Hearing loss is very common. Many children are born with this disorder and up to half of people over age 65 have disabling problems with hearing. Getting help for hearing loss can greatly improve your quality of life.
- Care at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
- Groups, Classes & Support
- Research & Clinical Trials
- Symptoms, Diagnosis & Outlook
Care at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Hearing specialists with Otolaryngology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center use the latest techniques to treat all types of hearing loss and balance disorders. We provide personalized care for each infant, child or adult we see.
Audiology at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center provides hearing tests for people of all ages. For infants and others who can’t be tested with standard methods, we use more complex tests which include electrophysiologic tests.
Our team also evaluates vestibular disorders such as dizziness and balance problems. We use the most current methods to test for these conditions in children and adults.
With an accurate diagnosis, your specialist will explain the treatments that can help improve your hearing. These can include:
- Hearing aids. Modern external hearing aids are designed to fit and perform well. They can greatly improve hearing, yet fewer than 30 percent of people who could benefit from hearing aids use them. Our audiologists use a variety of measurements to determine the right one for you. This ensures that your hearing aid fits both your specific hearing loss and your ear canal.
- Surgery. Some types of hearing loss are best treated with surgery. That includes disorders such as cholesteatoma, otosclerosis or perforated eardrums. Our surgeons repair these defects with a variety of effective procedures.
Surgery is also used to implant devices such as the bone-anchored hearing aid. Also called BAHA, this device conducts sound directly to the inner ear. People with certain types of hearing loss and those who are unable to wear standard hearing aids may benefit one of these devices.
For some people, cochlear implants provide the best hearing. They transmit sound through a thin wire to part of the inner ear called the cochlea. Our cochlear implant team includes highly trained surgeons, audiologists and others. They work together to give you the best possible result.
Groups, Classes & Support
The Audiology Department sponsors Pediatric and Adult Cochlear Implant Support Group Meetings. These meetings are open to all Cochlear Implant recipients, their families and friends. Our group provides unbiased information regarding the realistic expectations with implants, and offers support for post- activation aural rehabilitation.
Please call the Audiology Department at 717-531-7171 for further information.
Research & Clinical Trials
Research at Hershey Medical Center helps improve treatments for hearing loss, dizziness and balance disorders. Our ongoing studies include:
- Evolution of Skin Flap Thickness with use of the BAHA Attract© System
- A Single Institution Experience with the BAHA Attract© System
- The Use of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in the Workup and Treatment of Otologic Disease
- Development of a Novel Tympanostomy Tube from Synthetic Structural Polypeptides by Bioprinting
- Development of a 3-D Printed Temporal Bone Library
- Multifrequency Tympanometry in Meniere’s Disease
Symptoms, Diagnosis & Outlook
SymptomsHearing loss is a common problem that can occur at any age. Screening of infants can find hearing problems early. Young children who don’t start speaking at the typical stage may have a hearing loss. Adults, especially as they age, may have trouble understanding words in a crowd or have to ask people to repeat themselves. This can lead people to avoid social situations.
It’s important to get help quickly, since hearing loss can get worse without treatment. The audiology team at Hershey Medical Center uses the latest tools to evaluate hearing loss as well as dizziness and balance disorders.