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2.5.2016

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Walls are ready for paint, ceilings are ready to be added above, and the building exterior is taking shape. The building is properly wired, Weston Technology is  helping us plan a full course of wired and wireless technology, and we are still on course for a late March move-in date.What could possibly go wrong?

In the figure above, panel 1 shows the building from the NNW, and Panel 2 shows the location of Pacific Northwest Audiology relative to High Lakes Health Center. Panel 3 shows a view down the north hallway, toward the front entrance of the building (blue arrow in figures 3, 4). The right side of Panel 3 shows hearing the aid fitting and consultation rooms, while the offices on the left are where the new soundbooths will earn their living. Panel 5 shows the view down the south hallway, with administrative offices on the left side (yellow arrow in panel 4). The green arows in Panels 4 and 6 show the view toward the waiting and reception areas from what will be our Innovation Center (more later), and the purple arrows in Panels 4 and 6 show the view toward the Innovation Center and Conference room.

Things are happening fast, so check back for updates…we have a lot more to tell and show as time draws closer to our move-in date! 

1.25.16

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It’s January 25 and most of us have already broken our New Years Resolutions, so we can all relax and get on with our lives. Actually, Dr. Li and I are always striving to live better, serve others better, and have fun while we are at it…so we can enjoy friends and New Years without guilt!

Progress continues at a steady clip on the building; the sheet rock has created walls, electrical systems are in place, and we are still on target for a late March move-in date. But, wisdom from ages past dictates that “stuff happens when you least expect it”…so we are prepared to adapt and conquer.

In the figure above, panel 1 shows the building from the NNW, and Panel 2 shows the location of Pacific Northwest Audiology relative to High Lakes Health Center. Panel 3 shows a view down one of the hallways (blue arrow in figure 4), and Panel 5 shows the view down the other hallway (yellow arrow in figure 4). The bottom orange arrow in figure 4 shows the view toward the waiting area from what will be our Innovation Center (more later), and the top orange arrow in figure 4 shows the view toward the Innovation Center and Conference room.

Things are happening fast, so check back for updates…we have a lot more to tell and show as time draws closer to our move-in date! 

01.13.16

01.13.16

Our white Christmas and white New Years are behind us and 2016 is well in the race to 2017. But as Robert Frost said “The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But we have promises to keep, And miles to go before we sleep, And miles to go before we sleep.”

Progress continues steadily on our new building; insulation is going into the walls in preparation for dry walls next week, and our IT partner, Weston Technology Solutions is coordinating with Taylor NW to ensure a good IT infrastructure. We are running a bit ahead of schedule, despite the occasional rain, snow, and ice…and it looks like we are on target for a late March move to the new building.

In the figure above, panel 1 shows the building from the NNE, and Panels 2 shows the location of Pacific Northwest Audiology relative to High Lakes Health Center. The arrow in panel 2 shows the orientation of the photo in panel 1. Panels 3 and 4 show views of the interior as denoted in panels 5 and 6 respectively.

Check back often. Walls will be up next week and things are happening fast. We will continue to update the building progress every week!

12.22.15

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We had another week of typical Bend winter weather during the last week, with periods of sun, rain, and snow.  The ground is white and it looks like a white Christmas is assured, so I won’t need to play the old Bing Crosby tune to set the mood!

The sound booths are firmly set in their new home, so interior work will continue around them. In the next few days the construction team will blow in the insulation, and interior framing should begin soon after. Construction is ahead of schedule, which bodes well for our planned move in late March.

In the figure above, panel 1 shows the building from the NNE. Panels 2 and 3 show the sound booths in their permanent locations, and panel 4 shows a long view from the east to the west end of the building, with protective tarps covering the sound booths. Panel 5 shows miscellaneous construction, and panel 6 shows the location of Pacific Northwest Audiology relative to High Lakes Health Center.

Pacific Northwest Audiology will move to the Shevlin Health and Wellness Center by early April. Check back often. We will continue to update the building progress every week!

Pacific Northwest Audiology Building Progress, 12.16.2015, Bend Oregon

12.16.2015

Sound booth installation - 12.16. 2015

We have had typical Bend winter weather during the last week, with periods of Sun, periods of rain, and periods of snow…nothing special! But the construction team worked overtime to get the building ready for the sound booth installation. That meant getting the roof up to keep out the weather and sealing all the window spaces so the building could be heated. Heating is critical because the sound booths require environmental control to ensure their reliable performance.

