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.
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.
The signs and symptoms of hearing loss are noticed by the people around you before you notice them yourself and may include:
There are several styles of hearing aids, ranging in price, visibility, and efficacy. Styles include:
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.