Ears to You                  Newsletter


APRIL, 2020                                                                                                                                                                              Volume 14, Issue 1

Editor- Trish Kaminski

             (574) 243-7766


Notes from the Editor

Once again I want to send out a huge, huge ‘Thank You’ to all of you that donated for the Christmas gift drive.  You are all just so wonderful!  Your donations are so very much appreciated and mean so much!  I have been tossing around an idea about maybe including canned food items for this year… any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

I do hope that everyone weathered this Winter well.  Now we can hopefully enjoy some sunshine!!


A thoughtful gift….

For those of you that wear hearing instruments or have family or friends with hearing instruments… a Dry & Store is the perfect gift to assist in keeping those hearing instruments work-ing at their best.


Football stars with hearing loss

Derrick Coleman of the Seattle Seahawks may be the best known legally deaf NFL football player.  The 26-year-old fullback has had hearing loss since he was four. Coleman’s fame reached even beyond the sports world when a Duracell commercial featuring his story became widely praised and circulated as an empowering message for all individuals with hearing loss or other “disabilities.”

Flozell Adams is a former offensive tackle who played for the Dallas Cowboys from 1998 to 2009, and for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010. Despite a significant hearing loss in his right ear, Adams is one of the top offensive linemen in club history with five-time Pro Bowl selection, behind only four other men.  A dependable player, he missed only 14 games in his 12 years with the Cowboys.

Reed Doughty is a former safety who played for the Washington Redskins from 2006 to 2013.  Prior to that, he played college football at the University of Northern Colorado. A hearing aid wearer himself, he has lent his fame to promoting hearing loss awareness and the importance of amplification. Doughty is also a champion for organ donation, particularly for Americans with kidney disease.

Extra fun fact: The football huddle was invented 1890 at Gallaudet University, a university designated for the Deaf and hard of hearing, to keep the opposing team from peaking in on the Deaf players strategizing in sign language.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Possibly More Damaging Than Age-Related Loss

Hearing loss as a result of noise trauma could be more detrimental than typical age-associated hearing loss, according to research in the Journal of Neuroscience.  Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Rochester investigated difference in processing in auditory-nerve fibers of male chinchillas.

Study authors sought to compare two prevalent hearing loss etiologies: metabolic hearing loss (MHL) and noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). 

They induced MHL in one group via administration of furosemide, which inhibit the endocochlear potential to mimic the effects of age-related hearing loss in humans.  Researchers found a greater degree of impairment in neural processing of complex sound in the NIHL group when compared with the MHL group/

Authors note that safe-hearing health practices can prevent NIHL in humans, caused by physical trauma to parts of the ear.

“Although these two types of hearing loss are currently categorized together in clinical audiology, these results suggest the need to develop specific treatments, such as different hearing-aid amplification strategies for each type of loss.:  says study author Michael Heinz, a professor in speech, language and hearing sciences and biomedical engineering at Purdue University.

The ASHA Leader October, 2019





To get about 10 – 15 extra hours of life out of your batteries – let the new battery sit for at least two minutes with the sticker off before putting it in the hearing aid.

5 Sounds of Summer That Can Cause Hearing Loss

Summer is a beautiful time to enjoy life to the fullest and spend time with your friends and loved ones. The sweet sound of birds chirping in the trees and the exciting melody of an ice-cream truck on a hot summer afternoon can be nostalgic, but amidst these lovely sounds there are a few that can cause hearing damage. Here are five summer sounds that you need to avoid in order to protect your hearing this season.

  1. 1. Power equipment

Summers are considered an excellent time for people to get work done around the house. If you were waiting for the summer to build a patio roof or trim the tree branches with a chainsaw, you should get ready for some serious noise pollution around the house. You need to make sure that good ear protction equipment is being used at all times when using loud power equipment and that the young ones are kept far away from the source of the noise as they are the most susceptible to permanent or temporary hearing loss due to noise exposure.

  1. Car stereo

Are you planning to go on a road trip this summer? If yes, you must have started putting together  some great music for the ride. But before you put your car stereo on full blast, you need to consider the adverse effects that this level of noise can have on your ears. While listening to music is fun, keeping the volume low can be beneficial for your  hearing health.

  1. Outdoor concerts

Summer is the best season to attend an outdoor concert organized by your favorite band. However, the bad news is that the typical noise level at such a concert can range up to 115 decibels. Doctors say that it is possible to develop permanent hearing loss at this level of exposure. Many people get a ringing in their ears after these concerts. This ringing is closely associated with hearing loss. Make sure that you have proper ear protection when you attend an outdoor music concert and try not to stand too close to the loudspeakers.

  1. Personal audio devices

Listening to music on an iPod or MP3 Player can induce hearing loss. The rule of thumb is that if people can hear your music from your headphones, your volume is too high.

  1. Fireworks

Whether you’re celebrating the 4th of July or a close friend’s wedding, a fireworks display might be beautiful to look at but can do lasting damage to your ears. On average, fireworks can reach an enormous audible level of up to 140 decibels, which is extremely dangerous. The easiest way to protect your hearing while enjoying a fireworks display is to wear a pair of over-the-counter earplugs, which are cheap yet effective.

Brentwood Hearing Center, February, 2020



Use the sticker from the new batteries as markers on your calendar.  This will help you keep track of just how long a battery lasts for you!






I sometimes hear:

“My hearing aids are working just fine, why should I keep my clean/check appointment?”

To help maintain the life of your hearing aids, regular office visits are important.  There are a number of things we do to help keep your aids working smoothly at these clean & check appointments.

We inspect the aids for any damage.

Clean the aid(s), the battery drawer and battery contacts.

Check the battery charge.

Brush and vacuum the microphone openings.

Change the sport wings, sound tips, wax guards and tubing when applicable.

Listen to the hearing aid – checking for sound quality, intermittency, etc.

Make programming changes if needed or requested.

Answer your questions and address your concerns.

So, my strong recommendation would be to keep that appointment!!  If you are not scheduled for a clean & check – call today to get scheduled.

I look forward to seeing you!


Audiology Assistant



*During the chariot scene in ‘Ben Hur’ a small red car can be seen in the distance.

*Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look alike contest.

*A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. The reason a goldfish swims back and forth and back and forth across the fish bowl all day long is because by the time it gets to one side of the bowl it forgets what’s on the other side of the bowl. Every trip is a new adventure! (Hey, I wonder what’s over there!…. Hey! I wonder what’s over THERE!)