Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids

Specialty Physician Associates -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Specialty Physician Associates

Ear, Nose, and Throat Doctors & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown & Wind Gap, PA

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 & Hearing Aids Q & A

What Causes Hearing Loss?

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:

  • Advancing age
  • Certain medications
  • Head trauma or injury to the head or ears
  • Genetic factors
  • Prolonged exposure to loud noises
  • Certain illnesses, including mumps, Meniere’s disease, and otosclerosis
  • An acoustic neuroma (a type of tumor that affects the acoustic nerve)

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.

What are the Signs of Hearing Loss?

Symptoms of hearing loss can vary depending on the cause and severity of your hearing loss. Possible signs of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty understanding everyday conversations
  • Feeling like you can hear but can’t understand what you’re hearing
  • Having to turn up the sound on your TV or radio
  • Often asking other people to repeat what they’re saying
  • Avoiding social situations due to hearing difficulties
  • Difficulty communicating in noisy environments
  • Tinnitus, which causes ringing or buzzing in your ears

In most cases, hearing loss occurs gradually and you might not notice it until you have a significant loss that requires treatment.

How is Hearing Loss Diagnosed?

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.

How is Hearing Loss Treated?

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.