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Communicate Again!

Proud partner of Iowa ENT Center...

Man with hearing aidsIowa Specialty Hospital partners with Iowa ENT Center, one of the largest and most experienced ENT practices in the central Iowa area. In addition to their highly skilled ENT doctors and physicians, their team also includes licensed audiologists, a hearing aid specialist, and a speech-language pathologist. 

                       Iowa ENT Center

Hearing loss affects more than 35 million Americans. However, it is a medical condition that can be treated in most cases. There are many options for hearing aid and protective devices. We can help you choose the best option for you and your lifestyle!

Normal Hearing

Sound is vibration that travels through the structures of the ear to the brain.

  1. The vibration travels down the ear canal to the eardrum.

  2. This causes the eardrum to vibrate, which in turn causes the three little bones in the middle ear to vibrate.

  3. The bones transfer the vibrations to the inner ear or cochlea. This fluid-filled structure houses tiny hair cells that convert this vibration into electric signals.

  4. The electric hearing signals are sent to the brain via the auditory nerve, and the brain interprets the signals as meaningful information.

Types of Hearing Loss

If any part of the ear is not working properly, hearing loss may occur. There are three main types of hearing loss:

  1. Conductive hearing loss - problems with the outer or middle ear, such as a hole in the eardrum or infection.

  2. Sensorineural hearing loss - problems with the inner ear, caused by aging or noise exposure.

  3. Mixed hearing loss - combination of conductive and sensorineural hearing loss, caused by damage to the outer or middle ear as well as the inner ear.

Hearing Aid Services

We offer complete, comprehensive hearing aid services, from evaluation and testing to fitting and after-care. We’ll help you understand your options and choose the right device that suits your lifestyle. 

 

For contact information, please visit our Locations and Hours page.

To find a provider, please visit our Hearing Services Providers page.

 

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