Are you or a loved one among the 360 million worldwide sufferers of debilitating hearing loss, as reported by the World Health Organization? If so, it’s important to discover common treatment options than can help you hear again. Our audiologists recommend treatment as early in life as possible to lessen the negative effects of untreated hearing loss.
Components of Treating Hearing Loss
In order to treat loss completely, certain aspects need to be looked at by an audiologist. Most of our audiologists hold a Doctor of Audiology degree. As a result, their years of education and training make them the best at understanding your ears.
1. Hearing test. Our audiologists complete thorough diagnostic testing to figure out the extent and type of loss. These test results are critical in deciding which treatment options could work for you.
2. Evaluation. The audiologist will spend time talking with you about your needs and expectations to select the best treatment choice.
3. Fitting. Our audiologist will fit a hearing device for your unique loss and give you instruction on the operation and care of the device.
4. Verification. After fitting you with a hearing solution, the audiologist will make sure the device is working as it should to assure that your treatment is effective.
5. Auditory training. Your audiologist can also supply added follow-up such as auditory rehabilitation and training as needed.
Hearing Loss Treatment Options
Based on your hearing test results and individual needs, our audiologists will guide you in selecting one of the following treatment options.
Hearing aids are the most common treatment choice for hearing loss. Our audiologists offer a variety of styles and technologies. Since 2008, the most popular style has been the miniaturized behind-the-ear device with a slim tube that connects to a hidden receiver inside your ear canal. We call this style a receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid. This discreet aid offers many advantages such as ease of maintenance and the ability to fit many different degrees of loss.
Modern hearing aids are low power miniature computers. As a result, they use wireless communication technology to connect to Bluetooth devices such as your smartphone.
Cochlear implants are implantable devices that can successfully improve hearing for those who are candidates. A possible candidate would have severe to profound sensorineural loss with no significant benefit from hearing aids. The cochlear implant surgeon inserts the electrode into the cochlea of the inner ear. Afterwards, the audiologist fits, programs and provides maintenance for the external device components.
Bone Conduction Implants and Devices
Bone conduction devices and implants are common treatment options for conductive hearing loss. They use the bones in your head to vibrate the sound to the inner ear. The devices can be strapped on or implanted. After implantation by a physician, the audiologist fits, programs and maintains the external parts.
Assistive Listening Devices
Devices such as amplified phones, wireless remote microphones, and TV transmitters can help wearers or those who aren’t wearing hearing devices hear better in difficult listening situations.
Prevent and Treat Hearing Loss
Our audiologists are experts in the prevention and treatment of hearing loss. We fit custom ear plugs to protect your ears from damage caused by loud sounds. If loss has already happened, we offer a variety of treatment choices to help you gain a better quality of life and overall health.
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