Hearing Loss Specialist

Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists

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

If you find that you’re always asking people to repeat themselves or that sounds are muffled, you may be one of the 466 million people who suffer from hearing loss worldwide. Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Petoskey and Gaylord, Michigan, offers comprehensive hearing tests to identify the cause and severity of your hearing loss and provide hearing aids and other treatments to restore your hearing. Call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What are signs of hearing loss?

Do your friends and family frequently ask you to turn down the volume on your television? Turning up the volume on televisions, phones, and music devices is a common sign of hearing loss. Other symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Difficulty understanding words, especially in loud environments
  • Sounds being muffled
  • Frequently asking people to repeat themselves

You may also find yourself withdrawing from conversations or avoiding social situations where you might have trouble hearing and interacting with friends and family.

Hearing loss is common, but the team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists can assess your hearing and provide hearing aids and other devices and treatments to help you hear and feel confident when interacting with others.

What causes hearing loss?

Hearing loss has many potential causes, from congenital abnormalities present at birth to damage from prolonged exposure to loud noise. Some of the common causes of hearing loss include:

  • Inner ear damage from aging or exposure to loud noise
  • Abnormal bone growth or tumors in your ear
  • Ruptured eardrum
  • Neurological problems that interfere with the signals between your ear and brain
  • Ear infection
  • A gradual buildup of earwax

Your risk of hearing loss depends on a variety of factors, including your age, heredity, lifestyle, and career. Additionally, illnesses such as meningitis can damage your hearing.

How is hearing loss measured?

The team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists offer a range of comprehensive hearing tests to identify the cause and severity of your hearing loss, including:

  • Diagnostic audiological assessment

  • Tympanometry

  • Otoacoustic emission (OAE) testing
  • Pediatric visual reinforcement audiometry (VRA)
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing

These tests measure your ability to hear and interpret sounds, as well as the functionality of your inner ear, the neurological pathways between your ear and brain, and other factors that contribute to hearing loss. Some of the tests, such as ABR testing, are suitable for infants, children, and others who can’t use traditional hearing tests.

How is hearing loss treated?

Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists provide a variety of customized treatment options for hearing loss. While you may benefit from a hearing aid, they also offer cochlear implants and an auditory osseointegrated implant system (Baha), an implantable hearing device that uses bone conduction to enhance your hearing.

If you’re concerned about hearing loss, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule a consultation online today for expert hearing assessments and customized treatments to restore your hearing.