Claire Hug

Claire Hug, Au.D., CCC-A — Doctor of Audiology

At Western Carolina Center for Hearing, a patient’s medical health along with their social health is our top priority. The organization wants patients to remain the people they are well into their golden years and be able to easily interact and bond with their loved ones while staying active in the activities that give them joy.

Being apart of Western Carolina Ear, Nose, and Throat Specialists gives the organization a unique ability to address hearing health needs and make sure that patients are getting top-notch care. With every patient who comes through the door, they work hard to make everyone feel that they are part of our family. To do this, we focus on patient concerns along with addressing the doctor’s concerns for the patient and educating them on the different options available while lending a kind, listening ear.

Many people believe when you start to have troubles communicating, hearing loss is the only red flag to look for. However, this is not true. There are many red flags that can indicate something more serious may be happening. These red-flags to be on the look-out for include (but are not limited to): sudden hearing loss, hearing loss in one ear or an asymmetric hearing loss, pressure in your ears, pain in your ears, ringing in one ear, discharge coming from the ear, ear infections, dizziness, and pulsatile tinnitus (ringing in the ear). If you, or someone you love, is experiencing any of these symptoms you need to be seen by a medical professional as these could be a warning for a more serious issue. We work hard to educate our patients on what could be happening and get them the best care possible.

After any medical concerns have been addressed, if you are still having problems with communication, we will discuss your specific options for treatment. This treatment should be based on the individual and their needs along with their specific lifestyle.

Someone who is still working will need a different type of hearing aid than someone who is retired. In addition to this, the type of hearing loss someone has will warrant different recommendations as well. These recommendations might include one or two hearing aids, a CROS/BICROS device, cochlear implants, an osseointegrated device, lyric devices, or even the new Earlens technology which has an unsurpassable sound quality.

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