REDUCING RISK FOR HEARING LOSS - Los Gatos Audiology
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Hearing Aids Tailored To Your Life!

Over 10,000 lives transformed
since 1996 in Silicon Valley

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Hearing Aids Tailored To Your Life!

Over 10,000 lives transformed
since 1996 in Silicon Valley

We’ve talked about risk factors for hearing loss, and by now you know many of the common (and not-so-common) causes of hearing loss. Now let’s discuss how you can reduce your risk for developing hearing loss.

Risk Factors of Hearing Loss We Have Discussed:

  • Noise Exposure
  • Ototoxic Chemicals and Medications
  • Aging
  • Premature Birth
  • Genetic Abnormalities
  • Diseases and Conditions
  • Therapies

Obviously not all of these can be avoided, but we do have control over our risk for the most common causes of hearing loss: noise exposure, ototoxic chemicals and medications, and therapies.

Loud Noise Exposure

Noise exposure, either short- or long-term, is by far the most common cause of hearing loss.

Whether you are exposed to short bursts of very loud noises or frequent/constant exposure to loud noise of lower frequencies… that damage is cumulative and can cause permanent hearing loss, especially the more it happens.

Prevention of noise-induced hearing loss is not complicated, however. Preparation is key: purchase earplugs to carry wherever you go. That way you’ll be ready when you are confronted with loud noises, whether they are expected or not.

If you don’t like the feel of cheaper earplugs that are readily available in drugstores, look into custom ear plugs at your audiologist’s office.  Custom ear plugs are fitted to conform to your ear canal’s shape. Not only do they provide more protection from expected loud noise (like music or machinery), they can allow you to hear the things you need to hear while protecting from the noises that damage our hearing.

Ototoxic Medications and Chemicals

You may know that high doses of aspirin often cause ringing in the ears (tinnitus), but did you know that all NSAID over-the-counter anti-inflammatories are ototoxic? That means they can cause temporary hearing loss, which is usually resolved once the medication is ceased, but in some cases can cause permanent damage if used too frequently at high doses. . Agricultural and factory chemicals can also sometimes be ototoxic, and most cigarettes also contain them.

Therapies and Medical Interventions

Some antibiotics and chemotherapies can also cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. When stopping these medications, symptoms usually die down. Another medical intervention that can affect hearing health is radiation therapy. This is observed particularly in cases where radiation is concentrated around the ears.

Hearing loss is not inevitable for most people! Take these easy steps to avoid hearing loss and you can be hearing well into your golden years! One last important preventative measure is annual hearing screenings. These yearly checks will tell you if there is any change from the previous year even before you notice it! That will give you an edge on preventing further hearing loss and stop it in it’s tracks.

We’re proud to have served Los Gatos, Saratoga, Campbell and the entire Bay Area for more than 40 years. We’re here to provide the right solution for Your Life, Your Style.

You are invited to attend our Listen Up Café!

Listen Up Café, Friday, February 21, 2020 from 10 am -12 pm

Balance Disorders and Hearing Loss

RSVP by calling us at 408.703.0772 to reserve your spot!

We’ll have light refreshments and a Hearing Loss great discussion—see you there!

Los Gatos Audiology – 15899 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd. Suite 8, Los Gatos, CA 95032 (on the corner of National and Los Gatos-Almaden Rd.)  www.losgatosaudiology.com

YOUR NEW TOP-RATED & FAVORITE LOS GATOS, CA, AUDIOLOGIST ...

Christine Throm is an excellent audiologist, technologist (she can fix, pair, tweak and whatever else, most hearing aid problems. Others go back to the factory) and on top of the latest developments in her field serving as current President of the California Academy of Audiology. Above all else, she is a caring person who will put your best interests first. Always. You will be pleased

- L. Egherman
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I've been a client of Christine Throm for over 10 years (and 3 moves... you always stay with the best). She is a VERY dedicated professional, she is knowledgeable, and caring. My hearing loss has never been managed more effectively and the she has access to the latest and most advanced technologies. She has personally selected her staff to reflect her own values and high standards. Everyone there is friendly helpful. To top it off, they are now conveniently located adjacent to the "Mission Oaks" campus of Good Sam in a suite of beautiful, "state-of-the-art" offices.She is the GREATEST! Enough said.

- R. Henry Richards
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Dr. Christine Throm was very knowledgeable and thorough. After one visit I understood what my hearing losses are and what I could expect from hearing aids. I have visited other audiologists with poorer results. I will be returning to Los Gatos Audiology.

- B. Naden
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I’ve been a patient of Los Gatos Audiology for several years and am on my second set of hearing aids that have been prescribed here. The staff is always friendly and helpful. Dr. Christine Throm is the best. She’s always takes time to understand any aspect of my personal hearing issues to provide the best care for me. I simply wouldn’t go anywhere else.

- Carl Borbons
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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Los Gatos Audiology. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.

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15899 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd. Suite 8
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408-354-1312

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Monday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Thursday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

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Our Los Gatos
Audiology Office
15899 Los Gatos-Almaden Rd. Suite 8
Los Gatos, CA 95032

408-354-1312

Office Hours:
Monday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

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