Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss

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What are the Different Types of Hearing Loss?

There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss.
Conductive hearing loss is localized to the outer and middle ear structures. Conductive hearing loss might occur due to congenital malformations of the ear canal and middle ear structures or head trauma, infections, tumors, impacted earwax, or other medical conditions.

Sensorineural hearing loss refers to problems with the inner ear structure and the process by which sound waves are transformed into electric signals sent to the brain. Exposure to loud noise, aging, and Meniere’s disease are all related to sensorineural hearing loss.

Mixed hearing loss is the combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing losses, in which different elements of the auditory system (outer, middle, and inner ear) are damaged or affected by any combination of the above conditions.

Understanding Sensorineural Hearing Loss

According to the American Hearing Loss Foundation, sensorineural hearing loss is “the most common type of hearing loss, occurring in 23% of population older than 65 years of age.” Sensorineural hearing loss pertains to the inner ear, which is made up of the auditory-vestibular nerve, the cochlea, and the vestibular system (which consists of semi-circular canals).

Sound waves enter the ear and are transformed by the inner ear into signals that are sent to the brain, which registers this signal as a sound. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the cochlea or the nerve pathways between the inner ear and the brain. This kind of hearing loss, often permanent, has different causes.

Causes of Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss may be congenital, meaning it is caused by inherited genetics. In some cases, the malformation of the inner ear results in hearing loss. Certain infections transmitted from mother to infant may lead to sensorineural hearing loss as well, such as rubella or human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV). In terms of acquired diseases, mumps, syphilis, bacterial meningitis, and autoimmune diseases may all contribute to sensorineural hearing loss.

Unfortunately, some medications used to treat the aforementioned diseases may also cause sensorineural hearing loss by irreparably damaging the hair cells of the inner ear, which do not regenerate. This problem is known as ototoxicity, or “ear poisoning.” Though there are at least 100 classes of drugs that cause inner ear hearing loss, the most common ones are aminoglycoside antibiotics (used to treat bacterial infections, such as meningitis), loop diuretics, and antimetabolites. Researchers are currently in the process of finding alternatives to these drugs, as well as patenting a new aminoglycoside antibiotic that is effective in fighting the specific disease without damaging inner ear cells.

Both presbycusis (age-related) and noise-induced hearing loss are forms of sensorineural hearing loss. While presbycusis occurs naturally, noise-induced hearing loss is preventable if you take the proper precautions with exposure to noise in your life. Exposure to loud noises, 90 decibels and higher, for an extended period of time, may lead to sensorineural hearing loss.

Physical trauma is another common cause for sensorineural hearing loss. Injury to the temporal bone may affect the cochlea, while other head and neck injuries may affect the auditory system. Tumors in the head and neck area may also cause sensorineural hearing loss by creating pressure against certain processing centers of the brain and within the inner ear.

Though conditions surrounding the causes of sensorineural hearing loss may be corrected, such as removal of tumors, drainage of fluids within the inner ear, or eradication of certain diseases, the effects of sensorineural hearing loss are usually permanent. The use of a hearing aid drastically improves the lives of people suffering from sensorineural hearing loss.

Treating Sensorineural Hearing Loss

While hearing loss is the third most common medical condition in the US, the way in which it manifests will differ from person to person. With hearing loss, it is important to remember that hearing happens in the brain. In other words, we recognize sounds in our daily life because the information to recognize them has been stored in our brains.

As such, hearing is an incredibly personalized experience and for this reason, there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for hearing loss that is easily found over the counter. If you’ve experienced changes in your hearing, it is important to seek professional care.

When you visit us at Kenwood Hearing Centers, our friendly team will provide a comprehensive hearing exam. If a hearing loss is present, your audiogram will indicate the degree and configuration of the hearing loss. From these results, we will also be able determine the type of hearing loss and from there, we will work with you to find the best solution for your hearing needs.

For more information, contact us at Kenwood Hearing Centers.

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Tackling Tinnitus: Causes & Treatments

Tackling Tinnitus: Causes & Treatments

What is Tinnitus?

