Research shows that hearing loss can affect relationships, school performance, job productivity, and emotional well being. For the estimated 28 million children and adults in the United States who suffer from any degree of hearing loss, selecting the most suitable hearing aids can be the critical factor to enjoying life to its fullest. Sound Health Services’ ENT specialists and audiologists will work together to help you find the right hearing aid for your condition.
Approximately 5% to 10% of hearing problems in adults are medically or surgically treatable. This percentage is higher in children especially if a middle ear disease, such as ear infection, is the cause. If your hearing evaluation indicates that your condition cannot be medically or surgically treated, additional testing may be done to determine if hearing aids will be beneficial. If you think you might need a hearing aid or to visit a hearing doctor in the St. Louis area, contact an ENT specialist at Sound Health Services.
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If you have hearing loss in both ears, the audiologist may recommend that you use two hearing aids. In most instances, wearing two hearing aids helps in localizing the direction of sound, improves listening in noisy situations, and provides better overall hearing. Our master and doctorate level audiologists will provide you with the recommended hearing aid(s) and/or other hearing assistive devices and will instruct you in their use.
Where To Buy A Hearing Aid
Buying a hearing aid can be a challenging process.
Choosing the right hearing aid is a process that requires consultation with a hearing professional. Audiologists at Sound Health Services take the time to help you learn how hearing solutions compare with one another.
Take a minute to watch this video from Consumer Reports about buying hearing aids, and the importance of working with a licensed audiologist to address your hearing needs!
Once the audiological and medical evaluations have been completed, and your needs evaluated, we will then help you to determine if hearing aids would be beneficial. In our consultation with patients, some of the following items will be discussed:
Hearing test results describing the type and degree of hearing loss
One versus two hearing aids
Style of hearing aid
Lifestyle communication demands
Fortunately, our licensed audiologists can recommend and dispense the latest hearing technology. Because federal regulations prohibits any hearing aid sale unless the buyer has first received a medical evaluation from a physician, you will need to see your physician before you purchase a hearing aid(s).
For more information on how hearing aids can help you or a family member, please call us at (314) 227-0571 or click here.
The information on this site is provided by Sound Health Services and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck, Inc. (AAO-HNS), and is for educational purposes only.