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Good hearing is a precious thing. It can help you be more alert, productive, and receptive to the world around you. If your hearing ability has declined, you might need to have your ears tested to see if you should be wearing a hearing aid. Dr. Paul Burk at Ear Nose Throat St Peters Balloon Sinuplasty in St. Peters, MO, St. Louis, MO, and Bridgeton, MO, can see you for the necessary tests and a hearing aid fitting.
About Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can happen to anyone at any age, from newborns to seniors. Babies are sometimes born with hearing problems, while older adults can develop issues due to inner or middle ear damage, infections, illnesses, or aging. Some cases of hearing loss happen slowly over a period of months or years, while some people experience a sudden loss of hearing from a specific event. In some cases, it is temporary, but in cases of permanent hearing loss, all modern treatments must be explored.
A hearing test conducted by your ENT will determine if you may need treatment or assistance with your hearing. The test is called an audiometry exam and is very easy to administer. You’ll wear headphones while Dr. Burk gives you instructions. This test will help him determine what kind of hearing loss you’ve experienced (conductive, sensorineural, central nervous system, or a mix of issues). Additional tests may be administered to get more conclusive results.
Hearing Aid Fittings
If your hearing level is below normal, a hearing aid may be the best solution. It’s a device that amplifies common sounds that you hear every day, including conversations, the television, and music. You’ll visit Dr. Burk to review the range of modern hearing aid technology, including devices that fit completely inside of the canal, behind the hear, or halfway in the ear. The type of device you choose will likely depend on your lifestyle needs—for instance, are you concerned about the visibility of the hearing aid? After being fitted for various devices, you’ll find one that is most comfortable for the unique shape of your ear.
Hear Better from Now On
If you’ve been struggling with hearing loss, go to an ENT for a hearing test and hearing aid fitting. Call Ear Nose Throat St Peters Balloon Sinuplasty at today to set up an appointment with Dr. Burk at his office in St. Peters, St. Louis, or Bridgeton, MO.
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 recommend, 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) 576-7503.