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By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
July 26, 2019
Category: Hearing Aids
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Do you need a hearing aid? Hearing loss can have a big impact on your life, from your relationships to your career and well-being. HearingHearing-Aid aids are small electronic devices that are designed to improve your hearing. Giulio Cavalli Medical, which is located in Pittsfield, MA, offers treatments for hearing loss. Read on to get answers to frequently asked questions about hearing aids.

What is a hearing aid?

Hearing aids are small devices that you wear behind or in your ear. They make sounds louder so that people with a hearing impairment can listen, communicate, and participate fully in their daily activities. Hearing aids can help patients hear more in both noisy and quiet situations. Hearing aids do not prevent the progression of hearing loss over time. Your ENT doctor in Pittsfield can help you make an appropriate choice based on your degree of hearing loss, the shape of your outer ear, the shape and size of the ear canal, and any special features you need.

How do I know if I need one?

Firstly, you need to figure out if hearing loss is affecting your daily life. Your family members may have noticed you're not hearing as well as you did in the past. If you're having trouble communicating and keeping up with your regular lifestyle, this can have an impact on your decision. A medical exam is required before purchasing a hearing aid. Your doctor can test your hearing to determine if you have a hearing impairment and, if necessary, work with you on options that may help you. The test will assess how well you hear and your ability to understand words.

What types of hearing aids are available?

Several different types of hearing aids are available from tiny completely in-the-canal models to behind the ear hearing aids. Each style has specific performance characteristics that will be taken into consideration when you receive a recommendation. The smallest hearing instruments are not the right choice for everybody, nor does everybody need the most powerful type of hearing aid. If you have questions about which style is right for you, your doctor can explain the pros and cons of each style.

What is the best kind of hearing aid?

ENT doctors work with different hearing aid suppliers and offer a variety of styles. Your doctor will work closely with you to choose the best hearing instrument for your needs. There is no one best type of hearing aid. Your doctor can explain the different types of hearing instruments to you, and will select the type of hearing instruments most closely matched to your hearing loss, the anatomy of your ear and your lifestyle. All of these things must be considered in order to make the right recommendation for you.

How long will my hearing aid last?

The life of a hearing aid is about 5-7 years. Depending on the style, some may last longer. Many hearing aids are still functioning well after 7 years, while others may need repairs or a tuneup. After several years, hearing aids start to get worn out and will not function as well as you need them to function. Hearing aid technology is changing quickly, so think of it as upgrading your old hearing aid every few years for the latest and best model. Wearing an old hearing aid might cause you to miss important advancements in hearing technology.

How do I care for my hearing aid?

Always handle your hearing aids with care. Store your hearing aids in a safe, dry place away from kids and pets. Turn off the hearing aids when you're not using them. Periodically clean the battery contacts and remove any debris or earwax with a cloth. Don’t wear your hearing aids while swimming or in the shower. Batteries should be replaced on a regular basis. Schedule routine checkups with your ENT doctor for professional cleanings.

How long will it take to get used to one?

The length of time it takes to adapt to hearing instruments depends on how quickly you address your hearing loss. Research has shown that most patients can adjust to hearing instruments within one month with regular use. The longer you wait to get a hearing aid, the longer it will take your brain to make sense of the new sounds that are heard. It's important to wear your hearing aids on a regular basis so that you can adapt more quickly and more completely.

If you need a hearing aid, why wait? We can help you today! Call Giulio Cavalli Medical at (413) 443-6116‎ today to schedule an appointment for a hearing test in Pittsfield, MA. Hearing aids have improved the lives of millions of people. And they will do the same for you! We want you to live your best life possible!

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
April 11, 2019
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: hearing aid  

Find out whether a hearing aid would make it easier to understand those around you.

While it should seem obvious whether you are dealing with hearing loss or not, for many it’s not that simple. Since it often comes about Hearing Aidgradually, it can be difficult to pinpoint whether you are having trouble with your hearing or not. Find out the common signs of hearing loss so that you know when to schedule a screening with our Pittsfield, MA, otolaryngologist, Dr. Giulio Cavalli.

