Hearing aids are one of today's most common treatment for hearing loss. Of course, understanding hearing loss and its symptoms can help you determine if a hearing aid is right for you. Learn more about this topic by reading below, and contact Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY, for treatment!
Do I have hearing loss?
Though hearing loss does not occur in one definitive moment, it does have some signs of its presence:
- Trouble hearing others, especially in a crowded environment, such as a restaurant
- Problems hearing others on the phone
- Asking others to repeat themselves often
- Often feeling as though others are mumbling
- Others tell you that the TV or radio is too loud, but you think it is at a normal volume
What is a hearing aid?
A hearing aid has three parts: a microphone, an amplifier, and a speaker. The aid takes in sound through the microphone, amplifies it within the device, then plays it out into the ear at a higher volume. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, including models which fit completely within the ear, lay within the ear, or wrap around the ear. No matter your preferences or level of hearing loss, you can work with your ear, nose, and throat specialist to find the best model of hearing aid for you.
Hearing aids in Maysville, KY
If you think that you may be suffering from hearing loss, your doctor will suggest a hearing test. The test will involve you wearing a headset and identifying various frequencies of sounds and in which ear they are played. The test takes only a few minutes and helps your doctor investigate your symptoms to diagnose the severity of your hearing loss and determine the best way to treat it.
For more information on hearing aids or hearing loss, please contact Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY. Call (606) 759-4852 to schedule your hearing test with Dr. Conrad today!
Hearing loss is often a long, drawn-out process that occurs slowly over many years. Since this condition often goes overlooked, many sufferers do not realize they are having hearing trouble at all! Learning the signs and symptoms of hearing loss and understanding your treatment options can help you get the help you need. Learn more about hearing loss and hearing aids by reading below, and if you need treatment, call Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY.
Do I have hearing loss?
Hearing loss often begins with subtle symptoms and builds slowly throughout the course of several years. Often, patients do not notice their symptoms until the condition is significantly advanced. If you notice one or more of these signs of hearing loss, you should talk with your doctor about a hearing test:
- You feel as though those around you are often mumbling or speaking softly
- You often ask people to repeat themselves or speak louder
- Your family or friends tell you the TV or radio is loud when you think it is at a normal volume
- You have extra difficulty hearing in crowded places, like restaurants or events
- You find yourself concentrating very hard to have a simple conversation
How is hearing loss diagnosed?
If you think you suffer from hearing loss, your ear, nose, and throat doctor will probably suggest a hearing test to diagnose your condition and its severity. This test plays sounds at different volumes and frequencies in one ear at a time. You will indicate in which ear you hear the sounds and your doctor will measure your hearing loss based on the responses.
Hearing aid options in Maysville, KY
Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and styles which give you many options to find the best one for you. Some hearing aids fit around the ear while other, smaller styles fit in the ear itself or even within the canal. Whichever style you choose, your hearing aid will take outside sound and send it through a microphone. The sound is amplified and sent through the ear at a higher, easier to hear volume.
For more information on hearing aids or hearing loss, please contact Dr. Paul Conrad at ENTLC in Maysville, KY. Call (606) 759-4852 to schedule your appointment for a hearing test with Dr. Conrad today!
Would you like relief from your allergy symptoms? The itchy watery eyes, runny nose, sneezing, skin rash--they're all too familiar to you and millions of other Americans. At ENTLC in Maysville, KY, your board-certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Paul Conrad, uncovers allergy triggers and builds treatment plans that work.
What causes allergies?
Basically, some people's immune systems are sensitive to factors such as environmental pollution, certain foods, insect bites animal dander, plant pollen, mold, some natural fabrics, and more. When they contact these "triggers," they start suffering symptoms such as :
- Skin rashes
- Puffy, itchy eyes
- Runny nose
The American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology says that contact with triggers prompts overproduction of natural bodily substances called histamines. Histamines are the major players in the millions of cases of asthma and allergic rhinitis which aggravate both children and adults across the country.
Uncovering the triggers
People who suspect they have allergies should note their symptoms, along with their onset, severity, and duration. Avoidance helps control bouts of sneezing, itching, and more. However, sometimes, and in particular with children, identifying triggers is tricky. That's where allergy treatment from Dr. Conrad in his Maysville office comes in.
Getting help for allergies
When you come to ENTLC, Dr. Conrad will examine your ears, nose, and throat and perform other basic health checks. Also, he'll ask you about your symptoms.
