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There are many common causes of hearing loss. Some include but are not limited to - health conditions, age, injury, and excessive noise. Hearing loss can take a damaging effect on your relationships, job focus, and most of all, emotional well-being. At the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg, VA, we can offer hearing aids to you depending on your level of loss, and customize features based on your personal needs.
Signs of Hearing Loss
- You think the volume on the radio or TV is standard, but others are telling you it's too loud.
- If you have trouble following a conversation in large crowds, you may be in the early stage of hearing loss.
- You often ask people to repeat themselves.
Hearing loss can have a significant impact on your life. If you experience any of the symptoms above, visit the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center as soon as possible. We have several different styles and varieties of hearing aids available to treat your symptoms.
How Do Hearingvs Work?
A hearing aid is a battery-powered, electronic device that is small enough to fit around your ear or both ears. Designed to improve the quality of hearing, they make some sounds louder and can help you hear better when it's quiet or noisy.
What Styles of Hearing Aids are Available?
If you are struggling to hear sounds clearly, we offer at least six different hearing aid methods such as,
- Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid within a case that fits behind the ear.
- In-the-ear: is a hearing aid held within a case covering the outer portion of the ear.
- In-the-canal: fits fully or partially into the ear canal for less visibility.
- Receiver-in-canal: the speaker sits inside the ear canal, and an electrical wire is used to minimize distortion.
- Extended wear: we place these inside the ear canal, and they can be worn for months at a time.
If you fear your hearing is fading, schedule a consultation at the Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA. We will test your hearing and suggest hearing aids that fit your necessities, lifestyle, and budget. For questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment, please call (540) 371-1226.
When it comes to choosing the ideal hearing aid, you certainly have options to consider.
Thanks to all the amazing advancements in hearing technology, there are even more hearing aid options now from which to choose. Of course, if this is your first time getting a hearing aid then the choices may seem daunting. This is where our Fredericksburg, VA, ENT and audiology team can step in and help you make the best decision for how to treat your hearing loss.
Here are some of the most commonly used and most popular hearing aid styles:
Completely in the canal (CIC): As the name suggests, this small hearing aid is placed within the ear canal, which makes them hidden and discreet. For many of our patients, having a hearing aid that others won’t notice is key. Of course, since the device is small, those with dexterity issues may have trouble changing the batteries. This hearing aid style can be used in those with minor to moderate hearing loss.
In the Ear (ITE): ITE hearing aids are custom-fitted to sit inside the ear, so they are also less visible. This type of hearing aid may offer more features such as volume control than smaller hearing aid styles, which also makes them easier to handle and maintain (this is particularly important for patients dealing with arthritis and other dexterity issues). ITE hearing aids are also suitable for people dealing with mild to severe hearing loss.
Behind the Ear (BTE): Again, the name alone tells you that part of your hearing aid will rest behind the ear. In order to hear, a clear thin tube is attached to the device and inserted into the ear. Since the device is larger than the styles above, it can be easier to handle and clean. Also, BTE hearing aids aren’t custom-fitted so you can wear your hearing aid home in the very same day as your fitting with our Fredericksburg, VA, audiologist. BTE hearing aids are a great option for patients of all ages dealing with varying degrees of hearing loss.
Ear, Nose & Throat & Facial Plastic Surgery Center has two offices in Fredericksburg, VA, and an office in Stafford, VA. If you are interested in getting a hearing aid, or if you are having trouble hearing those around you and you want to undergo a hearing evaluation, call our office today to make an appointment.
Has 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.