Lake Grove ENT
Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Otolaryngologic Allergy located in Lake Oswego, OR
If you have hearing loss, as about 36 million American adults do, board-certified otolaryngologists at Lake Grove ENT in Lake Oswego, Oregon, are there for you. They offer state-of-the-art, comfortable hearing aids to help you hear better and achieve a better quality of life. Call the Lake Grove ENT office for an appointment today or use the online scheduler.
Hearing Aids Q & A
What are hearing aids?
Hearing aids are tiny devices that rest in or behind your ear canal to amplify sounds. Modernized hearing aids are very small, featuring unparalleled sound quality and an impressive array of features. Lake Grove ENT offers the latest computer equipment available for fitting and programming hearing aids.
Lake Grove ENT audiologists are trained in many brands of hearing aids and can recommend devices that best match your specific hearing loss patterns and listening needs.
What causes hearing loss?
Hearing loss isn’t always obvious right away, especially in mild cases. Sounds and speech may be muffled, or you might not hear as well as other people around you. Possible causes of hearing loss include:
- Older age
- Family history of hearing loss
- Loud noise exposure
- Ear injuries
- Ear infections
- Excessive earwax buildup
- Heart disease
- Other medical conditions
Wearing ear plugs when you’re exposed to loud noises helps protect your ears from damage and hearing loss.
How does my doctor diagnose hearing loss?
The Lake Grove ENT team can find the root cause of your hearing loss. They review your symptoms and medical history, examine your ears, and complete a series of hearing tests to determine which type of hearing aid is right for you.
What are the different types of hearing aids?
Some of the many types of hearing aids available at Lake Grove ENT include:
Invisible in the canal (IIC) aids
IIC hearing aids fit deep within your ear canal so other people can’t see them. IIC aids are beneficial if you have mild to moderate hearing loss.
Completely in the canal (CIC) aids
Your ENT specialist can mold CIC hearing aids inside your ear canals. They are very small and are a good option if you have mild to moderate hearing loss.
In the canal (ITC) aids
ITC aids rest inside your ear canal, but not as deeply as CIC hearing aids. They may not fit well inside small ears. They are highly effective for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
Receiver in the ear (RITE) aids
RITE aids are visible to other people, but they’re easier to remove and insert than smaller aids. They also offer a longer battery life. RITE hearing aids sit behind your ear and send signals to a receiver located in your ear canal.
Behind the ear (BTE) aids
BTE aids rest behind your ear and send signals to a receiver in your ear canal. They are larger than other types of hearing aids but offer exceptional amplification. BTE aids are easy to use and a good option for all types of hearing loss — even in children.
Open fit hearing aids
Open-fit hearing aids rest behind your ear. They are small, barely visible, and ideal for people with mild to moderate hearing loss in the high-frequency range.
CROS and BiCROS aids are small devices that enhance hearing in people with hearing loss in just one ear. You wear a device in one ear that picks up sound and transmits it to a device worn in your other ear.
If you experience debilitating hearing loss, help is within reach at Lake Grove ENT. Schedule an appointment by phone or online to find out if you’re a good candidate for hearing aids.
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