Over 37 million adults and approximately 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States experience some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Fortunately, one of the many areas in which modern technology has made great strides is the field of medical devices. The audiologists and otolaryngologists at the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA offer a range of hearing devices for pediatric and adult patients suffering from varying degrees of hearing loss.
Hearing Aids in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA
Hearing aids help to amplify sound so that people suffering from hearing loss can communicate and participate in conversations with greater ease. They are functional in a range of settings with different volume levels, such as in a crowded, noisy cafe, or in a quiet room with more subdued noise or voices in the background. There are several types of hearing aid devices, which can be worn either inside or outside of the ear:
In-the-ear - This hearing aid is placed just inside the ear, with the surface of the device visible through the opening of the ear canal. It is a good option for people with mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind-the-ear - One of the most common and recognizable types of hearing aids, this model is contained in a case that rests behind the ear and connects to the ear canal through a small clear acoustic tube. Typically a good option for moderate to severe hearing loss.
In-the-canal - The device is placed inside of the canal for a more discreet and customized fit, appropriate for mild to severe hearing impairment.
Middle ear implant - An alternative to a hearing aid which is placed behind the eardrum to stimulate vibrations in the middle ear, for patients with moderate to severe sensorial or mixed hearing loss.
Extended wear - Unlike other types of hearing aids that are generally removed daily to preserve ear health, this type of device can be worn for several months.
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA
For more information on the different types of hearing aids, and to find the best option for you, contact the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center to schedule an appointment today.