 

You Have Trouble Understanding People on the Phone

Do you find that you have to turn the volume up to the highest setting in order to understand what others are saying to you on the phone? If you find yourself turning the volume up often or straining to hear the person on the other end, then you may be dealing with hearing loss.

 

The TV is Too Loud…for Others

You find yourself straining to understand what is being said on the TV while everyone else around you seems to understand perfectly. Do members of your family complain about the volume of the TV when you are watching? If so, then it might be time to see our Pittsfield, MA, ENT doctor for an evaluation.

 

You Strain to Hear Those Around You

Do you find yourself mentally exhausted by the end of the day because you’ve been working hard to follow conversations? If you find that conversing with colleagues, friends, and family has you feeling worn out and tired both physically and mentally then you could be dealing with hearing loss.

 

You’ve Given Up on Trying to Understand People in Loud Places

Do you find it nearly impossible to understand anyone when standing in a crowd or sitting in a loud restaurant? If you find yourself unable to follow a conversation or disengaging from the group while everyone else is actively engaged and talking, then hearing loss might be to blame. Luckily, a hearing aid can help improve certain sounds, making it easier to understand what people are saying even in noisier settings.

 

You Misunderstand What People Say

Besides saying “What?” a lot, you may also find that what you thought you heard wasn’t what you heard at all (yikes!). Misunderstanding what people say can be frustrating and—at times—downright embarrassing. This is a warning sign of high-frequency hearing loss, which can affect your ability to properly hear certain sounds and pitches.

 

Concerned? Give Us a Call!

If you suspect that you might have some degree of hearing loss, then it’s time to dial (413) 443-6116 to schedule a hearing screening at our Pittsfield office. Remember, the sooner you seek treatment for your hearing loss, the better! Let us help you become part of the conversation again.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
January 24, 2019
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: Hearing Aid Types  

Is your child experiencing hearing loss? Just ask your Pittsfield, MA, doctor.

The reasons behind hearing loss vary in their causes and manifestations, and happens to people of all ages. It is important to understand how hearing works before discussing causes and treatments for hearing loss though.

Symptoms of Hearing Loss (according to the CDC):

  • Isn't startled from loud noises and does't turn to the source of a sound after 6 months of age

  • Delayed, or unclear speech

  • Does not follow directions, or respond to their name, which is mistaken for not paying attention, or just ignoring

  • Hears some sounds but not others, and turns TV volume up too high

Your Pittsfield doctor determines the best course of action by conducting comprehensive hearing evaluations, such as tinnitus evaluations, hearing aid fittings (a time to orient to new hearing aid), hearing aid checks (usually scheduled every six months), and hearing aid evaluations to ask questions and discuss expectations.

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal of amplifying sounds at specific frequencies where there's hearing loss can improve overall quality of life, such as the listening environment, especially when you're placed in a noisy place. Hearing aids amplify sound to make speech more intelligible, ease communication so it's less tiring, and preserve nerve networks in the brain.

Types of Hearing Aids:

There is a variety of hearing aids that are rechargeable, have android and i-phone compatibility, automated programming to ease use, discreet, remote programming and suitable for patients with an active, casual, and/or quiet lifestyle.

Here are a few:

  • Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid held that sits behind the ear.
  • Receiver-in-canal: a hearing aid speaker that sits inside the ear canal with an electric wire that reduces audio distortion.
  • Middle ear implant: a system implanted behind the eardrum There are multiple hearing aids.
  • In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal to reduce visibility.
  • In-the-ear: a hearing aid held that covers the outer portion of the ear.
  • Extended wear: a hearing aid placed worn for months inside the ear canal without being removed.

