Audiology & Hearing Aids

 
Frederick ENT Group has an extensive audiology department on premises, including state-of-the-art equipment, test suites and two licensed audiologists with over 20 years' experience each. We offer comprehensive diagnostic hearing evaluations for all ages. We can evaluate existing hearing aids, and offer the full range of hearing aid styles and sizes from Widex, Oticon, Phonak, and other manufacturers. Custom earmolds for hearing protection are available, including specialized filtered plugs for musicians. We make swim molds and custom plugs for earbuds or stethoscopes as well.
Hearing Aids
  • Evaluation for hearing aid candidacy including recommendations and determination of insurance benefit
  • Hearing aid selection and fitting, customized according to your hearing loss, lifestyle and budget
  • Maintenance and follow-up care for the life of your hearing aids
  • We offer both manufacturer and all-make lab repair services
  • Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) are available that work in conjunction with your hearing aids to stream phone, television or other peripheral devices via bluetooth
 
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Symptoms of Hearing Loss
  • “Muffled” hearing
  • Feeling that others are mumbling
  • Asking for repetition
  • Listening to TV or radio at louder volumes
  • Difficulty understanding on the telephone
  • Difficulty understanding conversations with background noise or in groups with multiple speakers
  • Often feeling as though you hear but don't understand
  • Withdrawal from social situations or depression
Communication Tips
Maximizing communication with hearing loss is not achieved through the fitting of hearing aids alone. We all listen with our eyes and brains along with our ears. When hearing loss is present, the other clues become more important, even when wearing hearing aids. Employ these communication strategies to help yourself or your loved one:

If you have hearing loss:
  • Don't be afraid to tell others how you hear best and if they are talking in a way that impedes your understanding.
  • Use your eyes to watch sounds on the lips and facial expressions for clues.
  • Express appreciation for someone who IS talking to you in a way that you can understand.

If you are speaking to someone with hearing loss:
  • Gain your listener's attention before speaking and make eye contact.
  • Speak slowly and clearly.
  • Avoid putting your hands over your mouth or face—this will affect the “visual clues” your partner is using.
  • Repeat or rephrase if necessary.
If you would like to learn more about ENT or hearing aids, the following are some helpful links: