Are any of the following situations familiar to you?
- You have to constantly ask the people around you to repeat themselves.
- You find it difficult to follow conversations.
- People complain that you listen to the TV/radio at a volume that’s too high.
- You struggle with talking to people on the phone.
- You hear a consistent humming, ringing, and/or buzzing.
If so, it’s likely that you’re experiencing a degree of hearing loss that’s keeping you from living your life to the fullest. Here in Chicago, IL, Dr. Gary Wiesman and his team can provide a comprehensive diagnostic assessment to determine the cause and severity of your condition, and hearing aids are available to improve your day-to-day comprehension of the world around you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Hearing loss is a common consequence of old age, but it can also occur from constant exposure to loud noises, infections, physical trauma to the head, or even birth defects. Our evaluation will be as exhaustive as possible so that Dr. Wiesman can fully understand the extent of your condition and your candidacy for assistance. Painless and informative, Otoscopy will let us see that your ear canal is free of obstructions, like ear wax, which is sometimes the entire cause of a hearing problem. With the help of simple audiology tests, we’ll determine how capable you are of hearing tones at low frequency levels and repeating words that are spoken at comfortably routine volumes.
Hearing loss is connected to other serious health problems like cognitive and memory disorders, so an annual hearing checkup should be as routine as a trip to the dentist.
The routine use of a proper hearing aid has been shown through countless studies to provide patients with valuable benefits, helping them distinguish speech in both quiet and noisy situations and improving their overall wellbeing. In-the-ear hearing aids are typically ideal for patients with mild to moderate hearing loss, and they’re designed to fit inside in the area for a virtually invisible appearance. Some are designed for continuous wear - 24/7 for months at a time. Alternatively, behind-the-ear hearing aids are suitable for a wide range of hearing loss and have a sleek design that can blend in with a patient’s natural hair or skin color. The hearing aid recommended to you by Wiesman Nasal & Sinus will be the best option to meet your individual needs, aesthetic preferences, lifestyle, and financial budget.
Learn More About Hearing Aids
Dr. Wiesman and our in-house audiometrist, Scott Lightbody, are ready to help you get on the road to improved hearing and better communication with your loved ones. Before you schedule your hearing test with us, though, you might want to learn more about audiology and hearing loss. Below, you will find answers to some commonly asked questions about these important subjects.
At What Age Is It Normal to Experience Hearing Loss?
For various reasons, people may experience hearing loss at any age. Therefore, even if you think you are “too young” to wear a hearing aid, you should still seek testing if you are experiencing difficulty communicating with others. With that being said, we do acknowledge that hearing loss is most common in older adults. Most get their first hearing aid around age 70, although they may have noticed a degree of hearing loss several years before that. In fact, it is common for individuals to first notice hearing difficulties in their 40s.
What Is the Most Common Reason for Hearing Loss?
Age-related changes in the ear or auditory nerve are common among people in their 40s, 50s, and older. Listening to loud noises for an extended period of time can also adversely affect hearing. For example, individuals who work in construction and do not wear hearing protection are prone to this problem. Other possible causes of hearing loss include infection, high blood pressure, heredity, and head injury.
What Are the Different Types of Hearing Loss?
There are three categories of hearing loss. One is sensorineural hearing loss, which occurs when the inner ear or hearing nerve suffers damage. This is the most common type of hearing loss. Conductive hearing loss is when the outer or middle ear cannot properly conduct sounds to the inner ear. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. During your testing session, we can determine which type is affecting you and what you should do to enjoy improved hearing.
How Often Should I Get My Hearing Tested?
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association recommends that adults ages 18 – 40 who have not noticed any hearing loss undergo a test every 3 – 5 years. More frequent testing is recommended for people over 60, those who are regularly exposed to loud noises, and anyone who has noticed a decline in their hearing. A hearing test is simple and noninvasive, so there is no reason for patients of any age to be nervous about it.
Does Medical Insurance Cover Audiology Services?
Many of our services are purely elective and are not covered by insurance. Fortunately, though, some forms of insurance cover hearing tests because they are often a medical necessity. Our team accepts most health plans, and we will be happy to help you navigate your benefits. If your insurance will not cover the services we offer, we can assist you as you apply for financing through CareCredit. We also accept major credit cards. Contact us today to request an appointment or learn more about our financial policies.