Hearing loss is difficult to deal with, but you don't have to be alone. The doctor at Pittsfield, MA, can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life by offering different types of hearing aids.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
October 01, 2018
Category: ENT
Tags: sore throat   Hoarseness  

Has your voice suddenly become hoarse? Although nearly everyone experiences hoarseness from time to time, the symptoms improve onSmoking Woman their own in a few weeks in most cases. If your hoarseness continues longer than two or three weeks, it's a good idea to pay a visit to Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ear, nose, and throat doctor in Pittsfield, MA. Dr. Cavalli can help you determine the cause of your hoarseness and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Why am I hoarse?

Diagnosing your condition starts with a head and neck examination and a discussion of your symptoms and your medical history. Your Pittsfield ENT may also examine your vocal cords using a thin, flexible scope that contains a light and a miniature camera. The scope is passed through your nose and into the upper part of your throat.

Common causes of hoarseness include:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD) or laryngopharyngeal reflux disorder (LRP)
  • Laryngitis
  • Normal effects of aging
  • Singing or yelling for extended periods
  • Smoking
  • Colds and upper respiratory infections
  • Seasonal or food allergies
  • Benign polyps, nodules or cysts on your larynx (voice box)
  • Trauma to your throat and larynx
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid disease

Although hoarseness can be caused by cancer, changes in your voice are more often caused by other health problems.

What treatments are available for hoarseness?

Treatment for hoarseness depends on the cause of your symptoms. If you have GERD or LRP, you may benefit from taking medications that decrease stomach acid production. Treating allergies, quitting smoking, and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke can be helpful, as can drinking more water and increasing the humidity in your home. Hoarseness caused by an underlying illness or condition may be improved by treating that condition.

A few sessions with a speech pathologist may be recommended if hoarseness occurs due to overuse of your larynx. The speech pathologist can help you change the way you produce sounds to prevent straining your vocal cords. Surgery may be needed if hoarseness is caused by a cyst, polyp or tumor.

Are you concerned about hoarseness? Call Dr. Giulio Cavalli, your ENT doctor in Pittsfield, MA, at (413) 443-6116 to schedule an appointment.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
July 11, 2018
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: Hearing Aids  

Hearing aidAre you having difficulty hearing? Are you experiencing hearing loss?

The reasons behind hearing loss vary and affect people of all ages. Your Pittsfield, MA, doctors can evaluate the type of hearing loss you're suffering from: sudden or gradual, in one ear or both, and if it's temporary or permanent. They'll also provide you with proper hearing aids.

How doctors evaluate a person's hearing?

  • Hearing Aid Evaluations: A time for questions and discussion of expectations.
  • Comprehensive Hearing Evaluations: Such as tinnitus evaluations
  • Hearing Aid Checks: These are usually scheduled every six months.
  • Hearing Aid Fittings: A time to orient to new hearing aid(s).

Pittsfield Hearing Aids

Hearing aids are designed to improve hearing. The goal is to create an overall better quality of life, especially when you're placed in a noisy place.

The hearing aids accomplish this amplification by making speech more intelligible, preserving nerve networks in the brain, and making communication less tiring.

There are a variety of hearing aids. Some more discreet than others, but you can choose whichever one is suitable for your lifestyle.

Here are a few:

  • Receiver-in-canal: a hearing aid speaker that sits inside the ear canal with an electric wire that reduces audio distortion.
  • Middle ear implant: a system implanted behind the eardrum There are multiple hearing aids.
  • In-the-canal: a hearing aid that fits either partially or fully into the ear canal to reduce visibility.
  • Behind-the-ear: a hearing aid that sits behind the ear.
  • In-the-ear: a hearing aid held that covers the outer portion of the ear.
  • Extended wear: a hearing aid placed worn for months inside the ear canal without being removed.

It's difficult to deal with hearing loss, but you don't have to be alone. The doctors at Pittsfield, MA, can help you deal with your hearing loss dilemmas and improve your way of life. To learn more about the different hearing aids, call (413) 443-6116.





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