Known commonly as a “ringing of the ears,” tinnitus is a condition in which one experiences a sound without an external stimulus. The sounds of tinnitus may appear in many different forms: a ringing, a buzz, a whistle, a roar, a crackle, a whoosh of air, a hissing, or a click.

Tinnitus has been linked to a number of issues: sleep problems, concentration and memory problems, depression, anxiety, irritability, stress, and fatigue.


Who Experiences Tinnitus?

Approximately 25 million Americans – 10% of the US population – experience tinnitus. Additionally, 60% of veterans returning from combat zones report cases of tinnitus, as well as hearing loss.

Tinnitus may affect anyone, at any time. In fact, most people have had short-lived experiences with tinnitus, which may last anywhere between a few seconds to a few minutes. If you’ve experienced a strange sound in your ear after a live rock show or a live sporting event – both places with high levels of sound – you have experienced temporary tinnitus.


Types of Tinnitus

There are two types of tinnitus: subjective and objective.

Comprising about 99% of cases, subjective tinnitus is the most common form and only the person who experiences the sound is able to hear it.

Objective tinnitus comprises less than 1% of reported cases. With objective tinnitus, both the person who experiences tinnitus and someone in close proximity are able to hear the sound.


The Link Between Tinnitus & Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss is commonly accompanied by tinnitus. Sensorineural hearing loss is result of damage to the nerve fibers in the inner ear.  Both noise-induced hearing loss and presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) fall under this category. Eighty percent of people with sensorineural hearing loss experience tinnitus.


Causes of Tinnitus

There is no singular cause for tinnitus. Subjective and objective tinnitus may both be linked to other medical issues, which makes it difficult to identify the exact cause. At the same time, identifying tinnitus as a problem will help to treat other issues you may have. For example, with objective tinnitus, medical conditions related to the cardiovascular system may cause the sounds. Causes of tinnitus include: impacted earwax, ear infection, tumors, circulation disorders, Meniere’s disease, ototoxic medication, and hearing loss.


Treating Tinnitus

Because the causes of tinnitus are varied, there is no singular cure. With objective tinnitus, treating related medical conditions might ease the symptoms of tinnitus. For subjective tinnitus, which tends to be linked with hearing loss, hearing aids are usually the best solution to not only improve hearing but to help relieve tinnitus.  By wearing hearing aids, people are able to hear more sound around them, which in turn can help reduce the brain’s attention on the tinnitus.  If amplification alone doesn’t provide enough relief, a hearing aid with a tinnitus sound therapy feature can be the best solution.

Due to the correlation between hearing aids and tinnitus, major hearing aid manufacturers have incorporated tinnitus therapy into their products. At Kenwood Hearing Centers, we offer many different hearing aids with tinnitus therapy features, including:


Widex Zen Therapy

Widex Zen Therapy is available in most Widex hearing aid models. Widex Zen Therapy provides relief for tinnitus with four components:

  • Counseling – to educate and assist the limbic system to alter its negative interpretation of the tinnitus via cognitive and behavior intervention;
  • Amplification – to stimulate the ears and brain and to prevent overcompensation;
  • Fractal tones – also known as Widex ZEN tones; soothing, synthetic sounds delivered in a discreet and convenient manner, designed to both relax and provide acoustic stimulation;
  • Relaxation – highlighted by behavioral exercises and sleep management strategies.



Oticon’s newest hearing aid, Opn, provides tinnitus relief through Tinnitus SoundSupport. Tinnitus SoundSupport is designed to train your brain to move attention away from the sounds of tinnitus. This synthetic sound therapy from Oticon allows you to choose from white noise or soothing nature sounds. Built directly into the hearing aid platform, you have control over your sound therapy experience throughout the day. Make adjustments with the ON app (for both iPhone and Android). If you have an iPhone there also is the option to stream other sounds to provide tinnitus relief, whether it is music from your personal digital library, podcasts, or audiobooks.



