Did you know that October is Audiology Awareness Month? With this in mind, we thought it would be quite apt to provide you with 7 things an audiologist can do for you.
So, what exactly is an audiologist and what can they do for you, as a patient? Well, the honest and blunt answer is – a huge amount! They are healthcare professionals who are educated to a high standard, so they can diagnose, minister to, analyse and oversee hearing loss and complications in newborns, children and adults.
When suffering with tinnitus symptoms, there are plenty of options available to you, that an audiologist can discuss. A complete audiological assessment would be arranged to discover the severity and to strike off any diseases which may be present. Other issues to factor in could be exposure to noise, blood pressure, allergies or stress. You might then be referred for treatment or the audiologist will advise you on the best course of action to relieve your symptoms. You might even need sound therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy or tinnitus retraining therapy.
Living with any form of hearing loss or balance issue can be difficult, at times debilitating and let us not forget to mention – alter your quality of life. Here is where an audiologist comes in. They are the best medical professionals to advice and steer you in the right direction with your hearing health. Offering services that give you the best solutions for various circumstances and situations like; tinnitus, hearing protection, hearing loss, wax build-up, balance worries, hearing aids and tests.
There are so many innovative products out there for tinnitus, hearing protection and hearing loss, which you can discuss with an audiologist. They will relay all the options that would benefit you and your hearing healthcare the most. We are all unique and respond to treatment, protection and products differently. Deciding on the best solutions may take some time, but with the help of an audiologist you will receive unbiased advice, built from trust, confidence and communication.
An audiologist will advise and fit your hearing aids. Ones that are the best solution for you and your hearing loss. Using your test results – the audiologist will tailor your hearing aid settings to give you the best possible hearing experience. Follow up appointments will be made, so that your hearing health is maintained and monitored. Ensuring that your hearing aids are continually providing optimum support.
If you have wax build-up in your ear, an audiologist can professionally and carefully remove this problem. There are two methods currently used – micro-suction and irrigation. Symptoms that can surface if wax build-up is not treated could be tinnitus, infections, pain, dizziness or restricted hearing, so it is always best to urgently seek medical help.
Using an audiogram, an audiologist can carry out a hearing test. It shows the test results in graph-form. Each ear will be introduced to different tones and frequencies. The audiologist will mark when these tones become audible to you – the ‘threshold’. Once the test is complete, there will be a summary of how your hearing copes with different sounds and how sensitive each ear is. If the findings highlight a hearing loss, the audiologist will explain what type of loss you have developed and whether it can be treated. In most cases, wearing hearing aids can help you improve your quality of hearing and life. All these options will be discussed and explained to you.
If dizziness and balance become a problem, it is vital that you get medical help as soon as you can. An audiologist can offer various balance tests to determine cause, severity and diagnosis. Your eye movements may also be tested – due to them often highlighting the true functionality of your ears. Sometimes a hearing test is required, as inner-ear problems generally stem from issues with the hearing system. Expert advice will follow your consultation, as to how your balance can be reinstated.
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When we refer to a product as 'Superseded', we mean that there is a newer range available which replaces and improves on this product.
When we refer to a product as an 'Older Model', we mean that it is has been superseded by at least two more recent hearing aid ranges.