ENT Audiology Center Thanks You!
ENT Audiology Center and ENT Specialists of Abilene would like to thank all their patients for their amazing support this past year. Being the first full year of operation for our audiology department, we saw a great response and growth as you all believed in our mission to provide a superior method for diagnosis, treatment and management for patients with hearing difficulties. We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve the Big Country and look forward to how we improve our service for years to come.
A Year in Review …
I have thoroughly enjoyed working on this series of articles over the past year and hope that they have been informative and helpful for our patients or anyone having questions about hearing and hearing help options. We have covered many topics this past year. Let’s take a look at some of the major issues we have covered.
As we have talked about on several occasions, we always recommend seeking help from a licensed audiologist for your hearing healthcare needs. Diagnosis and treatment options for a hearing loss can require special attention and continuous management that an audiologist is best trained to guide patients through the process.
There are many different types and causes of hearing loss and treatment options. Hearing loss can range from mild to severe and have an effect on the overall system and brain function if left untreated. We always recommend seeking a medical evaluation from an Ear, Nose, and Throat physician and an audiologist if a hearing loss is noted and especially if you experience a sudden change in hearing.
Protecting your hearing is very important, as well. Our work and play can often involve loud environments and have the potential to damage our hearing. When your hearing is damaged by loud sounds it is called a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). A NIHL occurs due to permanent damage to the inner ear. It is always better to protect against a hearing loss rather than treating one in the future!
What can be done to ensure you get the most out of your hearing aids and have a positive experience that improves your overall quality of life? Two of the most important factors are: consistency of use when you get new hearing aids and good follow-up care with your audiologist. A successful fitting is much more likely to occur when the patient has realistic expectations about outcomes and a true desire to do what is needed to improve his or her hearing.
From all of us at ENT Audiology Center and ENT Specialists of Abilene, we hope you have a blessed Christmas and look forward to serving you in 2018!