Although hearing aids can't reverse hearing loss, they can significantly improve the ability to communicate and overall quality of life for people suffering from various degrees of hearing loss. If you are experiencing hearing loss in one or both ears, a hearing aid may be a good option for you depending on your situation. The otolaryngologists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA, offer a number of hearing restoration options for different forms and degrees of hearing loss.
Hearing Aids in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA
If you are experiencing hearing loss, schedule a consultation with an ENT doctor or audiologist in order to determine whether you may benefit from hearing aids or other devices. Hearing aids consist of a microphone, amplifier, and speaker that pick up and transmit sounds through the ear to help people with hearing loss follow and participate in conversations in noisy or quiet environments. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), only one in approximately five people that could potentially benefit from using a hearing aid actually chooses to wear one.
Types of Hearing Aids
There are a few different types of hearing aids available:
- Completely in the canal (CIC) - fits entirely inside the ear canal and has fewer features (like volume control) than other models. Works well with mild to moderate hearing loss.
- In the canal (ITC) - partially fits in the ear canal and also works for mild to moderate hearing loss.
- In the ear (ITE) - fits in the outer ear and has the capability for more features than CIC and ITC hearing aids. Available for moderate to severe hearing loss.
- Behind the ear (BTE) - The device is worn behind the ear and is appropriate for most levels of hearing loss.
- Receiver in canal (RIC) - Similar to BTE models but the receiver is connected to the hearing aid with a thin wire rather than tubing, and is smaller than a BTE.
Find an ENT Doctor in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital, MA
For more information about hearing aids and other hearing restoration options, contact Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England today to schedule an appointment with one of our otolaryngologists.