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ENT Surgical Associates Michigan

(248)-541-0100

Audiology & Hearing Aids

Hearing Loss 

You may have hearing loss, and not even be aware of it. People of all ages experience gradual hearing loss, often due to the natural aging process or long exposure to loud noise. Other causes of hearing loss include viruses or bacteria, heart conditions or stroke, head injuries, tumors, and certain medications. Treatment for hearing loss will depend on your diagnosis and the specific cause of the hearing loss.

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The Physicians at E.N.T. Surgical Associates offer a complete line of hearing aids and specialized assistive listening devises, including BAHA (Bone Anchored Hearing Aid). We feel that hearing aids are best dispensed by our qualified audiologists.

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BAHA (Bone-Anchored Hearing Aids)

New Development for Hearing Implants - We at E.N.T. Surgical Associates are pleased and excited to announce that we are certified to perform the BAHA procedure (Bone Anchored Hearing Appliance). The BAHA system is useful for Single Sided Deafness (SSD) and conductive hearing loss where a conventional hearing aid cannot be worn. This would include patients who experience chronic drainage and/or congenital abnormalities (canal atresia) of the ear. Single Sided Deafness is a unilateral, sensorineural hearing loss. For many years, SSD has been an underestimated handicap. The main reason is the lack of any convincing treatment option. Recent clinical trials have shown that the BAHA system provides a unique benefit for people suffering from SSD by enabling them to hear and understand sounds from both sides, where previously they could only hear from one side.

Did You Know? Every year there are approximately 200 new cases of SSD per million inhabitants. Some etiology for SSD might include idiopathic sudden deafness, trauma, infectious disease and surgical intervention, or in cases of severe Meniere's disease. We are pleased to offer this new, state-of-the-art procedure to patients. If we can be of any assistance to you and your patients, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What can I do to improve my hearing?

  • Eliminate or lower unnecessary noises around you.
  • Let friends and family know about your hearing loss and ask them to speak slowly and more clearly.
  • Ask people to face you when they are speaking to you, so you can watch their faces and see their expressions.
  • Utilize sound amplifying devices on phones.
  • Use personal listening systems to reduce background noise.

Tips to maintain hearing health

  • If you work in noisy places or commute to work in noisy traffic or construction, choose quiet leisure activities instead of noisy ones.
  • Develop the habit of wearing earplugs when you know you will be exposed to noise for a long time.
  • Earplugs can reduce the volume of sound reaching the ear to a safer level.
  • Try not to use several noisy machines at the
same time.
  • Try to keep television sets, stereos and headsets low in volume.

How loud is too loud?

Unprotected exposure to sounds above 85 decibels for a prolonged period of time can lead to hearing loss. Use the scale below to help determine the approximate decibel levels of sounds around you.

Click “Here” and use the Interactive Loudness Scale to help answer the question - How loud is too loud?

I don't hear well. What should I do?

First, visit a physician who can refer you to an ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngologist) specialist, because many hearing problems can be corrected medically. If you have ear pain, drainage, excess earwax, hearing loss in only one ear, sudden or rapidly progressive hearing loss, or dizziness, it is especially important that you see an ear, nose, and throat specialist, as these may be symptoms indicating a serious medical problem. After your exam, the otolaryngologist will help you obtain a hearing assessment from an audiologist. A screening test from a hearing aid dealer may not be adequate. The results of these tests will indicate the degree of hearing loss, the type of loss and other medical information about your ears and health. E.N.T Surgical Associates has three full-time certified audiologists on staff who are available at all office locations to meet your hearing assessment and hearing aid needs.

Where do I purchase hearing aids?

Federal regulation prohibits any hearing aid sale unless the buyer has first received a physician’s evaluation, so you will need to see your doctor before you purchase a hearing aid. However, the regulation also says that if you are over 18 and aware of the recommendation for a medical exam, you may sign a waiver to forego it.
An otolaryngologist, audiologist, or independent dispenser can dispense aids. Hearing aids should be custom-fit to your ear and hearing needs. Mail-order hearing aids typically cannot be custom-fit.

There are several styles of hearing aids

Behind-the-ear (BTE)

Aids go over the ear and are connected with tubing to custom-fitted earpieces.



Open fit receiver-in-the-ear (RITE)

aids are a newer design, and while still placed over the ear, they are extremely small and nearly invisible.
 


In-the-ear (ITE)

Hearing aids fill the entire bowl of the ear and part of the ear canal.
 


Smaller versions of ITEs are called half-shell and in-the-canal (ITC).
 


The least visible aids are completely-in-the-canal (CIC).

The best hearing aid for you depends upon your particular hearing loss and listening needs, the size and shape of your ear and ear canal, and the dexterity of your hands.

The physicians and audiologists of E.N.T Surgical Associates have been trained in the latest and most advanced methods of diagnosis and treatment of all conditions that cause hearing loss.

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