Hear in time for the holidays
November 13th, 14th & 15th Only!
Are you finding yourself
• Hearing but not understanding certain words?
• Having difficulty understanding conversation in noisy environments like restaurants?
• Frequently asking people to repeat themselves?
• Having to turn the TV up loud in order to understand what is being said?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions please join us for our special event to discover under the guidance of our professional providers why you may be experiencing these difficulties.
In addition, they will take the time to review your medical and hearing history during a free consultation. Let them help determine the cause of your hearing difficulties. This examination may reveal common problems such as:
• Damage to the eardrum
• Fluid accumulation in the middle ear
• Other conditions which may make it difficult to hear clearly
During this event, they will also be performing demonstrations of the newest digital hearing technology. See how the
advances in the past few months will drastically improve your quality of life.
There is no charge or obligation for these services during this special event.
Appointments are limited. Please call to reserve your place today.
November 13th, 14th & 15th Only!
Certain medications designed to help one aspect of your health have been found to actually cause auditory problems such as hearing loss and tinnitus.
These chemicals can reach the nerves of the inner ear through the bloodstream, damaging the ability to hear properly. More than 200 drugs are considered ototoxic, meaning they can damage the patient’s hearing by causing hearing loss, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or balance issues.
Many of these medications, which include both prescription and over-the-counter forms, are used to treat cancer, infections and heart disease. Others include typical pain relievers found in most medicine cabinets.
The hearing loss or balance problems caused by ototoxic drugs sometimes go away when the medications are discontinued. Other times, the damage is permanent. When prescribing ototoxic drugs, your health care team will review the potential side effects and how it may affect your quality of life.
Common Ototoxic Drugs
The most common medications linked to hearing loss, tinnitus or balance issues include the following:
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen. Aspirin doses of more than 2.5 grams per day have been found to cause tinnitus and hearing loss. Tinnitus usually disappears when large doses are stopped.
- Chemotherapy drugs, including gentamicin and carboplatin
- Antibiotics in the aminoglycosides class, which includes kanamycin, amikacin, tobramycin, strepomycin and neomycin
- Water pills and loop diuretics, including furosemide and ethacrynic acid. Their effect on the kidneys can be mimicked in the ear. Loop diuretics are only known to cause ototoxicity when taken in large doses.
Detection of Ototoxicity
Before taking these drugs, a hearing evaluation should be conducted to record a baseline record of your hearing levels. Hearing Rehabilitation Center can use audiometry to provide early detection of ototoxicity and may lead to dosage adjustments which can minimalize hearing loss.
For more information on how Hearing Rehabilitation Center can address ototoxicity concerns, call us at 1.248.360.HEAR (4327) or contact us online.
The first sign of ototoxity is often tinnitus, which can be followed with hearing loss – initially on high-pitch frequencies. If the problem worsens, the hearing loss may affect your ability to understand lower frequencies, including voices.
One of the most basic foundations of any relationship is communication.
It should come as no surprise, then, that untreated hearing loss can have a profound impact on our relationships.
When a hearing impairment is not addressed, the struggle to communicate properly with friends and family can cause a person to withdraw socially, feel isolated, damage mental health and be physically exhausting – none of which will improve a relationship.
How Hearing Loss Hurts Us
- Mental Health: Individuals with untreated hearing loss are 30% more likely to experience anxiety and depression. This can put a damper on social interactions, making them less enjoyable for the person and confusing or frustrating others. This can lead to isolation and feelings of loneliness.
- Damages Memory: Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are twice as likely to develop in people who do not treat their hearing loss. As parts of the brain are no longer able to process hearing, they start to stop working and die off.
- Slashes socialization: Because someone may miss more of the conversations, they may start tuning out of social interactions. Others may notice the hearing loss and start leaving the person out of the discussion. If steps aren’t taken to correct the problem, the relationships can suffer or even end.
How You Can Address Hearing Loss
- Hearing Aids: If you have hearing aids, wear them. If you don’t, schedule a hearing evaluation with our The simple act of wearing the devices can make communication with loved ones simpler and much more effective.
