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MEET THE ALLIANCE! We are proud to bring you the most valuable information and local news supporting hearing health awareness and loss prevention. Our growing list of partners and ambassadors are dedicated caregivers in the pursuit of bringing the most up-to-date information on what's going on in the world of hearing preservation from some of the most prominent members of our community. We welcome all health practitioners, non-profit organziations, educators and community group leaders to help our public outreach and join our battle against hearing loss.

FROM OUR FOUNDER
This is an amazing time for us all to get together to battle adversity, especially such a powerful national epidemic as hearing loss. I have spent over two decades of my career reaching out to the community conducting public awareness seminars, free educational talks and free hearing screenings to Long Island residents because I wholeheartedly believe that the best way to defeat hearing loss is giving out the right information and reaching out to the people. Having met thousands of sufferers, hearing loss has proven to be debilitating phyically and socially-- such that we aspire to fight the isolating element of this disease by bringing support to the public and to let everyone know that help is here!

We hope you enjoy our website and the valuable information that we post regularly. If you or someone you love is suffering in silence, feel free to share the link to our site and we invite them to learn more about what prevention is truly all about.

My best regards to you all-

DR. LORI TRENTACOSTE, Au. D., CCC-A
Island Better Hearing (Melville, NY)

 

How to Manage & Value the Gift of SOUND
To pursue the preservation of hearing in our community is to identify ALL causes, including personal negligence and lack of information. From today's media technology, our personal health and an extensive list of environmental influences that places our hearing at grave risk, The Alliance for Hearing Preservation has taken on the mission to bring awarenss and resources to our society at large about "the third largest health epidemic in the country". Despite countless research efforts to raise the bar on reversing hearing loss, our medical community has yet to pinpoint any one proven and reliable solution whereas the best weapon against hearing loss and sensory damage is still PREVENTION and AWARENESS.

 

MEDICAL CAUSES OF HEARING LOSS

 

• Diabetes

• Acoustic Neuroma

 

• Thyroid disease     

• Lyme Disease           

 

• Hypertension

• MS

 

• Parkinson’s

• Oto-toxicity

 

• Meniere’s 

• Wax

Noise Causes Hearing Loss!

Hearing loss is considered as the second leading cause of a global burden, and a major disability which affects the quality of life of the people suffering from it.
While there might be a number of different reasons for reported hearing loss in an individual, noise is a major contributing factor as well. Hereditary factors, complications at birth, and exposure to dangerously loud noises, are some other common reasons for hearing loss in individuals.

Noise Induced Hearing Loss – Affecting Hearing Abilities

Noise induced hearing loss involves exposure to dangerously high levels of sounds for an extended period of time. Noise induced hearing loss can be a temporary issue or it might become a permanent problem, if an individual is exposed to high decibel noises for a long time.

According to statistics, around 15% of the American population, which is 26 million people that lie between the 20 to 69 years age bracket, suffer from noise induced hearing loss. (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD)). This noise induced hearing loss might be due to noise at work or exposure to sounds during leisure activities.

According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, around 16% of the teens and young adults, aged between 12 and 19 years, were noted to suffer from hearing loss that was attributed to prolonged exposure to dangerously high sound levels. (Josef Shargorodsky, 2010)

How Does Noise Induced Hearing Loss Occur?

The dangerously high decibel sounds damage the hearing nerves and the hearing cells of the inner ear. This is called as sensorineural hearing loss or nerve damage. This kind of damage mighty be brought about by exposure to sounds of high intensity for brief spells, that might include explosions, or continuous sound in a work environment. The hearing loss might be immediate or it might affect a person, slowly over a period of time. (John Hopkins Medicine ).

The hearing loss might also result in TINNITUS, which is a condition in which there is a ringing sound that is continuously heard in the head. This ringing or buzzing sound is heard as a result of damage to the ears, due to prolonged exposure to loud sounds.

Sounds that might result in noise induced hearing loss include:

  • Firing of guns
  • Motorcycles
  • Airplanes
  • Personal audio devices switched to high frequency sounds
  • Lawn mowers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Chain saws
  • Jet engine
  • Construction and heavy machinery

Sounds that are of 80 decibels are considered to be safe, while normal conversations are shared at 60 decibels. A sound of 90 decibels produced from lawn mowers might affect a gradual hearing loss over a period of time. At 110 decibels, sounds from chain saws should be avoided by wearing protective ear wear to avoid any damage to the hearing, while sounds at 140 decibels approximately, produced in rock concerts and by firecrackers, are dangerous enough to cause permanent hearing loss in an individual. (John Hopkins Medicine ).

To avoid hearing loss and damage from loud noises, ear plugs that fit into the outer ear canal of a person need to be used, while wear muffs that cover the entire outer ear are a good option as well. Decreasing the intensity of the sound to a safe level and avoiding prolonged exposure to dangerously high sound levels can help minimize the damage caused by noised induced hearing loss as well. 

Click to download our FREE Powerpoint presentation on the LIAHP Advocacy Mission and our objectives toward healing the largest epidemic in the country.
 

40 Million Americans Suffer From
Hearing Loss – A Hard Fact!

By: Dr. Lori Trentacoste, Au. D., CCC-A
Doctor of Audiology

According to the recent statistics published by the World Health Organization, around 360 million people all over the world, suffer from hearing loss, out of which 40 million are Americans! (World Health Organization , 2015). An individual might suffer from mild, severe, moderate or profound hearing loss, which might affect one or both ears. A hearing loss which is greater than 40 decibels in adults, and more than 30 decibels in children, is referred to as disabling hearing loss.  

