Hearing Loss Specialist

ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA

Otolaryngologists & Allergy Specialists located in McKees Rocks, Seven Fields, Sewickley, & Vanport Township, PA

Hearing loss is common and affects people of all ages. At ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA, with offices in Sewickley, Beaver/Vanport Township, Seven Fields, and Ohio Valley in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, the team specializes in hearing loss, providing hearing tests and hearing aids for all ages and hearing needs. Get help for your hearing loss by calling the office closest to you or booking an appointment online today.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss is the inability to hear sounds loudly. To hear clearly, soundwaves move through your outer ear into the middle ear and vibrate the eardrum. The eardrum and the tiny bones in your middle ear amplify the vibrations as it moves to the inner ear.

In your inner ear, the vibrations pass through fluids in the cochlea. The tiny hairs in the cochlea translate these sounds into electrical signals, which travel through your nerves to your brain. Your brain then turns those signals into sounds.

Hearing loss occurs from damage to the inner ear, too much earwax in the ear canal, an infection or tumor in the outer or middle ear, or a ruptured eardrum.

Aging, exposure to loud noises, and chronic ear infections are hearing loss risk factors.

When should I get help for hearing loss?

Hearing loss is a common problem and many people wait years until they seek help. If you’re having a hard time hearing conversations and it’s affecting your quality of life, schedule an appointment at ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA.

You should also seek help for hearing loss if it develops suddenly. 

How is hearing loss tested?

The ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA team conducts a diagnostic hearing test when you come in with concerns about hearing loss. If you have hearing loss, the test determines the extent, type, and specifics of it. 

The audiologist at ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA performs the hearing test. The diagnostic test includes:

  • An air conduction test
  • A bone conduction test
  • Speech testing
  • Distortion product otoacoustic (DPOAE) testing -  test for inner ear problems
  • Auditory brainstem response (ABR) testing
  • Tympanometry and acoustic immittance testing for wax build-up and eardrum tears

The comprehensive diagnostic hearing test helps your audiologist develop the most effective treatment plan to improve your hearing and quality of life.

How is hearing loss treated?

Treatment for hearing loss may depend on the cause. Some types of hearing loss the team may treat medically (removing earwax) or surgically (treating chronic ear infections). 

The hearing test also determines if your hearing loss would benefit from the use of hearing aids. The test also helps your audiologist determine what type of hearing aid works best for your hearing loss. 

Hearing loss is treatable. Call ENT and Allergy Specialists of Western PA or schedule your hearing test online today.