Bacharach’s Hearing Centers, using state-of-the-art digital technology, provide a full spectrum of hearing services for adults and children including evaluations, auditory brainstem evoked response testing, otoacoustic emissions testing, custom hearing aids, assistive listening devices, central auditory processing evaluations, computerized balance testing and education and support groups.
At Bacharach Hearing Centers, our primary goal is to identify the type and degree of hearing loss and provide solutions to manage listening and lifestyle needs. Dr. Janet Revelle, Au.D., Director of Audiology, pictured above with a patient, has been with Bacharach for the past 30 years. She shared, “I am fortunate to be part of the Bacharach team as we promote a patient-centered focus. As Doctors of Audiology, we are uniquely qualified to provide the most updated protocols utilizing the most advanced technology available to ensure our patients receive the best possible care.”
More than 36 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss – this number has more than doubled in the past 30 years – as people are living longer and are exposed to more noise. According to Dr. Revelle, “Hearing loss is one of the most commonly unaddressed health conditions in America. Although many people are being more proactive with their health and get regular screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and vision, no one stops to think about their hearing, even though hearing and communication are paramount to interacting naturally, remaining active and enjoying life.”
Most hearing loss is progressive in nature and changes gradually over time. Dr. Revelle continued, “Those suffering from hearing loss aren’t the first ones to notice it and sometimes have a defensive response when someone suggests that they need their hearing checked.”
Although many people assume hearing loss is an age-related issue, this is not necessarily the case. In fact, six out of 10 Americans with hearing loss are below retirement age and one in five teenagers has some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss can actually be the result of excessive noise exposure, common among those who listen to loud music on an iPod or work in loud work environments such as airports, casinos and sports arenas. Dr. Revelle said, “I have seen college students who do landscaping in the summer experience hearing loss before the age of 30. Excessive noise wears out the sensory hair cells in the inner ear and these do not regenerate.” Hearing protection is recommended for those exposed to damaging levels and can actually prevent hearing loss due to excessive sound exposure.
There are two main types of hearing loss – sensory hearing loss and conductive hearing loss. Sensory hearing loss occurs in the inner ear or auditory nerve and is frequently treated by the use of hearing devices. Conductive hearing loss impacts the way sounds are conducted from the outer ear, through the eardrum and bones of hearing to the inner ear, such as earwax build-up, fluid or infection. In these situations, referral to a physician can result in medical treatment and improvement. Some individuals with normal hearing for sound may also report difficulty hearing and understanding conversation in competing sound conditions. This involves how speech is processed by the brain and can be identified by specialized testing procedures.
Dr. Revelle said, “Many patients avoid getting their hearing checked and don’t want to let anyone know they are having issues with their hearing. This may cause them to withdraw from family and social situations and limit their interactions with others causing depression and cognitive decline. A recent study performed at Johns Hopkins revealed a strong link between untreated hearing loss and rapid onset of Alzheimer’s disease.”
According to Dr. Revelle, it is critical for anyone who is having difficulty hearing at home, work, or in social environments to have their hearing tested. “A hearing evaluation is easy, painless and covered by most insurance companies. The first step in proactive hearing health care is to have a hearing evaluation conducted by a licensed audiologist.”
To schedule an appointment or for more information, please contact one of our convenient locations:
61 W. Jimmie Leeds Road
Pomona, NJ 08240
647 Shore Road
Somers Point, NJ 08244