People suffer from hearing loss for a wide variety of reasons. People may complain of being unable to hear or understand others. Older individuals may complain of tinnitus (a ringing or buzzing in the ears). Tinnitus is usually a manifestation of hearing loss, although it may have other causes as well. For some people, the cause of hearing loss is the result of a gradual buildup of earwax, which blocks the ear canal and prevents conduction of sound waves. Earwax blockage is a cause of hearing loss among people of all ages. Ear infection and abnormal bone growths or tumors of the outer or middle ear can cause hearing loss. A ruptured eardrum also may result in loss of hearing. In most cases, however, hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear. Aging and prolonged exposure to loud noise may cause wear and tear on the hairs or nerve cells in the cochlea that send sound signals to the brain. When these hairs or nerve cells are damaged or missing, electrical signals aren't transmitted as efficiently, and hearing loss occurs. Higher pitched tones may become muffled to you. It may become difficult for you to pick out words against background noise. Heredity may make you more prone to these changes.
An audiologist is a healthcare professional who is trained to diagnose, treat and manage individuals with hearing loss. ORL Associates employs a team of professional audiologists that are among the most experienced hearing health care professionals and hearing aid dispensers in our area. Through our affiliated company, Eastern Audiologic Rehabilitation, we provide sales, fitting, orientation and service for all types, styles and major manufacturers of hearing devices. Our audiologists have helped countless children and adults improve their quality of life through our use of customized, programmable hearing devices and advanced digital technology. Give us a call at 610-824-5050 or 610-395-8224 to hear how we can help you.
- Audiological testing
- Hearing aid evaluation, fitting and follow up
- Hearing protection
- Assistive listening devices
- Maintenance products for hearing aids
- Battery sales
Audiologists:Kimberly Babbish Au.D. 610-824-5050 217 Franklin Avenue Suite 5 Palmerton, PA 18071
Emily Brown, Au.D. 610-395-8224 3050 Hamilton Boulevard Suite 210 Allentown, PA 18103
Brian Nolan Au.D. 610-824-5050 217 Franklin Avenue Suite 5 Palmerton, PA 18071