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Patrick M. Kane
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Naples
Otolaryngology
Kane Hearing Care
848 First Avenue North Suite #330
Naples
FL
34102

Can my hearing loss be treated by my Physician?

Before treatment, you need a hearing test. Our audiologist provides diagnostic hearing testing to determine type, severity, and cause of your hearing loss. Eighty-five percent of hearing loss is due to damage to the inner ear nerves which is permanent and non-medically treatable. Hearing aids are the only available treatment. Fifteen percent of hearing loss is due to medically treatable issues such as middle-ear fluid, middle-ear disease such as otosclerosis, or growths or problems with the eardrum. If testing suggests any of these issues are present, our board certified otolaryngologist, Dr. Patrick Kane, can treat your hearing problem.


I have high-pitched ringing in my ears. Is that harmful to my hearing?

Approximately 80% of people with hearing loss experience a ringing, buzzing, or cricket-like sound in their ears. This sound is commonly referred to as tinnitus. Although it is not harmful to your hearing, it can be annoying, especially in a quiet room or when you are trying to concentrate. Some people experience relief from their tinnitus by always having a small amount of background noise present (such as a fan or radio). To help minimize tinnitus avoid: loud noises, caffeine, nicotine, stress, salty foods, and fatigue. If tinnitus causes you severe emotional distress, an audiometric evaluation is recommended.


I have no problem hearing some voices, but difficulty hearing others? Why?

Your complaint is often a sign of hearing loss. It’s common to have normal hearing for lower pitched sounds and abnormal for higher pitched sounds. Think of your hearing like a piano keyboard. If a voice is pitched in regions where you hear normally, it's easier for you to understand. If a voice is pitched in regions where your hearing is abnormal, it's more difficult for you to understand. Individuals with high frequency hearing loss often report they hear male voices well but cannot distinguish a female or child's voice, which is higher in pitch. Call our office for a hearing evaluation.

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