Hearing loss affects our ability to communicate and our quality of life. It varies across our population and each individual’s hearing loss is unique. Age related hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process, but hearing loss has other causes including: medical conditions, occupational and recreational noise exposure, or rarely benign growths that affect the hearing and balance portion of our nervous system (a rare occurrence). Hearing loss may be greater in one ear than the other. Regardless of the cause, an accurate evaluation – by a qualified audiologist – is critical to effective hearing rehabilitation.
Southeastern ENT provides a full spectrum of adult and pediatric hearing examinations, hearing aid fitting, education and ongoing service to people of all ages and stages in life. Our team of professionals is well qualified, experienced and sensitive to each individual’s concerns. We tailor the treatment program to meet the needs of every single patient.
All hearing aids today are “state of the art” and refined to accommodate individual needs. Digital technology has greatly improved the processing capabilities of current hearing aids and allows a much greater ability to “fine tune” an assistive hearing device. There are several types of hearing aids from which to choose and this can create confusion. Hearing loss varies between individuals and it is critical that you choose a hearing aid best suited to your needs…and not those of someone else’s type of hearing loss. Since every individual had different needs based upon their personal hearing loss, a professional Audiologist can determine if a hearing aid is needed and if so how much hearing can be improved. Anyone can go “online” today and purchase hearing aids…but it has been proven over and over again, that working with a professional can save both time and money and ensure that you get a hearing aid that will meet your individual needs, is properly fitted, and that can also be correctly maintained.
A hearing aid is an instrument that, when properly chosen and fitted, can improve hearing and listening capability which in turn…improves quality of life.
There are several different “types” of hearing aids available today, and since no one hearing aid fits everyone’s needs…it is important that each individual be properly evaluated and diagnosed. It is imperative that the right hearing device be selected for each individual based on their hearing loss and ability to care for the device.
Today’s hearing aid choices include:
Behind The Ear (BTE) hearing aids fit comfortably behind the ear and are attached to the ear with plastic tubing. This tubing is secured in place by an earmold that has been created and customized to your ear by taking impressions of the shape and size of your ear (s). The BTE is today’s most popular hearing aid due to flexibility and a wide range of options. The BTE works well for most hearing losses ranging from mild to profound. Recently, “miniature” BTE hearing aids have become popular as they do not require a customized mold and fit comfortably in the ear canal without causing an occlusion effect encountered by some patients who are fit with molds. These miniature BTE hearing aids are very popular and perform well for most patients without being visible to most others in public places and work.
Custom Hearing Aids are “customized” (built) for your ear and your specific hearing loss needs. Our Audiologist is an expert at creating an impression of your ear(s) and then ordering an aid from the manufacturer to your exact specifications.
Completely in the Canal (CIC)…this is today’s smallest custom made hearing device with a shell that is designed to fit deep inside your ear canal in order to be nearly invisible. It is best suited to mild to moderate hearing losses since it has limited features.
In The Ear (ITE) styles are similar to CIC aides but fill most of your outer ear. These are the largest hearing aids. The full shell provides access to a telecoil use and also allows for multiple listening programs. The ITE hearing aid is most effective for mild to moderately severe hearing loss.
It is not uncommon for people to have hearing loss in both ears – otherwise known as binaural hearing. This requires two (dual) hearing aids to enable better hearing and to eliminate “flat or dull” sounds that are common when only one hearing aid is worn.
Correct and comfortable physical fitting and care is a primary concern of every hearing aid wearer. Hearing aids should fit comfortable in or behind the ear and should not be so loose that they fall off. Nor should they be so tight that they cause ear soreness. Our Audiologist has years of expertise in testing, diagnosing and fitting hearing aids.
Daily Maintenance is important to avoid problems that typically occur from moisture or accumulated earwax. We will teach you how to properly care for your hearing aid to ensure many years of satisfactory service.
Southeastern ENT (ear, nose & throat) provides excellent and comprehensive up-to-date “hearing loss” services including hearing evaluations, diagnostic testing, & treatments including hearing aid fitting. Our focus is on the patient – all to “improve” the quality of your life!