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Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen Medicines Linked to Hearing Loss in Women

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

According to a new study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), women who took ibuprofen or acetaminophen two or more days per week had an increased risk of hearing loss. However, there was no association between aspirin use and hearing loss.

The study, recently published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that the more often a woman took ibuprofen and acetaminophen, the higher her risk for hearing loss. Also, the link between these medicines and hearing loss tended to be greater in women younger than 50 years old, especially for those who took ibuprofen 6 or more days per week.

The number of American children with hearing loss has doubled

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Noisy toys and MP3 players may cause noise-induced hearing loss in children. But you can do something to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

The incidence of noise-induced hearing loss among American children is on the rise.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders in the US, the number of Americans aged 3 and older with hearing loss has more than doubled since 1971. Recent data indicates that over 12% of children between the ages of 6-19 and over 15% of children between the ages of 12-19 have noise-induced hearing loss.

Hearing impaired have a higher risk of falling

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Even mild hearing loss triples the risk of difficulties maintaining gait and balance, a study shows.



A link between hearing loss and falling was found by American researchers. The study indicates that having even a minor hearing impairment can increase the risk of a fall.

“People with impaired hearing have poor awareness of their overall environment, and that makes them more likely to trip and fall,” says Dr. Frank Lin, an Otologist and epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA.

The “kiss of deaf” can cause permanent hearing loss

Friday, March 30th, 2012
Originally posted by MSNBC
By Joyce Cohen

Where’s the one place you should never kiss a baby — or anyone else? The ear, according to a professor of audiology at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.

An innocent kiss right on the ear opening creates strong suction that tugs on the delicate eardrum, resulting in a recently recognized condition known as “cochlear ear-kiss injury.” Such a kiss can lead not only to permanent hearing loss, but a host of other troubling ear symptoms including ringing, sensitivity to sound, distortion and aural fullness.

Southeast Miracle-Ear specialists Joyce and Cynthia received awards!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

It has been a busy couple of months here at the offices, but it certainly does pay off when things like this happen!

Joyce Hill Cooley RN, BC-HIS, COHC and Cynthia Bradley,  BC-HIS, both National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialists, from our local Miracle-Ear franchise were awarded for their excellence in continuing education by the Missouri Hearing Society at their Annual Convention and Education Seminar in Kansas City, Missouri last week!

New Miracle-Ear Service Center now open in Sikeston, MO

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Thursday, Feb. 16th marked the first day of service for the new Miracle-Ear Service Center at the Sikeston Rural Health Clinic. The office, now under new management, will be staffed by National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist Kyle R. Griffin of Cape Girardeau.

The Sikeston center brings authorized Miracle-Ear hearing aids to the local area. Miracle-Ear hearing aid users can receive free cleaning and services, annual hearing tests, free programming of Miracle-Ear Hearing Aids and free Hearing Assessments for those with questions about hearing difficulty. The Miracle-Ear franchise, owned by Lisa and Ken Swindford and Joyce Hill-Cooley, currently services offices in Cape Girardeau, Farmington, and Perryville.

Miracle-Ear Identified as a Top 25 World-Class Franchise

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Miracle-Ear®, the nation’s leading hearing solutions provider, has once again been identified as a top 25 World-Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute. This recognition follows their recent World-Class Franchise® certification from the Franchise Research Institute® and FranSurvey®.

The Franchise Research Institute’s list of 25 World-Class Franchises is based upon the results of independent, third party research of each organization’s franchise owners. Through confidentially surveying entrepreneurs, the Franchise Research Institute is able to obtain honest feedback to measure the excellence of the franchisor.

Can Music Help Ward Off Hearing Loss

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Warding Off Hearing Loss with Music?

From NPR News – Morning Edition

Many people have problems understanding conversation around noise. This kind of deterioration of hearing comes from damage to the nerve endings that transmits sounds from our ears to our brains. And as we age it gets worse. How can you stave off that kind of hearing loss? Current research suggests embracing music early in life.

“If you spend a lot of your life interacting with sound in an active manner, then your nervous system has made lots of sound-to-meaning connections” that can strengthen your auditory system, says Nina Kraus, director of the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory at Northwestern University.

Introducing the NEW Miracle-Ear Mirage!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

It turns out, good things do come in small packages, and this latest addition to the Miracle-Ear hearing aid product line is the most exciting yet! You’ll be amazed at how discreet and comfortable hearing aids can be with the 100% invisible Miracle-Ear Mirage, our smallest hearing aid ever. The Miracle-Ear Mirage uses amazing micro-technology to deliver best-in-performance features in a hearing-aid that is completely undetectable to the human eye!

For decades, Miracle-Ear has been an industry leader in creating nearly invisible hearing aids that excel in performance and comfort. The Miracle-Ear Mirage is an amazingly discreet hearing aid that gives you one more option to explore when it comes to better quality of life and better hearing.

Miracle-Ear is a Guest at a Wellness fair in Altenburg, MO

Friday, April 30th, 2010

It was a great day in Perry County for senior citizens on Thursday, April 29, 2010. That is if they attended the Wellness Fair in Altenburg,MO at the Perry County Senior Center. Joyce Hill-Cooley, BC-HIS,RN,COHC and franchisee manager of Miracle-Ear Centers, is shown given a free hearing screening to one of the attendants. Joyce was happy to help put together the fair and offer her knowledge and services to the local senior citizens. There were also other services available such as glucose tests, tai chi, blood pressure tests,a pharmacist to answer medication questions, and advice for paperwork. Everyone enjoyed a great lunch and to top it off Miracle-Ear raffled off a door prize. We are looking forward to another Wellness fair at the end of May at the Perry County Senior Center.
May is “Better Hearing Month”, so get your hearing tested for free at one of our Miracle-Ear Centers!Joyce Hill-Cooley with an attendant

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