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By Dr. Andrew Parker
October 25, 2016
Category: Health
Tags: Hearing Aids   hearing loss   ears  

Could your changes in hearing be telling you that it’s time to visit an ear, nose and throat specialist?

Millions of Americans are dealing with some form of hearing loss. Whether it’s from years of playing in a band or hearing lossworking in a noisy environment, there are so many reasons why you may now be facing hearing loss. From the office of our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT doctor, Dr. Andrew Parker, find out the telltale signs of hearing loss and when to see a medical professional about it.

Are you unsure whether you are dealing with hearing loss or not? Here are some common symptoms people with hearing loss experience:

  • Having to turn up the volume on the TV or radio in order to hear it
  • Having trouble understanding what people are saying, particularly in noisy environments
  • Feeling as if other people’s voices are muffled or that they are mumbling
  • Having to ask people to repeat themselves often
  • Finding that you don’t engage in conversations as much as you would like because you can’t understand everything people around you are saying

If you find yourself nodding your head in agreement with most of these statements then it’s time you talked to our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan ear, nose and throat specialist. If your hearing loss came on suddenly this definitely requires urgent medical attention. Of course, if you’ve started to notice these hearing issues gradually it’s also a good idea to come in and see what we can do for you. We can easily test your hearing and determine the cause and extent of the damage to help you decide which treatment options are right for you and your hearing.

Don’t let hearing loss affect your quality of life. You can get back into the conversation and enjoy talking with friends and family when you turn to our Norwalk, Westport and New Canaan, CT ENT office for care. Call Parker Ear Nose & Throat 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!