss are aging and prolonged exposure to noise. Other factors that can lead to hearing impairment can include frequent infections within the ear, ototoxic medications (like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, or Aspirin), untreated ear or head trauma, and other medical ailments such as cardiovascular disease, Meniere’s disease, or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Two Hearing Aids are Better than One

Two Hearing Aids are Better than One

Hearing aids can often be costly, and are often not covered by private insurance agencies. This can often cause people to grow reluctant when it comes to purchasing two hearing aids, and people may grow tempted to simply invest in one hearing aid to rectify the hearing loss in a single ear only.

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Struck by Sudden Hearing Loss

Struck by Sudden Hearing Loss

Thousands of Americans lost their hearing this past year. Who knows who could be next, perhaps it could be you! It is important to be prepared and take steps to treat the sudden onset of hearing loss.

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Itchy Ears Resulting from Hearing Aids

Itchy Ears Resulting from Hearing Aids

People who obtain new hearing aids often complain about having itchy ears. This issue is fairly common, especially with those users who are wearing hearing aids for the very first time. The ear canal has very delicate skin that is sensitive to even the slightest form of irritation. The constant rubbing of the hearing aids with that delicate skin could be a potential cause for itchy ears. There are steps that can be taken to rectify this minor problem.

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Fatigue Due to Hearing Loss

Fatigue Due to Hearing Loss

People with hearing loss tend to feel exhausted due to the constant strain on their ears to focus on the limited range of sounds they are able to perceive. Dr. Ervin Hafter from the department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, reported that people encountering hearing impairment have additional strain placed upon their cognitive abilities as a result of their hearing loss.

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