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Signs of Hearing Loss

Have you found yourself nodding along with conversations you are struggling to follow because you’re too embarrassed to ask someone to repeat themselves? Or maybe your spouse keeps asking why you have the volume on the television unusually loud. Do you have a “good ear” and a “bad ear”? Social situations that used to be fun are now frustrating and stressful. If you’re honest with yourself, maybe you know your hearing isn’t what it used to be.

If any of these scenarios sound familiar, it’s time to have your hearing checked. People too often ignore or dismiss hearing loss, assuming it’s part of aging and that nothing can be done about it. Or maybe it’s a stigma about using a hearing aid that’s preventing you from seeking solutions.

However, untreated hearing loss is not merely inconvenient. It can lead to social isolation, depression, frustration in relationships, and decreased job performance.

Signs You Need Your Hearing Checked

Your ear consists of three main parts with three functions: the outer ear, middle ear, and inner ear. In a healthy ear, these three parts work together to translate vibrations into electrical signals that the brain can interpret and understand. Sound can be distorted or lost anywhere along this path, affecting your hearing.

Hearing damage can be caused suddenly by an injury or stroke. However, more commonly, hearing loss is gradual, and causes include: aging, exposure to loud noises over time, ear wax, medications (including large amounts of aspirin), hereditary factors, tinnitus, Meniere’s disease (which affects the inner ear), or a middle ear disease called otosclerosis.

Hearing loss can begin in one or both ears, and symptoms include:

  • Muffled speech or other sounds
  • An inability to distinguish between similar-sounding words or constants
  • Loss of very high or very low pitch
  • Turning up music or the television to an abnormally loud volume
  • Trouble understanding words in a crowd or in the presence of background noise
  • Asking others to repeat themselves or to speak more clearly and loudly
  • Withdrawing socially or avoiding conversations due to frustrations around communication.

Help for Hearing Loss

The reality is there are treatments available that may improve your hearing—as well as your communication, self-esteem, and enjoyment of social situations.

You may benefit from surgery, medication, or hearing aids to help you hear better. Not your grandmother’s hearing aids, today’s devices come in a variety of styles depending on your needs. They are also smaller and more discreet than ever, whether hidden in the ear canal, cordless, or mounted on a pair of glasses.

Why waste another day settling for poor hearing that may be improved? Take our free three-minute online screening to determine how well you’re hearing. We’ll send you your results and let you know your options accordingly. If you’d like to make an in-person appointment with Dr. Rande Lazar and his team to have your hearing evaluated, call us at 901-821-4300, or book an appointment here on our website.

A doctor’s journey to practicing medicine in ways that bring an overall well-being to their patients may begin in med school, but it certainly does not end there. It is a career-long pursuit of continual exploration, education, and discovery all in the interest of high-quality patient care. The doctors of ENT Memphis embody this commitment to their patients’ health through their participation in the Southern Pediatric Otolaryngology Education Group (SPOEG).

For the past 30 years, the premier ENTs of the region have come together through membership in SPOEG as a unique platform for discourse, exchange of ideas, and collaboration. SPOEG represents the longest continuous meeting of its kind. Each year over 100 pediatric and adult ENTS gather for the SPOEG annual meeting. It is at the annual meeting where opportunities for focused roundtable discussions are provided and cutting-edge discoveries of the latest technological advancements in surgery and treatments are made. Through this exceptional association of ENTs, it is ultimately the patients who benefit, receiving quality, highly specialized care.

Dr Rande Lazar open on SaturdayUnfortunately, you can’t dictate your body to only be ill Monday-Friday. The common standard of patient care after hours is an automated phone tree instructing you to either call 911 or go the emergency room. But what if your problem isn’t life threatening? Do you really want to get lost in the ER triage pool? According to an article in USA Today by Laura Ungar, the average wait in the ER for a non-critical patient is 2 hours during the weekday and 3 hours on the weekend. Not to mention exposure to numerous germs and viruses that may make you even more sick. Then why have ER visits jumped 12% since 2011?

  • Insurance coverage-sure that is one reason.
  • The “right here, right now” trend of immediate gratification-also true but I can’t fix that either.

What I can control, as a practicing Ear, Nose and Throat physician, is open the doors of my solo practice on Saturday. I know the whole “work-life balance” but :

  1. I became a doctor to help patients and take my oath very serious.
  2. People can’t decide when to get sick.
  3. More and more individuals are working 1-2 jobs and need options besides weekdays from 8-5.

Urgent care centers and after-hour clinics are popping up everywhere to combat the higher cost of unnecessary ER visits, which cost approximately 25% more than an office visit, but I want to personally take care of my patients. Am I part of a growing trend to be more patient centric? I don’t know. But if you wake up on a Saturday with inflamed sinuses or your child’s ear infection has returned for the 3rd time, you know where to find me.

Dr Lazar






Rande H. Lazar
ENT Memphis

Providing pediatric and adult care for ear, nose and throat disorders since 1970 including:

  • tonsil/ear/sinus/throat infection
  • sleep apnea/snoring
  • hearing loss