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By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
December 08, 2021
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Hearing Loss  

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:

  • Aging
  • 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!

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
November 03, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss   Tinnitus  

When you are dealing with hearing loss in Bethlehem, serving Allentown, PA, The Head and Neck Center and Dr. Andrew Pestcoe can give you the information you need about common causes of tinnitus. 


Tinnitus is a common condition that affects the ears. It is both a neurological and audiological condition. It is not a disease but is often reflective of some underlying illness. With this condition, you hear a sound that doesn't exist outside your ear. It may be a ringing sound, but that is not the only description used to describe what is being heard. It can be clicking hissing and even rarely music. 

In the US, 50 million people suffer from this condition. Of that 50 million, 10 million have cases that affect their ability to function optimally. Not everyone has the same degree of tinnitus. It can be intermittent or constant, it can be in one ear or in both ears, it can be a low pitch or a high pitch. But it is always annoying at the very least. 

Tinnitus has several common causes. Hearing loss is the most common cause but it may also be caused by an obstruction in the middle ear, TMJ, and traumatic brain injury, just to name a few. You need to have your ears examined for hearing loss in Bethlehem, serving Allentown, PA, to determine what the cause is. 

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is most often associated with tinnitus. The two most common types of hearing loss are:

Age-related- After the age of 60 hearing often deteriorates. It usually happens in both ears. Usually, the loss is of high-pitched sounds. It does explain why so many cases of tinnitus are in the elderly. 

Noise-induced- Working or living in an environment where you are exposed to loud noises either on one occasion or over years can lead to hearing loss. It can be a traumatic event or just your lifestyle. This type of hearing loss can happen in only one ear or both. 

Obstruction of the External/ Middle Ear

A blockage can cause damaging pressure in the middle ear as a result of wax, dirt, or head congestion. In most cases, removing the blockage cures tinnitus. 


TMJ affects the temporomandibular joint, where the jaw connects to the skull. This is located right in front of the ear. Damage in this area can result in tinnitus. Having the condition treated will usually resolve the tinnitus. 

Traumatic Brain Injury

This accounts for more than half of tinnitus cases in veterans who have been injured. In Bethlehem, serving Allentown, PA, treating hearing loss means calling the Head and Neck Center and Dr. Pestcoe. Don't wait, call today at 610-691-2552

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
March 24, 2021
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Listening is a key component of communication, so if you're having trouble hearing, it can impact your life in many ways. Hearing loss can hinder your enjoyment of music and movies, make conversations and comprehension more difficult, and otherwise create issues in your everyday life.

While you may think you are too young for hearing aids, or you picture them as being bulky and conspicuous, hearing aids have come a long way over the years. At the Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, we can help you find an effective and comfortable way to restore your hearing to its best so you can enjoy all the sensations life has to offer.

How do hearing aids work?

Hearing aids come in several versions but all work by using tiny microphones to detect sounds. A small amplifier transforms the sound into digital code, the most advanced technology available, and the signals are converted into sound waves. Hearing aids adjust the sound depending on your level of hearing so the sound coming through the speakers in your hearing aids is clear and neither too loud nor too quiet.

Features of the new wave of hearing aids include directional microphones, which can help your comprehension of sounds in loud environments. they have digital feedback reduction, which helps prevent disruptive "feedback". they use gain processing to increase the level of important sounds, and have digital noise reduction, which lowers the volume of background noises.

What are my options for hearing aids?

Hearing aids come in in-the-canal, over the ear, and behind the ear styles. Depending on your level of hearing loss and desire for discreetness, you may find one style preferable over another.

In-the-canal versions are the least visible, while in the ear and behind the ear versions can come in skin tone colors but are still visible. Behind the ear, styles leave the ear canal open for more natural sound.

Can I treat my hearing loss without hearing aids?

Some forms of hearing loss can be remedied using alternate methods. If your hearing loss is the result of ear infections, antibiotics or decongestants may be effective. If your ears are filled with fluid, myringotomy uses tubes for drainage to clear your ear canal and restore your hearing.

Trust the experts at Head and Neck Center in Bethlehem, PA, to find the best solution for your hearing loss. Call us today at 610-691-2552.

By The Head and Neck Center, P.C.
October 07, 2020
Category: Otolaryngology
Tags: Hearing Loss  

Hearing loss can be due to various factors and could be mild to severe. The most common consequence of unmanaged hearing loss is difficulty understanding others, especially in noisy environments. This could negatively affect your interaction with others and make navigating your personal, school, or work-life much more challenging. With this in mind, it’s crucial that you undergo a hearing test with a hearing specialist, like Dr. Andrew Pestcoe, your ENT here at The Head and Neck Center, P.C. in Bethlehem, PA.

Kids and Unmanaged Hearing Loss

Studies have demonstrated that kids living with moderate or mild hearing loss could experience learning difficulties and challenges developing important language and speech skills for cultivating self-esteem and succeeding at school and the workplace. If not detected and managed as early as possible, hearing loss could even change how your child speaks, interacts, and learns.

Knowing your child’s hearing abilities as soon as he or she is born will give you the proper tools you need to manage it and make your child’s quality of life better. But even for older kids, when proper treatments are implemented, they can continue down the route of proper and age-appropriate language and speech development. This is why working with your ENT in Bethlehem, PA, is crucial.

Potential Health Risks Related to Unmanaged Hearing Loss

Left undetected and unmanaged, hearing loss could result in other detrimental health and social impacts that go beyond the reduced ability to hear. Studies have likewise linked unmanaged hearing loss during adulthood to social withdrawal, fatigue, impaired memory, and depression.

In most cases, these consequences are due to challenges in communicating with other people and embarrassment or shame about their condition. In addition, health impacts from untreated hearing loss could include elevated blood pressure levels, muscle tension, headaches, and increased stress.

Reach Out to Us For Any Concerns or Advice on Hearing Loss

Arrange an appointment with your ENT, Dr. Andrew Pestcoe of The Head and Neck Center, P.C. in Bethlehem, PA, by calling (610) 691-2552.