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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.
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.
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.