The Top Conditions an Audiologist Treats
If you or a loved one are among the roughly 15% of Americans who have experienced diminished hearing or hearing loss, you may already be familiar with what an audiologist is. Audiologists, sometimes known as hearing specialists, treat a number of patients for a wide variety of symptoms associated with various types of hearing loss. If you are experiencing hearing issues, scheduling an appointment with an audiologist, such as the great team at Lowe Audiology, is a great idea.
Audiologists provide the healthcare community with an essential service, providing hearing tests, fitting patients with hearing aids and so much more.
Are you curious about the more specific types of care an audiologist provides, or are you perhaps wondering if an audiologist is the specialist you need to see? We’ve outlined the types of care and treatment an audiologist can provide below so you can make an informed decision.
Diagnosing hearing loss
Once tests have been administered, an audiologist will diagnose your type of hearing loss, the severity of said loss and recommend treatment. Usually this will be a hearing device, but in some rare cases they may recommend surgery or another course of treatment.
They will go over your condition in detail, outline symptoms and help you determine the best course of treatment to help partially restore your hearing.
If you require a hearing test for any reason, an audiologist is responsible for administering that test.
Hearing tests consist of a painless evaluation in which you, the patient, will wear headphones or earphones and the audiologist will send a series of tones and sounds to your ear. You will signify when you hear these tones. Through this test, the audiologist can determine your type of hearing loss and how profoundly you are affected. The audiologist may also do a quick exam, including your ears and test your balance. The average hearing test only takes about half an hour or so and is totally painless and easy.
Balance issues and more
Hearing loss can affect other parts of the body and the way it functions, including affecting the speech and causing balance issues. An audiologist can help treat and/or help you manage these issues.
Audiologists can also treat other issues that are related to the ear, such as tinnitus, vertigo and more. Speak to your hearing specialist if you think you are dealing with one of these issues. They can determine if it’s due to an actual loss or other hearing or ear-related issues.
If your hearing loss is mild, the audiologist may help you by providing preventative care to ensure your hearing loss does not get worse.
Choosing and fitting hearing aids
This is one of the main jobs an audiologist does. Millions of Americans are fitted with hearing aids, and the audiologist is your first point of contact in obtaining one. Once you’ve had your hearing test and diagnosis, they’ll go over the variety of hearing aid devices and help you decide which one is right for you. Among the myriad types of hearing aids, the main ones are behind the ear (BTE), in the ear (ITE) and in the canal (ITC).
These are worn by both adults and children; the ITE which is similar to the BTE but is all but invisible, smooth and easy to wear and connected via a thin electrical wire; and the ITC which is one large piece made up of the device and the receiver, all contained inside the ear canal. All of these are easy to wear, comfortable, affordable and incredibly effective in partially restoring hearing no matter the severity of your hearing loss. The audiologist is well-versed in these devices and can help you choose the best one based on not only your hearing needs but your budget and aesthetic preferences.
These are just a few of the things that an audiologist does for their patients. If you’re experiencing hearing loss or other hearing-related issues, consulting with a reputable, knowledgeable and friendly team like the one at Lowe Audiology is a step towards restoring your hearing and your quality of life. Learn more about what audiologists do for the healthcare community, research more about the various hearing aids available and schedule a hearing consultation or test today by calling Lowe Audiology at 260-222-7925 today.