- Improve communication strategies: The listener should be upfront about their hearing impairment to encourage others to speak clearly and maintain eye contact when talking. The partner without hearing loss can help by not yelling, but talking slightly louder and more slowly.
- Plan ahead: Set yourself up to have as much success as possible. If dining out, suggest going at a less busy time so there’s less background noise to deal with. Select tables away from the kitchen and entrance, and sit with your back against the wall.
- Eyes can help listen: While less than half of English is visible on the lips, visual cues can still help someone with hearing loss differentiate between similar sounding words, such as “home” or “phone.” They appear different on the speaker’s lips.
Many of us look forward to the fun, active and social events that fill our summer schedules.
Although we rejoice in getting outside after a long winter and cool spring, many warm weather activities can be hard on our hearing. Fortunately, taking some precautions allows us to both protect our hearing and enjoy all that summer has to offer.
Summer Hearing Safety
When you consider that sounds louder than 85 decibels (dB) can damage our hearing over prolonged exposure, it’s not difficult to understand that fireworks (up to 175 dB) and concerts (about 120 dB) can pose a problem to our hearing health.
The World Health Organization states that adults should not be exposed to fireworks louder than 140 dB (120 dB for children and no exposure for infants). To achieve these levels, people should stay at least 500 feet away from fireworks and wear proper ear protection (earplugs for adults and older children, earmuffs for younger children).
Many summer concerts are outside, which would be good for our hearing if bands wouldn’t tend to crank up the sound even louder to make up for the setting. Opt for the lawn section at amphitheater shows, further away from the blaring speakers. It’s a good idea to pack some earplugs as well.
Remember to wear hearing protection at other summer events or activities, such as baseball games (average 90 dB), yard work (up to 100 dB) and car races (up to 130 dB).
Hearing Aid Care
Moisture is a silent killer to hearing aids and their batteries, so taking steps in the summer to minimize the damage will help keep them functioning properly. Moisture can cause poor sound quality, lessened battery life and unreliable performance.
- Don’t sweat it: Sweat is one of the most common causes of moisture in hearing aids. Most hearing aids offer nano-coating, a special surface causing liquid to bead up. If safe to do so, remove your hearing aids when exercising.
- It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity: Humidity can cause moisture to build up in your hearing aids. Open the battery door at night to allow air to move through the unit and don’t store the hearing aids in humid spots such as glove boxes and car dashboards.
- Keep free of debris: Summer is full of potential hearing aid debris: sand, sunscreen sprays and allergens among them. Avoid touching your hearing aids when on the beach and remove them before spraying sunscreen. Clean hearing aids with a soft, dry cloth to remove allergens.
Barbecues and summer parties are great fun, but with the mix of voices and laughter, music and pool sounds, it can be challenging for those of us with hearing loss. Try the following:
- Select a spot: Try to sit away from noisemakers such as air conditioners, speakers and the pool. Sit with your back to the sun so that glare on people’s faces is minimal, aiding your ability to read lips.
- Adjust your settings: You may want to alter your hearing aid settings to optimize your ability to hear at an outdoor party, such as a setting that minimizes wind noise. If you have smartphone capabilities on your hearing aids, you can also use your phone as a microphone to stream the person’s voice directly to your ears.
- Be honest: It’s better for your relationships to admit that you’re having difficulty hearing the person rather than fake it, nodding and smiling to whatever they’re saying. Let them know you’re having trouble, so they can talk louder or position themselves differently.
To find out how Hearing Rehabilitation Center can help address your hearing loss, call 1.248.360.HEAR (4327) or contact us online for more information on services available at one of the Hearing Rehabilitation Center locations.
Hearing Rehabilitation Center in Commerce Michigan is hosting an open house on June 26th-28th. During this special event, Audiologist Dr. Dee Sehgal will be offering free evaluations and consultations.
