March Madness Hearing LossMarch Madness is upon us and that means it is time to root on your favorite college basketball teams. For many, this is a great opportunity to attend multiple basketball games in person and enjoy the atmosphere of cheering, yelling and music that takes place during each game.

The downside is that all that loud noise can lead to hearing loss.

Experts say that exposure to noise levels of 80-90 decimals for eight hours can lead to serious damage in the inner ear. Most sports arenas can easily reach this noise level during a game, especially when an exciting play takes place that gets the fans cheering their loudest.

Manatee Orlando AHAA Convention

Manatee Ear Center took the team across state to Orlando, Florida for the 2017 AHAA Convention.

The conference is held for hearing care professionals to learn about recent developments in the hearing health industry. Over a four-day span, we gathered a better understanding of the issues in the industry and how to better serve our patients.

From learning about optimizing patient care, improving practice efficiency and making the offices more appealing to patients, we returned with valuable insight to exceed and enhance the experience for our patients.

old vs new hearing aid

If you’re a new hearing aid wearer, you may be surprised to learn that a set of hearing devices lasts just four to five years.

Given that good hearing aids are definitely an investment, we understand that this can be frustrating news. But when you consider that you’ll use these devices every single day, for up to 15 hours at a time, the lifespan of your hearing devices may start to make more sense.

Brain Hearing

Join us March 9th for our next Oticon Hearing Event. During these events, the team at Manatee Ear Center explain Oticon’s newest technology. Part of that includes information about Oticon’s BrainHearing Technology, which helps prevent cognitive decline.

Untreated hearing loss is exhausting. Rather than relying on your hearing to interpret speech and respond accordingly, you need to rely on visual and situational queues as well. The extra concentration required to process this information can wear you down.

We understand how your ears and your brain work together as a system, with your brain doing the heavy lifting. Oticon hearing instruments with BrainHearing technology are designed for your brain, supporting the hard work it does.

For many with a hearing loss, hearing aids have become an essential part of a healthy lifestyle by bringing back sound. Studies show that healthy hearing reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive decline.

Hearing loss in the NFL

Football is rough on the entire body, including the ears. Head trauma sustained in the sport can cause swelling in the ears, build internal pressure and in extreme cases, lead to hearing loss.

Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida presents three hearing-impaired football players who have succeeded on the field:

  1. Larry Brown
    As the first NFL player with documented hearing loss, Washington Redskins player Larry Brown would ask other players to repeat themselves often or tilt his head to be closer to sounds. A hearing test confirmed deafness in one ear. Brown later wore a hearing aid both on and off the field.

  2. Kenny Walker
    Kenny Walker suffered from meningitis at the age of two and experienced hearing loss as a side effect. After retiring from football, Walker serves as a translator in the world of professional football and remains dedicated to improving the lives of kids with hearing loss.

  3. Derrick Coleman
    Derrick Coleman of the Arizona Cardinals made headlines as the first legally deaf offensive player in the NFL as a member of the 2014 Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Coleman lost his hearing as a child due to a genetic disorder. He reads lips and wears hearing aids on the field and a tight cap as a barrier for his helmet.

For more information on our services and hearing aids, contact Manatee Ear Center in Bradenton, Florida today online or by phone at 941-745-1518.

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