Pearls of Wisdom
By Sabrina Marciante
May 30, 2017
Category: Hearing Loss

 

Better Hearing Month is a wonderful reminder to hone in on effective listening skills.  Hearing impaired or not, everyone can improve their listening abilities.  Genuine listening provides better opportunities for clear communication, problem solving, relationship building, and proper understanding.  Here are 5 tips to develop effective listening skills:

 

  1. Face your conversation partner or the speaker, and maintain eye contact.

  2. Be attentive and focused, not distracted or distracting.

  3. Reduce any background noise to allow better hearing of the speaker.

  4. Pay attention to nonverbal cues, and have adequate lighting to see these.

  5. Ask questions to ensure understanding.

 

Often we are so quick to speak, we forget what it takes to be a good listener.  These tips can help facilitate meaningful conversations you’ll actually remember.

 

 

Sabrina Marciante, AuD

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Sabrina Marciante is the Clinical Manger of Hearing & Balance at the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin in Austin, TX and specializes in hearing  related disorders including tinnitus and hearing loss, neurophysiological disorders as well as dizziness/balance disorders.  Dr. Marciante is currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders

 

 

There is a good chance you are familiar with the recommendation of physical therapy for the treatment of various orthopedic conditions. For example, maybe you or a family member has been treated for back pain, a shoulder injury, or knee osteoarthritis. But what about physical therapy for dizziness? And how can a physical therapist help with this condition? This is where vestibular rehabilitation therapy comes in.

 
 

First of all, what is the vestibular system?

The vestibular system is one of three sensory systems within your body. It is located within your inner ear and includes three semicircular canals and two otolith organs (utricle and saccule). The vestibular system provides information about motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation.

 

What exactly is vestibular rehabilitation therapy?  

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise based treatment program that incorporates head, eye, and body movements in order to decrease dizziness, improve gaze stability, maximize postural control, and improve balance. The best way to understand vestibular rehabilitation therapy is to break down the treatment interventions into four separate categories. I will give a brief overview of each category and how these treatments can manage various types of dizziness.

 
Alison Foster, DPT
 
 
 
 
Dr. Alison Foster is a physical therapist at the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin in Austin, TX and specializes in treating gait and imbalance disorders of the vestibular system. Dr. Foster is currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, dizziness/vertigo, physical therapy and sleep disorders.
 
By Sabrina Marciante, AuD
May 04, 2017
Category: Hearing Protection

Protection is Important!

 

To your ears, that is.  Did you know that a sound as loud as a blow dryer or blender can cause hearing loss and damage to your ears?  Fun (or not so fun) fact for your Thursday.

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Hair Dryers Cause Hearing Loss | Audiologist Austin,TX

Tips for protecting your hearing:

  • Wear hearing protection when around sounds louder than 85 dB for a long period of time.
    • There are different types of hearing protection such as foam earplugs, earmuffs and custom hearing protection devices.
    • 85dB is about the sound of your hair dryer, lawn mower, blender or vacuum cleaner!
  • Contact your local audiologist for custom hearing protection devices.
  • Turning down the volume when listening to the radio, the TV, MP3 player, or anything through earbuds and headphones. (Visit www.TurnItToTheLeft.com)
  • Walking away from the noise.
  • And, other than hearing protection, do not put anything in your ear!

 

Contact your local audiologist for additional expertise on protecting your hearing and preventing noise induced hearing loss!

 

*Data provided by the American Academy of Audiology

http://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/consumer-information/fact-sheets

 

Sabrina Marciante, AuD

 

 

Dr. Sabrina Marciante is the Clinical Manger of Hearing & Balance at the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin in Austin, TX and specializes in hearing  related disorders including tinnitus and hearing loss, neurophysiological disorders as well as dizziness/balance disorders.  Dr. Marciante is currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders

By Alison Foster, DPT
May 03, 2017
Category: Balance

If you are living in constant fear of falling, you may actually be increasing your risk for falls. According to an article by Landers et al., psychological factors including a “fear of falling” and certain “fear avoidance behaviors” are better predictors of falling than actual physical measures. 

Am I at Risk of Falling?

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This means that your risk for falling can be predicted by your own self-confidence in your balance. If you are avoiding activities that you once enjoyed due to a fear of falling, you could be contributing to your own risk due to inactivity and sedentary behaviors. A specialized physical therapy program directed towards improving gait and balance can greatly improve your confidence to keep you safe, independent, and active!

 

Source: (Landers, M. R., Oscar, S., Sasaoka, J., & Vaughn, K. (2015). Balance Confidence and Fear of Falling Avoidance Behavior Are Most Predictive of Falling in Older Adults: Prospective Analysis. Physical Therapy, 96(4), 433-442. doi:10.2522/ptj.20150184)

 

Alison Foster, DPT

 

Dr. Alison Foster is a physical therapist at the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin in Austin, TX and specializes in treating gait and imbalance disorders of the vestibular system. Dr. Foster is currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, dizziness/vertigo, physical therapy and sleep disorders.

By Sabrina Marciante, AuD
May 02, 2017
Category: Hearing Protection

May is Better Hearing Month!

 

While we can’t make our hearing “better,” we can better protect ourselves from dangerous noise levels we experience daily.  We don’t think of our hair dryer or blender as being causes of noise-induced hearing loss or tinnitus (that dreaded sound in your ears), but they absolutely can be.

 

Noise-induced hearing loss can occur if you’re exposed to sounds over the level of 85dB HL for an extended period of time.  Let’s see how some common sounds stack up:

 

60 dB—Normal conversations or dishwashers

80 dB—Alarm clocks

90 dB—Hair dryers, blenders, and lawnmowers

100 dB—MP3 players at full volume

110 dB—Concerts, car racing, and sporting events

120 dB—Jet planes at take off

130 dB—Ambulances and fire engine sirens

140 dB—Gun shots, fireworks, and custom car stereos at full volume

 

You can see how we are exposed to a variety of dangerously loud sounds daily without even thinking about it.  Let’s keep those iPhone and MP3 players on low, and keep our hearing health up!

 

*Data provided by the American Academy of Audiology http://www.audiology.org/publications-resources/consumer-information/fact-sheets

 

Sabrina Marciante, AuD

 

 

 

Dr. Sabrina Marciante is the Clinical Manger of Hearing & Balance at the Hearing & Balance Center of Austin in Austin, TX and specializes in hearing  related disorders including tinnitus and hearing loss, neurophysiological disorders as well as dizziness/balance disorders.  Dr. Marciante is currently accepting new adult and pediatric audiology patients. The Hearing & Balance Center of Austin is the hearing and balance division of Great Hills ENT and serves the greater Austin area including the Arboretum, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Lago Vista, Jonestown, Steiner Ranch, Lakeway, Spicewood and Point Venture. We are proud to provide excellent care to our patients for general Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services, hearing loss, hearing aids, dizziness/vertigo and sleep disorders





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