Pacific Northwest Audiology purchased these top-of-the-line sound booths from Albertina Kerr, a non-profit medical organisation in Portland Oregon dedicated to partnering with the community to help people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges develop self determined lives. Unfortunately, they felt compelled to close their audiology clinic, so we offered to buy the premium sound booths.

A team of experts from Audiology Acoustics, head quartered in Washington State, disassembled the sound booths from their location at Albertina Kerr, and placed them into storage in Portland Oregon last August, until our new building was ready for their installation. They got the go-ahead last week, assembled their team, and brought the sound booths to their new home on Tuesday, December 15. I will talk more about these sound booths during the next update.

In the figure above, panels 1 and 2 show the building from the NE and NNE respectively (see the arrows in panel 6). Panels 3, 4, and 5 show a team from Audiology Acoustics, as they worked on installing the booths in their respective pre-built areas, to ensure a flat entryway from the outside for anyone with physical limitations. As in previous updates, Panel 6 shows the location of our clinic relative to High Lakes Health Center.

Pacific Northwest Audiology will move to the Shevlin Health and Wellness Center this coming April. Check back often. We will continue to update the building progress every week!

Pacific Northwest Audiology Building Progress, 12.09.2015 – Bend Oregon

12.09.2015

12.09.2015

After a week of warmer temperatures, occasional rain, some strong winds, and snow-melt from the blizzard we endured two weeks ago, construction workers are working overtime so Pacific Northwest Audiology can move in to the new building by April 1! 

In the figure above, panels 1 and 2 show the building from the NE and NNE respectively (see the arrows in panel 6). You can see the architecturally interesting roof line.

To give you a sense of the scale of this 5000 sq. ft. building, panels 3 and 4 show a couple of interior shots looking in opposite directions from the center of the building. Panel 3 indicates where two 10 foot sound-booths will call home and panel 4 looks westward from the future reception area to the future staff break area (left), the future conference center (back), and an elaborate waiting area and technology retail center.

The sound booths will be built in their permanent locations next week. They are the center piece of our hearing center, and we are proud to have the “Cadillac” of sound booths. It’s not an ego thing; we want to ensure that our clients get the most precise test results, so they can also get the best treatment options.

Pacific Northwest Audiology never takes shortcuts on technology, because our audiologists are Doctors of Audiology. They have the professional credentials, training, and experience to use the most sophisticated technology, so that is what we get to best serve your needs.

Panel 5 shows the SW corner of the building from the rear, and Panel 6 shows the location of our clinic relative to High Lakes Health Center.

Pacific Northwest Audiology will move to the Shevlin Health and Wellness Center this coming April. Winter weather may slow the building progress, but it won’t stop our plans to revolutionize the experience of hearing care in Bend!

Check back often. We will continue to update the building progress every week!

Pacific Northwest Audiology Building Progress

11.30.2015

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A week has passed since the last update, and as the pictures show, the weather took a definite turn for the worse during the week. More than a foot of snow in the Bend area snarled traffic and hindered progress on the building. But…it is winter in Bend Oregon, and we have no guarantee that the weather will cooperate with building plans! 

In the figure above, panels 1 and 2 show the building from the NE and NNE respectively (see the arrows in panel 4). Panel 4 shows the location of our clinic relative to High Lakes Health Center, and panel 3 shows Dr. Li contemplating an early Spring 🙂

Pacific Northwest Audiology will move to the Shevlin Health and Wellness center this coming April. The weather may slow the building progress, but it won’t stop our plans to revolutionize the experience of hearing care in Bend!

Check back often. We will continue to update the building progress every week!

 

 

 

Fall Design & Outdoor Living Show in Bend OR

Pacific Northwest Audiology was an exhibitor at the Central Oregon Builders Association Remodeling Design & Outdoor Living Show at the Athletic Club of Bend, Oregon on September 21-22. The show had hundreds of vendors and thousands of attendees…making this year’s event a huge success.

The show provided a great opportunity for Dr. Li-Korotky to interact with and answer questions for hundreds of people about every conceivable aspect of hearing health…including hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), Meniere’s disease (balance disorder), hearing aids and assistive listening technology tropical inflatable water slide.

Our congratulations to Ron Robbel (left) the winner of our drawing for Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. The winning card was pulled out of a well mixed box late Sunday afternoon by our next door neighbor at the show, Brent Olsen, the President of Sales of VACUFLO, seen above, with Dr. Li-Korotky.

The photos show Dr. Li-Korotky (Audiologist) and Stephanie Roberts (Front Desk Manager) interacting with interested (and interesting) people.

Tinnitus…The Assault on Quiet Moments

The following article will appear in the ‘Welcome to Hearing Health’ section of Bend Life magazine this coming June. Dr. Li-Korotky writes a monthly column for Bend Life.

