If you are having hearing problems, you may be thinking about hearing aids. Choosing a hearing aid is an important decision, and one you shouldn’t make alone. Fortunately, your ear, nose, and throat doctor can help you choose the right hearing aid for you. Here at Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat, we offer a wide range of ENT services, including hearing aids. With two convenient office locations in Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, our team of ENTs is here to help you hear better—read on to learn more!
How do I know if I might need a hearing aid?
There are some definite signs and symptoms of hearing loss, which may indicate how you can benefit from a hearing aid. For instance, you should seek out your ENT specialist if sounds and speech are muffled, you have trouble picking words out of background noise, you need people to speak louder, you have problems hearing the consonants in words, or you find yourself avoiding social situations/conversations because of hearing problems.
During an appointment, your ENT specialist can do a hearing test to determine your level of hearing loss. This is an important step to begin the selection of the right hearing aid which will benefit you the most.
What are the different types of hearing aids?
There are several types of hearing aids, each with their own benefits:
- A CIC hearing aid fits completely inside the ear canal and is the most discreet type of hearing aid; CIC hearing aids don’t have volume control or a directional microphone.
- An ITE hearing aid fits in your ear and loops over the outer or lower part of the ear structure; ITE hearing aids are less discreet than CIC aids, but they do have volume control.
- A BTE hearing aid fits behind your ear and hooks over the top of your ear; they connect to an inner earpiece and have superb sound quality.
What are cochlear implants?
Cochlear implants are an alternative to conventional hearing aids and are a great solution for severe hearing loss. They perform the functions of parts of your ear that aren’t working correctly.
Interested? Give us a call
To find out more about hearing aids, hearing tests, and our other ENT services, call the Sun City and Sun City West, AZ, offices of Arizona Ear, Nose & Throat today. For Sun City, dial (623) 972-2951, and for Sun City West, (623) 975-1660.