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Are you experiencing hearing loss? Maybe conversations sound muffled, you increase your TV volume or soft, high-pitched voices seem difficult to decipher. At South Florida ENT Associates jn Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL, your otolaryngologist, Dr. David Jassir, Dr. Mark Sukenik, and Dr. Sabine Hesse help patients with hearing loss, offering precise diagnostics, treatments, and hearing aids for a better quality of life.
Kinds of hearing loss
The Hearing Loss Association of America reports that 20 percent of Americans have some kind and degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, besides the obvious problem, hearing loss also leads to anxiety, depression and dementia.
There are three basic kinds of hearing loss:
- Sensorineural, which involves the sensitive hair cells of the inner ear and also the auditory nerve
- Conductive, which impacts the structural components of the outer and middle ear
- Mixed, which combines features of both
While age (presbycusis) and genetics affect hearing acuity, along with some medications and excess hearing wax, excessive noise exposure causes substantial damage. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says loud, damaging noise may be intense, as with an explosion, military service or occupations in the construction and automotive trades. Additionally, repeated exposure to softer sounds over a longer period of time may reduce hearing clarity and volume.
You may be experiencing these symptoms of hearing loss:
- Tinnitus, a continual buzzing, roaring or ringing sound in one or both ears
- Asking people to repeat themselves in conversation
- Increasing the volume of your TV, computer, radio or other kinds of audio equipment
- Having difficulty understanding conversations in crowded environments such as parties or restaurants
What can you do about these symptoms?
Contact South Florida ENT Associates for a hearing evaluation and physical exam. Testing pinpoints the kind and degree of your hearing problem and allows your doctor to plan your treatment. Hearing aids in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL, often are the treatment of choice, particularly for age-related hearing issues. Sometime surgery corrects the structural problems associated with conductive hearing loss.
Also, your doctor recommends:
- Wearing ear protection when working with power tools (even the lawn mower)
- Avoiding loud recreational environments such as rock concerts
- Getting routine hearing exams annually after the age of 50
Hear well again
You can when you consult with your doctor and their friendly associates at South Florida ENT Associates in Hollywood and Pembroke Pines, FL. To arrange a hearing examination or ask any questions about hearing aids, please call (954) 966-7000.
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.
Despite the growing prevalence of hearing problems among an aging population in the United States, many people fail to seek treatment for their symptoms. The otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) at South Florida ENT Associates in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL, recommend scheduling an appointment at the first signs of hearing problems for both children and adults. Depending on the nature and cause of the problem, hearing aid devices can offer relief for some forms of hearing loss.
Statistics suggest that over 30 million Americans (17% adults) report some degree of hearing loss, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Although generally associated with aging, people of all ages can suffer from hearing impairment at any time for a number of reasons, such as injuries that affect the transmission of sounds through the ear, or genetic and hereditary conditions.
Hearing Loss Diagnosis and Treatment in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
Because the mechanisms by which the various parts of the human ear process and transmit sound to the brain are incredibly complex, the type of hearing loss, and the best form of treatment, depends on the part of the ear that is affected. Hearing aids help to amplify sounds, so that people with hearing difficulties can follow conversations and hear background noise in their environment.
Am I Candidate for a Hearing Aid?
The first step in determining whether you are suffering from hearing loss, and finding the best treatment option is to undergo a comprehensive evaluation by a hearing specialist. Hearing aids are programmable devices that can be worn either behind or inside the ear, and help to amplify volume and sounds according to the individual's environment (a loud public environment like a coffee shop vs. a quiet room with one or two people having a conversation, for example). While hearing aids do not reverse or treat hearing loss, they can help users follow and participate in conversations, in addition to processing sounds from various environments.
Find an Ear, Nose and Throat Doctor in Pembroke Pines and Hollywood, FL
For more information on the risks and causes of hearing loss, and to find out if a hearing aid is a good option for you or your child, contact South Florida ENT Associates by calling (954) 966-7000 to schedule an appointment today.
Hearing loss can be both frightening and frustrating. However, did you know that it may be caused by something as simple as too much ear wax?
Both children and adults are prone to build-up of the wax or cerumen that occupies the ear canal. This narrow tube-like structure, comprised of bone and skin, leads to the ear drum. Keeping the canal free of dirt and germs, ear wax is important to healthy ears and hearing, but for people who are prone to too much of a good thing, excessive cerumen can cause:
- very muffled hearing
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- an uncomfortable full feeling in the ear or even pain
What causes earwax build-up?
Anything designed to help people's ears can actually cause accumulation of cerumen. Hearing aids and ear plugs, such as those used for swimming, block the natural exit of the ear canal where ear wax normally just falls out. In addition, use of cotton-tipped swabs to remove wax can push it toward the eardrum, resulting in impaction (a hardened blockage) and even perforation of the ear drum, a part of the body which is critical to good hearing.
What can be done about ear wax build-up?
People who have this problem repeatedly may treat the accumulation with over the counter ear drops:
- Lying on one side, the individual pulls the ear up and back and instills the drops.
- He or she waits for several minutes, allowing the drops to soften the wax.
- The individual flushes out the medication and wax with warm water.
For individuals who have stubborn and hardened ear wax, a trip to an experienced otolaryngologist, or ear, nose, throat doctor is in order. An ENT physician can visualize the ear canal with a lighted instrument called an otoscope. The doctor gently removes the impacted ear wax with a small spoon-like instrument called a curette, using suction, if necessary, and flushing with water.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology recommends that individuals who have recurring issues with ear wax visit an ENT doctor every 6 to 12 months for a check-up and cleaning of the ear canal as necessary. This routine will help avoid the hearing loss and other discomforts associated with ear wax build-up. In addition, anyone who is experiencing serious pain or dizziness associated with a drop in hearing should see a physician right away.
Dr. David Jassir in Hollywood, Florida
At South Florida ENT Associates, Dr. David Jassir skillfully treats a wide range of conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat, including allergies, sinus conditions, sleep apnea and swallowing problems. Call his office today for an appointment to discuss how to treat your ear wax: 954-966-7000.