As Seen in Cary Magazine:
“What was that, honey?” Many of us have wondered about our spouse. Is it selective hearing or true hearing loss?
Patients often seek out their doctor complaining that sound seems muffled, speech is not clear, or that others are mumbling. They are not unique in this problem; about 10 percent of the population in the United States has hearing loss, according to a survey in 2004 by the Better Hearing Institute. Hearing loss affects people of all ages, but tends to be more common as we age. More....By Dr. Susan O’Brien, AuD, and Dr. Pankaj Gupta, MD
"Oh you men who think or say that I am malevolent, stubborn, or misanthropic, how greatly do you wrong me...Oh how harshly was I flung back by the doubly sad experience of my bad hearing." - Ludwig Van Beethoven
WELCOME TO WAKE EAR, NOSE AND THROAT SPECIALISTS HEARING CENTER
Our focus is the unique needs of each of our patients. We are a small ENT practice offering you individualized care and attention. Patients who suspect they have a hearing loss are tested in our sound suite. Typically, a medical evaluation will also be performed to make sure there are no treatable conditions contributing to the hearing loss. Patients with hearing loss are seen for individual or family consultations to discuss their unique hearing needs and environments. Hearing aids are custom fit to each individual's hearing test results as well as any unique lifestyle needs. For example, the type of aid needed by a kindergarten teacher, a business person who attends multiple conferences and meetings weekly, or a retired individual who spends most of his or her time at home will be different.
Hearing Aid Services
We offer the following Hearing Aid services:
- A variety of digital hearing aid technologies to fit your individual hearing needs and budget.
- A 30-day trial period to take home your new hearing aids and make sure they work in your real life. Your satisfaction is our number one priority.
- Hearing aid checks and cleanings to maintain your hearing aids and help you to maximize the benefits of your amplification.
- Minor in-office repairs to minimize the time you are without amplification.
- Assistive listening and communication devices for when hearing aids are not enough or for when you are not wearing your hearing aids at night. Examples of assistive devices include items to help you hear the phone/door bell/alarm clock and for the telephone and television set.
Dr. Gupta provides a private consultation with the patient and other family members or friends to help determine the individual's hearing needs. The audiogram or hearing test is just part of the picture. Individuals with the same hearing loss report a wide variety of difficulty with hearing depending on their unique lifestyle, type of employment, and age. In general, the younger the individual with hearing loss, the more difficulty they will have with a lesser degree of hearing loss. Today's amplification comes in a wide variety of sizes and technology. Patients who in the past were not considered to be amplification candidates may now have new technologies available to meet their hearing needs. Patients with mild hearing loss in the high frequencies used to be very difficult to fit. However, with today's digital technology and open fittings, many of these patients are very happy with amplification.
Individuals who suspect hearing loss should at the very least have a complete audiological evaluation. The audiologist and the physician can evaluate any medical or amplification needs. Even if you are not ready to pursue hearing aids it is important that you know if you have hearing loss, and the degree of that loss. If you have any concerns about your hearing or the hearing of someone you know, we encourage you to come in for an evaluation.
Wake ENT Specialists offers diagnostic hearing tests that are contiguous with specialized ENT evaluation and care. We also offer treatment for Tinnitus.
Please make an appointment to see Dr. Gupta about your hearing issues. Call 919-851-5636 to make an appointment.