Friday, February 5, 2016
Prescription Drug Use Resulting In Hearing Loss
Being a parent means having talks that are not necessarily fun, but definitely necessary. Now that I have two teenagers, I seem to be having more and more of these talks, although I started them when the girls were really little… especially when it comes to substance abuse.
As soon as the girls could talk, we started talking about drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. I wanted them to know that they can always talk about these things to me and Pete, and what was acceptable and not in our family. We set expectations from the very beginning and we continue to add to our talks as they get older.
Source: Tips To Talk To Your Kids About Drugs & Alcohol
Did you know?
Certain medications can damage the ear, resulting in hearing loss, ringing in the ear, or balance disorders. These drugs are considered ototoxic.
There are more than 200 known ototoxic medications (prescription and over-the-counter) on the market today. These include medicines used to treat serious infections, cancer, and heart disease.
Hearing and balance problems caused by these drugs can sometimes be reversed when the drug therapy is discontinued. Sometimes, however, the damage is permanent.
For cases in which the drugs cannot be stopped or changed, the patient and the audiologist can take steps to manage the effects of the hearing loss that results. Most adults acquire hearing loss gradually over time. Thus, many people with a significant hearing loss avoid getting help because they do not realize they have a problem.
Hearing loss can affect relationships, education, productivity, and most importantly, emotional well being. For the estimated 30 million people in the U.S. who have a hearing loss, selecting the most suitable hearing solution can be a critical factor in achieving a balanced life.
Achieve Hearing & Rehabilitation is a speech and hearing clinic with locations in Plano and Dallas, Texas. Achieve Hearing offers speech-language pathology and audiological services, as well as hearing aids for children and adults of all ages. The Achieve Hearing staff includes an Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologists that are licensed in the state of Texas and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
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Location: Plano, TX, USA
Michael Gehan, M.S., CCC-A is a Texas licensed and ASHA certified audiologist. He has been fitting and dispensing hearing aids for over 12 years.
Specializes in advanced digital hearing technologies and diagnostic audiometric testing.
Michael Gehan, M.S., CCC-A, is a husband and father to his son and two dogs. Michael is an avid sports fan and loves cars. When Michael has free time he can be found working on his car with his son beside him as his helper, riding his bike, or at one of his son’s sporting events.
Michael is dedicated to helping people hear and process sound. Michael’s extensive experience, knowledge, and the knowledge he provides to people has lead to positive successful results.
Michael believes that “education leads to a person’s success.” Michael spends extra time with each patient to make sure they understand the results of his evaluation and personalized care plan.