Hearing Aids and Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can affect anyone and often occurs gradually in most individuals. It affects different people to varying degrees and can be triggered by a number of factors including exposure to loud sounds, certain medications, and illnesses including diabetes and heart disease. Untreated, hearing loss makes it challenging to keep up with everyday situations. If you think you have hearing loss, choosing a hearing professional is one of the most important decisions you can make. Since a hearing aid cannot be prescribed like eye glasses, a proper hearing aid recommendation and fitting is highly dependent on the expertise of the hearing professional selecting the instrument. At Parkway ENT we test your hearing, assess the environments where you experience the most hearing difficulty, and then select and dispense a hearing aid that best suits your needs.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss
- Muffled hearing and a feeling that your ear is plugged.
- Trouble understanding what people are saying, especially when other people are talking or when there is background noise.
- Listening to the TV or radio at a higher volume than in the past.
- A ringing, roaring, hissing, or buzzing in the ear, also known as tinnitus.
- Ear pain, itching or irritation of the ear, or fluid leaking from the ear.
- A feeling that you or your surroundings are spinning (vertigo).
If you experience any of the symptoms above is important that you get it evaluated. You can also read more about hearing loss.
Types of Hearing loss
- Sensorineural Hearing Loss: Sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear (cochlea) or the nerve pathways that transmit sound information to the brain. The normal aging process and exposure to loud noise can lead to sensorineural loss. Generally, sensorineural loss cannot be reversed and is not treatable with surgery or medication – but it can be improved greatly and effectively with hearing aids.
- Conductive Hearing Loss: Conductive hearing loss is a result of sound waves being blocked from entering the outer and /or middle ear space. When sound waves are blocked sound energy is prohibited from reaching the inner ear which is still functioning properly. Conductive hearing loss can frequently be treated with medication or surgery.
- Mixed Hearing Loss: Mixed hearing loss is the combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, which can involve damage in the outer, middle, and inner ear simultaneously.
Whether you are on-the-go or living a more leisure life, there is a solution to fit the needs of your hearing loss and lifestyle. There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing a hearing aid. Our audiologist will help you find the most appealing and comfortable device suited for your hearing needs. Parkway ENT offers hearing aids from all major manufacturers to provide patients with the best possible hearing solutions. We recommend the best hearing aid to suit your individual hearing loss, lifestyle, and budget.
Styles of Hearing Aids
Behind-the-ear (BTE): This popular style is worn behind the ear that is connected to an ear mold which sits in the ear canal. This style of hearing aid is most powerful and easy to adjust.
Receiver in Canal (RIC): This new and smaller type of BTE is more discrete than a traditional BTE hearing aid. This device uses a thin wire or tube that is inserted into the ear canal, leaving the ear canal more open and allowing the patient to hear more naturally.
In-the-ear (ITE): This type of hearing aid fits is custom made to fit your ear and sits snugly inside the bowl-shaped area of the outer ear. Although ITE hearing aids are more visible, they are generally easier to insert and adjust and have a longer battery life than other, smaller hearing aids.
Completely-in-canal (CIC): Virtually invisible custom fit hearing aid that sits deep in the ear canal.
If you or a loved one is experiencing or suspect hearing loss please contact our office to set up an appointment. Together we can address your concerns and determine what solutions are available to best suit your needs.
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