Great Things to Hear This Holiday Season in Cincinnati

Great Things to Hear This Holiday Season in Cincinnati

Take some time during the hustle and bustle of the holidays to meet with family and friends and enjoy the season. Its not all about presents – its about making lovely memories. At Hearing Consultants, we want you to stay connected to family, friends and the sights and sounds of the season – which is the reason you should take care of your hearing health. Here are some of our favorite activities to consider this holiday season.

Santaland – Holiday in Lights

various performances and events – Dec. 1 – Dec. 23
Sharon Woods/Sharon Centre
First, there’s more than a mile of spectacular holiday lights including 120 moving holiday themed figures from Jolly Saint Nick to depictions of the 12 days of Christmas. Drop in to the Sharon Centre where Santa’s elves have created a winter wonderland including lots of family friendly entertainment, a holiday train display, sweets, a selfie holiday photo-op area and, of course, gift options. Check out Everette Green, the talking Christmas tree, enjoy performances of the Dickens Carolers and there will also be performances of Ebenezer Scrooge.

PNC Festival of Lights

Dec. 1- Jan. 1
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Voted Best Zoo Lights in the USA, this year the zoo tries to outdo last year’s set up. Enjoy the “Wild Wonderland” which includes 3 million (yes, you read that right – 3 million) LED lights, and a black-light puppet show. There’s a Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, you can ride the BB&T Toyland Express Train Ride, hear a story from Mrs. Claus, write Santa a letter at the Holiday Post office and find the hidden fairies in Fairyland. All this in addition to the 22 larger than life Animal Lanterns throughout the zoo AND the new indoor Gorilla World exhibit is open!

The Nutcracker

Dec. 13 – 24
Music Hall
Recognized by the community as one of Cincinnati’s favorite traditions, the Cincinnati Ballet once again presents the charming Christmas tale set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved musical score. Take a journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Sweets where the Sugar Plum fairy will shower you with treats and celebrations. Gorgeous sets, memorable costumes and a chance for photo opportunities with the Snow Queen and Nutcracker 35 minutes prior to the start of each evening show in Corbett Tower.

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 13 – 29
Marx Theatre
Hundreds of costumes and thrilling special effects make this one of the Playhouse’s most popular productions. A Christmas Carol is the story of ultimate redemption. Four ghosts show Ebenezer Scrooge its never too late to change your miserly ways – just in time for Christmas.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)

Dec. 14 – 30
The Otto Budig Theater
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company brings back their holiday smash hit by Michael Carleton, James Fitzgerald and john K. Alvarez. Directed by Jeremy Dubin, this begins as an annual production of “A Christmas Carol” and evolves – or devolves as the case may be – into an irreverent look at all the beloved holiday classics including “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Dec. 14
US Bank Arena
Here’s to a rock ‘n roll holiday. Enjoy this production which revolves around a runaway who finds shelter in an abandoned theater on Christmas Eve. She experiences ghostly musical performances from the theater’s past. Powerful storytelling interlaced with presentations of Christmas favorites including “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “O Holy Night” along with some original Christmas songs.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Dec. 21 – 23
Xavier University – Gallagher Student Center Theater
Music, miracles and some mischief all come together in the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas chamber opera Amal and the Night Visitors. This is the tale of the shepherd boy Amahl, his mother and their life-changing encounter with the Three Wise Men. We’ve got opera singers, Pones Inc. dancers, Madcap puppet and a full choir.

Winterfest

Dec. 1 – 31
Kings Island
Holiday shows, carolers in traditional costumes, shops with holiday gifts and decorations. The park is transformed into a land of enchanting productions and events including ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the transformation of the Eiffel Tower into a truly magical 314 foot Christmas tree, millions of lights and dozens of holiday characters including Jack Frost, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane. Listen to Blitzen’s Brass Band, go to a Build-A-Bear workshop, check out the Peanuts characters in Charlie Brown’s Christmas Town and attend one of the performances of Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular. It’s an upbeat Broadway style show that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Visit us at Hearing Consultants

We wish you a happy and joyous holiday season. Enjoy your time with family and friends and make some spectacular memories. And don’t miss a minute of the sights and sounds – we’re here for you so schedule your hearing evaluation and stay connected to the sounds of the holidays.

 

This Fourth of July, Protect Your Family’s Hearing

This Fourth of July, Protect Your Family’s Hearing

 

It’s almost time to celebrate the red, white and blue! The Fourth of July is a wonderful time for us in the United States. It’s a time for us to honor those who gave their lives for the freedom and independence we enjoy today. July fourth is also an opportunity for us to gather with friends and family to enjoy pool time, sunshine, barbeque, and of course, awesome fireworks.

The festive, fun, and patriotic celebration of Independence Day also brings with it a real danger – one most of us likely have not considered. This danger is noise induced hearing loss, and those wonderful fireworks we look forward to each year may be to blame. Before the celebration this year, it is important to take some time to consider how you can protect your family’s hearing to enjoy a safe and healthy holiday.

How can fireworks cause hearing loss?

Excess exposure to any noise, regardless of its source, has the potential to cause hearing loss. This type of impairment is called Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and can affect anyone at any age. In fact, it is estimated that about one in four young adults aged 20-69 do have an identifiable hearing loss and this number is only set to grow. Rates of noise induced hearing loss have been on the rise for quite some time, with an estimated 1.1 billion youth between the ages of 12-35 being at risk for developing a noise induced hearing impairment caused by recreational activities (http://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss). Once acquired, noise induced hearing loss is rarely temporary and cannot be reinstated or cured. Once your hearing has been damaged by noise and is gone, its gone. This is why it is so important to remain educated about common dangers to your hearing, and how you can protect it.

Are fireworks really that loud?

