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When it comes to hearing aids, technology has developed so much over the years that you have many options when it comes to choosing a hearing aid that is right for you. There are different styles and each hearing aid is better for certain people at various levels of hearing loss. It’s important that you work with your ENT doctor to discover which hearing aid is right for you. Your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can explain the different types of hearing aids and which one would be best for you.
Choosing a Hearing Aid
Your ENT doctor in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, can help you determine which hearing aid works best for you. This will be determined by a number of factors. Some common factors that affect your choice of hearing aids include:
- Your age
- The severity of your hearing loss
- Your lifestyle
Your ENT doctor will ask you a bunch of different questions that can help them narrow down your options so that you can find the best hearing aid for you. There are two main types of hearing aids and this includes analog hearing aids and digital hearing aids. The difference between the two is how they convert sound waves to amplify them.
Once you find which kind of hearing aid is best for you, it’s time to figure out the style that works. This includes canal hearing aids, in-the-ear, and behind-the-ear. Your doctor will help inform you about each style and give you suggestions as to which may work best for you.
Contact Your ENT Doctor Today!
When it comes to picking out a hearing aid, you want the choice that will work best with your lifestyle. Contact your ENT doctors at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA, to find a hearing aid that works for you! Call for more information at (413) 732-7426 for the office in Springfield, MA, (413) 586-2033 for the office in Northampton, MA, and (413) 967-2249 for the office in Ware, MA.
Has your hearing loss started to impact your life? At Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Northampton, Ware, and Springfield, MA, our seven otolaryngologists and four audiologists can tell you when hearing aids would help. Hearing instruments and communication strategies improve the quality of life for all kinds of hearing loss.
Your hearing loss
Both you and your family, friends and co-workers notice it. Frankly, at the end of the day, you're feeling fatigued from struggling to understand the conversation, hear instructions or understand a TV program.
Typically, these are the signs that you should consider a complete hearing evaluation at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England:
- You constantly ask people to repeat themselves--particularly young children and people with higher-pitched, softer voices.
- You cannot differentiate between some consonant sounds such as f, s, th, and sh.
- Noisy environments, such as a restaurant or check-out line at the store, are challenging. You can hear people speak, but you cannot understand what they are saying.
- You understand conversation better if you can see people's faces and lips.
- Your TV volume is very loud.
- You have trouble hearing on the phone.
- Your hearing evaluation at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England shows deficiencies in several frequencies, or pitches, of hearing.
Additionally, hearing experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that family members and friends often realize a loved one has a hearing loss before that person does. They observe him or her misunderstand words or sentences. Unfortunately, hearing difficulties can impact interpersonal relationships as both parties withdraw from social interactions and even ordinary conversations.
It's no shame
A hearing loss is not a sign of weakness. It can be a sign of disease or aging, but even these are not always the case. Your audiologist at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England will discuss your symptoms of hearing loss with you and perform a complete audiological exam. Plus, if you need hearing aids, our experts can fit you with the latest Northeast Hearing Instruments and tune them to your specific loss.
Get back in the game
When you improve your hearing with hearing aids from Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, you'll enjoy a fuller life. Call for an evaluation. In Springfield, phone (413) 732-7426. In Northhampton, call (413) 586-2033, and for the Mary Lane Hospital location, call (413) 967-2249.
Keeping your hearing aids clean and in good repair will ensure that you get the maximum benefit from these important devices. In addition to home cleaning, professional cleaning at the offices of Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England is essential. Your ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctors have three convenient offices in Northampton, Ware, and Springfield, MA.
How to Care for Your Hearing Aids
Following these tips will help you avoid hearing aid malfunctions:
- Clear Your Hearing Aids Every Day: Your aids won't work very well if they become clogged with ear wax. Use a soft toothbrush, a hearing aid brush, or a wax pick to remove wax and debris from the openings of the receivers and microphones. You'll also need to replace the wax filters in the hearing aids from time to time. Use the type of filters recommended by your ENT in Northampton, Ware, or Springfield, MA.
- Keep Your Hearing Aids Safe and Dry: Today's hearing aids use complicated technology to improve your hearing. Exposure to moisture may damage the sensitive circuits in the aids, causing them to malfunction. Avoid wearing hearing aids when you shower, swim or bathe. Put the aids in a safe, dry place when you remove them at night. If you have pets or small children who may be tempted to play with your hearing aids, store the aids in a high shelf or cabinet.
- Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands before handling or cleaning your hearing aids. Don't use hair sprays or gels while you're wearing your aids, as these products may damage or clog the aids. Apply these products before you put your hearing aids in your ears.
- Don't Forget to Change the Batteries: Changing the batteries on a regular basis can prevent damage due to corroded batteries. After removing the batteries, wipe the contacts with a soft cloth or cotton sway to remove dirt. If dirt remains on the contacts, hearing aid performance may be affected. Your audiologist or ENT may recommend removing the batteries at night, depending on the type of hearing aid.
Home and professional cleanings keep your hearing aids in good working condition. If you would like to schedule an appointment or cleaning with the ENTS at Ear Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England, call (413) 732-7426 for the Springfield, MA, office, (413) 586-2033 for the Northampton office, or (413) 967-2249 for the Ware office at Mary Lane Hospital.
You and your physician at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA agree that you should begin wearing hearing aids. These state-of-the-art digital devices literally change people's lives. Do you have questions about hearing aid?
Frequently asked questions about hearing aids
Will my hearing aid help me right away? Hearing aids help people with sensorineural hearing loss. This damage to the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear changes how well you understand speech and other sounds particularly in noisy environments. The American Academy of Otolaryngology states that most people adjust to their hearing aids over a period of weeks. These experts recommend you experiment with your hearing aids in a variety of environments and pay attention to improvements in your day to day function.
My audiologist says my hearing aids feature digital technology. What does this mean? Your Springfield hearing aids feature the latest in sound reception and transmission with fully programmable features. Your audiologist can adjust your device to receive and interpret a wide range of sound frequencies for individualized hearing correction. Simply put, your hearing aid is not just a little speaker. It is a completely customizable device suited to your needs and preferences.
I will be wearing a behind-the-ear hearing aid. Why is this type best for me? Your ENT physician and audiologist confer on the results of your physical examination and audiology tests such as tone audiometry and word recognition. Then, the audiologist recommends the devices suited to your hearing loss and your lifestyle. Typically, behind-the-ear devices help people with mild to even profound losses and with tinnitus, a buzzing or roaring sound in the ears. These hearing aids are fully programmable and interface with TVs and cell phones.
How long will my hearing aid last? Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England offers innovative Northeast Hearing Instruments. Available in a variety of styles, these hearing aids last for five to 10 years or longer with good care. Your audiology staff provides ongoing hearing aid service to all patients.
Is care difficult? No, it's not. Simply replace your batteries as needed, keep your hearing aid dry and avoid applying hair spray or other hair care products while you are wearing your hearing aid.
Hear what you are missing
There's no need to suffer with hearing loss. Today's hearing aids are simply amazing. To learn more, schedule a consultation with one of our audiologists at Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeons of Western New England. You'll love the help you receive and the improvement in your hearing! We have three convenient locations in Springfield, Northhampton, and Ware, MA.
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.
Interested? Call one our locations in Springfield, Northampton, and Ware, MA!
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!