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You say “huh” a lot
Do you often need people to repeat themselves? Has the word “huh” suddenly become your word of the day, every day? Having people repeat themselves is often a sign of hearing loss. Instead of assuming that everyone around you has suddenly started mumbling, it might be time to have your hearing checked by an audiologist.
You don’t hear certain sounds
Surprised to know that there was someone at the door? Did your son, daughter, or grandchild have to tell you that the kitchen timer’s been going off? Certain sounds such as a doorbell, phone ringing, or timers are often more difficult to notice if you are dealing with hearing loss. If others hear sounds clearly that you don’t, it’s time to see your doctor.
You turn the volume up
Much to your family’s chagrin, you just can’t seem to hear the TV or the radio unless you turn the volume way up. You may even notice that other members of your family have no trouble hearing the TV when you do. Again, these are signs that you shouldn’t ignore. Additionally, having to turn the volume up on your headphones or the TV can also be dangerous to your hearing and lead to more severe hearing loss down the road.
You need to look at someone while they’re talking
Do you find that you need to be looking directly at someone to understand what they are saying? Do you have trouble understanding people who are talking to you but might be standing behind you? People with hearing loss often need to look at faces to understand what a person is saying. That’s because they are usually reading lips. If you find yourself staring at people’s lips while talking to them this could be a sign that your hearing isn’t what it used to be.
An ENT doctor is going to be key to detecting and treating your hearing loss, but it’s important to turn to a doctor as soon as possible. They can provide you with hearing aids and implants that can treat everything from mild to profound hearing loss. If you want to be part of the conversation again turn to an ENT doctor today for a hearing evaluation.
We use our sense of hearing on a daily basis, often without even thinking about it. That is why hearing loss can have such a significant impact on how we experience the world around us. Hearing loss can occur with age or can be due to other factors. Fortunately, many types of hearing aids are available to help you regain the ability to hear better. The experienced ear doctors at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City West can recommend the right type of hearing aid to meet your needs.
Types of Hearing Loss
There can be many causes of hearing loss. It can naturally occur as we get older. Hearing loss can also be the result of an injury, infection, or illness. Exposure to extremely loud noises can cause hearing loss, as well. For some individuals, their hearing loss is hereditary. Just as there can be various causes of hearing loss, there are also different types of hearing loss.
Types of hearing loss:
- Central: Sometimes referred to as central auditory processing disorder, this type of hearing loss is caused by the failure of the central nervous system to send the brain recognizable signals.
- Conductive: Associated with damage to the eardrum, middle ear, or ear canal, which can be the result of ear fluid in the middle ear, a punctured eardrum, an ear infection, allergies, or congenital abnormalities in the ear.
- Sensorineural: Associated with damage to the inner ear and auditory nerve, which can be due to aging, a viral infection, head injuries, disease, genetics, or exposure to loud noises.
- Mixed: Associated with damage to the inner, middle, or outer ear, which results in both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.
Types of Hearing Aids
Hearing aids are devices worn in or around the ear to improve an individual’s ability to hear. Several types of hearing aids are available and the one that is right for you can depend on several factors, such as your personal preferences and the type of hearing loss you have. Types of hearing aids include:
- Behind the ear (BTE)
- In the ear (ITE)
- In the canal (ITC)
- Completely in the canal (CIC)
- Receiver in canal
Some hearing aid models are worn inside the ear or ear canal. These hearing aids tend to be more discreet than other types that are worn behind the ear. However, models worn behind the ear sometimes offer greater volume control than the ones worn inside. Each type of hearing aid has distinct benefits and advantages. An ear doctor at our office in Sun City West can help you select a hearing aid best suited to your particular needs and preferences.
Hearing loss can occur for a variety of reasons, but it does not have to stop you from continuing to participate in and enjoy all your favorite activities. There are many types of hearing aids to improve hearing and we can help you find the one best suited to your needs. To schedule an appointment with one of our skilled ear doctors, call Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat Physicians in Sun City West at (623) 975-1660. You can also contact our practice in Sun City at (623) 972-2951.
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.