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Find out which type of hearing aid will help you get back in the conversation again.
Has an ENT doctor or audiologist determined that you have hearing loss? If so, you may be wondering, “What now?” Well, the next step is to get fitted for a hearing aid. Of course, with all the advancements in technology there are now so many options when it comes to hearing aids that it can be a bit confusing. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a hearing aid,
Discretion is usually one of the most important factors that someone mentions when getting a hearing aid (we know being able to hide your hearing aid from others is important). Of course, there are other factors to consider that can help you determine the right style for you. Common hearing aid styles include:
- Behind-the-ear (often the most versatile hearing aid to accommodate all severities of hearing loss)
Special and Advanced Features
Hearing aids now come with some pretty awesome features and while some may not apply to you or be particularly important for your lifestyle, there are other features that you may wish to have. Top features include:
This feature separates out dynamic sounds (e.g. television; conversations) from static sounds (e.g. running water) and increases the dynamic sounds while reducing static sounds, making it easier to hear what you actually want to hear.
Noisy environments can be a real pain for people with hearing loss. Here’s where the directionality feature on a hearing aid comes in handy. Instead of just “turning up” the volume on all sounds around you, this feature allows you to hear what’s in closer proximity and help you turn your attention and focus on the person in front of you rather than the noisy environment around you. This is particularly helpful for those who work in loud environments such as restaurants.
Just because a hearing aid has more channels than another doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. What it means is that these different channels offer ways to adjust different frequencies. Therefore, those dealing with both low-end and high-end pitch problems can adjust the volume on one without necessarily adjusting the volume on another. The idea is that these different channels help even out what a person can hear.
Your Hearing Loss
Of course, the type and severity of your hearing loss will also play a factor in which kind of hearing aid will truly give you the best opportunity to understand those around you. This is something that your otolaryngologist can discuss with you during your evaluation and fitting. There are many options available for those dealing with everything from mild to profound hearing loss.
Are you ready to sit down with an ENT specialist to discuss your hearing aid options? Don’t put off addressing your hearing difficulties. The sooner you treat your hearing loss the better.
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), approximately 20 percent of Americans (48 million people) report suffering from some degree of hearing loss. Depending on the type, cause, and severity of this hearing loss, hearing aids can improve quality of life by making it easier for people to communicate. If you are looking to counteract your hearing impairments, the specialists at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, offer a range of diagnostic and treatment options to help you!
Hearing Aids from our Sun City Offices
Hearing aid devices use microphones and speakers to help amplify sounds so that people with hearing loss can participate in conversations and hear what is happening in their surroundings. There are different types of hearing aids available, which have been modernized and improved thanks to digital technology. They include:
- In the Canal: In the canal hearing aids are custom designed to fit completely inside the canal, and they are a good option for mild to moderate hearing loss. A smaller portion of the device is visible outside the ear than with other models.
- Invisible in the Canal: This model is placed further in the ear canal so that it is completely invisible and is a good option for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
- Receiver in Canal: The receiver/microphone portion of the device is placed inside the canal and attached to the device behind the ear with a wire.
- In the Ear: A slightly larger device that is placed in the outer ear (either full or half-shell options are available). The device is visible to the naked eye but fits inside the ear. Suitable for mild to severe hearing loss.
- Behind the Ear: The device hooks over and rests behind the ear and connects to an amplifier in the ear canal. Appropriate for most types of hearing loss.
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For more information about hearing aids and treatment options for hearing loss, contact Arizona ENT today to schedule an appointment with an ear doctor. Dial (623) 972-2951 for Sun City, and (623) 975-1660 in Sun City West.
Maybe you didn’t even notice it but other members of your family pointed out the fact that you need to blast the TV in order to hear it or that you have to asked people to repeat themselves quite often. If people often sound like they are mumbling or difficult to understand then you could be dealing with hearing loss. Approximately 48 million Americans deal with some degree of hearing loss. If you are part of this statistic then it’s important that you turn to an otolaryngologist you can trust.
While you may not realize it, an ENT doctor is exactly the specialist you want on your side to not only diagnose your hearing loss but also to provide the hearing aid you need to improve your hearing. While a hearing aid is not designed to restore hearing it can help amplify certain sounds to make hearing much easier.
There are a variety of different hearing aid options available to you, and the style you choice will really depend on your goals, lifestyle, degree of hearing loss, budget and any special features you are looking for. Common hearing aids styles include:
Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC): Just as the name suggests, this style of hearing aid is placed deep within the ear canal so it’s completely invisible. It’s a great option for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.
