When you need a hearing aid, you deserve the expertise of David Sycamore, MD, and the team of hearing professionals at Parkway ENT and Allergy, PA. They test your hearing, evaluate your environment, then help you find a hearing aid that’s appealing, comfortable, and well-suited for your hearing needs. Dr. Sycamore and the team offers hearing aids from all the major manufacturers to provide the best possible hearing solution for your lifestyle and budget. To schedule a hearing test or to learn more about your hearing aid options, call the office in Katy, Texas, or schedule an appointment online.
There are three types of hearing loss:
Conductive hearing loss happens when sound waves cannot enter the outer or middle ear. Sound waves may be blocked by an ear infection, eardrum damage, earwax, or damage to your middle ear. This type of hearing loss is generally treatable with medication or surgery.
Sensorineural hearing loss, which comes from damage to your inner ear or auditory nerve, is often caused by aging, exposure to loud noise, or an injury. This type of hearing loss is permanent, but hearing aids significantly improve your ability to hear.
This is a combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, which may result from damage in the outer, middle, and inner ear.
Hearing aids are designed to amplify sounds. Each hearing aid contains a microphone that picks up sound, an amplifier that intensifies the sound, and a speaker that transmits the sounds into your ear.
Some types of hearing aids convert sound waves into electrical signals that amplify all sounds equally. However, you can adjust them depending on your environment.
Other hearing aids change the sound waves into digital signals. You can program this type of device to block out certain noises or amplify specific sounds.
You can choose from several types of hearing aids:
BTE hearing aids are worn behind your ear and connect to an ear mold placed in your ear canal. This style is the most powerful and easy to adjust.
The RIC hearing aid is a smaller type of BTE, so it’s more discreet. It uses a thin tube that’s inserted into the ear canal, allowing more natural sound to enter your ear.
ITE hearing aids are custom made so they fit snugly in the bowl-shaped area of your outer ear. This style is easier to insert and adjust and has a longer battery life than other, smaller hearing aids.
The CIC hearing aid is also custom made to sit deep in your ear canal, where it’s virtually invisible.
If you need to schedule a hearing test or you’d like to learn more about hearing aids, call Parkway ENT and Allergy or schedule an appointment online.