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How your ENT specialist in Bethlehem, and Allentown, PA, can help with hearing loss
There are many factors that can cause hearing loss, and it can be a scary experience. Fortunately, there are treatments for hearing loss, including hearing aids. Your ENT specialist can help you find the right treatment, so you can enjoy hearing again.
Dr. Andrew Pestcoe at The Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, offers a wide range of ENT services, including treatment of hearing loss. He proudly serves residents of Bethlehem, and Allentown, PA, and he can help you too.
There are a few causes of hearing loss that can result in temporary hearing loss or permanent hearing loss.
Temporary causes of hearing loss include:
- Buildup of earwax
- Excessive noise exposure
- Ear infections
Permanent causes of hearing loss include:
- Ruptured eardrums
- Trauma to your ears
You may have some degree of hearing loss if you experience:
- Hearing only muffled speech or sounds
- Difficulty picking out speech from background noise
- Retreating from social situations because you can’t hear
- Needing people to speak more loudly or slowly
If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should schedule a hearing screening with your ENT specialist. A hearing screening identifies what degree of hearing loss you have. The results of the hearing screening will help identify what type of hearing aid would be best for you.
Types of hearing aids include:
- CIC hearing aids, which fit completely in your ear canal
- ITE hearing aids, which loop over your outer ear
- BTE hearing aids, which loop over the top and behind your ear
Your ENT specialist may also recommend Cochlear implants for severe hearing loss. These implants take the place of parts of your ear that is no longer functioning.
To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of hearing loss, call Dr. Andrew Pestcoe at The Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, serving residents of Bethlehem, and Allentown, PA. You can reach him by calling (610) 691-2552, so call today!