Hearing Loss: Treatment of Hearing Loss & Tinnitus
We will make an assessment of your particular type of hearing loss. If a medically-treatable cause is suspected you will be scheduled to visit with one of our Ear, Nose, & Throat physicians to develop a treatment plan. If no medically-treatable cause is identified, then we have several types of technology that may be beneficial to you.
Hearing loss can be improved with hearing aids in nearly all cases. Most hearing aids are programmed to amplify each frequency a different amount, based on the amount of your hearing loss at that particular frequency, improving your ability to hear and understand speech more clearly. The addition of directional microphones, improves your ability to hear in background noise. The modern hearing aids we offer also feature the most advanced digital noise reduction (this is based on software programming) on the market.
Hearing aids not only help for hearing loss but often are helpful for those with ringing in the ears (tinnitus). These special devices perform “Tinnitus Retraining Therapy” where the brain’s auditory circuitry can be re-written to suppress the noise generation. Some hearing aids have algorithms for TRT built-in, whereas TRT-only aids are available as well.
Assistive Listening Devices:
There are a variety of devices that can help with your hearing, other than hearing aids. Advanced ENT offers innovative products for the hearing impaired. We offer a full line of assistive listening devices, such as amplified telephones and television volume assistance devices called “TV Ears”. TV Ears attach to the back of your television and transmit the sound to a wireless headset (ear phones) that you wear. You have your own volume control on the headset so that you can listen to the television at a volume that is different than the others in the room. TV Ears come with either one or two headsets.
Ear Plugs for Noisy Environments:
Prevention of further hearing loss is very important. We fit a variety of ear plugs for those exposed to loud sounds as well as custom plugs made for musicians and shooting sportsmen. Musician’s plugs preserve the fidelity of music as well as protecting hearing from excessive sound levels. Musicians may also be fitted for in the ear monitors that allow the musician to hear their own music while protecting their ears from other loud sounds. Custom swim plugs are also made to protect the ears from water exposure. The swim plugs are used for those with a hole in the ear drum, tubes in the ears or to prevent recurrent outer ear infections.