Hearing Loss

Hear Clear in the New Year!

We often associate hearing loss with aging. While it’s true that hearing loss is more common among older people, it can happen to anyone, regardless of age. It can manifest in different ways, depending on the severity and type of hearing loss.

Regardless of the type and cause of hearing loss, the symptoms are almost the same. These include:

  • difficulty in understanding speech especially in a noisy environment
  • listening to television or radio at high volume
  • difficulty hearing people on the phone
  • ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • having trouble hearing children and women
  • the perception that others are mumbling
  • feeling stressed out from straining what other people are saying
  • feeling nervous from meeting other people

Greater Knoxville ENT Can Help

If you think you are suffering from hearing loss, we can help.

We perform hearing tests to help determine the type and severity of hearing loss you have, which can also determine the most appropriate treatment for you.

We have on-site Ear, Nose, and Throat physicians and audiologists who are experts in evaluating and treating hearing loss. All of our patients have customized treatment plans. We also offer sampling of solutions available in our facility, which include custom earplugs, assistive listening devices (ALDs), hearing aids, and earmolds.

Let us help you hear better this year! Call us  to schedule an appointment.

 

 

 

Reference:

http://www.betterhearing.org/hearingpedia/signs-hearing-loss

 


3 Tips to Protect Your Hearing

Can you imagine what life would be like without hearing?

If you have normal, healthy hearing, you may wonder what you can do to keep it that way. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Here are 3 tips to prevent hearing loss and protect your ears:

  1. Turn the volume down
    If you like to enjoy music through headphones, use the 60/60 rule. This rule suggests to listen on your headphones at no more than 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes per day. Don’t let your jam sessions now, keep you from jam session in the future!
  2. Use earplugs
    Approximately 15% of Americans have noise-related hearing loss because of loud work or leisure environments. Whether you’re around loud machines at work all day, or you’re playing music on the weekends, custom-fitted ear plugs can help filter extra noise while maintaining the original sound quality as closely as possible.
  3. Get your ears checked
    Be sure to make hearing screenings a part of your regular checkups. Because hearing loss can happen gradually, it’s also recommended that you have annual hearing consultations with a hearing healthcare professional. That way, you’ll be more likely to recognize signs of hearing loss and take action as soon as you do.At Greater Knoxville ENT, we provide comprehensive hearing care with onsite Ear, Nose and Throat Physicians and Audiologists. Our solutions are customized to fit the needs of each individual patient. Call 865-244-4396 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists today.

Audiology Awareness Month

Did you know that hearing loss affects one in ten North Americans each year? Every October is recognized as Audiology Awareness Month. The purpose is to increase awareness of audiology and to educate the public on the importance of healthy hearing and the professionals who dedicate their lives to helping others hear again.

What is Audiology?

Audiology is known as the science and study of hearing. Audiologists are experts who help to prevent, diagnose and treat hearing and balance disorders. Through treatment with an audiologist, patients can not only improve their hearing, but improve their quality of life.

Audiology at GKENT

At Greater Knoxville ENT, we provide the best hearing care services available, including comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations, as well as hearing aids and Bluetooth accessories to help you get the most out of life. Our audiologists have met state and national requirements and have attained the highest level of preparation for providing healthcare to those with hearing problems.

Our talented group of physicians can help you uncover a new world of improved hearing and overall ear health! We treat a number of conditions related to audiology and hearing. Call 865-244-4396 to schedule an appointment or contact us here.


Better Speech & Hearing Month

Each May, Better Hearing & Speech Month provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders.

Hearing loss is a common communication disorder, and approximately 48 million Americans experience some degree of hearing loss. Communication disorders, including hearing loss, can compromise physical and emotional health and affect social, educational, and recreational aspects of a person’s life. Symptoms of hearing loss for adults can include asking others to repeat themselves, difficulty hearing in the presence of background noise, and feeling that others mumble or do not speak clearly. Symptoms of hearing loss in children may include delayed or poor speech.

At Greater Knoxville ENT, we provide the best hearing care services available. Our six licensed audiologists, who all hold a doctorate degree in Audiology, are committed to reconnecting patients to the world through better hearing. They perform careful evaluations of hearing sensitivity to determine the type and degree of hearing loss so that the appropriate treatment can be administered. They also fit a full range of digital hearing aids.

If you believe you may be experiencing symptoms associated with hearing loss, contact Greater Knoxville ENT at (865) 512-1291 to schedule an appointment with one of our audiologists.


Local musician regains hearing with help from Greater Knoxville ENT.

Knathan Halliburton, a member of the Knoxville band The Wild Things, had developed a hearing problem that was dramatically affecting his life. After being diagnosed with otosclerosis at Greater Knoxville ENT, Halliburton received custom hearing aids and treatment that helped him regain his hearing and brought sound back to his life. Halliburton wrote and recorded a song about his experience as a way of thanking Greater Knoxville ENT.

Watch Knathan’s story below, and listen to his original song here.

 


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