Ear, Nose & Throat
When it comes to expertise in ear, nose and throat care, no one in the region offers more than CoxHealth. Our specialists treat patients of all ages for allergies, sinus problems, voice and swallowing disorders and ear diseases, including chronic infections, hearing loss, balance disorders and head and neck cancers. We see patients for ear tube placement, cyst treatment and removal, tonsil and adenoid removal, allergies and rhinitis.
Our audiologists are licensed and nationally certified. They work closely with the ear, nose and throat team and offer cost-effective hearing aid options.
Hearing Assessments and Hearing Aids
First, an audiologist will ask you questions about your hearing history. Then the audiologist will test your ability to understand words and hear tones for a variety of different pitches. After this assessment, the audiologist will discuss your hearing loss, if there is any, and outline appropriate hearing aid options, including new digital hearing aids utilize advanced technology, are discrete and easy to use.
During a hearing aid fitting the audiologist will customize the settings for your hearing aids based on your specific hearing needs. The audiologist will explain how to take care of your hearing aids, including how to change the batteries and clean the hearing aids. You will have a follow-up appointment two weeks later to check your progress and make any necessary adjustments. You will be able to assess the digital hearing aids during a 30-day trial period.
Signs of Hearing Loss
- Difficulty understanding conversation in a noisy or group setting
- Increasing the volume on the television/radio
- Hearing but not always clearly understanding speech
- Asking people to repeat what they say
- Noticing voices sounding muffled or perceiving speech as mumbled
- Ringing in ears
Risks of not hearing well include accidents, poor quality of life, depression and anxiety, dementia and cognitive decline. If you're experiencing hearing loss, it's important to get the care you need.