Hearing loss is a common medical condition that makes it harder for older individuals to hear normal sounds. The primary cause of hearing loss is a damaged inner ear. The nerves in the inner ear send sound waves to the brain. These nerves naturally start to fail as you get older, but they can also be damaged due to excessive exposure to loud sounds. Unfortunately, there is no way to reverse hearing loss. The best way to remedy this condition is through hearing loss treatment at Regional ENT Associates.
Your Hearing Evaluation
The first step of the hearing loss treatment process is getting your hearing evaluated by a professional. Our audiologist will perform several tests to determine the quietest sounds you can accurately hear. Once this information is determined, they will then test your hearing against loud sounds. The goal is to find the loudest sounds your ear can handle before causing a disturbance. The appointment will conclude with the audiologist asking a few questions about everyday life. All of the information gained in this appointment will help the doctor find the perfect hearing aid for your needs. An impression of your ear canal may need to be taken before you go home.
Hearing Aid Fitting
The hearing aid fitting appointment will occur after the hearing evaluation. The first step of this appointment is determining if the hearing aids are correctly amplifying sound to your inner ear. The audiologist will place a thin tube inside your ear canal. This tube contains a tiny microphone that can record the volume of noise in the inner ear. The hearing aid is then comfortably placed on the ear. Sounds are then played at different volumes to make sure you can hear everything without any discomfort. Adjustments to the hearing aid will be made if needed. The appointment will end with our audiologist detailing the best ways to care for the device.
The Adjustment Process
It will take some time to get completely used to wearing the hearing aids. It is recommended to only wear them for a few hours on the first day. Gradually increase this time over the next week or two until you are able to comfortably wear the hearing aids throughout the entire day. It is also recommended to avoid wearing the hearing aids in extremely noisy environments until the end of the adjustment period. If you have any problems or concerns, please do not be afraid to contact our audiologist.
There is absolutely no reason to let your hearing loss prevent you from having normal conversations. It is far too easy to get your hearing issues corrected. If you are interested in hearing loss treatment, the professionals at Regional ENT Associates in Gallatin and Lebanon, TN would be more than happy to help. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!