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By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
February 07, 2019
Category: Hearing
Tags: Hearing Aids   Hearing Loss  

Having trouble hearing those around you? A hearing aid could help.

Hearing AidWhile it might seem obvious enough to know when you require a hearing aid, you might be surprised to learn that hearing loss is often subtle enough and gradual that sometimes people don’t realize they are dealing with hearing loss until much later in life. Our team of ENT Physicians and Audiologists in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA, is here to share classic signs that it might be time to have your hearing evaluated, as well as who might benefit from wearing a hearing aid.

How much does your hearing affect your daily routine?

You might not be aware of this on a day-to-day basis but asking yourself these questions may help you figure out whether you are dealing with some degree of hearing loss and whether you should schedule a hearing test in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA:

Q. Do you find that people often mumble around you?

Q. Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves often?

Q. Is it difficult to understand people on TV or on the radio unless you turn up the volume?

Q. Is it difficult to understand what people are saying in noisy environments such as restaurants?

Q. Do you feel like your hearing affects your personal or social life?

Q. Do you find yourself avoiding social gatherings or withdrawing from conversations?

If you said “yes” or even “sometimes” to the majority of these questions then it’s time to schedule an appointment with an audiologist. The sooner you receive a proper diagnosis the sooner we can help you to begin understanding those around you more clearly. Of course, since it takes time for your ears to adjust to a hearing aid, the sooner you begin wearing a hearing aid after experiencing hearing loss the sooner your ears will adapt.

Will a hearing aid restore my hearing?

This is a commonly asked question and it’s important that you understand that a hearing aid will not be able to restore your hearing; however, what a hearing aid does do is amplify certain sounds to make it easier for you to understand what people are saying, particularly in loud or noisy settings. While it won’t be able to correct your hearing it can significantly improve your ability to hear those around you to improve your quality of life.

If you are experiencing hearing problems and have yet to have the issue checked out then it’s time to call Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg for an evaluation. We offer two offices in Fredericksburg and one office Stafford, VA.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
April 03, 2017
Category: Health

Find out if a hearing aid from your Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, ENT doctors is the ideal option for you.hearing issues

Do you find yourself having to turn up the television’s volume more and more? Do people’s voices often sound muffled or sound like they are mumbling? Is it getting more and more challenging to understand what people are saying in louder environments? If you said yes, then it’s time to visit one of our Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, ENT doctors. Finding out you have hearing loss doesn’t have to be the end of the world. Catching your hearing loss early is key to preventing it from getting worse.

If during your screening we discover that you have hearing loss, we will also be able to determine the severity of your condition. The most common way to treat hearing loss of any magnitude is with a hearing aid. Of course, how profound your hearing loss is will also determine what kind of hearing aid our ENT physicians will recommend.

Getting a hearing aid can really help you take control over your life again and improve your physical and emotional wellbeing. A hearing aid can make you the life of the party again and allow you to better understand those around you so you don’t feel like an outsider during conversations. There are a variety of different styles and features from which to choose when getting hearing aids. Common styles include:

  • Behind-the-ear (BTE)
  • In-the-ear (ITE)
  • In-the-canal (ITC)
  • Completely-in-the-canal (CIC)

Each style will work a bit differently depending on the severity of your hearing loss. There are also special features to consider when shopping around for the hearing aid that’s right for you. The sooner you seek hearing loss treatment the easier it will be to adapt to your new hearing aid.

Of course, there are some patients that will have such profound hearing loss that even a hearing aid can’t tackle these issues. If this is the case, a cochlear implant may be a helpful solution for improving a person’s ability to hear. The cochlear implant makes it possible to better comprehend speech while also allowing you to pick up sounds at lower frequencies or when in noisier situations.

Do you have questions about getting a hearing aid? Do you need to schedule a hearing evaluation? If so, call Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA, today to get on the books!

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
May 19, 2016
Category: Hearing
Tags: Hearing Loss  

More than 45 million people suffer from some form of hearing loss in the United States. The anatomy of the ear is complex, and treatment hearing lossfor hearing loss typically depends on the cause and region of the area that is affected. The good news is that there are more treatment options for hearing loss than ever before, with advancements in technology making hearing aids and devices more sophisticated and accurate than previous models.

Restoring Hearing in Fredericksburg, VA

All hearing loss is not created equal. Some cases can be temporary and treated with antibiotics and medication to treat an infection, while others are more permanent and extensive, and may require hearing aids and devices to help a person to better communicate and navigate their surroundings. The first step in dealing with hearing loss is to get a comprehensive exam from an otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon). The Fredericksburg, VA based Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center offers comprehensive exams and different treatment options depending on the degree and cause of hearing loss.

Some of the most common causes of hearing impairment include:

  • Genetics and heredity
  • Infection
  • Aging
  • Injury
  • Congenital (birth) defects
  • Growths or tumors
  • Wax and fluid buildup

Hearing loss can often be progressive. Getting an early diagnosis and treatment can often help to prevent permanent damage and full or partial loss of hearing in the affected ear. Depending on the location and cause of the problem, treatment may be as simple as medication or draining of fluid buildup. In cases where permanent hearing loss has already occurred, a hearing aid can help.

Contact an Otolaryngologist in Fredericksburg

For more information on treatment for hearing loss and hearing aid devices for children and adults, contact the Ear, Nose and Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center by calling (540) 371-1226 to schedule an appointment for a hearing test and evaluation today.

By Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg
September 15, 2015
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aids   Hearing Loss  

Hearing AidsHas your family been pressuring you to visit Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg for hearing aids, but you still aren't sure if they're necessary? The truth is, hearing aids may just impact your life for the better more than you know. Here are three ways a quality pair of hearing aids can change your life for the better.

1. Improved Relationships with Friends and Family

Your inability to hear can significantly impair your relationships with friends and family. When you can't hear as you once could, you miss out on important conversations and connections. You aren't as social as you used to be, and you often feel left out.

Thankfully, all it takes is a simple pair of hearing aids from Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg to rejoin your friends and family in meaningful conversation once again.

2. Improved Quality of Life

Sound may be only one of the five senses, but without it, your quality of life can suffer. You can't enjoy listening to music or hearing your grandchildren laugh. Routine tasks like going out to eat or making important phone calls become that much more difficult. You don't realize how much you depend on your hearing until it's gone.

With a simple pair of hearing aids from Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg, however, you can enjoy your life once again.

3. Improved Safety

Being able to hear isn't just a source of pleasure and entertainment, either. It is also important for your safety. When you can't hear very well, you may not hear a car or ambulance coming until it's too late. You might miss a stranger's shouts of warning or not hear the smoke detector go off in another room. Don't sacrifice your health and safety over something as small as a pair of hearing aids.

If your hearing has been declining gradually over the last several years, you may not even notice how bad it has become or how much it has negatively affected your life. Just because you feel fine now doesn't mean that you are hearing as well as you should. Call or visit Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg to find out how a quality pair of hearing aids could change your life for the better today.



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