Hearing loss is a decline in your ability to hear properly, and it can be isolating and frustrating. If you're finding it hard to hear, Theodore Gaylor, MD, and Mikhail Domnine, PA-C, at Cedar Crest ENT Associates in Allentown, Pennsylvania, can help. They offer expert treatments for reversible causes of hearing loss and a range of technically advanced hearing aids to boost your ability to hear. If hearing loss is affecting your life, call Cedar Crest ENT Associates to schedule a hearing test or book an appointment online today.
There are two types of hearing loss:
Conductive hearing loss results from problems with your eardrum, ear canal, or middle ear structures that prevent sound from traveling into your inner ear.
Common reasons for conductive hearing loss include wax in your ear, a hole in your eardrum, and fluid behind the eardrum. These problems are usually treatable and may resolve completely.
Sensorineural or nerve hearing loss is a result of problems with your inner ear or the nerve connecting your inner ear and brain. This type of hearing loss frequently affects older people, worsens with age, and is often permanent.
In some cases, sensorineural hearing loss arises through other causes, such as:
At Cedar Crest ENT Associates, your skilled audiologist performs an audiogram (hearing test) to measure the degree of hearing loss.
Hearing loss that's due to a conductive problem is usually treatable; for example, you may need to undergo an ear wax removal procedure if your ear canal is blocked.
If you have sensorineural hearing loss, your audiologist at Cedar Crest ENT Associates discusses the issues you're having and whether a hearing aid would be beneficial.
Hearing aids don't cure hearing loss. They work by amplifying external sounds to boost the hearing that you still possess.
Your physician and audiologist at Cedar Crest ENT Associates work together to determine the best approach to improving your hearing. They use a variety of leading makes of hearing aid to ensure you have a device that best suits your needs.
Some of the brands they carry include:
There are varying types of hearing aid available, too. Some fit inside your ear canal, others in the outer part of your ear, and some behind your ear.
If you're experiencing hearing loss, find out what sort of hearing aid is best for you by scheduling a consultation at Cedar Crest ENT Associates or booking an appointment online today.