Posts for: September, 2014
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.
What 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
- 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!