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Hearing loss does not always begin obviously. If you feel as though those around you are mumbling, have trouble hearing phone conversations, or even just have trouble hearing others in crowded places, you could suffer from hearing loss. But what can you do about your hearing loss? Find out more about hearing loss and its treatments with Dr. Kirby Scott and Dr. Michelle Garrett at Central ENT Consultants with locations in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD.
Do I have hearing loss?
Suffering from hearing loss may be very subtle in the beginning. You may not even notice the earliest symptoms of hearing loss, though recognizing these symptoms early can help you work with your doctor to treat and even prevent hearing loss. The most common early signs of hearing loss include:
- often feeling as though those around you are mumbling
- others telling you the television or radio is loud, but you feel it is at a normal volume
- you find yourself asking others to repeat themselves often
- it is especially difficult to hear others in a crowded or noisy environment, like a restaurant
- you find yourself needing to concentrate especially hard on conversations
- talking on the telephone is especially difficult or frustrating
Diagnosing Hearing Loss
If you think you may suffer from hearing loss, your doctor will probably suggest a hearing test. This test involves wearing a pair of headphones and listening for noises played at different frequencies. You will indicate in which ear you hear the noise. The test helps your doctor determine the extent and severity of your hearing loss.
Hearing Loss Treatments in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD
If you think you are suffering from hearing loss, you should consult with your ear, nose, and throat doctor to diagnose your condition and talk about treatment plans. The most common treatment for hearing loss is a hearing aid, which amplifies outside noises and plays them into the ear. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose the best style for your lifestyle and preference.
For more information on hearing loss or its treatments, please contact Dr. Kirby Scott and Dr. Michelle Garrett at Central ENT Consultants with locations in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD. Call (301) 739-0400 to schedule your appointment in Hagerstown, MD and (301) 694-9111 to schedule your appointment in Frederick, MD today!
How well you hear affects the quality of your life. Poor communication, frustration and withdrawal in social situations and difficulty in processing information all result from hearing loss. Hearing aids assist people of all ages by supporting the hearing abilities people have. Board-certified otolaryngologist in Frederick, MD, Dr. Kirby Scott, teaches patients about the kinds of hearing loss and about the science that improves function through the devices we call hearing aids.
Kinds of Hearing Loss
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says there are 3 kinds of hearing loss:
- Conductive--related to how sound waves pass through the ear drum and bones of the middle ear
- Sensorineural--often an age-related deficit in how sound is picked up by the acoustic nerve and arrives at the brain
- Mixed--a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss
- Central--the brain's inability to process sound signals it receives from the ear
Hearing aids from your Frederick otolaryngologist can address conductive, sensorineural and mixed hearing loss. Other therapies such as ear wax (cerumen) removal, insertion of tubes to drain fluid and pharmaceuticals to quell infection are among the many treatments your Otolaryngologist from Central ENT Consultants employs to correct hearing deficits.
The Science Behind Hearing Aids
Hearing involves more than volume of sound. The pitch, or frequency, of sound waves plays an important role in what we hear and how well we hear it. Additionally, things such as background noise and direction of sound affect clarity. People who are beginning to perceive a hearing loss often complain of difficulty in understanding soft voices, such as those of young children, and of struggling with noisy environments and the direction of various sounds.
Fortunately, modern hearing aid technology has progressed to the point where many devices are programmable and adjustable specific to the wearer's kind of hearing loss. There are 2 basic types of hearing aid technology:
- Analog--which receives sound waves through a microphone and amplifies them, adjusting for crowded environments, according to the audiologist's programming
- Digital--which changes sound saves into numerical codes, amplifying certain frequencies more than others as needed and adjusting for direction of sound
What can a Hearing Aid Do for You?
You won't know until you get a complete physical exam from Dr. Scott and a hearing evaluation from our audiologist, Michelle Garrett. They will pinpoint the cause of your hearing issues and if necessary recommend the hearing device just right for your situation. Call Central ENT Consultants in Frederick, MD today for an appointment: (301) 739-0400.
Hearing Loss Explained by Our ENT Doctor
Hearing Loss Caused by Noise
- You must raise your voice to be heard
- You can’t hear someone 3 feet away from you
- Speech around you sounds muffled or dull after you leave the noisy area
- You have pain or ringing in your ears after exposure to noise