The National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (NBC-HIS) announced that Katie Isgriggs of Potosi, Missouri has successfully
completed the NBC-HIS National Competency Examination. Passing this exam grants the hearing health professional the designation Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences. This designation attests to Ms. Isgriggs experience, dedication, professionalism and commitment to quality care
to the hearing impaired.
The national Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences is a certifying agency fully accredited by the National Commission of Certifying Agencies in Washington, DC. The Commission is the nation’s only organization that sets, applies and promotes comprehensive standards for credentialing professions and occupations.
(Source: HealthyHearing.com) Regular readers of Healthy Hearing know we’ve covered the problem of cerumen – commonly called ear wax – in previous editions. Why? Well, we all have it and ear wax can cause temporary hearing problems. Also, for persons with hearing aids, cerumen can be more common and wreak havoc on your hearing aids.
So despite the inherent “ewww factor” associated with ear wax, let’s take a look down your ear canal and provide the latest on ear care.
Joyce Hill Cooley, Kyle Griffin and Cynthia Bradley were recognized in the December 2013 issue of the Hearing Review as being among the best Hearing Healthcare Professionals in the nation. The determination was made by some of the industry’s top hearing healthcare professionals; a review panel chosen by the Hearing Review. Mrs. Cooley is a registered nurse, national board certified hearing instrument specialist and certified occupational hearing conservationist, Mr. Griffin is a National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, and Mrs. Bradley is a National Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist; they are all employed by Miracle-Ear Center located in the different branches including Jackson Medical Center, 2387 Jackson Blvd, Jackson, MO. 1465 N. Kings highway in Cape Girardeau, MO and in the Farmington Wal-Mart. They all have years of service in the hearing health field were mentioned in the recommendation to review board.
Here is a link to a very interesting radio interview from NPR. Dr. Alicia Quesnal of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary talks about hearing loss in patients that were victims of the Boston tragedy.
Just want to give special thanks to all those who contributed to the Dominican Kids school donation project on our recent trip to Casa De Campo. On Tuesday we went to the Boca De Chavon School near La Romano which has 127 kids ages 5-18. In the Dominican, children cannot get an education without a school uniform which costs $12. Many families cannot afford the uniform and those who can have their kids share the uniform (one child goes to school in the morning and the other goes in the afternoon wearing the same uniform). One of the most telling moments was watching a 6 year old boy paging through a simple blank notebook in amazement to see page after page with no writing on it – kids there don’t have and haven’t seen blank paper – they use scraps to write on. It was truly an amazing experience watching the kids’ faces light up to have such simple things as backpacks, pens, paper and basic school supplies we take for granted here.
The children were kind, respectful and very, very grateful for all that we brought and each class did a performance and sang to us to show their thanks. Without the help and support of everyone listed below this project couldn’t have happened and I am truly grateful to everyone who helped – It is an experience we will never forget. Special thanks to Joyce Hill-Cooley who initiated the whole idea of doing something to give back while we were in the DR & to Heinz for supporting this effort. Everyone who contributed will receive an email from Shutterfly where all of the photos from the project are posted. There will also be a separate email sent to everyone which has all photos of the entire trip.
Many third person documentaries have been produced about cochlear implant recipients. Now, an Oxford University student in the United Kingdom has produced a first person documentary that shares her experience of hearing the world through a cochlear device.
The video was made by cochlear implant recipient Helen Willis, who starts by briefly explaining the technical aspects of an Advanced Bionics’ cochlear device. But that’s only a small part of the video’s 9 minute length.
Most of the video shares Ms Willis’ life with the implant, which she received after contracting meningitis as a child.
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.
May is national “Better Hearing Month”. We believe that hearing health and education is important at all ages. In honor of this, Miracle-Ear reached out to the local school districts to participate in a coloring contest. We would like to thank all of the participating schools, we received over 120 entries!
All entries received a prize. As well as, eight 3rd place winners were awarded a free ice cream from Dairy Queen. Six 2nd place winners received a free bowling at West Park Lane Bowling Alley. The winner of first place received a new Nintendo 3DS!
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.
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.