SPECIALIST SPOTLIGHT: Steve’s Passion for Improving People’s Lives Every day!

This month we decided it long overdue to spotlight one of our valued team members. Well, they are all valued but this month we feel compelled to share Steve’s story. Steve has been with our team as a Hearing Specialist now for 4 years. What makes him so special is each and every day he looks forward to the ability to greatly improve the lives of the people he helps. He states, “The perfect day is most definitely to have someone to help sitting with me at the HAC every hour of the day!!”

“I’M GRATEFUL FOR ALL THAT I HAVE BEEN BLESSED!”

Steve undeniably accredits his long-term success and his favorite part of working at Lucid Hearing to the support from his Direct Managers (DM), General Managers (GM), and the entire support staff at corporate headquarters.

Over the past 4 years, Steve has had many many memorable experiences with providing hearing assistance and helping numerous people Hear Better. He shared a few of these experiences with us.

“WE GOT OUR DAD BACK!”

“The family of the gentleman I helped hear better from this last spring just before Easter came in as a whole [family] at his one-week checkup super thrilled because “We got our Dad back!”  Super cool to say the least!

Steve could spend all day explaining all day why he got into this line of work, but the biggest reason is his desire to help people. He goes on to describe a recent experience where a man who, “…only had one usable ear.” And this usable ear had a severe and profound loss with very poor discrimination (word recognition).  He goes on to explain all communication between him and his wife was all but lost. Immediately upon fitting him and after only a few words spoken by his wife, they both began to cry tears of job which he declares is, “Exactly what this job is about!”

“IT IS RECIPROCAL”

Helping people, comforting people in need and striving to utilize the best strategies for optimal health is normal practice for Steve. Steve believes Lucid’s unique product line and approach addresses hearing assistance and augmentation in a unique and compelling way. Lucid’s revolutionary technology and commitment to providing first-time users to experienced users quality service.

From the initial screening to one’s unique fitting needs, through our continued service proves Lucid Hearing’s “dedication to making sure each and every patient receives the value they deserve.” Steve is humbled by the value and assistance he brings to his patients. Equally, he notes, “it is reciprocal.” His patients bring joy and an ultimate sense of fulfillment to his life.

JOYS OF THE JOB

Steve has noticed hearing assistance and hearing aids change the impaired and their families’ lives for the better. One of the many joy’s of his job is watching the profound change that takes place from start-to-finish from life before being tested to receiving the benefits of wearing our products!

The life-changing improvement and all around the improvement of the overall quality of life is no doubt one of the best pars of his job. “The most important benefit to a dedicated fitting is when the patient’s ability to maintain and improve relationships with family and friends is accomplished because of our products and our dedication.”


BIGGEST SURPRISES

Often, Steve explains, “one of the biggest surprises is when they realize they have a loss and it isn’t because other people are mumbling.” He goes on to describe once they experience a product demonstration they quickly hear and are able to fully understand what and how much they have been missing out on and exactly how their life can be improved!

When Steve is not helping his patients hear better, he enjoys spending time in the garden learning and eating healthy. We are lucky to have Steve’s expertise, loyalty, and his dedication on our team!

First…Let’s Discuss “Pollution”

During adolescence when I would hear the word, pollution, I would immediately picture a billow of radioactive green gas oozing out of a manhole. Over time, my perception about pollution shifted to the dense gray line of smog lingering over Los Angeles’ horizon. And the “Swimming is Not Advised” sign on the beaches of Santa Monica due to high levels of toxic bacteria from sewage and beach trash. I’d be willing to bet most of you imagine something similar. That being said, the term “Noise Pollution” never entered my mind coming close to holding a candle to chemical pollutants.

According to Wikipedia, “pollution” is the introduction of impurities into a natural environment that causes an adverse change. With this information, we need to understand the definition of “pollution” expands beyond chemical substances. Another popular form of pollution is energy based. This includes heat, light, and the most popular form of noise pollution.

Is it Real…

Noise pollution, also known as environmental noise or sound pollution comes in many forms. Because we cannot see it, smell it, or taste it takes a back seat to the air, water, and chemical pollution conversation when discussing the adverse effects. Environmentalists define noise pollution as, consistent exposure to elevated sound levels. This exposure can lead to adverse effects in humans or other living organisms.

