It all starts with having the TV or radio turned up too loud, struggling to follow conversations, and feeling like you constantly have to ask your friends and family to repeat themselves. If you notice consistently muffled hearing or difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise, you may be experiencing the first signs of hearing loss.
Whether you’re just beginning to notice the effects or you have been living with hearing loss for many years, the Hearing Loss and Amplification Program at Tufts Medical Center in Boston is here to provide the evaluation and well-rounded care that you deserve. We have brought together a team of otolaryngologists and audiologists to evaluate your hearing loss and provide lifelong care.
Evaluating hearing loss and developing an individualized care plan
To evaluate your hearing loss, our team of licensed audiologists will conduct a variety of diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of your hearing problem. These tests may include:
- Pure tone air and bone conduction testing
- Speech audiometry testing
- Immittance battery testing
- Distortion-Product Otoacoustic Emmissions (DPOAEs) Testing
After the complete evaluation, your audiologist will determine the severity and the type of your hearing loss and will discuss the results with you and your physician.
Once you have a better sense of your hearing loss, your otolaryngologist, Jonathon S. Sillman, MD, FACS,will discuss with you possible surgical options; however, if your hearing loss is not amenable to medical management (i.e. surgical corrections for structural issues, medical therapy for hearing loss caused by infection, corticosteroid use to improve healing of the inner ear structures, cochlear implants and more), your team of audiologists will walk you through a variety of amplification options to bet suite your everyday needs.
Hearing aids – finding the best fit
Hearing aid technology has evolved dramatically over the years. The devices on the market today offer better sound quality, more connectivity options, and better aesthetic appeal than the devices of the past.
Hearing aids come in a variety of styles and technology levels. Not every style may be right for you. Therefore, when selecting a hearing aid many different factors will be considered, such as, the severity of your hearing loss, the anatomy of your ear, your ability to use your hands and fingers with small objects, your personal preferences, and your desire for wireless connectivity.
Trying to decide which device is best for you is not a task you should take on by yourself. Our licensed audiologist, Alison Schlothauer, AuD, CCC-A, will lay out the options and special features of the devices that will best fit your hearing and lifestyle needs. Alison is able to use her education and clinical experience to guide you through the process of selecting the most appropriate hearing aid for you!
To schedule a hearing aid consultation today with Alison, please call 617-636-5300.