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Do I Need a Hearing Aid?

Have you noticed that you have to ask people to repeat themselves, especially if there is any kind of background noise? Do you have to turn up the TV louder to hear it – perhaps loud enough that others in your family complain about the volume? You may need to consider a hearing aid.

Symptoms and Signs of a Hearing Loss

Age, exposure to loud noises, and genetics can all play a part in hearing loss. If you experience more than two of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should consider making an appointment with the physicians at New York ENT:

  • Struggle to hear people speak
  • Complaining that people are speaking too softly
  • Being forced to ask people to repeat what they said
  • Keep the volume higher that others on the TV or radio
  • Struggle to understand what’s being said on the phone
  • A need to see people’s faces/mouths in order to “hear”

You may also find yourself feeling more isolated and frustrated or embarrassed.

How Do Hearing Aids Help?

Hearing aids don’t correct your hearing loss, but they do amplify the sounds in the range you need to be able to hear people better. You can use one or two hearing aids, depending on whether the hearing loss is in both ears or in just one. The benefits of hearing aids include:

  • Increase your ability to hear people talk even when there is background noise
  • Improved ability to detect where sound is coming from
  • Non-surgical solution

Types of Hearing Aids

There are different types of hearing aids depending on what style you prefer and what is recommended for your specific type of loss. These include:

  • Behind-the-ear hearing aids
  • Open fit receiver-in-the-ear
  • In-the-ear
  • Half-shell
  • Completely-in-the-canal

If you are having difficulty hearing, the first step towards better hearing is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience providing hearing devices to patients with hearing loss. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.

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