When a new patient comes to South Bay Hearing with a concern, they often assume that they’ll be fitted for hearing aids right away. While these devices provide fantastic, life-changing solutions to patients, they are just one treatment that our specialists can provide. Initially, you’ll receive a comprehensive hearing assessment, where your specialist will inspect your ears, run tests, and provide you with a full diagnosis.
After this is complete, they’ll then decide what treatments might suit you best. These are four of the most common care options they advise.
A Simple Clean
People can have hearing loss for a variety of reasons, and one of the simplest to treat is earwax build-up in their ears. This is more common than you might think and can greatly impair the amount you can hear. Luckily, there’s an easy solution for this issue, with most patients requiring a simple ear clean to significantly improve their hearing.
A Medical Procedure
Following a diagnosis, specialists sometimes find that their patients can benefit from further medical assistance. This is often the best option if, for example, they recognize an ear infection or if the tiny bones inside their patient’s ears are stopping sounds. After they detect one of these problems, they’ll refer you to an ENT physician who can prescribe medicine or conduct surgical procedures when necessary.
Hearing aids are the best option for those that have permanent damage to their auditory system. This damage often takes place when someone witnesses very loud sounds, either during a single event or over a number of years. This experience will harm the tiny hearing cells in their ears, responsible for absorbing sounds. And once this takes place, there’s no absolute cure.
However, modern, sleek, and discreet hearing aids can offer people a world of new sounds and opportunities when fitted by a professional. Combined with Bluetooth connectivity and state-of-the-art apps which let you personalize your experience, these devices can put you in control of your hearing once more.
In a small number of cases where someone has an extremely profound hearing loss, hearing aids won’t offer worthwhile solutions. For this, our team will advise cochlear implant surgery, which can allow someone to understand speech once again — a life-changing development. Our doctors of audiology can assist those with the preparations needed for this procedure and will provide excellent long-term care well into the future.
Are you concerned about a hearing loss or know someone else who is? Contact the team at South Bay Hearing, and they’ll be happy to help you move forward!