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Hearing Loss Specialist

Lake Grove ENT

Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Otolaryngologic Allergy located in Lake Oswego, OR

Hearing loss is fairly common, affecting about 17% of the population to some degree. At Lake Grove ENT in Lake Oswego, Oregon, board-certified otolaryngologists can diagnose and treat hearing loss to give you a better quality of life. They offer a wide array of hearing aids and other hearing loss treatments. Call the office for an appointment today or use the online booking tool.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is a condition in which you don’t hear as clearly or as well as other people. Hearing loss can affect people of all ages but is most common in older adults. Treatment with ENT specialists at Lake Grove ENT can help you hear much better. 

What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

If you struggle with hearing loss, you may notice the following symptoms:

  • Muffled sounds
  • Asking others to repeat things often
  • Trouble following conversations
  • Having to read lips
  • Always turning up the television volume

Common causes of hearing loss include older age, loud noise exposure, excessive earwax buildup, ear trauma, and ear infections. Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other medical conditions can also cause hearing impairment. 

What are the different types of hearing loss?

Common types of hearing loss include:

Conductive hearing loss

Conductive hearing loss affects your outer or middle ear. Lake Grove ENT specialists can often treat this type of hearing loss caused by ear infections, aging, earwax buildup, injuries, growths, or other abnormalities. 

Sensorineural hearing loss

Sensorineural hearing loss isn’t curable. It’s the result of inner ear nerve damage caused by a virus, infection, genetic factors, or loud noise exposure. 

Mixed hearing loss

Mixed hearing loss is a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing problems.

Prevention measures to protect your ears from trauma and hearing loss include not listening to loud music and wearing earplugs while exposed to loud sounds. 

How does my provider diagnose hearing loss?

To find the root cause of hearing loss and determine which type you have, your ENT specialist reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. They complete a series of noninvasive hearing tests and evaluate your ears. Your specialist might recommend you undergo in-office CT scans to get an in-depth view of your inner ear structure. 

What are common hearing loss treatments?

Common hearing loss treatments available at Lake Grove ENT include medications, minor surgical procedures, and hearing aids. Your specialist offers many different types of hearing aids. Some sit inside your ear canal, while others rest behind your ear. The Lake Grove ENT team personalizes each hearing loss treatment to give you the best outcome.

Don’t live with debilitating hearing loss when simple treatments at Lake Grove ENT can help you hear clearly. Schedule an evaluation by phone or online today.