Hearing and Hearing Aids

Our physicians and audiologists are uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat hearing loss. We offer the most advanced diagnostic testing and treatment options available. Our goal is to provide quality hearing healthcare solutions to our patients at affordable prices. We have no desire to jeopardize the trust we have earned from our patients by selling them inappropriate hearing aids when they are not needed, unlike many hearing aid dispensers. Improving your hearing health is our ONLY concern.

Common Signs of Hearing Loss:

  • You may hear but not understand people
  • You may have difficulty understanding radio, television or public address systems
  • You need to watch a person’s lips in order to understand
  • You find yourself asking people to repeat what they have said
  • You may pretend to understand
  • You may avoid people and isolate yourself
  • You may find it emotionally and physically exhausting to communicate
  • It appears that you are the only one who has these difficulties

If you feel you may be suffering from hearing loss, please discuss this with your doctor.

Here at ENT Physicians, our goal is to provide hearing healthcare solutions to our patients. We have NO desire to jeopardize the trust we have earned from our patients by selling them hearing aids when they are not needed. We do not use deceptive advertising and bait and switch techniques by high pressure sales people, which is far too common in the industry. Improving your hearing healthcare is our ONLY concern.

Do I even need a hearing aid?

Hearing Aids

A hearing aid is a small electronic device that you wear in or behind your ear. It makes some sounds louder so that a person with hearing loss can listen, communicate and participate more fully in daily activities. A hearing aid can help people hear more in both quiet and noisy situations. However, only about one out of five people who would benefit from a hearing aid actually uses one.

Hearing aids work differently depending on the electronics used. The two main types of electronics are analog and digital. All hearing aids, regardless of technology, are designed to increase the volume of sounds reaching the ear by electronic amplification. In order to achieve this, a hearing aid needs three basic components:

Analog hearing aids use a continuously varying electrical signal to produce sound. Digital hearing aids change the electrical impulses into binary code (zeroes and ones), and these numbers are analyzed by a microprocessor within the hearing aid. Using a set of algorithms, the microprocessors process the impulses, and transmit the energy to the speaker.

The processing power of digital hearing aids allows much greater flexibility than analog devices. Digital hearing aids are “smarter” than analog, in that the microprocessors are able to interpret the incoming sound waves with greater accuracy.

There are three basic styles of hearing aids – in the canal, in the ear and behind the ear. Each of the styles differ by size, their placement on or inside the ear, and the degree to which they amplify sound.

The hearing aid that will work best for you depends on the kind and severity of your hearing loss. If you have a hearing loss in both of your ears, two hearing aids are generally recommended because two aids provide a more natural signal to the brain. Hearing in both ears will help you understand speech and locate where the sound is coming from.

Getting used to a hearing aid takes time. Wearing hearing aids can be overwhelming at first, but wearing them regularly will help you adjust to them. If you slowly lost your hearing over many years, there will be many soft sounds that you haven’t heard in a while and simply forgot about. Simply placing hearing aids in your ears will not by itself solve hearing loss; it takes commitment and patience to fully adjust to your new capabilities and become accustomed to amplified sound.