Hearing Aids Specialist

Andros ENT & Sleep Center

Otolaryngology located in Inver Grove Heights, MN & Roseville, MN

Though the risk of hearing loss increases as you get older, difficulty hearing affects people of all ages. To improve hearing and quality of life, Inell Rosario, MD, and the audiology experts at Andros ENT & Sleep Center offer a wide variety of hearing aids. To schedule an evaluation and discuss your hearing aid options, call the office in Inver Grove Heights or Roseville, Minnesota, or book an appointment online today.

Hearing Aids Q & A

What are hearing aids?

Hearing aids are small electronic devices that amplify sound to improve hearing in people experiencing hearing loss. 

Andros ENT & Sleep Center is a state-of-the-art otolaryngology practice that includes an experienced audiologist who performs hearing tests and helps patients find the right hearing aid to fit their needs.

The practice offers a variety of hearing aid brands, such as Starkey, ReSound, and Widex┬«,  and styles to meet any need, including:

  • Invisible-in-canal (IIC) hearing aids
  • Completely-in-ear (CIE) hearing aids
  • Behind-the-ear (BTE) hearing aids
  • In-the-ear (ITE) hearing aids
  • In-the-canal (ITC) hearing aids

Dedicated to improving patient quality of life, Andros ENT & Sleep Center allows patients to return their hearing aids during the trial period for any reason. 

How do hearing aids work?

Patients typically have hearing loss as a result of damage to the small sensory cells in the inner ear, known as sensorineural hearing loss. 

Hearing aids amplify vibrations in the inner ear to improve the activation of these sensory nerves. These nerves send the information to your brain, which translates the vibrations into sound. 

The greater the damage to the sensory cells, the greater the hearing loss. In these cases, Andros ENT & Sleep Center uses special hearing aids that provide greater amplification of sound and vibration to improve hearing. 

Though hearing aids help many people struggling with hearing loss, they may not work for all. Andros ENT & Sleep Center conducts hearing evaluations to determine what hearing aid, if any, can help you. 

What happens during an evaluation for hearing aids?

Andros ENT & Sleep Center performs comprehensive hearing evaluations to assess the severity of your hearing loss and determine what type of hearing aid is best for you. The team also performs hearing evaluations for pediatric patients. 

The hearing evaluation includes a number of tests, such as:

Otoscopy

During an otoscopy, your provider uses an otoscope to evaluate and assess your ear canal and eardrum. 

Pure tone measures

The pure tone measure test assesses your hearing levels, giving details about the type and extent of your hearing loss. 

Speech measures

During speech measures, your provider has you listen to a set of words and asks you to repeat them. 

Tympanometry

The tympanometry test evaluates your middle ear, eardrum, and conduction bones by generating different levels of ear pressure in the ear canal.

Your hearing aid expert at Andros ENT & Sleep Center uses the information gathered during your hearing evaluation to determine the hearing aid best suited for you. 

To schedule your hearing aid consultation at Andros ENT & Sleep Center, call the office or book online today.