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5 Tips to Keep Your Better-Hearing Resolution Going Strong From spending more time with family and friends to taking classes at the local gym, almost everyone makes at least one New Year’s resolution. The catch? Just 8% of resolvers stick to their goals, per a Forbes story referencing University of Scranton research. No worries: If you’re aiming to hear your best in 2020, we’re sharing five tips to help boost your stick‑to‑itiveness for the new year and beyond!


  2. Though hearing loss can be permanent — some cases caused by noise exposure, for example, can be irreversible, hence the importance of hearing protection — nearly all types can be effectively managed with solutions such as today’s sophisticated hearing aids. Understanding the power of hearing technology, including what it can and cannot do, can go a long way toward shaping attainable goals.  

  4. With the potential ability of hearing loss to take a heavy toll on relationships, self-esteem, social engagement, brain health, and so much more, it may seem surprising that a written reminder is in order. When it comes to self-care, however, it’s not uncommon for people to put themselves last. Put your better-hearing goal in writing — even setting a weekly electronic reminder — to help stay on track.  

  6. Did you know? Improved hearing is associated with lower odds of depression, a reduced chance of dementia, a greater sense of independence, and other important facets of quality living. What counts even more, however, are the reasons better hearing matters to you. Visualize a world — at home, work, and play — in which you hear the sounds that mean the most, and keep that motivation top of mind.  

  8. Sometimes it’s a little easier to feel accountable to someone else, so consider sharing your better-hearing goal with a friend, relative, or other confidant who’s willing to back you with reminders, encouragement, and check-ins. Knowing that someone else wants you to succeed may be just the push you need. You could even take them to your appointments for support and additional perspective.  

  10. You’ve heard the old saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” (Full disclosure: We don’t eat elephants here!) Your better-hearing goal can work the same way. Break your resolution into small bites set to reasonable deadlines — for example, writing it down, listing the benefits, telling a friend, making a hearing‑check appointment — and reward yourself with each milestone accomplished.

  No matter your new-year goals, we’re committed to helping you reach them with the power of better hearing. So don’t delay. Contact our caring team for help that’s tailored to your communication needs today!

January 02, 2018
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing loss does not always begin obviously. If you feel as though those around you are mumbling, have trouble hearing phone hearing lossconversations, 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!

August 01, 2016
Category: General
Tags: Hearing Loss   Hearing Aids  

How well you hear affects the quality of your life. Poor communication, frustration and withdrawal in social situations and difficulty in hearing aidsprocessing 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:

  1. Conductive--related to how sound waves pass through the ear drum and bones of the middle ear
  2. Sensorineural--often an age-related deficit in how sound is picked up by the acoustic nerve and arrives at the brain
  3. Mixed--a combination of conductive and sensorineural loss
  4. 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

As your Hagerstown ENT doctor, Dr. Kirby Scott works to help you understand hearing loss and how to protect yourself.  Hearing loss typically occurs gradually, while many people do not recognize early signs. In many cases, your friends, family and co-workers might notice the problem before you initially do. 
It is important to address potential hearing loss as early as possible for the best treatment options. Not only will early treatment enhance your quality of life, but it also broadens the scope of treatment options available.  While you can’t reverse hearing loss, you also do not have to live in a world of quieter, less distinct sounds.  Let’s take a look at hearing loss caused by noise.

Hearing Loss Caused by Noise

Loud noise can be very damaging to your ears—both the level of noise and the length of time you listen to that noise.  Noise levels are measured in decibels, or dB for short, and the higher the decibel level, the louder the noise is. If a sound is louder than 85 dB, it can cause permanent hearing loss.  Your hearing system can be injured not only by a loud blast or explosion, but also by prolonged exposure to high noise levels.   You can tell that you are listening to dangerous noise levels if:
  • 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
Noise induced hearing loss is usually permanent and progresses with each exposure. If you are exposed to loud noises, it is important to wear proper ear protection in order to prevent hearing loss.
Talk to Dr. Kirby Scott, our Hagerstown ENT doctor, if you are having difficulty hearing.  By seeking treatment, you can dramatically improve the quality of your life and your loved ones. People who use hearing aids report greater self-confidence, closer relationships with loved ones and an improved outlook on life.