Nearly 50 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss, but only about one-in-five of the people that are eligible for a hearing aid actually use one. While hearing loss tends to be more prominent with age, it does affect people of all ages and backgrounds, from young children to senior citizens. In these situations, hearing aids can drastically improve the quality of life for someone with impaired hearing, from social interactions to academic performance and professional opportunities. The otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) here at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, offer hearing aids and other treatments for hearing loss—read on to learn more!
Frequently Asked Questions about Hearing Aids
Q: Do hearing aids restore hearing ability?
A: While hearing aids don't fully reverse or prevent hearing loss, they do help to amplify sound so that the wearer can communicate more effectively with others.
Q: How do hearing aids work?
A: Depending on the model, hearing aids can be worn inside or outside of the ear. They consist of a microphone that captures and transmits sounds to an amplifier and speaker. Electrical signals create the vibrations that stimulate the hair cells in the inner ear and send neural signals to the brain. Hearing aids are most effective in cases of mild-to-moderate hearing loss, where the damage to the inner ear is not too extensive or severe to successfully pick up and transmit the electrical signals to the brain.
Q: How do I know if I need a hearing aid?
A: If you are experiencing signs and symptoms of hearing loss, a comprehensive hearing test here at our Valdosta office will help to determine the extent and cause of your condition, as well as whether a hearing aid is right for you.
Find an ENT Doctor in Valdosta, GA
For more information about hearing loss diagnosis and treatment options, contact ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia today by dialing (229) 244-2562.
Dealing with a scratchy, painful throat? We can help
You woke up with a sore throat and now you’re wondering what’s going on. Are you getting sick or could this be allergies? Should you visit a doctor or just wait it out? While a sore throat can certainly make eating and swallowing painful, it’s important to understand when a sore throat is innocuous, and when it requires a visit to our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne, for care.
What is causing my sore throat?
The two most common causes of a sore throat are viral infections and bacterial infections. How can you tell the difference between the two? Well, a viral infection, which includes the common cold and the influenza virus, causes symptoms such as fatigue, fever, body aches, chills, stuffy nose, and sinus pressure. In these cases, the body will most likely be able to fight the infection on its own. Only when symptoms are severe or persistent should you turn to our Valdosta, GA, ENT doctor.
However, if a true bacterial infection is to blame, this is what is known as strep throat. More severe than a viral infection, those with strep throat may experience,
- A high fever over 101 degrees F
- Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
- White patches on the throat
If you or your child is displaying symptoms of strep throat, it’s important that you seek medical care right away. Unlike viral infections, which won’t respond to antibiotics, antibiotics are required to properly treat a bacterial infection. Do not ignore symptoms of strep throat, as this can lead to more serious complication such as rheumatic fever.
Concerned? Give us a call!
If you are dealing with a persistent or severe sore throat in Valdosta, GA, it’s time you found out what’s going on and receive the treatment you need. Call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia today at (229) 244-2562.
Could the pain in your ear be a sign of an infection? Ear infections don't just affect children—they also cause major distress to adults as well. Fortunately, your Valdosta, GA, ENT specialists, Drs. Thomas Phillips, Ronald Allen, and Theodore Kanne, offer treatments that will improve your uncomfortable symptoms!
How are ear infections treated?
Ear infection treatment varies depending on the site of the infection, for they can occur in the inner, middle, or outer ear.
Treatment for Outer Ear Infections
Outer ear infections (also called swimmers' ear) happen when the outer part of your ear canal becomes inflamed and infected. Although these infections can occur if you get water in your ear when you swim or bathe, they may also be triggered by dirt, debris or sand.
Your Valdosta ENT may prescribe ear drops that stop the growth of bacterial or fungal infections. In some cases, you may also need antibiotic and pain relief drops.
Treatment for Middle Ear Infections
Middle ear infections are the most common type of bacterial illness in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Whether they occur in kids or adults, these infections can cause pain, fever, and hearing loss. Both viral and bacterial infections can cause middle ear infections.
