For many hearing aid users, their first instinct when an aid stops working is simply to stop using it. You may not be aware that hearing aids can usually be repaired for a fraction of the original price, often within hours. For hearing aids that are still under warranty, there is no cost for repair. Repairs can also be done on aids that are out of warranty for a fee. Virginia ENT can handle the repair of many different styles and manufacturers of hearing aids, even those that are several years old.
Many of us are familiar with the symptoms of depression: loss of appetite, unexplained weight loss or gain, withdrawal, an absence of pleasure in the things one used to enjoy. But did you know that there can be a link between hearing loss and depression symptoms?
There are two major types of hearing loss: sensorineural and conductive. If you are suffering from hearing loss (or think you may be), you might be wondering which type of hearing loss you have. What are your treatment options? What causes each type of hearing loss? In this article, we explain the difference between the two types, who is most affected, how hearing loss is generally diagnosed, and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) management.
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a gradual loss of hearing caused by excessive noise exposure. It can result from a single exposure to a very loud noise, or from listening to loud noises over an extended period. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of NIHL due to the unsafe use of audio devices such as MP3 players, exposure to damaging levels of noise in entertainment venues such as nightclubs and bars, and loud workplaces such as construction sites and factories.