Statistical Information

Men exhibit a higher propensity to suffer from hearing loss, compared to women. (Clarke, JW, & Blackwell, 2012). Around 15% of the American adults, who are aged 18 and above; report trouble in hearing, according to the statistics reported by the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).

Also, around 2 to 3 children out of every 1000 babies born in the U.S., suffer from hearing loss which is detectable. According to a research conducted by the NIDCD, around 15% of the Americans who lie in the age bracket of 20 to 69, suffer from a high frequency of hearing loss, which is caused by exposure to noise at work or during other activities.

Furthermore, according to a survey study conducted by the NIDCD, around 2% of the adults who are aged from 45 to 54 are reported to have a disabling hearing loss. This rate for the occurrence of hearing loss is seen to elevate to 8.5% in adults who are aged between 55 and 64. The study also revealed alarming statistics that around 25% of individuals aged from 65 to 74, and 50% of those aged 75 or older, had reported suffering from hearing loss.  (National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), 2015) 

Basis For Measuring Hearing Loss

Hearing loss might be caused due to hereditary factors, medical negligence, delay or lack of timely treatment, complications at time of birth, and contraction of a severe disease at an early stage in life. Hearing loss is calculated based on the decibels which are audible to an individual. This congenital abnormality is assessed through a set of audiologic tests, which include acoustic admittance measurement tests, hearing history, and other physiological and behavioral procedures.

Sophisticated testing procedures like auditory brainstem response, Otoacoustic emissions, behavioral observation audiometry, speech and conditioned audiometry and visual reinforcement audiometry are used to determine the level of hearing loss in an individual. The tests are conducted based on the age of the patient. (Shamesh). The basis for measuring the degree of severity of hearing loss is:

HEARING LOSS SEVERITY LEVEL

DECIBEL THRESHOLD

Normal

From -10 to 15 decibels

Mild

26 to 40 decibels

Moderate

41 to 55 decibels

Severe

71 to 90 decibels

Profound

Greater than 90 decibels

Demographic Studies

The traditional nuclear income family dynamics are changing in the industry, with both parents working full time, and leaving the children in day care or with relatives. Divorce rate in the country has also risen to 50%, and the changing family structural dynamics are reported to have a great impact on the work of auditory professionals, who identify, diagnose and treat hearing loss in children and adults. Low income families have children that are more vulnerable to suffering from hearing impairment, due to the lack of proper and timely medical care. (Rhodes & Perigoe) These families also often lack the resources to provide their children with the required medical care and treatment needed for improvement.

Amongst the minority groups within the country, the number of children reported with a rising percentage of hearing loss cases has been highest in the Spanish community. 11.5% of the total households, which were identified with cases of children suffering from hearing loss, belonged to Spanish families. (Rhodes & Perigoe). Certain ethnic groups are also identified with a higher number of hearing loss cases, which is attributed to consanguineous marriages. (Rhodes & Perigoe) Around 49% of individuals diagnosed with hearing loss belonged to different ethnic groups, out of which 15.4% are African American, 4.3% are Asian Americans and 24.5% Hispanic American. (Rhodes & Perigoe)

Over the years, there has been a rising trend observed in the number of reported cases for hearing loss, all across the country, which is seen as a major cause for concern by experts.     

DEPRESSION is a disorder which affects around 350 million people on a global scale, according to the World Health Organization WHO. This mental condition is one of the leading causes of disability in the world, and is now being seen as a major contributor to the overall global burden of the disease. (World Health Organization WHO , 2012)

This condition is different from regular mood fluctuations and has the tendency to become a serious health condition if it becomes severe. There are a number of reasons which contribute to the development of depression in an individual, and hearing loss is considered to be one of the contributing factors.
Hearing Loss And Depression- The Connection

According to the statistics submitted by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders NIDCD, around 36 million Americans have been reported to suffer from hearing loss. This comprises around 17% of the adult population of the country, which is an alarming statistic in itself.
Hearing loss is attributed to being the third chronic health condition most prevalent in older adults. But statistics show that only 20% of the individuals, who can benefit from the treatment, actually opt for medical help. (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA))

Suffering from hearing loss is an individual experience, and every person responds differently to the condition. Many individuals suffering from hearing loss are known to experience conditions like depression, anxiety, frustration, and social isolation. (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)). The stress of dealing with the hearing loss, results in depression which might be moderate or severe.

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Dr. Lori Trentacoste: Top Melville Audiologist Battles Hearing Loss Epidemic With Prevention Seminars & Alliance

MELVILLE, NY, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The LIAHP- (The Long Island Alliance of Hearing Preservation) launched its official 2015 Hearing Loss Prevention Initiatives with a Prevention Seminar series at the South Huntington Library where sufferers and info seekers attended to get firsthand understanding and options about their hearing loss.  Led and co-founded by medical director and audiologist Lori Trentacoste, the LIAHP also met with Suffolk County Dept. of Health director Dr. James Tomarkin this week to discuss island-wide initiatives to pursue education-based programs to bring awareness efforts and free resources to hearing loss sufferers. "It is an epidemic that affects 40 million Americans and is the 3rd largest health disorder next to heart disease and arthritis... it demands real attention and true measures for prevention and safety." (See VIDEO 2)

For the complete press release, click HERE.

 

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