Baker Hearing Aids

2116 Riverside Drive, Macon, GA, 31204

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Improve Your Hearing With A Tinnitus Evaluation

Woman Holding Ear Although bothersome, tinnitus usually isn't a sign of something serious. Most advanced hearing devices have the technology to reduce or mask the noise, making the tinnitus less noticeable. We also offer help in dealing with earwax, which can build up and interfere with your hearing.

Treating Tinnitus

Tinnitus, pronounced both as tinn-I-tus or TIN-ih-tus, is noise or ringing in the ears. A common problem, tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people. Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. Although it can worsen with age, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment. Specific testing can narrow down the tone and loudness of your tinnitus, helping in the recommended treatment and reducing symptoms. The latest technology allows us to fit a product to mask the tinnitus even when no hearing loss is present.

Dealing With Earwax

A video exam of your outer ear canal is the first procedure performed during a hearing evaluation. This is to check that the canal is clear of excessive ear wax and that there are no abnormalities. Earwax should naturally work its way out of the ear over time, but in some cases, it blocks the ear canal, causing pain and dizziness, as well as affecting hearing. Earwax removal can be performed in our office. In some cases, you may be sent home with instructions on how to soften the wax to make it easier and more comfortable to be removed later, or in the case of extremely excessive wax, especially if it has been impacted, you may be referred to an ear, nose, and throat specialist for extraction. We can give instructions based on your canals and type of wax issues, so that you can manage your earwax removal routine at home, reducing or eliminating your visits for extraction.

Earwax & Hearing Aids

If you are a hearing aid user, it is even more important for your ear canal to stay clear of wax so that your hearing aid does not become blocked and malfunctions. Impacted earwax can cause issues with feedback (whistling sound) and reduced volume, and can even damage the device. Based on your ear canals and type of wax issues, recommendations like at-home irrigation or in-office manual removal may be suggested to help you keep your ears consistently clean.