Stone's Hearing Aid Service
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Protect Your Ears This 4th of July,
Stone’s Hearing Aid Service Urges Community
The Stone’s Hearing Aid Service Family is urging people to use sound judgment and ear plugs in celebrating the 4th of July, America’s noisiest day of the year. The single bang of a firecracker at close range can permanently damage hearing in an instant. Loudness is measured in decibels, with silence measuring at approximately 20 dB sound pressure level (SPL). Any noise above 85 dB SPL is considered unsafe. Most firecrackers produce sounds starting at 125 dB SPL–presenting the risk of irreversible ear damage.
We are asking that people pack earplugs when heading out to this year’s 4th of July celebrations and is advising them to exercise safety whenever around fireworks. The single bang of a firecracker at close range can permanently damage hearing in an instant. But by following some simple precautions, people can enjoy the 4th of July festivities and still protect their hearing.
The best advice we can offer is to leave the fireworks to the professionals and sit at a comfortable distance from the display, where you can enjoy the colors and lights, but not expose yourself and your family to loud noises. To protect your hearing, make sure you are wearing ear plugs and that they are securely in place before the show begins. And be sure to keep them in for the entire show.
Disposable ear plugs, made of foam or silicone, are typically available at local pharmacies. They are practical because you still can hear music and the conversation of those around you when you have them in your ears. But when they fit snugly, they are effective in adequately blocking out dangerously loud sounds.
Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise; and 30 million are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day.
According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, consumption of fireworks in the United States has risen dramatically over the past decade, from 152.2 million pounds in 2000 to 213.9 million pounds in 2009. As more and more Americans come into contact with fireworks, it becomes increasingly important that people follow sound safety measures, including the use of ear protection.
The Dangers and Signs of Loud Noise
Loudness is measured in decibels, with silence measuring at 0 dB. Any noise above 85 dB is considered unsafe. Most firecrackers produce sounds starting at 125 dB–presenting the risk of irreversible ear damage. Repeated exposure to loud noise, over an extended period of time, presents serious risks to hearing health as well. If you have to shout over the noise to be heard by someone within arm's length, the noise is probably in the dangerous range. Here are other warning signs:
· You have pain in your ears after leaving a noisy area.
· You hear ringing or buzzing (tinnitus) in your ears immediately after exposure to noise.
· You suddenly have difficulty understanding speech after exposure to noise; you can hear people talking but can't understand them.
Anyone can take the first step to addressing hearing loss by taking a simple, interactive screening test in the privacy of their own home by going to www.hearingcheck.orgif there is a hearing concern, please visit Stone’s Hearing Aid Service for a more comprehensive hearing evaluation for free .
Prevention is so critical to preserving our hearing, especially for children who are at highest risk for noise-induced hearing loss. Make sure your family and friends fully enjoy the holiday festivities and celebrate smart. Leave the fireworks to the professionals. Stay a safe distance away. And pack the earplugs. Remember: close to 40 percent of hearing loss is preventable with proper protection.
We hear sound when delicate hair cells in our inner ear vibrate, creating nerve signals that the brain understands as sound. But just as we can overload an electrical circuit, we also can overload these vibrating hair cells. Loud noise damages these delicate hair cells, resulting in sensorineural hearing loss and often tinnitus (ringing of the ears). The cells that are the first to be damaged or die are those that vibrate most quickly–those that allow us to hear higher-frequency sounds clearly, like the sounds of birds singing and children speaking.
The best way to protect hearing is to avoid excessively loud noise. When you know you'll be exposed to loud noises, like fireworks, wear ear protection. Every day you can protect your hearing by keeping down the volume on ear-buds stereos, and televisions. And you can teach children to quickly plug their ears with their fingers when they're suddenly and unexpectedly bombarded by loud sirens, jack hammers, and other loud sounds.
Stone’s Hearing Aid Service recommends that people should not personally use firecrackers to celebrate the 4th of July, since one explosion in close proximity could cause permanent hearing loss, not to mention bodily harm. There is a reason why fireworks are illegal in many states, and that is because of their inherent danger.
Noise is one of the most common causes of hearing loss. Ten million Americans have already suffered irreversible hearing damage from noise; and 30 million are exposed to dangerous noise levels each day. Children are most vulnerable.
Adverse Health Effects
Noise can pose a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health, including learning and behavior. For example, noise can:
INTERFERE WITH SPEECH AND LANGUAGE. Repeated exposure to noise during critical periods of development may affect a child’s acquisition of speech, language, and language-related skills, such as reading and listening.
IMPAIR LEARNING. The inability to concentrate in a noisy environment can affect a child’s capacity to learn.
IMPAIR HEARING. Tinnitus, often described as a ringing or buzzing sound in the ear, is a symptom associated with many forms of hearing loss.
