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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.
It can be a challenge trying to figure out what hearing aid will work best for you. Let us help!
When we lose the ability to hear those around us and enjoy conversations it can take a major toll on our quality of life. Luckily, our team of ENT doctors in Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ is here to help. Through the selection of hearing aids we offer there is something for everyone. Here are some factors that go into the decision-making process when you go shopping for a hearing aid.
Hearing Aid Styles in Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West
Hearing aids differ in size, fit, features and price, so it’s important that you discuss your options with our audiologists to determine which kind is right for you. Here are some of the most common types of hearing aids:
Completely in the Canal (CIC): This is one of the smallest hearing aids available and because it’s molded to fit inside the ear it is less visible.
In the Canal (ITC): Another custom-molded hearing aid, this one only fits partially in the ear. This is usually a great option for those dealing with more mild to moderate forms of hearing loss. It also offers different features that aren’t available with completely-in-the-canal hearing aids.
In the Ear (ITE): In-the-ear hearing aids can be shaped in two different ways: one fills the full outer ear while the other will only fill the lower portion of the ear. This hearing aid can be great for anyone, no matter if their hearing loss is mild or severe. This hearing aid also offers volume control, a feature that you won’t often find in smaller hearing aid styles.
Behind the Ear (BTE): This hearing aid will hook over the top of your ear and connect to a customized earpiece that will stay in the ear canal. This is a great option for patients of all ages and for most forms of hearing loss.
Receiver in Canal (RIC): This style is similar to the behind-the-ear hearing aid but the receiver can either stay in the ear or the canal. The behind-the-ear portion of this hearing aid may be a bit less visible than a BTE hearing aid.
Open fit: This hearing aid is also similar to the BTE hearing aid except the tube that connects the earpiece and the hearing aid is very thin. Because this keeps the ear canals open this allows for high frequencies to be picked up by the hearing aid while allowing low frequencies to naturally be picked up by the ear.
Besides the style of the hearing aid, which plays a rather large part, you’ll want to consider other features such as noise reduction, rechargeable batteries or remote controls, as well as the price when it comes to which hearing aid will work best for you and your lifestyle. We will be happy to sit down with you and discuss all these details and more!
Restore your hearing with Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians and enjoy the ease of talking to friends and family again. Call our office serving the Surprise, Sun City, El Mirage, Peoria, Glendale and Sun City West, AZ area today and let us know you are interested in getting a hearing aid.
When you think of hearing aids, do you picture big, bulky appliances that must constantly be adjusted? Thanks to innovations in technology, hearing aids are smaller and more effective than ever. Dr. Ralph E Bassett, Dr. Sanford R Hoffman, Dr. Paul B Borgesen and Dr. Judith A. Waiser--your Sun City West, AZ ear, nose and throat team--explain how hearing aids can help you.
Why do I need a hearing aid?
A hearing aid can help you if the hair cells in your inner ear have been damaged due to disease, exposure to loud noises, aging or as a side effect of a medication. You may benefit from a hearing aid if you notice any of these signs:
- It seems as if people are constantly mumbling, and you have to ask them to repeat what they said.
- It's difficult to keep up with conversations because you don't hear every word.
- You can't hear what someone says clearly if they're in another room.
- Your family complains that the TV is too loud when you watch it.
- You have trouble hearing when you use the telephone.
- You've given up watching movies or going to the theater because of your hearing loss.
- Your hearing loss causes difficulty at work or in your personal relationships.
How can a hearing aid in Sun City West help?
A hearing aid makes sounds louder and may help reduce background noise that can make it difficult to hear clearly. Some hearing aids fit in your ear canal, while others are placed behind your ear or in your outer ear. Both analog and digital aids are available. Both types can be adjusted to handle a variety of situations. For example, if you are in a noisy place, you can change the setting to one that helps reduce background noise.
Are you interested in learning how a hearing aid can improve your hearing? Call Dr. Ralph E Bassett, Dr. Sanford R Hoffman, Dr. Paul B Borgesen and Dr. Judith A. Waiser at (623) 975-1660 to schedule a hearing evaluation in Sun City West, AZ. Enjoy better hearing with a hearing aid!