Completely-in-Canal (CIC): Also good for mild-to-moderate hearing loss, this style will allow the hearing aid to be completely invisible within the ear canal. The only difference is that a clear tab on the hearing aid is used to place and remove it.
In-the-Canal (ITC): A small portion of this hearing aid is visible but it is flesh-colored so it won’t be obvious to those around you. It’s a great style for those dealing with mild to severe hearing loss.
In-the-Ear (ITE): This style is also capable of handling a wide variety of hearing loss, from mild to severe. This hearing aid is custom-made to fit the outer area of the ear rather than sitting within the ear canal.
Receiver-in-Canal (RIC): This allows the speaker to sit within the ear canal where it is out of sight; however, the speaker is connected to the amplifier (which sits behind the ear) by wires rather than tubing. It’s a discreet option for those with mild-to-severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-Ear (BTE): This type of hearing aid allows the speaker to lie hidden within the ear canal. The speaker is attached to a clear, thin tube that is connected to the amplifier, which sits behind the ear. This is a great option for those with moderate-to-severe hearing loss.
It’s important to find the right hearing aid to fit your unique needs, and an ENT doctor can provide you with the quality hearing aid you’re looking for so that you can be part of the conversation again.
If you’re constantly asking the people around you to repeat themselves, and you have trouble hearing music or television at normal volumes, you could have a hearing problem. Some people are ashamed to admit it, but there is a simple solution that could help you and improve your quality of life significantly: a hearing aid. Talk to a physician at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ about the many different hearing aid options that are available.
What Was That? Can You Repeat That?
If you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves often or you have play the television or radio at elevated volumes, that may be the first sign of a hearing problem. Hearing loss often happens progressively over time, but in some cases, it can be triggered by a specific event. For instance, standing next to a loudspeaker at a live concert could cause hearing problems in one or both ears. An untreated ear infection can also cause hearing loss. Many senior citizens have this problem because the natural process of aging can cause damage to the inner ear.
Getting a Hearing Aid
The process of getting a hearing aid starts with a comprehensive ear exam and consultation. Your Sun City and Sun City West ENT will likely perform a few tests, including impedance testing and an audiometry exam, to see if there are hearing challenges. If so, the decision on what hearing aid would be best for you will be made after getting the results of these tests.
Hearing Aid Options
There are many different types of modern hearing aids on the market now and some are extremely discreet and unnoticeable. Here are a few of the most common ones:
- A receiver in the ear or canal aids (the hearing aid is inside the canal, but there’s a processing unit that fits behind the ear).
- In the canal (ITC) aids (located toward the bottom of the outer ear).
- Invisible or completely inside the canal (very small units that hide inside of the canal).
Hearing Help is a Phone Call Away
You can see a significant improvement in your ability to hear when you seek help from a doctor at Arizona ENT in Sun City West and Sun City, AZ. Call (623) 975-1660 or (623) 972-2951, respectively, today to schedule an appointment.
Do you find it difficult to keep up with conversations or hear in noisy places? You may benefit from a hearing aid. The otolaryngologists at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, explain a few signs that may mean a hearing aid could help you.
Somebody decreased the volume
Does it seem like nothing is loud enough anymore? If you struggle to hear the television or radio, or it seems as if everyone you know has suddenly decided to speak slightly above a whisper, you may have a hearing problem. Hearing problems can occur due to age, exposure to loud noises, illnesses or the medications you take to manage your illnesses.
You have relationship troubles
Do people swear that they told you about a meeting or event, yet you don't remember hearing anything about the important plans? In some cases, people who have hearing loss develop relationship troubles because they only hear certain words in the conversation and try to simply guess the point of the conversation. Problems can also occur if your partner, friends or co-workers think you're ignoring them.
Hearing is harder if you can't see the other person
If you have a hearing problem, you may notice that it's harder to hear in dark rooms or over the telephone. When hearing loss occurs, it's only natural to rely on your vision to provide clues.
You hate going to the movies
Movie theaters can be very uncomfortable places if you have hearing loss. When background music accompanies dialogue, it can be difficult to understand the words, even if the volume is very loud.
Hearing aids offer an effective solution
Hearing aids don't just make sounds louder, but also help you tune out background noises. Most feature several settings for a variety of situations. Do you think you would have trouble getting used to wearing something in your ear? You may find an over-the-ear hearing aid more comfortable. When you visit our Sun City or Sun City West office, we'll help you'll find a comfortable hearing aid that enhances your ability to hear a range of sounds.
Do you suffer from any of the signs of hearing loss? If you do, schedule an appointment with Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians by calling the Sun City, AZ, office or the Sun City West, AZ, office.