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You've heard the joke: "Mom hears just what she wants to hear. She's got selective hearing." However, for people with true hearing loss, the muffled conversations, odd ringing sounds, and impacted social interactions are not funny.
If you or a loved one suspect you have hearing loss, your Cary otolaryngologist, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, can help. From offering complete ear, nose, and throat examinations and audiologic check-ups to fitting with the latest in hearing aids, the staff at Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists will work to improve your daily function and quality of life.
Symptoms of hearing loss
A full 15 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of hearing difficulty, says the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. What does hearing loss in Cary sound like? What does it look like? How does it impact the sufferer and those around them?
To answer these questions, take a look at the symptoms of hearing loss:
- Sounds and voices are muffled (especially when high-pitched or soft).
- Patients experience tinnitus, a buzzing or ringing in one or both ears, and dizziness.
- Conversations are difficult to decipher in a crowded room.
- Television, radio, computer, or phone volume must be increased.
- Family members complain their loved one cannot hear them.
- Words are misinterpreted.
- Sufferers withdraw from social interactions such as parties and dinner table conversations.
- Patients depend on friends and loved ones for interpretation of sounds and interactions.
Hearing loss happens due to a variety of factors: age, occupation (noisy environments harm hearing), ototoxic drugs (some chemotherapies and antibiotics), and genetics. Viral infections, tumors, autoimmune conditions, and head trauma cause hearing problems, too.
Deciphering hearing loss
At Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists, Dr. Gupta carefully examines his patients who may have hearing loss. He looks for anatomical malformations or damage, impacted ear wax, infection, and other possible physical or pharmacological causes. Additionally, his office is fully equipped and staffed for audiologic examinations which screen for perception and interpretation of sounds and words of various pitch and volume.
If needed, your otolaryngologist and audiologist delivers a range of hearing aids custom-fitted for your specific ear anatomy. Today's digital technology allows these experts to program hearing aids to your preferences and lifestyle. For instance, if you enjoy attending local symphony orchestra concerts, your devices may be tuned for best reception and perception of those wonderful musical notes.
Hearing loss really is a serious matter, and you need to deal with it. Fortunately, you can receive kind, compassionate and reliable help from your friends at Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists. For your hearing consultation, in Cary, NC, please contact our office team at (919) 851-5636.
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.
Struggling to hear the TV? Can't filter out what one person is saying when you are in a crowded room? And, what's that buzzing noise you're always hearing? Well, don't be alarmed, but all these and more may be early signs of hearing loss. In Cary, NC, Dr. Pankaj Gupta and Dr. Susan O’Brien, AuD team up to bring you the best hearing care in the area. Come see them with your hearing issues. Dr. Gupta will investigate possible medical causes, and Dr. O'Brien will test your hearing and help you with hearing aids if necessary. You can hear well again!
You and millions of others
The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that 20 percent of Americans--a full 48 million--have some degree of hearing loss (presbycusis), and surprisingly, many people don't even know it. However, their loved ones, friends and coworkers usually observe signs such as:
- Needing to repeat words and sentences
- Loud TV volume
- Inability to hear soft, high-pitched voices such as those of children and young women
- Difficulty understanding a conversation in a crowded room
Additionally, hearing loss sufferers may continually hear a buzzing or squealing noise. This is called tinnitus, and it may be accompanied by dizziness or vertigo.
The causes of hearing loss in Cary
As with so many medical conditions, heredity plays a big role. Hearing loss seems to run in families, but also, trauma to the ear drum, continual exposure to loud noises or music (a noisy occupation or listening to your favorite rock band for years) take their toll.
Further, the Better Hearing Institute states that some prescription medications, such as NSAIDS, may be ototoxic--that is, damaging to the auditory nerve. An accumulation of cerumen, or ear wax, frequently blocks the ear canal, or fluid behind the eardrum from repeated ear infections muffles sounds. Both of these physical obstructions may be treated by your primary care physician or otolaryngologist at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists.
Finally, two less common causes of hearing loss include Meniere's Disease, an autoimmune disorder that reduces hearing and precipitates vertigo. A benign tumor of the auditory nerve, called an Acoustic Neuroma, is another cause.
What happens at Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists
Dr. Gupta performs a medical evaluation on his hearing loss patients to pinpoint the reasons behind presbycusis. Also, patients see Dr. O'Brien for an audiogram which tests the ears' responses to various electronic tonalities and for a tympanogram to determine the degree and kind of hearing loss.
Contact the office
If you, your loved ones or your family doctor suspect you have a hearing loss, please contact Wake Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists. The highly qualified staff will get to the source of your concerns and develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. Call today: (919) 851-5638.
Hearing loss, which can happen at any age, is notoriously frustrating and disheartening, especially if the sufferer has not yet realized what is happening to their body. However, the effects of hearing loss no longer need to be permanent. With help from your Cary, NC ear, nose, and throat specialists, you can determine the treatment your hearing loss requires to get you back to a normal life.
What causes hearing loss?
For many people, it seems logical that hearing loss comes from repeated loud noises. While hearing loss can come from extended exposure to loud sounds, many cases are simply due to aging. As we age, everyday elements and sounds take their toll on our ears inner workings. These sounds wear out the ear, causing it to become less effective at picking up sounds. In some cases, hearing loss is hereditary. Childhood ailments, like meningitis, often cause hearing loss. Fluid buildup or a blockage in the ear itself may also cause hearing loss, both permanently and temporarily.
How do I know if I need a hearing test?
If you notice hearing loss, you should talk with your doctor about it. While rare, hearing loss may be a symptom of an underlying issue. A hearing test is usually the definitive way to diagnose hearing loss. Many mild cases of hearing loss do not require any treatment. However, as the hearing loss progresses, special devices to amplify sound, called hearing aids, might be prescribed to help the patient hear.
How can my ENT specialist help?
At your appointment, your ENT specialist will gather family and medical history to aid in pinpointing the cause of your hearing loss. Various testing eliminates the risk of complications from an underlying condition. Hearing aids come in various shapes and sizes, allowing you and your doctor to choose one which best suits you and your situation. For complete hearing loss, cochlear implant, a device surgically implanted into the brain, allows the ear’s malfunctioning parts to be bypassed and the patient to hear.
For more information on hearing loss, please contact Dr. Pankaj Gupta, MD, FACS, AUD at Wake Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists in Cary, NC. Call (919)851-5636 to speak with an associate about scheduling your hearing test.