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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!
If you are having trouble hearing, you might have thought about getting a hearing aid, but you are worried about how it will look and whether it will really help.  Hearing loss typically occurs gradually.  In fact, many people affected by it do not recognize the early signs. 
 
In many cases, family, friends and co-workers notice the problem in others before the individual does.  However, the earlier you address potential hearing loss, the better.  Not only will it enhance your quality of life, but also broadens the scope of treatment options available.  If hearing loss is identified there are many options to explore that can help you get back in touch and prevent further damage to your hearing.  You can’t reverse hearing loss, but you also do not have to live in a world of quieter, less distinct sounds. 
 
Dr. Andrew Parker is available in Westport and Norwalk as an ENT for your individual needs.  If you are interested in hearing aids, visit Dr. Parker for more information.
 
Patients in Norwalk and Westport: Hearing Aids Help in Hearing Loss
 
If you are having trouble hearing, it is important to first visit Dr. Andrew Parker, your Westport and Norwalk ENT, for proper diagnosis and treatment.  With proper assessment you will learn about your ability to hear pure tone sounds and to understand words.  The results of your hearing tests will show the degree of hearing loss and whether it is conductive or sensorineural.  In addition, your tests may give other medical information about your ears and health. 
 
A hearing aid is an electroacoustic device that fits in or behind your ear, and is designed to amplify and modulate sound.  There are several types of hearing aids available, varying in size, power and circuitry.  Dr. Parker will be able to help prescribe a proper hearing aid for your individual hearing loss.  It is important for your hearing aid to be custom fitted to your ear and hearing needs.  Hearing aids that are purchased by mail-order typically cannot be custom fitted. 
 
Talk to Dr. Andrew Parker, your ENT in Westport and Norwalk about hearing aids if you are having difficulty hearing.  Seeking treatment can dramatically improve the quality of life of the individual affected and his or her loved ones.  People who use hearing aids report greater self-confidence, closer relationships with loved ones, and an improved outlook on life, overall.