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Community Outreach

  “Sometimes the small things you do can mean everything in another person’s life.”

– Author Unknown.

 

Republic of Fiji: October 2016, Dr. Marilyn Hinrichs (Audiologist) and staff at Advanced Hearing Center (AHC), a private audiology practice in Dallas, TX, visited Fiji and partnered with the Oticon Hearing Foundation and Project H.E.A.V.E.N. to provide audiological care and hearing aid fittings to underserved children in rural villages and schools.

Dr. Hinrichs and staff, in partnership with the Oticon Hearing Foundation, work to support nonprofit humanitarian initiatives to provide hearing care access for people and communities in need. “We are proud to partner with the Oticon Foundation to provide audiology services to underprivileged kids,” said Dr. Hinrichs, AHC’s CEO, and long-time audiologist in the Dallas area. “We are a company committed to addressing the hearing and balance needs of our patients, as well as working together to empower them with improved hearing and communication skills. We’re excited to work with an organization that shares our same beliefs and goals.”

The day was filled with soccer games, other outdoor sports, and arts and crafts. Though the events were fun, the main focus was on providing hearing care and education for the children and the staff that works at the schools. “It was emotionally rewarding to fit the kids with hearing aids and quite heartwarming to see them smiling and playing afterward knowing that we helped to make a big difference in their lives,” noted Dr. Hinrichs. “We plan on continuing to be a part of this ongoing project and similar events in the future, so we can use our expertise and Oticon products to better the hearing of those in need.” Along with the charitable organization Project H.E.A.V.E.N., AHC provided hearing testing, cerumen removal, hearing aid fittings and ear care education to over 300 underserved kids in Fiji.

Charitable Contributions

At Advanced Hearing Center, we’re dedicated to donating our time to assist children whose families lack the funds to obtain audiology services and/or purchase hearing devices.

We work closely with the DFW area school districts to collect donations to cover the cost of hearing devices, plus donate our audiological services. This gives these children a chance to develop normal communication skills and prevents any delays in their education.

Hearing Conservation Program

Our goal is to prevent hearing loss where possible, provide comprehensive testing when there are concerns and make appropriate recommendations when help is needed.

We are committed to the preservation and protection of the priceless gift of hearing. Our Hearing Conservation Program provides educational awareness of occupational and recreational sound hazards to ensure a lifetime of safe hearing.

Noise-induced hearing loss is permanent damage to the inner ear. It is preventable by using ear protection whenever you are exposed to loud noise, limiting the time you are exposed to the noise and reduction noise to a safe level.

Safe Hearing Levels

Prolonged noise can damage your hearing. The louder the sound, the shorter the safe exposure time. The following information should only be used as a guide to determine hazardous noise.

Normal conversation occurs on average at 60 dB. Noise exposure equal to or exceeding an 8-hour time-weighted average (TWA) sound level of 85 dB is potentially damaging. Graduatl hearing loss may occur after prolonged exposure to 90 dB or above. Exposure to 100 dB for more than 15 minutes or 110 dB for more than a minute, can cause permanent hearing loss. Any exposure in excess of 115 dB may pose a serious health risk.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss

• Ringing, buzzing, chirping or whistling in the ears (Tinnitus)
• Difficulty hearing after a few hours of exposure
• A gradual loss of clarity in speech perception
• Ear pain
• Hypersensitivity to loud sounds
• Sudden hearing loss

Recommended Baseline Test: A baseline-hearing exam is recommended for everyone, no matter symptoms, age or medical history. Accidents, injuries and unexpected medical conditions can occur at any time in life and having an audiogram on file helps medical professionals to determine any damage that may be a result of the accidental injury or medical condition.

Recommended Annual Ear Exam: It is recommended for patients who have previously been diagnosed with an ear condition to have their hearing tested every 12-months by an audiologist to identify, monitor and track progression of hearing.

Protection from Loud Noise

Recreational and occupational noises at excessive levels can cause permanent hearing loss. Wear hearing protection when you will be exposed to loud noises to prevent hearing loss.

Where do you go for follow-up care once you've failed an industrial hearing test?

It’s great when an employer provides their work force with a baseline-hearing test. This can be so important, not only for identifying anyone who might already be suffering from a hearing loss and side-effects of untreated hearing loss, but to also have this in your medical file in case you ever experience any type of injury, illness or accident that might effect your hearing. This gives doctors the ability to gauge how much of an impact the injury, illness or accident has had on your hearing and can also provide the patient with financial help from their insurance company to obtain the appropriate treatment.

If you were told you either failed the hearing test or were diagnosed with a hearing loss, bring your audiogram (hearing test results) and report to us and we can develop a customized treatment plan to meet your specific lifestyle demands and hearing needs.

Due to the growing causes of hearing loss and exposure to loud sounds, we recommend ALL people get a baseline test and anyone who has a hearing loss should receive a hearing test once per year to monitor any changes in hearing.

Please click here to see if qualify to need a hearing test. 

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