With two convenient locations, Tucson Ear, Nose & Throat provides a variety of hearing services to patients in the greater Tucson area. Our staff of audiologists and physicians offers hearing exams for both adults and children, and treatment for a number of common ear conditions including tinnitus and ear infections. In addition, we dispense a range of hearing aids boasting the latest digital technology and features, designed to complement your particular lifestyle. We will make your experience a comfortable and rewarding one.
Communicating with a person who has a hearing loss can be stressful for both parties. Even when hearing devices are used, proper communication strategies are essential for maximizing the experience. Try the following tips when communicating with a hearing impaired individual. Maintain eye contact with the hearing impaired individual, facing them directly.
A hearing evaluation is a test to assess the sensitivity of a patient’s hearing. It is useful in detecting the type and extent of hearing loss and can help an audiologist determine an appropriate course of treatment. Types of Hearing Tests A complete hearing evaluation typically consists of several different types of hearing tests.
Noise exposure is a leading cause of hearing loss. It usually develops gradually, and may go unnoticed until it has progressed to a point where treatment options are limited. There are steps you can take now to prevent hearing loss down the road. Signs of Hearing Loss Some types of hearing loss are unavoidable.
Studies show that approximately 1 in 5 Americans suffers from a hearing loss. Hearing naturally diminishes with age, and hearing loss related to aging (presbycusis) is the most common type, but excessive noise exposure also damages hearing and is a leading cause of hearing loss in younger adults and children.
Baha stands for Bone Anchored Hearing Aid, and refers to a surgically implanted hearing device that depends on direct bone conduction to transmit sound. FDA-approved and in use since 1977, Baha relies on the skull bones to transmit sound waves to the inner ear, stimulating the nerve fibers and enabling hearing.
Tinnitus occurs when a person experiences a ringing in the ears. There is no external source and, except in rare cases, it is undetectable to others. Tinnitus is considered a symptom rather than a disease, and can be caused by a variety of conditions. What Causes Tinnitus? Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus.
Dizziness & Vertigo
Dizziness, a blanket term used to describe any feeling of unsteadiness, is one of the leading health complaints in the United States, affecting an estimated nine million people annually. For those over the age of 70 it’s the top reason for a visit to the doctor’s office.
Assistive Listening Devices
An assistive listening device is a portable system that allows people who are hard of hearing to separate speech from background noise, enabling them to hear more clearly. It can be used with or without hearing aids or cochlear implants, and works well in situations where those instruments are ineffective.
Pediatric Hearing Loss
Persons of all ages can experience hearing loss – even children. Approximately 3 out of 1,000 babies are born with some degree of hearing loss. Not only can children be born with a hearing loss (congenital hearing loss), children can experience delayed onset hearing loss (occurring sometime after birth) or progressive hearing loss.
Cochlear implants are devices that are surgically placed in the ear canal, providing electrical stimulation to the auditory nerve and allowing those with severe hearing impairments or profound deafness to hear. They are a great alternative for patients who can’t benefit from use of a traditional hearing aid.