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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
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.

By GIULIO CAVALLI MEDICAL
January 26, 2016
Category: Hearing Aid
Tags: hearing loss   hearing aid  

Find out if a hearing aid is the correct option to treat your hearing issues.

Not all hearing loss is the same. Some people may realize that it’s harder to hear those around them in crowded locations while others hearing aidmay feel completely out of touch with what others are saying altogether. If you are missing out on life because of hearing issues then it’s time to find out whether you should talk to your Pittsfield ENT doctor Dr. Giulio Cavalli about a hearing aid.

Answer these questions regarding the state of your hearing:

  • Do people seem to mumble or speak softer than they once did?
  • Do you have to ask people to repeat themselves often?
  • Do you have to turn up the volume on the radio or TV in order to hear it?
  • Do you find it difficult to understand people on the phone?
  • Do you feel like it takes a lot of effort to follow a conversation?
  • Is it hard to hear people in louder environments like at a party or restaurant?
  • Do you have to strain to hear people sometimes?
  • Do you feel like you are missing out on what others around you are saying?
  • Do you avoid social situations because you can’t hear others well?
  • Do you find yourself becoming irritable or withdrawn?

If you answered yes to the majority of these questions then it’s time you decided to get a hearing test from your ear, nose & throat doctor in Pittsfield. Through this fast and non-invasive test we can determine the extent of your hearing loss to help you decide which type of hearing aid is right for you. The sooner you opt for a hearing aid the easier and faster it will be to adjust to your new device.

What a Hearing Aid Can Do

The purpose of a hearing aid is to amplify sound so that you can hear better. By wearing your hearing aid, softer sounds will become audible and normal everyday conversation will become easier.

Hearing aids also improve a person’s ability to understand conversations that were otherwise not audible before this device. How much your hearing aid improves your ability to understand speech will depend on the severity of your hearing loss and how noisy your surroundings are.

Ready to enjoy understanding those around you better? If so, then the next step is to schedule an appointment at our ENT office in Pittsfield, MA. Let Giulio Cavalli Medical help you hear better for the long term.

By Giulio Cavalli Medical
September 22, 2015
Category: Hearing Aid
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Hearing loss is a common condition that affects many people around the world, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle. While it can be frustrating to be hard of hearing, great strides have been taken in the technology behind hearing aids which has produced many Hearing Aids options for sufferers of hearing loss. With help from your Pittsfield ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. Giulio I. Cavalli, you can choose the one that is most comfortable and beneficial to you to ensure that you get back to hearing clearly.

What style of hearing aid is right for me? 
Hearing aids come in all shapes and sizes. There are important details to each style that can help in choosing the right device for you.

  • CIC (Completely-in-Canal): These tiny hearing aids are designed to fit completely inside of the ear canal, making them the least visible style. Since it fits snugly inside of the canal, wearing this style decreases the chance to pick up noise from the wind. The CIC is suitable for mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • ITC (In-the-Canal): The ITC is molded especially for your ear and rests partially inside of the ear canal. This type of aid works best for mild to moderate hearing loss.
  • ITE (In-the-Ear): ITE hearing aids are made in two different styles. One fits into the inside, bowl-shaped area of your ear (called a full shell ITE), and one fits only in the lower part of the bowl-shape (called a half shell ITE). This aid is large enough to incorporate features such as volume control and is helpful in cases of moderate to severe hearing loss.
  • BTE (Behind-the-Ear): While the largest style of hearing aid, BTE’s are also the most powerful. These aids fit over the top of the ear and attach to a mold that fits into the ear via a tube. They may be more susceptible to wind noise due to their size, but are affecting in any type of hearing loss, from mild to severe.
  • RIC (Receiver-in-Canal)/RITE (Receiver-in-the-Ear): These aids are very similar to BTE’s, but are connected to the mold by a tiny wire rather than a tube.
  • Open Fit: Open fit hearing aids are specialized to keep the ear canal clear and open. This means sounds with lower frequencies can enter the ear, and higher frequency noises are amplified by the device. Additionally, since the ear is open and not plugged, the wearer’s own voice sounds “normal” and not muffled. These aids help sufferers with mild to moderate hearing loss most.

Dr. Giulio I. Cavalli, M.D., P.C. and the staff at Giulio Cavalli Medical in Pittsfield, MA can help you find the perfect hearing aid for your specific condition. Call (413) 443-6116 to schedule an appointment today!