Dealing with Headaches: How an ENT Specialist Can Help

Headaches can come about for a number of reasons. A few years ago, I noticed that popping aspirin was not making my headaches go away. After taking a quick look, my doctor referred me to an ear, nose, and throat specialist. What I learned is that my headaches were begin caused by pressure in my sinuses. Even though I did not have any problem breathing, there was an infection that created pressure and caused the throbbing pain. Once the origin of the problem was found, it did not take long to treat the infection, and the headaches went away. If you have been referred to an ENT, do not assume the worst. You will find, as I did, that this type of help can mean resolving an issue that has been causing a lot of discomfort for some time.

Things You Should Consider Before Getting A Hearing Aid For A Child

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If you are going to get a hearing aid, particularly for a child, then there are a lot of factors that you need to consider. Even if you had a certain style of hearing aid in mind, then any one of these considerations could drastically change your preferences. Here are some things that you should ask yourself before making any commitments:

What are the different styles?

There are three main types that you need to concern yourself with:

  • Behind-the-Ear - These units mostly rest behind the ear and are thus among the most visible of units. They also tend to be among the most comfortable and are good choices if you aren't too concerned with the appearance of your hearing aid.
  • On-the-Ear - A nice middle ground between the two extremes, OTE units are basically smaller BTE units that are somewhat hard to spot unless someone knows what to look for.
  • In-the-Canal - Finally, you have ITC units, which rest deep inside the ear. If you want, you can even go a step further and get Completely-in-the-Canal units, which are even smaller and harder to spot. The big drawback to ITC's is that they are really hard to spot, but if you are extremely interested in concealing your hearing aid, then there are few better options.

How comfortable is the hearing aid?

If that is the case, then you need to take a hard look at the comfort of the hearing aids in question. Therefore, external units (such as OTE's or BTE's) are often good choices for children. They are usually the most comfortable hearing aids since they don't really rest inside the canal. ITC's are pretty intrusive and can be uncomfortable for sensitive ear canals. Of course, it's a good idea to manually test your child to determine which options are most comfortable for them. If they are extremely concerned with hiding the hearing aid, then the benefits of a hidden ITC unit might outweigh the comfort of an OTE or BTE.

Will the hearing aid fit the child during their entire childhood?

On top of that, you definitely want to get a hearing aid that can be adapted to suit the needs of rapidly-changing ear canals. ITC's are often crafted to fit ear canals very precisely, which means that your child will rapidly outgrow any ITC. On the other hand, OTE's and BTE's mostly rest outside the ear and only have a small portion that sits inside the canal. It is fairly simple for an audiologist to modify or replace the canal components of an OTE or BTE whenever the child begins to outgrow their current configuration.

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9 December 2015