Introduction

Tinnitus is the perception of sounds that have no external source.

The severity of tinnitus varies from an occasional awareness of a noise (e.g., ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, or rough sounds) in one or both ears, to an unbearable and incessant sound that drives some people to consider suicide. Tinnitus isn’t a single disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition. Tinnitus is not a ‘phantom sound’. There is real neural activity in your brain associated with tinnitus.

How Does Tinnitus Influence Quality of Life?

Depending on the severity, tinnitus can promote a wide range of negative lifestyle effects, including fatigue, stress, sleep difficulties, trouble concentrating, memory problems, depression, anxiety, and irritability. It can also interfere with hearing and cause emotional distress. In extreme cases, tinnitus can fuel depression and thoughts of suicide.

Who Gets Tinnitus?

The American Tinnitus Association estimates that more than 50 million Americans have some degree of tinnitus problems, and approximately 12 million people having symptoms severe enough to seek medical care. Tinnitus is a significant reality for 27% of those between the ages of 65 and 84, and 4 out of ten tinnitus sufferers experience tinnitus most of the day. Tinnitus is the most common service-connected disability among U.S. veterans.

What Causes Tinnitus?

According to the American Tinnitus Association (ATA), noise exposure (including hazardous levels of industrial, recreational, or military noise) is the largest cause of tinnitus. Other conditions linked to tinnitus include ear injuries, cardiovascular disease, age-related hearing loss, wax build-up in the ear canal, medications harmful to the ear (aspirin, certain antibiotics, loop diuretics, chemotherapy), ear or sinus infections, misaligned jaw joints (TMJ), head and neck trauma, Meniere’s disease, or an abnormal growth of bone of the middle ear. In rare cases, slow-growing tumors on auditory, vestibular, or facial nerves can cause tinnitus.

How is Tinnitus Evaluated?

If you are having trouble with tinnitus, visit a well-qualified audiologist. The audiologist will conduct a comprehensive assessment and advise you of the most effective management options to alleviate the symptoms of your tinnitus.

A full tinnitus assessment takes 1.5-2 hours and includes 1) a detailed case history to determine how the tinnitus is affecting you as a person, 2) a comprehensive hearing assessment to determine the characteristics and possible causes of your tinnitus, 3) Tinnitus pitch-, intensity-, and loudness-matching tests to help the audiologist counsel you effectively during the treatment phase, 4) measurement of your sensitivity to noise masking, and 5) recommendations for managing your tinnitus. If audiometric tests suggest an underlying medical condition such as an acoustic neuroma (a benign, slow growing tumor along the hearing nerve), the audiologist will refer you to an ENT physician.

Can Tinnitus be Treated?

Treatments generally focus on counseling to reduce (manage) negative emotions and reactions to tinnitus, utilizing sound therapy, relaxation, and stress-reduction techniques. Hearing aids may be helpful for people who have hearing loss along with tinnitus. It is important to note that there are no current treatments that will eliminate tinnitus with any consistency, and no drugs have been approved specifically for the treatment of the condition. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs may be used to treat conditions that coexist with tinnitus, such as anxiety and depression.

About the Author:

Dr. Ha-Sheng Li-Korotky is a Gold-level Professional member of the American Tinnitus Association, and the President of Pacific Northwest Audiology, based in Bend, Oregon. The Doctor is a nationally acclaimed clinician and research scientist, with AuD, PhD, and MD credentials and more than 100 scientific publications. Pacific Northwest Audiology offers a full spectrum of Tinnitus evaluation and management services.

Spring Home and Garden Show in Bend, OR

Pacific Northwest Audiology was an exhibitor at the Central Oregon Builders Association Spring Home and Garden Show in Bend, Oregon on May 3-5. The show had hundreds of vendors and thousands of attendees…making this year’s event a huge success.

The show provided a great opportunity for Dr. Li-Korotky to interact with and answer questions for hundreds of people about every conceivable aspect of hearing health…including hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), Meniere’s disease (balance disorder), hearing aids and assistive listening technology. Dr. Li-Korotky also gave a seminar on tinnitus on Sunday at the education booth…attended by 6 very interested people.

Our congratulations to Michelle Oliver, the winner of our drawing for Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones. The winning card was pulled out of a well mixed box late Sunday afternoon by our next door neighbor at the show, Jerry Rudloff of Tower Garden (top left).

The photos show Dr. Li-Korotky (Audiologist) and Stephanie Roberts (Front Desk Manager) interacting with interested (and interesting) people.