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Ringing in your ears? We have answers about Tinnitus

What causes noise or ringing in my ears?

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Tinnitus can be caused by exposure to loud noise, medical illness or head and neck trauma.

The leading cause of ringing in the ears, which is known as tinnitus, is exposure to loud noise such as concerts or gunfire. There are other factors that can trigger tinnitus as well including age related hearing loss, certain medications or head and neck injuries.

Is there a cure or treatment plan for tinnitus?

There is a treatment plan for tinnitus called Tinnitus Retraining Therapy. It is not a cure for tinnitus but rather a management program. Treatment works by helping to lessen the individual’s perception of the noise. Tinnitus retraining therapy typically lasts about 18 months with success rates of about 80 percent.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a very common condition. It is a noise heard in the head or ears. Tinnitus affects people differently and can be described as low pitched, high pitched, constant, or intermittent. It can come across as ringing, roaring, buzzing, whistling, or humming.

What is sound therapy and how does it work?

Sound therapy is a treatment to help manage tinnitus symptoms. Sound therapy works by making the perception of the tinnitus less noticeable compared to background sound that is delivered through the sound therapy device. Most patients find the use of background sound very helpful when used in combination with Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.

Does tinnitus cause hearing loss?

Tinnitus on its own doesn’t cause hearing loss. It is very common in people with hearing loss; however, not all people with hearing loss will develop tinnitus.

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Adult Speech Disorders and Hearing Loss

An interview with Mike Howland, CEO

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

What can cause onset speech impairment in adults?

There are a variety of reasons why an adult may have onset speech impairment. The onset of speech, swallowing, and/or language disorders in adults may be caused by a stroke, traumatic brain injury, a disease that affects motor skill (ALS, Parkinson’s Disease), cognition (Alzheimer’s Disease), hearing loss, and/or anatomical/structural deviation of the oral cavity (e.g., vocal nodules, polyps, cysts, oral cancer).

How can family members best help a loved one that has a speech impairment?

It can be very difficult to come to accept that there is a disorder. A speech and language pathologist can be a partner who guides the patient and family to identify goals to work on together in order to foster communication and understanding. A few tips we would offer for adult speech disorders and hearing loss include:

Onset adult hearing loss

Onset adult hearing loss can lead to social anxiety and frustration. If you or a loved one is suffering from hearing loss, please call the professionals at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center to schedule a hearing test.

• Maintain a natural conversational manner appropriate for an adult.

• Minimize distractions, such as a blaring radio, whenever possible.

• Include the person with a speech or language disorder in conversations.

• Ask for and value the opinion of the person especially regarding family matters.

• Encourage any type of communication, whether it is speech, gesture, pointing, or drawing.

• Avoid correcting the individual’s speech.

• Allow the individual plenty of time to talk.

• Help the individual become involved outside the home. Seek out support groups.

How can hearing loss impact an adult person’s quality of life?

Having a hearing loss can significantly impact a person’s ability to communicate with others, and lead to a reduced quality of life.  The most common ways hearing loss can manifest in a person’s life is through:

  • increased anxiety,
  • social isolation and withdrawal,
  • frustration,
  • anger,
  • depression,
  • self-criticism,
  • panic disorders,
  • social phobias,
  • difficulty concentrating, especially when communicating with others.

How can I tell if my parent has hearing loss?

Hearing loss is rarely sudden or total, unless you are exposed to an exceptionally loud noise. It’s usually gradual – sometimes so gradual that your family and friends may notice the problem before you do. Here are ten questions that will help you determine whether friend or family member is suffering from hearing loss.  If you answered “yes” to three or more of these questions, you may want to schedule a professional hearing evaluation with an audiologist.

1. Do you have a problem hearing over the telephone?

2. Do you have trouble following the conversation when two or more people are talking at the same time?

3. Do people complain that you turn the TV volume up too high?

4. Do you have to strain to understand conversation?

5. Do you have trouble hearing in a noisy background?

6. Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves?

7. Do many people you talk to seem to mumble (or not speak clearly)?

8. Do you misunderstand what others are saying and respond inappropriately?

9. Do you have trouble understanding the speech of women and children?

10. Do people get annoyed because you misunderstand what they say?

How can family members help a loved one that has hearing loss?

Set Your Stage

1. Face person directly.

2. Avoid noisy backgrounds.

3. Get attention first.

Get the Point Across

1. Don’t shout.

2. Speak clearly, at moderate pace, not over-emphasizing words.

3. Re-phrase if you are not understood.

4. Use facial expressions, gestures.

In closing, the most important thing a family member can do to help a loved one with onset hearing loss is to get a hearing test.

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Speech and Language Disorders in Children

An Interview with Mike Howland, CEO

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center

What are the main causes of speech and language disorders in children?

Speech and Language disorders may be the result of a variety of etiologies and many disorders have no clear cause but they may include:

  • a motor speech disorder (Apraxia),

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    Hearing and speech disorders in children may be caused by a variety of issues. If you think that your child may have a hearing, speech or language disorder, please contact your primary care physician to ask for a referral to the speech & hearing professionals at Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center.

  • a physical/ structural cause (cleft palate, overbite, short frenulum),
  • be a symptom of a syndrome (Down syndrome, Fragile X),
  • a neurological problem (Cerebral Palsy),
  • a traumatic event (traumatic brain injury, lack of oxygen at birth),
  • a sensory deficiency (hearing impairment),
  • Auditory Processing Disorders,
  • intellectual disability,
  • developmental delay,
  • language based learning disability,
  • Autism,
  • environmental deprivation.

In short, there are hundreds of possible causes that can facilitate the need for speech and/or language therapy.

What is the first step I should take if I notice my child’s speech is delayed?

