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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!
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.