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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.
Hearing loss doesn’t have to keep you from experiencing the world around you. Find out how we can help.
Hearing loss is not as uncommon as you might think. While more men report hearing loss than women about one in eight Americans 12 years or older have hearing loss in both ears. From the office of Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, find out the leading causes of hearing loss and how we can help.
Hearing Loss Causes
There are many reasons why someone may experience hearing loss. Common causes include,
- Ear infections
- Bone tumors or growths in the outer or middle ear
- A ruptured eardrum (loud noises, extreme pressure changes and infections can rupture the eardrum)
- Inner ear damage (often caused by aging and exposure to loud sounds)
- Earwax buildup (causes temporary hearing loss)
So, what exactly can put you at risk for hearing loss? A number of factor can:
- Loud noises
- Certain occupations (e.g. construction or factory work)
- Certain medications (e.g. high doses of pain relievers, antimalarial medications, etc.)
- Illnesses that can result in a high fever (e.g. meningitis)
Your Treatment Options
For hearing loss caused by earwax buildup, you can either opt to get an earwax removal kit from your local drugstore or have one of our ear, nose and throat doctors in Valdosta do it for you. By removing the blockage hearing is almost immediately restored.
If an injury to the ear or chronic ear infections is causing your hearing loss, surgery may be necessary for repairing the injury or to place small tubes the ears so they can drain properly.
If your hearing loss is due to inner ear damage, a hearing aid is the most common way to improve how you hear sounds. There are many hearing aid options that offer an array of benefits to help you hear those around you. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine which kind of hearing device would be right for your type of hearing loss.
Don’t let hearing loss affect your quality of life. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta for the care you need so you can become part of the conversation again.
Learn about hearing aids from your Valdosta ENTs.
Are you concerned about your hearing but not sure if a hearing aid is the right option for you? Thomas E. Phillips, M.D.; Ronald V. Allen, M.D.; and Theodore J. Kanne, M.D.; your Valdosta ear, nose and throat doctors, are here to explain how a hearing aid can help you hear better.
What type of problems are best suited for hearing aids?
Hearing aids are a good choice if your hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells in your inner ear. Damage can occur due to aging, as a side effect of taking certain medications, or if you have been exposed to loud noises.
If you've experienced any of these symptoms of hearing loss, a hearing aid may be a good choice for you:
- You must frequently ask people to repeat words or entire sentences.
- Conversations are difficult because you only hear some of the words your coworkers, friends and family members say.
- You turn up the volume on the TV to a comfortable level for you, but others complain that it's too loud.
- Going to the movies is a waste of time because it's too difficult to hear the dialogue.
- Keeping up a conversation with someone who is in another room is difficult.
- Everyone you meet seems to mumble.
- It's difficult to hear conversations when using the telephone.
- You've been experiencing problems at work or at home because of your problem.
What can a hearing aid do?
Hearing aids not only make words and sounds louder but also reduce background noise. Thanks to innovations in hearing aid technology, there's never been a better time to wear hearing aids. Both analog and digital hearing aids can help you hear one-on-one conversations better. When you're in a noisy setting, such as a restaurant or sporting event, background noises will be less obvious. It will also be easier to hear telephone conversations and keep up with the action on your favorite TV show.
Finding the best hearing aid for you starts with a visit to your ear, nose and throat doctor. Call Thomas E. Phillips, M.D.; Ronald V. Allen, M.D.; and Theodore J. Kanne, M.D.; your Valdosta ear, nose and throat doctors, at (229) 244-2562 to schedule an appointment and hearing test.