To make your visit as efficient and informative as possible, we have gathered a number of resources to help you. The following section contains links to many of our patient forms, as well as a hearing questionnaire and some FAQs related to hearing and hearing loss.
Hearing loss is a widespread condition that affects people of all ages. An estimated 36 million Americans suffer from hearing loss. It is the third most common physical condition, behind arthritis and heart disease.
Hearing loss can develop gradually; it may be difficult to notice symptoms at first. Many patients will have difficulty understanding speech, find themselves asking others to repeat themselves, have trouble hearing over background noise, believe that people mumble when they speak, turn up the volume on the TV or radio to levels others find uncomfortable, experience a ringing in the ears, and avoid social gatherings.
The most common causes of hearing loss are aging and noise exposure. Other factors that may contribute to a decline in hearing ability include trauma to the ears or head, benign growths or tumors, ear infections, earwax, ototoxic drugs, and diseases such as otosclerosis.
There are three main types of hearing loss: Sensorineural, caused by damage to the inner ear and sometimes called nerve deafness; Conductive, the result of obstructions in or damage to the outer or middle ear; and Mixed, a combination of the other types.
Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss) cannot be prevented, but noise-induced hearing loss can. It is important to wear hearing protection when exposed to high levels of noise (concerts, sporting events, factory work). Listen to music at a reasonable level, especially when wearing earbuds or headphones. Refrain from inserting objects into your ears, blow your nose gently through both nostrils, and swallow or yawn when experiencing pressure changes.
It depends on the type and severity of your hearing loss. Hearing aids help many patients with sensorineural hearing loss communicate more easily and effectively. Conductive hearing loss may be treatable with medication or surgery, though it is far less common.
Hearing aids are available in a variety of sizes and styles. It is best to work closely with your audiologist to determine the type of hearing aid that will work best for your loss. We offer a wide selection from many of the industry’s top manufacturers, so regardless of your type and degree of loss we are confident you will find an aid that meets your lifestyle, cosmetic, and budget needs.
Other options may be available, including cochlear implants and assistive listening devices. Our staff will discuss your choices during your audiometric consultation.