If you are having trouble hearing, it is a good idea to undergo a hearing test and be fitted for a hearing test, if needed. Hearing aids improve your ability to hear and many models are extremely discreet so they are not readily noticeable to others. An Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist can test your hearing and fit you for a hearing aid. Dr. Paul Burk is your St. Luke's ENT specialist for hearing testing and hearing aid fittings.
When you visit your St. Luke's ENT to have your hearing tested, a few simple hearing tests will be performed. Hearing tests are painless and do not cause any discomfort. Several types of hearing tests can be performed to examine different aspects of your hearing. Some hearing tests involve listening to different tones played at varying volumes and pitches. Other tests involve listening to speech. A third type of hearing test examines both the eardrum and the muscles in the middle ear.
Many hearing aid options are available to improve your ability to hear. There are two primary types of hearing aids: general and invisible. Both types of hearing aids offer improved hearing. The type you choose is primarily a matter of personal preference. General hearing aids can be placed just inside the ear canal or they can sit behind the ear. General hearing aids tend to be visible to other people. Invisible hearing aids are not visible to others as they are placed further in the ear canal.
Hearing Aid Fittings
There are several components to a hearing aid fitting. One aspect of the fitting is to select the right type of hearing aid for your needs. Once the appropriate hearing aid is selected, it will be tested to ensure it is amplifying sounds at the right level for your hearing needs. Finally, the hearing aid will be placed in the proper position and adjusted, as needed, to ensure it is comfortable and secure.
Hearing tests can help determine the type and extent of hearing loss. If a hearing aid is recommended, an ENT specialist can perform a hearing aid fitting to ensure your new hearing aid fits properly, securely, and comfortably. To learn more about hearing testing and hearing aid fittings, schedule an appointment with Dr. Burk, your St. Luke's ENT specialist, by calling one of three convenient locations. For St. Luke's, call (314) 477-4995.