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August 2018

How to Enjoy Your Next Eagles Game

By | Resources

Are you ready for football season? It’s one of the best parts of fall, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning to attend a Philadelphia Eagles game. Going to a football game, or any sporting event is an incredibly fun experience. From tailgating, to the food, to the sense of comradery among a crowd–everything about a sporting event is more fun when you’re in the stands enjoying it.

If you’ve ever been to a football game, you know how loud it can be. It’s part of the experience, right? The average game has a noise level of around 80 to 90 decibels. In other words, it’s loud!

According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, or NIOSH, this level of noise is dangerous. Any noise exposure registering at 85 decibels or higher for long periods of time is damaging to your hearing, meaning you will experience noise-induced hearing loss.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that there’s something you can do about it and still enjoy an Eagles game from the stands. Here’s how:

1. Bring earplugs.

When a game gets exciting, you can bet that the crowd is going to get rowdy. That’s one of the best parts of the game day! You don’t have to miss it just because you’re worried it will be too loud. Earplugs are an easy, inexpensive way to protect your hearing.

At Associates in Hearing, we have earplugs available for purchase, and you can even buy some generic earplugs at a drugstore. If you’re looking for something more custom, we do custom-fit earplugs, too.

2. Have a plan.

Sporting events are fun, but it can be overwhelming if you or someone you’re with has hearing loss. It can be especially risky for someone with untreated hearing loss to go somewhere loud and unfamiliar. What if you can’t hear the people you’re with over the loud noise?

Most arenas have captioning services or other hearing assistance to those who need it, so make sure you or whoever you’re with knows what’s available to make the experience more enjoyable. Plan ahead if you get separated from your group by making sure you have everyone’s cell phone number and arrange a spot to meet up in case you get lost.

3. Treat your hearing loss.

Taking your hearing loss seriously might not seem related to enjoying a sporting event, but it could greatly affect just how much you enjoy your experience. Untreated hearing loss affects how you communicate with others. When you don’t communicate well, you might be tempted to forego effective communication altogether, ultimately isolating yourself from others and those you care about most.

Treating your hearing loss will let you hear and enjoy every aspect of the game. But more than that, it will let you enjoy the game with those you love and care about most.

The next time you go to an Eagles game, don’t leave home without being prepared. Bring earplugs to help protect your hearing from noise-induced hearing loss. Create a plan so you don’t find yourself frustrated. Treat your hearing loss so you can fully enjoy every second of the game.

If you need help treating your hearing loss, don’t wait to give us a call. At Associates in Hearing, we want to make sure you are hearing better than ever and staying connected to the people (and sports!) that matter to you most. Give us a call today at (215) 855-4217.

Also, make sure to enter our FREE Eagles Kickoff Giveaway! Click here to enter!

10 Questions with Dr. Trish Reiff

By | Humanitarian Trips, Resources

At Associates in Hearing, we want you to treat your hearing loss. We also want you to know how much we care about seeing you thrive in your life because hearing loss is no longer an obstacle. Getting to treat our patients in one of our highest honors.

Our practice began with Dr. Patricia Reiff, a doctor of audiology for over 30 years in the Philadelphia area. As the owner and founder, she has been instrumental in setting us apart from every other practice by making you, our patients, our top priority.

Here are a few facts about Dr. Reiff, the things she loves, and why she’s audiologist.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to be in the medical profession. I started out in pre-med and switched to speech pathology and audiology.

What song from your teenage years do you still rock out to when nobody else is listening or watching?

ABBA – “Dancing Queen”

What made you decide to start your own practice?

I wanted to have control of how I provided audiology and hearing services. I saw the need for comprehensive care, and I wanted to design services to meet the needs of my patients.

Why did you decide to study audiology?

My aunt had a stroke and lost her ability to talk, speak, walk, and feed herself. Her inability to communicate was by far the most isolating and depressing result of her stroke.

What do you enjoy most about being an audiologist?