Universally our environments are constantly filled with noise pollution. In fact, noise pollution is so prevalent we often do not even notice. Or we simply categorize it as annoying. That said, we cannot ignore the confirmed adverse effects of constant sounds (muffled, low, and loud) has on our overall health. The World Health Organization, states 8 hours or more exposure to constant sound levels beyond 85 decibels beyond can be dangerous.

Is it Harmful…

Health problems associated with noise pollution dates back as far as 2,000 years ago. When sounds keep you from sleeping or the environmental/household noise starts to give you a headache, it stops becoming just noise and becomes noise pollution. Ones living condition’s proximity to roadways, industrial operations can make it difficult to sleep without waking up or sleeping through the night uninterrupted. This can result in sleep deprivation, lack of mental and physical performance at school or work thus adversely affect their psychological and physical health.

As well, household forms of noise pollution including the television, a stereo, the humming of a fan, and even a bird constantly chirping can disrupt the natural rhythm of your life. Noise pollutants can compound stress levels and contribute to adverse cardiovascular effects. Consequently, increased incidences of coronary artery disease have been linked to individuals exposed to noise pollution.

Additionally, noise poses a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health. Exposure to heavy noise levels in a learning environment or residences can negatively interfere with a child’s learning and behavior as they develop.

Unfortunately, our world is such it is difficult to escape unwanted noise. This compounded with the fact noise pollution does significantly affect many people’s health, it is vital we take steps to reduce noise. Conditioning our society to be less noisy on a whole.

Examples of Noise Pollution

ENVIRONMENTAL
Airports, Train Stations, Metro Station, Subway
Cars, Buses, Motorcycles
Emergency Vehicles
Construction Sites (Heavy Machinery Operation)
Commercial Venues
Industrial Warehouse
Pedestrians & Street Traffic
HOUSEHOLD
Animals
Audio/Visual Equipment
Battery/Electrical Devices
Household Appliances
HVAC System
Landscaping Tools

Final Thoughts…

Protecting your ears from noise pollution is important, and Lucid Hearing constantly strives to ensure your ears are protected. Lucid Hearing’s ear plugs are an ideal solution for protecting your ears from everyday noise pollutants. Our ear plugs were designed to ensure quality comfort, long-lasting durability, and superior hearing protection. Lucid Hearing’s ear plugs were designed to precisely fit the unique contours of all shapes and sizes of ears. With options for discrete handles and cords, our ear plugs are available in a wide range of colors handcrafted by master technicians.

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For decades, the hearing assistance of any kind has been seen as something meant for our grandparents, but the fact is hearing loss affects people of all ages starting as early as their early 20’s. Because of this, many believe eventually everyone will be wearing some sort of hearing device in the near future.  Hearing devices can both improve our ability to hear sounds and with new technology continuously being developed, they can be discreet and comfortable.

Recently, hearing aids have made their way to the forefront of the news. Like with all news, when lots of information becomes available it can sometimes become hard to sift through the information to understand it. Because of this, we’ve sifted through and have trimmed down the important information to provide you with the basics when it comes to deciding on the best hearing solution for you.

Noted in a recent blog titled, “The Hearing Gap: Accessibility and the Consequences of Hearing Loss,” one of the many reasons people who needed hearing assistance did not get help was because often hearing loss was not a priority for policymakers. For years, hearing loss straddled the lines between being a healthcare issue, a public health concern, and a lifestyle issue.

Luckily, our Senators were listening and became aware of the difficulties associated with hearing loss and the undeniable benefits surrounding making OTC Hearing Aids accessible. Last Summer, the Senate’s near-constant gridlock came to a rare agreement giving Senator, Elizabeth Warren, a bipartisan legislative win. The Senate voted 94 to 1 to pass a broad Food and Drug Administration bill, the “Over the Counter Hearing Aid Act.

The Act contained a measure written by the Massachusetts Democrat specifically designed to provide greater public accessibility and affordability with over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids. The OTC Hearing Aid Act enables adults with the detected mild-to-moderate hearing loss to access OTC hearing aids without visiting or being seen by a hearing care professional.

