About Hearing Loss in Des Plaines, Illinois

 
Hearing loss is a disability that currently affects more than 48 million, or 20% of, Americans.1 There are essentially two types of hearing loss: conductive and sensorineural. Many times, both types are present in a combination known as mixed hearing loss. Patients can present with varying degrees of this combination.
Conductive hearing loss can be due to infections or trauma in the outer or middle ear. This is the more frequent type in children. Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) occurs due to damage to the inner ear or to the hearing nerve. SNHL is the more frequent type in adults.2
 
The management of hearing loss can be medical, surgical, or rehabilitative. After adequate evaluation and management by an otologist, hearing aids may be the optimal treatment if other alternatives are not suitable.

What is an audiologist?

Audiologists specialize in hearing testing and hearing aids. They are certified with at least a master’s degree in audiology and are trained to interpret, counsel, and provide recommendations based on a patient’s hearing test results.
 
 
Through a complete hearing evaluation, an audiologist can determine both the type and the degree of hearing loss. Your audiologist will then work with your physician, preferably an ENT specialist, to determine a diagnosis and the best management for you.
 
 

Listed below are the products and services available from our audiology office:

  • Complete hearing evaluation
  • Tympanograms (eardrum/middle ear tests)
  • Hearing aid consultation, fitting, and repair
  • Tinnitus masking, including Serenade Sound Therapy System®
  • Custom swim molds
  • Custom noise protection, including industrial and musical
  • Hearing aid batteries and accessories
  • Hearing conservation programs
  • Assistive listening devices
 

How can we help you?

Hearing aids can help you understand speech and put you back in contact with your family, friends, and coworkers. Hearing aids can also be a safety measure, particularly when environmental sound awareness is important. Improving your hearing can help make you feel confident and relaxed, rather than isolated and frustrated, in social gatherings. While no hearing aid can fully restore normal hearing, it can make a significant improvement.

References

  1. Lin FR, Niparko JK, Ferrucci L. Hearing Loss Prevalence in the United States. Archives of Internal Medicine.2011;171(20):1851-1853.
  2. Hearing Loss. MD Consult; 2012. http://www.mdconsult.com.proxygw.wrlc.org/das/pdxmd/body/432986995-3/1497199014?type=med&eid=9-u1.0-_1_mt_1014188#Contributors. Accessed December 18, 2013.