What Can I Do About My Hearing Loss?
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!