What Conditions Can an Audiologist Help You With?
Hearing problems, in all of their forms, can have an impact on our day-to-day lives in more ways than we can imagine, not just in terms of losing our hearing or reducing it, but it can impact us in other ways, such as balance disorders, and other long-term problems such as tinnitus. But an audiologist can help with numerous hearing related issues.
An audiologist can test for hearing loss as part of their standard practice. If you have symptoms of hearing loss, you should see an audiologist to have a formal hearing evaluation. The audiologist may also test for speech understanding at various volumes and conditions, and once a case history has been inspected, as well as the ear canal, and eardrum inspected visually, an audiogram is plotted to highlight the visual view of the hearing test results. And from there, a prescription of hearing aids may be dispensed.
Ringing in the ears that distracts our daily lives can be treated by an audiologist. While tinnitus can be caused by numerous underlying problems, an audiologist can treat your tinnitus symptoms with listening devices or hearing aids, or can refer you to the relevant resources if the tinnitus is associated with a medical condition. An audiologist can also treat the symptoms with auditory stimulation, or prescribe a hearing aid with a tinnitus masker.
Balance disorders can be the result of a problem within the inner ear, and specialist audiologists can provide specific tests depending on the history of the person exhibiting the symptoms. Once the underlying cause has been determined, such as Meniere’s disease or labyrinthitis, treatment can be implemented according to the problem. Because the therapy can be very specific depending on the underlying cause, it may be recommended that the sufferer changes their diet, undergoes physical rehabilitation or balance retraining exercises for vestibular rehabilitation.
Ear wax impaction
A buildup of wax in the ear canal is probably the most common issue. While many people clean their ears at home, an audiologist can clean your ears for you by a number of methods. They can remove the ear wax with special tools, which they can use to “scoop” out the wax if you have ear wax impaction. And even if your ear wax is not fully impacted, it can still be removed by audiologists. In addition to this, they can use a syringe of water to flush out the ear. Many audiologists prefer this method which can provide instant relief. An audiologist can also provide sound advice, by telling you what you should not do, such as avoiding using items like ear candles. They could also recommend you all to your lifestyle so your ears are kept clean, minimizing it now and in the future.
An audiologist can help with numerous hearing-related conditions, and if we find ourselves suffering from temporary or permanent hearing loss, an audiologist can provide us with the necessary knowledge and tools to help clear out the space between our ear canal.
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