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What you need to know about hearing aids from your Katy ENT
Are you starting to miss out on conversations and the sounds of everyday life? You deserve to experience life to its fullest, and that includes hearing the sounds around you. If you are starting to lose your hearing, it can be scary. But don't worry! There is help!
It may be time to consider hearing aids. Hearing aid technology has advanced greatly in the last few years, and you owe it to yourself to investigate what hearing aids can do for you. Your doctors at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas want to tell you all about the latest hearing aids.
First things first, are you losing your hearing? There are some definite signs of hearing loss. Including:
- Need people to speak more slowly, loudly and clearly
- Only hear muffled sounds and muffled speech
- Have a difficult time picking out words from background noise
- Experience problems hearing consonants
- Are starting to withdraw from conversations and avoid social situations
If these signs sound familiar, it’s time to call your doctors at Parkway ENT and Allergy. They offer several hearing aid options including:
CIC (completely in the canal); these hearing aids fit inside your ear canal. They are the least visible, but they don’t have volume control or a directional microphone.
ITE (in the ear); these hearing aids fit your entire outer ear or just the lower part of your ear; they have volume control and ease of handling, but are more visible than a CIC.
BTE (behind the ear); these hearing aids hook over the top of your ear and rest behind it; they have a tube that connects them to an earpiece inside your ear canal. They are the largest hearing aid but have better sound amplification.
Cochlear implants are an additional option for severe cases of hearing loss. They function for the parts of your inner ear that are not working.
If you think you might be losing your hearing, it’s time to call the experts at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, Texas. Don’t wait when it comes to your hearing. Get back your hearing with hearing aids. Call today!
Realizing you are suffering from hearing loss is a confusing, sometimes scary experience. Luckily, hearing loss no longer has to mean deafness. Thanks to great strides in medical technology, most cases of hearing loss can be diagnosed and treated. You, too, can beat hearing loss with help from your Katy, TX ear, nose and throat doctor.
How do I know I am suffering from hearing loss?
Hearing loss patients usually describe first noticing small instances which they do not correlate with hearing loss. Some of the first signs of hearing loss include:
- Often having people repeat things while in person or on the phone
- The people around you telling you the TV or radio is too loud though you can barely hear it
- You notice increased difficulty hearing conversations, especially in crowded or noisy areas
- You feel that people mumble more often than they speak up
- You feel as though you must concentrate harder than normal to understand a conversation
What can I do about my hearing loss?
If you discover you are suffering from hearing loss, you should see your ear, nose and throat doctor at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, TX, as soon as possible. A hearing assessment, which analyzes the degree of your hearing loss, helps your doctor diagnose your hearing loss. The most common treatment for hearing loss is the use of hearing aids. These devices fit into or around your ear to amplify the sound which enters it.
Are there different types of hearing aids?
Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and sizes. Your doctor can help you determine which style is best for you. Some of the more common styles of hearing aids are:
- BTE (behind-the-ear): This style of aid has an encased plastic part which wraps from behind the ear into the ear’s opening.
- ITE (in-the-ear): ITE aids sit inside of the ear, though are still visible.
- ITC (in-the-canal): This type of hearing aid resembles a shell which sits in the half-shell shape of the ear.
- CIC (completely-in-canal): CIC aids fit completely inside of the ear’s canal. These are the least visible option of hearing aid. They may not be beneficial for people who have trouble handling small objects due to their size.
For more information on hearing loss or hearing aids, please contact Dr. David Sycamore and Dr. Shiane Moffitt, Au.Dâ€‹ at Parkway ENT and Allergy in Katy, TX. Call (281) 712-7241 to schedule your appointment for a hearing assessment today!