Unitron offers tinnitus relief in the form of the Tinnitus Masker, which is available on a number of newer hearing aid models. Unitron is known for its flexible, customizable hearing devices, with TrueFit Software, which allows us to fine-tune your listening experience. With TrueFit, you have three options to mask tinnitus sounds – audiogram, white noise, pink noise – with easy control over volume level and frequency. Broadband sound from the Tinnitus Masker refocuses your brain away from the frustrating noises of tinnitus, and provides temporary relief.


Are you experiencing tinnitus? Contact us at Kenwood Hearing Centers today to schedule a consultation.


Kenwood Hearing Centers

Petaluma: 707-789-9191

Santa Rosa East: 707-538-1000

Santa Rosa West: 707-544-4433

Fairfield: 707-993-4505

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Tips for Adjusting to Your New Hearing Aids

It may seem like daunting experience to begin the process of selecting and fitting hearing aids to meet your specific hearing needs. However, it just requires some time and patience. Also, congratulations are in order – you are on the road to better hearing health!

Many people wait an average of seven years to seek treatment for hearing loss. Addressing your hearing loss is a major step to improving your overall health and well-being. With any degree of hearing loss, the sounds of your life are not as clear as they once were. When you first wear your new hearing aids, your brain will require some time to adjust to the clarity it has not experienced in some time.

Here are a few tips to help you adjust to your new hearing aids.


Fitting is an On-Going Process

Keep in mind that hearing aid fitting is an on-going process. Your audiologist or hearing instrument specialist will work with you to ensure that your hearing aids perform properly to meet your hearing needs and are a comfortable fit.

It is important that you communicate your needs in terms of the physical fit as well as the function of the hearing aids as you take them into real-life situations. Sounds will appear differently in the real world than in our offices. We will make adjustments to ensure that your hearing aids fit properly and perform at their best.


Be Patient with Yourself

Keep in mind that your brain needs time to get used to hearing again. With hearing loss, your brain does not receive sound signals as clearly as with normal hearing. Over time, your brain gets used to muddled sound signals. Hearing aids amplify sound and deliver them to your ears with much more clarity than you may have been used to. You might begin to experience a greater number of sounds, at a “higher” volume. When we fit you for hearing aids, we’ve ensured that these are the proper levels of sound. While the “louder” sounds make feel strange at first, try not to turn down the volume and be patient as you adjust to this new experience.


Watch TV & Movies with the Captions

Here’s a great excuse to binge-watch Netflix: watching a show (or movie) with captions helps your brain identify and process speech sounds. Turn the captions on for TV and movies and read along while listening with your hearing aids. With your new hearing aids, you will also find that you do not need the volume up as high as you once did!


Read Aloud to Yourself

At first, with your new hearing aids, you may find the experience of hearing your own voice quite strange. Get accustomed to hearing your own voice with your hearing aids by reading aloud to yourself. This will also help you become more comfortable with your head sounds – something you may have missed with untreated hearing loss.


Use Your Hearing Aids in Different Listening Environments

After you’ve grown accustomed to your hearing aids in the home and in quiet settings, take them out for a test drive in louder environments. It is important to try them out in different spaces, such as the car, a walk around the block, the grocery store, or the shopping center. This is a great opportunity for you to understand the different features of your hearing aids and how they can adjust in a variety of environments. If there are major adjustments necessary, you can always come visit us at Kenwood Hearing Centers.


Commit to Wearing Your Hearing Aids Daily

Hearing aids are meant to be worn daily. After you’ve adjusted to listening with hearing aids, you’ll find them indispensable in virtually every environment and scenario in your life. They do a great deal to reconnect you to the people and places in your life, and most importantly, they ensure overall health and well-being.


If you have any questions or concerns about your new hearing aids and the adjustment period, feel free to contact our friendly team at Kenwood Hearing Centers!


Kenwood Hearing Centers

Petaluma: 707-789-9191

Santa Rosa East: 707-538-1000

Santa Rosa West: 707-544-4433

Fairfield: 707-993-4505

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Understanding Hearing Loss & Treatment Options

What is Hearing Loss?

