Hearing Aids Specialist

Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists

Audiology & Otolaryngology located in Petoskey, MI & Gaylord, MI

Around 466 million people around the world live with disabling hearing loss. If you or someone you love is showing signs of hearing loss such as not understanding what other people say or having the television at a high volume, contact Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Petoskey and Gaylord, Michigan, to find out if you need a hearing aid. They offer a variety of comfortable and discreet options to help you hear clearly. To learn more, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Hearing Aids Q & A

What is a hearing aid?

A hearing aid is a small device that rests in your ear and amplifies sound, making it easier for you to hear. Hearing aids come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and the team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists can fit you with the best hearing aid for your needs. The team usually prescribes hearing aids from ReSound and Phonak and sometimes devices from StarkeyⓇ, Signia (formerly known as Siemens), and Rexton.

In addition to hearing aids, Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists offer custom-molded earplugs for earbuds and headphones to use with your phone, iPod, and Bluetooth devices to improve the quality of sound. They can provide custom earplugs to protect your ears while you swim or if you have noise-intensive hobbies such as hunting or playing live music.

Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists also offer assisted listening devices to stream sound directly into your hearing aid. These devices help you hear clearly while keeping the volume of the television or speaker at a comfortable level for the people around you.

What are the signs that I need a hearing aid?

Some of the common symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Sounds being muffled
  • Misunderstanding what other people say
  • Asking others to repeat themselves
  • Turning up the volume on the television or when listening to music
  • Withdrawing from conversations or avoiding socializing

If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists for a hearing assessment.

How many hearing aids will I need?

Hearing loss occurs on a spectrum, and your needs are unique. Your Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists doctor provides customized advice on the best devices and treatments to address your needs after a comprehensive hearing test.

How long do hearing aids last?

The longevity of a hearing aid depends on the style of the aid. For example, the hearing aids that wrap around your ear can last for up to eight years, while the hearing aids that fit inside your ear usually need to be replaced every three or four years.

You’ll also need to replace the batteries on your hearing aid. The life span of hearing aid batteries depend on the type of aid you use.

If you’re concerned about your hearing, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today for a hearing assessment and customized hearing aid advice.