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April 14, 2020
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aids  

We can help you choose the hearing aid that will help you hear your loved ones more clearly.

If you’ve dealt with some degree of hearing loss our otolaryngologist Dr. Andrew Parker can help not just diagnose this problem but also provide you with the hearing aid that will help you get back into the conversation again. A hearing aid doesn’t just improve your ability to understand those around you; it can change your social, personal and professional life. The three main types of hearing aids include,

Behind the ear (BTE) hearing aids: The main component of this hearing aid lies behind the ear and connects a clear tube to a small bud that sits inside the ear. This hearing aid is used for moderate to severe hearing loss cases.

In the ear (ITE) hearing aids: This type of hearing aid sits on the outermost part of the ear and is designed to blend in with the color of your ear so it’s less noticeable. This type of hearing aid is smaller and can be used in patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Receiver in Canal or Receiver in-ear hearing aids: This type of hearing aid is similar to a BTE hearing aid, the only difference is that the speaker or receiver also sits in the ear so it’s more discreet. This is another option for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss.

Within the three types of hearing aids above you also have a variety of different styles and kinds of hearing aids. These types include,

  • Invisible in canal
  • Completely in canal
  • “Mini” BTE hearing aid

When it comes to choosing a hearing aid there are also five major factors to consider,

  • The hearing aid’s design
  • Any special features it has (or special features you need)
  • The type and severity of your hearing loss
  • Your budget
  • Your lifestyle (e.g. profession; physical activity)

These are factors that you and our ear, nose and throat doctor can happily discuss when you come into his New Canaan, CT, office for an evaluation. If you are interested in a hearing aid that fits inside your ear, just let us know and we will help you find the most discreet option. Of course, thanks to modern technology there are also some amazing, advanced features to consider including,

  • Remote control
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Noise reduction

While you may not need all these advanced features we can talk through them with you so you understand exactly what you are getting from your new hearing aid.

Choosing the right hearing aid isn’t something that you should do alone. Our ENT doctor and his team offer hearing evaluations and comprehensive hearing aid fittings to people living in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT. Call Parker ENT today at (203) 866-8121 to schedule a hearing evaluation.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
March 18, 2019
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aid  

How your doctor in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, can help you counteract hearing loss

Have you been thinking about getting a hearing aid? The truth is, hearing loss is a common occurrence, especially as you get older. Hearing AidHowever, that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the sounds of everyday life and avoid social situations. With the help of Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, you can find a wide range of hearing aid solutions. The only question is, which hearing aid type is right for you?


More about Hearing Aids

So, how do you know if you need a hearing aid? Some of the early signs and symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Hearing indistinct speech and sounds
  • Difficulty distinguishing words from background noise
  • Needing people to speak clearly and loudly
  • Inability to pick out consonants in words
  • Avoiding social situations because you can’t hear

Your ENT specialist will perform thorough testing to determine your level of hearing loss and whether a hearing aid will benefit you. If you need a hearing aid, your ENT specialist can help you decide which hearing aid is best for you, based on your lifestyle, budget, and other factors.

At Parker Ear, Nose & Throat, you can choose from several different hearing aid types, including:

  • In-the-ear, which cover the entire outer portion of your ear
  • In-the-canal, a less visible hearing aid which fits fully or partially into your ear canal
  • Receiver-in-canal, which have a hearing aid speaker inside your ear canal
  • Extended wear, which are placed inside your ear canal to be worn for months
  • Middle ear implants, which are implanted behind your eardrum

To find out more about how hearing aids can help you, call Dr. Andrew J. Parker at Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, today! Both offices can be reached at (203) 866-8121.

By Andrew J. Parker, M.D
March 12, 2015
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Lyric  

If you suffer from hearing loss, you may be reluctant to use a hearing aid. Traditional hearing aids are bulky, require battery changes, and are visible to others. But the Lyric Hearing Aid is a new solution that may change the way you feel about hearing aid Hearing Aidadevices.

What is the Lyric Hearing Aid?

Lyric is the first of it's kind, designed by board-certified physicians, audiologists, and engineers. It is a 100% invisible hearing device that is placed inside your ear canal by your ear, nose, and throat doctor. The Lyric is worn 24 hours a day for months at a time. It's different from traditional hearing aids because it can be worn through all your daily activities such as showering and sleeping. There are no batteries to change and no daily maintenance involved.

How Does Lyric Work?

Your physician will program the Lyric hearing aid specifically for your hearing needs. They will then place the device in your ear canal during a routine office visit. By being placed inside the ear canal, the Lyric uses your ear's natural anatomy to deliver natural sound quality. The patient may adjust the volume of the device as necessary. You will return to your physician's office for replacement as needed.