Many of us know someone with a hearing loss, or perhaps you have a hearing impairment yourself.  Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition, only surpassed by arthritis and heart disease. Though estimates on hearing loss vary, the Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that 48 million Americans are currently faced with a hearing loss. By age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss, and sixty percent of people with a hearing loss are still in the workplace or an educational setting.  Given the prevalence of hearing loss, it is helpful to understand the signs, types and causes of hearing loss before seeking an appropriate solution.


Common Signs of Hearing Loss

Did you know it takes people seven years on average to seek treatment from the time they first think they may have a hearing loss? By paying attention to early signs, you may be able to get evaluated and find a successful treatment plan much earlier.

Some of the most common complaints by those with a hearing loss are difficulty hearing in groups or on the telephone, thinking others mumble, and the inability to converse with the presence of background noise.  If you or your loved one often asks people to repeat what they say or turn the volume up to an uncomfortably loud level, it may indicate a hearing loss. Since hearing loss is an invisible condition, we can only see its effects.  Hearing loss may contribute to aloofness, confusion, or personality changes as well.


Types of Hearing Impairments

 A congenital hearing loss means you are born without hearing, while a gradual hearing loss happens over time.  There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed.  A conductive hearing loss is due to problems in the ear canal, ear drum, or middle ear and its bones.  Sensorineural loss is due to problems of the inner ear, and is often referred to as a nerve-related hearing loss.  A mixed hearing loss refers to a combination of conductive and sensorineural losses. Tinnitus, a ringing-in-the-ears sensation, often accompanies a hearing loss and is frequently noted as being just as debilitating as the loss itself.


Causes of Hearing Loss

There are many causes for hearing impairments. The most common causes of hearing loss are noise and aging. Age-related hearing loss, presbycusis, is caused by changes in the inner ear.  This type of hearing loss is always permanent.  Noise-induced hearing loss can be temporary or permanent, depending on the frequency and severity of exposure.  Additional causes of hearing loss may be attributed to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, dementia, or cancer treatments.  Earwax buildup, ear infections, head and ear injuries, or a ruptured eardrum may also contribute to a hearing loss.


Hearing Loss Treatment Options

Treatment options for a hearing loss can range from a bone conduction hearing aid, to a surgically implanted osseointegrated device, to a conventional hearing aid.  Hearing aids are available with an ever-increasing amount of power and technology.  They are able to improve a wide range of hearing losses, with many styles and a fit for every lifestyle.  Our specialists at Kenwood Hearing Centers are experts at helping patients to hear better.  Our team is here to provide guidance and partner with you to find the best treatment option available to you. We even offer a completely risk-free hearing aid test drive at each of our Northbay locations. To schedule a free consultation, please give us a call at the location nearest you.



Kenwood Hearing Centers

Petaluma: 707-789-9191

Santa Rosa East: 707-538-1000

Santa Rosa West: 707-544-4433

Fairfield: 707-993-4505



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Hearing Loss during the Holidays

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Hearing Loss during the Holidays

This holiday season, give yourself the gift of better hearing.
In recent months, or maybe even over the past few years, you’ve noticed changes in your hearing. You are most definitely not alone in this experience. Hearing loss, the third most common condition in the United States (after heart disease and arthritis), affects one in three older Americans, age 60 and above. Age-related hearing loss, otherwise known as presbycusis, is often left untreated for an average of seven years from the first time changes are noticed.
Hearing specialists recommend a hearing test as soon as you notice changes. At first, untreated hearing loss appear manageable, by turning up the volume or asking someone to repeat himself. However, over time, hearing loss has the potential to affect different areas of your life, especially your social life. And with the holidays around the corner, now is the time to see a hearing specialist about your hearing to make the most of your time with your loved ones.

Don’t miss a thing this holiday season

Hearing loss affects everyone differently. In some cases, hearing loss prevents us from hearing high-frequency voices, such as those of women and children. You’ll want to hear the stories your grandchildren are telling you, as well as their voices while they’re singing holiday songs. Taking a hearing exam and seeking treatment in the form of a hearing aid will increase your ability to hear certain high-frequency sounds.

