If you’re finding it harder to hear speech and other sounds, you may be suffering from hearing loss due to aging, injury, or an illness. At Southern ENT Associates, the experienced team of otolaryngologists can help pinpoint the reason for your hearing loss and help you manage it to improve your quality of life and relationships. If you live in South Louisiana, call one of the six practice locations or book an appointment online to have your hearing evaluated and treated today.
Hearing loss usually develops over several years, and since it’s painless and gradual, you might not even notice it. Sometimes, you might experience a ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, as your hearing declines. Many issues can cause hearing loss including:
There are two types of hearing loss:
You can experience a combination of these two hearing loss types, too. Hearing loss may affect one or both ears.
Exposure to loud noise can damage your hearing. Sometimes an extremely loud event, such as an explosion, can cause a one-time exposure that damages your eardrums. However, exposure to loud noises over time can also be damaging. These constant environmental conditions include exposure to the sounds of firearms, portable MP3 players, loudspeakers at nightclubs or rock concerts, and heavy machinery.
The longer you’re exposed to a loud noise, the more damaging it can be. Also, the closer you are to the noise, the more impactful it may be on your hearing.
The doctors at Southern ENT Associates can help you determine if you need a hearing aid to correct your hearing loss. They offer several different types, including:
Which type of hearing aid suits you depends on your degree of hearing loss, the size and shape of your ear canal, and your ability to insert it with your hands.
To learn more about hearing loss and treatment, call one of the six offices of Southern ENT Associates or book an appointment online.