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Losing your hearing, regardless of how you lost it, could cause significant trauma. Different people react to losing their hearing in many different ways, but for most of them, it could lead to physical, social, and psychological issues. If you’re struggling with hearing loss, our ENT specialists here at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ can suggest suitable treatments such as hearing aids, ear wax removal, or surgery.
Treatments for Sensorineural Hearing Loss
The most common hearing loss type, sensorineural hearing loss is usually permanent and is a result of damage to the cilia or auditory nerve. It could result from aging, birth defects, skull or head trauma, working around substantially loud noises, certain infections, Meniere’s disease, ototoxic medications, or acoustic neuroma. Depending on the damage sustained by cilia or auditory nerve, you may be able to treat it with cochlear implants or hearing aids.
Treatments for Conductive Hearing Loss
This hearing loss type typically results from damage or obstruction to the middle or outer ear, which restricts the conduction or transmission of sound into the inner ear. While not everyone could regain their hearing, depending on the extent and exact nature of the problem, some people could regain most or some of their hearing with proper treatment.
In most cases, treating the causes of the blockage such as an ear infection, impacted ear wax, stuck foreign objects, or abnormal growths, could help restore hearing. Foreign objects and wax can be extracted, bacterial infections can be addressed with antibiotic treatment, and abnormal growths can be removed through surgery.
While the treatment options may be limited, our ENT specialists may also offer other suitable solutions such as traditional hearing aids, middle ear implants, bone-anchored implants, or bone-conduction hearing aids.
Treatments for Mixed Hearing Loss
In some cases, conductive and sensorineural hearing loss could result in mixed hearing loss. For instance, having impacted earwax could complicate existing sensorineural hearing loss. When this happens, treatment options will be dependent on the particular conductive and sensorineural hearing loss conditions that you have. Depending on the specifics of your case, your doctor may advise treatment for either the conductive or sensorineural hearing loss or both.
If you’re suffering from hearing loss, don’t lose hope. With proper and prompt treatment, you may have the chance to reverse your hearing loss, whether through surgery, simple earwax traction, or hearing aids. Call Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ. For Sun City, dial (623) 972-2951 and for Sun City West, (623) 975-1660 and schedule your appointment now.
- Hear muffled speech or sounds
- Have a problem understanding individual words
- Need people to speak more loudly or slowly
- Have to turn up the television or radio
- Withdraw from social events or conversations
- Protect your ears by wearing earplugs or earmuffs if you are in a loud workplace
- Have your hearing tested by an audiologist or ENT specialist. Current recommendations are to have your hearing tested at least every 10 years through age 50, and every three years after age 50.
- Protect your ears from damaging loud noises in your daily activities and recreation, especially listening to rock concerts, shooting guns or riding in loud vehicles.
- Take breaks from continuous loud noises.
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.
While hearing loss—to some degree—is fairly common as we get older, it doesn’t mean that younger adults can’t also experience some form of hearing loss. Whether you are concerned that your hearing is declining or you are trying to prevent hearing loss from happening to you, here are some reasons why this problem can occur earlier on in life.
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
One of the most common reasons people develop hearing loss is exposure to loud and harmful noises. A lot of these noises are present in our environment such as the construction happening right outside our apartment or the traffic jam you always seem to get stuck in at rush hour. Repeated exposure to these harmful elements can lead to noise-induced hearing loss (NIFL). Everyone from children and teens to adults can develop this form of hearing loss.
In some cases, NIFL is caused by exposure to one extremely loud sound (e.g. explosion), while other times it’s due to repeated, long-term exposure to harmful noises. Everything from hunting to using a lawnmower can put your hearing at risk.
Luckily, NIFL is preventable. It’s important to understand that certain noises can be dangerous to your hearing. By incorporating more hearing-friendly practices into your day-to-day life you could reduce your risk of hearing loss. Besides knowing what sounds are harmful to your ears, it’s important that you consider wearing some kind of protection (e.g. ear plugs) when exposed to these noises. If you don’t have protection and can’t reduce the sound, try to stay as far away from it as possible.
Injuries the eardrum, sudden changes in pressure or even loud noises can cause the eardrum to rupture. Sometimes an undetected ear infection can also cause this problem. As a result, hearing can be affected.
While sometimes hearing loss after a ruptured eardrum is only temporary if the eardrum doesn’t heal properly or isn’t treated this could lead to repeated ear infections which, over time, could cause permanent hearing loss. If you are someone who is prone to infections, or if you think your eardrum has ruptured, it’s important that you turn to an ENT doctor right away.
If you aren’t able to hear people as clearly as you once did it’s important that you get a hearing screening as soon as possible. The sooner you seek care the sooner you can get the treatment you need to prevent your hearing loss from getting worse. Turn to an otolaryngologist today.
Approximately 20 percent of Americans say that they struggle with hearing loss according to the Hearing Loss Association of America, and many others don't realize or accept it. Some patients hesitate to admit that they are having hearing problems because they are afraid of having to wear clunky hearing devices. If you find yourself continually asking people to repeat themselves, or you need to listen to television or music programs with the volume all the way up, you may benefit from a modern hearing aid. Learn more about the options available at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ.
Types of Hearing Aids
Modern hearing aids are more discreet, effective and attractive to wear. These are some of the most common types that your Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, ENT doctor may recommend:
- Invisible or completely in the canal (hidden; an option if you're very self-conscious about the device showing).
- In the ear or in the canal (fits snugly inside of the ear and matches your skin tone).
- Behind the ear device (a tube is placed inside the ear canal with the casing device hidden behind the ear flap).
- Receiver in canal (a speaker device is placed inside the canal and is mostly hidden).
Benefits of Wearing a Hearing Aid
Wearing a hearing aid will increase your reaction time and your ability to communicate with others. If you've been avoiding social situations or outdoor exercise because of hearing problems, wearing the device will allow you to return to your normal activities. You can remove your hearing aid at night to ensure comfortable while sleeping. In many cases patients keep their the same device for up to seven years, so you won’t have to worry about getting a new one anytime soon. It is an important investment in your auditory health.
Schedule a Hearing Consultation
Before you and your Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, ENT can decide on the best hearing aid for you, you'll have to complete a hearing exam. The doctor will do a visual check of your ears and perform what is called an audiometry evaluation. The way that you respond to this test will determine which type of hearing aid will be best for your situation.
Hear Better, Live Better
When you don't feel like you can hear clearly, it affects your quality of life, but a solution is available at Arizona ENT in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ. Call (623) 975-1660 for Sun City West or (623) 972-2951 for Sun City today to schedule a consultation and find out if hearing aids will fit your needs and lifestyle.