Hearing loss is one of the most common public health issues in the United States behind arthritis and heart disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). One out of three adults over the age of 65 suffers from some degree of hearing loss, and as many as 15% of children and teenagers between the ages of 6 - 19 suffer from some degree of non-congenital hearing loss. There are four stages of hearing loss:
There are several options available for managing hearing loss, depending on factors like the cause, severity and the patient. The otolaryngologists at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL offer a range of hearing aid devices for adults and children living with hearing loss.
Hearing Aids in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
Hearing aids amplify sounds so that you can communicate and follow conversations in both quiet and louder settings, as well as enjoy watching TV and other forms of media without straining to hear. Hearing aids are electrical devices that consist of a microphone, and amplifier, and speaker that help capture, transmit and amplify sounds by turning them into electrical signals. They can be worn in one or both ears, and come in several styles including:
- In the ear
- Behind the ear
- Mini behind the ear
According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), hearing aids are best suited for suffering from sensorineural hearing loss, which results from damage to the sensory (hair) cells in the inner ear. The hearing aid works with the remaining healthy hair cells in the ear to convert sound vibrations into neural signals in the brain. Although the level of amplification in a hearing aid can be adjusted to accommodate the degree of damage, they will not work with severely damaged hair cells.
Signs of Hear Loss - When to See an Otolaryngologist
Some of the most common signs of hear loss include:
- Difficulty hearing what people are saying
- Speech sounds like mumbling
- Difficulty hearing the tv or radio at normal volume
- Difficulty hearing in both loud, crowded settings as well as in one on one conversations or in small groups
Find and Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
For more information on the signs and treatment options for hearing loss, contact South Florida ENT Associates by calling (954) 966-7000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Jassir or Dr. Mark Sukenik today.