Recapture the sounds you have been missing. A complete hearing evaluation from our ENT physicians and Doctors of Audiology will determine the nature of your hearing loss and treatment options.
Take this quick questionnaire to see if you need to schedule an appointment today.
- Do you have trouble hearing in a restaurant?
- Do you turn up the TV to hear it compared to others in the same room?
- Do you hear worse than you did in your 20s?
- Do you ask others to repeat what they say?
- Do you struggle to hear soft voices or children’s voices?
- Do you find it hard to hear voices on the telephone?
Hearing Exams for Adults and Children
When you need a hearing exam, shouldn’t you see a hearing doctor first? (Click here to read the Consumer Report) Our Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians and Doctors of Audiology conduct state-of-the-art hearing tests. We know that not everyone experiences hearing loss in the same way. Each person has different lifestyle and social needs. We love working with patients of all ages and offer unique solutions for kids. We also realize that the hearing test your neighbor had may not be right for you.
Otoscopy: Lets us examine inside the ear and learn what’s happening in the ear canal, including the eardrum and the middle ear.
Audiometer: Produces tones and speech sounds to test your hearing ability for sounds important for speech understanding.
Middle-ear function testing: Measures response to air pressure variations and sound signals to see if the middle ear is functioning normally.
Otoacoustic emissions: Soft sounds produced by the ear we measure to determine how the hearing nerve is functioning.
Visible speech mapping: Utilizes sound inputs such as the live voice of a spouse or recorded restaurant noise to demonstrate the effectiveness of hearing aids to current users, or simulate the potential benefit of hearing aids to new user, in different situations.
Children’s evaluations: To determine whether troubles are hearing- or speech-related and offer solutions that help children develop healthy hearing.
Digital Hearing Aids from Leading Brands
When you need a hearing aid, shouldn’t you see a hearing doctor first? (Click here to read the Consumer Report) Our Board Certified Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians and Doctors of Audiology conduct state-of-the-art hearing tests. To determine whether a hearing aid is right for you, we test your hearing thoroughly. But first, we’ll spend time getting to know you. We’ll ask when your hearing problem started, which situations make hearing most difficult for you and more. We’ll answer all your questions and make sure you’re comfortable with every step. Once we determine the exact nature of your hearing loss, we will evaluate if a hearing instrument is appropriate for you. In some cases, minor surgery, earwax removal or some other treatment can solve the problem. If not, we’ll recommend a hearing device that fits your budget, needs, and lifestyle. No matter what your hearing problem – a poor-fitting aid, a malfunctioning aid, wax in the ear or the need for a completely new hearing aid, we will work with you for as long as it takes to find the solution that works best for you.
Surgical Options for Hearing Loss
Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (Baha): The Bone Anchored Hearing Aid (Baha) is a surgically implanted device to treat specific types of hearing loss. The system transmits sound waves through the bones of the skull (i.e. bone conduction) to stimulate the cochlea, bypassing the outer and middle ear, in contrast to regular hearing aids, which amplify acoustic sounds that enter the ear canal.
Cochlear Implantation: A Cochlear Implant is a small, safe, electronic device surgically implanted to provide a sense of sound to a person who has moderate to profound hearing loss in both ears, receiving little or no benefit from hearing aids. Signals generated by the implant bypass damaged portions of the ear and directly stimulate the cochlea and auditory nerve which conducts sound signals to the brain.
ENT Associates hosts a two-part class for our patients who have just started wearing hearing aids to help make sure they have the best possible experience. An informational session regarding “Aural Rehabilitation” is offered at our Largo location, and a subsequent session about how to acquire and use “Amplified Phones” is offered at both our Countryside and Largo locations.
Our Drs. of Audiology and Audiology Assistants will assist you with in-office hearing aid minor repairs and cleaning. Just call or stop on by to inquire.
At Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, part of your hearing exam is to make sure that your ears are clear of earwax. Our physicians will clean your ears prior to your hearing exam in order to receive the most accurate results
Tinnitus refers to the sensation of sound, most often a high-pitched, noisy whistle, in one or both ears in the absence of external stimulation. Like pain, tinnitus is a very subjective phenomenon, and descriptions by sufferers tend to be in terms of familiar sound such as the roar of the ocean or the ringing of bells. Nearly everyone experiences a mild and transient form of tinnitus. Estimates of the incidence of more severe forms vary, but around 10-14% of adults complain of tinnitus that is either prolonged or present for much of the time, and 0.5% are so affected as to have difficulty in leading a normal life.
What is the Treatment?
In most cases, there is no specific treatment for ear and head noise. If your otolaryngologist finds a specific cause of your tinnitus, he may be able to eliminate the noise. But, this determination may require extensive testing including X-rays, balance tests, and laboratory work.
However, most causes cannot be identified. Occasionally, medicine may help the noise. The medications used are varied, and several may be tried to see if they help.
If you have a hearing loss, a hearing aid(s) may reduce head noise while you are wearing it and sometimes cause it to go away temporarily. It is important not to set the hearing aid at excessively loud levels, as this can worsen the tinnitus in some cases. However, a thorough trial before purchase of a hearing aid is advisable if your primary purpose if the relief of tinnitus.
Avoid exposure to loud sounds and noises.
Get your blood pressure checked. If it is high, get your doctor’s help to control it.
Decrease your intake of salt. Salt impairs blood circulation.
Avoid stimulants such as coffee, tea, cola and tobacco.
Exercise daily. It improves your circulation.
Get adequate rest. Avoid fatigue.
Stop worrying about the noise. Recognize your head noise as an annoyance and learn to ignore it as much as possible.
Be aware that stress may increase the noise level of your tinnitus.