Hearing Challenges

Noise Protection Tips For Better Hearing

Rock concerts and jet engines may be the most well-known measurements for sound levels that can damage hearing, but they’re by no means the only loud noises a person could encounter that lead to hearing loss. Everything from lawnmowers and chainsaws to headphones and sporting events can harm your hearing, and when your hearing goes, it goes for good.

Take action to protect your hearing health using these easy, actionable steps that many people may not know about.

1. Use Earplugs or Headphones Around Loud Noises

Many Americans have unavoidably loud workplaces or hobbies, such as people in manufacturing facilities or those who can’t get enough of live concerts. A rule of thumb you can use to find out if you’re in an overly loud environment is if you have to shout to be heard by the person next to you, you’re probably in a dangerous sound environment. In circumstances like these, a simple way to protect your hearing is to physically block the noise from damaging the delicate structures in your inner ear.

Earplugs are a convenient and widely available solution that can help protect your hearing. There are even custom pairs you can have fitted by our Doctor of Audiology, Dr. Rhee Nesson. Some musicians use specialty earplugs that have filters that allow people to still hear conversations and music clearly while reducing loud sounds’ impact on hearing health.

2. Lower The Volume

The people at risk of hearing loss aren’t just the elderly people normally associated with hearing aids. In fact, it’s estimated that millions of young adults and teenagers are at risk for noise-induced hearing loss due to how they use their headphones and other audio devices. Listening to music at loud volumes for long stretches at a time, whether through earbuds or speakers, can damage your hearing at a young age.

It’s recommended to only listen to music at no more than 60% volume for 60 minutes at a time, taking long breaks in between.

3. Don’t Use Q-Tips

Medical doctors and Audiologists have recommended for years to avoid using Q-Tips to clean out their ear canals. There is no medical reason to do so, as the ears naturally produce earwax to both protect the inner ear from dust and other particles, as well as to clean out the ear canal automatically.

Many people do suffer from excess earwax, but there are other, safer solutions to getting rid of it besides using Q-Tips. Ear wax removal fluids are readily available at the drug store to help soften earwax and let it flow out of the ear on its own. You can also gently clean just inside the canal with a soft, damp towel if needed.

4. Take Time to Recover From Loud Noises

If you know you’ve been exposed to hearing-damaging noise levels, don’t panic that you’re going to lose your hearing. Taking just a few minutes to step away from crowded, noisy bars or events throughout your time there lets your ears rest, helping to avoid doing long-term damage. In addition, after a loud night, research shows that your ears need about 16 hours of quiet to recover to their former function.

5. Keep Ears Dry

Moisture buildup in the ear canal can quickly lead to infection, as frequent swimmers could tell you. Aptly named Swimmer’s Ear and other infections can not only cause discomfort and a feeling of fullness but also damage hearing if not addressed. Fortunately, custom-fit earplugs known as swimmers’ earplugs are highly effective at blocking any water from entering the ear.

6. Manage Stress

A surprising culprit of some hearing conditions, such as tinnitus, is high levels of stress. Stress sends your body into so-called “fight or flight” mode, flooding the bloodstream with adrenaline to help you either fight or run away from a perceived threat. This activation affects everything from your nerves to body heat, and can even cause problems in the inner ear. If you have permanent or temporary tinnitus or ringing in the ears, it could be caused by high stress levels.

7. Stay Active

Exercise has a host of benefits for the body beyond simply building muscle or endurance. Studies have shown it’s also good for mental health, longevity, and, you guessed it, hearing. By encouraging healthy blood flow to all the parts of the body, you can help your ears get the nutrients and resources they need to stay healthy.

8. Get Regular Checkups

Your primary care physician can incorporate quick, simple hearing screenings into your regular physicals if desired, but it’s also important to get regular comprehensive hearing exams with a licensed professional, especially for people at a higher risk for hearing loss. This is because hearing loss develops gradually and is often left undiagnosed until it’s progressed far enough to disrupt a person’s lifestyle. Regular hearing checkups help ensure that we detect any hearing loss early, providing simple, personalized solutions that are right for your habits and budget.

Schedule A Hearing Checkup Today

Did you know that only 1 in 5 people who would benefit from a hearing solution like hearing aids actually uses one? This gap is troubling, especially considering factors such as the fact that hearing loss is demonstrably linked to increased risk of dementia and cognitive decline when not treated.

To find out if you are suffering from some degree of hearing loss, make the commitment of scheduling an appointment with the Hearing Doctors of New Jersey today. Get started by calling our office or contacting us online today.

To learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids, download our FREE Insider’s Guide on how to finally hear better.

Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Can Impact Your Cognitive Health

We all know that moderate to severe hearing loss has an effect on a person’s lifestyle and quality of life, but did you also know that it can increase their risk for cognitive impairment? Research points to negative physical, mental, and emotional side effects that increase with the severity of hearing loss. Fortunately, these effects can be halted or even reversed through seeking hearing restoration from a professional hearing aid specialist in New Jersey.

The Link Between Hearing and Our Brain

Hearing loss has both short- and long-term implications for a person’s neurological health, including the development or progression of dementia. In terms of the quality of life, with more severe hearing loss, the more socially isolated a person becomes, leading to a lack of support system that makes them more vulnerable to losing self-agency and becoming stigmatized.

However, it’s important to say that not every single case of hearing loss is guaranteed to cause neurological harm, just that it raises the risk of developing or worsening mental decline significantly. Plus, keep in mind that by treating hearing loss, you can prevent and reduce this risk completely.