Then, he may order skin testing, lab work or challenge tests (asking you to consume suspect foods and note your reaction). Based on his findings he may advise allergy shots administered at regular intervals at the office or sublingual drop therapy, a medication which you can administer at home.
Other interventions include:
- Avoidance of triggers (don't eat the foods which bother you)
- Staying indoors on days when air quality is poor or pollen count is high
- Washing your face and hands and changing your clothes after being outdoors
- Wiping a pet down after a walk on grass
- Use of a HEPA filter to clean forced air from a furnace or air conditioning unit
- Taking prescription or over-the-counter anti-histamines and allergy medications as directed by Dr. Conrad
Find out more
Please don't suffer with your seasonal or year 'round allergy symptoms. Dr. Conrad and his team at ENTLC in Maysville, KY, can provide strategies to help you feel better and get on with your life. Call the office today for an allergy consultation: (606) 759-4852.
Have you ever wondered how ear tubes can prevent ear infections, fluid buildup, and other issues? Our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Paul Conrad, can explain how ear tubes work.
What are ear tubes?
Ear tubes are small hollow cylinders inserted into the eardrum during a minor outpatient surgical procedure. More than 500,000 ear tube surgeries are performed on children every year, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. Although children most often receive ear tubes, they may also be beneficial for adults in some cases.
How do ear tubes work?
Infections and hearing loss can occur due to fluid buildup or poor ventilation in the ears. Because children have shorter, narrower eustachian tubes than adults, they're more likely to experience problems with fluid drainage and ventilation. When the ears are properly ventilated, fluids drain easily, and the ears receive a constant supply of fresh air. Tubes not only ensure that the ears receive a steady supply of fresh air, but also equalize air pressure in the ears.
When are ear tubes recommended?
We may recommend ear tubes during your visit to our Maysville office if you or your child have:
- Frequent ear infections
- Pain in the ears
- Fluid buildup in the ear
- A torn eardrum due to frequent infections
- Eardrum malformations
- An injury caused by pressure changes in the ear during a flight or diving trip
- Problems with speech, hearing, or balance due to fluid buildup
Ear tubes are usually recommended if ear infections occur more than three times in six months, if fluid remains trapped in the ear longer than three months and affects hearing, or if the eardrum has collapsed.
How long do tubes remain in the ears?
Short-term ear tubes generally remain in place for six to 12 months before falling out on their own. In some cases, long-term tubes may be recommended. These tubes have flanges that hold them in place and generally remain in place for two to four years.
Do you or your child suffer from chronic ear infections? Ear tubes may relieve your symptoms. Call our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Conrad, at (606) 759-4852 to schedule your appointment.
Learn about hearing aids from your Maysville doctor.
Has it become more difficult to follow conversations or hear the dialogue on your favorite TV show? You may have hearing loss. Our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Paul Conrad, shares a few signs that you may benefit from a hearing aid.
Keeping up your end of the conversation has become a challenge
It's hard to participate in a conversation when you can't hear every word clearly. If it seems as if everyone you know has suddenly developed a mumbling problem, you may hearing loss. Unfortunately, you may miss key points when you only hear part of the conversation. The frustrating problem can interfere with your relationships with friends and family members and even affect your job performance.
The TV is never loud enough
Do you find yourself hitting the up arrow on the TV remote much more often than usual? Difficulty hearing the TV or radio may be a sign of hearing loss. In many cases, you may not be aware of the problem until a family member mentions it.
You avoid the telephone
If you once enjoyed talking on the phone, but now primarily use texts and emails to communicate, hearing loss may be to blame. You may be relying more heavily on visual clues than you realize during your face-to-face conversations. Because you can't see the other person's face and mouth when you chat on the telephone, you may find that it's very difficult to hear.
You don't like going to the movies
"The louder the better," seems to be the motto at most movie theaters, but turning up the volume won't necessarily make it any easier for you to hear. In fact, loud background music can make understanding the dialogue very difficult
A hearing aid may improve your hearing
A hearing aid is an excellent solution if your hearing loss is due to damaged hair cells in your ears. Although the damage can occur naturally as a part of aging, it may also happen if you've been exposed to loud noises or have taken medications that affected your hearing. Hearing aids make sounds louder but also decrease background noises that make it difficult to hear clearly. Aids are available in analog and digital models and can be worn in the ear or over the ear.
Would you like to find out if you can benefit from hearing aids? Call our Maysville, KY, ENT, Dr. Conrad, at (606) 759-4852 to schedule a hearing evaluation.
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