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Hi Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, Concord and friends all over the Bay Area!

Have you ever wondered if you are wearing the right kind of earphones when flying? It was not that long ago that I did not know if I was wearing the right kind either. What do you mean right kind anyway? Aren't the earphones that came with my music player fine? Well... Yes and no. They are fine when there is little noise in the background. Things change when you have background noise to deal with. When I am at home, I can use my earphones and listen to my music at 1/4 to 1/2 of volume. This is safe. In fact, you can listen to whatever you would like at 60% of the total volume for 18 hours before causing potential damage to your hearing with stock apple ear phones. The safe listening time is unlimited if listening at 50% or less.

When there is background noise, you now have to turn up the volume of whatever it is you want to listen to in order to hear it comfortably over the noise. Even though the sound may not seem that loud compared to the background noise, you are indeed causing damage to your hearing with earphones that do not isolate. This is due to the toxic levels of sound exposure including for how long it was sustained.

Isolating ear phones are available and can be ordered online for universal fits at a reasonable price or the sky is the limit if you want very high fidelity sound reproduction. On the ear and over the ear headphones are also possible, but take up more space and can be hot when worn for a long time. No matter what you choose of these options, you will be able to isolate yourself from background noise and in turn, turn down your volume to a safe listening level.

For more questions, advise or maybe you would like to know what your hearing is like? Please e-mail or call me anytime.

I wish you a lifetime of safe listening!

Your friend in Audiology,

Dr. Erik Breitling

Audiologist

(Source: https://phys.org/news/2006-10-safe-apple-ipod.html)
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Saturday August 4, 2018 - 8:30 AM to Noon

10th Annual Senior Symposium this Saturday at Acalanes High School. Fun and informative!!

Join us for a free morning symposium and conversation with experts on aging, resource fair, light refreshments, and good parking! Most importantly, I will be there, so feel free to stop by and say hello! I always enjoy talking about hearing and related topics!

You friend in Audiology,


Dr. Erik Breitling

Audiologist
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Wishing you and yours a very Happy 4th!

Your friend in Audiology,

Dr. Breitling
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Hi friends, May is here! Can you believe it!? It is also Better Hearing Month!

If you think you have a hearing problem or if you have never had your hearing tested, contact me to set up an appointment!

Your friend in Audiology,

Dr. Erik Breitling

Audiologist
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Hello Lafayette and friends beyond!

One of the most common complaints I hear about hearing in difficult scenarios is in a restaurant. It seems like restaurants tend to get noisier and more challenging to hold a conversation. Why would that be? Well... It seems a lot of modern restaurants will have concrete floors, with tall ceilings. This is pretty bad when it comes to acoustics (Lower ceilings and carpet are much better). It can cause delays in the signal that you want to hear arriving to your ears with a slight delay. This in turn, causes the original signal (e.g. someone's voice) to not sound as clear as it would without reverberation. To complicate things further, there are usually many other people present, possibly loud enough music to be a nuisance instead of adding ambiance and kitchen noise. A challenging situation no matter how great your hearing might be!


Fortunately, there is now an app for your smartphone that allows you to look up or rate a location you wish to go to by how loud it is. How cool is that?! If the place has never been rated, you could be the first and help others! The app allows you to measure with your phone's microphone the noise levels and also allows you to rate how loud you feel the place is. The app is called iHearU and was created by a Doctor of Audiology who (like yours truly) is a passionate hearing advocate. The app is free and available from both the Apple app store and the Google Play store.


I use this app and highly recommend it to others! If you would like to read more about the app, click here: http://www.ihearu.co/

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your hearing, call today to make an appointment with me.

Your friend in Audiology,

Dr. Erik Breitling

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As 2017 comes to a close, I would like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year!

Your friend in Audiology,

Dr. Erik Breitling
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From my family to yours, I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas!

Dr. Breitling
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Lamorinda Audiology will lend an 'ear' to the visitors and participants of Lafayette's 2017 Reservoir Run and Health Fair. If you are in the area stop by and say hello! Sunday Oct 22 ends around 10am.


Your friend in Audiology,


Dr. Erik Breitling
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Good news! I have recently received correspondence from ReSound stating that their made for iPhone devices have undergone rigorous testing and are now confirmed to be fully compatible with iOS 11. In some cases upgrading to iOS 11 may cause the pairing to be lost. Should that happen, I will be happy to guide you through the pairing process or to provide instructions. So, if you have not already, feel free to complete your upgrade today!

Your friend in Audiology,

Dr. Erik Breitling
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Ear Candling, Not Even Once!

I have waxy ears, should I use ear candles to take care of it?

Here are my Cliff's Note's: No.

Why not? Here is why... Where do I begin? For starters, the idea is that a cone is placed in the ear canal and then lit on fire to burn slowly. This slow burn will apparently create a suction to pull wax out of the ear canal. The problem with this is that you cannot create a suction strong enough to pull anything out. Additionally, the cone is lined with bee's wax or paraffin and this is melted by the heat. In fact the "ear wax" that is often shown as a result of the process is just melted wax from the cone. If you are sitting or laying down on your side, you risk starting a fire, lighting your hair on fire, burning your face, ear canal, ear drum and middle ear! The hot wax can burn a hole through your ear drum. Not a pleasant thought...

Here is a video put out by the FDA: https://youtu.be/9ZwkZUrtJmg

Beyond all of the risks, there is really no way to tell what a person has in the ears without looking inside with the proper tools. This is something only a licensed professional such an an Audiologist or Physician is educated to handle. Without knowing what is inside you run the risk of pushing things down your ear canal. A patient I saw recently, complained of ear pain after having her ears candled. When I looked inside, there was burned candle wax in the canal! I managed to remove the majority which in turn caused relief. Thankfully there were no perforations of the ear drum caused by the earlier "treatment".

When your ears bother you, or if you feel you have an object in your ear that needs attention, please contact an Audiologist or your Physician. Do not take chances with your health.

Your friend in Audiology,

Dr. Erik Breitling

Audiologist
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