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.