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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.

It’s almost Better Hearing Month!

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Have you had your hearing checked recently? Stop by our offices today for a FREE hearing test!

And while you are contemplating when you should stop by, read this inspiring article about a boy with hearing loss who defied odds and won a scholastic reading award!


Hearing Aid Museum

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Hearing loss has been around forever, but hearing aids only started to pop up in the late 1800s.  Take a look at these hearing aids and be thankful that we have evolved from using ear trumpets!

Did you know someone who used a hearing aid like these?  Tell us your story!


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!


Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


Originally posted on January 13, 2012

Hearing loss in teenagers is on the rise, and recent reports about the increase in hearing problems among teenagers serve as a reminder that one can experience difficulty hearing at any age. Early hearing loss treatment is key to minimizing long-term impact for children, teens and seniors alike. However, hearing loss symptoms may vary greatly between different age groups, and it is helpful to know what to look for if you suspect a loved one has hearing loss.

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.

Clean Your Earbuds for better Sound and Hygiene.. how about Hearing Aids??

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

According to a recent post on Lifehacker, you should clean your Earbuds for both better sound and better hygiene.

“Earbuds can get dirty surprisingly fast, especially if you use in-ear earbuds—the sealed design increases the heat in the ear canal and leads to more ear wax and oils accumulating on the bud. You can’t just dunk them in water and shake them around however, especially if you spend big bucks on them to please your audiophile ears.”

From there they recommend several options of gentle cleansers, but surprisingly, they also recommend using a dry soft bristle toothbrush, the very same method we recommend for cleaning hearing aids.

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