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Musicians struggle commonly with hearing loss

Noise-induced hearing loss common among professional musicians

Professional musicians experience hearing loss, tinnitus and ear pain, an Iranian study finds.

Professional musicians are exposed to loud sounds to a larger extend than many others. Due to this exposure to high-intensity sounds, musicians are at greater risk of noise-induced-hearing-loss-nihl”>noise-induced hearing loss. Noise exposure is one of the major causes of a sensorineural hearing loss.

An Iranian study among professional musicians has shown that 42.2% had audiometric notches in one ear (unilateral hearing loss) and 19.2% had audiometric notches in both ears (bilateral hearing loss). The notches were more frequent in musicians with more work experience than in those with less work experience.

The frequency of notches in one or both ears was 46.3% in men and 23.8% in women.

Only 2% of the participants used hearing protection devices.

Violin players

The study said that the frequency of hearing loss in the left ear among violin players was higher than expected, namely 41.7% versus 27.5%.

Tinnitus and ear pain

The study also found that 51% experienced tinnitus after performances and 28% experienced ear pain during the performances.

About the study

The study was conducted among 125 Iranian traditional and/or pop musicians with at least five years of professional work. The study consisted of a questionnaire and a clinical examination of the hearing threshold levels.

Each individual occupational noise exposure was calculated by multiplying the number of their years of exposure by the number of hours of exposure per week.

The study “Noise induced hearing loss among professional musicians” was published in the journal of Occupational health in 2017.

Source: Journal of Occupational Health, Vol 59, 2017




Hearing loss isn’t just about YOU!

Studies show that untreated hearing loss can negatively impact our relationships with those closest to us!

The statistics speak volumes.

In a recent article on HealthyHearing.com, Lisa Packer noted these staggering statistics: “According to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), more than 48 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss. The problem is that only 1 out of 4 people who need them wear hearing aids. That means 75 percent of those with hearing loss are putting their relationships at risk.” (more…)


Hi Health Innovation Hearing

Many patients call me and tell me that they are with United Healthcare and that they have hearing benefits.  Sadly, I know this path and the road which they will go long before they do.  They think that United Healthcare is looking out for them and offering this amazing deal on hearing aids.  Unfortunately, this is not the case with Hi Health for my patients in Greenville.

Only approximately 10% of insurance actually has a benefit towards hearing aids and in the past, United Health Care was one of those providers.  In 2012 they decided to change the system and offer mail order hearing devices and cancel their benefits.   Shortly after Hi Health Innovations asked persons to take an on-line hearing test and the FDA had to send them a cease and desist order to stop this poor practice.  Due to the FDA they were required to get real hearing tests, but they did not have to offer local providers.

When you look at the pricing or you call in you may think, wow what a good deal.  What most patients don’t understand is that these products aren’t current and advanced technology, made from one of the 6 hearing aid manufacturers.  What Hi Health offers is a privately made very rudimentary hearing aid with simple technology.  You send them the audiogram and they mail the devices to you, the devices aren’t properly programmed by local experts.  You do not have a local professional ensuring they are correctly programmed and fit your needs.  So when you aren’t happy and need an adjustment, you have to ship them to them for programming and just how exactly can they fix the issues, with out confirming it’s right.  You also do not have local service and care when problems arise.

One may also say that they have great reviews online, but what they may not notice is that all the review are on their website, not anywhere else.  It was be more legitimate and more believable if they weren’t posted themselves.  The real feedback from most patients that have tried these devices have been negative.  Here is what was posted by the asha organization when reviewing these devices.

You can find this info at http://www.asha.org/Advocacy/hi-HealthInnovations-and-UnitedHealthcare-Hearing-Benefit/


Also note the United Health Care owns Hi Health Innovations, so they are charging you for insurance, and then making a profit off hearing aids.  They quit covering the benefit and now make more money.  Not looking out for your best interests in our opinion.

With Sound Hearing Care, you have local service, proper programming, the latest and most advanced technology from a reputable manufacturer and great pricing.  Costs of hearing aids through Sound Hearing Care ranges from $899 and up.  Call and schedule your appointment today and see how the professionals here at Sound Hearing Care can get you back on the road to good hearing health!


Protecting Your Hearing

Tips for Healthy Hearing

Hearing loss can happen at any age and result from many factors outside of our control. While noise exposure is the most common threat, other preventable culprits pose threats as well. The tips below can help identify risks and prevent hearing loss — or stop it from getting worse.

Preventive Tips to Keep Your Hearing Sharp

Control the volume. Exposure to loud noises on a regular basis is one of the most common reasons for hearing loss — and the most preventable. If you can’t reduce your exposure, be sure to protect your ears by using ear plugs or wearing noise cancelling headphones. Check prescription medications for side effects related to hearing loss. More than 100 medications, including antibiotics and cancer-fighting drugs, can damage hearing. Check with your doctor to make sure that any prescription medications you’re taking won’t impact your hearing.
Protect your ears from extreme cold by wearing a hat or ear muffs. Never stick cotton swabs or other objects in your ear to remove wax or scratch your ear.

Don’t smoke.

Research shows that tobacco can raise the risk of hearing loss. Pay attention to your overall health — people with high blood pressure or diabetes may be more susceptible to hearing loss.
Have your ears checked during annual physical exams. Earwax buildup can temporarily muffle sounds. Talk to your doctor about at-home irrigation treatments or schedule an appointment to have the earwax removed.

Treat allergies promptly:

Blocked sinuses can interfere with hearing. Consider having a baseline hearing test done.

An Ounce of Prevention

Staying aware of hearing loss risks is key to protecting your ears. If you’re concerned about symptoms of hearing loss in yourself or a loved one, schedule an appointment with an our hearing experts who can give you a comprehensive hearing evaluation and discuss treatment options.

Custom Ear Protection

Sound Hearing Care makes custom ear plugs to prevent hearing damage from guns, lawn equipment and work related noise.  Same day turn around is available for most products.  Call or click today to schedule your appointment.


Article courtesy of https://www.carecredit.com/cardholder/newsletters/0417/LandingPages/article05.php


Visit us at Natural Awakenings Healthy Living Expo Greenville!

Join Sound Hearing Care and our friend Michelle Brite of Clear Captions at this wonderful event!  We will be doing free hearing screenings and answering questions on hearing health, free help for hearing impaired and so much more.

Don’t miss the Upstate’s largest healthy, green living Expo. 50+ vendors will bring you information on anti-aging, cutting edge natural health discoveries, organic personal care products, green home products and services plus a film on the dangers of mercury, local author on the ground breaking Equilibrium Diet, live critter show for Pre-K-8th grade. Also Speakers, Drawings, give-a-ways, healthy mobile food vans, and more! Sponsored by Natural Awakenings magazine. Free Natural Awakenings tote bag to first 500 attending. FREE admission and parking. Call (864) 248-4910 for more info.


Sat, April 29, 2017

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT


225 S Pleasantburg Dr

225 South Pleasantburg Drive

Greenville, SC 29607



Beyond Expectations! Best rated bluetooth aid now has GPS if lost around Greenville.

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Mauldin Senior Center Health and Resource Fair

Mingle with Friends & Learn!

Do you have a health or hearing loss question?  Would you like a free hearing screening? Please join us for at the Ray Hopkin’s Mauldin Senior Center for the anuual Senior Health and Resource Fair.  There is no cost to you and you will meet wonderful local businesses concerned about your health and well being.

October 12, 2017 from 10am – 2pm.

Ray Hopkins Senior Center: 203 Corn Rd, Greenville, SC 29607

Meet Jennifer Waddell, Owner & Hearing Aid Expert