More than 36 million Americans suffer from a degree of hearing loss, making this the third most common health problem in the United States. A large portion of these patients suffer from age related hearing loss, otherwise known as presbycusis. In fact, about 35 percent of adults between ages 65-75 suffer from age related hearing loss. In addition to difficulty hearing, ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus, commonly accompanies age related hearing loss as well.
At GNO Snoring and Sinus, we provide the full spectrum of treatment for hearing disorders. From medical treatment of acute hearing problems such as ear wax build up or sudden hearing loss to hearing aid fittings designed to treat long term hearing loss in our senior population, we can help educate you on your hearing health and options for treatment.
During your initial visit, a focused history is carried out to assess the extent of your hearing loss. It is important to differentiate between a sudden hearing loss, for which medical treatment is necessary, and gradual hearing loss, which often does not respond to medical treatment. Furthermore, accompanying symptoms such as tinnitus and vertigo are also important to assess in the broader context of hearing loss. A physical examination of the ear canal and ear drum is also carried out, along with a tuning fork exam if necessary.
Often times a diagnosis is arrived at simply from a thorough history and physical, however, for all cases of hearing loss a hearing test(audiogram) is performed to fully assess the extent of one’s hearing loss. This allows your doctor to precisely determine which sound frequencies are affected, and how much volume is required for you to hear.
Depending on the type of hearing loss diagnosed based on your examination and audiogram, medical or amplification treatment will be suggested. For most age related hearing loss, hearing aids are recommended as a means to improve quality of life and social interactions. All options are thoroughly discussed in the context of your specific diagnosis in order to fully educate you on your hearing health.