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Alongside arthritis and heart disease, hearing loss is one of the most common physical conditions, with 20 percent of Americans reporting some degree of hearing loss. Learn more about the warning signs of hearing loss, as well as how our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, and Dr. Theodore Kanne can diagnose and treat your hearing loss.
Treating Your Hearing Loss
When it comes to treating your hearing loss there are several options available in Valdosta, GA, and the one that’s right for you will depend on the type and severity of your hearing loss. Treatments range from hearing aids to implants. While there is no cure for hearing loss, our ENT doctors can help you improve your ability to hear those around you with these options,
This is usually the type of treatment people think about when they think about hearing loss. Before getting a hearing aid it’s a good idea to schedule a hearing evaluation with us. Our audiologist will perform a simple hearing test and examine the ear to determine the cause and extent of your hearing loss. From there we will consult with you about your options.
Hearing aids are designed to magnify certain sounds to make it easier to hear people no matter the setting (even noisy environments). There is a microphone attached to the hearing aid that picks up sound and these electrical signals are intensified by the device’s amplifier. There are different styles of hearing aids, and some with unique and special features. We can go over the different options and features during your hearing aid consultation.
Assistive Listening and Alerting Devices
Sometimes these hearing devices are used alongside a hearing aid to make it easier to hear the telephone, television, or people in large conferences and meetings. These devices can be used in a variety of settings such as work or home and help to amplify the sounds around you. If you find yourself having trouble hearing a phone ringing or you don’t know what’s being said on TV then these assistive learning devices might benefit you, even if you already have a hearing aid.
This small device is surgically placed within the inner ear and can help both children and adults dealing with irreversible and profound hearing loss. Just like a hearing aid, a cochlear implant is not designed to restore hearing to normal; however, it can make it significantly easier to hear conversations and sounds around you.
Whether you need to get your hearing evaluated in Valdosta, GA, or you want to discuss your hearing loss treatment options call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia today to schedule a consultation.
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.
Have you noticed a change in your hearing? Our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Thomas Phillips, Dr. Ronald Allen, and Dr. Theodore Kanne, share information on several causes of hearing loss.
Exposure to loud noises is a common cause of hearing loss. The problem may occur if you spend long periods of time in a noisy environment and don't wear ear protection, but may also happen after sudden exposure to a very loud noise, such as an explosion. Sounds above 85 decibels can damage the hair cells in your ear and eventually cause them to die. Unfortunately, once cells die, they don't grow back.
Otosclerosis is an inherited condition that causes abnormal bone growth in the ears. As a result, the bones can't vibrate freely, and hearing loss or ringing in the ears may occur.
Ear wax accumulation
Hearing loss isn't a sign of a serious condition. In some cases, it may occur if ear wax becomes impacted in your ear canal. Fortunately, wax can be easily removed during a visit to our Valdosta office.
Damage to your head or brain may also lead to hearing loss. If you've had a hole in your eardrum or damage to your middle ear or had a skull fracture or traumatic brain injury in the past, you may be more likely to develop hearing loss.
Age-related hearing loss
Difficulty hearing is a common symptom of aging that occurs due to hair cell death or damage or changes in the nerves that lead from the ears to the brain. Signs of age-related hearing loss include trouble following conversations in person or on the telephone and difficulty hearing the dialogue in TV shows or movies.
Meniere's disease causes hearing loss,
Otolaryngologists offer treatments and devices, such as hearing aids, that can improve your ability to hear. Call Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists, Dr. Phillips, Dr. Allen, and Dr. Kanne, at (229) 244-2562 to schedule your appointment.
Are you having more and more trouble hearing those around you?
Hearing loss can happen to anyone. Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA - is here to make sure that you get the diagnostic care and treatment options you need to improve your hearing.