Who is a Candidate?

Approximately half of all individuals with hearing loss may be candidates for Lyric. It is designed specifically for those with mild to moderately-severe hearing loss. Your ear, nose, and throat doctors assess your candidacy for the device by examining the ear and shape, your lifestyle, and any medical conditions that may affect your use of the Lyric.

If you have hearing loss and are not satisfied with traditional hearing aids, schedule a consultation with a Lyric trained hearing professional, usually an ENT, to find out if the Lyric is the right solution for you. Parker Ear, Nose, and Throat of Westport, CT are licensed Lyric Hearing Aid professionals. To find out if Lyric is right for you, schedule an appointment with your ENT today.

By Andrew J. Parker, M.D
January 26, 2015
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aids   hearing loss  

Plenty of things you do every day can help you determine whether or not you may need hearing aids. There are all sorts of questions you can ask yourself and some self-assessments you can do, but the best way to figure out if you need a hearing aid is to have your hearing examined by a professional. Andrew J. Parker, M.D, an ear, nose and throat doctor in Norwalk & Westport, CT, can tell you whether or not you need a hearing aid. If you've noticed a few of the following things, you may want to make an appointment.

Think about your social experiences. How you encounter conversations and interactions in public places may carry several signs of hearing loss. Do you frequently ask people to repeat themselves? Do you often feel like others are mumbling their speech? Is it difficult to hear movies at the theater or people speaking to a large group? If you can't see someone's face, do you have more trouble understanding what they're saying? All these things may indicate hearing loss.

People who suffer from hearing issues sometimes withdraw from social interactions because their inability to hear properly makes these situations uncomfortable. That's understandable — failing to understand someone may lead you to respond inappropriately or miss something important that was shared. If you find yourself avoiding such things, that's another sign you need to get your hearing checked out.

If you're not a particularly social person to begin with, there are plenty of things you do at home or at work that may help you identify possible hearing loss. When you're watching TV or listening to music, do others ask you to turn down the volume? Does it seem like people have trouble getting your attention? It may be because you didn't hear them the first (or third) time they called your name. Even though you're likely to take a call with a bad connection from time to time, if your phone's volume is maxed out and you struggle to hear the other person on every call, it might not be their voice or the connection. Inability to understand phone calls is another sign of hearing loss.

The good news is there are many ways you can recover lost hearing and improve your well-being in the process. The first thing to do is consult an ear, nose and throat doctor like Dr. Parker for a hearing assessment, and then you can start moving toward the happiness that comes with improved hearing.

By Dr. Andrew Parker
September 18, 2014
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aids  
What was that? Can you say that again? If you find yourself saying these things to your friends and family more and more as time goes along, you might be experiencing some problems with your hearing. The good news is that you don’t have to suffer with poor hearing -- just schedule a consultation with Westport ENT Dr. Andrew Parker to talk about getting a hearing aid that’s just right for your needs.

Hearing Aids ImageWhat Causes Hearing Problems?

There are many different causes of hearing problems – it can happen in people of all ages which also includes hearing loss in children. Here are just a few common causes:
  • A head injury or trauma
  • A viral or bacterial infection
  • Inner ear disease
  • Allergies
  • Obstructions or benign tumors
  • Something stuck in the ear (particle, water or fluid from a sinus problem)
  • Listening to loud music or sounds for extended periods of time
The general aging process is also a very common cause of hearing loss (a condition called presbycusis). It’s estimated that about a third of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have problems with their hearing.
Conductive hearing loss happens when there’s a problem with the ear drum, canal or middle ear. Sensorineural hearing loss affects the inner ear and is commonly caused by nerve damage. It is also possible to have a mix of these two conditions.

Types of Hearing Aids

When purchasing hearing aids, there are a couple of options for you to choose from. This is why you should consult with Westport hearing aids specialist, Dr. Parker, to figure out the perfect one for your unique situation. These are the most common varieties:
  • Behind the Ear BTE (standard size and mini)
  • In the Ear (ITE)
  • In the Canal (ITC)
  • Completely in Canal (CIC)
The names of these hearing aids speak for themselves – the choice depends on your unique case and the intensity of your hearing problem. Doctors also can prescribe either analog or digital hearing aids, though the digital style is more common nowadays.

Westport Hearing Aids from Dr. Andrew Parker

If you’re having trouble hearing the things and people around you, call Dr. Parker at 203-866-8121 to schedule an appointment to talk about it. It may be a simple matter of getting you fitted with a discrete and effective hearing device.
Do you have hearing aids? We would love for you to tell us about your experience with them!