Frequently Asked Questions
What doctor should I see?
All of our physicians are highly skilled and Board Certified ENT surgeons. After viewing the on-line profiles, if you still have questions about which physician may be right for you, a member of our staff would be happy to assist you in finding the right match.
What are your hours?
ENTACC is open M, W, Th, F from 8am- 4:30pm and 8am-7pm on Tuesdays. An ENTACC physician is on-call 24/7 for any emergent needs.
Does each doctor see patients in all the ENTACC locations?
Yes, our physicians and audiologists travel to all of our locations. (Exton, West Chester, and Kennett Square)
What insurance plans does ENTACC accept?
ENTACC accepts most major insurance carriers.
Does my plan require a referral?
If you have an HMO plan you will likely need a referral. This information may be located on the back of your insurance card. To be certain, contact your carrier’s customer service department.
What are the most common causes of hearing loss?
There are several causes. The main ones include: excessive noise, genetics, birth defects, infections of the head or ear, gaining and reaction to drugs or cancer treatment. Each type of hearing loss has different causes.
Doesn’t hearing loss only affect old people?
Hearing loss can occur at any time, at any age. In fact, most people with hearing loss (65%) are younger than age 65! Here are 6 million people in the U.S. ages 1-44 with hearing loss, and around 1.5 million are school aged.
Are there operations or medications I can take for hearing loss?
Only 5 percent of hearing loss in adults can be medically or surgically corrected. The vast majority of Americans with hearing loss (95 percent) are treated with hearing aids.
Won’t wearing a hearing aid make me stand out?
a. While you are no doubt concerned about appearance, compensating for a hearing loss by asking people to repeat themselves, inappropriately responding to people (or not responding at all), or even withdrawing from social situations is more obvious than wearing a hearing aid.
b. Today’s hearing aids are small and discreet and more stylish than ever. Some are even invisible and changes are that once you have a hearing aid, your quality of life will improve so much that cosmetics won’t be as much of an issue for you.
How will a hearing aid improve my quality of life?
Research on people with hearing loss and their significant others has shown that hearing aids play a significant factor in a person’s social, emotional, psychological and physical well-being. More specifically treatment of hearing loss has been shown to improve: Communication in relationships, ease of communication, earning power, sense of control over your life, social participation, and emotional stability.
How do hearing aids work?
At the most basic, hearing aids are microphones that convert sound into electrical signals. An amplifier increases the strength of the signal, than a receiver converts it back to sound and channels it into the ear canal through a small tube or earmolds. A battery is necessary to power the hearing aid and to enable amplification.
How much do hearing aids cost?
The price of a hearing aid will vary depending on the specific model and feature you need, and how effective it is in various environments. Whatever the final cost, we do offer financing plans through Care Credit.
How is sinusitis treated?
There are many ways to treat sinusitis including antibiotics, nasal decongestants/sprays and sometimes surgery. It is important to be evaluated by a physician to determine the best course of action for you.
Do I need earwax removal?
If earwax buildup is causing discomfort or reduced hearing it may need to be removed. This can be done safely in our office with irrigation or manually.
How do I know if I have sleep apnea?
One of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and chronic (ongoing) snoring. Pauses may occur in the snoring. Choking or gasping may follow the pauses. Other signs include daytime sleepiness, morning headaches and memory loss. If you think you may have sleep apnea it is important to be evaluated by a physician to determine if you are a candidate for a sleep study.