Did you know that Central Oregon Ear, Nose & Throat is the only physician-based hearing aid dispenser in the Bend area? Why is that important? The Food and Drug Administration recommends that before purchasing hearing aids for the first time you should consult with a physician who specializes in diseases of the ear (ENT doctor). Hearing loss is a medical condition, and it needs to be treated as such. Not all hearing loss is treated with hearing instrumentation. Some forms of hearing loss may be treated with surgery or medications. Before you consider hearing aids, you need to know the cause of your problem. Is your hearing loss caused by an undetected medical condition, or another reason that needs the attention of an ENT physician? This is an important first step and will determine which treatment path would be best for you—even if you wear hearing aids now and have never been medically evaluated.