By age 55, one in four people in the United States suffers from hearing loss, and by age 65, this number jumps to one in three. Hearing loss is an incredibly difficult condition to deal with and can lead to a lower quality of life. The otolaryngologists at ENT and Allergy Specialists can determine the cause of hearing loss and provide treatments, including hearing aids, to their patients in Bryn Mawr, Phoenixville, Pottstown, and East Norriton, Pennsylvania. To learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
To better understand hearing loss, it’s helpful to review how you hear so you can see where the loss may occur.
The first step in hearing is when your outer ear picks up sound waves. These waves then move to your middle ear, where your eardrum is located. When the sound waves hit your eardrum, they create a vibration, which moves three tiny bones in your ear.
These bones carry the sound to your inner ear and your cochlea, which is filled with liquid and lined with cells that have thousands of tiny hairs. The vibrations make the small hairs move, and the hairs change the sound vibrations into nerve signals, which go to your brain for interpretation.
There are two types of hearing loss:
When you see your doctor at ENT and Allergy Specialists, they evaluate you to identify your hearing loss. Through an extensive examination, hearing tests, and a review of your symptoms, your doctor determines whether your hearing loss is conductive or sensorineural and develops an appropriate treatment plan.
In the case of conductive issues, your doctor remedies the underlying problem, while sensorineural issues may benefit from a hearing aid.
ENT and Allergy Specialists offers various hearing aid solutions to meet every goal and lifestyle, including:
*Our superb personalized service ensures you get the best hearing instrument and the best fit for your needs. We discount our hearing aids significantly to give you the best device for the best price over other providers. Also, unlike many, we provide a trial period during which you can return the device for a refund.
If you’re having problems with your hearing or you’d like to explore your hearing aid options, call ENT and Allergy Specialists or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.