During this free evaluation, a Video Otoscope will be used to evaluate the cause of hearing difficulties; this painless procedure will help us see to your eardrum. By doing this, we can discover why you may be experiencing things like:
- Hearing but not understanding certain words
- Difficulty understanding conversations in noisy environments
- Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
- Having to turn the TV up loud in order to understand what is being said
Additionally, we will go over your medical and hearing history. This will help determine the cause of the hearing difficulties, revealing problems such as:
- Damage to the eardrum
- Fluid accumulation in the middle ear
- Other conditions which may make it difficult to hear clearly
Don’t Miss Out!
There is no charge and no obligation for these services during this special event. However, appointments are limited at our Commerce, Michigan Office, 2900 Union Lake Rd, Suite 100. Please call and reserve your place today by calling 1-248-360-4327.
Even when they suspect a problem, people put off hearing tests for a number of reasons.
On average, a person experiencing hearing loss waits more than five years before doing anything about it. A perceived lack of time, cost or the stigma associated with hearing loss may be behind the procrastination, but there are many reasons delaying is not a good health decision.
Consider these benefits to making an appointment for audiology services at Hearing Rehabilitation Center:
Benefits to the Brain
Hearing loss affects the brain’s high-level cognitive functioning and ability to process the auditory information it receives. Studies reveal that the brain is stimulated when it processes sounds and that denying it this information can result in brain atrophy.
Dr. Frank Lin, an otologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, is one of the world’s most respected experts in hearing loss.
Lin has studied the link between hearing loss and brain tissue loss, including an elevated risk of dementia. He has found that the use of hearing aids can help reduce the risk of cognitive decline. He also found that brain shrinkage – a normal aging process – is quickened in older adults experiencing impaired hearing.
Hearing impairments can increase social isolation, which can lead to feelings of depression. Individuals delaying treatment may also worry about making communication mistakes. This depression may be worsened because they don’t realize it is due to hearing loss.
A Johns Hopkins study determined that older adults with hearing loss were 57 percent more likely to experience prolonged stretches of depression or stress.
Better Quality of Life
Studies have shown that a majority of hearing aid wearers have found they lead a more active and social lifestyle because of the improved self-esteem they experience. When people hear better, they communicate more with those around them, leading to increased feelings of inclusion in the world.
Reduce the Risk of Injury
A Lin study determined that people aged 40-69 with even mild hearing loss were three times as likely to experience falls than peers without an impairment. He also found that those with hearing loss were 32 percent more likely to have been hospitalized and 36 percent more likely to have prolonged stretches of illness or injury.
More research is showing a strong connection between hearing loss and dementia.
The Hearing Loss Association of America states that more than 48 million Americans experience hearing loss. One possible upside of this ear-brain connection is the hope that treating hearing loss more aggressively could help in the fight against dementia.
Although the exact cause of this correlation is unknown, some researchers believe there is a common pathology that causes both conditions.
Other theories argue that the strain of difficulty hearing over time can leave someone more susceptible to dementia, that hearing loss accelerates brain shrinkage or social isolation caused by hearing loss could lead to cognitive disorders.
Studying the Link
A 2011 study indicated that those with mild to severe hearing loss were two to five times more likely to acquire dementia. This research, conducted by Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., an otologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, studied nearly 650 people who were in good cognitive condition when the study began.
The participants’ mental abilities were checked regularly for at least 12 years. Researchers found that those with mild to severe hearing loss were two to five times more likely to develop dementia than those with normal hearing.
A 2013 study by Lin observed the mental sharpness of nearly 2,000 older adults over a period of six years. The results showed that those with hearing loss experienced up to 40 percent accelerated cognitive decline, increasing their risk for developing dementia.
Cochlear implants have been shown to improve speech perception and cognitive function in older adults, according to a study released by the JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
The study provided nearly 100 people ages 65 to 85 with severe hearing loss a cochlear implant and auditory rehabilitation services. More than 80 percent of participants with the lowest cognitive scores showed vast improvement one year later.
Because of its impact on the brain, music therapy is also being considered as a way to help brain function in people with memory loss.
Hearing Rehabilitation Center is a medically based audiology practice looking for a very energetic motivated audiologist or hearing instrument specialist with exceptional customer service skills to work in a fast-growing private practice setting prescribing hearing aids and reconnecting our patients with State of the art hearing healthcare.
