Hearing Loss

Hearing loss can be sudden or gradual. It can have a big impact or you and your loved ones. You can have confidence in the skilled specialists at MaineHealth who treat hearing loss.

What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss means you are partly or completely unable to hear in one or both of ears. If your hearing loss is gradual, you may not notice it. But your friends and loved ones may notice a difference. Talk to your provider about hearing loss concerns or problems. Here are hearing loss symptoms:

Here are hearing loss symptoms:

  • Voices sound unclear
  • Trouble hearing when someone speaks
  • Trouble following conversations
  • Hard time hearing in noisy room
  • Certain sounds seem too loud
  • Trouble understanding high-pitched sounds

Other hearing loss symptoms include:

  • Loss of balance
  • Dizziness
  • Pressure in your ear
  • Ring sounds in your ear

Diagnosing and treating hearing loss

You will need to have a hearing test to know if you have hearing loss. Audiologists (doctors trained to work with hearing loss) can work with your primary care provider to diagnose and treat your hearing loss. Your doctor will work with you to figure out the best treatment for your hearing loss. Treatment depends on the hearing loss causes and type of hearing loss. Some options include:

  • Hearing devices like a hearing aid
  • Cochlear implants
  • Learning adaptive techniques like paying attention to body language and gestures

Care for all ages

Hearing loss can affect people of all ages. Our audiologists provide:

  • Assistive listening devices
  • Electronystagmography (ENG) testing to assess balance disorders
  • Hearing aid fitting, orientation, and repairs
  • Hearing loss evaluation and treatment
  • Testing for infant hearing

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