Would you like to learn more about hearing aids from Dr. Mehmet Agabigum of Flint, MI, and how they can help you?
"About 28.8 million U.S. adults could benefit from using hearing aids. Among adults aged 70 and older with hearing loss who could benefit from hearing aids, fewer than 1 in 3 (30%) has ever used them," according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
Hearing aids can change a person's life. People who suffer from hearing loss have difficulty socializing and communicating with others properly.
There are many types of hearing aids you can speak with your Flint, MI, doctor about. Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes, and determining which is best for you depends on each person's personal preference and the severity of hearing loss:
- Open-fit hearing aids are placed behind the ear and are best for moderate hearing loss. They are larger than other aids, like canal devices, and transmit sound to a small speaker in the ear canal, leaving the canal open.
- Behind-the-ear aids rest behind the ear. Patients hook the aid over the top of the ear while a custom earpiece called an ear mold fits in your ear canal. This aid is best for all ages and all levels of hearing loss.
- Full-shell hearing aids are more visible and use bigger batteries that last longer. The hearing aid is worn in the outer ear and is meant for mild hearing loss.
- Half shell aids fit on the lower part of the ear. They are similar to the full-shell hearing aid and are easy to insert and take out.
How does your doctor diagnose hearing loss?
- Physical exam: Your doctor checks earwax or inflammation, and any structural issues causing hearing problems.
- General screening tests: Dr. Agabigum uses the whisper test, which when you cover one ear at a time to see how well you hear words at various volumes and how you respond to sounds.
- Tuning fork tests: Tuning forks produce sounds when struck, and can help your doctor detect hearing loss and where the damage occurred.
- Audiometer tests: Patients wear earphones that produce repeated sounds at different levels until their doctor determines the quietest sound they can hear.
Would you like to speak with a professional about hearing aids?
If you'd like to learn more about hearing aids, call Dr. Agabigum of Flint, MI, at (810) 732-4250!