Speak with your Primary Care Doctor about getting a referral for a Hearing Test, if one has not already been completed, as well as a referral for a Speech & Language Evaluation.

How can I tell if my child’s speech and language is on track?

There are expected language behaviors for different ages.  For example, by 1 year of age, a child should use one or two words, follow simple requests (ie. “Come here”), and understand simple questions (ie. “Where are your shoes?”).  By 2-3 years of age, the child should be using two or three words sentences to talk about and ask for things and following two requests (ie. “Get the ball and put it on the table”).  Parents should also understand the child’s speech most of the time. Children are individuals and do develop at slower or faster rates than expected.  What is most important is that the child shows continuous language growth.

For more detailed look at the developmental milestones at each age refer to www.asha.org for the following:

What is the difference between a speech disorder and language impairment?

When a person is unable to articulate or produce speech sounds correctly or fluently (ability to speak without stuttering), or has problems with his or her voice (e.g., hoarseness, vocal nodules), then he or she has a speech disorder.

When a person has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely (expressive language), or interacting and having appropriate social skills with others (pragmatics), then he or she has a language disorder. Both children and adults can have speech and language disorders. They can occur as a result of a medical problem or have no known cause.

How can I help my child with a hearing problem cope at school?

Federal law allows students with hearing loss to have a free and appropriate public education alongside non–disabled students, to the extent possible, up to 12th grade. Even though a child may have a hearing aid or cochlear implant they will probably still need assistive technology, modified acoustics, and accessible teaching strategies to participate fully in noisy classrooms. In post-secondary institutions students must advocate for accessibility through the school administration. Many schools have disabled student offices that can coordinate accessibility requests.

Michael Howland, President and CEO

Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Selects Michael Howland as New CEO

The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center has selected Michael Howland as its President and CEO. Howland replaces Bill McQuilkin, who retired after five years at the helm.

“We are excited to attract in Mike Howland an energetic, experienced leader who has made a positive impact at every stop of his career,” said Dr. Rick Pepis, Chair of the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Board of Directors.

The 65-year old organization served 5,390 Northeast Florida residents with speech, hearing and language challenges in its last fiscal year.  Funding for the center, which plans to replace its 50-year old building with a state-of-the-art facility in the same location, comes from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, United Way, City of Jacksonville, Chartrand Foundation, Florida Blue, the Community Foundation in Northeast Florida and individual donors, as well as private pay clientele.

Howland most recently served as Vice President for University Advancement and Chief Strategic Relations Officer at his Jacksonville University alma mater. He previously led the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Noble of Indiana, Christian Service Charities and three related associations of national charities, Independent Charities of America and the San Francisco District and Region of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

In addition to his undergraduate degree from JU, where he served as president of the student body and alumni association, and on the JU Board of Trustees, Howland earned Juris Doctor and Master of Arts-Public Administration degrees from St. Louis University. He and his wife, Cathy, have three children, including daughter Madeline, a nursing student at JU.

We invite you to connect with Mike on LinkedIn.

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Audiology Awareness to Prevent Hearing Loss

October is National Audiology Awareness Month

Hearing loss is an increasing health concern that is often preventable. Noise exposure is the most common cause of hearing loss and can result in difficulty sleeping and high blood pressure. Noise induced hearing loss occurs gradually and without pain. Experts agree that regular exposure to sounds of 85 decibels or louder are detrimental to hearing.

The good news is that noise-induced hearing loss is preventable!

Here are 3 key steps you can take to prevent hearing loss:

1. Make sure to take proper precautions with your hearing should you find yourself in a situation with large amounts of noise.

2. Use ear protection whenever possible, particularly when working with loud machinery such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and jackhammers.

3. If you plan on attending a concert or sporting event, make sure to protect your ears! Recent statistics suggest a trend of noise induced hearing loss occurring at younger ages. Ear plugs and earmuffs for noise protection can be purchased at your local drug, hardware, or sporting goods store.

Our doctoral level licensed audiologists can assess your hearing. Earplugs are also available for purchase!

For more information on healthy hearing, check out the link below from the American Academy of Audiology.

http://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/consumer-information/october

FinFest

Join us for FinFest Saturday, October 4

There is still time to purchase a ticket for FinFest on Saturday, October 4!

FinFest at Sawgrass Marriott is the Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center’s annual fundraiser. Attendees can expect wonderful cuisine, cool beverages and a riveting silent and live auction – all for a wonderful cause: to benefit the children, adults and seniors in Northeast Florida who are in need of speech, language and/or hearing needs.

Purchase your ticket by clicking HERE.

 

FinFest at Sawgrass

The Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center will host its premiere event, FinFest at Sawgrass, on Saturday, October 4, at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa located in Ponte Vedra Beach. We are honored to once again have Acosta Sales and Marketing as our Presenting Sponsor and Robert and Margaret Hill as honorary event Co-Chairs.

FinFest at Sawgrass is sure to be an amazing event! Guests will enjoy great eats, drinks, dancing, and a riveting silent and live auction. Auction items include overnight stays in Hawaii, art, entertainment packages, and so much more! Entertainment will be provided by KTG Musical Entertainment, a high-energy dance band known for their live horns, musical excellence, and stage presence.

Tickets for FinFest at Sawgrass are $125 for adults and $75 for young professionals (under 40). Tickets for the event can be purchased online on our website www.shcjax.org. Funds raised from the event will directly fund our mission of providing the highest quality professional and compassionate care to all individuals with speech, hearing, and or language disorders in our community. We hope to see you there!

Questions about FinFest at Sawgrass? Contact Janet Streit at jstreit@shcjax.org.

Join in on the conversation on Twitter at #JSHCFinfest.

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