Hearing loss can be hereditary, or it can result from disease, trauma, or long-term exposure to damaging noise or medications. Hearing loss can vary from a mild but important loss of sensitivity, to a total loss of hearing. Hearing also can be permanently damaged or lost due to gun noise.
• Difficulty hearing conversations, especially when there is background noise.
• Hissing, roaring, or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
• Difficulty hearing the television or radio at a normal volume.
• Fatigue and irritation caused by the effort to hear.
• Dizziness or problems with balance.
Dr. Humphreys’ staff will identify and measure hearing loss and will perform a hearing test to assess the type and degree of loss.
Dr. Humphreys determines the appropriate treatment by combining a complete patient history with a variety of specialized auditory and vestibular assessments.
Based upon the diagnosis, he will provide a variety of treatment options to patients with hearing impairment or balance problems. He also provides and fits hearing aids as part of a comprehensive program
Hearing aids are particularly useful in improving the hearing and speech comprehension of people with sensorineural hearing loss. When choosing a hearing aid, the hearing aid dispenser will consider your hearing ability, work and home activities, physical limitations, medical conditions and cosmetic preferences.
For many people, cost is also an important factor. You and your hearing aid dispenser must decide whether one or two hearing aids will be best for you. Wearing two hearing aids may help balance sounds, improve your understanding of words in noisy situations, and make it easier to locate the source of sounds.
There are several types of hearing aids. Each type offers different advantages, depending on its design, levels of amplification, and size. Dr. Humphreys and his staff will assist you in selecting the proper hearing aid to suit your hearing as well as your lifestyle.