I enjoy direct patient care and being able to help the most difficult hearing losses. Hearing from patients about what an improvement hearing help has made in their lives is one of the highlights as well.

What is your favorite part about working at Associates in Hearing?

I love hearing from other staff members the stories about the impact we have on our patients and our patients’ families and friends. I also enjoy seeing other staff grow in their positions and find satisfaction in their work.

What do you love most about Associates in Hearing humanitarian trips?

It’s amazing how even small acts of kindness and hearing care can make such a difference in others’ lives. We live in a very privileged society, and it makes me grateful for all I have in our country.

Outside of audiology, what else are you passionate about?

Seeing people expand their thinking, work hard and never give up on themselves. I’m also passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures and ways of viewing the world.

What is your favorite book and why?

I love to read novels with strong interesting characters. The last book I read was Small, Great Things by Jodi Picoult. I loved Ruth in the book. She was always fighting to do the best for her son and for her family.

When you retire and able to look back on your life, what do you hope to have accomplished?

I hope to have shown a lot of love to people and inspired them to live a full and rewarding life. The fact that I helped improve the quality of some people’s lives will be my major accomplishment.

Four occupations at higher risk for hearing loss

By | Resources

A lot of us probably work normal jobs that don’t put our health at risk. Or at least, we think we do. We might be neglecting to protect our hearing, something that is vital to more than just hearing someone next to you.

There are jobs out there that can put you at a higher risk of hearing loss, but that doesn’t mean they’re unsafe! It just means that there are precautions you should be taking to make sure your hearing is protected.

Any noise that is above 85 decibels is considered harmful to your hearing, and with exposure over long periods of time, your risk of damage increases. Hearing loss makes it difficult for you to stay connected to the ones you love, potentially puts you in danger, and can have negative effects on your brain health.

Staying safe is important. Here are the top four jobs that could be harmful to your hearing:

1. Airport Ground Staff

While directing jet engines during landing and take off, these people are exposed to some of the loudest noises someone can experience. A jet engine registers around 140 decibels, so it’s absolutely necessary for ground staff to do what it takes to protect their ears.

Wearing protective earmuffs is a requirement for this job, and making sure you take breaks from the noise is a necessity.

2. Construction Worker

We see construction happening all the time, and it’s pretty obvious that the machinery used in construction sites can be dangerously loud! A rattle gun is one of the loudest tools these workers use, and it registers at around 120 decibels.

Using protective earmuffs or ear plugs should be a requirement, even if they seem uncomfortable. It’s worth the discomfort if your hearing is protected–otherwise, you’re left with hearing loss that will affect you for a lifetime.

3. Nightclub Worker

For someone who spends most of their evenings working at nightclubs or bars, it’s easy to overlook the effects loud music can have. You might even be accustomed to the noise and think nothing of it! But when you work a long shift with loud music playing non-stop, you could easily be exposed to noise that registers at 115 decibels, at least.

It might not be possible to wear earplugs, but it is possible to take breaks from the noise and position yourself away from speakers. If noise exposure is unavoidable, be aware of the long-term effects of hearing loss. You might not regret it now, but you could regret it later in life when you’re struggling to hear well.

4. Farmers

Working on a farm might not seem like a noisy job, but there are times when loud noise exposure does happen and is often unavoidable. Using loud machinery and equipment could easily cause hearing loss. Squealing pigs can even make a lot of noise, registering around 105 decibels!

The best you can do is be aware of your hearing and the noise you’re finding yourself exposed to. Don’t neglect to use hearing protection, keeping a set of ear plugs around or near equipment when you need it.

These jobs are all important and valuable, but the risk for hearing loss is still there. Be aware of the noise you’re exposing yourself to, and educate yourself on how hearing loss can affect your life in the long run. You won’t regret taking the time to protect your hearing.

If you suspect you might have a noise-induced hearing loss, give us a call! We’d love to help you get your hearing back. With a hearing evaluation, we can help you determine if hearing aids are a good fit for your potential hearing loss, giving you back the ability to live life to the full.