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By Missouri Ear, Nose and Throat Center
April 09, 2019
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Find out which type of hearing aid will help you get back in the conversation again.

Has an ENT doctor or audiologist determined that you have hearing loss? If so, you may be wondering, “What now?” Well, the next step is to get fitted for a hearing aid. Of course, with all the advancements in technology there are now so many options when it comes to hearing aids that it can be a bit confusing. Here are some things to consider when shopping for a hearing aid,

The Style

Discretion is usually one of the most important factors that someone mentions when getting a hearing aid (we know being able to hide your hearing aid from others is important). Of course, there are other factors to consider that can help you determine the right style for you. Common hearing aid styles include:

  • Invisible-in-the-canal
  • Completely-in-the-canal
  • In-the-canal
  • In-the-ear
  • Receiver-in-canal
  • Behind-the-ear (often the most versatile hearing aid to accommodate all severities of hearing loss)

Special and Advanced Features

Hearing aids now come with some pretty awesome features and while some may not apply to you or be particularly important for your lifestyle, there are other features that you may wish to have. Top features include:

Noise reduction

This feature separates out dynamic sounds (e.g. television; conversations) from static sounds (e.g. running water) and increases the dynamic sounds while reducing static sounds, making it easier to hear what you actually want to hear.

Directionality

Noisy environments can be a real pain for people with hearing loss. Here’s where the directionality feature on a hearing aid comes in handy. Instead of just “turning up” the volume on all sounds around you, this feature allows you to hear what’s in closer proximity and help you turn your attention and focus on the person in front of you rather than the noisy environment around you. This is particularly helpful for those who work in loud environments such as restaurants.

Multiple channels

Just because a hearing aid has more channels than another doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. What it means is that these different channels offer ways to adjust different frequencies. Therefore, those dealing with both low-end and high-end pitch problems can adjust the volume on one without necessarily adjusting the volume on another. The idea is that these different channels help even out what a person can hear.

Your Hearing Loss

Of course, the type and severity of your hearing loss will also play a factor in which kind of hearing aid will truly give you the best opportunity to understand those around you. This is something that your otolaryngologist can discuss with you during your evaluation and fitting. There are many options available for those dealing with everything from mild to profound hearing loss.

Are you ready to sit down with an ENT specialist to discuss your hearing aid options? Don’t put off addressing your hearing difficulties. The sooner you treat your hearing loss the better.

By Missouri Ear, Nose and Throat Center
June 05, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: Hearing Loss   Hearing Aids  

Maybe you didn’t even notice it but other members of your family pointed out the fact that you need to blast the TV in order to hear it or that you have to asked people to repeat themselves quite often. If people often sound like they are mumbling or difficult to understand then you could be dealing with hearing loss. Approximately 48 million Americans deal with some degree of hearing loss. If you are part of this statistic then it’s important that you turn to an otolaryngologist you can trust.

 

While you may not realize it, an ENT doctor is exactly the specialist you want on your side to not only diagnose your hearing loss but also to provide the hearing aid you need to improve your hearing. While a hearing aid is not designed to restore hearing it can help amplify certain sounds to make hearing much easier.

 

There are a variety of different hearing aid options available to you, and the style you choice will really depend on your goals, lifestyle, degree of hearing loss, budget and any special features you are looking for. Common hearing aids styles include:

 

Invisible-in-the-Canal (IIC): Just as the name suggests, this style of hearing aid is placed deep within the ear canal so it’s completely invisible. It’s a great option for those with mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

 

Completely-in-Canal (CIC): Also good for mild-to-moderate hearing loss, this style will allow the hearing aid to be completely invisible within the ear canal. The only difference is that a clear tab on the hearing aid is used to place and remove it.

 

In-the-Canal (ITC): A small portion of this hearing aid is visible but it is flesh-colored so it won’t be obvious to those around you. It’s a great style for those dealing with mild to severe hearing loss.

 

In-the-Ear (ITE): This style is also capable of handling a wide variety of hearing loss, from mild to severe. This hearing aid is custom-made to fit the outer area of the ear rather than sitting within the ear canal.

 

Receiver-in-Canal (RIC): This allows the speaker to sit within the ear canal where it is out of sight; however, the speaker is connected to the amplifier (which sits behind the ear) by wires rather than tubing. It’s a discreet option for those with mild-to-severe hearing loss.

 

Behind-the-Ear (BTE): This type of hearing aid allows the speaker to lie hidden within the ear canal. The speaker is attached to a clear, thin tube that is connected to the amplifier, which sits behind the ear. This is a great option for those with moderate-to-severe hearing loss.

 

It’s important to find the right hearing aid to fit your unique needs, and an ENT doctor can provide you with the quality hearing aid you’re looking for so that you can be part of the conversation again.

By Missouri Ear, Nose and Throat Center
October 13, 2017
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Aids  
You may need hearing aids and not know itHearing loss can scare you and the idea of wearing a hearing aid can be frightening too. The truth is, you may be missing more conversation and sounds than you should. You deserve to hear everything, because sounds and conversation contribute greatly to your quality of life.
 
You may be experiencing hearing loss if you:
  1. Hear muffled speech and muffled sounds
  2. Have difficulty distinguishing words from background noise
  3. Need people to speak more clearly, loudly and slowly
  4. Have trouble hearing consonants
  5. Tend to withdraw from conversations
  6. Avoid social situations
If you experience any of these symptoms, you can certainly benefit from a hearing aid or other type of hearing device. You might consider these types of hearing aids:
 
CIC, or completely in the canal-which fits inside your ear canal. It has the advantage of being the least visible hearing aid, but it doesn’t have volume control or a directional microphone.
 
ITE, or in the ear-are made either to fit your entire outer ear, or only the lower part of your ear. It has the advantage of having volume control and ease of handling, but it is more visible than a CIC.
 
BTE, or behind the ear-are made to hook over the top of your ear and rest behind your ear; it has a tube that connects it to an earpiece inside your ear canal. The BTE is the largest hearing aid, but it has better amplification of sound.
 
Cochlear implants are another option for severe hearing loss. Cochlear implants do the work of parts of your inner ear that aren’t working or are damaged.
A hearing aid can greatly enhance your quality of life. Hearing aid users experience:
  • An improved, more positive view of life
  • Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Closer personal relationships
  • Less depression
If you think you might be losing your hearing, you are not alone. In fact, according to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) more than 30% of adults over 65 have some degree of hearing difficulty. ASHA also recommends that you should visit your ENT specialist for a hearing screening at least every 10 years through age 50, and every three years after age 50. If you think you might need a hearing aid, it’s time to take action. Don’t miss out on conversations and the sounds around you. Do everything you can to enjoy the sounds of your life, so call today!