Hearing Center in Savannah, GA
Coastal ENT Hearing Center provides comprehensive hearing evaluations to people of all ages, from newborns to seniors, because hearing loss can affect anyone at any age. At Coastal ENT Hearing Center, our comprehensive diagnostic testing includes:
- Otoacoustic Emissions Testing (OAE)
- Visual Reinforcement Audiometry (VRA)
- Conditioned Play Audiometry(CPA)
- Pure tone Air and Bone Conduction testing
- Tinnitus Evaluations
If, after comprehensive testing, our test results indicate that you are a candidate for hearing aids, our audiologist will work individually with you to make the best recommendation for you. We go to great lengths to determine what hearing aid(s) is most appropriate for you depending on your needs, manual dexterity, activity level, budget and lifestyle. Each patient is unique and we work with you to determine what your needs are. Our services with amplification include:
- Personal consultation with the Audiologist
- Communication Needs Assessment
- Hearing Aid selection/fitting
- Hearing aid repairs and modifications
- Assistive Listening Devices
- Custom ear molds such as swim plugs, musician ear plugs, Hunter’s ear plugs, and custom noise protection
Hearing Aid Support
Our audiologist has comprised a list of resources to help patients operate and become better acquainted with their hearing aids. Consult our Hearing Aid Support Page for helpful tips and tricks for Phonak, Starkey, Oticon, and Resound hearing aids.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus causes an individual to hear a sound without the actual presence of an external source of the sound. Many with tinnitus report hearing sounds such as ringing, clicking, buzzing, hissing, or roaring at various pitches and frequencies.
The severity of tinnitus is determined by how loud the sounds are, and whether or not they are interfering with your ability to hear or perform daily functions. Typically, an individual will notice that their symptoms worsen at night, which is due to a lack of other external sounds to detract from the continuous sounds created by the tinnitus.
Potential Causes of Tinnitus
There are millions of people who will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives. There are many possible causes for a patient’s tinnitus, including:
- Ear and sinus infections
- Gradual hearing loss with age
- Hearing trauma caused by exposure to loud noises
- Meniere’s disease
- A condition of the thyroid, heart, or blood vessels
- Female hormone changes
- Tumors of the brain
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a symptom associated with another underlying condition. If a patient’s tinnitus can be directly linked to another cause, then it is known as secondary tinnitus. On the other hand, if no cause can be identified apart from hearing loss, then the individual is determined to have primary tinnitus, which is the most common form.
As a case of tinnitus is being investigated, the patient will often undergo a series of tests to determine if their tinnitus symptoms are related to another condition such as a sinus infection. An audiogram is usually performed to measure the individual’s current hearing abilities, and additional scans may be necessary if the tinnitus is believed to be linked to a neurological condition like a brain tumor.
Treatment for Tinnitus
Most people that experience tinnitus symptoms will begin to naturally feel relief within 6 months as the underlying condition corrects itself. However, if a patient’s tinnitus persists and becomes increasingly difficult to live with, it is advised to seek care from an ENT specialist or otolaryngologist in order to receive proper diagnosis and treatment.
To schedule a consultation with an ENT specialist of Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat to speak with them about your tinnitus or other ENT condition, please call our Savannah, GA office today.
Many causes of dizziness, vertigo, and balance disorders can be attributed to issues with the inner ear. Symptoms of dizziness and vertigo can include: nausea, headaches, abnormal eye movements, and imbalance. After consulting with one of our ENT Specialists, we will create a treatment plan either through our ENT, Hearing Center, or Fyzical Balance Center – depending on your needs
Our Financing Options
Insurance only goes so far in some medical cases. We are pleased to partner with Care Credit who offer finance assistance to help pick up where insurance leaves off. In addition to Care Credit, our Hearing Center is proud to offer financing through Wells Fargo as well. Regardless of your financial situation, we believe that hearing aids should be attainable.