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Having trouble hearing those around you? A hearing aid could help.
While 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.
The Hearing Loss Association of America estimates that about 20% of adults suffer from some degree of hearing loss. By the time they are 65, about one-third of people suffer from hearing loss. Since the condition usually worsens gradually over time, you may not recognize the signs of hearing loss as they occur. However, you can determine if you are in need of a hearing aid with Ear, Nose and Throat Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA.
Do I need a hearing aid?
While many people do not realize their hearing loss at first, there are some warning signs which are characteristic of hearing loss. Some of the early symptoms may include:
- feeling as though others are mumbling more often than not
- difficulty hearing the other person during phone calls
- difficulty having a conversation in crowded places, like events or restaurants
- others tell you that the TV or radio is very loud when you feel as though it is at a normal volume
- you often find yourself asking others to repeat things during conversations whether in-person or over the phone
If you find one or more of these symptoms to be true, you may benefit from a hearing aid.
How can a hearing aid benefit me?
Hearing aids are the most common treatment for hearing loss. The basic function of a hearing aid is to take in outside sounds through a microphone then amplify them into the ear. While most aids function the same way, they come in a variety of styles. You can choose a more affordable hearing aid which may fit over and around the back of your ear or an aid which is completely invisible and lies within your ear canal. Your doctor can help you determine which style of hearing aid is best for you and your condition.
Hearing Tests in Fredericksburg and Stafford, VA
A hearing test is your best source of diagnosing the degree of your hearing loss. During your test, you will wear a pair of headphones which will transmit sounds at different frequencies to your ears. Your doctor will assess your hearing loss by having you acknowledge each sound and which side of the headphones it came from.
For more information on hearing aids, please contact your ear, nose, and throat doctor at Ear, Nose and Throat and Facial Plastic Surgery Center of Stafford and Fredericksburg, VA. Call to schedule your consultation appointment for a hearing test today!
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 for 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
- 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.