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By Wake Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
February 25, 2019
Category: ENT Health Care
Tags: hearing loss  

Hearing LossHearing loss may be more common than you care to realized. The audiologists at Cary, NC, can help. The reasons behind hearing loss vary in their causes and manifestations, and happens to people of all ages. It is important to understand how hearing works before discussing causes and treatments for hearing loss though.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss (according to the CDC):

  • Isn't startled from loud noises and does't turn to the source of a sound after 6 months of age

  • Delayed or unclear speech

  • Does not follow directions or respond to their name, which is mistaken for not paying attention, or just ignoring

  • Hears some sounds but not others and turns TV volume up too high

Treatments and Evaluations:

Your Cary doctor determines the best course of action by conducting comprehensive hearing evaluations, such as tinnitus evaluations, hearing aid fittings (a time to orient to new hearing aid), hearing aid checks, usually scheduled every six months, and hearing aid evaluations to ask questions and discuss expectations.

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal of amplifying sounds at specific frequencies where there's hearing loss can improve overall quality of life, such as the listening environment, especially when you're placed in a noisy place. Hearing aids amplify sound to make speech more intelligible, ease communication so it's less tiring and preserve nerve networks in the brain.

There are multiple hearing aids. Here are a few:

  • Rechargeable hearing aids
  • Discreet hearing aids in both custom and BTE styles
  • Android and i-phone compatible hearing aids
  • Ability to remotely program hearing aids
  • Aids suitable for patients with an active, casual, or quiet lifestyle
  • Automatic programming for ease of use

Hearing loss is difficult to deal with, but you don't have to be alone. The doctors can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life. To learn and more, call (919) 851-5636 in Cary, NC.