Holiday travel with hearing loss

If you’re traveling during the holidays, you may find the experience stressful and overwhelming if you are experiencing hearing loss that is left untreated. In busy public transportation hubs and airports, crucial announcements and last-minute changes to travel are broadcasted over speakers that compete with a swarm of background noises from machinery to other travelers.
With untreated hearing loss, you may experience difficulty discerning between these competing noises and focusing on the sounds and voices you want to hear. Most hearing aids are equipped with features to help you focus on relevant sounds, while filtering out distracting background noise.

Consequences of untreated hearing loss

Most family gatherings during the holidays, whether Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah or New Year, are bustling festive affairs. These parties are usually crowded, with people talking over each other, excitedly catching up after a year apart. In these moments, you’ll want to be able to hear what your loved ones are saying to you, amidst the hubbub.
With untreated hearing loss, you may experience difficulty with speech recognition and discerning voices between cross conversation with multiple speakers. Words may sound muddled or muffled, and you may misunderstand what people around you are saying. Hearing aids assist in speech recognition and allow us to hone in on the voices we want to hear.

What to expect on your visit to Kenwood Hearing Center

When you come in to see us for a hearing exam, our hearing specialists will determine your hearing ability by testing your speech recognition abilities as well as your ability to hear sounds at different volumes and frequencies.
Based on the results of your audiogram, we will recommend the best course of treatment for your hearing loss, if necessary. Being fitted for a hearing aid will exponentially improve your holiday experience with your family this winter – you’ll be able to interact freely and confidently with your loved ones, whether carving turkey or ringing in the new year!

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Great Things to Hear in Petaluma, CA

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Petaluma’s arts and culinary scene intersect this autumn with a host of things to see, hear, and eat. Between festivals and art openings, you can sample a little of everything. Check out our favorite upcoming events.


Salsa on the Terrace, Keller Estates, Petaluma:

Celebrate the last days of summer on August 30 with the vibrant sounds of salsa by the Sabor Mi Cuba band. This event includes a Latin American-themed menu and sparkling wine, with additional wine for purchase. For more information, visit http://www.kellerestate.com


Devon Allman, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma:

Though he is the son of legendary musician Gregg Allman, Devon Allman did not meet his father until he was 16. Growing up in Texas, Devon established a name for himself by his own gumption. As a guitarist, Allman spent the 1990s as the leader of Honeytribe, a blues-based rock band, and has recently recorded a new solo record, Ragged and Dirty. On September 4, he will play the restaurant-bar-venue, Mystic Theatre. For tickets, visit http://www.mystictheatre.com/


Petaluma River Craft Beer Fest:

On September 12, 20 local brewers gather in downtown Petaluma for a one-day showcase of the best local beers. From Lagunitas to Fog Belt to St. Florian’s Brewery to Native Kitchen’s kombucha, there is a flavor profile for everyone. Food vendors, including Nopalito Mexican and Petaluma Creamery, will provide provisions while you enjoy performances from local bands Randy and the Special Agents, and the Sugar Moons. For tickets, visit http://www.petalumarivercraftbeerfest.org/


6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa, CA:

The 6th Street Playhouse, a hearing looped venue, has a rich season ahead. Until September 20, catch the stage production of Wizard of Oz, based on the classic MGM movie. On October 18, Blithe Spirit, a popular comedy that has graced Broadway and London stages, will come to 6th Street. Just in time for Halloween, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a short run from October 23 to November 8. The year ends with A Christmas Carol, the stage adaption of the classic Charles Dickens novel, which runs from November 20 to December 20. For more information, visit http://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/home/


Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma:

