The earlier you recognize your hearing loss, the faster you can improve your hearing ability and restore your quality of life. During a consultation at Alabama ENT Specialists a hearing aid evaluation is completed after a comprehensive audiological evaluation, which helps determine the nature of your hearing loss and what treatment plan will be best for you.
Am I experiencing hearing loss?
Studies show that untreated hearing loss can cause social difficulties, including memory loss and auditory fatigue. Appropriate hearing aids are proven to have a positive impact by bringing ease and joy back into your daily life.
Some signs you may be experiencing hearing loss are:
- Do you think people mumble?
- Do you often need people to repeat themselves?
- Do you experience a ringing (or other noise) in your ears?
- Do you have trouble hearing on the phone?
- Do you need the TV or radio turned up to a high level, such that others complain?
- Can you reliably hear warning systems like doorbells, smoke alarms, etc.?
- Do you get tired from concentrating while listening to others?
- Do you stay at home to avoid social situations?
If you experience these signs, then you should undergo a hearing examination to determine how severe your hearing loss is and what hearing aids are available to you.
What type of hearing aid is right for me?
Many different types of hearing aids exist and offer different features, technology, and cosmetic options. Our audiologists can help you pick the one that fits your needs and preferences, but some of the most common types are:
- Receiver-in-the-canal (RIC), this hearing aid sits behind your ear and is attached to a thin wire, known as the receiver, which delivers sound into your ear. With its small sleek design, smaller housing, and open fit into the ear canal, RIC hearing aids are among the most popular styles.
- Behind-the-Ear (BTE), this hearing aid goes behind the ear with a tube connected to an ear mold that goes in your ear. This hearing aid is available in a standard size or mini open fit design and is available in Super Power or Ultra Power strength.
- In-the-Ear (ITE), which are smaller and house the technology within a piece that fits entirely in the shell of the ear. These are a good option for patients with poor dexterity or those who want easy access to the piece, but also favor discreetness.
- DELETE THIS PARAGRAPH: In-the-Canal (ITC), which are very small and subtle pieces that fit mostly or entirely within the canal of the ear. They can be difficult to adjust and handle for some patients, but offer the most cosmetic advantages.
All hearing aids dispensed at this time utilize digital technology. Digital hearing aids have improved sound comfort and quality. There are several levels of technology available to patients. It is recommended that patient’s choose the level of technology that most appropriately fits their lifestyle. Our audiologists will assist you in making this decision. Hearing aids can also come with additional features like rechargeable batteries, directional microphones, settings for telephone conversations, direct audio input, or feedback suppression.
Scheduling your consultation
If you are suffering from hearing loss and would like to find a solution, contact Alabama ENT Specialists today to schedule an appointment. Once your type and severity of hearing loss has been diagnosed and you have been medically cleared by one of our ENT physicians for hearing aids, one of our audiologists can recommend appropriate hearing aids for you.
Regain your independence and increase your quality of life with hearing aids from Alabama ENT Specialists today. Contact us to schedule your initial appointment and, for more information, visit our blog page.