When you have trouble hearing or experience ringing in your ears, daily life can become difficult and frustrating. For hearing loss testing and treatment, including hearing aids, see the audiology team at Specialty Physician Associates at one of their locations in Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown, or Wind Gap, Pennsylvania. The team uses state-of-the-art technology to diagnose hearing disorders and provides personalized and attentive service to help you hear more clearly. To schedule a visit, call or book online today.
Hearing loss affects more than 15% of adults in the United States and can make daily life extremely difficult. Common causes of hearing loss include:
Hearing loss is generally categorized into problems with sensing sound due to nerve problems or problems conducting sound due to mechanical issues in the outer or middle ear. You could experience a combination of the two, depending on your diagnosis.
Symptoms of hearing loss can vary depending on the cause and severity of your hearing loss. Possible signs of hearing loss include:
In most cases, hearing loss occurs gradually and you might not notice it until you have a significant loss that requires treatment.
Diagnosis of a hearing loss involves simple and painless testing at Specialty Physician Associates. After discussing your symptoms and hearing difficulties with your doctor, your doctor examines your ears with a tool called an otoscope. Your doctor looks for signs of infection or earwax build up that might be contributing to your hearing loss.
You’ll then complete a series of hearing tests while wearing headphones or sitting in a sound booth. Your doctor plays a series of sounds at different volumes and tones and asks you to note when you hear each sound. Based on your results, your doctor determines your diagnosis and what treatments can help you.
The most common treatment of hearing loss is hearing aids. Hearing aids are tiny microphones worn inside your ears that amplify the sounds around you. There are many different styles and sizes of hearing aids based on your budget and lifestyle. Discuss your options with your doctor to determine which type of hearing aid is best for you.
To schedule a hearing test at Specialty Physician Associates, call or book an appointment online now.