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By Dr. Andrew Parker
December 23, 2019
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: hearing loss  

Here are some things to consider if you or someone you love is dealing with hearing loss.

Although hearing loss is a common problem, many people are still embarrassed to acknowledge that they are having trouble hearing. According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, this is part of the reason why it takes the average person about seven years from the time of their hearing loss to actually seek treatment. Fortunately, our otolaryngologist in Norwalk and New Canaan, CT, Dr. Andrew Parker, and his team of audiologists are here to ensure that you receive the treatment you need as soon as possible.

How to know that you have hearing loss

While it might initially sound a bit strange, not everyone knows that their everyday issues point towards the presence of hearing loss. This is because hearing loss is usually a subtle issue, gradually growing over time. Here are some signs that your hearing should be checked out,

  • You find yourself saying “what?” a lot more than usual
  • You avoid social interactions and have trouble following group conversations
  • Noisy environments like a crowded restaurant make it difficult to hear people
  • You find yourself having to regularly raise the volume of your TV, radio, or phone
  • You don’t hear everyday noises like the doorbell or the oven timer
  • You find yourself reading lips instead of actually listening to what people are saying

What you can do about your hearing loss

If you find yourself making excuses for not meeting friends at a restaurant or you are avoiding your hearing loss because you worry that it will affect your job these are common responses that so many people face when they finally realize they have hearing loss. However, just imagine just how great it could be to be able to join in the conversation again and properly understand your friends, family, and colleagues. This is what our audiologists in Norwalk and New Canaan can do. Our team can perform a hearing evaluation to diagnose your hearing loss and to determine the extent of the damage. From there we can discuss your treatment options.

So many people with hearing loss can benefit from hearing aids. Another reason it’s highly advised that you see a doctor right away when you begin to notice hearing loss symptoms is that the sooner you start wearing a hearing aid, the sooner your ears and brain will adapt to the device and improve its effectiveness. We offer many different styles and special features and can work with your needs, lifestyle, and budget to find the hearing aid that will get you back into your social circle and enjoying your life again.

Interested? Give us a call

If you are struggling to understand those around you isn’t it time that you became part of the conversation again? Call Parker Ear, Nose & Throat in Norwalk or New Canaan, CT, today at (203) 866-8121 to schedule your appointment.

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.