Due to concerns about antibiotic resistance, antibiotics are no longer the first treatment option for middle ear infections. Luckily, if the ear infection is caused by a virus, it will probably clear up on its own. However, your ENT may prescribe antibiotics if your infection doesn't improve after a few days or if the infection occurs in a child younger than six months. Warm compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and drops to control pain can all be helpful.
Treatment for Inner Ear Infections
Inner ear infections affect the part or your ear that controls balance, and they can cause dizziness, pain, fever, nausea, and vomiting, in addition to hearing loss. The infections are more likely to occur if you have the flu or another virus, but they can also be caused by a bacterial infection.
Treatment options for inner ear infections include antibiotics, anti-nausea medication, and steroids to decrease inflammation.
Need care? Give us a call!
Prompt treatment of ear infections can help you avoid lingering pain and potential complications. Call our Valdosta office today at (229) 244-2562 to schedule an appointment!
If you've been experiencing a decline in your hearing, you know how frustrating it can be to try to decipher what others are saying. Whether it's in public or at home, hearing loss can definitely take a toll on your mental health. In fact, untreated loss of hearing has been associated with anxiety, depression, and a decline in cognition. Fortunately, if you're in Valdosta, Georgia, the physicians at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia can help you. Read on to learn about what causes hearing loss and how it's treated!
What causes hearing loss?
One of the most common reasons why people seek help from their Valdosta ENT for hearing loss is due to the natural process of aging. Known as presbycusis, this type of hearing loss is caused by a gradual deterioration of the nerve pathways that lead to the ear. Diseases of the middle or inner ear, such as otosclerosis or Ménière's disease, are also known to cause hearing loss. Repeated exposure to loud noises, such as jet engines or speakers at concerts, can reduce your hearing capabilities over time. There are even certain medications, in particular chemotherapy drugs, that include hearing loss as a side effect.
How is hearing loss treated?
The first step to managing hearing loss is to call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta in order to set up an appointment with one of our physicians. A full examination of your ear and discussion of your medical history will help determine the cause of your hearing loss and the best treatment for it. If you have an infection within the ear, medication often resolves the problem. However, most types of permanent hearing loss are caused by neural pathway degeneration or inner ear damage, thus requiring the use of hearing aids to achieve treatment. By working with a professional team of hearing specialists, you can be assured that your hearing aids will be comfortable to wear and custom-calibrated for your specific needs.
To schedule an appointment with one of our physicians, contact ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia's Valdosta office today at (229) 244-2562.
Are you having trouble hearing those around you? You might benefit from a hearing aid.
As we get older, many of us will deal with some degree of hearing loss; however, hearing loss isn’t just the result of old age. There are many issues that can make it difficult to hear those around you, from being exposed to loud noises to ear infections. No matter what is causing your hearing loss, it’s important that you call Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA if you are starting to notice any of these signs and symptoms of hearing loss:
- You have to turn the TV or radio up in order to hear it
- You have to ask people to repeat themselves often
- People often sound like they are mumbling
- You feel isolated from conversations
- You have trouble understanding conversations in loud environments
- You avoid social situations
If you experience these scenarios above then you could be dealing with some degree of hearing loss. Hearing loss is usually gradual, so it isn’t always easy to tell when something is wrong. Of course, if you find that those around you often need to speak up in order for you to understand them then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with our Valdosta, GA, audiologist.
Could I benefit from a hearing aid?
The good news is that we offer a variety of hearing aids to help improve your hearing and to help make you part of your social circle again. It’s amazing how even minor hearing loss can affect your personal and professional life. Getting a hearing aid can greatly improve your quality of life and make it easier to understand those around you. While it will not correct your hearing, it will amplify certain sounds so that you can hear more clearly.
While there are many hearing aids styles from which to choose, at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia we find that the majority of our patients prefer the receiver-in-the-canal style hearing aids. Why? For one thing, this is a very small and discreet style so your hearing aid isn’t as noticeable. This can be a great source of comfort for those who want to keep their hearing loss to themselves. The receiver-in-the-canal hearing aid is great for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss and even those who lead an active lifestyle.
If you want to understand your friends and family better and believe that a hearing aid could help you do that, then it’s time to schedule a consultation with the Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA. We want to help you become part of the conversation again.
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