How an Audiologist Treats Hearing Loss
Audiologists are professionals who specialize in ear health including hearing loss. If you have any problems with your ears, including discomfort and pain, hearing issues or ringing, you should always get in touch with an audiologist and book an appointment.
Audiologists may not be able to cure hearing loss completely, but they are usually able to recommend a treatment, which will improve your condition.
Ear examination and diagnosis
Audiologists use a range of methods to examine their patient’s ears. Often, they will begin with a visual inspection of the inner ear but they may also use hearing tests to determine pitch loss, whether you can pick out speech in different environments and middle ear tests to determine ear function.
All of the tests your audiologist performs will help to determine the correct diagnosis. They will also ask you about how you are feeling and what the circumstances of your hearing loss are. For example, whether your hearing has been going for a while or whether you were shocked by a loud noise.
Options for treatment
Some hearing loss is a temporary problem, usually the result of a sudden loud noise. In this case, it is likely that your audiologist will simply ask you to come back for a review at a later date. Your hearing loss may also be due to impacted wax, in which case, it is likely that your audiologist will either send you home with a removal kit or will remove the wax for you in their office.
Most hearing loss is permanent; however, so your audiologist will suggest a few different options available to you. Hearing aids are usually the best way to amplify sounds and allow you to hear more clearly but there are all kinds of hearing aids on the market now. Ask your audiologist to go through each type of hearing aid so that you can make an informed decision about which type is best for you.
As a supplement to your treatment, your audiologist may also suggest that you join a support group of people with similar symptoms.
Once you have settled on a treatment option, your audiologist will recommend that you schedule follow-up appointments. This is important for two reasons: firstly, you need to be comfortable with your treatment option including getting the right fit for your hearing aids and adjusting them to the correct volume; secondly, you will need to monitor the progression of your hearing loss.