NIHL is a permanent hearing impairment resulting from prolonged exposure to high levels of noise or by sudden high level (impulse) noise.
DISTURB THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM. Elevated blood pressure and other cardiovascular ailments can be found in children who are chronically exposed to loud noise.
DISRUPT SLEEP. Noise can awaken a child or disrupt his or her sleep patterns.
Minimizing the Risks
Take the following steps to protect your child from the physical and psychological effects of noise:
• Instruct him or her to walk away from sources of loud noises.
• Limit the amount of time spent on noisy activities.
• Lower the volume.
• Have your child’s hearing tested if he/she routinely participates in noisy activities, such as playing an instrument or attending concerts or sporting events.
• Ensure that he or she wears child-sized hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs, during noisy activities and events.
• Create a quiet learning and sleeping environment.
When to Seek Help
Consult a hearing specialist (a person who tests and measures hearing) or an otolaryngologist (a doctor who treats diseases and problems of the ear, nose, and throat) if you or your child experiences any of the following symptoms:
• Asks people to repeat themselves.
• Regularly hears ringing, roaring, or hissing sounds.
• Speaks loudly or raises voice to be understood by someone standing nearby.
• Does not react to unexpected loud noises
The noise levels (in decibels) on the thermometer are approximate as measured at a typical listener’s distance.
Use this sound thermometer to judge your or your child’s noise exposure. Noise levels at 85 dB or above can be harmful to your hearing and require protection.
As you can see, firecrackers alone range at 125DB, that is louder than a rock concert...
Stone’s Hearing Aid Service is reminding the community that regular hearing checks are critically important for detecting hearing loss early and for getting appropriate treatment in order to minimize the negative impact that unaddressed hearing loss can have on quality-of- life. Stone’s Hearing Aid Service offers FREE hearing evaluations.
The Stone’s Hearing Aid Service Family wishes you, your family and friends a happy and safe 4 of July.
Stone’s Hearing Aid Service, Your Hearing is OUR Concern
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Hearing of Family Tradition
Stone’s Hearing Aid Service is not only about hearing aids, we are also about family, with being a family owned and operated business for 128 years, we consider all of our patients and our community our family too. That is why when we hear of something special from our family, we like to share it.
We all recollect certain moments and times of our childhood that we will cherish forever. Almost all of these memories in one form or another were a tradition. These family traditions are sadly one of the great casualties of modern times. As families have more time constraints due to careers, become focused on team sports, are more fragmented and disengaged, there is less time and opportunity to benefit from the traditions that were formerly a natural part of family life. The present households often has a TV and/or computer in every room, so even a small custom like all sitting down to eat dinner, doing homework together or playing a favorite family game may just not happen as often as it once did.
Recently a photo appeared that melted our hearts, it was a photo of one of our Stone’s family, Jane Marie Swavely, Assistant Director of Nursing at The Meadows at Shannondell in Valley Forge, PA and her daughter Katie enjoying making peanut butter eggs with family members.
We spoke with Jane Marie about how special of a moment this was to capture and how important instilling family time and tradition is. Jane Marie stated “It is not about what we do, it is about doing it together, that is something I try to instill in my children”
“My traditional values were instilled by my mom and dad, my parents were stellar about tradition”, stated Swavely. “I am almost 40 years old, and I will be disappointed the Christmas that I do not get matching jammies from my mom. I want my children to be just excited about spending time with their family. Working at Shannondell contributes to family value, I love working with the elderly and I love that my children are comfortable around them and respect them as we were raised.”
Jane Marie’s photos and statements reminded use at Stone’s Hearing Aid Service that the holiday seasons once largely were a time for family traditions; however, it is not necessary to restrict traditions to just this time of the year. Sometimes holiday festivities are a good way to kick start a tradition that can become seasonal favorite or that can be incorporated into family life year round.
In the twenty first century, family life looks a lot different than it did fifty, twenty or even just ten years ago. Parents’ chaotic work schedules may mean that eating as a family, taking a family walk, or going on a day trip are sometimes impossible. Family vacations involve a military approach with planning just to get everyone together and the holiday season, once a season overflowing with adoring, meaningful, family traditions, all too often involves a painful and complex process of trying to balance which of two divided families gets their children when and for how long.
Many of us remember and miss the modest rituals that shaped the foundation of our own childhood, yet do not see feasible way to fit them into a life that is so dissimilar from the ones that of our parents when we were growing up.
Family traditions can be a way to reconnect and create a much needed sense of belonging, and for those no longer part of a “traditional” family set-up, setting traditions can be even more important. Traditions do not have to be time-consuming efforts; it is worth taking a moment right now to reflect on the fact that spending time together is what family traditions are all about and the memories that will be made will be memories of a lifetime.
