Audiology and Hearing Aids

At Wooster ENT we are committed to delivering the highest quality care and digital technology to our patients. We are unique in Wooster and the surrounding areas because our licensed audiologists and ENT physicians work hand-in-hand to ensure that our recommendations take the person as a whole into consideration, with respect to both lifestyle and medical needs. It is our goal at Wooster ENT to provide honest answers, clear recommendations, and manageable prices. We are also knowledgeable with accessories and assistive listening devices which can improve the function of hearing aids, or even stand on their own. We facilitate the repair of any hearing instrument regardless of brand or age, ensuring that you get many years out of your device. Even if you already have hearing aids, we are happy to provide maintenance and programming services.

What You Should Know About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is invisible and almost always painless. There are no physical warning signs, although many people may notice ringing or buzzing sounds in their ears. Hearing loss happens gradually over 20-30 years. By the age of 50 or 60, there can be enough deterioration to interfere with conversation. Most hearing professionals believe that this “age related hearing loss” is caused by a combination of noise exposure over many years, family history, and overall health.

  • Hearing loss is the third most common health problem among older adults, behind orthopedic impairments and chronic sinusitis.
  • Some types of hearing loss can be medically corrected by an ENT surgeon, so it is important to have a comprehensive medical evaluation to make this determination.
  • Most of types of hearing loss can be helped effectively by an individually selected and prescribed hearing aid fitting.
  • It is common for individuals with a mild to moderate hearing problem to be unaware, or in denial of their hearing problem, although family and friends can be quite aware of it.

Treating Hearing Loss is Good for your Health

  • Hearing loss is related to many facets of your life. Research shows that untreated hearing loss can impact many important areas, and reduce your overall quality of life.
  • It can heighten stress, and the extra effort it takes to follow a conversation can cause unnecessary fatigue.
  • Hearing loss can cause someone to no longer hear sounds of nature or miss their grandchildren’s laughter.
  • Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, which is the root of depression, anxiety, frustration, and anger.
  • Hearing loss is also connected to thinking and memory. People with untreated hearing loss are more likely to suffer from cognitive decline and memory disorders.
  • Untreated hearing loss has detrimental effects on income.
  • Overall safety- having hearing loss can be dangerous in traffic and can lengthen the time it takes to wake up if a fire alarm is going off.

The good news is, that hearing aids and other devices have been shown to have a positive effect on all of these negative side effects of hearing loss. Don’t let poor hearing make you miss out on the many good and vital messages of life.

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