While the FDA continues to regulate hearing aids it does not consider OTC Hearing Aids to be medical devices when labeled for recreational or any other use by individuals with normal hearing. Yet, specific safety regulations related to sound output levels apply to these products. It is important to note, per the FDA’s website there are currently no products that can claim to address hearing loss that are or claim to be OTC hearing aids within the meaning of section 520(q) of the FD&C Act as amended by FDARA.

Currently, hearing aids continue to be restricted [medical] devices, for which sales must follow applicable federal and state requirements overseen by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration) including monitoring by a medical professional.

It is important to note, while the OTC Hearing Aid Act is wonderful news and will provide those with mild hearing issues some assistance, it is not meant for someone with any significant hearing loss. If you suspect you suffer from any form of hearing loss, please visit our website to take advantage of your FREE hearing exam near you today. It is always best to lean on the safe side and have your hearing tested.

Should you need a hearing aid, our Lucid Certified Hearing Specialists will be able to help you identify and give practical advice on what hearing aids are available to you. Our specialists will provide you with recommendations on particular models, so you can be confident you’re making the right choice. To keep them working effectively and safely, you need a proper diagnosis from a licensed professional, and regular visits for follow-up and maintenance. Hearing care professionals ensure you are fit properly. This can save you thousands of dollars in future medical costs you’re risking by self-diagnosing and choosing over-the-counter hearing aids that provide more amplification than you need and can result in further hearing damage.

In closing, it is important to note TWO FACTS should you suspect hearing loss.

#1 According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders only 1 of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wear one.

#2. The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found in a 12-year study conducted by their neurology department that untreated hearing loss increased the risk for dementia.

THE FINE DETAILS: 

Below are the details of The OTC Hearing Aid Act provided by Congress.gov.

The bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to categorize certain hearing aids as over-the-counter hearing aids and issue regulations regarding those hearing aids.

The regulations for over-the-counter hearing aids must: (1) provide reasonable assurances of safety and efficacy; (2) establish output limits and labeling requirements; and (3) describe requirements for the sale of hearing aids in-person, by mail, or online, without a prescription.

State and local governments may not establish or continue in effect requirements specifically applicable to hearing products that are not identical to FDA requirements and that restrict or interfere with the servicing or sale of over-the-counter hearing aids.

To date, tinnitus continues to be one of the most common otologic problems with agonizing and debilitating physical effects.  Tinnitus is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sounds (usually noise or ringing) in your ears when no external sound is present.

According to the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million people in the United States experience tinnitus. Even more surprising, only approximately 12 million actually seek medical help. With this information, it is our hope to shed some light on some of the facts and symptoms surrounding this common hearing disorder we know as tinnitus.

Before we start it is important to note that tinnitus is not derived from one cause. Unfortunately, there are numerous causes that lead to tinnitus including, but not limited to, excessive noise exposure, head and neck injury, ear infection and most surprising stress! According to the website, RestoredHearing.com, many people who suffer from panic attacks, anxiety disorder, depression, or high-stress levels are prone to ear ringing caused by tinnitus.

Although tinnitus is more common among seniors, it is often found in people of all ages, including children. Because of this shocking information, raising awareness surrounding the facts and prevention of tinnitus is important to spread for all ages.

TINNITUS FACTS:

#1 Tinnitus is very common; about 10% – 15% of adults experience tinnitus.

#2 Certain medications can cause or worsen tinnitus. Particularly in large doses, aspirin can cause of ringing in your ears. As well, some antibiotics can cause tinnitus as well as, hundreds of medications.

#3 Tinnitus is not just for seniors. 1 in 5 teenagers suffers from permanent tinnitus.

#4 Tinnitus is a non-auditory, internal sound, can be intermittent or continuous, in one or both ears, and either low or high pitched.

#5 Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus. However, there are numerous treatments to manage life with tinnitus. Sound therapy by wearing a Lucid Hearing Hearing Aid is a common type of treatment. They amplify environmental sounds and redirect attention to those noises instead of the Tinnitus. 

It is important to note tinnitus is not a disease and in most cases, is not serious. If you have noticed a buzzing, ringing, or clicking sound (mild or loud) in one or both ears only you can hear that does not go away, you may have tinnitus. With this information, you should always yield on the safe side and seek the help of a medical professional.