With professional musicals, a youth repertory, and a concert series, Cinnabar Theater has a slate of exciting programming this fall. Highlights include Billie Holiday in the Garden, featuring vocalist Clairdee performing Lady Day’s standards, with a menu of Southern culinary favorites (September 13); Zofo Piano Duo, featuring two pianos and the four hands of international pianist superstars Eva-Maria Zimmerman and Keisuke Nakagoshi (October 18); a musical adaptation of the life of gospel diva Mahalia Jackson, Just As I Am (December 31-January 24, 2016); and Le Jazz Hot, a quartet of flamboyant gypsy jazz a la Django Reinhardt (January 10, 2016). For details, visit http://www.cinnabartheater.org/


El Dia De Los Muertos Artist Reception, Petaluma Historical Library & Museum:

On October 4, the Petaluma Museum hosts artists exhibiting in a show at the Petaluma Arts Center. This exhibit celebrates and investigates the mystical Mexican holiday, El Dia De Los Muertos, a day of remembrance and spiritual journeys. With music by Bachata Band and snacks by Don Pancho’s restaurant, visitors have the opportunity to meet and talk with artists. For more information, visit http://www.petalumamuseum.com/latest-events/

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Great Things to Do (and Hear) Near Fairfield, CA

Great things to do and hear in fairfield ca

Northern California is known for its good food and fine wine – and what better way to enjoy this combination than with a night of music? With the dog days of summer drawing to a close, we’ve put together a guide of great things to hear near Fairfield to round out a warm, balmy evening.



Napa City Nights, Napa:

napa city nights concert seriesA beloved summer tradition, Napa City Nights is a free, Friday night concert series that takes place at the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater in downtown Napa. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and a picnic to enjoy a diverse showcase of music, from jazz to pop to world. With five concerts left until the closing event on September 4, Napa City Nights boasts a handful of talented musicians and a lovely view of the Napa River.


For complete lineup of performers, please visit: http://www.napacitynights.com/Napa_City_Nights/Calendar.html



Thursday Night Live Music Series, Yountville:

thursday_night_live_categoryPriest Ranch Wines presents the free music series Thursday Night Live through August and in September, paired with Priest Ranch wines and meals by rotating vendors for purchase. Upcoming are blues and roots musician Charles Wheal, paired with Cross Road Chicken; the rock band Five AM, paired with food by Dabba; the blues and jazz influenced Sean Carscadden Trio, paired with Cross Road Chicken; and the J Silverheels Band, which covers classic rock and pop hits by the Beach Boys, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Beatles, paired with food by Mark’s the Spot.


For more information, visit http://www.priestranchwines.com/Events.




Festival de la Isla, Vacaville:

things to do in fairfield californiaOn August 22, at Pena Adobe Park in Vacaville, celebrate Puerto Rican culture with the annual Festival de la Isla, a day of food, drink, and music. Latin pop singer Frankie Negron, the Festival’s headliner, has a distinct tropical influence to his sound, along with influences of gospel and R&B music.

He is joined by Pacific Mambo, Orquesta Saboricua, Orquesta Borinquen, and DJ Tony O. This all-day event showcases Puerto Rican cuisine from food vendors, as well as the Festival’s sponsor, the Sabor de Isla Café.


For tickets, visit http://www.festivaldelaisla.com/



Cotati Accordion Festival, Cotati:

cotati accordian festival things to do in norcalCelebrate the energetic and distinctive sound of polka at the 25th anniversary of the Cotati Accordion Festival on August 22 and 23. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at this all-day festival, and the exciting lineup of music is sure to get you dancing! The Cotati Accordion Festival is also a not-for-profit organization, with all proceeds from the Festival benefiting local youth groups.


For more information, please visit http://cotatifest.com/




Vallejo Jazz Society Presents Bobbe Norris and Larry Dunlap, Empress Theatre, Vallejo:

Bobbe Norris, a Bay Area jazz vocalist now in her 76th year, has performed all over the world and was featured on both the Ed Sullivan and the Johnny Carson Shows. She and her husband, music arranger and pianist, Larry Dunlap, have performed together for decades, combining their love and passion for music in a love letter to jazz music. Don’t miss them on September 13 at the Empress Theatre.


