Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids Specialist

ENT and Allergy Specialists -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

ENT and Allergy Specialists

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Phoenixville, and East Norriton, PA

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.

Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids Q & A

How Does Hearing Work?

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.

What Causes Hearing Loss?

There are two types of hearing loss:

  1. Conductive Hearing Loss: Hearing loss is conductive when there’s an issue with your ear canal, your eardrum, or the three bones connected to your eardrum. Excess wax in your ear canal, fluid behind your eardrum, and ruptured eardrums or ear infections can cause this form of hearing loss.
  2. Sensorineural Hearing Loss: This type of hearing loss stems from damage to your inner ear or auditory nerve, which is often caused by wear and tear with age or exposure to loud noises over long periods of time. Sensorineural hearing loss is generally permanent.

How is Hearing Loss Evaluated?

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.

What are the Options for Hearing Aids?

ENT and Allergy Specialists offers various hearing aid solutions to meet every goal and lifestyle, including:

  • Behind-the-Ear (BTE): BTE hearing aids have a small case that fits behind your ear and a clear tube that connects the case to an ear mold that fits inside your ear.
  • Mini BTE: The mini BTE is, as the name implies, is a much smaller version of the BTE model.
  • In-the-Ear (ITE): An ITE hearing aid fills the entire bowl of your ear and part of your ear canal.
  • Completely in the Canal (CIC): The CIC fits wholly or partially into your ear canal, making it barely noticeable from the outside.

 

*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.

What we offer

Ear, Nose, Throat & Allergy Services