Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates
Otolaryngologists and Head & Neck Surgeons located in Lawrence and Ottawa, KS
When it’s time to get help for your hearing loss, it may help to know you’re not alone: Roughly 30% of adults face the same problem as they age. The physicians and dedicated audiologists at Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates understand your concerns. We’re here to work with you, providing comprehensive hearing testing and on-site hearing aid services. We enjoy helping you choose a hearing aid that works with your lifestyle. To schedule an appointment, call and request an appointment at one of our offices in Lawrence or Ottawa.
Hearing Aids Q & A
What are the different types of hearing loss?
Our doctors often help patients seeking treatment for two primary types of hearing loss:
- Conductive hearing loss: Sounds are not getting to the hearing nerve. This may be caused by fluid behind the eardrum, eardrum damage, or something as simple as earwax. Or even a lima bean!
- Sensorineural hearing loss: The hearing nerve is damaged. This happens because of aging, long-term exposure to loud noise, trauma, illness, or some medications. It can also be inherited.
How do we test your hearing?
Our team offers many types of hearing screenings and diagnostic tests so we can pinpoint your exact hearing problem and develop a solution that fits your hearing needs.
More complex exams can, for example, test the vibrations made by your inner ear as it responds to incoming sounds, provide information about how your ear and brain process tones and speech sounds, and evaluate the movement of your eardrum.
If you have problems with dizziness or balance, we can test your inner ear balance system and brain balance processing in response to different balance challenges.
What should I know about age-related hearing loss?
At Lawrence Otolaryngology, we help many patients with an age-related hearing loss. One of the earliest signs is not being able to hear high-pitched sounds and voices. Other symptoms of age-related hearing loss include:
- Difficulty understanding conversations, especially when there’s background noise
- People sounding as if they’re mumbling when they talk
- Greater difficulty understanding women’s voices than men’s
What types of hearing aids are available?
When you need a hearing aid, we’ll help you choose a style that’s both comfortable and strong enough for your degree of hearing loss. We offer comprehensive hearing aid services and give you many choices right in our office.
You can try out several styles to find the one that works best for you, whether you’d prefer the style that goes inside your ear or one that fits behind it. Both styles use some of the finest digital hearing technology available, including hearing aids from preferred manufacturers such as Widex, Phonak, Starkey, Signia and Unitron.
After you choose your hearing aid, we offer a 30-day trial period, during which our team will work closely with you to ensure it’s comfortable and works well for your needs.
Convenient in-office hearing aid services include accessories such as batteries, Dri-Aid™ kits to prolong the life of your hearing aid, and customized earplugs. If you ever need a repair, chances are we can do it right here in our office.
If you think you might have hearing loss, give us a call at Lawrence Otolaryngology Associates or request a consultation today.