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Hearing loss can, unfortunately, come as a surprise—even in those who have suffered with it for years. However, awareness of the symptoms of hearing loss and knowledge of the diagnostic and treatment process can help ensure that you are on track to receiving the best possible care. Learn more about hearing loss, how it can sneak up on you, and how your ear, nose, and throat doctor can help by reading below, and if you are interested in treatment, contact Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeons of Western New England with offices in Springfield, Northampton, and Mary Lane Hospital in Ware, MA.
What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid is a device which consists of three main elements: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. These components work together to take outside sounds, amplify them, and then transmit them directly into the ear. A hearing aid is worn on or in the ear and comes in a variety of styles and types.
Do I need a hearing aid?
Hearing loss often advances slowly over time and many patients do not recognize their hearing problem until it has advanced into its later stages. However, knowing the signs of hearing loss can help you get the help you need early. Some symptoms of hearing loss include:
- Difficulty hearing those around you
- Asking others to repeat themselves often
- Difficulty following conversations, especially on the phone or in crowded environments
- Feeling as though those around you are mumbling
- Others tell you the TV or radio volume is too high, but you think it is reasonable
Diagnosing Hearing Loss
Though your ear, nose, and throat doctor will use a variety of information to diagnose your hearing loss, a hearing test will help them most accurately assess the severity of the loss. During the test, you will wear headphones and listen for sounds played at different frequencies before indicating in which ear the sound was played.
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Your doctor can advise you on the best choice of hearing aid for your situation. For more information on hearing aids, please contact Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgeons of Western New England. Call (413) 732-7426 for the Springfield office, (413) 586-2033 to schedule your appointment in Northampton, or (413) 967-2249 for the Mary Lane Hospital location today!
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.
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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.
Many people don’t realize they’re experiencing hearing loss. In other cases, embarrassment may prevent a patient from seeking help. You might be secretly wondering if a hearing aid can help you hear better. Learn more about hearing aids and how wearing one prescribed by a Northampton, Mary Lane Hospital, or Springfield, MA ENT at Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England could help you deal with hearing loss.
Modern Hearing Aids
There are a number of different types of modern hearing devices available to patients. Some can be placed discreetly inside of the ear, while others sit behind the ear like a wireless headphone. Some patients are good candidates for implantable hearing aids. Now, thanks to technological advances, devices can be fine-tuned to perfectly meet your needs.
Would a Hearing Aid Help?
A patient with mild to moderate hearing loss could significantly benefit from wearing one of these devices. In some cases, the hearing can’t be restored but it can be enhanced. If you have any of the following symptoms, a hearing aid may help:
- Significant difficulty hearing conversations, even when in close company.
- Frequent problems understanding your favorite television programs, requiring closed captions.
- Hearing loss that affects your ability to work or navigate your surroundings.
Have Your Hearing Evaluated
Before your Northampton, Mary Lane Hospital, or Springfield ENT can prescribe a hearing aid, you must have a hearing exam. A test called an audiometric evaluation will determine what is causing the hearing loss and if a hearing aid will help. In some cases, a different treatment may be recommended, such as medication to clear up a middle ear infection, removal of wax buildup, or a surgical procedure.
Restore Your Hearing
By wearing custom hearing aids, you can return to a time when you didn’t have to constantly ask for people to repeat themselves. Call Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England in Northampton, Mary Lane Hospital, or Springfield, MA ENT to schedule a hearing consultation. Call (413) 732-7426 today!
It can be difficult to realize that one is in need of hearing assistance because the loss of hearing is typically a gradual process.
However, it is important to remain aware of the state of one’s hearing, considering that the earlier you catch hearing loss, the easier it is to treat. Here are a few signs that may indicate you’re experiencing hearing loss:
- You frequently ask people to repeat themselves.
- You have difficulty following conversations involving several people.
- Prefer the television or radio substantially louder than those around you.
- You often hear ringing in your ears.
- Have trouble hearing people speaking over the telephone.
- You often misunderstand what people say.
- Find yourself becoming overly frustrated by any of these symptoms.
- Have a family history of hearing loss.
If you believe you experience any of these issues, it may be time to consult the doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, LLC about hearing aids in Springfield.
After performing an examination, the physicians will determine whether or not one of their Springfield hearing aids will benefit you, as well as which one.
Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor will prescribe one of the following types of aids:
An open-fit hearing aid leaves room in the ear canal, which allows low-frequency sounds to enter the ear, as well as for high-frequency sounds to be amplified through the device.
Completely in the canal (CIC):
Completely-in-the-canal hearing aids are molded to fit inside the ear canal. It is used to improve mild to moderately-severe impairment.
In the canal:
An in-the-canal (ITC) hearing aid is custom molded to an individual’s ear, and sits partially in the canal. This model is also used to improve mild to moderately-severe hearing loss.
In the ear:
In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids are also custom made and come in two forms. The full shell version fills the outer ear, while the half shell only fills the lower part of the outer ear. Both are used to treat mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind the ear:
Behind-the-ear (BTE) aids rest behind the ear with a tube connecting the hearing aid to a smaller, custom made ear mold which sits in the canal. These can be utilized for any degree of hearing loss.
Receiver in canal or receiver in the ear:
The receiver-in-canal (RIC) and receiver-in-the-ear (RITE) models are essentially BTE’s, but use a wire instead of a tube to connect to ear piece to the ear mold.
At Ear Nose & Throat, Surgeons of Western New England, LLC, we use licensed audiologists for hearing aid dispensing, so you know you are getting the best possible care. This means our specialists hold current certification as a hearing instrument specialist from a Board-approved, nationally-recognized body certifying hearing instrument specialists; or pass a written or electronic examination approved by the Board and designed to test competencies and knowledge needed in hearing aid fitting and dispensing, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
For more information, call (413) 732-7426 to learn about these high-quality hearing aids in Springfield.