For tickets, please visit http://empresstheatre.org/events/vallejo-jazz-series-bobbe-norris-larry-dunlap/




Mavis Staples, with Joan Osborne, Uptown Theatre, Napa:

Powerhouse vocalist Mavis Staples’s career has spanned decades, beginning with her family’s gospel group, the Staple Singers. Her music provided a spiritual guide during the Civil Rights era, and she continues her career today with collaborations with up-and-coming pop and folk artists. In recent years, her collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, You Are Not Alone, won a Grammy Award in 2011. Pop-soul star Joan Osborne opens the show on September 27 in Napa.


For more information, visit http://www.uptowntheatrenapa.com/event/mavis-staples-and-joan-osborne/



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7 Great Things to Hear in Santa Rosa, CA

With so much to hear in and around Santa Rosa this summer, Kenwood Hearing Centers is pleased to provide you with our top picks. This summer’s line up is packed with musicians whose long careers have survived the ebbs and flows of the music industry, and whose unique sounds and recognizable personas continue to delight audiences

7 things to hear in Santa Rosa CA

1. 10,000 Maniacs:

For over three decades, 10,000 Maniacs, has pushed folk rock to innovative places. Lead by Natalie Merchant’s dark, resonant vocals, this band’s earthy, autumnal sound has enchanted audiences worldwide. In 2015, reuniting with the band’s founding member John Lombardo, 10,000 Maniacs released a new album, Twice Told Tales, a stark and hauntingly beautiful collection of folk songs from the British Isles. Catch them live on July 24 at the City Winery in Napa. For tickets, visit http://www.songkick.com/concerts/23535328-10000-maniacs-at-city-winery-napa

2. Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo:

Four-time Grammy-winner Benatar and her partner and creative collaborator, Giraldo, soared to stardom in the 1980s with pop hits such as “Love is a Battlefield” and “Heartbreaker.” Last year, they released a 35th anniversary collection and lately, they have revisited their country roots with medleys that blend “Heartbreaker” and “Ring of Fire.” This dynamic duo performs at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts on July 31. For tickets, visit http://www.wellsfargocenterarts.org/

3. Guillaume “William” Tell Opera, Summerfield Cinemas:

This final masterpiece by Rossini comes to the big screen at Summerfield Cinemas in a pre-recorded live form from the Royal Opera House in London. In this opera, William Tell struggles to liberate his people from an Austrian occupation, and faces the cruel and unusual punishment of shooting an apple off his son’s head. As a hearing looped venue, Summerfield Cinemas is an ideal place to hear this famous opera with a score that is “harmonically daring and fiercely difficult for the singers.” Directed by Italian rising star Damiano Michieletto. For showtimes and tickets, visit http://summerfieldcinemas.com/events

4. Live at Juilliard – Summer Concert Series:

Now in its 22nd year, this annual music series brings together food, free music, and fun at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa. Held on Sunday, from 5-7pm, there are four unique shows left in the series: The Dixies (folk, eastern European, soul); The Vivants (Dixie swing); The Honey Dippers (blues, rock, soul); and The Soulshine Blues Band closing out the series on August 9. For more information, visit http://srcity.org/departments/recreationandparks/programs/specialevents/Pages/LiveatJuilliard.aspx

5. Dwight Yoakam:

Since the late 1970s, Dwight Yoakam has challenged the status quo of country music with his stripped-down revivalist approach. Playing alongside punk bands in Los Angeles and rejecting the pop-urban cowboy movement in Nashville, Yoakam followed in the footsteps of his idols Merle Haggard and Hank Williams, creating an earnest, sophisticated country-rock sound of his own. Hear Johnny Cash’s “favorite country singer” Dwight Yoakam on August 21 at the Green Music Center. For tickets, visit http://gmc.sonoma.edu/event/2624567-dwight-yoakam

