Hearing Loss Specialist

Ryan R. Stevens, M.D., PC

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors located in Corvallis, OR

If it's getting harder for you to hear, or voices seem more garbled than usual, Ryan R. Stevens, M.D and Sheri Smith in Corvallis, Oregon, can diagnose the problem offer effective solutions. As an experienced ear, nose, and throat specialist, Dr. Stevens provides men, women, and children with the highest-quality care available for conditions like hearing loss. To learn more about hearing loss testing and treatment, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Hearing Loss Q & A

What is hearing loss?

Hearing loss describes a gradual or sudden decrease in your ability to hear. This condition can vary in severity and be either temporary or permanent.

There are several causes of hearing loss, including:

  • Being born deaf, or congenital hearing loss
  • Structural damage inside your inner ear from loud noises
  • Changes within your inner ear due to the aging process
  • Damage to your ear, like a ruptured eardrum

You can also experience hearing loss because of wax buildup or objects in your ear, infections, or other middle or inner ear conditions.

What are the symptoms of hearing loss?

Common signs and symptoms of hearing loss include:

  • Listening to the radio or TV at higher volumes than usual
  • Feeling as if sounds are muffled or your ears are plugged
  • Difficulty understanding people, especially when background noise is present
  • Buzzing, ringing, or roaring sounds in your ear

You may also have the sensation that your surroundings are spinning, or experience pain, irritation, or fluid drainage from your ear.

How is hearing loss diagnosed?

During your appointment, Sheri Smith reviews your symptoms and medical history while performing a comprehensive medical exam.

Based on their assessment, Sheri Smith might also conduct hearing tests and audiometry exams to evaluate the extent and severity of your condition. Audiometry exams not only measure your ability to hear the intensity and tone of sounds but also look for other symptoms of inner ear disorders, like balance issues.

How is hearing loss treated?

Dr. Stevens and Sheri Smith work with you to outline the best course of treatment based on the severity of your hearing loss and its cause. If you’re suffering from hearing loss because of an infection or wax buildup, Dr. Stevens and Sheri Smith works with you to resolve these issues with medications or wax removal.

For hearing loss associated with age or noise, Dr. Stevens might recommend therapies like hearing aids. In 2019, Dr. Stevens will be offering both adult and pediatric hearing aids on-site at Ryan R. Stevens, M.D.

In addition to hearing aids, Dr. Stevens and Sheri Smith might also offer suggestions to help you manage your condition such as supportive devices that alert you to sounds in your house like the doorbell.

For more information on hearing loss in adults and children, call Ryan R. Stevens, M.D. or schedule an appointment online today.