Hearing loss can be due to a number of factors, including everything from simple wax buildup to complications from aging. The best way to combat hearing loss is to get professional help as soon as a patient notices a problem. Patients who suspect hearing loss can make an appointment with Dr. David Astrachan or Dr. Craig Hecht at Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut. A thorough evaluation helps find the cause and best potential treatment of hearing loss.
Most hearing loss falls into 1 of 4 categories. These are:
People who work around loud noises or who regularly listen to music and other media using headphones or earbuds are at risk. Genetics also be a risk factor for hearing loss.
A hearing test is the best way to check for hearing loss. However, individuals may notice that other people tell them that they don't listen or hear well. This is often a warning sign. Also, if you feel that people around you “mumble”, that is a sign you might have a loss. Unfortunately, most cases of hearing loss worsen very slowly over time leading to the person with the loss “getting used to it”. Long term hearing loss can lead to changes in the brain and decreased understanding of speech, so early diagnosis is very important.
After a thorough questioning about lifestyle and hearing concerns, Dr. Astrachan or Dr. Hecht gives each patient a comprehensive hearing screening that determines not only if they have hearing loss, but also at what severity. This screening involves a number of tests, including hearing tests and computerized hearing assessments, to determine the level of loss.
Many types of hearing loss are permanent, but some aren't. Hearing loss due to fluid or an obstruction in the ear may be treatable. If it's due to damage and caught early, it also may be treatable. Otherwise, it may be permanent. Hearing aids can help to restore hearing and allow an individual with hearing loss to enjoy a much more normal lifestyle. Talk to the team at Ear Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut for more information about hearing aids.
At Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists of Connecticut, we accept most major insurance plans including Medicare. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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