Audiology and The Hearing Center at Fisher-Titus
It is common to experience hearing loss as you age. Although you cannot reverse most types of hearing loss, you can take steps to prevent it from getting worse and improve what you hear.
The Fisher-Titus Hearing Center specializes in the assessment and management of hearing loss. We will help you identify, diagnose, treat, and monitor disorders of the auditory and vestibular systems of the ear.
Hearing Loss Types and Symptoms
There are three types of hearing loss: conductive hearing loss involving the outer or middle ear, sensorineural hearing loss involving the inner ear, and mixed which is a combination of the two. Signs of hearing loss include:
- Muffling of speech and other sounds
- Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in crowd
- Trouble hearing consonants
- Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly, and loudly
- Needing to turn up the volume on the TV or radio
- Withdrawal from conversations
- Avoidance of some social settings
Hearing Loss Risk Factors
Any of the following factors can put you at an increased risk of hearing loss
- Exposure to loud noises either long-term or from short bursts
- Family history of hearing loss
- Exposure to noises at work
- Exposure to noises recreationally
- Some medications
- Illnesses that result in high fever such as meningitis
Diagnosis and Treatment of Hearing Loss
To diagnose hearing loss, the audiologist may do any combination of the following:
- Physical exam to look at your ear for possible causes of hearing loss
- Tuning fork tests
- Diagnostic testing with the use of an audiometer
Fisher-Titus performs comprehensive hearing evaluations that are individualized for infants, children, and adults. Our audiologist will see patients from newborns to adults. Fisher-Titus is the only provider in the region offering follow-up visits for babies who fail their newborn hearing screening.
Your treatment will depend on the cause and severity of your hearing loss but may include:
- Removing wax blockage
- Surgical procedures
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear implants
Fisher-Titus Medical Center audiology department offers the latest products for your hearing needs, including:
- Assistive devices
- Battery sales
- Custom noise protection (ear plugs)
- Ear molds
- Hearing aids with the latest in digital technology
- Swim plugs
Our audiologist can help you select, fit, and repair your hearing devices whether you are an adult or have a child that uses a device.
Improving your quality of life by addressing hearing loss
Hearing loss can greatly impact your quality of life. While you may think you can adapt to hearing loss by increasing TV volume and asking others to repeat themselves or speak up, treatment is important.
There are five areas of your life where hearing plays a significant role:
- Mental Health - studies link hearing loss to increased anxiety and depression, accelerated brain shrinkage, and even dementia.
- Physical Health - hearing loss may affect your environmental awareness and lead to tripping and falling.
- Income and Career - hearing aids reduce the risk of hearing loss related income loss by 90-100 percent.
- Personal Safety - misheard signals such as car horns and alarms can jeopardize your safety.
- Relationships and Social Interactions - hearing aids help you listen and participate in conversations with the people and activities you enjoy.
If you think you may be struggling with hearing loss, don’t fret! Schedule a diagnostic audiological exam by calling the Fisher-Titus Rehabilitation Department at 419-660-2700.