Hearing Aids Specialist

McMahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology

Otolaryngology located in Chicago, IL

While many patients delay getting hearing aids – because of cost, appearance, or simply unawareness of their hearing loss – studies show dramatic improvement in relationships and quality of life when a patient first gets hearing aids. If you or your loved ones have noticed that your hearing is declining, contact McMahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology in Chicago for a comprehensive examination today; one appointment could dramatically improve your life.

Hearing Aids Q & A

How Do Hearing Aids Correct Hearing Loss?

A hearing aid works like a speaker, magnifying sound and projecting it directly into the ear canal. Hearing aids are helpful when some undamaged hair cells are remaining in the inner ear. Hearing aids can’t help when the cause of hearing loss is obstructive rather than sensorineural.

How Can I Find Out if I Need Hearing Aids?

Because hearing loss happens gradually, many patients don’t realize their hearing has declined as significantly as it has. If you experience any of the signs or symptoms of hearing loss (or are often told you are), you can learn more by scheduling an appointment with an Otolaryngologist, who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss?

The signs and symptoms of hearing loss are noticed by the people around you before you notice them yourself and may include:

  • Listening to the TV or radio at a higher volume than is comfortable for those around you
  • Asking others to repeat themselves often
  • Struggling to hear in a crowded or a noisy room
  • Difficulty hearing higher voices, such as those of women and children
  • Difficulty filtering out background noise

What Styles of Hearing Aids are Available?

There are several styles of hearing aids, ranging in price, visibility, and efficacy. Styles include:

  • Behind-the-ear, which is composed of two units, one that fits behind the ear and one that sits in the outer ear
  • Open-fit, which is comprised of a unit that sits behind the ear and a narrow tube that extends into the canal
  • In-the-ear, which sits inside the outer ear
  • In-the-canal, which sits entirely inside the canal of the ear and is only used for mild to moderate hearing loss due to its limitations

Does Insurance Cover Hearing Aids?

In many cases, hearing aids are not covered by medical insurance. The team at McMahan-Clemis Institute of Otolaryngology can assist you in evaluating your current insurance plan for coverage as well as planning for the out-of-pocket expense associated with your hearing aids.