Fitting traditions to your family
There is no “one size fits all” solution to today’s increasingly intricate family situations. Fit your traditions to your family style and diversity as well as the people in it. If you only see your children once a week, that in itself can be a tradition, certainly you do not miss out on seasonal traditions, even if you do not always celebrate them on the exact day. To discover traditions that fit your family you have to include everyone, and make it meaningful for every family member. This can be a particular challenge with large or blended families. Make it fun, experiment to discover activities that appeal to everyone, and where everyone can play a part. If family games night falls flat, change the games. If family meals, outings or vacations are not greeted with enthusiasm try to find out why. Involve every family member in trying to identify regular activities you would all enjoy, and then work on building them into family traditions.
Resurrecting old traditions
Think back to your childhood. Did you love that first day at the beach each summer? Picking strawberries each spring at a local farm? Picking out a Halloween pumpkin or a Christmas tree? Flying your kite on windy fall days? Fishing by the river on a Sunday morning? Having a special breakfast weekend mornings?
If you came from a family where tradition was not practiced, borrow from others and create your own. Read up on different traditions that have been popular at different times throughout history, in your own country and around the world. Be inspired by the old, but don’t be afraid to put a new twist on it if that suits your family.
We would like to thank Jane Marie and her family for the lovely story and reminding us what the meaning of family and tradition means.
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Why you should not purchase a hearing aid from a chain or “big box” businesses
Being family owned and operated since 1885, Stone’s Hearing Aid Services believes strongly in community commitment and enhancing the sense of community that makes Pottstown so special.
Mark Shanta, Board Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist, BC HIS
Matthew Dailey, Hearing Instrument Specialist, HIS
Members of Pennsylvania Hearing Healthcare Association
Voted Pottstown Mercury‘s Reader's Choice Consecutively since 2006
Top Ten reasons to Think Local - Buy Local – By Local – Be Pottstown
Buy Local -- Support yourself: Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned, chain, “big box” businesses, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic base of the community and lower the tax base.
Support community groups: Non-profit and local organizations receive an average 250% more support from local independent business owners than they do from large “big box“, franchised and chain businesses.
Keep our community unique: Where we shop, where we eat and have fun -- all of it makes our community home. Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of the Pottstown area. Our tourism businesses benefit as well, when people go on vacation they generally seek out destinations that offer them the sense of place, not just anyplace, a sense of belonging.
Reduce environmental impact: Locally owned businesses can make more local purchases requiring less transportation and generally set up shop in our town or within the surrounding area, as opposed to developing on the fringe. This generally means contributing less to sprawl, congestion, habitat loss and pollution.
Create more jobs and sustainability: Small local businesses are the largest employer in our community, provide the most jobs to residents.
Get better service: Local businesses often hire people with a better understanding of the products they are selling and take more time to get to know customers. Respecting the customer and creating a community family.
Invest in community: Local businesses are owned by people who live in our community, whom are less likely to leave, and are more invested in the Pottstown’s future.
Put your taxes to good use: Local businesses in our Downtown Community requires comparatively little infrastructure investment and make more efficient use of public services as compared to nationally owned, “big box” or chain stores entering our community.
Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy: A marketplace of tens of thousands of small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long-term. A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, well informing them of their purchase options, and not misleading, guarantees a much broader range of product choices and satisfaction. Without an individual being bullied or intimidated into a purchase.
Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
Five Consumer Tips because Stone’s Hearing Aid Service Cares:
Be informed and aware of who you are purchasing your product from, researched and utilize your sources, do not be afraid to ask. Know a name to a face, ask for ID and credentials, especially if this will be a out of office sale/purchase.
IE: Does the merchant have a website with their staff listed? Are their names posted with a picture and position on the website or in shop?
Unfortunately we live in a society of fraud, please ensure you are conducting business with the proper person. You may be conducting business with someone completely unaffiliated whom will abuse your information or you could possibly be conducting business with someone whom is not qualified for the situation at hand.
Look into the Department of Health, Consumer Reports, and Attorney General
Local sustainability (how long have they been in our community? Do they move from office tooffice/space to space or have they remained in a venue for a multiple years?)
Are the staff that is caring for your needs licensed or certified to do so?
Do they offer current criminal background checks to ensure the safety of your personal information and well being?
Make sure your purchase is exactly what you purchased and not a substandard item.
Example: A provider advertises Siemens Hearing Instruments, when you receive the item sold, it is stamped Rexton, which is a sub company of Siemens of lesser quality. Thus you are receiving a less advanced product at the more advanced cost.
Rexton instruments Siemens instrument
If this happens or has happened to you, please report your deception to the Department of Health or proper chain of authority.
Think local first + Buy local when you can =
Being Pottstown Community local!