In a landmark publication by The Lancet, hearing impairment was determined to be the #1 modifiable risk factor for cognitive decline when identified and addressed in mid-life. And a growing number of studies report a direct correlation between hearing intervention and the stopping (and potential reversal) of cognitive decline.

“Providing hearing aids or other rehabilitative services for hearing impairment much earlier in the course of hearing impairment may stem the worldwide rise of dementia.” 1 

– Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Why Doing Something Now Matters

Taking action in the management of your hearing loss may delay or slow the advancement of cognitive decline. So don’t wait, get the help you need with a comprehensive hearing test at the Hearing Doctors of New Jersey.

Our proprietary H.E.A.R. MethodTM now includes cognitive screening in addition to a full array of hearing tests and examinations to pinpoint the type and severity of hearing loss, as well as whether you’re at risk for cognitive decline. The Cognivue Thrive screening tool is a personalized way to receive a screening of your overall cognitive and hearing health.

About Cognivue Thrive

Cognivue Thrive is an FDA-cleared cognitive testing device that quickly identifies brain health in three domains: visual, decision-making, and memory. This five-minute test measures processing speed and reaction time to reveal key areas of potential cognitive decline. The Thrive report generated from the test comes with recommendations on how to be proactive in managing identified risk factors or medical conditions, including having a professional hearing aid fitted.

Depending on the results of your baseline Cognivue Thrive test, we may ask you to come to a follow-up appointment to confirm the results or work with you to design a hearing solution that helps restore your hearing and stave off potential cognitive decline.

Hearing Solutions in Livingston, New Jersey

Take action against what’s an easily preventable complication of hearing loss today.

To learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids, download our FREE Insider’s Guide on how to finally hear better.


1Livingston G, Sommerlad A, Orgeta V et al. Dementia prevention, intervention, and care. Lancet 2017;390:2673–2734

Local Services

Hearing Aid Services in Short Hills, NJ

All the residents of Short Hills, NJ have access to our services at Hearing Doctors of New Jersey. We are only a short distance away in Livingston. We offer a variety of services including hearing aids, hearing assessments and evaluations, and even earwax removal. Your Doctor of Audiology will walk you through the treatment process and help you achieve your hearing goals.

Adult Hearing Assessments

When you first come in for an adult hearing assessment, your Doctor of Audiology will discuss your health history, family history, medication, and any injuries or health conditions you have that could affect your hearing and your overall health.

Once we have a complete picture of your health, your doctor will examine your ears for any impactions, obstructions, or damage that is responsible for your hearing loss. And finally, your doctor will perform a hearing test to evaluate your hearing at different frequencies and during conversations. They will also see how your ears react to different levels of pressure.

Once we have a complete picture of your hearing, we will review your results and then build a treatment plan that fits your needs and your goals.

Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are small electronic devices that can be worn to amplify sounds and allow those with a hearing impairment to hear more clearly. Hearing aids are primarily for those who have experienced damage to the sensory cells in the inner ear due to aging, disease, or injury.

Hearing aids can benefit those with hearing impairment in both loud and quiet situations and can assist those with different degrees of hearing loss.

They are typically worn behind the ear or in the ear and provide direct amplification so you can hear the world around you.

There are multiple hearing aid styles and manufacturers. Part of your assessment will determine which style is best for you. Some of the hearing aid styles include:

  • Invisible-in-Canal (IIC)
  • Completely-in-Canal (CIC)
  • In-the-Canal (ITC)
  • In-the-Ear (ITE)
  • Receiver-in-Canal (RIC)
  • Behind-the-Ear (BTE)

As for manufacturers, Hearing Doctors of New Jersey offers quite a few of those as well, including:

  • Oticon
  • Starkey
  • Widex
  • Phonak
  • ReSound

Hearing Aid Repairs & Fittings

Another important aspect of the hearing services we provide at Hearing Doctors of New Jersey is hearing aid repairs and fittings. We want to be sure your hearing aid fits you as comfortably as possible and fitting it to your ear shape ensures that you barely notice that it’s there when you’re wearing it.

As for repairs, with the advanced technology in a hearing aid, sometimes things break or stop working. Luckily, repairs are usually relatively easy and can be done in-house at our office. We can fix your hearing aid and have you on your way.

If the repair is more extensive, it may need to be sent to the manufacturer. If that’s the case, we’ll ensure you’re able to manage your life without it while it’s in for repairs.

Central Auditory Processing Evaluation

Central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) is a condition where the signals and communication between the brain and the ears are not working properly. It makes it difficult for people to concentrate, identify spoken words, multi-task, and remember instructions. It’s primarily found in young children but can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are so close to ADD and ADHD.

Luckily, at Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, we take a personalized approach to treatment for CAPD. We will build a treatment plan that is specific to your needs with the help of speech-language pathologists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and school staff.

H.E.A.R. Method Treatment Program

At Hearing Doctors of New Jersey, our proprietary treatment plan is the H.E.A.R. Method Treatment Program. The program offers comprehensive hearing services at an affordable cost. It also ensures that you’re getting ongoing treatment. Not just one appointment. Hearing loss is often degenerative, so you will likely need different treatments as time goes by.

The program includes a comprehensive brain-hearing evaluation, an advanced hearing system, lifetime repairs, a lifetime warranty, and four years of supplies. Additionally, all your testing and office visits will be with your Doctor of Audiology.

About Short Hills, NJ

Short Hills, NJ is only about 12 minutes away from Livingston where Hearing Doctors of New Jersey is located. Short Hills is located in Millburn Township and Essex County. It’s home to The Mall at Short Hills which has a number of luxury brands and exclusive boutiques. The town is also known for its green space, international restaurants, and theater. It’s a great place for commuters looking to travel to New York City for work.