6. Wizard of Oz, 6th Street Playhouse:

From August 21 to September 20, catch the fantastic stage adaptation of the L. Frank Baum classic Wizard of Oz at the 6th Street Playhouse. Follow Dorothy Gale on her adventures after being swept up by a tornado and landing in the magical land of Oz, where she and her new friends make their way through a series of obstacles and finding their strengths. Wizard of Oz plays in the GK Hardt Theatre at 6th Street Playhouse, which is a hearing looped venue that feeds sound directly to hearing aids outfitted with T-coils (for more information on hearing looped venues in and around Santa Rosa, check out our article here). For tickets and information, visit http://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/season/gk-hardt-theatre/wizard-of-oz/

7. Free Sunday Concerts at the Terrace, Montgomery Village:

Another free Sunday concert series, this one takes place at the Village Terrace from 1-4pm on Sundays. With beverage proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations, this series showcases a diverse array of performances, from Cajun zydeco to bebop jazz to classic rock to Motown to Broadway favorites. The series runs through the summer and fall, with a Beatles tribute band playing the closing show on October 11. For complete listing of performances, visit http://www.mvshops.com/events/free-sunday-concerts-at-the-terrace

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What do the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa, CA and the Grace Episcopal Church in Fairfield, CA have in common?


Both are outfitted with an induction loop, a system which transmits the feed from a PA system through a wire loop and projects a magnetic signal received by telecoils (T-coils) in hearing aids. This technology gives hearing impaired listeners, with hearing aids fitted with a “T” switch, a clear, direct channel of sound, unfettered by other noise distractions in their immediate surroundings.


In northern California, Kenwood Hearing Centers has improved listening experiences for hearingIimpaired audiences with the installation of induction loop systems in over 2500 venues, from theaters to cinemas to churches to recreation centers to pharmacies to residential homes. If you are unsure whether your hearing instrument is fitted with a T-coil, please contact Kenwood Hearing Centers.


With the advent of summer, there is a diverse array of entertainment options for hearing impaired individuals at looped venues in Solano and Sonoma Counties. Whether it is a sweet country waltz or an explosive Hollywood blockbuster film, most hearing aid users can receive crisp sound directly with the simple flip of a “T” switch! We’ve highlighted a few venues and activities for you:




Raven Film Center:

raven film center hearing loop installed415 Center Street, Healdsburg, CA. What’s summer without ice cold air conditioning and buttery popcorn? At Raven Film Center, hearing impaired film lovers are provided with a hearing loop seating chart so they can enjoy the latest blockbusters, from the fantastic Jurassic World to the slapstick Spy. For showtimes, check http://ravenfilmcenter.com/current-upcoming-films/




6th Street Playhouse:

52 W 6th Street, Santa Rosa, CA. Starting June 26, the 6th Street Playhouse begins a sensational season with Buddy! The Buddy Holly

Story. With an intimate theater that seats 184, and a hearing loop system in place, attendees can enjoy live renditions of classic rockabilly songs as they revisit Buddy Holly’s rise to fame. Other shows include Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, and Funny Face. For season information, visit http://www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/home/



Summerfield Cinemas:

induction-hearing-loops-movie-theatre-sonoma551 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, CA. In addition to popular Hollywood hits, Summerfield Cinemas offers screenings of Broadway shows and operas. Experience the magic of Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Julie Taymor, who also directed the Broadway smash Lion King, on June 28. A few weeks later, come back on July 5 for the timeless Puccini opera, La Boheme, which was recorded live at the Royal Opera in London. With looped theaters and big screens, viewers experience the joy of internationally renowned theater and opera without having to leave their hometowns. For tickets, visit http://summerfieldcinemas.com/events.



Sebastiani Theatre:

hearing-looped-movie-theatre-in-sonoma-county476 First Street East, Sonoma, CA. Referred to as “Sonoma’s Gem,” the Sebastiani Theatre first opened its doors in 1933. In recent renovations, a hearing loop system was installed, which enhances the eclectic screenings of new and classic films. This month, Pixar’s newest animated picture Inside Out is playing, and next month the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation’s Vintage Film Series will screen the 1934 film, Murder on the Orient Express. With community theater events and as premier venue of the Sonoma International Film Festival, there is always something to see here. For more, check the calendar at http://www.sebastianitheatre.com/

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