Our proven medical approach to prescribing hearing aids will enhance your skill set beyond anything you have ever seen and has been recognized by many hearing aid manufacturers and private practices. Our Medical Model will teach you not only how to create an incredible patient experience but give you the confidence in becoming the go-to expert in prescribing, fitting, and adjusting hearing aids. So, if you are the right candidate and have a willingness to learn this is an exceptional opportunity for you.
The qualified candidate must have the following:
- Master’s degree and/or Doctorate degree in Audiology or Michigan State Hearing aid dispensing license.
- Perform a complete audiological evaluation including speech testing.
- At least 2 years of dispensing experience.
- Experience in programming and adjusting hearing aids along with exceptional customer service experience.
- Can interact professionally with Physicians and customer.
We are an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
Please contact Dr. Dee Sehgal, 248-563-8760
The sensation of ringing, buzzing or clicking in your ears is called tinnitus. It is estimated that over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Roughly 20 million experiencing it daily. And while it is an auditory issue, and hearing loss can be associated with tinnitus, the two conditions are not always found together.
With so many who people experiencing these symptoms, the causes and relief vary from person to person.
Many experience tinnitus on an occasional basis, with loud events being the most common trigger. Identifying triggers can be difficult. When they are recognized, avoidance and preparation are an necessary part of the relief process.
For example, if you are an avid music lover you may experience ringing or buzzing in your ears for several days after a concert. Proper hearing protection can help you avoid the after effects. Additionally, if your symptoms are more prominent after eating or drinking certain foods, limiting or removing them completely from your diet can help manage symptoms.
Certain foods can increase the severity of the ringing or buzzing, such as caffeine and sodium. Research has shown that for some patients, tinnitus symptoms increase when blood pressure is increased. Because caffeine and sodium can increase blood pressure, it is recommended to limit the amount consumed to alleviate symptoms.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
If you experience more than mild or occasional symptoms, tinnitus retraining therapy is a way to manage symptoms on a conscious and subconscious level. This therapy is not a quick fix. It is a process in which you work with an audiologist on a one-on-one basis. You work together to retrain your brain to ignore the tinnitus noises, relieving the perception of the sounds.
At Hearing Rehabilitation, we will work with you to manage your symptoms. We will help you identify potential triggers, and which retraining tools will be most beneficial.
Contact our office today at 248-360-4327 to start your journey to hearing wellness today.
HRC is excited to announce our new partnership with the Open Door Outreach Center in Waterford Michigan. The Outreach fed 8,241 people in our community last year alone using over 193,359 pounds of food! (That’s 160,000 meals!) From a canned food drive to a Julie 5K Run in May, we are excited to help this amazing program any way that we can. The Outreach program helps to feed, uplift and empower families in our local community and with YOUR HELP we know we can make a huge impact. Be on the lookout for more information on ways you can help. Starting the first week of April we be collecting canned goods, non-perishable items and personal hygiene products at our office in Commerce. Toilet paper, toothpaste, and undergarments are always overlooked and desperately needed.
To learn more about this program and get involved please contact The Open Door Outreach at (248)360-2930.
We are ecstatic to be a part of the Hearing Loss Association of America,Walk4Hearing event for our first year ever! This is a big STEP for us as we are engaging our community to promote better hearing!
For over fifteen years we have been preventing, diagnosing, and treating hearing loss with our caring hearing healthcare providers and state of the art equipment. We have been actively providing free hearing screenings and education about hearing loss to our local physicians, community centers, community organizations and educational facilities.
We are walking for all of our friends, family members, and patients who experience hearing loss. Each step we take together can make a difference, and it is our goal to get our community hearing the best they can! Better communication, Better Community!
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Walk4Hearing increases awareness about hearing loss, helps to eradicate the stigma associated with it and raises funds to provide information and support for people with hearing loss. Since 2006, the Walk4Hearing has raised more than $10 million and has become the largest walk for hearing taking place in cities across the United States.