Yes. Surprisingly enough, fireworks really are loud enough to cause damage to hearing, especially fireworks purchased for home use. When fired nearby, fireworks can ring in at a deafening 150-175 decibels – which is loud enough to cause instant hearing damage (https://www.boystownhospital.org/knowledgeCenter/articles/hearing/Pages/Fireworks.aspx). As perspective, an ambulance siren driving past rings in at only 120 decibels – quite a bit quieter than nearby fireworks. Fireworks are not only a sight for sore eyes, but can also be a sound to cause sore ears, too!

How do I protect my family’s hearing?

Just because fireworks have the potential to damage hearing, doesn’t mean you and your loved ones can’t participate in all the fun. There are some very easy and inexpensive steps you can take to ensure your family enjoys the festivities and protects their hearing.

 

Make plans for hearing protection.

There are many options when it comes to protecting your hearing. The best and most effective choice is custom-made earplugs designed for the purpose, however, these are not readily available to everyone. Disposable earplugs can also be effective. Disposable earplugs should have a clearly marked Noise Reduction Rating (NRR), which will indicate how many decibels of sound are blocked by the plugs. It may be smart to purchase your family’s earplugs in advance to allow everyone an opportunity to test them for comfort. Smaller children’s earplugs can improve comfort for the littlest ears amongst us. Pack enough earplugs for the whole family (not just the kids!) and be sure to include a few extras.

 

Take location into consideration.

The further you are from where the fireworks are launched, the lower the noise level will be. Finding a spot that is a little bit away from the heart of the action can help to protect your family’s hearing. Being “away from it all” may also be a breath of fresh air, allowing you the room and peace to really enjoy the time with your loved ones.

 

Make adjustments as needed.

Even with hearing protection and location in mind, it is important to still be cognizant of how the sounds are affecting you and your family. If at any time you notice yourself or one of your family members covering their ears, or expressing ear pain or buzzing or ringing in the ears, it’s a sign the environment is too loud. It may be time to find a spot even more set apart or maybe even enjoy the view from indoors.

Chances are, your family won’t lose their hearing over one night of fireworks, though it is important to teach healthy hearing habits as early as possible. From our family to yours, we truly wish you a very happy, safe, fun and healthy Independence Day this year!

Great Things to Hear This Valentine’s Day in Cincinnati

Great Things to Hear This Valentine's Day in Cincinnati

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? This is the time of year to tell your loved one how you feel, and make sure they feel appreciated and loved. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date, we have some suggestions for a few romantic evenings in Cincinnati you’re sure to enjoy.

Carmina Burana

One of the most romantic evenings this February is brought to you by the Cincinnati Ballet Company Dancers in partnership with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This is one performance you won’t want to miss, and you’ll be blown away by the breathtaking choreography by the world-famous choreographer Nicolo Fonte. Featuring the Symphony Orchestra and voices from the May Festival Chorus, two romantic and evocative pieces are brought to life. You’ll hear Balanchine’s beautiful Serenade, and Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous Serenade for Strings. With performances from February 8 to 11, you’ll be glad you caught this performance at the Springer Auditorium, and you might even spend the rest of the year talking about this magical performance.

The Stars in Your Eyes

What’s more romantic than a night under the stars? Take the love of your life (and your kids too) to the Wolff Planetarium at Trailside Nature Center on February 16 for an evening of love stories found in the stars. You’ll hear stories from all the seasons and learn more about the stars that are a symbol of romance and love.

Dancing with the Stars: Live! – Light Up the Night

If you love the show dancing with the stars, then book your ticket right away for this great night of music and dance that will have you dancing around your kitchen for the rest of the week. Brought to you at the Taft Theatre, this show follows the 25th season of Dancing With The Stars and is on the road around the country this winter. You’ll be treated to some of the best dancers in the country as they perform ballroom pieces, sexy salsas, romantic waltzes, and powerful group numbers. Choreography by the talented Mandy Moore will be everything you were hoping for and more. Does your loved one share your love of the show? If not, now is the perfect time to get them on board with a performance they won’t forget any time soon.

Ravel’s La Valse

You have two chances to hear some amazing music with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Join them on February 16 and 17 and hear the music come to life under the direction of Louis Langree. Pianist Jeffrey Kahane joins the orchestra to bring you a moving performance of some of classical music’s most romantic works. You’ll be treated to a masterful performance of Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 and Stravinsky’s Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss. Ravel’s La Valse is a whirling waltz that will leave you dizzy and delighted, and more in love with music than ever before.

Flint Eastwood

On February 13 head down to the Taft Ballroom for something a little different. Joined by Nydge and Effee, watch as Jax Anderson, who performs under the name Flint Eastwood, as she weaves her musical magic. Born and raised in Detroit, Eastwood is back in Cincinnati after being a crowd favorite at the Midpoint Music Festival back in September. She’s a powerful songstress who’s not afraid to push boundaries and tell it how it is. At least that’s what you’ll hear if you listen to Queen, her lead single from her 2017 EP. Her songs speak about being a woman, and deal with self-worth and bravely forging your own path. Join this indie-pop artist as she shares her heart with you this Valentine’s.

Flint Eastwood will also be joined by Effee, the solo project of Frances Litterski, as well as Nydge, another Detroit artist who’s popular single Won’t You Call Me has reached listeners across the country.

Can You Hear the Music?

With all these great Valentine’s events, you may be asking yourself if you can hear well enough to enjoy it. If the answer is no, then it’s time to plan a visit to Hearing Consultants for a hearing assessment and get fitted for a pair of hearing aids that will have you back to hearing and enjoying music like you used to. This year don’t just buy your loved one flowers but enjoy a great date night and hear all the sounds you’ve been missing.