Hearing aids are a wonderful solution to hearing loss and can restore your ability to hear clearly. Hearing loss can occur for many reasons. It can occur naturally with age or be caused by an infection or injury. Long-term exposure to extremely loud sounds can also result in hearing loss. Whatever the cause, if you wear hearing aids it is important to care for them so they continue functioning properly. The doctors and audiologists at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta can keep your hearing aids in good working order by providing specific care recommendations.
Types of Hearing Aids
When hearing loss interferes with the ability to effectively perform or enjoy daily activities, hearing aids can help. We offer several types of hearing aids at our practice in Valdosta. Some hearing aids are worn behind the ear and tend to offer easily adjustable volume control. Other types of hearing aids offer a more discreet look as they are placed just inside the ear or completely in the ear canal. Many hearing aids provide special benefits, such as long battery life, wind suppression, or even Bluetooth connectivity.
Hearing Aid Care
Once you have selected the right hearing aid to meet your needs and preferences, you can keep your hearing aid functioning optimally by caring for it properly. One way to care for hearing aids is to clean them regularly. It is also a good idea to store hearing aids in a safe place when not in use. Other ways to care for your hearing aids include:
- Handle hearing aids with care and avoid dropping them
- Gently clean your hearing aids daily to remove ear wax
- Periodically change the wax filter or guard
- Regularly change the batteries in your hearing aids
- Store hearing aids in a safe place when not in use
- Avoid wearing hearing aids in the bath/shower or when swimming
- Schedule professional cleanings periodically
Hearing aids can enhance your quality of life by restoring the ability to hear. For the best results, take steps to care for your hearing aids to ensure they continue to function properly. Contact ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta with questions about your hearing aids. We can be reached by calling (229) 244-2562.
A term used to describe a wide array of sensations like faintness, weakness, wooziness, or the feeling of being unsteady, dizziness or frequent dizzy spells can have a definite impact on your daily life.
Fortunately, here at the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, one of our ENT doctors, Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, or Dr. Theodore Kanne, can help you find out what’s causing your dizziness so you can begin the proper treatment for it.
Common Causes of Dizziness
Generally speaking, the way that your triggers, or dizziness itself, make you feel could offer clues as to what’s making you dizzy. How long your dizzy spells last, and the accompanying symptoms, may also help your Valdosta doctor determine the cause.
Vertigo, Dizziness, and Problems with The Inner Ear
Essentially, vertigo is characterized as having a false sensation that your surroundings are moving or spinning. When you have an inner ear problem, your inner ear sends signals to your brain that are not consistent with what your sensory nerves and eyes are receiving. So basically, vertigo occurs when your brain is having a hard time sorting out these mixed signals. Other potential causes of dizziness and vertigo include the following:
- BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: This causes a short but false and intense sensation that you are moving and spinning. These episodes are usually triggered by quick changes in the movement of your head, like a blow to your head or when sitting up or quickly turning over in your bed.
- Migraine: Those who have migraines may also experience bouts of vertigo and dizziness even if they are not currently experiencing a severe headache.
- Meniere’s Disease: This is caused by excessive fluid buildup in the inner ear. Common symptoms include sudden vertigo episodes that could persist for hours on end. In some cases, people with Meniere’s disease may likewise experience ringing inside the ear/tinnitus, a sensation of having plugged ears, or fluctuating hearing loss.
- Infection: Vestibular neuritis, which occurs when a virus infects the vestibular nerve, could cause constant and severe dizziness. If you also experience a sudden loss of hearing, you might also have labyrinthitis.
Other Possible Causes of Dizziness
If you have poor blood circulation or low blood pressure, you might feel dizzy, off-balance, or faint because the heart is not sending the brain an adequate supply of blood. In addition, other possible dizziness causes can include the use of certain medicines, neurological conditions, anxiety disorders, dehydration or overheating, low blood sugar, or anemia.
Get to The Root Cause of Your Dizziness Today.
Schedule a consultation with one of our ENT doctors Dr. Ronald Allen, Dr. Thomas Phillips, or Dr. Theodore Kanne now. Call the ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, at (229) 244-2562 for more information.
When you find it hard to have conversations with your friends and family, don't wait until the hearing loss is permanent. Here at ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia in Valdosta, GA, we can assess you for hearing aids to enhance your quality of life.
Signs of Hearing Loss
If you experience any of the following, visit our Valdosta, GA, office immediately to learn about the benefits of hearing aids.
- Ringing in the ears
- Constantly raising the volume on the radio or television
- Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
- Muffling of speech or sensitivity to sounds
Types of Hearing Aids
There are many different styles of hearing aids. To determine which type is right for you, we will perform a physical examination of your ear and ask questions about how you understand sound. Common types of hearing aids include:
- In-the-canal - known as the smallest types of hearing aids, fit partly or entirely inside the ear canal.
- In-the-ear - a little larger, these fill the outer part of the ear and are slightly easier to handle.
- Behind-the-ear - all components of this hearing aid are inside a small plastic case that rests behind the ear.
Which Hearing Aid Type Is Right For You?
Hearing aids come in different shapes, sizes, and styles. Determining which type is best for you depends on several factors like whether your hearing loss is mild or severe. Once we perform an audiology test to identify your causes and symptoms, we'll make sure that you are comfortable with your hearing aid selection. We may also suggest a trial period so that you can test out your new hearing aid at home and make sure that it meets your needs.
At ENT and Allergy Associates of South Georgia, our professionals can discuss which type of hearing aid is best for you during a consultation. We will review your health history, perform an examination of your inner and outer ears, and may conduct a series of tests to determine your sound quality. For more information about hearing loss and other services provided, visit our website. For questions or appointment scheduling, please call our Valdosta, GA, office at 229-244-2562.
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.
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.
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