About Your Hearing Loss, Common Hearing Conditions and Enjoying Life
Updated: Jul 14, 2022
By the age of 65, 1 in 3 people will develop hearing loss of some kind. When left untreated, hearing loss is often associated with feelings of depression and social isolation. There are ways to prevent hearing loss, or to help once hearing loss has occurred. One of the most common causes of hearing loss is repeatedly being exposed to loud noises, such as when using a lawn mower or snow blower, or attending a concert. It is important to protect your ears always. We consistently advise the use of hearing protection, such as ear plugs or ear muffs, if you cannot avoid being around very loud noises.
One of the most common hearing conditions in the country is tinnitus. Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing sounds in the ears. These sounds can include ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping or whistling. According to the American Tinnitus Association, over 500 million Americans experience tinnitus to some degree in their lifetime. The most common cause of tinnitus is noise induced or age-related hearing loss. Less common causes include medication side effects, hearing loss due to earwax or middle ear fluid, or cardiovascular disease. Tinnitus should always be evaluated by an audiologist, as it may rarely be due to other conditions such as benign tumors of the auditory nerve.
9 out of 10 people with hearing loss can be helped with hearing aids. At ENT Specialists, we offer comprehensive testing and work up of all forms of hearing loss. If you are experiencing hearing loss, we provide thorough hearing loss services to help you hear well again. Our certified and experienced audiologists perform in-office testing in our insulated soundproof audiology booths, with the most up-to-date testing equipment and techniques available. We review your individual hearing deficit, needs and treatment. In addition, we have the latest custom fitted digital hearing and technology from many manufacturers specifically programmed for your hearing needs and lifestyle.
With the appropriate diagnosis and treatment, we can get you back to enjoying your life again. Book an appointment to find out how we can help you with your hearing loss.