Don’t let signs of hearing loss go ignored. If you are noticing any of these changes in your daily life then it’s important that you seek a hearing evaluation from one of our Valdosta ENT doctors immediately:
- Difficulty understanding what people are saying
- Noticing that sounds seem more muffled or fuzzy
- Asking people to repeat themselves often
- Trouble hearing people or distinguishing sounds in loud environments
- Having to turn up the sound on your TV, phone or radio
- Having trouble staying focused in conversations because you can’t understand what everyone is saying
These issues can certainly cause a lot of issues for you and your quality of life. The moment you notice changes in your hearing it’s a good time to get this issue checked out so that we can prevent it from getting worse.
There are also simple measures you can take everyday to prevent your hearing loss from getting worse. For example, it’s crucial to protect your ears from loud and potentially harmful noises.
Whether you work on a construction site or you often blast music through your headphones, there are certain changes you can make that will protect your hearing. If you work in noisy environments it’s a good idea to wear some sort of hearing protection.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know how loud something has to be to damage your hearing. A good rule of thumb is if you have to shout over the nose or if others have to shout for you to hear them then this sound could damage your hearing. Protecting your hearing and limiting your exposure to loud sounds are two surefire methods for preventing hearing loss from progressing.
Of course, we understand how important it is to hear those around you and to make understanding people easier, which is why we will also talk to you about your hearing aid options. There are a variety of different hearing aids out there with unique features and styles that can help people of all ages with minor to more severe hearing loss.
Dr. Jenny Carroll at Doctors Hearing Center at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA prides herself on offering only the very best care when it comes to hearing loss. Find out how we can help you hear better. Schedule a consultation today.
If you want to hear your loved ones more clearly find out which hearing aid will help make this possible.
Are you sick and tired of asking people to repeat themselves all the time? Have you been trying to deny that you need a hearing aid? While most people hate the idea of losing their hearing and often want to put off wearing a hearing aid, it’s a lot more frustrating when you realize you can’t actively be part of conversations with friends and families. If this is happening to you, our Valdosta, GA, otolaryngologists offer a wide variety of hearing aids from which to choose:
This is a great option for someone dealing with mild to moderate forms of hearing loss. This hearing aid is customized to fit within the ear canal, but a bit of the hearing aid still sits in the outer ear. Some in-the-canal hearing aids can also provide wireless connectivity as well as offer relief for those suffering from tinnitus (a condition that causes ringing in the ears).
Many people suffering from mild to severe hearing loss like this design because it’s completely invisible, besides the small handle that you will use to take it out of your ear. This can also be a great option for those suffering from tinnitus. In order to get a hearing aid with the ideal fit, this hearing aid is custom-made to just for you.
Another option for those with mild to severe forms of hearing loss, the invisible-in-the-canal style is tiny and meant to be worn without other people noticing. Just like most hearing aids, this style is also custom-made to fit your ear. Since this hearing aid will sit a bit further in the ear canal, you don’t have to worry about other people noticing your hearing aid. This hearing aid is particularly popular here at our Valdosta ENT office.
This style of hearing aid actually sits on the outside of the ear, while the receiver fits into the ear canal. This is another option for those dealing with mild to severe hearing loss. Even though part of the hearing aid sits behind the ear, it’s very subtle. Most people won’t even notice it. One benefit of this style is that it can be a pretty powerful device when it comes to amplifying sound.
These custom-made instruments are placed into the ear, but may still be a bit visible. Of course, this style makes it easy to work with and offers a simple, easy way to be able to control your hearing aid. Since the device is only sitting in the outer ear it’s also easy to insert and take out when you want.
This style will sit behind the ear while the aid itself sits in the ear canal. This is a great option for patients of all ages and for those dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss. Even though this style is more visible than other options out there, it is sometimes better able to amplify sounds than other designs.
Are you ready to be your talkative self again? Want to understand what your kids or grandkids are saying? Want to be able to hear friends or your date while out at a restaurant? Then call ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia today and let our doctors know that you are interested in a hearing aid consultation in Valdosta, GA.